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CTA’s land-into-trust application approved

CraigTribalAssn3The Department of the Interior announced January 13th approval of Craig Tribal Association’s land-into-trust application. This is the first application from Alaska to be approved since the DOI issued a revised rule in 2014.

Coalition awarded grant to prevent depression

The City of Ketchikan is seen from the water on a cloudy day.Ketchikan Wellness Coalition's Behavioral Health Task Force identified depression as one of the biggest mental health concern in the community.

Landis: Gravina Access top accomplishment in ’16

Borough Mayor David Landis speaks to the Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce. (File photo by Leila Kheiry)Ketchikan Gateway Borough Mayor David Landis gave his “state of the borough” address to a Chamber of Commerce audience on Wednesday.

Deer Mountain logging off the table for now

A springtime view of Deer Mountain. (KRBD file photo by Leila Kheiry)Mental Health Trust Land Office Executive Director John Morrison says that while a federal land exchange deal wasn’t approved by Congress during its last session, he is confident that the reintroduced bill will pass this year.

Metlakatla hopes to increase hydro capacity

A view of Metlakatla on Annette Island, Alaska's only Native reserve. (File photo by Leila Kheiry)For the past couple years, Metlakatla residents have been asked to conserve power. The lake levels on Annette Island have been low, and this winter’s cold, dry spell made things even worse. But, recent rainy weather has provided some relief while Metlakatla Power and Light works toward increasing its hydro capacity.

KPU back on hydro after warm, wet weekend

(KRBD file photo)All that rain was good for something. But it wasn't all good: One power outage over the weekend was storm-related.

Assembly delays decision on taxing shipyard

Ketchikan's shipyard is seen in 2012. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld)A proposal to charge the Ketchikan Shipyard property tax or an equivalent payment in lieu of taxes was postponed by the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly on Monday.

Land exchange bill reintroduced in Congress

A springtime view of Deer Mountain. (KRBD file photo by Leila Kheiry)With a new U.S. Congress convening, Alaska’s Congressional Delegation has reintroduced a bill that would trade federal land for land owned by Alaska Mental Health Trust – including Ketchikan’s Deer Mountain.

New Museum Director arrives in Ketchikan

Lee GrayKetchikan’s new museum director, Dr. Lee Gray, arrived in the First City recently, and started work Monday. Gray is originally from Minnesota and most recently worked as the assistant director of exhibitions and outreach at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Ketchikan man found dead after apartment fire

From left, Firefighter/Medic Terry Roberts, Assistant Chief Scott Brainard, Senior Medic Greg Karlik,  and Captain Dave Breitkreutz respond to a Tuesday fire at Tongass Towers. (Photo courtesy of Gretchen O’Sullivan, Senior Medic, Ketchikan Fire Department)A 49-year-old Ketchikan man was found dead late Tuesday after an apartment fire on the 11th floor of the Tongass Towers condominiums building.