Ortiz hears pre-session input from Assembly

House District 36 Rep. Dan Ortiz is running for re-election. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)House District 36 Rep. Dan Ortiz gave a presentation Monday to the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly, fielded questions and heard some advice and concerns from Assembly members.

Subsistence deer hunt extended on POW

Game Managment Unit 2 (POW)Subsistence hunters have an extra month to hunt for deer on Prince of Wales and surrounding islands.

Assembly amends OceansAlaska loan

Borough SealThe Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly covered a lot of ground Monday. Members voted against reconsidering an earlier vote to reject a contract with a Down South collections agency; extended a loan agreement with OceansAlaska; introduced a change to the borough’s ethics code; and honored retiring Borough Manager Dan Bockhorst.

Governor’s budget won’t affect state ferry sailings

Alaska Marine Highway Ferry Terminal. (KRBD file photo)Walker’s spending plan for the fiscal year beginning in July proposes a $2.8 million, or 2 percent, budget cut.

POW wolf quota met; season closes Wednesday

birdHunters have taken 10 wolves as of Dec. 16, and the combined state and federal limit for this season is 11.

Assembly to vote again on collections contract

Borough SealThe Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly on Monday will vote on a motion to reconsider its rejection of a contract with Professional Credit Services to collect debt owed to the borough.

Council OKs budgets after rejecting two rate hikes

A view of downtown Ketchikan from the top of a long flight of boardwalk steps. (KRBD file photo)Residential water and wastewater rates won't go up next year, but industrial users may see an increase.

Record-breaking 2017 cruise visitor projection

A cruise ship is docked at Ketchikan's downtown Berth 2. About 1 million cruise passengers visited Southeast in 2015. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)The City of Ketchikan’s Port and Harbors Department has released the draft 2017 cruise ship calendar. The projected passenger count shows Ketchikan breaking the million-visitor mark next year.

Ketchikan police chief to retire in late January

Ketchikan Police Department. (KRBD file photo)Alan Bengaard has been with the Ketchikan Police Department for more than 28 years, and was appointed chief in December of 2011

Houghtaling site work moving forward

Houghtaling Elementary School. (KRBD file photo)In a 4-1 vote, the Ketchikan School Board agreed Wednesday to move forward with plans to renovate areas around Houghtaling Elementary School with the goal of improving student safety.