Assembly to consider Tongass Transfer support

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)The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly on Tuesday will consider a resolution supporting efforts by the state and its Congressional Delegation to transfer the Tongass National Forest from federal control to the State of Alaska.

Borough opposes state’s motion for a stay

Alaska_State_CapitolThe Ketchikan Gateway Borough responded this week to the state’s motion for a stay pending the state’s appeal to the Supreme Court of a lower court ruling in the borough’s lawsuit challenging the required local contribution for public education.

Tongass chief ends 40-year Forest Service career

Tongass Forest Supervisor Forrest Cole is retiring in April. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)The man at the top of the Tongass is leaving soon. Forrest Cole will retire this spring after four decades with the U.S. Forest Service.

Local schools face $600K cut in state funding

The Ketchikan School Board meets Wednesday.During his report to the board, Superintendent Robert Boyle announced that the proposed cuts in the state budget at this point mean a $611,000 shortfall for the Ketchikan School District.

Girl Scouts donate time, energy to help shelter cats

ShelterCat2Felines at Ketchikan’s animal shelter had Christmas in February this year when local Girls Scout Troop 4071 delivered dozens of hand-made cat toys.

School Board to talk budget, marijuana

The Ketchikan School Board meets Wednesday, and among the items on the agenda a new budget concept for the board to discuss, with a focus on maintaining staff; a motion to approve a new school district budget format agreed upon by the School Board and the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly; and a discussion on how marijuana legalization might affect board policies.

R/V Sikuliaq makes first Alaska stop in Ketchikan

RV Sikuliaq 2Construction of the $140 million R/V Sikuliaq was completed at a Wisconsin shipyard last June, and the ship has been testing its systems since then, with a trip from the East Coast, through the Panama Canal, way out west through the Pacific all the way to Hawaii and Guam, and then back east to its new home waters of Alaska.

Early Learning Program

Adrienne O’Brien with Community Connections’ Early Learning Program talks about the services ELP offers and where to find them. She also previews some upcoming public classes at the Ketchikan Public Library including infant massage. Early Learning Program more

Woman’s body found in Narrows near Plaza

The Tongass Narrows behind The Plaza, seen in late January.An 82-year-old Ketchikan woman died Monday after apparently getting confused and walking into the Tongass Narrows near The Plaza.

Waterman appeal of conviction denied

More than a decade after the original crime took place, Rachelle Waterman’s appeal of her conviction in the death of her mother has been denied by the Alaska Court of Appeals.

Waterman was found guilty in a 2011 retrial of … more