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Jungle Kitty takes second-place steak knives

Race To Alaska second-place winners Team Jungle Kitty's boat included tandem bicycles to provide propeller power in case the wind died down. (Photo by Deb Turnbull)The coveted second-place prize of steak knives has been claimed in this year’s second annual Race to Alaska.

Three arrested on felony drug charges

birdThree people were arrested early Thursday morning after police received a report of drug sales at a local hotel.

Assembly to consider pot tax, off-leash beach

MarijuanaAn ordinance that would establish a 5-percent sales tax on retail marijuana sold within the Ketchikan Gateway Borough is up for consideration by the Borough Assembly on Tuesday. The Assembly also will consider a citizen request to make Rotary Beach an off-leash area for dogs.

Team MAD Dog wins R2AK

Randy Miller, Ian Andrewes and Colin Dunphy of Team MAD Dog stand with Race to Alaska co-founer Jake Beattie. The team won this year's 750-mile engineless boat race. (Photo by Deb Turnbull)The $10,000 top prize for the second annual Race to Alaska has been claimed by Team MAD Dog Racing.

TLMP amendment draft decision announced

A Tongass National Forest clearcut is shown in this 2014 aerial view. A new court decision limits logging on roadless areas of the forest. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)The U.S. Forest Service moved forward Thursday with plans to transition to second-growth harvest on the Tongass National Forest within 16 years.

Woman killed in single-vehicle rollover

birdA 43-year-old Ketchikan woman died last night when the car she was driving rolled near Mile 5 South Tongass.

Ketchikan, POW businesses finalists in P2P

birdTwo Ketchikan businesses and three on Prince of Wales Island are among the 12 finalists in this year’s Path to Prosperity competition for small businesses.

Efforts underway to eradicate invasive plants

Orange hawkweed (invasives.org photo)A group formed in May is trying to tackle the problem of invasive plants in the Ketchikan area.

Ketchikan Berth 3 initial repairs completed

The repair barge for Turnagain Marine Construction is seen at Ketchikan's Berth 3, damaged when the cruise ship Infinity hit the dock on June 3rd. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)A berth damaged on June 3 when the cruise ship Infinity slammed into Ketchikan’s downtown dock has been repaired and can take ships again starting Wednesday.

Ketchikan hospital celebrates new expansion

The new surgery suite recovery area at PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)Ketchikan’s community hospital just grew by about 70,000 square feet. The city-owned hospital, which is operated by PeaceHealth, celebrated the completion of a major addition this weekend with a barbecue and tours of the new space.