Boro reduces contracted services costs to schools

Pool swim lessonsContracted services between the Ketchikan Gateway Borough and the Ketchikan School District have been contentious for some time. Tuesday, during a committee meeting, the two bodies began combing through each service individually.

Crews search for man missing on Deer Mountain

A view of Deer Mountain. (KRBD file photo by Leila Kheiry)Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad searched Thursday for a 22-year-old Ketchikan man reported lost on Deer Mountain Wednesday evening.

Planning Commission OKs proposed pot regs

(Creative Commons photo by Brett Levin)The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Planning Commission voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve a resolution that advances regulations for marijuana-related businesses to operate within the borough. The issue will be sent to the Borough Assembly next.

City Council to start 2016 draft budget review

Welcome Arch Mission Downtown KetchikanThe Ketchikan City Council kicks off its annual budget review process on Thursday with a first look at the City of Ketchikan 2016 draft budget.

MAC talks about pot excise tax, ban on retail

MarijuanaThe Ketchikan Marijuana Advisory Committee talked Monday about a potential $10 per ounce excise tax on marijuana, but didn’t vote on the issue. The committee also heard public comment for and against allowing retail marijuana sales in the community.

Tunicates invade slowly

IMG_0664Tunicates- spineless marine creatures- have been the center of study for Christopher Donar and Gary Freitag, who presented their findings Friday at the inaugural Friday Night Insight, a winter lecture series at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center.

SEACC executive director resigns for health reasons

Outgoing SEACC Executive Director Malena Marvin poses while kayaking in Juneau's Mendenhall Lake. (Photo courtesy SEACC)The Southeast Alaska Conservation Council is advertising for a new executive director. Malena Marvin is resigning after leading the group for about two years.

11 Ketchikan rescue dogs land safely in Sitka

Photo by Brielle Schaeffer, KCAW.Eleven dogs from Ketchikan landed safely in Sitka last week. Here's a report from CoastAlaska member station KCAW in Sitka about the dogs' arrival.

Promoting wild salmon, from Ketchikan to Oman

LaDonna and Ole Gundersen take a selfie out on the fishing grounds. (Photo courtesy the Gundersens)A Southeast Alaska commercial fishing couple is headed to Oman, on the southern Arabian Peninsula. They’re taking about a hundred pounds of frozen wild Alaska salmon with them on a diplomatic trip to share American culture, Alaska seafood and small-business-management techniques.

Council OKs new firefighters contract

Ketchikan Fire DepartmentThe Ketchikan City Council Thursday voted unanimously and without discussion to approve a new three-year contract with the Ketchikan Professional Firefighters Association.