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Head taxes likely to come back in special session

The Crystal Serenity was the first large cruise ship of the 2016 season to stop in Ketchikan. (KRBD file photo)A proposal that was approved in conference committee and could come back in next week's special session has leaders in cruise ship port communities concerned.

State, local jobless rates above national average

birdIn the Ketchikan Gateway Borough, the April unemployment rate was 7.1 percent. That’s almost identical to last year at this time, and better than previous years going back to 2010.

Ketchikan library director submits resignation

LibraryExterior3Ketchikan’s Library Director Linda Lyshol is leaving effective June 10th.

City Council moves ahead with 5% pot tax

(U.S. Fish and Wildlife photo)During Council discussion of the pot tax, there was general agreement on a 5-percent tax – not graduated – with proceeds going into the general fund. The Council directed city management to come back with an ordinance to that effect for the next regular meeting.

Students name new ferries Tazlina and Hubbard

A conceptual drawing show what the Alaska Class ferries will look like. (Image courtesy state Department of Transportation)The winners of Alaska’s name-the-new-ferry contest didn’t know about it until they got a call from Gov. Bill Walker and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott.

Youth fishing events on the Tongass in June

Ketchikan City Park. (KRBD file photo)The Ketchikan-Misty Fiords Ranger District’s annual Kids Fishing Derby at City Park starts at 9 a.m. on June 18th, and lasts until noon.

Musician shares Tlingit culture and music

Ed Littlefield listens to a student's question about the song they're learning.Musician Ed Littlefield has been at Fawn Mountain Elementary School the past two weeks teaching students about Tlingit songs and culture.

Two heaters taken from Forest Park property

Troopers StationAlaska State Troopers in Ketchikan are investigating the theft of two electrical heaters taken from a Forest Park building.

Ketchikan Council to consider marijuana tax

National Public Radio image.How and whether to tax retail marijuana within the City of Ketchikan is up for discussion during Thursday’s Ketchikan City Council meeting.

Ketchikan airport security screening back to normal

Ketchikan International Airport on Gravina Island. (KRBD file photo)A baggage-screening x-ray machine at Ketchikan International Airport has been fixed, and passenger screening is back to normal.