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MAC discusses home-based pot shops

National Public Radio image.Among the topics Marijuana Advisory Committee members discussed Monday was whether to allow small home-based businesses, in hopes of avoiding a black or “gray” market.

Hyder crossing open

The border gate between Hyder and Stewart, B.C. is decorated with balloons this weekend, as residents celebrate a resolution to the border crossing issue. (Photo by Carol Denton)This weekend, a Canadian border guard unlocked the gate between Hyder and Stewart, B.C., and it’s going to remain that way for the time being.

Bill cuts funding for EPA Waters of the U.S. rule

The Whitman Lake dam. (Alaska Energy Authority photo)The Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday approved a spending measure for the federal Interior Department that Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s office said includes some good news for Southeast.

Soggy Beavers paddle 750 miles in first R2AK

Team Soggy Beavers was all smiles as they were cheered at the finish line Thursday. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)Teams continue to arrive at the finish line in Ketchikan for the inaugural Race to Alaska, an engineless boat race that started in Port Townsend, Wash. Until Thursday, all the finishing teams had been on sailboats. But, Team Soggy Beavers relied almost 100 percent on human power.

Council moves forward with tobacco tax plan

tobacco smokeThe Ketchikan City Council flew through a short meeting agenda Thursday, completing all regular business in about 40 minutes before going into the first of two executive sessions.

Williams back in K-town, working for Cape Fox

Steve Williams is moving back to Ketchikan after taking a job as Cape Fox Corp's new business development manager. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)Steve Williams said he his wife, Joanna Markell, along with their daughter, Louise, are happy to move back to Alaska’s First City.

Council to discuss water treatment, vacancy

Welcome Arch Mission Downtown KetchikanA $1.5-million contract to build an addition to the City of Ketchikan’s water treatment system is up for City Council consideration on Thursday, along with discussion of a tobacco tax, and whether to appoint someone to a soon-to-be-vacant Council seat.

Downtown pigeon adopts local businessman

A close-up of Fifty. (Photo by Todd Phillips)Fifty the pigeon is named for the book, “Fifty Shades of Grey,” because he’s got a lot of gray feathers, along with some eye-catching, iridescent purple and green. Fifty got his name this spring after he adopted a local businessman with a granola habit.

Man caught who allegedly threatened troopers

Troopers StationA 22-year-old Ketchikan man who allegedly threatened Alaska State Troopers and evaded arrest Monday was apprehended Tuesday afternoon by Ketchikan Police Department officers at an Austin Street home.

Six cruise ships release treated sewage into harbors

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)A dozen cruise ships are allowed to discharge wastewater while anchored or tied up in Alaska ports this summer. Officials say it’s safe. Critics disagree.