MAC discusses temporary commercial pot ban

National Public Radio image.The local Marijuana Advisory Committee talked Monday about a possible six-month moratorium on commercial marijuana in the Ketchikan Gateway Borough, but took no action on that issue.

Marijuana committee to discuss possible ban

(U.S. Fish and Wildlife photo)The ad hoc Marijuana Advisory Committee meets at 5:30 p.m. Monday, and among the items on the agenda is discussion of whether to recommend a ban on commercial marijuana activity.

Tongass supervisor: Build a sustainable future

Tongass National Forest Supervisor Earl Stewart speaks at the Dec. 9 Chamber of Commerce lunch meeting.New Tongass Forest Supervisor Earl Stewart has a bit of an uphill battle when it comes to gaining the trust of some Southeast Alaska residents. He listened to some criticism of the Forest Service on Wednesday during the weekly Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce lunch.

Woman charged after police follow blood trail

Ketchikan Police DepartmentA 32-year-old Ketchikan woman has been charged with felony assault after allegedly stabbing a man Wednesday night during a fight at a First Avenue home.

Council starts review of draft 2016 KPU budget

Downtown Ketchikan. (KRBD file photo)Among the issues discussed is a recommended electricity surcharge related to the utility’s use of the new Whitman Lake Hydroelectric Dam. That surcharge would be on top of a 5-percent electric-rate increase, which is included in the draft budget along with an 8-percent water-rate hike.

Council votes to phase out police K-9 program

Welcome Arch Mission Downtown KetchikanDuring a special budget work session, the Ketchikan City Council voted Tuesday to move forward with ending the Ketchikan Police Department’s K-9 drug dog program.

Borough moves forward with commercial pot

National Public Radio image.Pot was the main topic of conversation during Monday’s meeting of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly, as it considered an ordinance to establish regulations for a commercial marijuana industry.

AMHS seeks input on addressing budget cuts

Deputy Commissioner Mike NeusslThe Department of Transportation is seeking input on how to deal with a dwindling budget and imminent cuts to the Alaska Marine Highway System. A meeting was held in Ketchikan Wednesday afternoon to gather input from residents of the First City.

Council votes to prohibit commercial pot sales

(Creative Commons photo by Brett Levin)The Ketchikan City Council Thursday night voted to ban the commercial sale of marijuana within city limits. Mayor Lew Williams III requested the issue be brought before the Council.

Ketchikan weighs in on State’s fiscal challenge

Ken Alper (left) and Representative Dan OrtizHouse District 36 Representative Dan Ortiz held a town hall meeting in Ketchikan Tuesday night to discuss Alaska’s fiscal challenges and proposals to address budget problems. Ortiz shared the results of a fiscal survey he conducted