The Tazlina is the first of two new Alaska Class ferries that the Ketchikan Vigor Alaska shipyard is building for the state. Its two halves are complete and welded together, and shipyard workers are busy getting interior spaces done.
The Ketchikan City Council voted Thursday to start negotiations with Ketchikan Dock Co. on ways to reconfigure Berth 4 of the downtown dock to accommodate larger ships. Cruise ship wastewater discharge also was addressed.
Bacteria levels in the salt water off some of Ketchikan’s beaches have dropped overall, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation, but bacteria in water off two beaches remain above safe levels.
Parts of the United States will experience a total solar eclipse on Monday. Ketchikan, though, will see a partial eclipse. Well, really we likely won’t see it, because it’s probably going to be overcast and raining, according to the current forecast.