Ortiz returns, asks constituents for input

Rep. Dan Ortiz talks during a town-hall-style meeting Thursday at the White Cliff building.After a quick trip to Juneau early this week that didn't result in any action by the Legislature, House District 36 Rep. Dan Ortiz returned to Ketchikan for a town-hall-style meeting with constituents Thursday evening.

Assembly to look again at school, boro budgets

The Ketchikan School District and Ketchikan Gateway Borough budgets will be back in front of the Borough Assembly on Monday, despite lack of legislative movement on the state budget.

Taking ideas from hypothesis to blue ribbon

IMG_0337For a few days this week, Houghtling Elementary School’s library looked more like a laboratory than a library. Tables were covered in poster boards, and exploratory stations for its annual science fair. The fair is the only one still going in the district, and has been around for more than 20 years.

Schools experience large absences due to illness

HoughtalingStarting midway through last week and into this week, Ketchikan schools have had a larger than usual number of students out sick. Houghtling Elementary was hit the hardest. Earlier this week, it had about 70 students out sick. Tongass School of Arts and Sciences had the second-highest number of absences.

New Tongass Forest Supervisor on the job

EarlStewartThe new Tongass National Forest Supervisor Earl Stewart has worked for the U.S. Forest Service since 1991, moving through various forests. But, he says, he’s always wanted to live and work in Alaska.

Alzheimer’s in Alaska

Kelli Moorehead of the Alzheimer’s Association is leading a teleconference on Alzheimer’s in Alaska at noon on Tuesday, May 19th. She gives details and provides information on how you can participate. Alzheimers

To register or for more information, call 1-800-272-3900 … more

School Board OKs school lunch increase

WhiteCliffThe Ketchikan School Board moved quickly Wednesday night through its agenda without much discussion and with absent members. Board Members David Timmerman and Ralph Beardsworth were excused.

Male cat nurtures litter of abandoned kittens

Henry and kittenHenry’s strong mothering instinct is a surprise, and it’s also a gift, because he could make all the difference to whether the kittens survive.

Ammonia leak prompts temporary evacuation

EC PhillipsAn ammonia leak led to a compressor shut-down at a Ketchikan fish processing plant Tuesday night, and prompted an evacuation of the surrounding area.

AK, B.C. promise more input into mine decisions

Alaska Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott discusses the Xat’sull people’s traditional fishing on the Fraser River with tribal council official Jacinda Mack on May 6, 2015. The Xat'sull live in the area damaged by August's Mount Polley Mine tailings dam collapse. They’re concerned about reopening plans. (Photo courtesy Office of the Governor)The Walker-Mallott administration will include transboundary mine critics’ concerns in its negotiations with British Columbia.