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Should the Ketchikan shipyard pay property tax?

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)On the agenda for Monday is consideration of a citizen request that the borough start charging the shipyard property tax.

New manager wants 10% overall budget cut, to start

Borough SealIf the Ketchikan Gateway Borough maintains its current spending levels, it faces a projected $1 million deficit this year, and with no changes will pretty much run out of money by 2022.

Land exchange bill reintroduced in Congress

A springtime view of Deer Mountain. (KRBD file photo by Leila Kheiry)With a new U.S. Congress convening, Alaska’s Congressional Delegation has reintroduced a bill that would trade federal land for land owned by Alaska Mental Health Trust – including Ketchikan’s Deer Mountain.

New Museum Director arrives in Ketchikan

Lee GrayKetchikan’s new museum director, Dr. Lee Gray, arrived in the First City recently, and started work Monday. Gray is originally from Minnesota and most recently worked as the assistant director of exhibitions and outreach at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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.

Schools expect lower enrollment, less $ in FY18

The draft 2017-2018 Ketchikan School District calendar, which is subject to revisions, was approved by the School Board on Wednesday. (Image from Ketchikan School Board meeting packet)The Ketchikan School Board had its first look Wednesday at an early draft of the 2017-2018 school district budget, totaling about $33.7 million. There also was a discussion about next year's school district calendar.

Ketchikan man found dead after apartment fire

From left, Firefighter/Medic Terry Roberts, Assistant Chief Scott Brainard, Senior Medic Greg Karlik,  and Captain Dave Breitkreutz respond to a Tuesday fire at Tongass Towers. (Photo courtesy of Gretchen O’Sullivan, Senior Medic, Ketchikan Fire Department)A 49-year-old Ketchikan man was found dead late Tuesday after an apartment fire on the 11th floor of the Tongass Towers condominiums building.

My Place hotel gears up for February opening

The new My Place hotel in Ketchikan is under construction, but officials plan to open in early February. (KRBD photo by Leila Kheiry)A new extended-stay hotel is set to open in Ketchikan early next month.

Bill reinstates ferry discharge rules, cuts costs

Extra ferry life rings lean against other spare parts at the Ketchikan Marine Engineering Facility at Ward Cove last January.A Southeast lawmaker introduced a bill this week to help Alaska ferries meet state pollution-control rules. It would also exempt new ships from a law requiring a percent of construction spending go toward art.

Ketchikan schools kick off FY18 budget process

Ketchikan High School. (KRBD file photo)While the governor’s proposed state budget includes flat funding for education, Ketchikan officials predict about $600,000 less for local schools.