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Council hears about Berth 4 float damage

Busy waterfrontThe Ketchikan City Council moved quickly through the short list of action items on Thursday’s agenda, and likely would have been done with the meeting in less than 30 minutes, except a new issue was brought to the Council’s attention by several citizens.

Last R2AK team squeaks in just shy of deadline

The 15th boat finished the Race to Alaska on Thursday, just shy of the July 4th deadline. Team Barefoot Wooden Boats was the last to complete the first-ever 750 mile, engineless trek from Port Townsend, Washington, to Ketchikan, Alaska.

Tobacco tax back in front of Borough Assembly

The Ketchikan Gateway Borough will vote Monday on reconsideration of a proposed $3-per-pack tobacco tax. The Assembly rejected the proposal during its last meeting in a 3-2 vote, with two members absent.

Historic Tsimshian pole donated to Heritage Center

A detail from the historic pole donated to the Totem Heritage Center by its carver, Tsimpshian artist David Boxley. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)Alaska State Museum conservators from Juneau came to town to help clean and preserve the pole, and find out what kind of stories might be hidden in the wood.

Man arrested on warrant from Ferguson riots

Ketchikan's state courthouse in downtown.Ketchikan Police arrested a man Wednesday in connection with a felony, related to property damage in Ferguson, Missouri. The alleged crime occurred during the Ferguson trials of a policeman after an incident that left one man dead and many questioning police-race relations.

City Council to consider $500 bathroom grant

Restroom signIt’s tourist season in Ketchikan, which means downtown bathrooms are in high demand. The Ketchikan City Council will vote Thursday on a proposed $500 grant to a local church that offers free public restrooms.

UAS goes smoke free

DSC_0317Joining about a thousand campuses nationwide, the University of Alaska, through its Board of Regents, will become smoke-free. Campuses statewide have until the end of this year to implement it. Wednesday, University of Alaska Southeast is the first to officially become smoke free.

Six kittens rescued from POW roadside have died

Henry cuddles with six tiny rescued kittens in May. All the kittens succumbed to kitten fading syndrome. (File photo by Leila Kheiry)The six kittens were found in May in a cardboard box on the side of a road on Prince of Wales Island. They were a little more than a week old at the time.

Sealaska board unchanged by election

Sealaska Plaza is the location of the regional Native corporation's Juneau headquarters.  Shareholders are casting ballots to fill five board of directors seats.  (File photo/KTOO)Sealaska shareholders have returned five incumbents to the regional Native corporation’s 13-member board of directors.

Nine victims recovered from fatal plane crash

Ella Lake, seen from the U.S. Forest Service cabin at the site. (USFS photo)The nine people killed Thursday when a floatplane crashed into the side of a steep mountain in Misty Fiords National Monument outside of Ketchikan have been identified.