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Council OKs coliform study, talks filtration

Ketchikan from the water

The Ketchikan City Council on Thursday approved a $31,000 contract with consulting firm CH2MHill to continue studying the coliform problem at Ketchikan Lakes, the city’s source of tap water. But, one Council member asked management to also compile information about what it would take to get a filtration plant. more

Parnell gives update on various local projects


Governor Sean Parnell was in Ketchikan early this week, and while his main purpose was to sign SB99 – a bill authorizing loans to help area mine projects – the governor touched on other local projects, as well. more

SEAPA testing leads to brief power outage

An engineer working for SEAPA was conducting some tests at the dam related to a new computer operating system. The engineer accidentally tripped the machine, and that knocked out power to pretty much the entire KPU system, starting at about 11 a.m. more

Ketchikan Lakes coliform problem continues

The City of Ketchikan is seen from the water on a cloudy day.

Ketchikan Lakes is the city’s source of tap water, and before 2011 it always tested OK. Since then, though, it has exceeded allowed levels of coliform. more

B.C. developers defend near-border mines


We’ve heard a lot about environmental damage from mines planned for northwest British Columbia, just across Alaska’s border. But we haven’t heard a lot from mine advocates. Now, we have. more

OceansAlaska admits financial problems

Oyster spat grows at OceansAlaska.

OceansAlaska, a Ketchikan-based shellfish seed producer, is in a financial mess. Officials with the nonprofit admitted as much during Monday’s Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly meeting. more

2 POW roads to close for bridge installation

The U.S. Forest Service has announced some Prince of Wales Island road closures in July. more

Parnell signs SB99 to allow POW mine loans

Gov. Sean Parnell signs SB99 into law during a special Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce lunch on Monday.

Gov. Sean Parnell was in Ketchikan on Monday to sign into law Senate Bill 99, which allows the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority to issue bonds for two Southeast Alaska mining projects, plus a loan for Sitka’s Blue Lake … more

New loo offers relief in busy tourist season

Kyan Reeve introduces mayors Dave Kiffer and Lew Williams III

A long-needed public restroom was dedicated Thursday morning. The christening of the Stedman –Thomas Neighborhood Loo attracted about 40 people on a sunny and windy morning. more

Land swap and energy key to development

Alaska DNR Commissioner Joe Balash

Transfer of lands into State hands and a reliable source of energy are key to development in Southeast Alaska. Those remarks were made by Joe Balash, Commissioner of the Alaska DNR, at a recent Chamber of Commerce luncheon. more