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Ferry budget changes, but schedule doesn’t

The ferry Taku sails into the Wrangell Narrows on its way south in 2013. It's part of an aging fleet needing repair or replacement. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)This week’s legislative budget compromise shuffled the source of some of the money that pays for the Alaska Marine Highway System. But it doesn’t increase -- or decrease -- the number of routes or sailings.

Update: City council moves toward 5 percent pot tax

A 5 percent sales tax on pot is before the Ketchikan City Council tonight. (KRBD file photo)The Ketchikan City Council is a step closer to imposing a 5 percent tax on marijuana sales.

Two challenge Ortiz for state House seat

Rep. Dan Ortiz talks during a town-hall-style meeting Thursday at the White Cliff building.Incumbent Ketchikan Rep. Dan Ortiz faces two opponents in the 2016 legislative elections. They're Republican Bob Sivertsen and Kenneth Shaw of the Constitution Party.

New Craig boat harbor before Congress

City-of-Craig-logo-from-the-citys-website.-300x300An updated federal Water Resources Act includes about 90 percent of the $32 million needed to build a new boat harbor for the city of Craig, on Prince of Wales Island. But it has a way to go before funds are available.

Kayhi Class of 2016 honored

A mortarboard adorned for the 2016 graduation.Family and friends gathered in the Kayhi Gym Sunday to celebrate Ketchikan High School’s graduating class of 2016. The commencement speech was delivered by US Senator Lisa Murkowski.

Grumman Goose may have found a home

Historic signs and photos on the walls of the Goose hangar.Since 1992, volunteers with Ketchikan’s “Save the Goose” project have been working to restore a historic amphibious plane. The Grumman Goose restoration is about 85 percent complete and now those involved are trying to find a permanent home for the plane. They believe they may have found the right place.

ANILCA change opens up USFS job opportunities

birdUntil now, local residents have been preferred for certain positions, because of their local knowledge. But they weren’t able to transition into permanent jobs with the U.S. Forest Service.

Volunteers progress on Goose restoration

From left to right: Don Dawson, Rick Garner, Arnie Enright and Randy Harris (and the Goose).For the past 20 years, a group of Ketchikan volunteers has been working to restore one of the Ellis Airlines Grumman Goose planes, in hopes of putting it on display.

Retirees honored by Ketchikan School Board

kayhiSuperintendent Robert Boyle recognized David Boyd from the district’s maintenance department, Kayhi custodian Larry Mestas, and teachers Cheryl Elliott and Roxanne Abajian.

Alaska-Virgin merger will expand opportunities

A detail of a slide from Scott Habberstad's presentation to the Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce.An Alaska Airlines executive gave some details during Wednesday’s Chamber of Commerce lunch about the company’s recently announced merger with Virgin Air.