Southeast News

Rep. Ortiz encouraged by BC mines minister visit

ortizHouse District 36 Rep. Dan Ortiz gives an update on current activities, including transboundary mines talks, the Medicaid expansion lawsuit and the upcoming session's most pressing topic: The budget.

Public comments on POW subsistence wolf harvest

Alaska Department of Fish and Game photo.The Office of Subsistence Management heard Thursday from the public – some from out of state – about whether to allow a subsistence wolf harvest on Prince of Wales Island and adjacent islands.

BC mines minister talks transboundary issues

Alaska Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott, left, and BC Minister of Mines Bill Bennett address the Alaska Power Association Thursday morning in Ketchikan. They later talked to the Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)British Columbia’s Minister of Mines Bill Bennett was in Ketchikan on Thursday, part of a diplomatic and fact-finding trip to Southeast Alaska related to the issue of transboundary mines.

State ferry system raising cancellation fees

8-20-13 Fairweather drawing by Issac Taylor @ Petersburg Ferry TerminalThe state ferry system will soon charge more for canceling reservations. Fee increases begin Oct. 1, the same day the winter ferry schedule begins.

State pot official details cannabis regs timeline

(Creative Commons photo by Brett Levin)The Alaska Municipal League met in Ketchikan last week to talk about issues of shared interest throughout the state. One of those issues is marijuana legalization, and one of the speakers was Cynthia Franklin, director of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board and the newly formed Marijuana Control Board.

British Columbia mine chief heads to Ketchikan, Juneau

Alaska Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott, center, holds a press conference May 4 with B.C. Mines Minister Bill Bennett and Environment Minister Mary Polak. (Photo courtesy B.C. government)British Columbia officials travel to Southeast Alaska Aug. 24-27 to discuss concerns about transboundary mines.

Man in custody for Ketchikan stabbing

Ketchikan's state courthouse in downtown.Zachariah Willard is charged with second-degree murder for the fatal stabbing of 33-year-old Wayne Nathan on the morning of Aug. 10.

State sets POW wolf harvest quota at 9

Alaska Department of Fish and Game image.A wolf harvest quota has been set for Game Management Unit 2, which is Prince of Wales Island and surrounding islands. According to a joint news release from the U.S. Forest Service and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, biologists have set the state harvest at nine wolves.

Garbage bear season

11781656_10153638943734180_3421132456915646599_nLocal garbage bandits have been making their bi-yearly rounds in Ketchikan, leaving messes in their wake. KRBD looked into how residents are and should be warding off these hungry bears.

Council nixes artist residency proposal

fire hallThe Ketchikan City Council voted unanimously Thursday to reject a proposal that would have conveyed the old Main Street fire station to the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council for use as an artist residency program.