Pride event celebrates diversity and equality

Some of the people attending Ketchikan's 3rd annual Pride Picnic.Ketchikan’s 3rd Annual Pride Picnic took place last June 3rd. The event brings together friends, family and strangers to celebrate diversity and equality; and LGBT people.

Road to open up more of Gravina to logging

The dotted line shows the route for the logging road to be built to Vallenar Bay.The Alaska Division of Forestry has awarded a contract to connect an existing road in the Vallenar Bay area to the rest of the island’s road system. Petersburg’s Rock-N-Road Construction won the $3.5 million contract.

Dock repair starting, tourist traffic changes

A cruise-ship lightering boat passes a salvage tugboat docked at Ketchikan's Berth 3, which was extensively damaged by the cruise ship Infinity on Friday. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)The city of Ketchikan has hired Turnagain Marine Construction to repair Ketchikan’s Berth 3. Work should be complete by July 5, possibly earlier.

Assembly backs enforcement of federal pot laws

A 5 percent sales tax on pot is before the Ketchikan City Council tonight. (KRBD file photo)Should local government enforce federal drug laws as it regulates marijuana? That question was before the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly at its Monday meeting.

New top derby fish nearly 50 pounds

Misty Pattison holds up her 48.6 pound Chinook Salmon. Photo courtesy Ketchikan King Salmon Derby.Misty Pattison caught a monster of a king salmon Sunday. The 48.6-pound fish is now the leader in the Ketchikan King Salmon Derby.

Ship sails south after damaging Ketchikan dock

A large scrape shows one area where the cruise ship Infinity struck a Ketchikan dock June 3. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)The cruise ship Infinity is on its way south for repairs. The 90,000-ton ship crashed into a Ketchikan dock Friday afternoon, sustaining scrapes and a small hole above the waterline.

Party affiliation an issue in Ketchikan House race

House District 36 Map - 300xAn independent, a Republican and a Constitution Party member are competing for Ketchikan’s seat in Alaska’s House of Representatives. District 36 also includes Saxman, Wrangell, Metlakatla, Hydaburg and Hyder.

Ferry budget changes, but schedule doesn’t

The ferry Taku sails into the Wrangell Narrows on its way south in 2013. It's part of an aging fleet needing repair or replacement. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)This week’s legislative budget compromise shuffled the source of some of the money that pays for the Alaska Marine Highway System. But it doesn’t increase -- or decrease -- the number of routes or sailings.

Update: City council moves toward 5 percent pot tax

A 5 percent sales tax on pot is before the Ketchikan City Council tonight. (KRBD file photo)The Ketchikan City Council is a step closer to imposing a 5 percent tax on marijuana sales.

Two challenge Ortiz for state House seat

Rep. Dan Ortiz talks during a town-hall-style meeting Thursday at the White Cliff building.Incumbent Ketchikan Rep. Dan Ortiz faces two opponents in the 2016 legislative elections. They're Republican Bob Sivertsen and Kenneth Shaw of the Constitution Party.