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Council candidates talk pot, energy, bonds

From left are Ketchikan City Council candidates Dave Kiffer, KJ Harris, Amanda Mitchell, Ed Plute and Kevin Staples. (Photo by Megan Petersen)Five of the six candidates running for three Ketchikan City Council seats attended this week’s Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce lunch to introduce themselves and answer questions from the audience.

Hawking irks downtown businesses, tourists

DSC_0164A group of downtown Ketchikan business owners is calling on local government and police to implement tighter restriction and enforcement of “hawking.”

Hearing held on minimum wage ballot prop

If passed, Proposition 3 would raise the minimum wage by $1 in 2015 and another dollar in 2016. After that, the state’s minimum wage would be adjusted to rise with inflation, but must always be at least a dollar above the national minimum wage.

2 schools move forward with last-minute hires

Houghtaling second graders at lunch.Last-minute increases in enrollment caused two Ketchikan elementary schools to scramble for additional classrooms. Both of the schools have new classrooms in place, and they’re moving closer to finalizing the new teacher contracts.

PFD amount: $1,884

Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell announced this year’s Permanent Fund Dividend amount during a news conference Wednesday morning.

Ketchikan Fire Department gets new, better rating

Ketchikan Fire DepartmentKetchikan Fire Department’s fire protection rating is going down. It’s dropping from a combination Class 4-Class 8 rating to a Class 2-2. That’s a good thing, because in this case, lower scores are better.

OceansAlaska loan approved by Assembly

This OceansAlaska photo shows geoduck seeds.A $600,000 loan from the Ketchikan Gateway Borough to OceansAlaska, a shellfish seed producer, narrowly passed its final vote during Monday’s Borough Assembly meeting.

California pair charged for drugs

A California couple faces multiple felony drug charges after allegedly attempting to smuggle more than 55 grams of methamphetamine into Ketchikan.

State files to participate in Big Thorne lawsuits

The State of Alaska filed motions in federal court Monday to participate in lawsuits that seek to halt or delay the U.S. Forest Service’s planned Big Thorne timber sale on Prince of Wales Island.

SEAK municipal election candidates

Statewide, municipal elections are set for Oct. 7. Most Prince of Wales Island communities have closed their filing periods for that election. Here’s a rundown on who is running for office in some of those communities.