IFA, airport get some $ in Senate capital budget

IFAFerryThe overall capital budget approved Saturday by the Senate totals $1.6 billion, with about 85 percent of that coming from the federal government. The House has not yet approved a capital budget.

Report: Safety improved; new drop-off still needed

Peter Epler helps a Houghtling student cross safely Monday morning.A Houghtaling Elementary School safety committee member says volunteer crossing guards have helped, but a new drop-off area is still needed for a long-term fix.

District, borough budgets back for a second vote

Ketchikan Gateway Borough offices are in the White Cliff building.The Assembly approved both in first reading during its May 2 meeting. Members get another look at them on Monday, and the public will get a chance to weigh in during each ordinance's public hearing.

“Girls on the Run” teaches life skills

Arika Paquette, Erin Riddle and Becca Doyle speak about the “Girls on the Run” program that prepares elementary school-age girls to run a 5K, but also builds confidence and life skills. The run is on May 21st. GirlsOnRunmore

Totem pole fragments provide lost details

A large fragment from the Chief Kyan Totem Pole showing a metal rod repair.Ketchikan Museums staff has been working to catalog, document and store totem pole fragments that have been in the museum’s collection for 40 years. The fragments can provide details lost on many of the larger poles.

Troopers investigating heating-oil theft

Troopers StationAccording to the online Troopers dispatch, about 200 gallons of fuel was taken from a home heating fuel tank between May 7th and May 12th.

No injuries in Thursday rear-end collision

birdAccording to the Alaska State Troopers online dispatch, a report came in about 4:20 p.m. that a southbound Mazda had rear-ended a truck that had stopped to wait for the car ahead to turn.

Equipment bug causes airport screening delays

Ketchikan International Airport on Gravina Island. (KRBD file photo)Friday morning, Transportation Security Administration officials and Alaska Airlines announced that for the next few days, travelers should arrive at the airport three hours before their scheduled departure time to make sure they are able to get through screening in time to catch their flight.

Grants, tamales to help fund school totem project

Schoenbar Middle SchoolTamales will save a long-planned totem pole project at Schoenbar Middle School if grant funding falls short.

Tlingit leader remembered for land claims role

John Borbridge Jr. speaks at a 2011 Native American Heritage Month luncheon in Juneau. (Photo courtesy Tlingit Haida Central Council)Tlingit leader John Borbridge Jr. died Tuesday. He was a significant player in the campaign for Alaska Native land rights.