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Bill would add layer to subsistence redesignation

Saxman Totem Park and Clan House.Citing the City of Saxman’s decade-long fight to regain its residents’ subsistence rights, Sen. Lisa Murkowski introduced a measure on Monday that would require congressional approval before a community’s rural designation could be removed in the future.

School Board to consider raised lunch price

13155993464_bb648b9bb5_oSchool lunch prices in Ketchikan will increase next year. How much will be discussed at Wednesday’s regular Ketchikan Gateway Borough School Board meeting.

Taking care of your mental health

Emily Chapel of the Ketchikan Wellness Coalition and Katie Parrot of Residential Youth Care speak about the importance of taking care of your well-being and mental health, no matter who you are. They also discuss the stigmas and the importance … more

MAC hears about proposed state pot regs

(Creative Commons photo by Brett Levin)The first set of regulations will cover local control options, and should be available for public review by the end of the week. A second set later on will deal with products, and the last set will cover licensing requirements. The state needs to have regulations in place by Nov. 24.

Ortiz says he’s ready to negotiate ASAP

ortizHouse District 36 Rep. Dan Ortiz is headed back to Juneau on Monday to complete work on the state budget, but there probably won’t be much work taking place.

Gardening tips – bulb care, planting and more

Lee Skidmore speaks about caring for bulbs – both those you may have received as a gift and those planted outside – planting nursery plant, and slug patrol. She also answers listeners’ questions. Gardening051115more

Sealaska earnings up, but losses continue

Sealaska CEO Anthony Mallott, right, discusses the regional Native corporation's earnings and losses during a Friday press conference as Chief Financial Officer Doug Morris looks on. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Sealaska, the regional Native corporation for Southeast, upped its income by $50 million in 2014. But it’s still losing money.

TAC OKs timber transition recommendations

Tongass Advisory Committee3On the last day of a three-day meeting in Ketchikan, the Tongass Advisory Committee on Friday unanimously approved a document detailing its recommendations to the U.S. Forest Service for how best to move forward with a transition to second-growth timber.

Council OKs October 3 sales tax holiday

FrontStreet2The Ketchikan City Council voted unanimously Thursday in favor of establishing a sales tax holiday on October 3rd, contingent upon the Ketchikan Gateway Borough agreeing to waive sales taxes on that day, too. The problem is, the Borough Assembly on Monday rejected the idea.

Everyone says no; maybe that’s a good sign?

(USDA photo)The Tongass Advisory Committee kicked off day 2 of its three-day meeting in Ketchikan Thursday with more than an hour of public comment. That input was consistently negative. But some committee members took that as a good sign.