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Council OKs bond props for voter approval

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The Ketchikan City Council agreed during a special meeting last week to place a couple of $5 million bond packages on the October ballot, to pay for water and sewer pipe replacement projects. more

Southeast daycare ‘crisis’

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Daycare in the region has always been problematic, but it’s hit a breaking point. more

‘Hidden learning’ in Lego robotics camp

Evie Posey and Mason Baxter explain what their EV3 robot can do.

About 20 local children spent this week trying to rescue astronauts and rovers stranded on faraway planets. Or at least…they built Lego robots that simulated those missions. more

Headlights on, all the time

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Starting now, sections of state highways throughout Southeast Alaska will require drivers to turn their headlights on at all times, even during the day. more

$20 million loan for POW hydro project

Aerial view of Rich's Pond and Lake Mellen on Prince of Wales Island, part of the area in the Reynolds Creek hydro project.

A new hydro power project on Prince of Wales Island has been approved for a huge loan, bringing it one hurdle closer to completion. more

BC’s KSM mine nears environmental approval

Oxidized rock colors a valley where one of Seabridge Gold's KSM Project's open pit mines will be dug. Canadian officials have opened their final comment period before environmental approval. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska)

Canadian environmental officials have given provisional approval to a controversial mine planned for an area northeast of Ketchikan. more

City to consider bonds, discuss 2015 budget

The Ketchikan City Council has scheduled a special budget work session for Thursday night, and also will consider resolutions to place bond propositions on the Oct. 7 municipal ballot. more

For the love of welding

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There are more than 100 people employed at Ketchikan’s Vigor Industrial Shipyard. Out of all of them, Cat Wong might have the most unusual story about how she got there. more

Assembly approves funding for OceansAlaska

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In a split vote Monday, the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly approved an ordinance providing $144,000 now to OceansAlaska, and directing the borough manager to start negotiating a loan of $600,000 to the struggling shellfish seed producer. more

Pink building pilots federal biomass boiler study

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The Federal Building in Ketchikan, referred to by locals as “the pink building,” has been involved in an energy pilot project for the past couple of years. more