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Breaking News: Anti-chloramine petition denied on legal grounds

City of Ketchikan voters will not be heading to the polls to decide whether or not they support the city’s new municipal water treatment system. The anti-chloramine ballot proposition has been denied on legal grounds.
Of the 623 signatures on … more

School Board postpones chloramine resolution indefinitely

On Wednesday night, the Ketchikan School Board voted to indefinitely postpone a resolution taking a stance on the use of chloramine in city water. more

More Ketchikan high school students taking online classes

Allen Bohler, a Kayhi junior takes his English class online.

Online classes are becoming a more common part of Ketchikan high school students’ schedules. The classes started out at Revilla Alternative School in 2007 and were first introduced at Kayhi in 2010. Ever since, more and more students are choosing … more

Mining prospects favorable for POW

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Representatives from the mining industry, regulatory agencies and local businesses touted the economic benefits of mining to Southeast Alaska at a Ketchikan luncheon. more

Drug task force boards ferry, arrests suspect

A drug dog sniffed out alleged cocaine and methamphetamine on Monday, leading to an arrest on board the state ferry Kennecott. more

Assembly doesn’t like tidelands lease options

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The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly had a long discussion about tidelands leases on Monday, and eventually gave direction to the borough Planning Department to come up with a new method of reviewing and adjusting those leases. more

Ketchikan students prep for boat trip to Petersburg

Ketchikan High School's boat, the Jack Cotant.

A group of Ketchikan high school students and teachers is preparing to sail to Petersburg on Wednesday. They’ll be taking the Ketchikan School District’s boat, the Jack Cotant. more

School Board to take final vote on FY ’15 budget

After multiple discussions and public hearings, the Ketchikan School District FY2015 budget is scheduled for a final vote at Wednesday’s School Board meeting. more

‘Niche’ budgets on the way for USFS recreation

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Congress has cut the U.S. Forest Service budget for recreation nearly in half over the past five years. In response, Tongass National Forest officials have come up with a new way to allocate funds: Niches. If it’s in the niche, it’s funded. If it’s not in the niche? Well… more

Legislature backs Tongass takeover plan

Lawmakers have voiced support for the Parnell Administration's plan to take over Tongass National Forest acreage. (Courtesy USDA)

The Legislature has voted to support state plans to take over acreage in the Tongass National Forest. more