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Canada OKs KSM mine’s environmental plans

Seabridge Gold's Brent Murphy points to a valley to be dammed to hold tailings from the KSM mine during a July tour. The project just won federal environmental approval. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)A controversial mine near Southeast Alaska’s border won approval from Canada’s federal government. Critics say it could pollute salmon-bearing rivers.

Juneau Diocese announces priest changes

Holy Name Parish in Ketchikan will be getting a new priest in February. The Diocese of Juneau announced this week that the Rev. Patrick Travers will leave St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Juneau to serve as the pastor of Holy Name.

940,000 cruise visitors predicted for 2015 season

The Volendam was the first cruise ship to stop in Ketchikan in 2014.More than five months before the 2015 season is due to start, the City of Ketchikan has released a draft of next summer’s cruise ship schedule.

Council argues about how to raise water rates

The City of Ketchikan is seen from the water on a cloudy day.The Ketchikan City Council spent a lot of time Thursday night talking about water rates. The point of contention was how to raise rates in a way that gets fish processors and other large, industrial water customers on the path toward paying a fair rate, and reducing the subsidy that residential customers currently provide.

School Board approves 3-year teachers’ contract

Revilla Alternative School is part of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District.The agreement provides raises for teachers in each of the three years: One percent for the first year, retroactive to July 1, and 2.5 percent for each of the subsequent years of the contract.

Mayor gives annual State of the City address

City Mayor Lew Williams III speaks to the Chamber of Commerce.Williams was cautiously optimistic about the city. He cited challenges such as reduced state financial aid and aging city infrastructure, but Williams also stressed the city’s strengths, such as a diverse economic base and new opportunities opening up at the shipyard and in the mining industry.

Tobacco tax up for City Council discussion

The Ketchikan City Council meets in regular session Thursday, and one of the items on the agenda is discussion of a possible excise tax on tobacco products.

Board to consider staff hire, KEA negotiations

The Ketchikan School Board has just one meeting this month, and that is set for Wednesday.

City Council OKs plan to open library on Sundays

LibraryCarvingThe library will be open on Sundays, and community agency grants are safe for another year. Those were two 2015 budget items decided Monday by the Ketchikan City Council during a special budget meeting.

Borough Assembly moves ahead with sludge fee hike

Ketchikan Gateway Borough offices are in the White Cliff building.The quarterly fee for non-city residents with septic systems would increase from $45 to $57.18.