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Supreme Court overturns education lawsuit ruling

Fawn Mountain Elementary School.The Alaska Supreme Court announced Friday morning that it has ruled in favor of the State of Alaska in the Ketchikan Gateway Borough’s lawsuit challenging the state’s required local contribution for education.

Council split, but retail pot ban moves forward

(Creative Commons image)Despite nearly an hour of strong public comment in opposition, the Ketchikan City Council voted Thursday to move forward with a temporary ban on retail marijuana within city limits. A second vote is needed before the ordinance can be enacted.

Two-day Assembly meeting to plan, set policy

Ketchikan from the waterThe Assembly will talk about the financial outlook (less revenue; higher expenses); the looming "Cadillac Tax" for the borough's health insurance plan; and school district issues, among other items.

City Council to consider temporary retail pot ban

MarijuanaThe Council had voted on Dec. 14th to delay a decision on retail pot until March. However, City Attorney Mitch Seaver expressed concern at that meeting that waiting until spring might not work, because the state will start accepting marijuana business license applications in February.

Borough pushes for better Gravina Access plan

The borough-operated airport ferry heads toward the Revilla Island terminal ramp. (KRBD file photo)The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly talked this week about the long-awaited Gravina Access project – a state-led project to improve access to Gravina Island, where Ketchikan’s airport is located.

Petition to list POW wolves as endangered denied

Alaska Department of Fish and Game photo.The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday announced that wolves in Southeast Alaska do not warrant an endangered species listing.

Wellness Coalition hires new executive director

Kevin Gadsey and his dog, Monty. (Photo courtesy Kevin Gadsey)A former Ketchikan resident is returning to Alaska’s First City after an absence of several years to head up the Ketchikan Wellness Coalition.

Ketchikan welcomes New Year’s baby

Leanna Booth and baby Tobias on New Year's day 2016.Ketchikan welcomed the New Year and Tobias Elijah Burnette on January 1st . Tobias was the first baby of 2016 in Ketchikan, one of two born on January first.

Assembly to start manager recruitment process

Borough SealThe Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly agreed Monday to a process for replacing Borough Manager Dan Bockhorst after his planned retirement at the end of this year.

Man charged with trespass, animal cruelty

UPDATED A 43-year-old Ketchikan man has been charged with criminal trespass and animal cruelty after he allegedly broke into a family member’s house and injured that family member’s dog.