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Front half of Alaska Class ferry Tazlina rolls out

The forward half of the Alaska Class Ferry Tazlina moved out of the assembly hall at the Vigor Alaska shipyard in Ketchikan. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)The ferry isn’t done. Not by a long shot. But this is an important moment for the shipyard, which received the $100-million state contract to build two Alaska Class ferries in fall of 2014.

Slick road leads to single-vehicle wreck

Alaska State Troopers station in Ketchikan. (KRBD file photo)Nobody was injured when a Dodge pickup truck slid into an embankment Saturday morning at about mile 17 North Tongass Highway.

City Council to vote on proposed sobering center

The Ketchikan Regional Youth Facility will close Sept. 15th due to state budget cuts. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)The resolution urges the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services to approve a three-year grant to Akeela Gateway to start the center, which would be located at the former Ketchikan Regional Youth Facility, a state juvenile detention center that recently closed due to budget cuts.

Work underway at KYI’s Community Center

Youth Community Center (KYI photo)Ketchikan Youth Initiatives has completed Phase One of the Youth Community Center. The organization is working to have substantial completion of the building done by the end of December in order to receive grant funding.

Motion to clarify borough doesn’t condone pot

(Creative Commons image)The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly on Monday will vote on a motion that would automatically add language to all votes related to state marijuana-license application reviews.

AMHT Deer Mountain logging vote delayed

A springtime view of Deer Mountain. (KRBD file photo by Leila Kheiry)Alaska Mental Health Trust’s board of trustees voted Thursday in Anchorage to reconsider an August decision to potentially move forward with logging Deer Mountain and a section of land above homes in Petersburg, and then the board delayed a final decision until the end of January.

Ferry system plans more fare hikes

Alaska Marine Highway Ferry Terminal. (KRBD file photo)The Alaska Marine Highway System plans its next round of fare increases to start May 1. That’s when the new summer schedule begins.

Theft of marine electronics reported in Hydaburg

birdAlaska State Troopers are investigating a theft, reported Wednesday morning in Hydaburg.

Human rights exec wants to prevent discrimination

birdHarassment complaints in Alaska are on the rise, and the executive director of the Alaska State Commission for Human Rights said she expects that trend to continue, partly in light of the recent presidential elections.

Wood-energy grants again offered in Alaska

Andrew Haden of Wisewood, Inc., a Portland-based design firm, explains how the Ketchikan Airport's biomass boiler works. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)The U.S. Forest Service grants have helped design boilers and plan wood-pellet mills in Southeast and Interior Alaska communities.