9th Circuit considering Big Thorne injunction request

Big Thorne cropA coalition of conservation groups that seeks to stop the Big Thorne Timber Sale on Prince of Wales Island has filed an emergency motion for an injunction with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals pending resolution of two appeals filed this spring with that court.

Federal agency reviewing yellow cedar for protection

An aerial shot of a yellow cedar stand. (U.S. Forest Service photo)Based on a petition submitted about a year ago by a coalition of conservation groups, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced last week that protection for the Alaska yellow cedar tree might be warranted under the federal Endangered Species Act.

House approves Hyder crossing resolution

Hyder signThe Alaska House of Representatives unanimously approved a resolution Monday urging the Canadian government to resume 24-hour operations at the border crossing between Hyder, Alaska, and nearby Stewart, British Columbia.

Chautauqua ferrying the Inside Passage this year

An old-time Chautauqua in Odebolt, Iowa. (National Parks Service photo)The Pacific Northwest-based New Old Time Chautauqua last brought its mix of vaudeville shows, music performances and workshops to the Inside Passage in the early 1990s. They’re coming back this summer, stopping first in Alaska’s First City.

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.