The state Legislature convened this week to begin what is anticipated to be an onerous session.
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Back in December, Congress approved more than $3 million to continue and expand monitoring baseline water quality at the international borders of transboundary rivers in Southeast Alaska.
It’s good to hear that the Inter-Island Ferry Authority will be able to once again assist the Alaska Marine Highway System with service between Ketchikan and Metlakatla later this month while the AMHS vessel that usually serves the route is undergoing maintenence.
Ketchikan — as with most of Alaska — will benefit from the year-end appropriations bill passed by Alaska’s congressional delegation in concurrence with colleagues in Congress this past week.
If this were a normal year in Ketchikan, the days following Christmas would be filled with the sounds of cheering crowds, pep band music and basketballs echoing off the hardwood floor of Ketchikan High School’s Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium.
It was a pleasure to open a recent email from the Greater Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce and find a festive batch of announcements that included a bright red notice of particular interest.
Anyone who stood on the Park Avenue bridge Saturday evening and watched a thunderous Ketchikan Creek as it plunged and roiled toward Creek Street gained a new respect for the awesome power of moving water.
On Wednesday afternoon, the U.S. Coast Guard launched a helicopter and response boat effort for Haines, which has suffered a large landslide and several smaller slides caused by the heavy rainfall of recent days.