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Assembly doesn’t like tidelands lease options

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The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly had a long discussion about tidelands leases on Monday, and eventually gave direction to the borough Planning Department to come up with a new method of reviewing and adjusting those leases. more

‘Niche’ budgets on the way for USFS recreation

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Congress has cut the U.S. Forest Service budget for recreation nearly in half over the past five years. In response, Tongass National Forest officials have come up with a new way to allocate funds: Niches. If it’s in the niche, it’s funded. If it’s not in the niche? Well… more

Council OKs $100K more for water consultant

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Following a somewhat heated public hearing on the issue Thursday, the Ketchikan City Council unanimously approved a budget amendment to provide an extra $100,000 for the city’s contract with engineering consultants CH2MHill. more

Comment period opens for cruise waste permits

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Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation’s Division of Water Director Michelle Hale stopped in Ketchikan on Wednesday to talk about new cruise ship wastewater discharge permits. more

Dock improvements on deck for IFA

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The Inter-Island Ferry Authority carries about 50,000 passengers each year between Prince of Wales Island and Ketchikan. And a recent study by Sheinberg Associates shows that over 12 years, the ferry saved those people more than $14 million. more

Swan Lake gets boost from Senate Finance

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When the committee’s proposed capital budget was unveiled, it included about $3.3 million for the Southeast Alaska Power Agency’s plan to raise the Swan Lake Dam by about six feet. more

Hospital expansion project enters Phase One

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Ketchikan Medical Center was the central theme of Thursday’s Ketchikan City Council meeting, along with some public comment about the ongoing chloramine water disinfection controversy. more

Anti-chloramine petition turned in at City Hall

Ketchikan is seen from the water on a beautiful sunny day.

A petition to place the chloramine water treatment issue in front of city voters was turned in at Ketchikan City Hall Wednesday. It will take at least a couple of days for the city clerk to verify the signatures. more

Ketchikan women remember life in the 1950s

From left, Cathy Bellon, Ernestine Henderson, Kathy Bolling, Elinore Jaconsen and Alaire Stanton. Photo by Lois Munch

The pulp mill had just opened, Water Street was under construction, the hospital was still downtown, it rained a lot and high heels just didn’t do well on boardwalk. more

Regional tribes discuss Canada mine concerns

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Representatives from 11 Southeast Alaska Native tribes came together in Craig last week to talk about transboundary rivers, and the potential harm that Canadian mining projects could have on Alaska’s ecosystem. more