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Judge Denies Stay In State Education Lawsuit

A superior court ruling that invalidates the State of Alaska’s longheld practice of requiring municipal governments to contribute a specific amount toward public education remains in place for now.

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February 27, 2015
Judge Hears Arguments On Stay In Education Lawsuit

Judge Hears Arguments On Stay In Education Lawsuit

Ketchikan Superior Court Judge William Carey heard arguments Friday over whether he should approve a stay of his January decision that the State of Alaska’s requirement that local communities provide a specific amount for public education violates the Alaska Constitution.

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February 23, 2015

Ketchikan Child Allegedly Caged, Bound By Grandparents

On Tuesday, Ketchikan police officers did a welfare check at a Woodside Drive home after getting a tip that a little girl was allegedly restrained at night by her grandparents.

February 23, 2015

Alaska Court of Appeals Denies Rachelle Waterman Appeal

More than a decade after the original crime took place, the Alaska Supreme Court denied Rachelle Waterman’s appeal of her conviction in the death of her mother.

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February 6, 2015
State To Appeal Education Funding Lawsuit Ruling

State To Appeal Education Funding Lawsuit Ruling

The State of Alaska announced Wednesday that it will appeal a final ruling by Superior Court Judge William Carey in favor of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough’s long-held argument that the state’s required local contribution for public education violates Alaska’s Constitution.

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January 28, 2015
AMHS To Close Ferry Bar Service This Winter

AMHS To Close Ferry Bar Service This Winter

The Alaska Marine Highway System is closing bars on state ferries, a move that state Department of Transportation officials say will save about $750,000 a year.

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January 27, 2015
Family Worried About Missing Ketchikan Man

Family Worried About Missing Ketchikan Man

A Ketchikan man has been missing for nearly a month, with no evidence that he left the island.

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January 26, 2015

Rain Causes Flooding, Evacuations in Ketchikan

Buckets of rain blew into Ketchikan Tuesday and Wednesday, leading to power outages, overflowing creeks, flooded streets and evacuations.

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January 21, 2015
Klawock Couple Plans Halftime Wedding

Klawock Couple Plans Halftime Wedding

A couple in Klawock has been engaged since 2001, but they couldn’t quite come to agreement about what kind of wedding ceremony to have. They finally settled on a unique venue: Center court at halftime during Friday’s home basketball game.

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January 15, 2015
Photographer Danny Goldfield shows centenarian Henry Neligan some apps on his smartphone while talking at the Ketchikan Indian Community cafeteria.

Alaska Centenarians In National Photo Project

A New York photographer wants to create portraits of a 100-year-old man and a 100-year-old woman from each of the 50 states. He’s calling the project “To Live 10,000 years,” and he recently checked a couple hundred of those years off his list during a trip to Ketchikan.

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January 6, 2015
This drawing shows tentative plans for a senior complex along Revilla Road. The plan includes a senior care facility, condos for seniors, and housing and services for employees of the senior center. (Image from Ward Cove Group development proposal.)

Senior Care Center Key to Development Plan

A long-range plan to develop borough-owned land in Ketchikan’s Ward Lake-Revilla Road area is inching forward, albeit with hesitation on the part of the Borough Assembly.

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December 11, 2014
Compliance Ordered for Ketchikan Water Supply

Compliance Ordered for Ketchikan Water Supply

A compliance order from the state Department of Environmental Conservation spells out what the City of Ketchikan is required to do over the next couple of years to address ongoing water concerns.

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December 2, 2014
Ketchikan Assembly Responds to Education Lawsuit Ruling

Ketchikan Assembly Responds to Education Lawsuit Ruling

A Superior Court Judge has ruled in favor of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough in its lawsuit against the State of Alaska over the state’s education funding mandate. The Borough Assembly talked about Friday’s ruling during Monday night’s regular meeting, and Borough Manager Dan Bockhorst calls it a “big win” for Ketchikan.

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November 25, 2014

House 36 Race Remains Too Close To Call

The House District 36 race remains too close to call after Tuesday’s general election. With all 10 precincts reporting to the Alaska Division of Elections, Dan Ortiz, who is not affiliated with any party, has a 19-vote lead. He holds 50.03 percent of the vote, compared to 49.66 percent for Republican Chere Klein.

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November 5, 2014

Ketchikan Assembly Says No To Adding Official Prayer

The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly rejected an ordinance Monday that would have added prayer to the regular meeting agenda. The issue was controversial, with many people taking one side or the other during public comment.

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October 21, 2014

Malaspina Crew Helps In Canada Rescue Effort

The crew of the Alaska Marine Highway System ferry Malaspina participated in a weekend rescue effort in Canadian waters.

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October 20, 2014

Ordinance to Add Prayer In Ketchikan Schools Passes First Vote

An ordinance that would add a prayer to the regular Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly meeting agenda passed in first reading Monday night. The vote was split 4-3, with some on the Assembly expressing concern about inadvertently excluding some people with different beliefs.

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October 8, 2014
Adam Beck and Gov. Sean Parnell sign the contact for Vigor Alaska to build two new state ferries.

Ketchikan Shipyard to Build Two Alaska Ferries

It’s official: The Ketchikan Shipyard will build two new ferries for the State of Alaska over the next few years. The deal was announced on a very rainy Saturday during a barbecue at the shipyard’s huge, enclosed ship construction area.

September 22, 2014

State Files To Participate In Big Thorne Lawsuits

The State of Alaska filed motions in federal court Monday to participate in lawsuits that seek to halt or delay the U.S. Forest Service’s planned Big Thorne timber sale on Prince of Wales Island.

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September 15, 2014
Does Vigor Still Need Local Tax, Utility Breaks?

Does Vigor Still Need Local Tax, Utility Breaks?

As Ketchikan’s shipyard continues to grow and attract contracts, questions arose last week about whether the community should continue to offer tax and utility breaks for the property.

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September 8, 2014