Southeast News

Senate committee talks about Tongass transition

(USDA photo)The plan to transition to second-growth harvest on the Tongass National Forest was discussed during a Senate Energy Committee hearing Thursday morning in Washington, D.C.

To be or not to be…an organ donor

OrgansToDonate2Signing up to be an organ donor in Alaska is easy. But what does it mean to be an organ donor and what exactly are you agreeing to? Donna Brahaney with Life Alaska Donor Services discussed organ donation during presentations in the First City.

Ketchikan swimmer traverses Wrangell Narrows

Fog blankets Britta Adams and Mike Schuler as Adams swims through the Wrangell Narrows.(Photo by Mark Adams)Not too many people like to go for a swim in the chilling open waters of Southeast Alaska. But, Ketchikan’s Britta Adams braved the cold ocean and strong tides recently to swim more than 10 miles of the rocky Wrangell Narrows.

Boro won’t require federal compliance for pot shops

(Creative Commons photo by Brett Levin)In a split vote Monday, the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly rejected an ordinance that would have added more restrictive requirements to marijuana businesses than mandated by the state, including larger buffer zones and a rule that marijuana businesses not violate federal law regarding the transportation of pot.

Borough celebrates clean-energy heat for airport

Andrew Haden of Wisewood, Inc., a Portland-based design firm, explains how the Ketchikan Airport's biomass boiler works. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)The new biomass wood-pellet system is whisper-quiet, environmentally friendly and, officials say, will save the Ketchikan Gateway Borough money in the long term.

Assembly to vote on pot-transportation rules

A 5 percent sales tax on pot is before the Ketchikan City Council tonight. (KRBD file photo)The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly has scheduled a public hearing and second vote for Monday on an ordinance that would amend the borough’s pot regulations, including restrictions on transporting marijuana.

City Council: Try again for ADA cab proposals

Welcome Arch Mission Downtown KetchikanThe Ketchikan City Council agreed Thursday to give local taxi companies another chance to submit proposals to operate wheelchair-accessible cabs. The Council also heard an update on Berth 3 repairs, and finalized a 5-percent sales tax on retail marijuana.

Hospital officials: Addition will improve care

HospitalHospital officials hope that the building’s new multi-million-dollar addition will help them attract good employees and keep them. And keeping those employees makes a difference to the service provided.

City Council to discuss repairs to damaged dock

The cruise ship Infinity hit Ketchikan's Berth 3 dock June 3rd. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld)The Ketchikan City Council on Thursday will discuss plans to fix the city’s Berth 3, which was severely damaged on June 3rd when the cruise ship Infinity hit the downtown dock.

Metlakatla artist takes top prize at SHI art show

David R. Boxley's painted drum, titled "Txaamsem." (SHI photo)David R. Boxley won Best of Show and Best of Formline for his painting on a deer-hide drum. Other Metlakatla and Ketchikan artists, adult and youth, won prizes in Sealaska Heritage Institute's juried art show.