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Ketchikan voters to decide tobacco, schools taxes

tobacco smokeVoters throughout the Ketchikan Gateway Borough not only will choose Borough Assembly and School Board members next week, they also will decide two tax issues.

Students learn about earthquake preparedness

Mike Drummond briefs students at the Quake Shack while Jared Woody assists.An earthquake simulator has been visiting Southeast communities the past few months. It made two stops in Ketchikan. A few third graders at Fawn Mountain Elementary School share their experiences.

Chamber forum features City Council candidates

A view of Ketchikan from the top of the Edmonds Street stairs.Questions and answers progressed quickly during the one-hour lunchtime candidate forum featuring incumbent City Council members Julie Isom and Judy Zenge, and challenger Spencer Strassburg.

Mallott discusses opportunities and issues facing Alaska

Byron Mallott poses at KRBD-FM in Ketchikan during a campaign visit. The candidate for governor says he will leave Sealaskas board of directors next month.Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott was in Ketchikan earlier this week to address Ketchikan Indian Community’s Southeast Tribal Environmental Conference. At a press conference, he spoke about the "Our Ocean" conference and issues facing Alaska.

Saxman rally supports Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

Protesters carry signs opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline.A peaceful gathering took place Monday afternoon in Saxman in support of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline. But speakers expressed concerns beyond what is happening in North Dakota.

Landis running unopposed for borough mayor job

Borough Mayor David Landis speaks during a recent Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce candidate forum. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)Ketchikan Gateway Borough Mayor David Landis is running unopposed for re-election. He joined candidates for Borough Assembly during last week’s Chamber of Commerce candidate forum, answering questions submitted by audience members.

Assembly starts home-rule charter process

Borough SealDespite reservations from some Assembly members, a resolution calling for the formation of a home-rule charter committee was approved Monday by the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly.

Kayaker completes ‘Paddle to Battle Myeloma’

John Taussig kayaked to Ketchikan from Bellingham, Wash., to raise awareness and funds for multiple myeloma. (Photo by Leila Kheiry.A California man rowed his converted kayak up the Inside Passage from Bellingham, Wash., to Ketchikan, raising awareness and funds for multiple myeloma, a cancer of the blood that affects his family in a deeply personal way.

Commission would draft home-rule borough charter

Borough SealTwo Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly members hope to kickstart a process to develop a home-rule charter for the borough.

Paintballers learn tips from a former professional

A member of the Blue Team rushes the field (photo credit Nathan Kuehl).Ketchikan Youth Initiatives had a Sunday-Funday event at the Woodsball Paintball Course September 11. Novice and veteran players participated in a clinic with a former professional paintballer.