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Three Bears Alaska to make Southeast debut with Saxman grocery store and gas station

Three Bears Alaska, a chain with locations in Southcentral and Interior Alaska, plans to open a new location in Saxman, just south of downtown Ketchikan.
Kiera O'Brien

One of Ketchikan’s own scores a spot on Forbes’ ’30 Under 30′ energy list

Kiera O’Brien says growing up in Alaska inspired her to pursue a career focused on fighting climate change.
fishing boats

Alaska’s 2nd fatality-free year of commercial fishing could be part of a trend

The U.S. Coast Guard says the credit belongs to the fishermen themselves.
bear cub in a grassy patch

First bear with bird flu in U.S. was cub in Southeast Alaska

Glacier Bay National Park visitors alerted wildlife officials after they noticed the animal’s strange behavior.
Metlakatla

Biden administration announces $10.4M grant for undersea cable from Metlakatla to Ketchikan

A long-planned cable connecting Metlakatla and Ketchikan took a big step toward becoming a reality on Thursday, with the announcement of a federal grant.
a wolf

Prince of Wales wolves are highly inbred, biologists say

It’s rare for a new wolf to find its way to Prince of Wales Island and breed with a member of the local population — about one new arrival is expected every five years.
a wolf

Preliminary announcement of a month-long wolf harvest sparks outcry from trappers

Trappers from Prince of Wales Island lashed out at state officials about the upcoming wolf season during a two-hour teleconference Wednesday night.
electronic bingo machines

Slot machines are illegal in Alaska. So how is Klawock’s casino in business?

In Klawock, the local tribe is now running more than 20 machines that look an awful lot like the kind of slots you might find on the floor of a Las Vegas casino.
a boat called "Aleutian Ballad" iss docked

‘Deadliest Catch’ boat donates $28k to Metlakatla in honor of those lost at sea

The crew was inspired by a recent documentary about Alaska’s only Native reserve.
an orange ribbon on a tree in the woods

Whale Pass residents seek last-minute halt to state timber sale near town

They’re concerned the clear cuts could hurt the town’s tourism industry and make landslides more likely.
a map of timber in Thorne Bay

Forest Service proposes young growth timber sale near Thorne Bay

The U.S. Forest Service is proposing the harvest of up to nine square miles of young growth timber on Prince of Wales Island.
a cruise ship docking in Ketchikan

Cruise industry group to meet with Ketchikan City Council after Juneau agreement

Thursday's meeting is the latest development in a years-long dispute over how Ketchikan can spend the money cruise lines pay to dock downtown.
two men in a workshop

Carvers across Southeast Alaska are working on totem poles that will line Juneau’s waterfront

The Sealaska Heritage Institute has invited master carvers from around Southeast Alaska to create 10 totem poles, which should start going up along Juneau’s waterfront next year.
cash and drugs in evidence bags on a table

Ketchikan police seize close to $500K worth of fentanyl, meth and heroin after tracking package through the mail

Officers also seized more than $13,000 in cash believed to have been gained from drug sales.
aerial view of clouds over forest

NTSB: Conditions worsened on day of floatplane crash that killed 6 near Ketchikan

A National Transportation Safety Board released Thursday shows that weather was deteriorating in the hours before a floatplane crash that killed six people in Misty Fjords National Monument near Ketchikan last August.
a man painting a totem pole

‘Open and kind’: Metlakatla remembers carver Wayne Hewson

Friends and family remember Hewson as a mentor, a culture bearer and a fixture of life in Metlakatla.

Electric buses are in the works for Ketchikan and Metlakatla

In Metlakatla, the bus will run to the ferry terminal, which is 14 miles outside of town — a first for the community.
a portrait of a light brown dog on a deck

Dog killed by wolves in Metlakatla was defending its family, owner says

Brittany Hayward says Rosco, a seven-year-old ridgeback-mastiff mix, fought hard defending his family.

Central Council president weighs in on lawsuit over the use of tribal values in a Ketchikan school

When President Chalyee Éesh Richard Peterson looks at the list of 14 traditional tribal values, he doesn’t see anything exclusive to one religion.

For the first time, live invasive green crabs have been found in Alaska

Metlakatla Mayor Albert Smith says he’s concerned about what this means for the community’s traditional food sources.