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.

My Place hotel gears up for February opening

The new My Place hotel in Ketchikan is under construction, but officials plan to open in early February. (KRBD photo by Leila Kheiry)A new extended-stay hotel is set to open in Ketchikan early in February. Officials with the franchise say the hotel will focus on more than Ketchikan’s tourism industry.

Bill reinstates ferry discharge rules, cuts costs

Extra ferry life rings lean against other spare parts at the Ketchikan Marine Engineering Facility at Ward Cove last January.A Southeast lawmaker introduced a bill this week to help Alaska ferries meet state pollution-control rules. It would also exempt new ships from a law requiring a percent of construction spending go toward art.

Ketchikan schools kick off FY18 budget process

Ketchikan High School. (KRBD file photo)While the governor’s proposed state budget includes flat funding for education, Ketchikan officials predict about $600,000 less for local schools.

Metlakatla Presbyterian Church prepares for centennial celebration

MetlakatlaPresChurchThe Metlakatla Presbyterian Church will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2020. It is asking members and friends for pictures, articles, other documents and memorabilia for a memory book.

Ketchikan hospital announces 1st baby of ’17

Jocko Reyes Scudero  is the first Ketchikan baby of 2017. (PeaceHealth photo)PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center announced Monday that the first baby of 2017 was born Friday, Jan. 6th.

Local women’s shelter has new executive director

MoranThe Women in Safe Homes board has hired Agnes Moran to lead the local emergency women's shelter.

Understanding mental illness

Jill Ramsey is in Ketchikan to provide mental health first aid training, and to make an ASK UAS presentation – “Understanding Mental Illness: causes, treatments, and the effects of stigma.”