Borough Assembly rejects proposed tobacco tax

(Creative Commons image)The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly rejected a motion Monday night that would have asked borough staff to draft a tobacco tax ordinance. The motion failed in a 2-3 vote, with two Assembly members absent. One member likely will ask for reconsideration, though.

Steak knives claimed by MOB in first R2AK

Team MOB Mentality. (Photo from was a battle for second place in the Race to Alaska, with two teams fighting each other and the weather, as calm winds forced them to row to the finish line early Monday morning.

Volunteer Hospice

Coordinator of the volunteer Hospice in Ketchikan, Elise Berger and volunteers, Christine Palmer and Maggie Freitag talk about what hospice means and looks like in Ketchikan. Hospice  To get more information you can visit Ketchikan Volunteer Hospice at the Plaza … more

Team Elsie Piddock takes first place in R2AK

photo 4In the promotional video released for the first-ever Race To Alaska, a man walks past a sign in the woods saying “Welcome to Alaska.” He nails $10,000 to a tree and blows a fog horn. The premise was simple: no motors, first boat to Alaska wins.

Pot, tobacco on Borough Assembly agenda

tobacco smokeThe Assembly will consider draft comments on a proposed set of state commercial marijuana regulations, as well as yet another proposal to establish an areawide tobacco excise tax.

Ketchikan, Craig declared ‘Tsumani-ready’

Image courtesy NOAAAccording to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, both cities earned the recognition after demonstrating that government officials, residents, business owners and visitors are prepared for the potential of a tsunami.

Approved state budget restores some school $

Alaska State SealAfter much delay, two special sessions and the threat of a government shutdown, Alaska’s House and Senate approved a fully funded state budget Thursday, to the relief of Ketchikan Gateway Borough officials.

Race to Alaska winner could arrive today

DSC_0118Race To Alaska organizer Jake Beattie is Ketchikan preparing the finish line for the inaugural 750-mile engineless boat race through the Inside Passage. And he better be quick about it.

School library curriculum recieves overdue update

Kayhi Librarians on Halloween, courtesy of librarians.This past year the Ketchikan School District Library curriculum underwent its first formal review since 1984. The updated curriculum was discussed among other topics at Wednesday night's School Board meeting.

State study shows 60% wolf decline on POW

Alaska Department of Fish and Game image.In 2013, the estimated population of wolves in Game Management Unit 2 was 221 animals. A similar study conducted just one year later shows that number dropped to an estimated 89.