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Overdue surveyer found safe on Saturday

According to Alaska State Troopers, William Johnson never showed up when his ride arrived to pick him up Friday from a surveying trip. He was reported overdue at about 5:30 p.m. on Friday.

School Board to honor Native Heritage Month

Instead of the White Cliff building, the School Board will meet at the Saxman Community Center, in recognition of Alaska Native Heritage Month. A special meet-and-greet will precede the meeting, and The Cape Fox Dancers have been invited to perform.

Ferry system delays youth travel restrictions

8-13-2013 The ferry Taku sails into the Wrangell Narrows on its way south. croppedThe Alaska Marine Highway System won’t ban solo ferry travel by children and teen-agers, at least for now.

Latest count shows Ortiz ahead for HD36

Recently elected House District 36 Rep. Dan Ortiz speaks during a Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce event.With independent candidate Dan Ortiz in the lead by 102 votes, the House District 36 race is unofficially over, according to Alaska Division of Elections Director Gail Fenumiai.

Ketchikan man believed dead after fire, shooting

This Alaska State Trooper photo shows the State Fire Marshal at the scene of Wednesday's Blackberry Lane house fire. An excavator is helping authorities search the debris for evidence.A 49-year-old Ketchikan man is believed dead in a Wednesday-night house fire after reportedly shooting a gun into the air and then probably running back into his burning home. Investigators reported early Thursday evening that they found a body in the ashes of the destroyed house.

Bird strike likely in Wednesday power outage

Ketchikan from the waterTwo power outages, one on Saturday and another Wednesday morning, were caused by birds striking the lines, and both strikes happened in pretty much the same location.

Klein pulls ahead in nail-biter HD36 race

hd36Chamber forumRepublican Chere Klein, who was a mere 19 votes behind after last week’s general election, now is nine votes ahead of independent Dan Ortiz.

Red Cross talks services, seeks local volunteers

Firefighters gather in the Grant Street parking lot  to plan their strategy Saturday morning in response to a residential fire on Edmonds Street, a boardwalk stair street in downtown Ketchikan.The Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross of Alaska visited Ketchikan this week as part of a tour of Southeast communities. He talked to the Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce about the services that Red Cross provides, and the importance of volunteers in rural communities.

BC says mine concerns heard, critics disagree

Oxidized rock colors a valley where one of Seabridge Gold's open pit mines will be dug. (Ed Schoenfeld/ CoastAlaska News)British Columbia officials say they understand why Alaskans are concerned about new mines planned for transboundary rivers. But critics on this side of the border say they’re not doing anything about it.

Caucus leaves positions open for tight races

Flag of AlaskaThe fate of the local House District 36 race remains up in the air, but the Alaska House Majority and Bush caucuses still met this week with local Republican candidate Chere Klein.