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Students make shooting threat, are in custody
The following was just announced by the Ketchikan School District. We will update this report as more information becomes available. “At approximately 10:30 Sunday morning, the Ketchikan School District received a call from Ketchikan Police Department concerning students making threats to be the ‘ne
Ketchikan assembly approves animal-noise code change
A change in Ketchikan Gateway Borough code that will make it easier for animal protection officers to respond to animal noise complaints was approved Monday by the borough assembly.
Ketchikan woman faces more drug charges
A 34-year-old Ketchikan woman who was out on bail for alleged drug dealing has been arrested on additional drug charges. According to the online Alaska State Troopers dispatch, Angelina McDonald had an outstanding warrant for violating her conditions of release. Troopers say she was found Thursday n
Ketchikan School Board discusses class-size limits
How best to keep elementary school class sizes from getting too big was a topic during this week’s Ketchikan School Board meeting. There was a lot of discussion, but no resolution to the complicated question.
Rep. Ortiz calls for majority coalition
House District 36’s independent Rep. Dan Ortiz of Ketchikan sent out a letter Thursday to other members of the State House urging the formation of a coalition caucus. Ortiz writes in the letter that he respects Republican Rep. Gary Knopp for “recognizing the fragility of a small, partisan majority”
Council wraps up review of city budget, starts on KPU
The Ketchikan City Council continued its review of the draft City of Ketchikan and Ketchikan Public Utilities budgets during a special meeting on Monday. The council wrapped up the city budget review during that meeting. Before starting the KPU review, City Manager Karl Amylon gave a summary of his
A Weird Severe Drought Is Affecting Alaska in One of the Wettest U.S. Locations
Southeast Alaska is located in a temperate rainforest and averages 100+ inches of precipitation per year. This region is currently classified in severe drought. Precipitation in Ketchikan is near 3 feet below average in 2018.
Tiny homes in the First City explored
In November Ketchikan residents gathered to discuss the idea of bringing tiny homes to Alaska’s First City. Tiny homes could be a solution for affordable housing shortages. But there are hurdles in the form of regulations. Opportunities and challenges were discussed during the forum.
Metlakatla to follow Alaska Standard Time, allow liquor sales
Metlakatla Indian Community held a special election on Tuesday, and the results mean big changes. Residents of the island community just south of Ketchikan voted to follow Alaska Standard Time, and to allow liquor sales on their island.
After delay, planning resumes on a controversial 200-mile road through Arctic Alaska
Critics say the road would would harm wildlife habitat and threaten traditional Alaska Native communities. Plans for a new 200-mile road cutting through the foothills of the Brooks Range in Alaska’s Arctic are back on track now that a funding problem has been resolved, a federal official overseeing
Mother Jones: BLM Buried Memo Saying that Trump's Alaska Oil Plan Would Illegally Harm Polar Bears
Mother Jones is reporting that a leaked memo written by FWS Alaska regional director Greg Siekaniec warned the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) that going ahead with plans to seismically test for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) would pose an unacceptable threat to its population of
Snakes Don’t Belong In Alaska
The UK psychedelic rockers Snakes Don’t Belong In Alaska have put out some great music. They are wizards in creating a hazy psychedelic athmospere and so i am very happy to share with you their new double LP out on Cardinal Fuzz.
Give the gift of education with the Alaska Zoo
Celebrate the holidays with gifts that give back from the Alaska Zoo. Whether you’re shopping for friends or family, the zoo has something for animal-lovers of all ages. • Zoo Lights tickets start at $7 and can be used from now until March 3.
Ketchikan man charged in two burglary cases
A 32-year-old Ketchikan man turned himself in to local law enforcement on Wednesday, allegedly admitting to two recent burglaries. According to the complaint filed in court by Alaska State Trooper Chris Nelson, Cody James Peters had contacted the Ketchikan Police Department on Wednesday, and had agr
Assembly to discuss implications of cruise head-tax ruling
A recent court ruling that restricts how local and state governments can spend cruise passenger head taxes will be discussed during Monday’s Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly meeting.
A Trip Inside Alaska’s Frozen Caves Is Positively Surreal
Inside one of Alaska’s incredible glaciers is a magical place that looks like it’s from a dream. The Mendenhall Ice Caves are absolutely beautiful, glittering with an unearthly blue and shimmering in the cool light. You’ll adore a visit to the ice caves in Alaska for a winter adventure you’ll never
Celebrity returns same trio of ships to Alaska in 2020
Celebrity Millennium and the Solstice-class pair Celebrity Eclipse and Celebrity Solstice will return to Alaska in 2020, for the second season in a row. Celebrity Eclipse will operate weekly round-trips from Vancouver, BC, and journey through the Inside Passage, visiting Icy Strait Point, Hubbard Gl
Ketchikan city officials mull cruise passenger fee ruling
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — Ketchikan city officials are mulling the potential impacts of a federal court decision on the use of cruise ship passenger fees. U.S. District Court Judge H. Russel Holland last week ruled that while Juneau can keep collecting the fees, their use must constitute a service to
Police: ‘Equipment accident’ killed 36-year-old Alaska oil field worker
The North Slope Borough Police Department on Thursday released the name of the 36-year-old man who died last week at a North Slope oil field, and said a preliminary investigation has determined an “equipment accident" was to blame.
Ketchikan men sentenced to federal prison on drug charges
Three Ketchikan men have been sentenced in federal court for drug trafficking, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office. In a Monday announcement, the U.S. Attorney states that the three men conspired in 2017 to import and distribute methamphetamine in Ketchikan. Forty-one-year-old Neptali Dadia pled