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Deer Mountain logging off the table for now

A springtime view of Deer Mountain. (KRBD file photo by Leila Kheiry)Mental Health Trust Land Office Executive Director John Morrison says that while a federal land exchange deal wasn’t approved by Congress during its last session, he is confident that the reintroduced bill will pass this year.

Metlakatla hopes to increase hydro capacity

A view of Metlakatla on Annette Island, Alaska's only Native reserve. (File photo by Leila Kheiry)For the past couple years, Metlakatla residents have been asked to conserve power. The lake levels on Annette Island have been low, and this winter’s cold, dry spell made things even worse. But, recent rainy weather has provided some relief while Metlakatla Power and Light works toward increasing its hydro capacity.

City hopes boro will help with anti-hawking effort

CityofKetchikanThe Ketchikan City Council on Thursday will vote on a resolution honoring retiring Police Chief Alan Bengaard; the Council also will consider sending a request to the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly, asking that it no longer issue permits for sales downtown that happen outside of a structure.

Free forestry academy offered on POW

RainforestHaa Aani and the Sustainable Southeast Partnership are working with the US Forest Service and the State of Alaska to provide free forestry training for Southeast Alaska residents. The application deadline in January 20th.

KPU back on hydro after warm, wet weekend

(KRBD file photo)All that rain was good for something. But it wasn't all good: One power outage over the weekend was storm-related.

Assembly delays decision on taxing shipyard

Ketchikan's shipyard is seen in 2012. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld)A proposal to charge the Ketchikan Shipyard property tax or an equivalent payment in lieu of taxes was postponed by the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly on Monday.

Should the Ketchikan shipyard pay property tax?

The forward half of the Alaska Class Ferry Tazlina moved out of the assembly hall at the Vigor Alaska shipyard in Ketchikan. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)On the agenda for Monday is consideration of a citizen request that the borough start charging the shipyard property tax.

New manager wants 10% overall budget cut, to start

Borough SealIf the Ketchikan Gateway Borough maintains its current spending levels, it faces a projected $1 million deficit this year, and with no changes will pretty much run out of money by 2022.

Land exchange bill reintroduced in Congress

A springtime view of Deer Mountain. (KRBD file photo by Leila Kheiry)With a new U.S. Congress convening, Alaska’s Congressional Delegation has reintroduced a bill that would trade federal land for land owned by Alaska Mental Health Trust – including Ketchikan’s Deer Mountain.

New Museum Director arrives in Ketchikan

Lee GrayKetchikan’s new museum director, Dr. Lee Gray, arrived in the First City recently, and started work Monday. Gray is originally from Minnesota and most recently worked as the assistant director of exhibitions and outreach at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.