Gov. Bill Walker says he’ll continue pushing for construction of a new ferry terminal in Prince Rupert, British Columbia.
The storm that just passed through Southeast Alaska set daily rainfall records around the region.
A website has ranked two of Petersburg’s schools as the best in the state. The site, Niche.com, rates cities, schools, universities and neighborhoods and has ranked Rae C. Stedman as the number one elementary school in Alaska and Mitkof Middle as the number one middle school.
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Ketchikan nurses were picketing over the weekend as contract negotiations with PeaceHealth enter mediation this week.
A Sitka High School freshman was medevacked to Harborview Hospital in Seattle after being struck by a vehicle Friday evening (1-23-15). 15-year old Cody Bergman is in stable condition, according to close family friends, and he is responsive. However, doctors are keeping him sedated while they assess the extent of his injuries.
There’s a new boss at the state agency overseeing roads, airports and ferries.
Almost 50 Years after Martin Luther King led the march from Selma to Montgomery, that resulted in the passage of the Voting Rights Act, the landscape of civil rights has changed. There are new faces tackling modern issues in the city of Sitka.
There is an upside to having rainy, autumn weather in the middle of winter: both Sitka’s reservoirs are filling up. Frank Rogers, Sitka’s senior hydroelectric operator, says water levels in Blue Lake rose 2 feet overnight on Tuesday (1-20-15), after over two inches of rain fell in the area.
The City of Sitka wants to have some regulations in place by the time the public use of marijuana becomes legal in Alaska on February 24. At a Town Hall Meeting Monday night (1-19-15) residents had the chance to offer their opinions on where and if marijuana should be used in public places in the community. And as you might expect with a controversial topic like marijuana, there were opinions to spare.
The Petersburg borough government will put in a bid for some Alaska Mental Health trust land up for auction this winter at Papke’s Landing ten miles south of downtown Petersburg. The land could be used for parking or access to the state owned boat ramp and dock nearby. The borough assembly Tuesday voted to bid on some or all of the seven lots up for sale.
What is the future of timber on the Tongass? That's the daunting question before the Tongass Advisory Committee, which is holding its fifth meeting in Juneau this week. But for some, the most important issues on the Tongass are the ones the committee isn’t supposed to address.
The U.S. Forest Service has scheduled three public meetings in Juneau, Sitka and Ketchikan to update the public on the proposed Tongass Land and Resource Management Plan Amendment.
Could the firing of three top state transportation officials put the Alaska Marine Highway at risk? That’s what some ferry supporters are asking.
More scientists have joined a campaign to stop old-growth logging in Southeast Alaska’s Tongass National Forest.
A Ketchikan man has been missing for nearly a month, with no evidence that he left the island.
Members of the Tongass Advisory Committee are unhappy with Forest Service efforts to speed up their work.
A judge has ruled in the Petersburg borough’s favor in a court appeal over a home deemed as a dangerous house. The piling foundation failed for the home on Wrangell Avenue in 2009 and the borough sought to have the owners demolish the structure, which they did last year.
A local man has won the Petersburg Chamber of Commerce’s Rain Game Classic, missing the actual amount of rainfall last year by just 12-hundredths of an inch.
These students were among 30 presented with certificates on Martin Luther King Jr. Day at a ceremony at Blatchley Middle School. The students ranged from Lexie Kennedy in kindergarten to seniors at all three high schools.
A Sitka man is facing felony charges following a late-night standoff with police earlier this month. A grand jury has indicted 33-year old River J. Dailey for allegedly threatening the lives of a man and his wife, and two police officers.
A six-mile extension of Halibut Point Road into Katlian Bay is slated for funding this year - but the state budget crunch may change that. The one-lane, gravel road would connect to lands owned by Sitka’s urban Native corporation.
A multi-million dollar electrical power line extension to connect Petersburg and Kake is a little closer to becoming reality this year. The U.S. Forest Service has released a draft Enviromental Impact Statement examining three possible routes for the connection, which could bring cheaper electricity to Kake. That town’s mayor made an impassioned plea for support of the project during a meeting Wednesday in Petersburg.
It was a big milestone Friday for the drive down dock project on the Petersburg waterfront. Tamico, the contracting company building the new dock, lowered a 140-foot transfer bridge into place. That bridge will allow vehicles to drive onto a new 180-foot float still being assembled two miles south of town in Scow Bay.
An inmate at the Ketchikan Correctional Center who was facing felony sex abuse charges died Saturday at Alaska Regional Hospital after apparently hanging himself with his bed sheet late Thursday morning.
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.
The first Ketchikan Gateway Borough School Board meeting of the new year on Wednesday night wrapped up some old topics such as the Safe Havens safety recommendation report and opened up new discussions including a Native languages curriculum and the upcoming budget.
Fans of comic books and radio drama are in for a treat this weekend in Petersburg as the critically acclaimed multi-media performance “The Intergalactic Nemesis” will be doing two shows this weekend at the Wright Auditorium. The show is a live-action graphic novel performed by three actors.
Southeast Alaska salmon trollers are having a strong winter season, thanks to good catches on the outer coast outside of Sitka. The winter season started October 11th and the catch of Chinook had topped 24,000 fish by the second week in January.
Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins thinks the state’s financial situation will mean a new reality for the state legislature in the upcoming session. The Sitka democrat is starting up his second term representing his hometown, along with Petersburg and 22 other small communities in central Southeast.