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House District 36 race too close to call

House District 36 MapDan Ortiz, who is not affiliated with any party, has a 19-vote lead. He holds 50.03 percent of the vote, compared to 49.66 percent for Republican Chere Klein.

Craig library a ‘Star’ on nationwide list

Image from the Craig Public Library website,For the second year in a row, the City of Craig Public Library has made it onto the Library Journal’s list of top libraries nationwide.

SE candidates stake out ballot measure positions

i_voted_cropped-300x266Most Southeast legislative candidates oppose the marijuana and Bristol Bay ballot initiatives. But they support the minimum wage measure.

Assembly to eye Revilla subdivision contract

Revilla Road Ward Lake mapThe Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly on Monday will consider a contract with the Ward Cove Group, allowing that company to start work on a detailed development plan for borough-owned land along Revilla Road close to Ward Lake.

IFA: Hollis dock work won’t cause delays

IFAFerryRepair work on the state-owned ferry terminal at Hollis is set to start this winter, with completion expected by August of next year.

NOAA releases annual fisheries report

Sportfishing remains strong throughout the United States, according to the NOAA 2013 Fisheries of the U.S. Report.A table of U.S. commercial landings put Ketchikan in 12th place for the pounds landed: about 144 million pounds; and in 11th place for the value of that seafood: about $76 million

The high cost of home games in rural Alaska

A snapshot from Kayhi's football game against Seward. Ketchikan paid $8,700 for fly the Seward team here.Ketchikan teams sometimes pay for their competition to travel here for home games.

Man hit by car near Tatsuda’s

A 58-year-old man was hit by a car early this morning on Stedman Street near Tatsuda’s IGA.

House District 36 race enters the final stretch

hd36Chamber forumHouse District 36 covers the southern tip of Alaska’s Southeast region. It includes Ketchikan, Saxman, Wrangell, Metlakatla, Hydaburg, Hyder, Loring and Myers Chuck. Two Ketchikan-based candidates hope to represent those communities in the state Legislature: Republican Chere Klein and independent Dan Ortiz.

Report: Second-growth logging can start now

Remains of a Tongass clear-cut and logging road north of Ketchikan. New growth in parts of the forest could be cut to jump-start a modern timber industry, a report says. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska)Two Oregon researchers, one an industry consultant and the other an environmental activist, say the transition to harvesting younger Tongass trees can happen within five years, a half to a third of what the Forest Service expects.