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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.

Community Foundation gets $50K grant

The Ketchikan Community Foundation announced this week that it has been awarded another $50,000 matching grant from the Rasmuson Foundation. The grant is in response to the foundation raising $25,000 in local funds.

‘Healing Garden’ back in hospital design plan

HospitalAmong the items approved by the City Council Thursday was a request from the Ketchikan Medical Center to add plans for a patient terrace back to the hospital’s ongoing renovation.

Storm leads to power outages, some damage

aksat_720x486Southern Southeast Alaska experienced some wild weather Wednesday night, leading to downed trees, power outages and a somewhat rare phenomenon called “corona”

Failing sea wall back on City Council agenda

At its last meeting, the Council agreed to pay for half of a $44,000 study to evaluate the sea wall, which supports land near the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show. Private property owners and the borough were to pay the other half. A revised motion is in front of the Council on Thursday.

HD36 election results by the numbers

Ketchikan voters cast their ballots at The Plaza mall precinct.It will still be a while before we know the results of the too-close-to-call House District 36 race. But in the meantime, here are some election-night numbers to consider.

House District 36 race too close to call

House District 36 MapDan Ortiz, who is not affiliated with any party, has a 19-vote lead. He holds 50.03 percent of the vote, compared to 49.66 percent for Republican Chere Klein.

Craig library a ‘Star’ on nationwide list

Image from the Craig Public Library website,For the second year in a row, the City of Craig Public Library has made it onto the Library Journal’s list of top libraries nationwide.

SE candidates stake out ballot measure positions

i_voted_cropped-300x266Most Southeast legislative candidates oppose the marijuana and Bristol Bay ballot initiatives. But they support the minimum wage measure.

Assembly to eye Revilla subdivision contract

Revilla Road Ward Lake mapThe Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly on Monday will consider a contract with the Ward Cove Group, allowing that company to start work on a detailed development plan for borough-owned land along Revilla Road close to Ward Lake.