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Student safety a concern on Baranof Avenue

DSC_3081[1]Ketchikan’s largest elementary school has about 350 students. It is also the only school in the district without a designated pick-up and drop-off driveway loop. But, that may change.

Young growth transition focus of open house

Project Manager Susan Howle talks with two participants during an open house focusing on the proposed TLMP amendment. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)About 35 people showed up Tuesday night for an informational open house focusing on the proposed Tongass Land Management Plan amendment to transition from old-growth to young-growth timber harvest.

School Board talks trades and technology

Trevin Tavares receives his NCCER certificate at the Ketchikan School Board meeting January 13, 2016.Wednesday’s Ketchikan School Board meeting focused on technology and trade.

Ketchikan man charged with burglary, theft, drugs

A 25-year-old Ketchikan man faces felony burglary, theft and drug charges for allegedly breaking into two homes Monday evening.

New Ketchikan hotel delayed, but still planned

My Place officials hope to open a new hotel branch in Ketchikan this fall. (Photo courtesy My Place)Construction of a new hotel in Ketchikan was delayed last year, but officials with the My Place chain still plan to build a brand-new extended-stay hotel on Tongass Avenue.

School District’s annual audit complete

WhiteCliffDuring its Wednesday meeting, the Ketchikan School Board will discuss its fiscal year 2015 complete audit.

AMHS releases trimmed down summer schedule

The ferry Taku sails into the Wrangell Narrows on its way south in 2013. It's part of an aging fleet needing repair or replacement. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)The Alaska Marine Highway System released its summer 2016 ferry schedule Tuesday, and as expected, it includes trimmed-down service.

Boro officials concerned about PERS/TRS liability

The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly heard some sobering information during last week’s policy session about pension liability under the state Public Employee Retirement System and Teacher Retirement System, also called PERS/TRS.

Assembly won’t ask high court to reconsider

Borough SealThe Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly opted on Saturday to not ask the Alaska Supreme Court to reconsider its decision regarding the borough’s education funding lawsuit.

TSAS wins national healthy-schools award

Roseanne Wickman serves chicken nuggets at TSAS on January 6, 2016.Ketchikan’s Tongass School of Arts and Sciences has been nationally recognized as one of the healthiest schools in the nation. The charter school was one of 40 schools this year given a Healther US School Challenge award by the by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Tongass was the only school in Alaska to take the prize recognizing excellence in nutrition and physical activity.