Southeast News

Partnership entered to expand NWC art education

UAS Chancellor Richard A. Caulfield, SHI President Rosita Worl, and IAIA President Robert Martin signing the MOA.Three organizations have entered into a partnership to provide enhanced and expanded Northwest Coast art programs and opportunities for Alaska students.

UAS receives endowment for fisheries scholarships

Bob Henderson (photo credit - the Henderson family)The UAS fisheries program got a boost recently. The family of Robert E. Henderson created a $375,000 endowment that will provide scholarships and research experiences for students studying mariculture or fisheries.

Council supports Akeela’s sobering center proposal

The Ketchikan Regional Youth Facility will close Sept. 15th due to state budget cuts. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)The Ketchikan City Council agreed unanimously Monday to support Akeela-Gateway’s application for a state grant to develop a sobering center at Ketchikan’s former state-run juvenile detention center.

Borough adds ‘statement’ wording to all pot votes

(Creative Commons photo by Brett Levin)The language states that the Ketchikan Gateway Borough doesn’t endorse or condone activities prohibited by federal law. Additional language states that the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution means the federal government shouldn't regulate marijuana to begin with.

Front half of Alaska Class ferry Tazlina rolls out

The forward half of the Alaska Class Ferry Tazlina moved out of the assembly hall at the Vigor Alaska shipyard in Ketchikan. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)The ferry isn’t done. Not by a long shot. But this is an important moment for the shipyard, which received the $100-million state contract to build two Alaska Class ferries in fall of 2014.

Work underway at KYI’s Community Center

Youth Community Center (KYI photo)Ketchikan Youth Initiatives has completed Phase One of the Youth Community Center. The organization is working to have substantial completion of the building done by the end of December in order to receive grant funding.

AMHT Deer Mountain logging vote delayed

A springtime view of Deer Mountain. (KRBD file photo by Leila Kheiry)Alaska Mental Health Trust’s board of trustees voted Thursday in Anchorage to reconsider an August decision to potentially move forward with logging Deer Mountain and a section of land above homes in Petersburg, and then the board delayed a final decision until the end of January.

Human rights exec wants to prevent discrimination

birdHarassment complaints in Alaska are on the rise, and the executive director of the Alaska State Commission for Human Rights said she expects that trend to continue, partly in light of the recent presidential elections.

United Way of Southeast brings resources together

UnitedWaySEAKlogoUnited Way of Southeast Alaska is in the midst of its 2016 annual giving campaign. Representatives from the organization were at the Chamber of Commerce lunch in Ketchikan last week to speak about the campaign, and services provided by United Way.

Trustees to vote again on Deer Mountain plan

A springtime view of Deer Mountain. (KRBD file photo by Leila Kheiry)Alaska Mental HealthTrust Authority’s board of trustees meets this week, and will vote on a “reconsideration” of its August decision to move forward with logging parts of Deer Mountain in Ketchikan and a parcel in Petersburg that sits above homes.