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Ketchikan Chamber hires new director

ChamberlogoJulie Isom has been named the new executive director of the Greater Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce. Isom accepted the position on Tuesday and will replace outgoing director Chelsea Goucher.

Council to vote on retail pot sales

National Public Radio image.On Monday night, the Ketchikan City Council decided to vote on the sale of retail marijuana at its next meeting. The Council made this decision after hearing a presentation by Chris French, the Borough Planning and Community Development Director.

Tulsequah cleanup won’t restart water treatment

Acid drainage from the Tulsequah Chief Mine discolors a leaking containment pond next to the Tulsequah River in British Columbia in 2013. (Photo courtesy Chris Miller/Trout Unlimited)Canadian regulators say the Tulsequah Chief Project, near Juneau, has agreed to reduce pollution leaking into a nearby river. But the mine won’t have to restart a shuttered water-treatment plant.

Assembly indefinitely postpones pot excise tax

MarijuanaThe Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly Monday night Monday decided to postpone indefinitely a citizen request to establish at $10 per ounce excise tax on marijuana. The Assembly also heard an annual report from AIDEA.

‘Tis the season for increased phone and internet scams

Photo courtesy of bbb.orgA series of phone, email and internet scams continue to hit residents in Southeast Alaska and beyond. People are particularly vulnerable during the holiday season. Here's information on some of the scams to watch out for.

Robotics teams tackle trash challenge in K-town

The Coffman Cove "Timber Wolves" checking the components for their robots.The K-Town Robotic Tournament was held this Saturday (November 21st) at Ketchikan’s Schoenbar Middle School. This year, students age 9-14 took on the “Trash Trek Challenge.” They had to come up with solutions to problems using programmable robots made out of LEGOs.

Whistle workshop creates indigenous instruments

DSC_1859Whistles, rattles and clappers have traditionally been an important part of Native culture in Southeast Alaska, but the instruments are less common now. Working with the Smithsonian Institute’s Arctic Studies Center, the Totem Heritage Center hosted a whistle making workshop this month.

Council to hear pot update / amend telcom rates

The Ketchikan City Council postponed its regular meeting to Monday night to allow its members to attend the Alaska Municipal League meeting in Anchorage.

Monday’s Council meeting begins with a public hearing on an ordinance amending telecommunications service and rates. … more

Assembly to hear Vigor financial report

Ketchikan's shipyard is seen in 2012. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld)Vigor reports that it has a relatively young workforce, with an average age of 38. Average annual wages for the 124 full-time-equivalent employees at the shipyard in 2014 were about $59,000, which exceeded the borough’s overall average.

DOT meetings to talk about ferry budget woes

(Creative Commons photo by Ted McGrath)The Alaska Department of Transportation has scheduled a series of community meetings related to fiscal challenges facing the Alaska Marine Highway System.