Author Archives: Leila Kheiry

Injunction denial met with pleasure, disappointment

This image is from the cover of the Big Thorne Timber Sale Environmental Impact Study. (U.S. Forest Service photo)Thursday’s Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling against an emergency motion for an injunction to delay the Big Thorne Timber Sale was greeted with pleasure or disappointment, depending on who you talk to.

Boro Assembly to discuss bans on pallets, pot

PalletsThe Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly will consider adopting an ordinance Monday that would prohibit pallet bonfires on borough beaches. The Assembly also will again consider a ban on commercial marijuana operations.

Craig Parks and Recreation

Victoria Merritt with the Craig Parks and Recreation report for April 17th CraigPR041715

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Council keeps Ketchikan drug dog on staff

Going against a recommendation from Ketchikan Police Chief Alan Bengaard, the Ketchikan City Council on Thursday directed management to maintain the drug dog program.

9th Circuit denies Big Thorne injunction

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has denied an emergency motion for an injunction that would have delayed the Big Thorne Timber Sale pending an appeal of a lower-court ruling.

POW airport equipment outages spark debate

POW map BWNational Weather Service-run equipment at the Klawock Airport on Prince of Wales Island has been a subject of debate recently.

9th Circuit considering Big Thorne injunction request

Big Thorne cropA coalition of conservation groups that seeks to stop the Big Thorne Timber Sale on Prince of Wales Island has filed an emergency motion for an injunction with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals pending resolution of two appeals filed this spring with that court.

Secure Rural Schools secure for 2 more years

The U.S. Senate approved a bill Tuesday night to extend the Secure Rural Schools program for two more years.

SEAPA bonds up for Council approval

The Ketchikan City Council will consider a resolution Thursday that would allow the city manager to work with Southeast Alaska Power Agency officials on documents allowing SEAPA to sell bonds for the Swan Lake hydroelectric dam expansion project.

Federal agency reviewing yellow cedar for protection

An aerial shot of a yellow cedar stand. (U.S. Forest Service photo)Based on a petition submitted about a year ago by a coalition of conservation groups, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced last week that protection for the Alaska yellow cedar tree might be warranted under the federal Endangered Species Act.