Shoreline search boosts evidence of early habitation

Soil scientist Dave D'Amore, right, works with students and anthropology professor Dan Monteith, left, during a dig on the University of Alaska Southeast's Juneau campus.Scientists are finding more evidence that Southeast Alaska’s first residents arrived more than 10,000 years ago. It’s coming through a new method of locating early settlements.

SE roads, terminals in budget, but no hydro

The view of Berners Bay from Cascade Point. The Juneau Access Project's Lynn Canal Highway would be built through this area. (Courtesy AKDOT)Gov. Sean Parnell’s proposed capital budget has no money for Southeast Alaska hydroprojects. But it has funding for ferry terminals and a road north out of Juneau.

More Ketchikan dogs, cats need foster homes

McGee could be the face of a bleak holiday for some Southeast dogs and cats. The Ketchikan Humane Society is looking for temporary Christmas homes for its rescued pets.

State tells medevac payment program to drop Alaskans

An Airlift Northwest Lear Jet waits for a medevac call at Juneau’s airport. Airlift is ending its medevac insurance program in Alaska after losing a regulatory exemption.The state has ordered a Seattle-based medevac insurance program to end coverage in Alaska.

AARP addresses Social Security changes

AARP's Daryl Royce talks to Ketchikan residents about proposed Social Security changes on Nov. 22.Ketchikan seniors have strong opinions about changes to the federal Social Security program. Like many other Alaskans, they’re worried whether Congress will maintain or reduce their benefits as the number of retirees increase.

City council OK’s hydropower talks

The Whitman Lake dam. (Alaska Energy Authority photo)Ketchikan’s City Council has OK’d a plan to negotiate the sale of the Whitman Lake hydropower project.

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.