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Ketchikan tobacco tax to go before voters

tobacco smokeThe Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly approved a first reading of a tobacco tax Monday, but also agreed to set it in front of voters, and to dedicate at least half the net revenue for smoking cessation programs.

Construction to start at B.C.’s Brucejack Mine

The Brucejack mine site is shown in this 2013 photo. British Columbia officials recently issued an environmental certificate that's an important part of the permitting process. (Courtesy Pretivm Resources)Construction of another mine near a river that flows into Alaska could start this month. But the Brucejack project is sparking fewer concerns on this side of the border.

New totem pole rises in Ketchikan shipyard

DSC_1135Ketchikan’s newest totem pole arrived with a massive crowd Saturday in front of the Vigor shipyard. Both tribal members and Vigor employees saw it as a way to connect the community and the company.

Draft petition calls for a third city in Ketchikan

Settlers Cove State Park. (KRBD file photo)Consolidation has failed in Ketchikan many times in the past. Now, a group of people in the Ketchikan Gateway Borough’s North End is trying something completely different: They want to create another city in the borough, which would add a fourth local government in a community of about 13,000 people.

Slippery steps lead to award for damages

0728151043A civil trial this week in Ketchikan ended with a warning to Southeast Alaska homeowners: Make sure your outdoor walkways have a non-slip surface, or you could end up paying thousands of dollars.

Committee recommends no local retail pot ban

(Creative Commons photo by Brett Levin)The Ketchikan Marijuana Advisory Committee voted unanimously Wednesday to recommend that the various municipal governments in the borough not ban the commercial sale of marijuana in Ketchikan, at least not until after the state has completed its regulation process.

Subsistence Board vote makes Saxman rural again

The Saxman Clan House.The Federal Subsistence Board voted during a work session Tuesday in Anchorage to return communities to the status they held before 2007. That’s the year the board decided to make Saxman non-rural, an action that Saxman residents and other Native leaders have fought against ever since.

Gravina access, bridges come up at STIP meeting

AirportFirst and Second Waterfall bridges on North Tongass are in line for improvements, but will they last until construction is set to start in summer 2017? And, the Gravina Access EIS is 99 percent done. It just needs the governor to make a decision.

Rescue squad stays ready for the next emergency

A rock face north of Ketchikan where KVRS members train.The Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad was the first group on the scene of a deadly float plane crash in Misty Fjords more than a month ago. The rescue squad didn't disband after that mission, however. They're still training, making sure they’re prepared for the next time someone needs their help. To find out how, reporter Madelyn Beck got a first-hand look at some of their training on a rock wall.

Youth crew cleans Tongass, even under rain

0726151328a (1)The Youth Conservation Corps came to Ketchikan and the surrounding Tongass National Forest this past month to work with a local branch of the U.S Forest Service. That meant helping out timber crews, cleaning up around fisheries and clearing trails -- rain or shine.