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Borough-wide tobacco tax indefinitely postponed

tobacco smokeAssembly members voted 4-3 Monday to postpone. Three members consistently have opposed the borough-wide tobacco tax. Those three -- Glen Thompson, Mike Painter and Jim Van Horn -- were joined last night by Todd Phillips, who previously supported the tax.

Calling complicated from Alaska jails

Ketchikan Correctional Center. (Alaska Department of Corrections photo)When someone gets arrested, often the first thing they’ll want to do is make a call. If it’s to a lawyer or legal aid, no problem. However, if it’s to friends, family or an employer, it’s more complicated.

Walker, Mallott want Peratrovich on $10 bill

Elizabeth Peratrovich, right, circa 1945. (Photo by William Paul Jr./Sealaska Heritage Institute Digital Collection)The Walker-Mallott administration has nominated Tlingit civil-rights leader Elizabeth Wanamaker Peratrovich to be on the new $10 bill.

KIC hosts Native culture week for youth

KIC Culture Camp participants sing a traditional song. (Photo by Madelyn Beck)This week, Ketchikan Indian Community put on a day camp for kids to teach them Native culture through stories, songs, crafts and even foraging tips.

Southeast residents want headlight rule reversed

HeadlightsAbout a year ago, the Alaska Department of Transportation initiated a new regulation, requiring drivers to keep their headlights on at all times when traveling on certain roads in Southeast. The change was a surprise to some residents of the region, including state Sen. Bert Stedman, who has since drafted a bill to reverse that administrative rule.

Junior League state champs welcomed home

0811151609dThe Ketchikan Junior League Baseball team, this year’s state champions, returned home Tuesday with a few new stories and a state title.

Education funding lawsuit enters final stretch

gavelThe lawsuit has been ongoing for about a year and a half, and while borough officials are adamant that they’re in the right, questions from the public posted on social media and news websites indicate some doubt: What’s the point of this lawsuit? Why was it filed? Why did the borough win in Superior Court? And, how will public schools be funded if Ketchikan wins the Supreme Court appeal?

Cruise lines hit with air-emissions violations

Smoke pours out of the smokestack of the Carnival Spirit as it fires up its engines. (Courtesy Ground Truth Trekking)Seven major cruise lines face penalties for polluting the air while sailing Alaska waters. The state has issued 18 notices of violation involving 48 instances.

Local man dies from early-morning stabbing

A 33-year-old Ketchikan man died Monday after he was stabbed early Monday morning at a home on Park Avenue.

Senator Murkowski visits Ketchikan

photo (10)Senator Lisa Murkowski was in Ketchikan this last weekend, and stopped by KRBD's studio to talk about big local and national issues including Planned Parenthood, Environmental Protection Agency regulations, and mining in British Columbia.