Southeast News

Boro delays tobacco tax, talks school activities

The Lady Kings do a cheer during halftime of the second game against Sitka, which they lost 3-1.The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly spent about an hour talking about a proposed tobacco tax, but then postponed action on the issue. That decision came about four hours into Monday’s meeting, which started with nearly 90 minutes of public comment on school funding.

KPU getting ready to offer Verizon wireless

(KRBD file photo)Ketchikan Public Utilities Telecommunications Division is on track to start selling Verizon-brand phones and other products by this summer, adding a third wireless phone option to the Ketchikan market.

Landis: Hatcheries enhance regional fisheries

SSRAA facilities rear different species of Pacific salmon to the juvenile stage, and then release millions of young fish into the region’s waterways.

Tobacco tax up for second Borough Assembly vote

tobacco smokeThe tobacco tax ordinance was narrowly approved in first reading at the Assembly’s last meeting. If approved on Monday, it still would need to go in front of borough voters for ratification.

Senior services, public radio top local concerns

Alaska_State_CapitolEleven Ketchikan residents participated in Tuesday’s House Finance Committee teleconference related to proposed state budget cuts.

WISH funding restored, but probation continues

Ketchikan from the waterQuarterly funding has been restored for Ketchikan’s Women in Safe Homes emergency shelter, but the state Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault has not lifted the probation.

Walker hears budget-plan input from Ketchikan

Gov. Bill Walker and Rep. Dan Ortiz heard input from Ketchikan residents during a town-hall meeting on Monday, Feb. 29. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)Alaska Gov. Bill Walker presented a short version of his plan to solve the state’s budget deficit, and then heard input on that plan from Ketchikan residents Monday during a town-hall meeting arranged by Rep. Dan Ortiz.

Governor, local officials closer on Gravina plan

Gov. Bill Walker talks with local media after meeting with local officials to discuss Gravina access. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)While there’s no firm agreement in place, local and state officials are closer than ever on how to improve Ketchikan’s access to Gravina Island. Gov. Bill Walker was in Ketchikan on Monday to meet with Ketchikan Gateway Borough and City of Ketchikan representatives on that topic.

Sea cucumber divers to vote on tax change

Sea cucumbers. (Alaska Department of Fish and Game photo)Sea cucumber fishery permit holders will decide this summer whether to reduce their self-imposed tax from 5 percent of the ex-vessel value to 3 percent.

Museum renovation planning moving forward

The Ketchikan Queen is the Tongass Historical Museum's largest artifact. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)Ketchikan’s Tongass Historical Museum is getting a makeover – on the inside.