Walker hears budget-plan input from Ketchikan

Gov. Bill Walker and Rep. Dan Ortiz heard input from Ketchikan residents during a town-hall meeting on Monday, Feb. 29. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)Alaska Gov. Bill Walker presented a short version of his plan to solve the state’s budget deficit, and then heard input on that plan from Ketchikan residents Monday during a town-hall meeting arranged by Rep. Dan Ortiz.

Governor, local officials closer on Gravina plan

Gov. Bill Walker talks with local media after meeting with local officials to discuss Gravina access. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)While there’s no firm agreement in place, local and state officials are closer than ever on how to improve Ketchikan’s access to Gravina Island. Gov. Bill Walker was in Ketchikan on Monday to meet with Ketchikan Gateway Borough and City of Ketchikan representatives on that topic.

Sea cucumber divers to vote on tax change

Sea cucumbers. (Alaska Department of Fish and Game photo)Sea cucumber fishery permit holders will decide this summer whether to reduce their self-imposed tax from 5 percent of the ex-vessel value to 3 percent.

Museum renovation planning moving forward

The Ketchikan Queen is the Tongass Historical Museum's largest artifact. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)Ketchikan’s Tongass Historical Museum is getting a makeover – on the inside.

Walker to visit Ketchikan, talk Gravina Access

Bill Walker speaks during a December Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce luncheon.Gov. Bill Walker will be in Ketchikan on Monday to meet with local officials about the long-awaited Gravina Access project, and to hold a public meeting focused on Alaska’s economy.

Two Ketchikan USFS employees recognized

Ron Medel (and a really nice king). (USFS photo)Dennis Landwehr has been honored with a Rise to the Future Field Soil Scientist award; and Ron Medel was chosen for a Rise to the Future Lifetime Achievement recognition.

City OKs WISH grant, hears need for ADA cabs

A view of Ketchikan from the top of the Edmonds Street stairs.The Ketchikan City Council heard from Women in Safe Homes supporters Thursday, and opted to approve a $16,500 grant for the local domestic violence shelter.

The not-quite-million-dollar question

Members of the School Board and Borough Assembly meet monthly.Since 2012, the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly and Ketchikan School Board have argued over contracted services. The fight over a relatively small piece of the district budget has infiltrated nearly every public meeting for the past four years.

Borough tobacco tax proposal moving forward

(Creative Commons image)An ordinance that calls for a $2-per-pack tax on cigarettes will come back to the Assembly for a second vote; and the borough expects a visit from the governor later this month for an announcement about the Gravina Access project.

Assembly to discuss new tobacco tax proposal

tobacco smokeThe hotly debated tobacco tax has been resurrected, and will be discussed during Tuesday’s Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly meeting.