Southeast News

‘Companion’ Christmas trees from Tongass

Aaron Steuerwald and Steve Hollis found the best available Shore Pine were on the Shoal Cove road system on Revillagigedo island in Southeast Alaska. (USFS photo)This year’s National Christmas Tree is a 74-foot spruce from Alaska’s Chugach National Forest. In addition to the spruce, seven smaller “companion” trees have been selected from the Ketchikan-Misty Fiords Ranger District of the Tongass National Forest.

Search for lost Deer Mountain hiker suspended

The top of Deer Mountain is hidden in clouds Friday morning. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)The search for Justin Nathan has been suspended after five days with no sign of the 22-year-old, missing on Ketchikan’s Deer Mountain after a hike last Wednesday.

Still no sign on 5th day of search for missing hiker

A view of Deer Mountain. (KRBD file photo by Leila Kheiry)Rescue crews and family members of 22-year-old Justin Nathan continued searching for him on Sunday, the fifth day that he has been missing on Deer Mountain, but found no clues.

No luck in 4th day of search for Ketchikan man

The top of Deer Mountain is hidden in clouds Friday morning. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)A 22-year-old Ketchikan man remains missing on Deer Mountain, and rescue crews pulled back search teams Saturday afternoon after another day of snow and rain.

Crews search for man missing on Deer Mountain

A view of Deer Mountain. (KRBD file photo by Leila Kheiry)Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad searched Thursday for a 22-year-old Ketchikan man reported lost on Deer Mountain Wednesday evening.

Planning Commission OKs proposed pot regs

(Creative Commons photo by Brett Levin)The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Planning Commission voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve a resolution that advances regulations for marijuana-related businesses to operate within the borough. The issue will be sent to the Borough Assembly next.

MAC talks about pot excise tax, ban on retail

MarijuanaThe Ketchikan Marijuana Advisory Committee talked Monday about a potential $10 per ounce excise tax on marijuana, but didn’t vote on the issue. The committee also heard public comment for and against allowing retail marijuana sales in the community.

Promoting wild salmon, from Ketchikan to Oman

LaDonna and Ole Gundersen take a selfie out on the fishing grounds. (Photo courtesy the Gundersens)A Southeast Alaska commercial fishing couple is headed to Oman, on the southern Arabian Peninsula. They’re taking about a hundred pounds of frozen wild Alaska salmon with them on a diplomatic trip to share American culture, Alaska seafood and small-business-management techniques.

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.