5 students awarded Sam Pitcher scholarships

From left are Sarah Short, Terran Stack, Ezrie Anderson, Karri Montero and Abbigail Gaugler. (Photo courtesy Karen Pitcher)The students are seventh-grader Sarah Short, eighth-grader Abbigail Gaugler, 10th-graders Ezrie Anderson and Karri Montero, and 11th-grader Terran Stack.

CTA’s land-into-trust application approved

CraigTribalAssn3The Department of the Interior announced January 13th approval of Craig Tribal Association’s land-into-trust application. This is the first application from Alaska to be approved since the DOI issued a revised rule in 2014.

Coalition awarded grant to prevent depression

The City of Ketchikan is seen from the water on a cloudy day.Ketchikan Wellness Coalition's Behavioral Health Task Force identified depression as one of the biggest mental health concern in the community.

Council votes no on Wearable Art shuttle

The Ted Ferry Civic Center is owned and operated by the City of Ketchikan. (KRBD file photo)Parking at the Ted Ferry is limited and every year the parking lot fills up quickly for each performance of the Wearable Art Show. There is a somewhat steep, unlit gravel trail people can use to walk up from the Centennial Lot, and audience members can take the Cape Fox Lodge tram, if it’s operational that weekend.

Landis: Gravina Access top accomplishment in ’16

Borough Mayor David Landis speaks to the Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce. (File photo by Leila Kheiry)Ketchikan Gateway Borough Mayor David Landis gave his “state of the borough” address to a Chamber of Commerce audience on Wednesday.

Meet kittens and learn about dog and cat care

Two of the kittens up for adoption at the animal shelter.

The Ketchikan Public Library and KGB Animal Protection are teaming up for an animal education event at the library on January 21st. Kids of all ages can help make toys and treats for shelter animals and learn about animals.

Deer Mountain logging off the table for now

A springtime view of Deer Mountain. (KRBD file photo by Leila Kheiry)Mental Health Trust Land Office Executive Director John Morrison says that while a federal land exchange deal wasn’t approved by Congress during its last session, he is confident that the reintroduced bill will pass this year.

Metlakatla hopes to increase hydro capacity

A view of Metlakatla on Annette Island, Alaska's only Native reserve. (File photo by Leila Kheiry)For the past couple years, Metlakatla residents have been asked to conserve power. The lake levels on Annette Island have been low, and this winter’s cold, dry spell made things even worse. But, recent rainy weather has provided some relief while Metlakatla Power and Light works toward increasing its hydro capacity.

City hopes boro will help with anti-hawking effort

CityofKetchikanThe Ketchikan City Council on Thursday will vote on a resolution honoring retiring Police Chief Alan Bengaard; the Council also will consider sending a request to the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly, asking that it no longer issue permits for sales downtown that happen outside of a structure.

Free forestry academy offered on POW

RainforestHaa Aani and the Sustainable Southeast Partnership are working with the US Forest Service and the State of Alaska to provide free forestry training for Southeast Alaska residents. The application deadline in January 20th.