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No retail marijuana ban for City of Ketchikan

Council Members Julie Isom and Bob Sivertsen are seen during Thursday's discussion of a proposed temporary ban on retail marijuana. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)Following about an hour of public comment from a packed Council chambers, the Ketchikan City Council voted 3-2 Thursday to reject an ordinance that would have temporarily banned retail marijuana in city limits.

Ketchikan’s aging water system

A section of repaired water pipe is seen on Baranof Avenue after the old pipe broke and washed out the fill under the street in 2013. (KRBD file photo by Leila Kheiry)Wood-stave and steel pipes are a thing of the past, but the aging iron pipes under much of Ketchikan's streets have their own set of problems.

Temporary retail-pot ban up for second Council vote

(Creative Commons image)The Council also will talk about a possible ballot measure for voters to decide whether to allow commercial marijuana in Ketchikan city limits.

R2AK officials planning a second epic race

Al Hughes, Matt Steverson and Graeme Esarey take first-place in the Race To Alaska. The crew crossed the finish line in Ketchikan, Alaska at 12:55pm on Friday, June 12, 2015. (KRBD File Photo)Organizers of the 750-mile engineless boat race from Port Townsend, Washington, to Ketchikan say they had a huge positive response last summer to what Evans calls their “good bad idea.”

Young growth transition focus of open house

Project Manager Susan Howle talks with two participants during an open house focusing on the proposed TLMP amendment. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)About 35 people showed up Tuesday night for an informational open house focusing on the proposed Tongass Land Management Plan amendment to transition from old-growth to young-growth timber harvest.

AMHS releases trimmed down summer schedule

The ferry Taku sails into the Wrangell Narrows on its way south in 2013. It's part of an aging fleet needing repair or replacement. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)The Alaska Marine Highway System released its summer 2016 ferry schedule Tuesday, and as expected, it includes trimmed-down service.

Boro officials concerned about PERS/TRS liability

The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly heard some sobering information during last week’s policy session about pension liability under the state Public Employee Retirement System and Teacher Retirement System, also called PERS/TRS.

Assembly won’t ask high court to reconsider

Borough SealThe Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly opted on Saturday to not ask the Alaska Supreme Court to reconsider its decision regarding the borough’s education funding lawsuit.

TSAS wins national healthy-schools award

Roseanne Wickman serves chicken nuggets at TSAS on January 6, 2016.Ketchikan’s Tongass School of Arts and Sciences has been nationally recognized as one of the healthiest schools in the nation. The charter school was one of 40 schools this year given a Healther US School Challenge award by the by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Tongass was the only school in Alaska to take the prize recognizing excellence in nutrition and physical activity.

Supreme Court overturns education lawsuit ruling

Fawn Mountain Elementary School.The Alaska Supreme Court announced Friday morning that it has ruled in favor of the State of Alaska in the Ketchikan Gateway Borough’s lawsuit challenging the state’s required local contribution for education.