Sealaska shareholders will learn the results of the regional Native corporation's election during its annual meeting, set for Saturday in Ketchikan.
Ketchikan and POW are among the Alaska communities to receive payments this year through the federal Payment in Lieu of Taxes, or PILT, program, distributed by the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Not too many people like to go for a swim in the chilling open waters of Southeast Alaska. But, Ketchikan’s Britta Adams braved the cold ocean and strong tides recently to swim more than 10 miles of the rocky Wrangell Narrows.
In a split vote Monday, the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly rejected an ordinance that would have added more restrictive requirements to marijuana businesses than mandated by the state, including larger buffer zones and a rule that marijuana businesses not violate federal law regarding the transportation of pot.
The new biomass wood-pellet system is whisper-quiet, environmentally friendly and, officials say, will save the Ketchikan Gateway Borough money in the long term.
The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly has scheduled a public hearing and second vote for Monday on an ordinance that would amend the borough’s pot regulations, including restrictions on transporting marijuana.
The Ketchikan City Council agreed Thursday to give local taxi companies another chance to submit proposals to operate wheelchair-accessible cabs. The Council also heard an update on Berth 3 repairs, and finalized a 5-percent sales tax on retail marijuana.
U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, through her assignment on the Appropriations Committee, is charged with writing a bill that funds the Interior Department and a wide swath of the federal government. The committee passed her bill today, but a Democratic leader says it’s unlikely to see the full Senate.
Hospital officials hope that the building’s new multi-million-dollar addition will help them attract good employees and keep them. And keeping those employees makes a difference to the service provided.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Congressman Don Young are working on separate bills to block a change in management of the Tongass National Forest.