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Houghtaling robotics team competes virtually

The Dumpster Diving Dolphins compete virtually in a Fairbanks robotics competition. Photo by Rod ShortThe Houghtaling Elementary School’s robotics team recently competed in a tournament in Fairbanks, without ever leaving Ketchikan.

Boro looks at changes to recreation, sewage fees

The borough-run Gateway Recreation Center. (KRBD file photo)The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly will consider two measures on Monday that call for adjusting fees for recreation facilities and for wastewater.

Elders cleaning up after storm blows roof off

Roofing material is seen in the yard in front of Frank and Marge James' rented home off North Tongass Highway. The roof blew off in the storm earlier this week. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)Two Ketchikan elders are cleaning up and looking for a new place to live after the roof of their rented home was blown off during a big storm earlier this week.

School Board dives into contracted services

Boy Boyle's funding flow chart for the Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District.The Ketchikan School Board took its first step into the 2017 fiscal year budget on Wednesday by unanimously approving administrator contracts. The Board also outlined a timeline for the rest of the process, which continues through June.

Two charged with theft from local senior

A 69-year-old Ketchikan man and a 62-year old Ketchikan woman have been charged with theft for allegedly stealing from a local senior.

Kreiss-Tomkins’ fiscal survey link corrected

Alaskans in House District 35 were sent a survey by their House representative, Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, regarding options to help resolve the state’s budget deficit. But, according to Kreiss-Tomkins’ office, the survey information included an incorrect link.

Storm blows through SE, taking out trees, power

KPU Electric Division crews work on power lines Tuesday morning on Sunset Drive.A big storm blew through Ketchikan Monday and early Tuesday, taking down trees in some areas and cutting the community’s power link to the Swan Lake hydroelectric dam.

School Board to prioritize capital improvements

WhiteCliffThe Ketchikan School Board will discuss technology and capital improvement plans at its Wednesday meeting.

Point Higgins students pilot drones

Hannah Moody flys a drone at Point Higgins Elementary on Friday January 22, 2016. For the past few months, sixth graders at Point Higgins Elementary have been learning about earthquakes, tsunamis and flying drones as a part of a tsunami marine debris monitoring program.

City prepares 2016 cruise season calendar

A cruise ship is docked at Ketchikan's downtown Berth 2. About 1 million cruise passengers visited Southeast in 2015. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)The first ship of the season will be the Crystal Serenity, arriving May 1. That ship carries a little more than 1,000 passengers. Daily visits and multi-ship days start on May 8th. After that, there are no scheduled ship-free days until Sept. 10.