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KPU back on hydro after warm, wet weekend

(KRBD file photo)All that rain was good for something. But it wasn't all good: One power outage over the weekend was storm-related.

Assembly delays decision on taxing shipyard

Ketchikan's shipyard is seen in 2012. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld)A proposal to charge the Ketchikan Shipyard property tax or an equivalent payment in lieu of taxes was postponed by the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly on Monday.

Should the Ketchikan shipyard pay property tax?

The forward half of the Alaska Class Ferry Tazlina moved out of the assembly hall at the Vigor Alaska shipyard in Ketchikan. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)On the agenda for Monday is consideration of a citizen request that the borough start charging the shipyard property tax.

New manager wants 10% overall budget cut, to start

Borough SealIf the Ketchikan Gateway Borough maintains its current spending levels, it faces a projected $1 million deficit this year, and with no changes will pretty much run out of money by 2022.

Geologist discusses earthquakes and tsunamis

Geologist Jim Baichtal will be presenting information about the geology of the Pacific Rim at the Friday Night Insight Program. He and Ketchikan Fire Chief Abner Hoage also discuss the importance of being earthquake prepared.

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Land exchange bill reintroduced in Congress

A springtime view of Deer Mountain. (KRBD file photo by Leila Kheiry)With a new U.S. Congress convening, Alaska’s Congressional Delegation has reintroduced a bill that would trade federal land for land owned by Alaska Mental Health Trust – including Ketchikan’s Deer Mountain.

New Museum Director arrives in Ketchikan

Lee GrayKetchikan’s new museum director, Dr. Lee Gray, arrived in the First City recently, and started work Monday. Gray is originally from Minnesota and most recently worked as the assistant director of exhibitions and outreach at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Assembly to eye policies, budget in 2-day meeting

KRBD file photoThe work-session-style meeting starts Friday morning. It's broken into topics, and the first topic will be budget assumptions and guidelines.

Schools expect lower enrollment, less $ in FY18

The draft 2017-2018 Ketchikan School District calendar, which is subject to revisions, was approved by the School Board on Wednesday. (Image from Ketchikan School Board meeting packet)The Ketchikan School Board had its first look Wednesday at an early draft of the 2017-2018 school district budget, totaling about $33.7 million. There also was a discussion about next year's school district calendar.

Ketchikan man found dead after apartment fire

From left, Firefighter/Medic Terry Roberts, Assistant Chief Scott Brainard, Senior Medic Greg Karlik,  and Captain Dave Breitkreutz respond to a Tuesday fire at Tongass Towers. (Photo courtesy of Gretchen O’Sullivan, Senior Medic, Ketchikan Fire Department)A 49-year-old Ketchikan man was found dead late Tuesday after an apartment fire on the 11th floor of the Tongass Towers condominiums building.