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Keel-laying marks start of ferry construction

Ketchikan residents chat with shipyard workers after the keel-laying ceremony. One of the keels is seen in the background.On Saturday, Ketchikan celebrated the laying of the keels for Alaska’s two new ferries, which will be built at Ketchikan’s Vigor Alaska shipyard.

Ortiz announces legislative staff hires

AK-capitol-front-steps-sunny-summer_horizontal-rsDebbie Banaszak will be Rep. Dan Ortiz's new chief of staff, and Elizabeth Bolling will focus on constituent relations and legislative/bill research.

Sealaska Lands Bill passes U.S. Congress

A bill transferring 70,000 acres of the Tongass National Forest to Sealaska Corp. has passed Congress.

Shipyard focuses on training local workforce

Ketchikan's shipyard is seen in 2012. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld)“Create more jobs” is a mantra in Ketchikan, but the problem with more jobs at the shipyard is, workers there need special skills.

Revilla proposal could snag over price tag

Revilla Road Ward Lake mapThe Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly meets in regular session on Monday, and one of the likely topics of discussion is a follow-up to a recent special meeting about development of the borough’s Revilla Road property.

Study: Climate change hurting salmon habitat

10-14 Compressed - The Nature Conservancy's Colin Shanley talks about his research on how climate change's will impact Southeast salmon habitat next to Juneau's Gold Creek.Scientists know climate change is altering rain and snowfall patterns in the Tongass National Forest. A new study details how that could affect salmon and suggests what can be done.

Southeast Alaska wolves: Subspecies or not?

POW wolf pupAn article published last month in the Journal of Heredity concludes that DNA evidence does not support listing Southeast Alaska wolves as a distinct sub-species for protection under the Endangered Species Act. However, others say the same research supports that distinction.

Church organist retires after 66 years

Ketchikan Presbyterian Church organist Agnes Royer has decided to retire, at the age of 92.

Gov. Walker, first lady to attend keel-laying

Alaska Class Ferry slideA public laying of the keels is set for the two Alaska Marine Highway System day boats that will be built in Ketchikan. It was announced Wednesday that newly elected Gov. Bill Walker and first lady Donna Walker will attend the ceremony.

Teen pulls man from water at Ketchikan’s City Float

Justin OsterA recent Ketchikan High School graduate who aspires to become a peace officer got an early start on his career Tuesday, when he rescued a man who had fallen into the water at City Float.