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Two schools move forward with last-minute hires

Houghtaling second graders at lunch.Last-minute increases in enrollment caused two Ketchikan elementary schools to scramble for additional classrooms. Both of the schools have new classrooms in place, and they’re moving closer to finalizing the new teacher contracts.

PFD amount: $1,884

Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell announced this year’s Permanent Fund Dividend amount during a news conference Wednesday morning.

Ketchikan Fire Department gets new, better rating

Ketchikan Fire DepartmentKetchikan Fire Department’s fire protection rating is going down. It’s dropping from a combination Class 4-Class 8 rating to a Class 2-2. That’s a good thing, because in this case, lower scores are better.

OceansAlaska loan approved by Assembly

This OceansAlaska photo shows geoduck seeds.A $600,000 loan from the Ketchikan Gateway Borough to OceansAlaska, a shellfish seed producer, narrowly passed its final vote during Monday’s Borough Assembly meeting.

California pair charged for drugs

A California couple faces multiple felony drug charges after allegedly attempting to smuggle more than 55 grams of methamphetamine into Ketchikan.

State files to participate in Big Thorne lawsuits

The State of Alaska filed motions in federal court Monday to participate in lawsuits that seek to halt or delay the U.S. Forest Service’s planned Big Thorne timber sale on Prince of Wales Island.

SEAK municipal election candidates

Statewide, municipal elections are set for Oct. 7. Most Prince of Wales Island communities have closed their filing periods for that election. Here’s a rundown on who is running for office in some of those communities.

Low use forces Forest Service to close cabins

DeBoer Lake cabin in the Petersburg Ranger District of the Tongass National Forest will be removed by 2017. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service.The U.S. Forest Service announced the removal of 10 cabins on the Tongass National Forest this week.

Aurora activity high through the weekend

Alaska_5The chances of a Northern Lights viewing are high through the weekend, and Ketchikan is expected to have at least partially clear skies during that time frame.

Timber harvest in Shelter Cove area proposed

Saddle Lakes map cropThe U.S. Forest Service has released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Saddle Lakes Timber Sale on Revilla Island.