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CDC: E-cigarettes a growing health concern

(Wiki-Commons image)Are e-cigarettes safe? An official from the Centers for Disease Control says absolutely not.

Ketchikan Superintendent Boyle finalist for state job

Ketchikan School District Superintendent Robert Boyle speaks Wednesday during the regular Chamber of Commerce lunch.Ketchikan’s School Superintendent Robert Boyle is one of four finalists for the job of Alaska Department of Education and Early Development commissioner.

Sealaska finances improve, but losses continue

Sealaska CEO Anthony Mallott discusses the regional Native corporation's finances May 2, 2016, during a press briefing in the Sealaska Board Room. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Sealaska just released its 2015 annual report, which illustrates its financial ups and downs. Those affect more than 22,000 shareholders, who receive dividends twice a year.

Property destroyed by slide still taxable

A new home under construction on Sitka's Kramer Avenue was totally obliterated in the slide. A neighboring new home stands unscathed. Four people remain missing . (NOAA/NWS photo, Joel Curtis)A Sitka property wiped out by last year’s deadly landslide is still taxable, at least according to city code.

SeaTech students research whales

IMG_4859 (1)Although graduation is this week, school is not over for some science students at Mt. Edgecumbe High School in Sitka. The class, known as SeaTech, is headed to the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego to present their original research on beluga and narwhal bioacoustics.

Downtown pot ban up for City Council discussion

Downtown Ketchikan. (KRBD file photo)A proposed ban on retail pot in Ketchikan’s downtown core is on Thursday’s Ketchikan City Council agenda.

Dog declared dangerous, will be euthanized

The Pat Wise Animal Shelter.A dog that attacked a group of children and later bit an adult man in the Christopher Road area has been declared dangerous and will be euthanized by the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Animal Protection Department.

Port project ‘done’ in time to plan more renovations

The multi-year renovation to Berths 1 and 2 are pretty ,much done, for the moment. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)The Port of Ketchikan has four cruise ship berths, which will accommodate about 950,000 cruise passengers this season.

Harry Race burglar indicted

A Sitka man is facing three felony charges for breaking into Harry Race Pharmacy last November. A Sitka Grand Jury on Friday indicted Derek R. Baird, age 28, for burglary in the second degree, after he allegedly entered the pharmacy after it was closed.

UAS Ketchikan celebrates 2016 graduates

UAS Ketchikan 2016 graduates. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)

UAS Ketchikan 2016 graduates. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)

Non-traditional students who overcome challenges to succeed in academics was the overriding theme during Saturday’s University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan campus graduation ceremony

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Putting your best foot forward at the Native Youth Olympics

IMG_2635Mt. Edgecumbe High School sent fifteen students to the Native Youth Olympics in Anchorage last weekend (4-2-16 to 4-23-16). The event draws Alaskan Native teens from around the state in three days of intense competition.

Marten-chicken struggle leads to car crash

A marten. (Alaska Department of Fish and Game image.)A marten dragging a chicken across North Tongass Highway caused a two-vehicle collision just before noon on Saturday.

Ferry fares rise for third time in a year

Passengers board the ferry Malaspina while vehicles wait to load at the Auke Bay terminal in Juneau. Travelers will no longer be able to take advantage of some discounts, due to budget cuts. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News)It’s costing 10 percent more to take the ferry to and from the Lower-48. The higher fare is part of another round of tariff increases aimed at boosting income and equalizing rates across all routes.

Assembly considers opening boats to tourists

IMG_5095On Tuesday night (4-26-16), the Assembly considered allowing rentals, on a conditional use basis, in Sitka’s municipal harbors and slips. They also received an update on branding for tourists and firmed up zoning laws for marijuana business.

Little scientists examine ecosystems in bioblitz

IMG_5054How many things live in our backyard, and how are they connected? That’s what little scientists were trying to discover during a Junior BioBlitz on Wednesday. The kids tromped in muskeg and listened to birds during the daylong survey of ecosystems.

Sitka drivers told: Hands off your cell phone

Tuesday night (4-26-16), the Sitka Assembly passed a law that would fine those using their phone while driving. Exceptions are made for hands-free use. (Photo courtesy of Her Campus Media)Tuesday night (4-26-16), the Sitka Assembly passed a law that would fine those using their phone while driving. Exceptions are made for hands-free use. The policy is intended to reduce distracted driving and prevent accidents.

Scholarship program boosts training for Native teachers

Juneau's Joshua Jackson earned both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Education in the PITAAS program. (UAS photo)While 15-percent of the state’s population is Alaska Native, under five-percent of its teachers are. PITAAS grooms future teachers and administrators while they’re still in college.

Mallott talks mines, Tongass timber, budget

Byron Mallott poses at KRBD-FM in Ketchikan during a campaign visit. The candidate for governor says he will leave Sealaskas board of directors next month.Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott visited Prince of Wales Island and Ketchikan this week. He stopped in at KRBD to talk about his visit to the big island, current issues facing the State of Alaska and his “weird” job.

Tree takes out SEAPA & KPU power lines

KPU crews work on downed power lines in the Ward Cove area. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)A tree took out power lines in Ketchikan’s Ward Cove area Tuesday morning, affecting power throughout Ketchikan and the Southeast Alaska Power Agency system. Power was fully restored in Ketchikan by mid-afternoon.

Missing hiker’s body recovered on Deer Mt.

A view of Deer Mountain. (KRBD file photo by Leila Kheiry)Ketchikan search and rescue crew members have recovered the body of 22-year-old Justin Nathan, missing on Deer Mountain since November.

Can Alaska learn from other ferry systems?

The Steamship Authority ferry Eagle sails between Hyannis and Nantucket, southeast of Boston. (Photo courtesy The Steamship Authority)Should the Alaska Marine Highway System be managed differently? That’s a question being asked by ferry advocates as they cope with smaller budgets and reduced schedules.

Weather played a role in Admiralty plane crash

Rescuers work at the site of a crashed small plane on Admiralty Island on Friday. (Photo courtesy Sitka Mountain Rescue)Weather may have been a factor in the April 8 plane crash on Admiralty Island, which killed the pilot and two passengers and badly injured another person on board.

Update: NTSB recovers wreckage from crash that killed three

Rescuers work at the site of a crashed small plane on Admiralty Island on Friday. (Photo courtesy Sitka Mountain Rescue)National Transportation Safety Board investigators have begun the work of determining why a Wrangell plane crashed Friday morning on Admiralty Island.

Traveling artists, Wrangell residents share observations of climate change

A group of artists is traveling through Alaska with the Sitka-based Island Institute to explore how people are navigating climate change in Alaska. The Tidelines Ferry Tour arrived in Wrangell on Monday and started a discussion with residents about changes they’ve seen in the natural world.

Mariculture initiative could boost shellfish farms

Brenda Bryan, left, and Jackie Whitmore clean shellfish at the Moss Island Oyster Farm in Peterson Bay, across from Homer. (Photo by Ron Bader/Moss Island Oyster Farm)Alaska shellfish farmers hope a new state mariculture initiative will help boost their businesses. But they warn it’s not an easy industry to expand.

BC officials introduce mine law changes in response to Mount Polley

This aerial image shows the Aug. 5, 2014, Mount Polley Mine tailings dam break and some of the damage downstream. The mine just won permission to reopen on a limited basis. (Photo courtesy Cariboo Regional District Emergency Operations Centre)British Columbia officials introduced law changes last week that would strengthen its ability to enforce mining laws in response to the Mount Polley tailings dam disaster of 2014. But critics in Alaska aren’t convinced the B.C. government would use those penalties to protect watersheds in Southeast.

Open house kicks off Wrangell’s plan to repurpose old mill for marine industry

millAs Wrangell continues to focus on marine trades as an economic driver, the borough is considering purchasing a former mill site six miles south of town to provide more room for the marine services industry.

SEAPA’s Swan Lake expansion on track for completion this fall

swan lake spillwayThe Southeast Alaska Power Agency (SEAPA) is on track to complete an expansion of its hydro storage capacity by October 2016.

U.S. prosecutors recommend 20 years in prison for Salard

Salard102814bFederal prosecutors are recommending a 20-year prison term followed by a lifetime of supervised release for former Wrangell doctor Greg Salard ahead of his sentencing hearing next week.

Alaska sends second draft of transboundary agreement to B.C.

red chris mineLt. Gov. Byron Mallott sent the second draft of a Statement of Cooperation to British Columbia officials last week as part of an ongoing effort to preserve water quality and fisheries of the Stikine, Taku, Unuk and Alsek rivers.