Ketchikan Skate Park features unique design firm

skateparkYou might think that getting a project like this together is a logistical nightmare. The architects, the contractors, the materials. But that’s not been the case so far.

Tlingit clan conference focuses on language

Clan leaders wear traditional regalia during the 2012 Clan Conference in Sitka. (Peter Metcalfe photo)Scholars and culture-bearers gather in Juneau this week for a clan conference focusing on Tlingit knowledge and traditions. It runs Wednesday night through Sunday morning at the capital city’s Centennial Hall.

Southeast groups oppose KSM mine

British Columbia MapThe public comment period on the proposed Kerr Sulphurets Mitchell, or KSM, mine in British Columbia near Ketchikan has closed, but some advocacy groups still plan to fight it.

Study shows Southeast’s “blue economy” growing

Southeast Alaska’s maritime economy provides more than a quarter of the wages paid in the region. That’s according to a new study published by the Southeast Conference.

Cruise season short of million-passenger mark

The cruise ship Norwegian Pearl sails south through Chatham Strait Sept. 26 on its final voyage of the season. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)This year’s Alaska cruise-ship season has ended. Close to a million passengers sailed through Southeast this summer, with many traveling on to points north and west.

A look at Alaska’s prenatal care transformation

Alaska used to have the worst infant and neonatal mortality rates in the nation. Now, it has the best.

Portable bar exam may come for Alaska lawyers

A change in the way Alaska attorneys receive certification to practice law may allow them more freedom to work outside of the state.

In Southeast Alaska, hospital facilities aging

A group of visitors tours a crowded operating room in Ketchikan Medical Center's surgery suite.Hospital facilities throughout Southeast Alaska are getting old, with many closing in rapidly on 50 years since they were built. Health care has changed quite a bit in the past half-century, and communities are facing expensive upgrades to keep up with those changes into the future.

Citizens debate Ketchikan Public Library funds

CooperativeRelationsThe joint Cooperative Relations Committee between the Ketchikan City Council and Borough Assembly heard extensive public comment at its regular meeting Friday.

Two cruise ships cancel stops due to weather

Berth3Predictions of high winds and heavy rain forced Princess Cruises to divert both the Sapphire Princess and Star Princess away from Ketchikan.