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Keel-laying marks start of ferry construction

Ketchikan residents chat with shipyard workers after the keel-laying ceremony. One of the keels is seen in the background.On Saturday, Ketchikan celebrated the laying of the keels for Alaska’s two new ferries, which will be built at Ketchikan’s Vigor Alaska shipyard.

Shipyard focuses on training local workforce

Ketchikan's shipyard is seen in 2012. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld)“Create more jobs” is a mantra in Ketchikan, but the problem with more jobs at the shipyard is, workers there need special skills.

Study: Climate change hurting salmon habitat

10-14 Compressed - The Nature Conservancy's Colin Shanley talks about his research on how climate change's will impact Southeast salmon habitat next to Juneau's Gold Creek.Scientists know climate change is altering rain and snowfall patterns in the Tongass National Forest. A new study details how that could affect salmon and suggests what can be done.

Gov. Walker, first lady to attend keel-laying

Alaska Class Ferry slideA public laying of the keels is set for the two Alaska Marine Highway System day boats that will be built in Ketchikan. It was announced Wednesday that newly elected Gov. Bill Walker and first lady Donna Walker will attend the ceremony.

Senior care center key to development plan

This drawing shows tentative plans for a senior complex along Revilla Road. The plan includes a senior care facility, condos for seniors, and housing and services for employees of the senior center. (Image from Ward Cove Group development proposal.)A huge part of the Ward Cove Group’s development plan for borough-owned land off Revilla Road is a proposed senior housing complex, close to the intersection of Revilla and North Tongass Highway.

Options needed for homeless families, kids

The City of Ketchikan is seen from the water on a cloudy day.It’s challenging to get exact numbers of how many homeless kids live in Ketchikan, but the number probably is a lot bigger than you think. 360North hosted a recent public forum in Ketchikan that focused on youth and family homelessness.

City Council accepts water compliance order

A view of Ketchikan from the top of the Edmonds Street stairs.The Ketchikan City Council agreed Thursday to accept a compliance order from the state Department of Environmental Conservation over the city’s ongoing water issues.

Compliance ordered for Ketchikan water supply

Ketchikan from the waterA compliance order from the state Department of Environmental Conservation spells out what the City of Ketchikan is required to do over the next couple of years to address ongoing water concerns.

POW moves ahead with borough charter, but…

POW Borough BoundariesThat doesn’t mean the island communities will send in an application to the state Local Boundary Commission anytime soon – and maybe not ever.

Grants take classes, medical care to villages

The Naukati School, on eastern Prince of Wales Island, is one of several to benefit from a USDA grant. (Courtesy Emily Chaudhury Design)A federal grant will help expand class options for some Prince of Wales Island students.