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Pot discussion on City Council agenda

MarijuanaMarijuana Advisory Committee members want to get an idea of what elected bodies think about allowing marijuana businesses to operate in the community.

Ketchikan fiber artist wins Rasmuson project grant

Ketchikan fiber artist Kathy Rousso is among the 36 Alaska artists awarded 2015 grants and fellowships by the Anchorage-based Rasmuson Foundation.

Critics question Sealaska Corp.’s finances

sealaska-annual-report-2015-graphCould Sealaska make more money, pay higher dividends and make better use of its land? Yes, say some shareholders critical of the Southeast regional Native corporation’s management.

Assembly OKs school, borough budgets

Borough SealIn a marathon meeting Monday, the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly approved a spending plan for the school district, without adding more funds for education, as requested by school officials. In the general borough budget, the Assembly cut grant funding by 25 percent across-the-board.

Students plant trees to celebrate Arbor Day in AK


Third-graders at Fawn Mountain Elementary water their spruce saplings on Arbor Day 2015.

Each state celebrates Arbor Day on a different day, in Alaska it’s the third Monday in May. Today marks the 49th year Alaska has celebrated the … more

Ortiz returns, asks constituents for input

Rep. Dan Ortiz talks during a town-hall-style meeting Thursday at the White Cliff building.After a quick trip to Juneau early this week that didn't result in any action by the Legislature, House District 36 Rep. Dan Ortiz returned to Ketchikan for a town-hall-style meeting with constituents Thursday evening.

Assembly to look again at school, boro budgets

The Ketchikan School District and Ketchikan Gateway Borough budgets will be back in front of the Borough Assembly on Monday, despite lack of legislative movement on the state budget.

Taking ideas from hypothesis to blue ribbon

IMG_0337For a few days this week, Houghtling Elementary School’s library looked more like a laboratory than a library. Tables were covered in poster boards, and exploratory stations for its annual science fair. The fair is the only one still going in the district, and has been around for more than 20 years.

Schools experience large absences due to illness

HoughtalingStarting midway through last week and into this week, Ketchikan schools have had a larger than usual number of students out sick. Houghtling Elementary was hit the hardest. Earlier this week, it had about 70 students out sick. Tongass School of Arts and Sciences had the second-highest number of absences.

New Tongass Forest Supervisor on the job

EarlStewartThe new Tongass National Forest Supervisor Earl Stewart has worked for the U.S. Forest Service since 1991, moving through various forests. But, he says, he’s always wanted to live and work in Alaska.