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Assembly to discuss new tobacco tax proposal

tobacco smokeThe hotly debated tobacco tax has been resurrected, and will be discussed during Tuesday’s Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly meeting.

Mayor gives State of the Borough presentation

Borough Mayor David Landis speaks to the Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)Borough Mayor David Landis says declining oil tax revenue is bad news for state government, and that it will ripple down to local governments. But, he said, it’s not all doom and gloom.

Group wants Perm Fund to help cover deficit

Judy Brady of Alaska's Future speaks during Wednesday's Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce lunch.A coalition of Alaska groups and businesses have come together to form a statewide organization focused on encouraging lawmakers to use a portion of the Alaska Permanent Fund earnings to ease the state’s deficit.

WISH on probation, but questions arise

Ketchikan from the waterWISH officials say there was no warning from the state Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault that there were any problems. In fact, just a few months prior, the shelter had received notice of compliance, praising the program for following regulations.

Report: Ferries boost Anchorage, Mat-Su economies too

Cars and trucks line up to board the ferry Chenega in Sitka on Sept. 13, 2015. The ferry system carries traffic that ends up in Anchorage and Fairbanks, a new study says. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Anchorage is tied for first as the prime destination for ferrying summer tourists, according to a new report by the McDowell Group.

City mayor talks pot at Chamber presentation

Mayor Lew Williams III speaks to the Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)City of Ketchikan Mayor Lew Williams III talked pot during his annual State of the City presentation at Wednesday’s Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce lunch.

Ortiz gives an update on the legislative session

Recently elected House District 36 Rep. Dan Ortiz speaks during a Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce event.Rep. Dan Ortiz says the atmosphere in Juneau is pretty positive, with most lawmakers focused on resolving the state’s $3.5 billion deficit rather than delaying action.

Elders cleaning up after storm blows roof off

Roofing material is seen in the yard in front of Frank and Marge James' rented home off North Tongass Highway. The roof blew off in the storm earlier this week. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)Two Ketchikan elders are cleaning up and looking for a new place to live after the roof of their rented home was blown off during a big storm earlier this week.

Kreiss-Tomkins’ fiscal survey link corrected

Alaskans in House District 35 were sent a survey by their House representative, Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, regarding options to help resolve the state’s budget deficit. But, according to Kreiss-Tomkins’ office, the survey information included an incorrect link.

Storm blows through SE, taking out trees, power

KPU Electric Division crews work on power lines Tuesday morning on Sunset Drive.A big storm blew through Ketchikan Monday and early Tuesday, taking down trees in some areas and cutting the community’s power link to the Swan Lake hydroelectric dam.