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Head tax lawsuit could affect Ketchikan

The cruise ship Norwegian Pearl sails south through Chatham Strait on its final voyage of 2013. The ship is one of six permitted to release treated blackwater into Alaska harbors this summer. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)This week, Cruise Lines International Association sued the City and Borough of Juneau over how it uses cruise head taxes. While Juneau is the only community named, the implications of the lawsuit could affect other Alaska communities that levy their own head taxes. Like Ketchikan.

Ketchikan attorney barred from practicing law

Ketchikan's state courthouse in downtown.Loren K. Stanton was suspended for violating ethics rules by having a sexual relationship with a client in 2014.

Borough resolution calls for no COLA

Borough SealThe Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly meets Monday, and one of the items on the agenda is a resolution that calls for no cost-of-living salary increases this year.

Conservation groups sue to stop Shelter Cove Rd

Shelter_Cove_Road cropCiting the potential negative effects on wildlife of the planned Shelter Cove Road project, five environmental organizations filed a lawsuit Thursday in U.S. District Court objecting to the U.S. Forest Service’s recent decision to grant an easement for the road’s construction.

MAC to discuss local-testing requirement

(Creative Commons image)Officials have expressed concern that shipping marijuana off-island for testing would violate federal law, because pot remains illegal at the federal level.

Possible totem pole for Fawn Mountain school

Fawn Mountain Elementary School.The Ketchikan School Board heard from the Fawn Mountain Elementary School principal during Wednesday’s regular meeting, including discussion of a possible totem pole for the school.

School Board amends, postpones FY17 budget

kayhiCiting uncertainty with what the state might do with public school funding, the Board opted to postpone adopting the budget until its next meeting.

Tourism industry healthy, but facing challenges

The Ketchikan Visitors Bureau building is seen during last summer's tourist season.Patti Mackey of KVB gave an update to Chamber of Commerce members on what is happening with the tourism industry locally and across the state; and discussed some of the challenges facing the industry.

Southeast king limits set

(Freshwater and Marine Image Bank image from Wikimedia Commons)The resident bag and possession limit is three; non-resident is one, except during May and June.

Local groups receive $24K through Pick.Click.Give

Lovalaska PickClickGive White on GreenThe total amount pledged statewide is nearly $3.2 million.