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.

Proposed bill gives Mahoney hydro more time

(Southeast Conference photo)A bill introduced by Sen. Lisa Murkowski would give the Mahoney Lake hydroelectric project another 10 years before its FERC license expires. Developers believe they can get the project started within that decade, but it all depends on power demand.

No emergency listing for POW wolves

(Alaska Department of Fish and Game map)A petition asking for emergency Endangered Species Act listing for Prince of Wales Island wolves was essentially denied by the U.S. Department of the Interior office in Anchorage.

FEIS and record of decision for Saddle Lakes

Saddle Lakes map cropThe U.S. Forest Service announced last week that it has completed the Final Environmental Impact Statement and draft Record of Decision for the Saddle Lakes Timber Sale on Revilla Island.

Craig voters split on commercial marijuana

(Creative Commons photo by Brett Levin)City of Craig voters were asked four questions: Should the city allow retail sales of marijuana and marijuana products? Should the city allow commercial cultivation of marijuana? Should the city allow commercial processing or manufacturing? And should the city allow licensed marijuana testing?