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New ferry service sidelined with mechanical issues

An independent ferry in Southeast Alaska is tied up with mechanical problems in Wrangell, the latest in series of delays and difficulties for the new service.

Graduation exception policy moves forward

Ketchikan High School Class of 2015. (KRBD file photo)In a split vote Wednesday, the Ketchikan School Board approved a first reading of a motion that would allow some students who haven’t yet met graduation requirements to participate in graduation ceremonies.

Proposed bill gives Mahoney hydro more time

(Southeast Conference photo)A bill introduced by Sen. Lisa Murkowski would give the Mahoney Lake hydroelectric project another 10 years before its FERC license expires. Developers believe they can get the project started within that decade, but it all depends on power demand.

New firefighters’ contract up for Council vote

Ketchikan Fire DepartmentIf approved by the Ketchikan City Council, the agreement will be retroactive to the start of this year, and will last through the end of 2017. It includes a 1.6 percent pay raise this year, and 2 percent raises each of the subsequent years.

No emergency listing for POW wolves

(Alaska Department of Fish and Game map)A petition asking for emergency Endangered Species Act listing for Prince of Wales Island wolves was essentially denied by the U.S. Department of the Interior office in Anchorage.

FEIS and record of decision for Saddle Lakes

Saddle Lakes map cropThe U.S. Forest Service announced last week that it has completed the Final Environmental Impact Statement and draft Record of Decision for the Saddle Lakes Timber Sale on Revilla Island.

Craig voters split on commercial marijuana

(Creative Commons photo by Brett Levin)City of Craig voters were asked four questions: Should the city allow retail sales of marijuana and marijuana products? Should the city allow commercial cultivation of marijuana? Should the city allow commercial processing or manufacturing? And should the city allow licensed marijuana testing?

Walker declares ‘Indigenous Peoples Day’

NativeDancing1Alaska is now the first state to recognize the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples Day instead of Columbus Day.

Stormy forecast for Southeast on Friday

(NASA image)The remnants of Hurricane Oho will bring high winds and heavy rains to southern and central Southeast Alaska on Friday.

Lybrand remembered for community service

LybrandKetchikan lost a leading citizen on Sunday. George Lybrand remained active in the community until just a few weeks before his death, even putting his name in for local elected office.