Southeast News

Grant to fund expanded UAS outreach program

The Ziegler Building at the University of Alaska - Ketchikan campus.The University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan campus is expanding its eLearning program to better serve students in Metlakatla, Craig and other Alaska Native and rural communities.

Maxed-out Ketchikan shelter gets some help

Blakely is one of the Ketchikan shelter dogs headed to Sitka, and she has a home waiting for her. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)Local animal rescue groups took some of the pets from the Ketchikan Gateway Borough-run shelter, other animals were adopted within the community, and it was announced this week that the shelter in Sitka has raised money to fly the remaining dogs to that community.

Sealaska dividends funded by other corporations

Sealaska Plaza is the location of the regional Native corporation's Juneau headquarters.  Shareholders are casting ballots to fill five board of directors seats.  (File photo/KTOO)Sealaska will distribute $17.5 million in dividends to its 22,000 shareholders Dec. 3. Most of the money comes from sister corporations' resource earnings.

Feds change subsistence rural/non-rural rule

The Saxman Clan House.The U.S. Departments of the Interior and Agriculture announced Friday that they have updated subsistence management regulations defining which parts of Alaska are rural or non-rural, marking a likely end to the City of Saxman’s struggle to regain its rural subsistence status.

Annette Island’s times, they are a-changing

The Duncan Cottage in Metlakatla. (File photo by Ruth Eddy)Metlakatla Indian Community announced on Thursday that the Southeast Alaska city has opted to join the rest of the state when it comes to telling time.

Group ends effort to create City of Ward Cove

Ward Cove. (KRBD file photo)Members of a group that proposed creating a new home-rule city from what’s now the North Tongass Service Area decided Tuesday to stop moving forward with that idea.

Tongass silviculturist wins national award

Tongass National Forest Silviculturist Sheila Spores. (US Forest Service photo)The silviculturist for the Tongass National Forest has been recognized for her service with the prestigious national Silviculture Excellence Award.

State DOT picks less costly Gravina ferry option

GravinaDEISMapThe State of Alaska has chosen a preferred alternative for improving access to Gravina Island, where Ketchikan’s airport is located, but local officials were not excited about the choice of improved ferry service.

Local artist illustrates newly identified species

A troll of Desmostylus, illustrated by Ketchikan artist Ray Troll. (Used with permission from the artist)Ray Troll is known for his scientifically accurate artwork of fish and fossils. He recently illustrated a paper announcing a newly identified species of prehistoric marine mammal, found in Unalaska.

Gravina Access decision possible this week

AirportThe Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly learned Tuesday that a Gravina Access announcement is possible later this week.