Ortiz: Budget will be the main session challenge

Recently elected House District 36 Rep. Dan Ortiz speaks during a Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce event.Before leaving for Juneau, newly elected Rep. Dan Ortiz made a point of visiting various communities within House District 36 and talking with officials about their concerns. Many of those concerns followed a theme: How will the state’s budget woes affect local communities?

Boombal focuses on tango this month

Boombal Dance Hall is an opportunity to practice partner dance.  Guest instructor Dirk Mandt will be teaching Argentine tango in January and encourages others to give it a try. Tangomore

DOT commissioner resigns after road conflict

1-22-13-Pat-Kemp-answers-a-question-during-a-Jan.-22-MTAB-meeting-286x300Alaska Transportation Commissioner Pat Kemp has resigned at the request of Gov. Bill Walker.

Local man charged with sexual abuse of a minor

A 20-year-old Ketchikan man faces charges of sexual abuse of a minor after allegedly having sex with a 14-year-old girl.

Assembly: Try to contract out animal shelter service

The Pat Wise Animal Shelter.The Ketchikan Borough Assembly last week agreed to move toward contracting the shelter portion of its Animal Protection Department to a private business or organization, while retaining animal code enforcement powers.

Cat behavior

CatHeather Muench of the Ketchikan Humane Society offers tips on solving cat behavior problems.

Met woman falls from canoe, swims to shore

A 26-year-old Metlakatla woman who fell out of her canoe Sunday afternoon, swam to the shore of Pennock Island and quickly was picked up and taken home by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Assembly: No tax hike; maybe reduce library $

Library4The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly kicked off its two-day planning session Friday, providing financial direction to borough management in advance of the Fiscal Year 2016 budget process.

Historian, former Ketchikan teacher, dies

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A former Ketchikan teacher who wrote 13 books and more than 100 articles, many about the history of Southeast Alaska, has died. Patricia Roppel of Wrangell was 76.

Author creates dystopian novel with help of readers

Aftermath_CoverLeAnn Edmondson of Ketchikan speaks about her novel, "Aftermath: A Story of Survival, " and her interest in self-sufficiency.