Sealaska CEO lobbies Obama on subsistance, 8(a) contracts

President Barack Obama meets with a group of tribal leaders in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Nov. 12, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)A Southeast Native corporation CEO was one of a dozen Native leaders who met with President Obama as part of last week’s White House Tribal Nations Conference.

State boosts winter highway maintenance

Signs warn drivers to stay off slippery city streets.Ketchikan officials were ready for the weekend’s snowy and icy streets. And one agency added staff and hours to keep roads driveable.

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

alaskababyAlaska 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.