Eric Stone, Alaska's Energy Desk - Ketchikan

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Rep. Don Young says feds should compensate state if Pebble mine gets blocked

The state’s sole U.S. House member said Monday that the federal government has no business telling the Pebble Limited Partnership whether it should be allowed to build the proposed copper and gold mine near the headwaters of Bristol Bay.
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GOP House candidate Leslie Becker gets rocky reception at Metlakatla campaign stop

Becker came under fire for comments in a blog post, which were interpreted as containing racist stereotypes of Alaska Natives.

Trump administration reportedly overruled CDC’s recommendation to extend no-sail cruise ship order

The Centers for Disease Control pushed to extend an order barring large cruise ships from sailing from U.S. ports until February 2021 over coronavirus concerns.
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Seafood Trade Relief Program offers help to fishermen hurt by U.S.-China trade war

USDA will provide cash to Alaska fishermen based on last year's catch: 16 cents a pound for salmon, 4 cents a pound for herring and a whopping 76 cents per pound for geoduck clams.
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Tribal members shouldn’t need state permits to fish in Metlakatla’s traditional waters, lawsuit argues

Attorneys for Metlakatla point to a Supreme Court case from 1918 that says the reservation included deep waters around the islands.

New protections for LGBTQ individuals unanimously approved in Ketchikan

The ordinance came up for vote following a controversy over a flower shop that refused to sell to a same sex wedding.

Southeast lawmaker is counting on the $5 billion Alaska squirreled away this year for future dividends

The constitutionally-protected portion of the Alaska Permanent Fund got a nearly $5 billion boost as the fiscal year drew to a close last month.

Without cruise ships, researchers will study fecal bacteria on Southeast Alaska beaches

Scientists have the opportunity to monitor any changes in the level of fecal bacteria in the absence of cruise ship traffic.
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Governor said federal relief would make up for an education veto. School officials say that’s not the case.

Because CARES Act funding is restricted, districts say they can't use it to cover core costs like teacher salaries.

With Asian economy back on its feet, Alaskan geoduck clam fishery set to reopen

But there's a worry about low prices and the reduction of flights to Asia, meaning the clams might not make it to market as fresh as they could.

Ketchikan has a lot of cases, but has it seen ‘community spread’? That’s a tough question.

Most of the cases in the small town are thought to stem from one or two people who brought the virus back from a trip. But has anyone tested positive without a clear sense of where they caught it?

Ketchikan searchers looking for boy missing since Wednesday

Search and rescue volunteers are searching the Lunch Creek Trail area near Settlers’ Cove. Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad head Jerry Kiffer told KRBD that a hiker found the boy’s mother on the trail with serious injuries on Friday.

Three more COVID-19 cases in Ketchikan bring statewide tally to 17

Ketchikan-area officials are urging residents to “hunker down and shelter in place” after announcing three new coronavirus cases Saturday afternoon. That brings Ketchikan’s total to six cases.

Second Ketchikan COVID-19 case was the spouse of the first patient

Ketchikan now has two confirmed coronavirus cases — in the same household.

Coronavirus shutters Southeast Alaska geoduck clam fishery

The coronavirus that emerged in late 2019 has infected more than 60,000 people, mostly in China. Though there haven’t been any confirmed cases in Alaska, geoduck clam fishermen are feeling ripple effects.

As cruise tourism has eclipsed timber in this Southeast town, some wonder: Can a few wild places remain truly local?

Tourism has replaced timber as the primary economic driver in many places around Southeast Alaska. And it’s a growing sector: nearly one and a half million people are forecast to visit the region this summer. But some residents don’t want to see tourists in places that often serve as refuges for locals.

Ketchikan man arrested with bomb-making materials, semi-automatic rifle, thousands of rounds of ammunition

What Ketchikan Police’s Andy Berntson says they found during the Jan. 24 search, though, was a small arsenal: a semi-automatic rifle with thousands of rounds of ammunition, plus bomb-making materials.

Proposed $12 billion natural gas terminal near Prince Rupert draws skepticism

A new company would like to build a $12 billion natural gas export terminal in Southeast Alaska waters near Prince Rupert, British Columbia. But some aren’t convinced the project will be viable.