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.

2nd set of groups appeals Big Thorne ruling

A second coalition of conservation groups that opposes the Big Thorne Timber Sale on Prince of Wales Island has filed its own appeal and motion for an injunction following a U.S. District Court ruling against them.

Conservation groups appeal Big Thorne ruling

Big Thorne mapLess than a week after losing a lawsuit in U.S. District Court, a coalition of conservation groups seeking to stop the Big Thorne Timber Sale has filed a Notice of Appeal with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and asked for an injunction pending the outcome.

Ketchikan experiencing Random Acts of Art

DaveRubinCloseupKetchikan residents have been encountering art in unusual places. It’s part of an experiment that the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council has launched, to see whether unexpected art is welcome in Alaska’s First City.

Saxman focus of two subsistence hearings

The Saxman Clan House.Many Saxman residents packed a meeting held at that village’s community center. That was expected. Somewhat less expected was the number of Saxman residents and their supporters who also spoke during the subsistence meeting in Sitka the very next day.

Update: Conservation groups lose Big Thorne ruling

Clear-cuts and old-growth forests are part of the view of Indian Valley on Prince of Wales Island. The Forest Service just announced three more timber sales in the Island's Big Thorne area.Alaska U.S. District Court Judge Ralph Beistline granted summary judgment Friday in favor of the defendants, and quite decidedly rejected every argument brought forward by the plaintiffs.

Hawking ordinances pass in first reading

Mission Street in downtown Ketchikan is busy during the summer tour season, with many shops lining the street.The Ketchikan City Council spent a lot of time on hawking Thursday night. Almost a full hour of public comment kicked off the meeting, with most of the comments devoted to that topic.