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.
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 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.
Ketchikan’s Tongass Historical Museum is getting a makeover – on the inside.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The hotly debated tobacco tax has been resurrected, and will be discussed during Tuesday’s Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly meeting.