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Rep. Ortiz concerned about some budget cuts

Recently elected House District 36 Rep. Dan Ortiz speaks during a Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce event.House District 36 Rep. Dan Ortiz is worried about the repercussions of some proposed state budget cuts, especially cuts that could lead to reduced revenue for the state, such as those to the state timber program and the Alaska Marine Highway System.

Metlakatla group plans canoe trip to B.C.

A colorful canoe is towed from Saxman after a group of paddlers landed and disembarked in August 2013.About two years ago, a group of First Nations and Alaska Native canoeists paddled from Canada’s northwest coast, across the U.S. border to Alaska’s only Indian reservation, on Annette Island. Now, a group is planning a return journey, paddling the same route back toward the Tsimshian Native community’s roots in British Columbia.

Ketchikan residents testify on budget proposals

Ketchikan residents crowd into the local Legislative Information Office for Tuesday's House Finance Committee hearing on proposed budget cuts. (Photo by Marc Osborne)Alaska’s House Finance Committee heard public testimony Tuesday on proposed budget cuts, and got an earful from Alaskans calling in from all over the state, including 15 from Ketchikan.

New extended-stay hotel coming to Ketchikan

My Place HotelA new hotel chain is coming to Ketchikan, with construction expected to start – and finish – this year. And it’s not just Alaska’s First City; the franchise is expanding into Anchorage and Fairbanks, as well.

Judge Carey denies stay in education funding lawsuit

Ketchikan's state courthouse in downtown.A superior court ruling that invalidates the State of Alaska’s longheld practice of requiring municipal governments to contribute a specific amount toward public education remains in place for now.

Deeper state ferry cuts planned by House panel

The ferries Malaspina and Columbia are out of service for repairs at the Ketchikan Shipyard in 2012. More ferries will be tied up this summer under planned legislative budget cuts. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Alaska’s ferry system is facing even more service cuts. A House panel yanked money from the marine highway budget that the governor had restored.

Boro files cross appeal with Supreme Court

Alaska State SealWhile the Ketchikan Gateway Borough and the State of Alaska wait for Superior Court Judge William Carey to rule on a motion for a stay in the ongoing education funding lawsuit, the borough has filed a cross appeal with the Alaska Supreme Court.

Training set to help artists become teachers

The Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council is one local nonprofit that receives community agency grants from the City of Ketchikan.The Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council is offering a day-long teaching artist academy in Ketchikan on March 7, to help Southeast artists become eligible for the statewide Artist in the Schools program.

More charges unlikely in case of restrained child

Additional charges likely won’t be filed against a couple that police say had restrained their 5-year-old grandchild by taping her legs and holding her in a makeshift cage.

Judge hears arguments on stay in education lawsuit

Ketchikan Gateway Borough officials attend Friday's hearing in Judge William Carey's courtroom.Ketchikan Superior Court Judge William Carey likely won't reach a decision on the motion for a stay until Monday at the earliest.