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Boro delays pot tax to consider potency tax

National Public Radio image.The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly postponed action Monday on a marijuana sales tax of up to 10 percent, to provide borough staff time to look into a proposal that would tax marijuana based instead on its potency.

Cruise industry grows, global share shrinks

Three cruise ships dock in downtown Juneau July 14, at the height of the tourist season (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Alaska’s cruise industry is on track to hit the magic million-passenger mark this year. But it's attracting a smaller percentage of the worldwide market.

Canadian Navy ship stops in Ketchikan

The HMCS Whitehorse. (Photo credit: Tawker at English Wikipedia)The Canadian Navy landed in Ketchikan Friday. It’s not an invasion, though; the HMCS Whitehorse is in Alaska’s First City on a goodwill visit, and will open the ship for public tours on Sunday.

Pot tax, Gravina grow-op on Assembly agenda

(Creative Commons photo by Brett Levin)A boroughwide marijuana sales tax of up to 10 percent, and a rezone request to allow a commercial marijuana cultivation site on Gravina Island are in front of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly on Monday.

Warrant leads to felony drug charges

birdA 31-year-old Ketchikan man faces felony drug charges after local police allegedly found methamphetamine and illegal prescription drugs at his home earlier this week.

R2AK Team Alula: Disqualified but victorious

Team Alula arrived in Ketchikan this week. They were officially disqualified, but still finished the 750-mile Race to Alaska. (R2AK photo)Team Alula is the most celebrated disqualified team to finish the Race to Alaska.

KPU starts offering Verizon wireless service

Customers sign up for Verizon wireless plans at KPU following a quick grand-opening ceremony Wednesday morning. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)Verizon officially arrived in Ketchikan on Wednesday.

National pet fire safety day on Friday

Ketchikan Fire Departmentthe National Fire Protection Association reports that about 700 home fires annually are started by pets and other animals, knocking over cooking equipment or candles, for example.

Hero nominees sought

birdNominations are open through Friday, July 15th, for the sixth Summer of Heroes state scholarship program.

Troopers: Meth found following traffic stop

Alaska State Troopers station in Ketchikan. (KRBD file photo)A traffic stop Friday night on North Tongass Highway led to the discovery of alleged methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.