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Leila Kheiry, KRBD - Ketchikan

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

Ketchikan Welcomes New US Citizens

Eighteen Ketchikan residents became U.S. citizens a few days ago. The ceremony took place in the courtroom of Ketchikan’s historic downtown federal building.

September 1, 2014

Appeals Court To Rehear Tongass Exemption Case

The U.S. District Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit released an announcement today (Friday) that it would rehear the Tongass Roadless Rule exemption case.

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August 29, 2014
Five Conservation Groups File Lawsuit To Stop POW Timber Project

Five Conservation Groups File Lawsuit To Stop POW Timber Project

Five more conservation groups filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court on Tuesday in hopes of stopping the Big Thorne timber project on Prince of Wales Island.

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August 26, 2014

RFP Released For Alaska Class Day Boat Construction

The Alaska Department of Transportation has released a Request for Proposals to the Ketchikan shipyard for construction of the Alaska Class day boat.

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August 6, 2014

Autopsy Reveals No Answers In Sea Lion Death

A dead sea lion that washed up on the beach near Ketchikan was dissected last Thursday in hopes of finding out what caused the death. The necropsy took several hours, and attracted many observers. But it didn’t provide any clear answers.

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August 6, 2014
The Saxman Clan House.

Saxman Files Lawsuit Over Non-Rural Status

The Organized Village of Saxman filed a lawsuit on July 25th in federal court over the Federal Subsistence Board’s 2007 decision to designate the Native village as non-rural.

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August 5, 2014
(Photo by Leila Kheiry/KRBD)

Why Does Southeast Alaska Have A Daycare Crisis?

Mention daycare to pretty much any parent in Southeast Alaska, and you’ll get an earful. It’s never been easy to find daycare in the region, but just recently, it’s gotten much worse.

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July 30, 2014
OceansAlaska Admits Financial Problems

OceansAlaska Admits Financial Problems

OceansAlaska, a Ketchikan-based shellfish seed producer, is in a financial mess. Officials with the nonprofit admitted as much during Monday’s Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly meeting. They asked the Assembly for more time to reconcile their accounts related to a borough grant, along with enough borough funding to keep the doors open through the end of July.

June 18, 2014
Parnell Signs SB99 To Allow POW Mine Loans

Parnell Signs SB99 To Allow POW Mine Loans

Gov. Sean Parnell was in Ketchikan on Monday to sign into law Senate Bill 99, which allows the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority to issue bonds for two Southeast Alaska mining projects, plus a loan for Sitka’s Blue Lake Hydroelectric Project.

June 17, 2014
Ketchikan Assembly Cuts Library Funding

Ketchikan Assembly Cuts Library Funding

The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly voted to cut its share of funding for the city-owned Ketchikan Public Library. In 2010 city voters approved spending up to $5.2 million for the facility. Because Borough residents were not allowed to vote on the issue, who should pay for services has been sometimes controversial.

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June 4, 2014

Ketchikan Gateway Borough, State Argue Education Funding

Judge William Carey heard oral arguments in Ketchikan Superior Court on Monday morning in the Ketchikan Gateway Borough’s lawsuit against the state over education funding.

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June 3, 2014
Comment Period Opens For Cruise Waste Permits

Comment Period Opens For Cruise Waste Permits

The Legislature approved new regulations last year for cruise ships to release wastewater into Alaska’s oceans. Since then, the state has developed a permit process based on those regulations. Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation’s Division of Water Director Michelle Hale stopped in Ketchikan this week to talk about the changes.

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April 22, 2014

Carnival Miracle Cancels 15 Ketchikan Port Calls

Citing mechanical issues that affect the Carnival Miracle’s maximum cruising speed, Carnival Cruise Lines has canceled 15 of that ship’s port calls in Ketchikan this summer.

April 18, 2014
Birthday Cupcakes Exempt From Ketchikan Schools’ Nutrition Guidelines

Birthday Cupcakes Exempt From Ketchikan Schools’ Nutrition Guidelines

The Ketchikan School Board adopted new administrative regulations last week governing student nutrition and physical activity, in order to meet new federal standards. The standards essentially require that only healthy food be served in schools. There are some exceptions built into the rules and the Ketchikan school board added a few more, including the “cupcake clause.”

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April 17, 2014

POW, Metlakatla Schools Awarded Tech Grants

Hydaburg and Annette Island school districts were among three Alaska Native groups that received advanced telecommunications technology grants through the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Rural Development office.

April 14, 2014
Geoduck Dive Fishery Opens; Market Found

Geoduck Dive Fishery Opens; Market Found

Southeast Alaska divers were out fishing for geoducks Thursday, for the first time in about two months.

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March 14, 2014
Station Ketchikan’s 47-foot motor life boats are seen during Wednesday’s search for John Anderson. Photo submitted by Danny Hoggard.

Search For Missing Boat Owner Suspended

The search for John Anderson, who went missing sometime late Tuesday night and is believed to have fallen off his houseboat, was suspended Wednesday evening, pending further information.

March 13, 2014