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Council considers task force, will revisit pot issue

One of the wooden benches along Dock Street in front of the Centennial Building in downtown Ketchikan. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)The Ketchikan City Council Thursday night directed City Manager Karl Amylon to take measures to address the greater issue of homelessness and inebriation in the First City. At its next meeting, the Council will also consider limiting the number of marijuana retail stores.

Winter ferry schedule better than last year

The ferry Taku docks at the Sitka terminal on a snowy morning Jan. 22, 2012. Budget cuts have sidelined the ship. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)This winter’s Alaska Marine Highway schedule offers more sailings than the previous season’s. It also eliminates five-week service gaps for some communities.

“Race to Alaska” on for 2017

R2AK3Organizers announced last week that the Race to Alaska is a go for the summer of 2017. The 750-mile engineless boat race is from Port Townsend, Washington, to Ketchikan.

IFA’s free travel program for veterans ending soon

US-Flag1The Inter-Island Ferry Authority announced last week that the IFA’s participation in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs transportation grant program will end August 31st. The program offers free transportation to veterans traveling for healthcare needs.

Ortiz: State ‘fumbled’ on approving new revenue

House District 36 Rep. Dan Ortiz speaks during the Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce lunch on Wednesday. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)Ortiz, who is running for re-election against challengers Bob Sivertsen, a Republican, and Kenneth Shaw of the Constitution Party, spoke Wednesday during the Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce lunch.

Pilot rescued after aborted takeoff on POW

POW map BWA pilot who crashed his privately owned floatplane on the shore of Clover Lake on Prince of Wales Island shortly after takeoff was rescued Monday by a U.S. Coast Guard crew.

Macasaet arraigned for July 31 POW murder

Albert Macasaet is seen in Ketchikan District Court during his first-felony appearance Tuesday, Aug. 16. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)About a week after he was apprehended for the strangling death of his girlfriend, 27-year-old Albert Peter Macasaet was arraigned Tuesday in Ketchikan District Court.

Boroughwide pot tax indefinitely postponed

(U.S. Fish and Wildlife photo)A proposal to establish a boroughwide retail marijuana tax was indefinitely postponed Monday following lengthy discussion and several attempts to amend the ordinance.

Ketchikan youth detention facility to close Sept. 15

The Ketchikan Regional Youth Facility will close Sept. 15th due to state budget cuts. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)The Alaska Department of Health and Human Services announced Monday that the closure will mean the loss of 15 jobs, and that Ketchikan-area youth who require detention now will be sent to Juneau.

Injured hiker rescued from Deer Mountain

Deer MountainA hiker was rescued on Deer Mountain Saturday afternoon. The 54-year-old Ketchikan man suffered a knee injury and was experiencing seizures.