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2 executive sessions over litigation with the state

Borough SealThe Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly meets Monday,

POW moves ahead with borough charter, but…

POW Borough BoundariesThat doesn’t mean the island communities will send in an application to the state Local Boundary Commission anytime soon – and maybe not ever.

Naha Trail damaged in November wind storms

This Forest Service photo shows damage to the access ramp at the Naha River boat dock.A couple of big wind storms in early November damaged the access ramp at the Naha River trail’s boat dock. The ramp has been removed, and it's unknown when it might be repaired.

Grants take classes, medical care to villages

The Naukati School, on eastern Prince of Wales Island, is one of several to benefit from a USDA grant. (Courtesy Emily Chaudhury Design)A federal grant will help expand class options for some Prince of Wales Island students.

Thanksgiving thoughts

Thanks2Thanksgiving is Thursday, and in honor of the annual holiday, KRBD asked people in various locations to share what they are thankful for.

Assembly responds to education lawsuit ruling

Ketchikan Gateway Borough offices are in the White Cliff building.A Superior Court Judge has ruled in favor of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough in its lawsuit against the State of Alaska over the state’s education funding mandate. The Borough Assembly talked about Friday’s ruling during Monday night’s regular meeting, and Borough Manager Dan Bockhorst calls it a “big win” for Ketchikan.

Judge rules for borough in education lawsuit

ANCHORAGE (AP) — A superior court judge has invalidated the state of Alaska’s requirement that local school districts help pay for education, which could leave a cash-strapped state on the hook for more than $220 million in additional funding statewide.… more

With Ortiz, House Minority holds 13 of 40 seats

Recently elected House District 36 Rep. Dan Ortiz speaks during a Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce event.Southeast Alaska’s representatives in the state house know their committee assignments following the resolution of several close legislative races in the state’s general election. A newcomer and independent from Ketchikan has decided to caucus with the house minority.

Ketchikan borough to consider mine resolution

Muddy water from the breached Mount Polley Mine tailings pond dam floods a downstream creek and road Monday. (Cariboo Regional District Emergency Operations Centre photo)A resolution urging the International Joint Commission to get involved in the issue of transboundary mines will be in front of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly on Monday.

State identifies body from Blackberry Lane fire

The state Medical Examiner’s Office has positively identified a body from last week’s house fire as that of the resident, 49-year-old Ralph Smith of Ketchikan.