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Ferry fares going up in summer of 2015

StateFerryIt will cost passengers more to ride the state ferry starting in the summer. That’s when fares for most Alaska Marine Highway trips will increase by 4.5%.

Blind, senior dog gets the best present possible

Halo has a warm bed right next to her new mom's desk.Halo the dog was born blind. She spent much of her 11 years outside and neglected. But, thanks to the Ketchikan Humane Society, its network of caring foster homes and, finally, a new family, she’ll spend her twilight years in loving comfort.

Dozen students complete UAS maritime program

From left are MMSW students Ian Lendrum, Kyle Leavy, Tod Baseden, Dale Plate, Kaleb Booth, Christina McGilton, Keith Brown, Santana Atkinson, Michael Minnich, Darren McKeehan & Ron Mello. Not pictured is student Max Miller. Instructor Larry O’Loane is in back, partially obscured. (UAS Ketchikan photo)The 12-week program is offered each fall, with full-day classes each weekday. Those classes include basic welding, diesel engines, marine electrical systems, hydraulics and refrigeration.

Alleged Oxycodone smuggling leads to arrest

A 32-year-old Hydaburg woman faces felony drug charges after allegedly trying to bring hundreds of Oxycodone tablets from Seattle to Ketchikan.

Alabama man charged with S. Tongass break-in

A 32-year-old man from Alabama faces felony burglary and assault charges after allegedly breaking into a South Tongass home, threatening the homeowner and, briefly, engaging in a standoff with Alaska State Troopers.

Canada OKs KSM mine’s environmental plans

Seabridge Gold's Brent Murphy points to a valley to be dammed to hold tailings from the KSM mine during a July tour. The project just won federal environmental approval. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)A controversial mine near Southeast Alaska’s border won approval from Canada’s federal government. Critics say it could pollute salmon-bearing rivers.

Juneau Diocese announces priest changes

Holy Name Parish in Ketchikan will be getting a new priest in February. The Diocese of Juneau announced this week that the Rev. Patrick Travers will leave St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Juneau to serve as the pastor of Holy Name.

940,000 cruise visitors predicted for 2015 season

The Volendam was the first cruise ship to stop in Ketchikan in 2014.More than five months before the 2015 season is due to start, the City of Ketchikan has released a draft of next summer’s cruise ship schedule.

Council argues about how to raise water rates

The City of Ketchikan is seen from the water on a cloudy day.The Ketchikan City Council spent a lot of time Thursday night talking about water rates. The point of contention was how to raise rates in a way that gets fish processors and other large, industrial water customers on the path toward paying a fair rate, and reducing the subsidy that residential customers currently provide.

School Board approves 3-year teachers’ contract

Revilla Alternative School is part of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District.The agreement provides raises for teachers in each of the three years: One percent for the first year, retroactive to July 1, and 2.5 percent for each of the subsequent years of the contract.