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UAS goes smoke free

DSC_0317Joining about a thousand campuses nationwide, the University of Alaska, through its Board of Regents, will become smoke-free. Campuses statewide have until the end of this year to implement it. Wednesday, University of Alaska Southeast is the first to officially become smoke free.

Six kittens rescued from POW roadside have died

Henry cuddles with six tiny rescued kittens in May. All the kittens succumbed to kitten fading syndrome. (File photo by Leila Kheiry)The six kittens were found in May in a cardboard box on the side of a road on Prince of Wales Island. They were a little more than a week old at the time.

Sealaska board unchanged by election

Sealaska Plaza is the location of the regional Native corporation's Juneau headquarters.  Shareholders are casting ballots to fill five board of directors seats.  (File photo/KTOO)Sealaska shareholders have returned five incumbents to the regional Native corporation’s 13-member board of directors.

Nine victims recovered from fatal plane crash

Ella Lake, seen from the U.S. Forest Service cabin at the site. (USFS photo)The nine people killed Thursday when a floatplane crashed into the side of a steep mountain in Misty Fiords National Monument outside of Ketchikan have been identified.

Tourists react to flightseeing fatalities

The Holland America Cruise Ship Westerdam prepares to dock in Juneau July 16, 2012. (Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)One day after a fatal floatplane crash, propeller sounds and sales pitches could still be heard on the docks in Ketchikan.

No survivors in Misty Fiords plane crash

MistyMapNine people died Thursday afternoon when the DeHavilland Otter floatplane they were traveling in went down near Ella Lake in Misty Fiords National Monument near Ketchikan.

New fence goes up at State Building

DSC_0226Ketchikan’s 40-year-old State Building has a new six-foot chain-link fence. In February, the building-wide security committee noticed the parking garage’s old guard rail was in disrepair and decided to use some building improvement funds for a new fence.

Tribe boycotts FedEx over ‘Redskins’ support

The Juneau-based Central Council Tlingit Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska announced Thursday that it has sent notice to all employees to stop using FedEx services, citing the national delivery company’s sponsorship of the Washington Redskins football team.

Sunshine affects sales

DSC_0192Ketchikan’s summer tourism season is well underway. Record low rainfall in May and warmer-than-usual temperatures had a lot tourists smiling, but in a place known for rain is sunshine bad for business?

Council to start work on 2016 budget

Thursday's work session will allow the Ketchikan City Council to make some policy decisions to help city management draft next year’s spending plan.