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Board has concerns about vouchers proposal

Fawn Mountain Elementary School.While not an agenda item, the Ketchikan School Board spent some time Wednesday talking about a recent proposal from a Borough Assembly member that would provide grants for any student in the district to use for the education program of their family’s choice.

Three-year IBEW contract up for Council approval

IBEWSignRatification of a new three-year contract with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers is in front of the Ketchikan City Council Thursday night.

Curriculum updates, milk contract up for approval

The Ketchikan School Board meets Wednesday, and on the agenda are several motions to update curriculum.

Barefoot pastor raising awareness, $ for shoes

Peter Epler, a pastor at Ketchikan Church of the Nazarene, is going barefoot for a month to raise awareness of the need for shoes in third-world countries. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)A Ketchikan minister is going barefoot for a month, in hopes of raising awareness of the need for shoes among the world’s poor.

Phytoplankton and beach foods

Barbara Morgan explains the cause of the unusual green color of local waters and talks about an upcoming class on foods available from the beach.

Power outages caused by vehicle, eagle

Ketchikan had two power outages over three days, lasting a few hours each. Though very similar in time of day and duration, they stem from very different incidents.

Split verdict for brother of POW runaways

Mathis in court croppedIn a case against the older brother of two runaway Prince of Wales Island boys, the jury on Friday found John Mathis Jr. not guilty of two felony counts of criminal interference. However, they did find him guilty on two counts of contributing a delinquent minor runaway and one count of misdemeanor theft.

Education lawsuit heads through appeals process

A 2015 property tax bill from the Ketchikan Gateway Borough includes a break-out of how much a homeowner pays toward the state's required local contribution for public education. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)A flurry of briefs was filed by the June 30th deadline with the Alaska Supreme Court in the Ketchikan Gateway Borough’s ongoing lawsuit challenging the State of Alaska’s requirement that local governments earmark a certain amount of property taxes for public education.

Yoga studio finds its flow

cornerFor the first time in about eight years there is a space in Ketchikan dedicated to yoga.

Caring for your garden in hot weather

Master gardener Lee Skidmore offers advice on how to take care of your garden during our heat wave. Gardening0715more