Assembly to consider schools, borough budgets

Ketchikan Gateway Borough offices are in the White Cliff building.The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly will consider first readings of the school district budget and the borough budget during its regular meeting on Monday.

Da Vinci Night highlights everyday science

kidscropLast week, about 300 people attended Tongass School of Arts and Science’s Da Vinci Night.

1st large ship kicks off Ketchikan cruise season

First Cruise Ship 2015 4In its inaugural visit to Alaska’s First City, the Ruby Princess brought more than 3,000 passengers and about 1,200 crew members.

UAS to honor grads and local band director

UAS2The University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan campus will celebrate this year’s graduating students during a ceremony Saturday afternoon. In addition, Roy McPherson will receive a Meritorious Service Award.

Food preservation workshops set for POW

Creative Commons image of canned pickle relish.Food preservation is an important skill in rural Alaska, especially. A series of free workshops is planned for Prince of Wales Island residents Saturday through May 7, along with an opportunity to test pressure canner gauges.

Tourist season begins

Patti Mackey of the Ketchikan Visitors Bureau gives some details about the cruise ship season, independent traveler numbers, and upcoming “Tourist For A Day” specials. TouristSeasonmore

Local Secure Rural School amount announced

The Ketchikan Gateway Borough redistricting plan for Southeast does not specify how Juneau's two districts will be split up.A list of eligible boroughs and communities shows that Ketchikan will receive $1,059,007.48. But, the actual number likely will be closer to $900,000.

Alaska senator continues pushback on Hyder issue

Hyder signAlaska’s senior senator sent another letter this week to Canada’s ambassador to the United States, Gary Doer, stressing the importance of keeping the border open 24 hours a day between Hyder, Alaska, and Stewart, British Columbia.

Gov. Walker proposes ‘Take 2 Budget’

The Alaska House and Senate adjourned Monday evening, but within minutes Gov. Walker convened a special session to complete work on the state budget. Still in special session, the final budget remains unclear, including education funding.

Fast-moving storm hits hard on its way north

A tree fell onto a house in Saxman, on Killer Whale Avenue.A big storm blew through southern Southeast on Tuesday, toppling trees and leading to extensive power outages.