Leila Kheiry, KRBD - Ketchikan
Boaters may have noticed gray, dead-looking trees on islands north of Ketchikan. Like other parts of Southeast Alaska in recent years, Western hemlock trees on those islands are suffering a sawfly infestation. But U.S. Forest Service officials say it’s normal, and not a cause for concern.
Thick stands of young trees surround Election Creek, near Klawock on Southeast Alaska’s Prince of Wales Island. The forest was logged in 1989, and it’s been left to grow back on its own. Now, more than 20 years later, Sealaska Corporation is getting ready to thin the crowded stands of trees that have returned.
OceansAlaska Marine Science Center completed its first season of operation this year, successfully producing hundreds of thousands of shellfish seed. Barbara Morgan, research and training specialist, said the first year was successful enough that the Ketchikan-based center is expanding operations.
Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell announced Tuesday in Ketchikan that the state will immediately begin negotiations with the Ketchikan shipyard to design the first of at least two smaller ferries for the Alaska Marine Highway System, rather than the 350-foot ferry that had been planned.
With the City of Ketchikan facing increased bond debt for its new library and fire station, managers have recommended increasing the city’s property tax by a full mill. One mill equals one dollar for every $1,000 of assessed value. If the Ketchikan City Council accepts the proposed property tax increase, a resident with a $200,000 home would pay $200 more annually.
Republican Bert Stedman won his re-election bid Tuesday, and will return to the Legislature as the new District Q senator. Stedman, the former District A senator from Sitka, beat his opponent, Democrat Albert Kookesh of Angoon, the former Senator from District C.
Due to the state’s recent redistricting, which changed legislative boundaries throughout Alaska, two incumbent Southeast Alaska senators are vying for the same seat.
For the first time in about two decades, the annual Southeast “By The Numbers” report from Juneau-based research firm Sheinberg Associates gave a somewhat rosy picture of the region’s economy.
A 29-year-old Metlakatla man arrested Saturday and charged with first-degree murder allegedly admitted to stabbing 67-year-old Leona Meely multiple times during a fight at their shared home in Metlakatla.
The Alaska Marine Highway System had a good year in 2011, with ridership up throughout the state’s ferry system. Deputy Commissioner Capt. Mike Neussl gave an update Wednesday, during the second day of Southeast Conference convention in Craig.
The annual Southeast Conference kicked off in Craig this week with a morning dedicated to mining. Representatives of area mining interests spoke back-to-back to about 200 conference participants. Two potential mines on Prince of Wales Island remain in development, but both are promising enough that owners intend to submit preliminary economic assessment plans within the next couple of months.
A locator beacon turned what could have been a long, drawn-out, overnight search operation on Ketchikan’s Deer Mountain into a quick and successful afternoon rescue.
A group of students, from youths to elders, is learning the Tsimshian language at the new Ketchikan Indian Community technical training center.
Incumbent Wrangell Representative Peggy Wilson won the Republican party’s nomination Tuesday, with 986 votes, or about 46 percent. Ketchikan’s Agnes Moran was second in the GOP race, with 683 votes, and Patti Mackey finished the night in third with 476.
Ketchikan police on Friday night seized 3.25 pounds of marijuana, about an ounce of methamphetamine, prescription drugs, several guns and $190,000 cash.
Longtime Ketchikan resident and public official Jack Shay was sentenced Monday for multiple counts of possessing child pornography.
A bear walked into Cape Fox Lodge this morning, checked out the coffee shop and visited the women’s restroom before it was ushered back outside by hotel staff.
An Anchorage Democrat who hopes to take on Rep. Don Young for the U.S. Congress seat is in Ketchikan for a few days, listening to voters and getting his message out.
The brand-new Gateway Aquatic Center in Ketchikan held its grand opening last weekend. The $24 million center was swamped with people eager to swim, slide, splash and play.