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Ketchikan power customers urged to cut back on electricity

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) – Ketchikan’s power utility is asking customers to throttle back their electrical usage. Freezing temperatures and low water levels in lakes, the source of hydropower for Ketchikan Public Utilities’ electric division, has maxed out power production, the Ketchikan Daily News re


Hurtigruten’s new expedition cruises in Alaska will take you where other ships can’t

Travellers can cruise deeper into the Alaskan wilderness in 2020 when Hurtigruten, the world’s largest expedition cruise operator, launches new trips exploring this incredible region.


State signs timber contract for forest land in Alaska

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — The state has signed a $2.1 million contract with ALCAN Timber Inc. for a timber sale on state and federal forest land in southeast Alaska. The timber sale includes about 481 acres (195 hectares) within the Southeast State Forest and Tongass National Forest on the northwest


Alaska ferries freeze autumn ticket sales amid uncertain future

The Alaska Marine Highway System has stopped selling tickets past September. That’s in response to the governor’s proposed budget that would effectively shut down service later this year.


Officials concerned budget cuts will take away Ocean Rangers

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) - The state official overseeing Alaska’s cruise ship monitoring program is concerned about losing independent environmental inspectors on cruise ships.


Ketchikan, Peterburg and Wrangell all low on hydropower

Ketchikan, Petersburg and Wrangell are partially running on diesel to power their towns. That’s because the communities’ available hydropower is at extremely low levels. Wrangell and Petersburg are running their diesel generators about 14 hours each day as of last Saturday. And there’s no end in sig


SEAPA board meets over energy problems

The Southeast Alaska Power Agency held a teleconference last week, on Feb. 15, to discuss the ongoing power issues in the region. The SEAPA Board of Directors is made up of community members from the three cities: Two directors from Ketchikan, one from Petersburg, one from Wrangell, and a fifth seat


Ketchikan historical museum displays model boats

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) - Terry Richardson blends art, science and patience to create intricately accurate models of marine vessels and aircraft, of which a few specimens can be seen in the Tongass Historical Museum.


Another Dunleavy appointee raises serious questions on vetting

Governor Michael J. Dunleavy recently appointed Trevor Shaw to the Commission on Judicial Conduct. The Commission adjudicates complaints against judges. It is composed of nine members: three judges, three lawyers, and three public members. It is an important, high profile board.