My Place hotel gears up for February opening

The new My Place hotel in Ketchikan is under construction, but officials plan to open in early February. (KRBD photo by Leila Kheiry)A new extended-stay hotel is set to open in Ketchikan early in February. Officials with the franchise say the hotel will focus on more than Ketchikan’s tourism industry.

Bill reinstates ferry discharge rules, cuts costs

Extra ferry life rings lean against other spare parts at the Ketchikan Marine Engineering Facility at Ward Cove last January.A Southeast lawmaker introduced a bill this week to help Alaska ferries meet state pollution-control rules. It would also exempt new ships from a law requiring a percent of construction spending go toward art.

Local women’s shelter has new executive director

MoranThe Women in Safe Homes board has hired Agnes Moran to lead the local emergency women's shelter.

Tangled humpback whale rescued off POW

A tangled humpback whale was rescued by a group of Ketchikan good Samaritans this week. (Photo by Oscar Hopps)A group of local good Samaritans banded together this week to help a humpback whale that had become tangled in a barge anchor cable off Prince of Wales Island.

Ketchikan teen earns Eagle Scout ranking

LukeDossettA Ketchikan teen recently achieved the highest rank attainable in the scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America. Luke Dossett has completed the requirements to become an Eagle Scout, which included overseeing a community service project.

KPU Electric turns on diesel generators

(KRBD file photo)Ketchikan Public Utilities Electric Division started supplementing the community’s hydroelectric power with more-expensive diesel about a week ago.

British Columbia will clean up mine near Juneau

A Tulsequah Chief Mine settling pond overflows at the site about 40 miles northeast of Juneau Sept. 26, 2016. (Photo courtesy of British Columbia Ministry of Energy and Mines)British Columbia says it will stop polluted Tulsequah Chief Mine water from entering a salmon-rich river that flows into Southeast Alaska near Juneau.

Assembly divided on ‘divided loyalty’ proposal

Borough SealThe Ketchikan Assembly in a split vote removed a proposed rule that called for elected officials to declare instances where their loyalty may be divided.

Ketchikan Boro Manager Dan Bockhorst retires

Ketchikan Gateway Borough Manager Dan Bockhorst is retiring effective Dec. 30. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)After about 40 years working in Alaska, the last nine of those as the Ketchikan Gateway Borough’s manager, Dan Bockhorst is retiring effective Dec. 30.

Pot, Deer Mountain among top stories of 2016

A springtime view of Deer Mountain. (KRBD file photo by Leila Kheiry)Pot continued to be a hot topic in the City of Ketchikan this year, the borough lost its education funding lawsuit on appeal, and Deer Mountain remains under threat of logging. Here’s a look back at just a few of the top stories of the past 12 months.