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Ketchikan animal shelter renovation nearing end

A cat rests in its cage in the upstairs cat area of the Ketchikan animal shelter. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)Ketchikan’s Pat Wise Animal Shelter has been going through some slow but steady changes for about six months. The end is now in sight for interior renovations.

City of Ketchikan objects to DOT traffic design

Front Street in downtown Ketchikan. (KRBD file photo)DOT officials have proposed widening sidewalks by seven feet on much of Front Street, to accommodate pedestrian traffic. That would mean the removal of the center southbound lane on Front Street.

Assembly rejects Outside contract for collections

Borough SealAfter hearing some concerns about awarding a contract to a non-local company for the borough’s debt collection, the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly voted Monday to reject a contract with Professional Credit Services of Vancouver, Washington.

WISH off probation

Ketchikan’s Women in Safe Homes is no longer on probation. WISH was put on probation in the fall of 2015 after a site visit by State Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault officials found the emergency shelter out of compliance on several regulations.

Ketchikan Youth Court swears in 13 new members

Thirteen new members were inducted into the Ketchikan Youth Court on Dec. 1. (Photo courtesy Glenn Brown, KYC executive director.)Thirteen young local residents now are qualified to practice law in Ketchikan Youth Court.

Kayhi decathletes take first in four events

AcademDecathKayhi’s Academic Decathlon team completed its first regional meet of the year in Juneau this past weekend. Ketchikan students took first place in four out of the 10 events.

Opportunities continue for maritime industry

Doug Ward at the November 30th Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce luncheon.The Ketchikan Marine Industry Council supports growth and expansion of Ketchikan’s marine economy. Doug Ward gave an update on KMIC at Wednesday's Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

Grant to help borough transit replace aging fleet

Borough BusThe Ketchikan Gateway Borough is getting about $1.3 million worth of new buses for public transit, at a local cost of about $11,000.

Council OKs two retail pot license applications

(Creative Commons image)The Ketchikan City Council agreed in a split vote Thursday to not protest two marijuana retail stores in the downtown area.

Public input meetings set for POW planning

birdThe Thorne Bay and Craig Ranger Districts want broad public input on how National Forest lands in that area will be managed for the next 10-15 years. Management activities could include timber harvest; road work; fish and wildlife habitat restoration; and recreation infrastructure.