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St. Patrick’s Day celebration set for Sunday

ShamrocksSt. Patrick’s Day is next Tuesday, but Ketchikan will celebrate a couple days early, with a parade and fun events planned for this Sunday, March 15.

School bus minimum age recommendation revisited

Ketchikan Gateway Borough offices are in the White Cliff building.The Ketchikan School Board meets Wednesday, and will hold a second reading of a policy change that recommends kindergarten as the minimum grade for children to be dropped off alone from the school bus.

Alaska’s First City hosts last inaugural celebration

From left, Gov. Bill Walker, Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott, Donna Walker and Toni Mallott clap for local performers during the community reception Saturday at Ketchikan's shipyard.Alaska’s new governor, Bill Walker, and lieutenant governor, Byron Mallott, were in Ketchikan last weekend for a series of inaugural events.

Walker talks budget cuts, marijuana, lawsuit

Gov. Bill WalkerGov. Bill Walker is in Ketchikan this weekend for a series of inaugural events planned by a local committee. During his visit, he stopped by KRBD to talk with local media about issues that he and the Legislature are grappling with this legislative session.

Ketchikan 4th-grader wins statewide art contest

Photo used courtesy of the Federal Subsistence Board.The Federal Subsistence Board announced today that 9-year-old Reilly McCue of Ketchikan is the winner of its annual subsistence themed art contest.

Rep. Ortiz concerned about some budget cuts

Recently elected House District 36 Rep. Dan Ortiz speaks during a Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce event.House District 36 Rep. Dan Ortiz is worried about the repercussions of some proposed state budget cuts, especially cuts that could lead to reduced revenue for the state, such as those to the state timber program and the Alaska Marine Highway System.

City Council defers premium pay issue

Ketchikan Fire DepartmentThe Ketchikan City Council deferred action Thursday on the issue of premium pay for assistant managers filling in for department heads, instead asking the city manager to provide more information.

Metlakatla group plans canoe trip to B.C.

A colorful canoe is towed from Saxman after a group of paddlers landed and disembarked in August 2013.About two years ago, a group of First Nations and Alaska Native canoeists paddled from Canada’s northwest coast, across the U.S. border to Alaska’s only Indian reservation, on Annette Island. Now, a group is planning a return journey, paddling the same route back toward the Tsimshian Native community’s roots in British Columbia.

Member of Kayhi debate takes first in state

IMG_0185Eight members of the Ketchikan High School debate team took a trip recently to Anchorage for the state competition. Sophomore Audrey Kistler took first place in speaking points.

To pay or not to pay?

The question of premium pay when assistant managers fill in for absent managers will come before the Ketchikan City Council on Thursday.