In Southeast Alaska, hospital facilities aging

A group of visitors tours a crowded operating room in Ketchikan Medical Center's surgery suite.

Hospital facilities throughout Southeast Alaska are getting old, with many closing in rapidly on 50 years since they were built. Health care has changed quite a bit in the past half-century, and communities are facing expensive upgrades to keep up with those changes into the future. more

Citizens debate Ketchikan Public Library funds


The joint Cooperative Relations Committee between the Ketchikan City Council and Borough Assembly heard extensive public comment at its regular meeting Friday. more

Two cruise ships cancel stops due to weather


Predictions of high winds and heavy rain forced Princess Cruises to divert both the Sapphire Princess and Star Princess away from Ketchikan. more

Subsistence Board to hear public comment

Both the Federal Subsistence Board and the Southeast Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council are meeting in Ketchikan later this month to hear the public’s opinion. more

Carnival ships installing air-pollution “scrubbers”

The Holland America Cruise Ship Westerdam prepares to dock in Juneau July 16, 2012. (Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)

The world’s largest cruise corporation will soon install new pollution-control equipment on 32 of its ships. Carnival, Princess and Holland-America vessels sailing Alaska waters are likely to be among those getting the gear more

Future uncertain for local library consortium


It’s one of those things you may have heard about, but don’t quite know what it is, or what it does. But, due to budgetary belt tightening and shifts in technology, there is a chance the nearly two-decades-old agreement may not last much longer.

Area nonprofits win United Way grants

Women in Safe Homes received $1,000 for its family reunification and preservation program, while Ketchikan Youth Initiatives snagged $1,000 for its Hungry for Health program. more

New driveup wilderness cabin open tomorrow

The new 16×12 spruce cabin at Settler’s Cove stands on top of the old campsite number 10. The spot offers a view of Clover Passage and Betton Island. But the best part, according to district park ranger Mary Kowalczyk, is the obvious. more

Assembly to move forward on Gravina Access

The Assembly voted earlier this month to in effect endorse improved ferry service over bridges from Revilla Island to Gravina. That vote directed Borough Manager Dan Bockhorst to submit comments to the state Department of Transportation to that end, while also requesting an extended comment period on the project. more

School Board addresses borough, city, state issues

The Ketchikan Gateway Borough School Board met in regular session last night. In a quick but busy session, the Board discussed potential sticking points with the borough, city and even the state. more