Local News

Background checks for volunteer chaperones

The Lady Kings land in Ketchika after a three-day trip to Sitka.

The Ketchikan School Board Wednesday night approved required background checks for volunteer chaperones on overnight school-sponsored trips. The policy recommendation came from the newly formed Student Safety Committee. more

To fish, or not to fish

Fishing Stedman Bridge

The Ketchikan City Council meets Thursday, and among the topics on the agenda is a discussion about fishing off the Stedman Street Bridge, and whether to regulate that activity. more

School Board to vote on background checks

The Board will vote on whether to require background checks for volunteer chaperones on overnight trips. The recommendation came from a school safety committee formed earlier this year. If the Board approves the change, it will go into effect in the upcoming school year. more

Third Ave development now under city review

The access road leading to property under development off the Third Avenue Bypass.

City Manager Karl Amylon writes that the plans don’t adequately address surface drainage or on-site waste disposal. Both of those could affect downhill property. Plus, he says the access road already has been damaged by development activity. more

Hollis French makes Ketchikan campaign stop

Hollis French, candidate for lieutenant governor, speaks at Wednesday's Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce lunch.

Sen. Hollis French is on the campaign trail, running as a Democrat for lieutenant governor. He is in the middle of a Southeast tour, and stopped in Ketchikan this week. more

Inside the Crown Princess cruise ship

The Crown Princess is celebrating its first summer sailing in Alaska.

Last week, several Ketchikan residents boarded the Crown Princess as part of a ceremony celebrating the ship’s first year on an Alaska itinerary. more

News photographer Hall Anderson retires

Grand Marshal Hall Anderson, still taking photos, rides at the front of the Fourth of July parade.

Ketchikan Daily News staff photographer Hall Anderson retired July 3 after three decades of documenting nearly every noteworthy event that’s happened on the island. more

Ketchikan Assembly OKs OceansAlaska funding

Oyster spat grows at OceansAlaska.

Following about two hours of discussion Monday night, the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly approved a $144,000 grant to OceansAlaska, and directed the borough manager to investigate a loan of up to $600,000 for that nonprofit shellfish seed producer. more

Snapshots of Ketchikan’s Independence Day

Misty Thistle Pipes & Drums walked the parade and played their bagpipes around town throughout the day.

Ketchikan celebrated Independence Day with parades, hot dogs, rubber ducks, and lumberjacks. more

City water treatment adjustment moves forward

Ketchikan from the water

In a split vote Thursday night, the Ketchikan City Council narrowly approved a motion to move forward with design work to adjust the city’s water treatment system. The $75,000 contract with CH2M-Hill will bring the project to 35 percent of design, which will provide a cost estimate for completion. more