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Tourists spent more in Southeast this season

A cruise ship is docked at Ketchikan's downtown Berth 2. Such ships brought about 1 million passengers to Southeast this season. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)Southeast Alaska tour operators say their customers were willing to spend more money this cruise-ship season.

Chamber hosts Ketchikan School Board candidates

Matt Eisenhower, Misty Archibald and Alma ParkerAll five candidates running for three seats on the Ketchikan School Board attended a Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Wednesday to talk about their experience and priorities.

Mayoral candidates stress community service

Ed Plute and Lew Williams III are running for Ketchikan city mayor.The two candidates running for mayor of the City of Ketchikan attended a live on-air forum Thursday at KRBD. Incumbent Lew Williams III and challenger Ed Plute answered questions about current issues for about an hour.

N. Tongass board talks about City of Ward Cove

Ward Cove. (KRBD file photo)A group that wants to create a new home-rule city from what’s now the North Tongass Service Area plans to have an official charter petition ready for signatures by mid-October at the earliest, but perhaps later in November.

School Board sends letter to the state

Ketchikan Gateway Borough offices are in the White Cliff building.The Ketchikan School Board Wednesday night approved sending a strongly worded to the Alaska Department of Administration.

Assembly candidates address current issues

Borough SealSix of the nine candidates running for two seats on the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly attended KRBD’s on-air candidate forum Tuesday.

UAS to offer marine transportation degree

(Creative Commons photo by Ted McGrath)Students and mariners will soon be able to get formal marine transportation education without leaving the state. The University of Alaska Board of Regents last week approved a new marine transportation degree program at the University of Alaska Southeast.

School Board to discuss PERS and TRS liability

Ketchikan Gateway Borough offices are in the White Cliff building.During its regular meeting Wednesday the Ketchikan School Board will consider signing a letter objecting to the Alaska Department of Administration’s proposed allocation of unfunded pension liabilities.

AK budget director: Legislature must act

State Budget Director Pat Pitney speaks during Southeast Conference in Prince Rupert, BC, Sept. 16.A former Olympic gold medalist in Women’s Rifle, Pitney said she expects to be a target -- for criticism – as she travels around the state providing information about Alaska’s budget crunch and the options for the state to overcome that crunch.

Kayhi senior interested in swimming and politics

IMG_2846This year’s Alaska State Legislature had 17 female representatives and senators. According to the U.S. census, women make up 47.4% of the state population, but in the Legislature. they constituted 28%. Ketchikan High School senior Kiera O’Brien wrote about one of those women for the National Foundation for Women Legislators’ college scholarship, and was one of six winners selected from across the country.