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Assembly OKs Marijuana Advisory Committee

MarijuanaThe Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly agreed Monday to form a seven-member Marijuana Advisory Committee to deal with issues that come up related to the recent legalization of marijuana in Alaska.

Welfare check leads to felony drug charges

A 22-year-old Ketchikan woman faces multiple felony drug charges after police responded Sunday to a call from a local hotel reporting a woman who was having trouble breathing.

Drugs in Ketchikan

Ketchikan Police Chief Alan Bengaard and Detective Mike Purcell speak about illegal drugs in Ketchikan and the unknowns regarding legalization of marijuana. DrugProbsmore

New extended-stay hotel coming to Ketchikan

My Place HotelA new hotel chain is coming to Ketchikan, with construction expected to start – and finish – this year. And it’s not just Alaska’s First City; the franchise is expanding into Anchorage and Fairbanks, as well.

Judge Carey denies stay in education funding lawsuit

Ketchikan's state courthouse in downtown.A superior court ruling that invalidates the State of Alaska’s longheld practice of requiring municipal governments to contribute a specific amount toward public education remains in place for now.

Ketchikan Youth Court swears in new members

Ketchikan Youth Court's newest members are sworn in  Thursday, February 26, 2015 in Borough Assembly chambers.Ketchikan Youth Court inducted nine new members Thursday during a ceremony at Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly chambers. Wearing his judicial robe, Superior Court Judge Trevor Stephens administered the oath.

Marijuana committee formation moves forward

National Public Radio image.The Ketchikan Gateway Borough-City of Ketchikan Joint Cooperative Relations Committee agreed Friday to recommend forming an ad hoc advisory committee to come up with policy recommendations related to marijuana legalization.

Nimoy dies at 83

Leonard Nimoy, best known for his Star Trek character, Mr. Spock, visited Alaska in June of 2013 on the cruise ship Silver Shadow. While he was in Ketchikan, KRBD caught up with him in time to ask for his thoughts on the 49th state.

Coast Guard Beach trail license needs renewal

Coast Guard Beach is accessed by an approximately 1-mile trail leading from the Point Higgins School parking lot.The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly meets Monday, and among the agenda items is a resolution authorizing borough management to sign a five-year license with Alaska Mental Health Land Trust for continued public use of the Coast Guard Beach Trail.

Deeper state ferry cuts planned by House panel

The ferries Malaspina and Columbia are out of service for repairs at the Ketchikan Shipyard in 2012. More ferries will be tied up this summer under planned legislative budget cuts. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Alaska’s ferry system is facing even more service cuts. A House panel yanked money from the marine highway budget that the governor had restored.