SARDFA director details industry’s challenges

A slide from Phil Doherty's presentation shows a drawing of a diver harvesting geoduck clams. The clams bury themselves in the ocean floor, with their long necks sticking up to feed.During a presentation this week to the Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce, Southeast Alaska Regional Dive Fisheries Association Executive Director Phil Doherty touched on some of the challenges the industry faces, such as new testing demands from mainland China, and the bane of shellfish fishermen: Sea otters.

Latest cut means $900K hit to Ketchikan schools

Schoenbar Middle SchoolThe Alaska Legislature continues to wrestle with a deficit of billions as lawmakers try to come up with a budget. Education funding got a big cut last week by a Senate committee, and the Ketchikan School District is keeping its own budget flexible in the face of ever-changing funding levels.

Update: Hyder border closure keeps emergency access

Residents of Hyder, Alaska, and Stewart, British Columbia, protest the nighttime closure of the border between the two towns April 1. (Courtesy Sylvia Alderton/The Terrace Standard)Canadian officials say the small Southeast Alaska town of Hyder will continue to have 24-hour-a-day access to emergency health care.

Filmmaker hikes, floats remote Unuk River

Rafters pose with their inflatable boats during a trip down the Unuk River. (Courtesy Ryan Peterson, Salmon Beyond Borders)An Alaska filmmaker hiked and floated the Unuk River from British Columbia’s interior to near Ketchikan, documenting an area downstream of mining projects.

Council postpones hawking rules until fall

The Volendam cruise ship docked in Ketchikan Monday.With less than a month to go before the first cruise ship arrives in Alaska’s First City, the Ketchikan City Council chose Thursday to postpone action on a proposed ordinance that would restrict hawking. The ordinance won’t come back until after this year’s tourist season.

B.C. OKs another mine near AK border

The Brucejack mine site is shown in this 2013 photo. British Columbia officials recently issued an environmental certificate that's an important part of the permitting process. (Courtesy Pretivm Resources)British Columbia recently granted provisional environmental approval to the Brucejack mine project, putting another gold mine upstream from Southeast Alaska a step closer to opening.

Sawmill creating biofuel bricks from sawdust

Photo by Brian TemplinThe City of Craig on Prince of Wales Island has teamed up with a sawmill in neighboring Klawock to produce useful products out of what was useless sawmill waste.

Injunction granted in Big Thorne lawsuit

U.S District Court Judge Ralph Beistline has granted a two-week injunction in the Big Thorne Timber Sale lawsuit.

Pot committee defers commercial ban proposal

National Public Radio image.After electing officers and deciding how often to meet, committee members talked a little about how they want to move forward, and got a close look at the now-legal substance, courtesy of the chief of police.

Reconsideration opposed

Alaska State SealAbout a week after the Ketchikan Gateway Borough asked the Alaska Supreme Court to reconsider its order for a stay pending appeal of the borough’s education funding lawsuit, state attorneys filed their expected opposition.