Local News

POW bat tests positive for rabies, prompts warning

A Keen's myotis bat. (ADF&G photo)

The state Department of Health and Social Services sent out a public health advisory Friday, warning of the discovery and asking anyone who may have been bitten or scratched by a bat to contact a doctor immediately for testing. more

Teen hikers found safe on POW mountain

Four Prince of Wales Island teenagers were found safe Thursday afternoon after they became lost while hiking Wednesday on a mountain trail. more

Assembly to vote on OceansAlaska, library $

Public hearings regarding funding for OceansAlaska and the Ketchikan Public Library are on the agenda for Monday’s Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly meeting. more

Bridge fishing to continue, at least for the present

TouristsStedmanStreetBridge

The Ketchikan City Council on Thursday didn’t take any firm action to restrict fishing from the Stedman Street Bridge, but Council members asked city management to bring back some ideas to address concerns. more

New, expanded bus schedule debuts Monday

Borough Bus

Starting Monday, Ketchikan’s bus system is expanding service north, south and within city limits. There are some tradeoffs, though. more

B.C. mines get financial boost, one to open soon

BC mines map CROPPED - SEACC

Canadian investors are putting millions of new dollars into mining projects near the Southeast Alaska border. more

Background checks for volunteer chaperones

The Lady Kings land in Ketchika after a three-day trip to Sitka.

The Ketchikan School Board Wednesday night approved required background checks for volunteer chaperones on overnight school-sponsored trips. The policy recommendation came from the newly formed Student Safety Committee. more

To fish, or not to fish

Fishing Stedman Bridge

The Ketchikan City Council meets Thursday, and among the topics on the agenda is a discussion about fishing off the Stedman Street Bridge, and whether to regulate that activity. more

School Board to vote on background checks

The Board will vote on whether to require background checks for volunteer chaperones on overnight trips. The recommendation came from a school safety committee formed earlier this year. If the Board approves the change, it will go into effect in the upcoming school year. more

Third Ave development now under city review

The access road leading to property under development off the Third Avenue Bypass.

City Manager Karl Amylon writes that the plans don’t adequately address surface drainage or on-site waste disposal. Both of those could affect downhill property. Plus, he says the access road already has been damaged by development activity. more