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Inmate dies after hanging himself at Ketchikan jail

An inmate at the Ketchikan Correctional Center who was facing felony sex abuse charges died Saturday at Alaska Regional Hospital after apparently hanging himself with his bed sheet late Thursday morning.

Boro mayor: We can weather the fiscal storm

MayorLandis2Borough Mayor David Landis says that while the state is struggling with drastically reduced revenue from freefalling oil prices, the borough is in good financial shape, and should be able to weather the storm for a while.

Animal protection discussion set for Monday

Eddie Blackwood, the borough's animal protection department director, pets one of the adoptable cats available at the shelter.Animal Protection Director Eddie Blackwood will talk about an analysis of the department. That analysis found deficiencies in customer service, public relations and general outreach efforts.

Ortiz, Gara want to lower state student loan rates

Dan Ortiz talks to the Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce about his bid for state House. Ortiz is running as an independent.House District 36 Rep.-elect Dan Ortiz has joined Anchorage Rep. Les Gara to pre-file a bill that would lower the state’s student loan rate.

City edges forward with plans for sea wall fix

Also Thursday, the Council unanimously agreed to authorize $25,000 to move forward with Phase II of the long-planned Hopkins Alley revitalization project.Ketchikan City Council members expressed reluctance Thursday to take on the full responsibility of fixing a failing sea wall at Thomas Basin, but agreed to let the city facilitate meetings with the various property owners along that stretch of shore, in hopes of finding consensus on how to move the project forward.

Klawock couple plans halftime wedding

ak-akkhs2-letter-150A couple in Klawock has been engaged since 2001, but they couldn’t quite come to agreement about what kind of wedding ceremony to have. They finally settled on a unique venue: Center court at halftime during Friday’s home basketball game.

Pesticide bill pre-filed by area lawmakers

House District 36 Rep.-elect Dan Ortiz has joined Sitka’s Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins and Anchorage Rep. Les Gara in pre-filing a bill that calls for restoring public comment periods before the Department of Transportation uses pesticides on state-owned roads and highways.

Safe Havens presents safety recommendations

16284104842_ddc57bb977_oThe first Ketchikan Gateway Borough School Board meeting of the new year on Wednesday night wrapped up some old topics such as the Safe Havens safety recommendation report and opened up new discussions including a Native languages curriculum and the upcoming budget.

City, KPU negotiations with IBEW stalled

IBEWSignCity of Ketchikan officials have been negotiating with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers since September without finding common ground. The Ketchikan City Council has two executive sessions Thursday to talk about the status of negotiations, and to provide direction to city management.

State reclassifies 142 students, $116K decrease

SchoenbarMiddleSchoolAt the end of December, the state Department of Education and Early Development sent notice to the Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District that it was challenging the status of 142 full-time students, resulting in a potential $116,000 loss in funding.