Borough, district budgets get Assembly OK

Students walk to class at Schoenbar Middle SchoolThe Assembly amended the borough budget to reflect the Legislature's recent decision to withhold CPV funds from coastal communities that are affected by cruise traffic.

Wolf sightings prompt warning for North End

Alaska Department of Fish and Game photo.Recent wolf sightings in Ketchikan’s North End area have prompted Alaska Department of Fish and Game to recommend that residents of that area keep a close eye on their pets, and secure any livestock.

Ketchikan celebrates Arbor Day / 8th year as a Tree City, USA

Dick Madden (left) and Eric Muench (right) of the Society of American Foresters prepare the tree for planting. Laura Charleton is in the background right.In honor of the 50th anniversary of Arbor Day in Alaska and Ketchikan’s 8th year as a Tree City, USA, a tree-planting ceremony took place Monday at City Park.

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.