Author Archives: Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska

Governor’s budget won’t affect state ferry sailings

Alaska Marine Highway Ferry Terminal. (KRBD file photo)Walker’s spending plan for the fiscal year beginning in July proposes a $2.8 million, or 2 percent, budget cut.

POW wolf quota met; season closes Wednesday

birdHunters have taken 10 wolves as of Dec. 16, and the combined state and federal limit for this season is 11.

Assembly to vote again on collections contract

Borough SealThe Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly on Monday will vote on a motion to reconsider its rejection of a contract with Professional Credit Services to collect debt owed to the borough.

Council OKs budgets after rejecting two rate hikes

A view of downtown Ketchikan from the top of a long flight of boardwalk steps. (KRBD file photo)Residential water and wastewater rates won't go up next year, but industrial users may see an increase.

Record-breaking 2017 cruise visitor projection

A cruise ship is docked at Ketchikan's downtown Berth 2. About 1 million cruise passengers visited Southeast in 2015. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)The City of Ketchikan’s Port and Harbors Department has released the draft 2017 cruise ship calendar. The projected passenger count shows Ketchikan breaking the million-visitor mark next year.

Ketchikan police chief to retire in late January

Ketchikan Police Department. (KRBD file photo)Alan Bengaard has been with the Ketchikan Police Department for more than 28 years, and was appointed chief in December of 2011

Houghtaling site work moving forward

Houghtaling Elementary School. (KRBD file photo)In a 4-1 vote, the Ketchikan School Board agreed Wednesday to move forward with plans to renovate areas around Houghtaling Elementary School with the goal of improving student safety.

City, KPU budgets up for Council adoption

CityofKetchikanThe Council has met in a series of special budget meetings for the past few weeks to review both spending plans, and has made some adjustments. The draft City of Ketchikan budget totals about $64 million; KPU’s is nearly $50 million.

Museum renovation on track for spring opening

Anita Maxwell and Tim Whiteley walk through the Tongass Historical Museum's main floor, which is under renovation. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)Anyone who has driven through Ketchikan’s downtown recently probably has noticed construction activity at the city-owned Centennial Building – home to the Tongass Historical Museum.

Stoney Moose banking on approval of pot lounges

Mark Woodward points to what will be the main entrance to The Stoney Moose, a planned cannabis lounge on Stedman Street. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)Last week, the state Marijuana Control Board approved two retail marijuana licenses within Ketchikan city limits. One of those, The Stoney Moose, is basing its business plan on a regulation that hasn’t yet been finalized. But, the owners are confident enough to move forward while the state board continues to consider on-site consumption.