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City hopes boro will help with anti-hawking effort

CityofKetchikanThe Ketchikan City Council on Thursday will vote on a resolution honoring retiring Police Chief Alan Bengaard; the Council also will consider sending a request to the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly, asking that it no longer issue permits for sales downtown that happen outside of a structure.

KPU back on hydro after warm, wet weekend

(KRBD file photo)All that rain was good for something. But it wasn't all good: One power outage over the weekend was storm-related.

Assembly to eye policies, budget in 2-day meeting

KRBD file photoThe work-session-style meeting starts Friday morning. It's broken into topics, and the first topic will be budget assumptions and guidelines.

KPU Electric turns on diesel generators

(KRBD file photo)Ketchikan Public Utilities Electric Division started supplementing the community’s hydroelectric power with more-expensive diesel about a week ago.

Pot, Deer Mountain among top stories of 2016

A springtime view of Deer Mountain. (KRBD file photo by Leila Kheiry)Pot continued to be a hot topic in the City of Ketchikan this year, the borough lost its education funding lawsuit on appeal, and Deer Mountain remains under threat of logging. Here’s a look back at just a few of the top stories of the past 12 months.

Museum renovation on track for spring opening

Anita Maxwell and Tim Whiteley walk through the Tongass Historical Museum's main floor, which is under renovation. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)Anyone who has driven through Ketchikan’s downtown recently probably has noticed construction activity at the city-owned Centennial Building – home to the Tongass Historical Museum.

Stoney Moose banking on approval of pot lounges

Mark Woodward points to what will be the main entrance to The Stoney Moose, a planned cannabis lounge on Stedman Street. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)Last week, the state Marijuana Control Board approved two retail marijuana licenses within Ketchikan city limits. One of those, The Stoney Moose, is basing its business plan on a regulation that hasn’t yet been finalized. But, the owners are confident enough to move forward while the state board continues to consider on-site consumption.

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.