Southeast News

Absences almost lead to Assembly vacancy

Borough SealAccording to borough code, if Assembly members miss more than two meetings in a row, they can be kicked off unless the rest of the Assembly votes to excuse them. Felix Wong has been in Seward for work, and Monday’s meeting was his third consecutive absence.

Ketchikan airport’s new boiler to fire up soon

Airport Manager Mike Carney stands next to the Ketchikan International Airport's new biomass wood-pellet boiler. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)Ketchikan International Airport is just a few weeks away from switching its heat source to a high-efficiency biomass boiler system.

City fares well in head tax audit; borough less so

Tourists disembark from the Ruby Princess this spring, beginning the 2015 tour season in Ketchikan. The Ruby is permitted to discharge graywater while docked. (KRBD file photo).The City of Ketchikan came out looking pretty good, with no recommendations in the audit regarding how the city uses its CPV funds. The Ketchikan Gateway Borough, though, had some potential concerns identified in the audit.

Conservation groups sue to stop Shelter Cove Rd

Shelter_Cove_Road cropCiting the potential negative effects on wildlife of the planned Shelter Cove Road project, five environmental organizations filed a lawsuit Thursday in U.S. District Court objecting to the U.S. Forest Service’s recent decision to grant an easement for the road’s construction.

MAC to discuss local-testing requirement

(Creative Commons image)Officials have expressed concern that shipping marijuana off-island for testing would violate federal law, because pot remains illegal at the federal level.

Possible totem pole for Fawn Mountain school

Fawn Mountain Elementary School.The Ketchikan School Board heard from the Fawn Mountain Elementary School principal during Wednesday’s regular meeting, including discussion of a possible totem pole for the school.

Taquan announces purchase of Promech Air

taquan airKetchikan-based Taquan Air has bought out one of its local competitors, Promech Air.

Rep. Young: Alaska needs to diversify economy

Alaska Rep. Don Young speaks during a special Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce lunch on Friday. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)

Alaska Rep. Don Young speaks during a special Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce lunch on Friday. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)

Rep. Don Young stopped in Ketchikan on Friday, and spoke during a special Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce lunch. He addressed some … more

Ketchikan Council wants plan for ADA taxis

Welcome Arch Mission Downtown KetchikanThe Ketchikan City Council agreed Thursday to move forward with a proposal to provide wheelchair-accessible taxi cabs in Ketchikan, although the details for how that will work have yet to be determined.

Tongass plan discussed during D.C. hearing

The Tongass National Forest makes up most of Southeast Alaska (Courtesy U.S. Forest Service)The planned Tongass National Forest transition to young-growth timber harvest came up during a Senate subcommittee hearing this week on Capitol Hill.