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Hydaburg to enhance POW wolf study

Alaska Department of Fish and Game photo.How many wolves are on Prince of Wales Island? It’s an important question because wolves are an important predator – part of the chain of life in the forest. A POW tribal group has been awarded a federal grant to help gather data used to determine that number.

Music Fest comes to Ketchikan

Kayhi Concert Choir

Kayhi Concert Choir

More than 650 students from a dozen schools brought their instruments and voices to Ketchikan High School last weekend for Southeast Music Fest. The three-day festival features workshops, performances and adjudication.


Students in the flute and


One injured in early-morning Craig house fire

Photo courtesy Chaundell Piburn, Craig EMS.An early-morning house fire just outside of Craig on Prince of Wales Island left one person injured and the house severely damaged.

Tens of thousands of geese fill Ketchikan skies

Greater white-fronted goose. Photo courtesy of Andy PistonTens of thousands of migratory geese flew over Ketchikan Monday morning and early afternoon on their way to breeding grounds farther north.

Absences almost lead to Assembly vacancy

Borough SealAccording to borough code, if Assembly members miss more than two meetings in a row, they can be kicked off unless the rest of the Assembly votes to excuse them. Felix Wong has been in Seward for work, and Monday’s meeting was his third consecutive absence.

Ketchikan airport’s new boiler to fire up soon

Airport Manager Mike Carney stands next to the Ketchikan International Airport's new biomass wood-pellet boiler. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)Ketchikan International Airport is just a few weeks away from switching its heat source to a high-efficiency biomass boiler system.

Marijuana committee approves code, discusses transportation issues

MarijuanaThe Ketchikan Marijuana Advisory Committee on Friday approved proposed changes to borough code and discussed concerns about transporting pot samples for testing.

City fares well in head tax audit; borough less so

Tourists disembark from the Ruby Princess this spring, beginning the 2015 tour season in Ketchikan. The Ruby is permitted to discharge graywater while docked. (KRBD file photo).The City of Ketchikan came out looking pretty good, with no recommendations in the audit regarding how the city uses its CPV funds. The Ketchikan Gateway Borough, though, had some potential concerns identified in the audit.

Head tax lawsuit could affect Ketchikan

The cruise ship Norwegian Pearl sails south through Chatham Strait on its final voyage of 2013. The ship is one of six permitted to release treated blackwater into Alaska harbors this summer. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)This week, Cruise Lines International Association sued the City and Borough of Juneau over how it uses cruise head taxes. While Juneau is the only community named, the implications of the lawsuit could affect other Alaska communities that levy their own head taxes. Like Ketchikan.

Ketchikan attorney barred from practicing law

Ketchikan's state courthouse in downtown.Loren K. Stanton was suspended for violating ethics rules by having a sexual relationship with a client in 2014.