Southeast News

Team MAD Dog wins R2AK

Randy Miller, Ian Andrewes and Colin Dunphy of Team MAD Dog stand with Race to Alaska co-founer Jake Beattie. The team won this year's 750-mile engineless boat race. (Photo by Deb Turnbull)The $10,000 top prize for the second annual Race to Alaska has been claimed by Team MAD Dog Racing.

TLMP amendment draft decision announced

A Tongass National Forest clearcut is shown in this 2014 aerial view. A new court decision limits logging on roadless areas of the forest. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)The U.S. Forest Service moved forward Thursday with plans to transition to second-growth harvest on the Tongass National Forest within 16 years.

Woman killed in single-vehicle rollover

birdA 43-year-old Ketchikan woman died last night when the car she was driving rolled near Mile 5 South Tongass.

Efforts underway to eradicate invasive plants

Orange hawkweed (invasives.org photo)A group formed in May is trying to tackle the problem of invasive plants in the Ketchikan area.

Ketchikan Berth 3 initial repairs completed

The repair barge for Turnagain Marine Construction is seen at Ketchikan's Berth 3, damaged when the cruise ship Infinity hit the dock on June 3rd. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)A berth damaged on June 3 when the cruise ship Infinity slammed into Ketchikan’s downtown dock has been repaired and can take ships again starting Wednesday.

Ketchikan hospital celebrates new expansion

The new surgery suite recovery area at PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)Ketchikan’s community hospital just grew by about 70,000 square feet. The city-owned hospital, which is operated by PeaceHealth, celebrated the completion of a major addition this weekend with a barbecue and tours of the new space.

Senate committee talks about Tongass transition

(USDA photo)The plan to transition to second-growth harvest on the Tongass National Forest was discussed during a Senate Energy Committee hearing Thursday morning in Washington, D.C.

To be or not to be…an organ donor

OrgansToDonate2Signing up to be an organ donor in Alaska is easy. But what does it mean to be an organ donor and what exactly are you agreeing to? Donna Brahaney with Life Alaska Donor Services discussed organ donation during presentations in the First City.

Ketchikan swimmer traverses Wrangell Narrows

Fog blankets Britta Adams and Mike Schuler as Adams swims through the Wrangell Narrows.(Photo by Mark Adams)Not too many people like to go for a swim in the chilling open waters of Southeast Alaska. But, Ketchikan’s Britta Adams braved the cold ocean and strong tides recently to swim more than 10 miles of the rocky Wrangell Narrows.

Boro won’t require federal compliance for pot shops

(Creative Commons photo by Brett Levin)In a split vote Monday, the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly rejected an ordinance that would have added more restrictive requirements to marijuana businesses than mandated by the state, including larger buffer zones and a rule that marijuana businesses not violate federal law regarding the transportation of pot.