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School Board to review FY2015 budget

At its Wednesday evening meeting, the Ketchikan School Board will take a last look at the Fiscal Year ’15 budget before it proceeds to its final public hearing. more

Four charged for drugs near Craig School

Four Prince of Wales Island residents face drug charges after they were arrested last week following a search at a home near the Craig School. more

Students spend spring break learning cedar bark weaving


Ketchikan students had last week off from school for spring break. A dozen children and teens chose to spend that week learning traditional Haida-style cedar bark weaving. more

Bill would help fund two Southeast mines

The Niblack mine prospect is on Prince of Wales Island, southwest of Ketchikan. If developed, its ore-processing plant could be in Ketchikan. (Image provided)

Two Southeast Alaska mines could get close to $300 million in state support under a bill moving through the Legislature. more

City Council votes in favor of chloramination

A crowd showed up for Thursday's Ketchikan City Council meeting. People also lined the hallways outside City Council chambers, and public comment lasted about two hours.

After nearly two hours of public comment Thursday against the city’s plan to switch its water disinfection system from free chlorine to chloramine, the Ketchikan City Council voted to turn on the chloramine portion of the disinfection system on or after April 7. more

Teens gather in Ketchikan for Distinguished Young Women competition

Lisa Torres of Ketchikan will perform a saxophone solo.

12 young women from around the state are gathered in Ketchikan this week to showcase their intelligence and talents in the Distinguished Young Women contest. They’ll be competing for cash awards and college scholarships. On Wednesday, they introduced themselves to community members at the Chamber of Commerce lunch. more

Southeast tribes meet in Craig about Canadian mines

The Stikine River empties into the ocean near Wrangell. A mine proposed to be built upstream in Canada is worrying some fishermen and tribal leaders. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)

Southeast Alaska tribal leaders meet March 25th and 26th to discuss Canadian mines that could impact regional fisheries. more

Sewer maintenance measure moving forward

The Assembly introduced an ordinance this week that would require residents outside of city limits to maintain their sewer systems, and established a fine for those who don’t comply. more

Boro will require permits for Herring Cove tours

Herring Cove

Don’t drop off passengers on the highway. Don’t pick them up from the highway. Don’t direct them to the highway. Don’t park in the public right-of-way. Don’t drive too slowly on the bridge. more

City Council to decide chloramine start date

A motion that would set an April 7th start date for the city’s new chloramine water disinfection system is on the Ketchikan City Council agenda for Thursday. more