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Eichner family donates garden funds to hospital

Ken Eichner. (PeaceHealth photo)A longtime Ketchikan family has made a sizable donation to the PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center Foundation to create a special garden at the hospital for patients, their families and hospital caregivers.

Hearing in borough lawsuit set for Friday morning

Oral arguments are scheduled for Friday morning on the State of Alaska’s motion for a stay in the Ketchikan Gateway Borough’s ongoing lawsuit challenging the state’s required local contribution for public education.

The hearing is set to start at 11:15 … more

Sullivan supports push for Tongass transfer

IMG_2200Junior Senator Dan Sullivan was in Ketchikan Wednesday for the annual Lincoln Day dinner hosted by the First City Republican Women. While in town, he also met with the Alaska Forest Association and tribal members in Saxman, and visited Vigor Alaska’s Ketchikan shipyard

Tongass Transfer now in front of City Council, too

The Ketchikan City Council meets in regular session Thursday, and among the items on the agenda is discussion of new rules regarding hawking outside downtown businesses; a second reading of an ordinance increasing water rates; and a resolution supporting the concept of transferring the 17-million-acre Tongass National Forest to state ownership.

School holiday used to empower youth

IMG_0137Despite the holiday on Monday, a group of students willingly spent the day at Ketchikan High School. Monday was the first of a two-day workshop sponsored by the Ketchikan Wellness Coalition.

Saxman carving center project moving forward

Saxman Totem Park and Clan House.The City of Saxman has secured an $825,000 Community Development Block Grant to complete its planned expansion of the Edwin DeWitt Carving Center.

Ketchikan Assembly: Transfer Tongass to state

The Tongass National Forest makes up most of Southeast Alaska (Courtesy U.S. Forest Service)The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly approved a resolution Tuesday supporting a transfer of the 17 million-acre Tongass National Forest to state control.

Run / Walk group seeks to inspire others

Bill Elberson provides information on a running and walking group that meets each Saturday at noon at the Gateway Recreation Center.  Elberson says the goal is to help people of all levels stay motivated and make a plan for success.  … more

Foraker CEO talks nonprofit numbers, impact

Dennis McMillan, Foraker Group CEOAn economic impact report shows that Alaska nonprofits employed 39,000 people, and paid those employees about $1.7 billion. And that’s just a fraction of what nonprofits spend.

State wants oral arguments on stay request

Ketchikan's state courthouse in downtown.UPDATE; The Alaska Supreme Court has issued an order that it would consider the state's emergency motion for a stay after the lower court has ruled on the topic.