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Leila Kheiry, KRBD - Ketchikan

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

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