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DOT commissioner resigns after road conflict

1-22-13-Pat-Kemp-answers-a-question-during-a-Jan.-22-MTAB-meeting-286x300Alaska Transportation Commissioner Pat Kemp has resigned at the request of Gov. Bill Walker.

Local man charged with sexual abuse of a minor

A 20-year-old Ketchikan man faces charges of sexual abuse of a minor after allegedly having sex with a 14-year-old girl.

Assembly: Try to contract out animal shelter service

The Pat Wise Animal Shelter.The Ketchikan Borough Assembly last week agreed to move toward contracting the shelter portion of its Animal Protection Department to a private business or organization, while retaining animal code enforcement powers.

Met woman falls from canoe, swims to shore

A 26-year-old Metlakatla woman who fell out of her canoe Sunday afternoon, swam to the shore of Pennock Island and quickly was picked up and taken home by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Assembly: No tax hike; maybe reduce library $

Library4The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly kicked off its two-day planning session Friday, providing financial direction to borough management in advance of the Fiscal Year 2016 budget process.

Historian, former Ketchikan teacher, dies

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A former Ketchikan teacher who wrote 13 books and more than 100 articles, many about the history of Southeast Alaska, has died. Patricia Roppel of Wrangell was 76.

Council changes water rates again, OKs cuts

A view of Ketchikan from the top of the Edmonds Street stairs.The Ketchikan City Council backtracked Thursday on a move toward metered rates for fish processing plants, approved a 100-percent design contract for an adjustment to the new water treatment plant; and approved a 5-percent budget cut to almost all city departments.

Engineless boat race to finish in Ketchikan

Jake Beattie, Co-founder of the Race to Alaska speaks at the Ketchikan Chamber Luncheon on Tuesday, January 6 2015.The rules are few and first prize is $10,000. It’s the Race to Alaska, a 750-mile marine sprint from Washington’s north coast to southern Southeast Alaska.

Budget issues, more in borough strategy session

WhiteCliffThe Borough Assembly’s two-day meeting will cover a variety of topics, but they all pretty much boil down to the same thing: Money.

Tongass supervisor, deputy, leaving the forest

Federal Building cropForest Supervisor Forrest Cole plans to retire in April after about a dozen years in the job. Cole’s deputy, Tricia O’Connor, is leaving to become the supervisor of the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming.