Bill cuts funding for EPA Waters of the U.S. rule

The Whitman Lake dam. (Alaska Energy Authority photo)The Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday approved a spending measure for the federal Interior Department that Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s office said includes some good news for Southeast.

Soggy Beavers paddle 750 miles in first R2AK

Team Soggy Beavers was all smiles as they were cheered at the finish line Thursday. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)Teams continue to arrive at the finish line in Ketchikan for the inaugural Race to Alaska, an engineless boat race that started in Port Townsend, Wash. Until Thursday, all the finishing teams had been on sailboats. But, Team Soggy Beavers relied almost 100 percent on human power.

Williams back in K-town, working for Cape Fox

Steve Williams is moving back to Ketchikan after taking a job as Cape Fox Corp's new business development manager. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)Steve Williams said he his wife, Joanna Markell, along with their daughter, Louise, are happy to move back to Alaska’s First City.

Downtown pigeon adopts local businessman

A close-up of Fifty. (Photo by Todd Phillips)Fifty the pigeon is named for the book, “Fifty Shades of Grey,” because he’s got a lot of gray feathers, along with some eye-catching, iridescent purple and green. Fifty got his name this spring after he adopted a local businessman with a granola habit.

Man caught who allegedly threatened troopers

Troopers StationA 22-year-old Ketchikan man who allegedly threatened Alaska State Troopers and evaded arrest Monday was apprehended Tuesday afternoon by Ketchikan Police Department officers at an Austin Street home.

Six cruise ships release treated sewage into harbors

The cruise ship Norwegian Pearl sails south through Chatham Strait on its final voyage of 2013. The ship is one of six permitted to release treated blackwater into Alaska harbors this summer. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)A dozen cruise ships are allowed to discharge wastewater while anchored or tied up in Alaska ports this summer. Officials say it’s safe. Critics disagree.

State study shows 60% wolf decline on POW

Alaska Department of Fish and Game image.In 2013, the estimated population of wolves in Game Management Unit 2 was 221 animals. A similar study conducted just one year later shows that number dropped to an estimated 89.

Teenage angler tops Ketchikan derby ladder

2015 Salmon DerbyA 14-year-old fisherman has taken the top spot in this year’s Ketchikan King Salmon Derby with a 40.3-pound fish.

Ketchikan man dies after accidental shooting

A 22-year-old Ketchikan man died Sunday night from what Alaska State Troopers say appears to be an accidental shooting.

Ketchikan Rep. Ortiz faces campaign-finance fines

Recently elected House District 36 Rep. Dan Ortiz speaks during a Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce event.The Alaska Public Offices Commission says Rep. Dan Ortiz failed to properly report some campaign contributions and spending. It also says he accepted an illegal donation and did not properly list who paid for several campaign fliers.