Southeast News

Political solution sought for China geoduck ban

Geoducks for sale. (Alaska Department of Fish and Game photo.)

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski and members of the Southeast Alaska Regional Dive Fisheries Association talked last week about the possibility that China’s ban on Alaska and Washington State geoducks is based more on politics than on science. more

Early childhood programs available in Ketchikan


What’s available in Ketchikan for parents of young children? more

HB75 would expand Pick.Click.Give.

The Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council, seen here on a nice summer day, is one of the local nonprofit organizations that could sign up for Pick.Click.Give. if House Bill 75 is adopted.

A bill that would remove a cumbersome requirement for nonprofit agencies to participate in the statewide Pick.Click.Give. program is making its way through the House. more

Borough Assembly nixes draft letter to Gov. Parnell

Ketchikan Gateway Borough offices are in the White Cliff building.

The proposed letter of response, which was voted down on Tuesday, had strongly questioned Gov. Sean Parnell’s statements, and claimed that his comments diminished the borough’s trust in the state. more

Local, state officials respond to Parnell

Sen. Bert Stedman doesn’t think there will be repercussions from Ketchikan’s education funding lawsuit, but Rep. Peggy Wilson shares Parnell’s concern that it might be held against the community. more

Aftershocks still register, 13 months after quake

POW earthquakeGraph

According to information from the Alaska Earthquake Information Center, a recent aftershock with a magnitude above 4 hit last September, and a 3.5 aftershock registered just a few weeks ago. These all occurred near Craig off Prince of Wales Island. more

Sen. Begich announces mail-delivery improvements


Ketchikan won’t get a replacement sorting machine, but Sen. Mark Begich said some of the ideas discussed with the Postmaster General include sorting local mail locally. more

Group opposes city’s plan for chloramine disinfection


The City of Ketchikan plans to turn on its new water treatment system this spring after about a decade of planning, construction and waiting for permits. But a new group wants officials to hold off and look into options. more

Geoduck fishery closed; PSP testing suspended

The Southeast Alaska Regional Dive Fisheries Association geoduck committee recommended that there be no live geoduck clam fishery until the committee’s normally scheduled meeting on February 14th. more

Wearable Art illuminates creativity in Ketchikan

"The Elements of Magic" pieces by Deb Watier, Vanessa Alderson, and Jason Aldorson.

Luminescence was the theme of the Ketchikan Arts Council’s 28th Wearable Art Show. Dozens of local artists designed 3D creations for models who danced down the runway to music that matched their look. more