Southeast News

KPU resolving issues with Whitman generators

The Whitman Lake dam. (Alaska Energy Authority photo)Ketchikan’s newest source of hydroelectric power at Whitman Lake is at least a few weeks away from completion. While most of the work is done, both generators have issues that need to be resolved before Whitman can start adding its 4.6 megawatts to the city-owned Ketchikan Public Utilities electric grid.

Ketchikan shipyard to build two Alaska ferries

Adam Beck and Gov. Sean Parnell sign the contact for Vigor Alaska to build two new state ferries.It’s official: The Ketchikan Shipyard will build two new ferries for the State of Alaska over the next few years.

‘Hawking’ issue brought to Ketchikan City Council

MissionStreetSummerThe Ketchikan City Council heard Thursday from some downtown business owners about the increasing problem of hawking – store employees who call out to potential customers in an attempt to lure them into a store.

Both sides represented at pot-prop hearing

National Public Radio image.A Ketchikan hearing on Proposition 2, a ballot measure that seeks to legalize marijuana, was well-attended Thursday. About two-dozen local residents were there, and comments reflected the statewide debate with opinions on both sides of the issue.

PFD amount: $1,884

Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell announced this year’s Permanent Fund Dividend amount during a news conference Wednesday morning.

OceansAlaska loan approved by Assembly

This OceansAlaska photo shows geoduck seeds.A $600,000 loan from the Ketchikan Gateway Borough to OceansAlaska, a shellfish seed producer, narrowly passed its final vote during Monday’s Borough Assembly meeting.

State files to participate in Big Thorne lawsuits

The State of Alaska filed motions in federal court Monday to participate in lawsuits that seek to halt or delay the U.S. Forest Service’s planned Big Thorne timber sale on Prince of Wales Island.

Low use forces Forest Service to close cabins

DeBoer Lake cabin in the Petersburg Ranger District of the Tongass National Forest will be removed by 2017. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service.The U.S. Forest Service announced the removal of 10 cabins on the Tongass National Forest this week.

Timber harvest in Shelter Cove area proposed

Saddle Lakes map cropThe U.S. Forest Service has released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Saddle Lakes Timber Sale on Revilla Island.

Stolen bike found, returned to young owner

Aviana Mitchell stands with her bike, which was found and returned Thursday, just a few days after it was stolen from her front yard.An 11-year-old Ketchikan girl whose bike was stolen on Sunday, just a few feet away from where she was standing, has her bike back.