Ruling puts visa work program in question

landing-pageA recent U.S. District Court decision in Florida could have a negative effect on seasonal businesses in Alaska, including those in the tourism and fishing industries.

Murkowski intervenes in Hyder border closure

Hyder signThe Canadian Border Services Agency wants to close the border crossing between Stewart, British Columbia, and Hyder, Alaska, during nighttime hours starting this spring.

House committee briefed on schools funding suit

LegScreenShotThe Legislature’s House Education Committee got an update Friday from the Alaska Attorney General’s office on the status of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough’s ongoing education funding lawsuit.

“Scrubbers” to cut cruise ship air pollution

A Celebrity Cruise Line ship sails into Juneau in 2012 with emissions coming out of its stack. New pollution-control equipment being installed on Alaska-bound and other ships will reduce the emissions plume. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Cruise lines that sail Alaska waters are installing new pollution-control equipment. Scrubbers are aimed at clearing the air — and meeting new regulations. But it’s also dodging some stronger, more expensive measures.

Ketchikan hospital ‘tops out’ expansion project

FlagsWPeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center threw a somewhat rainy party yesterday to celebrate the placement of the final I-beam for the steel skeleton of the new four-story addition to the local hospital.

Alaska Supreme Court grants stay in boro lawsuit

gavelThe Alaska Supreme Court has granted the state’s motion for a stay pending appeal in the Ketchikan Gateway Borough’s lawsuit regarding education funding.

Ortiz weighs in on pot regs, Daylight Saving

Alaska_State_CapitolHouse District 36 Rep. Dan Ortiz started his political career during an interesting time in Alaska. In addition to massive budget cuts due to reduced oil tax revenue, the state also is figuring out how to deal with legal marijuana, and whether to get rid of Daylight Saving Time.

Alaska’s First City hosts last inaugural celebration

From left, Gov. Bill Walker, Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott, Donna Walker and Toni Mallott clap for local performers during the community reception Saturday at Ketchikan's shipyard.Alaska’s new governor, Bill Walker, and lieutenant governor, Byron Mallott, were in Ketchikan last weekend for a series of inaugural events.

Walker talks budget cuts, marijuana, lawsuit

Gov. Bill WalkerGov. Bill Walker is in Ketchikan this weekend for a series of inaugural events planned by a local committee. During his visit, he stopped by KRBD to talk with local media about issues that he and the Legislature are grappling with this legislative session.

Rep. Ortiz concerned about some budget cuts

Recently elected House District 36 Rep. Dan Ortiz speaks during a Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce event.House District 36 Rep. Dan Ortiz is worried about the repercussions of some proposed state budget cuts, especially cuts that could lead to reduced revenue for the state, such as those to the state timber program and the Alaska Marine Highway System.