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Borough explores ways to improve animal protection

AnimalShelterThe Ketchikan animal shelter is inadequate for the needs of the borough. Pretty much everyone agrees with that statement, and the Ketchikan Gateway Borough is working toward improving the shelter, as well as the services that the Animal Protection Department provides.

Red Cross talks services, seeks local volunteers

Firefighters gather in the Grant Street parking lot  to plan their strategy Saturday morning in response to a residential fire on Edmonds Street, a boardwalk stair street in downtown Ketchikan.The Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross of Alaska visited Ketchikan this week as part of a tour of Southeast communities. He talked to the Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce about the services that Red Cross provides, and the importance of volunteers in rural communities.

Low use forces Forest Service to close cabins

DeBoer Lake cabin in the Petersburg Ranger District of the Tongass National Forest will be removed by 2017. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service.The U.S. Forest Service announced the removal of 10 cabins on the Tongass National Forest this week.

Task force wants services for homeless families

First City Homeless Shelter's service manager Chris Alvarado makes breakfast each weekday for homeless and hungry people in the day shelter kitchen. The day shelter recently got a grant from the borough that will allow the day shelter to stay open Saturdays.Ketchikan’s Seeking Community Homeless Solutions Task Force published its goals for the next decade earlier this month. A big part of that plan is a solution to serving homeless families, not just single men and women who need temporary shelter.

Planning for fall bulbs / fertilizer facts

Bulbs

A call-in show with Lee Skidmore giving tips on preparing for fall bulb planting, and some myths and cautions about fertilizers.  BulbsFertilizermore

Author Nick Jans in Ketchikan Friday

JansBookAuthor Nick Jans tells the story of a unique black wolf that forged relationships with dogs and humans in his book "A Wolf Called Romeo." Jans will be in Ketchikan Friday.

Gardening tips

Gardening

Lee Skidmore gives tips on summer watering, saving seeds, drying herbs, prepping for over-winter planting and more during this call-in show.  Gardeningmore

4 Islanders exhibit opens

Petersburg artists John McCabe, Pia Reilly and Joe Viechnicki speak about their new exhibit opening Friday (July 4th) at the Main Street Gallery.  4Islandersmore

Greenhouse gardening in Ketchikan

14356893399_0c7e2a65fc_hKetchikan gardener Teri Hoyt discusses the joys and challenges of greenhouse or hothouse gardening.

Americorps team in Ketchikan for community service

A team of six AmeriCorps NCCC volunteers are in Ketchikan clearing a new paintball field for Ketchikan Youth Initiative. The team members talked about their experience with AmeriCorps and Ketchikan.