Eric Stone, Alaska's Energy Desk - Ketchikan


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.

For Southeast Alaska school basketball teams, ferry cuts are “a significant blow”

Some teams are spending more money to fly to their away games. The higher price tag means fewer students can go.

Chinook salmon are getting smaller, and researchers say killer whales may be to blame

Chinook salmon, also known as king salmon, are getting smaller, and a team of scientists at the University of Washington think they know why. A new study says killer whales might be behind Chinook’s declining size.

Despite recent drought, one Southeast Alaska power provider won’t raise rates — yet

During a 16-month drought that only ended this past November, Southeast communities had to turn to diesel to fill the gap left by underfilled hydroelectric lakes.

State troopers’ plan to move dispatch to Anchorage draws criticism from Ketchikan borough

The planned move is part of a wider effort to centralize dispatch operations, which also involves closing dispatch facilities in Wasilla and Soldotna.

Heavy rains prompt flooding concerns for Ketchikan less than a month after drought ends

A month of near-constant downpours has finally lifted the Ketchikan area out of drought — but getting all that rain at once presents an entirely new set of problems.

$1M worth of illicit drugs seized from suspected dealer’s safe-deposit box

Bellingham-area resident Spencer Hill was arrested Nov. 6 in a Ketchikan hotel with a half pound of methamphetamine, a small amount of heroin, a pistol reported stolen and a money counting machine, police said.

Bacteria levels high at Ketchikan beaches, shellfish harvest sites this summer

A dozen common shellfish harvest sites and recreational beaches in the Ketchikan area exceeded safe bacteria levels at least once this summer, according to a coalition of groups that monitor water quality.