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

Sivertsen files for House District 36

Bob Sivertsen - Photo courtesy of City of KetchikanKetchikan City Councilmember Bob Sivertsen has officially filed to run as a Republican candidate for House District 36. Sivertsen filed the necessary paperwork with the Alaska Public Offices Commission and the Alaska Division of Elections on Monday.

Salmon labels tell history

Image from a Lynx Brand canned salmon labelHistory can come in all shapes and sizes. UW PhD student Ross Coen was in Ketchikan to give a presentation on the history of the canned salmon industry in Alaska, and to research a subject he’s passionate about, salmon can labels.

Alaska, B.C. ink transboundary agreement

Bill Bennett, Bill Walker, British Columbia mines, Byron Mallott, Christy Clark, Schoenfeld, transboundaryAlaska and British Columbia signed a memorandum of understanding Wednesday expected to increase the state’s role in transboundary mine decisions.

Ketchikan Chamber hires new director

ChamberlogoJulie Isom has been named the new executive director of the Greater Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce. Isom accepted the position on Tuesday and will replace outgoing director Chelsea Goucher.

Tulsequah cleanup won’t restart water treatment

Acid drainage from the Tulsequah Chief Mine discolors a leaking containment pond next to the Tulsequah River in British Columbia in 2013. (Photo courtesy Chris Miller/Trout Unlimited)Canadian regulators say the Tulsequah Chief Project, near Juneau, has agreed to reduce pollution leaking into a nearby river. But the mine won’t have to restart a shuttered water-treatment plant.