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KPU back on hydro after warm, wet weekend

(KRBD file photo)All that rain was good for something. But it wasn't all good: One power outage over the weekend was storm-related.

Assembly delays decision on taxing shipyard

Ketchikan's shipyard is seen in 2012. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld)A proposal to charge the Ketchikan Shipyard property tax or an equivalent payment in lieu of taxes was postponed by the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly on Monday.

Petersburg Mental Health director awarded sabbatical

Susan Ohmer is the Executive Director of Petersburg Mental Health Services. Photo courtesy of Susan OhmerSusan Ohmer, Executive Director of Petersburg Mental Health Services, was awarded a four month sabbatical through the Rasmuson Foundation.

Vikings win four games in Haines after travel delays

basketballscorerstablePetersburg High School basketball teams won four of four games against Haines. Both coaches are looking forward to a good season.

Land exchange bill reintroduced in Congress

A springtime view of Deer Mountain. (KRBD file photo by Leila Kheiry)With a new U.S. Congress convening, Alaska’s Congressional Delegation has reintroduced a bill that would trade federal land for land owned by Alaska Mental Health Trust – including Ketchikan’s Deer Mountain.

New Museum Director arrives in Ketchikan

Lee GrayKetchikan’s new museum director, Dr. Lee Gray, arrived in the First City recently, and started work Monday. Gray is originally from Minnesota and most recently worked as the assistant director of exhibitions and outreach at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

School board considers asking borough for different electric rate

dollar bills closeupPetersburg School Board is looking for ways to offset the loss of future Secure Rural School Funding. The federal program is in place to help schools and communities near national forests.

Ketchikan man found dead after apartment fire

From left, Firefighter/Medic Terry Roberts, Assistant Chief Scott Brainard, Senior Medic Greg Karlik,  and Captain Dave Breitkreutz respond to a Tuesday fire at Tongass Towers. (Photo courtesy of Gretchen O’Sullivan, Senior Medic, Ketchikan Fire Department)A 49-year-old Ketchikan man was found dead late Tuesday after an apartment fire on the 11th floor of the Tongass Towers condominiums building.

My Place hotel gears up for February opening

The new My Place hotel in Ketchikan is under construction, but officials plan to open in early February. (KRBD photo by Leila Kheiry)A new extended-stay hotel is set to open in Ketchikan early next month.

Bill reinstates ferry discharge rules, cuts costs

Extra ferry life rings lean against other spare parts at the Ketchikan Marine Engineering Facility at Ward Cove last January.A Southeast lawmaker introduced a bill this week to help Alaska ferries meet state pollution-control rules. It would also exempt new ships from a law requiring a percent of construction spending go toward art.

Construction ramps up on police station as deadline approaches

Police Chief, Kelly Swihart, stands in the unfinished lobby near the front entrance of the new police department. Photo/Angela DenningThe renovated municipal building will double the size of the police department space. Police Chief Kelly Swihart says the area will be more secure.

School board to discuss loss of Secure Rural School funding

School District buildingThe Petersburg School District receives about $600,000 from Secure Rural School funding through the borough.

Local women’s shelter has new executive director

MoranThe Women in Safe Homes board has hired Agnes Moran to lead the local emergency women's shelter.

Whale Pass voters approve incorporation

Whale Pass Harbor. Photo/Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development Division of Community and Regional Affairs’ Community Photo LibraryIn a mail-in election Whale Pass voters showed strong support for becoming a second class city.

Tangled humpback whale rescued off POW

A tangled humpback whale was rescued by a group of Ketchikan good Samaritans this week. (Photo by Oscar Hopps)A group of local good Samaritans banded together this week to help a humpback whale that had become tangled in a barge anchor cable off Prince of Wales Island.

Ketchikan teen earns Eagle Scout ranking

LukeDossettA Ketchikan teen recently achieved the highest rank attainable in the scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America. Luke Dossett has completed the requirements to become an Eagle Scout, which included overseeing a community service project.

Hatchery chum release approved near Petersburg

Thomas Bay near the U.S. Forest Service Cascade Creek cabin (KFSK file photo)A Sitka-based hatchery organization has been granted approval for a new remote release site for chum salmon in Thomas Bay on the mainland near Petersburg. The hatchery chums, traditionally released closer to Sitka, could be an early season opportunity for commercial seiners and gillnetters. But the location has been a concern for commercial trollers and sport fishermen.

Petersburg assembly goes forward with self-pay paving

newpavement1Petersburg’s borough assembly Monday moved ahead with a program that could offer paving for some roads in the community, if neighborhoods agree to pay the cost of that paving.

Petersburg fish and game committee may try again on brown bear hunt

Brown bear at Frederick Point on eastern Mitkof Island (Submitted photo)Petersburg’s Fish and Game Advisory Committee might try again to propose a fall hunt for brown bears on the islands around Petersburg, Wrangell and Kake. The committee this month discussed ways to convince the state Board of Game to look more favorably on the proposal.

Two new Petersburg police officers are sworn in

David Plagens (left) and Luis Waechter were sworn in as Petersburg police officers Jan. 3. Photo/Angela DenningThe Petersburg police department has nine police officers with the new hires. Another hire coming in February will fully staff the officer positions.