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Hyder border to reopen for 24-hour access

Hyder border to reopen for 24-hour access

The border between Hyder, Alaska, and Stewart, British Columbia, soon will be open 24-hours a day. Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s office announced today that after many discussions with her office, the Canadian government has agreed to work with U.S. officials to open the gate — and keep it open, all the time.

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May 21, 2015
Hyder-Stewart Border to Re-Open 24-Hour Access

Hyder-Stewart Border to Re-Open 24-Hour Access

The border between Hyder, Alaska, and Stewart, British Columbia, soon will be open 24-hours a day.

May 20, 2015
Cruise Ship Season Comes to Port

Cruise Ship Season Comes to Port

The first big cruise ship of the 2015 tourist season arrived in Ketchikan on Friday. In its inaugural visit to Alaska’s First City, the Ruby Princess brought more than 3,000 passengers and about 1,200 crew members.

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May 4, 2015
Ninth Circuit Denies Big Thorne Injunction

Ninth 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.

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April 16, 2015
Federal Agency Reviewing Yellow Cedar For Protection

Federal Agency Reviewing Yellow Cedar For Protection

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.

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April 15, 2015
Conservation Groups Appeal Big Thorne Ruling

Conservation Groups Appeal Big Thorne Ruling

Less than a week after losing a lawsuit in U.S. District Court, a coalition of conservation groups seeking to stop the Big Thorne Timber Sale has filed a Notice of Appeal with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and asked for an injunction pending the outcome.

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March 26, 2015
The Saxman Clan House.

Rural designation process could impact Saxman’s subsistence status

The Southeast Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council met in Saxman and Sitka last week to discuss and gather input on issues related to subsistence in the region, including a proposed change to the rural designation process.

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March 24, 2015

Big Thorne Timber Sale Lawsuit Dismissed

The Big Thorne Timber Sale lawsuit has been dismissed by a federal judge in Anchorage. Alaska U.S. District Court Judge Ralph Beistline granted summary judgment on Friday in favor of the defendants, and rejected every argument brought forward by the plaintiffs.

March 20, 2015

Supreme Court Grants Stay in Education Funding Case

The Alaska Supreme Court has granted the state’s motion for a stay pending appeal in the Ketchikan Gateway Borough’s lawsuit regarding education funding. In a brief one-page ruling, the order simply stated: “The motion is granted. The superior court’s judgment is stayed pending appeal.”

March 11, 2015

Judge Denies Stay In State Education Lawsuit

A superior court ruling that invalidates the State of Alaska’s longheld practice of requiring municipal governments to contribute a specific amount toward public education remains in place for now.

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February 27, 2015
Judge Hears Arguments On Stay In Education Lawsuit

Judge Hears Arguments On Stay In Education Lawsuit

Ketchikan Superior Court Judge William Carey heard arguments Friday over whether he should approve a stay of his January decision that the State of Alaska’s requirement that local communities provide a specific amount for public education violates the Alaska Constitution.

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February 23, 2015

Ketchikan Child Allegedly Caged, Bound By Grandparents

On Tuesday, Ketchikan police officers did a welfare check at a Woodside Drive home after getting a tip that a little girl was allegedly restrained at night by her grandparents.

February 23, 2015

Alaska Court of Appeals Denies Rachelle Waterman Appeal

More than a decade after the original crime took place, the Alaska Supreme Court denied Rachelle Waterman’s appeal of her conviction in the death of her mother.

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February 6, 2015
State To Appeal Education Funding Lawsuit Ruling

State To Appeal Education Funding Lawsuit Ruling

The State of Alaska announced Wednesday that it will appeal a final ruling by Superior Court Judge William Carey in favor of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough’s long-held argument that the state’s required local contribution for public education violates Alaska’s Constitution.

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January 28, 2015
AMHS To Close Ferry Bar Service This Winter

AMHS To Close Ferry Bar Service This Winter

The Alaska Marine Highway System is closing bars on state ferries, a move that state Department of Transportation officials say will save about $750,000 a year.

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January 27, 2015
Family Worried About Missing Ketchikan Man

Family Worried About Missing Ketchikan Man

A Ketchikan man has been missing for nearly a month, with no evidence that he left the island.

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January 26, 2015

Rain Causes Flooding, Evacuations in Ketchikan

Buckets of rain blew into Ketchikan Tuesday and Wednesday, leading to power outages, overflowing creeks, flooded streets and evacuations.

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January 21, 2015
Klawock Couple Plans Halftime Wedding

Klawock Couple Plans Halftime Wedding

A couple in Klawock has been engaged since 2001, but they couldn’t quite come to agreement about what kind of wedding ceremony to have. They finally settled on a unique venue: Center court at halftime during Friday’s home basketball game.

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January 15, 2015
Photographer Danny Goldfield shows centenarian Henry Neligan some apps on his smartphone while talking at the Ketchikan Indian Community cafeteria.

Alaska Centenarians In National Photo Project

A New York photographer wants to create portraits of a 100-year-old man and a 100-year-old woman from each of the 50 states. He’s calling the project “To Live 10,000 years,” and he recently checked a couple hundred of those years off his list during a trip to Ketchikan.

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January 6, 2015
This drawing shows tentative plans for a senior complex along Revilla Road. The plan includes a senior care facility, condos for seniors, and housing and services for employees of the senior center. (Image from Ward Cove Group development proposal.)

Senior Care Center Key to Development Plan

A long-range plan to develop borough-owned land in Ketchikan’s Ward Lake-Revilla Road area is inching forward, albeit with hesitation on the part of the Borough Assembly.

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December 11, 2014