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With Ortiz, House Minority holds 13 of 40 seats

Recently elected House District 36 Rep. Dan Ortiz speaks during a Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce event.Southeast Alaska’s representatives in the state house know their committee assignments following the resolution of several close legislative races in the state’s general election. A newcomer and independent from Ketchikan has decided to caucus with the house minority.

Ketchikan borough to consider mine resolution

Muddy water from the breached Mount Polley Mine tailings pond dam floods a downstream creek and road Monday. (Cariboo Regional District Emergency Operations Centre photo)A resolution urging the International Joint Commission to get involved in the issue of transboundary mines will be in front of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly on Monday.

State identifies body from Blackberry Lane fire

The state Medical Examiner’s Office has positively identified a body from last week’s house fire as that of the resident, 49-year-old Ralph Smith of Ketchikan.

Council OKs dock leases, talks about hawking

The Volendam cruise ship docked in Ketchikan Monday.The question of the dock vendor leases has been deferred a couple of times, partly because of concerns about hawking.

Youth Court kids enjoy Supreme Court event

Members of the Ketchikan Youth Court stand for a picture with the Alaska Supreme Court Wednesday at Ketchikan High School.Among the students watching this week’s Supreme Court Live event at Ketchikan High School auditorium were members of Ketchikan Youth Court.

Kayhi auditorium packed for Supreme Court Live

SCLive5Alaska’s Supreme Court was in Ketchikan this week – all five members. They were here for Supreme Court Live, during which the court hears oral arguments for a real case. But instead of a courtroom, it’s heard at a high school.

Tribal Scholars program grant in final year

NativeDancing1The Ketchikan School Board met at the Saxman Community Center, and the Cape Fox Dancers kicked off the special meeting with dancing, drumming and singing. The board also heard reports about special programs that focus on Native education and culture.

Dock vendor leases on City Council agenda

The Volendam cruise ship docked in Ketchikan Monday.The City of Ketchikan rents out booth space on the downtown docks each summer for vendors. Some offer tours, and others sell food to the hundreds of thousands of cruise ship visitors that arrive each summer.

Delta to offer seasonal service to Ketchikan

AirportDelta Airlines announced Wednesday that it will launch daily nonstop service next spring to five new destinations, including seasonal service to Ketchikan and Sitka.

Report: Subsidized logging costs feds millions

Beached logs pile up in Shoal Cove on Revilla Island in the Tongass National Forest. A new report challenges old-growth logging spending in the forest. (Jim Baichtal/USFS)A new report says the Forest Service is wasting millions of dollars by propping up a failing Southeast Alaska timber industry.