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Front half of Alaska Class ferry Tazlina rolls out

The forward half of the Alaska Class Ferry Tazlina moved out of the assembly hall at the Vigor Alaska shipyard in Ketchikan. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)The ferry isn’t done. Not by a long shot. But this is an important moment for the shipyard, which received the $100-million state contract to build two Alaska Class ferries in fall of 2014.

No tax, utility increases in city’s 2017 draft budgets

Ketchikan's Welcome Arch on Mission Street. (KRBD file photo)The draft 2017 City of Ketchikan spending plan compiled by city managers totals about $64 million. Ketchikan Public Utilities’ draft spending plan totals nearly $50 million.

Trustees to vote again on Deer Mountain plan

A springtime view of Deer Mountain. (KRBD file photo by Leila Kheiry)Alaska Mental HealthTrust Authority’s board of trustees meets this week, and will vote on a “reconsideration” of its August decision to move forward with logging parts of Deer Mountain in Ketchikan and a parcel in Petersburg that sits above homes.

Mental Health Trust officials hear local concern

Saxman residents look at maps before the Alaska Mental Health Trust meeting at the Saxman Community Center. (Photo by Leila KheiryAlaska Mental Health Trust and Trust Land Office representatives got an earful Tuesday during informational meetings in Saxman and Ketchikan regarding the decision to potentially log Deer Mountain.

Former Ketchikanite wins Peace Corp blog award

Mark Jahnke in Kyrgyzstan . (Photo courtesy Mark Jahnke)A former Ketchikan resident and Peace Corps volunteer recently won a trip to Washington, D.C., after his blog about volunteering in Kyrgyzstan won an online social-media contest.

Rainbird Rainfall Classic

Guess the total rainfall for 2016. Grand Prize: 50/50 split of proceeds raised from ticket sales! The more you guess, the more you could win!

Landis running unopposed for borough mayor job

Borough Mayor David Landis speaks during a recent Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce candidate forum. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)Ketchikan Gateway Borough Mayor David Landis is running unopposed for re-election. He joined candidates for Borough Assembly during last week’s Chamber of Commerce candidate forum, answering questions submitted by audience members.

Groups celebrate Clover Pass School restoration

The historic one-room Clover Pass School has been restored, and will be transferred to the Potter Road Association on Sept. 10. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)Two Ketchikan nonprofits have been working to save a historic one-room schoolhouse. The project is pretty much complete, and the groups have planned an event to celebrate the restoration of Clover Pass School.

Active shooter drill trains local responders

ShooterDrill2The U.S. Coast Guard base in Ketchikan was the scene of a simulated active shooter on Wednesday, complete with fake casualties, a successful “arrest,” and lessons on rapid-response medical care.

Board wants better ASAA transgender policy

birdThe Ketchikan School Board talked briefly Wednesday about transgender policies for student athletes, and how such policies need to be uniform for state competitions.