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On Jan. 7, the Ketchikan School District closed a trio of surveys for district parents, students and staff on the district's COVID-19 mitigation policies. On Thursday, it distributed the results of those surveys.

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KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Ketchikan Public Health added 85 new COVID-19 cases to the community's virus information dashboard on Friday — a new record for the highest two-day case count seen in Ketchikan to date, representing cases counted between Wednesday and Friday evenings.

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The Ketchikan Misty Fjords Ranger District is seeking ideas from the public for ways to improve the Ward Lake Recreation Area as it starts to develop a 20-year master plan for the area.

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KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Ketchikan's tally of active COVID-19 cases dropped from a record-high 241 to 210 on Wednesday, while Ketchikan Public Health officials added 36 new cases to the local information dashboard between Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons.

The Ketchikan City Council in its regular meeting Thursday is scheduled to consider the hiring of a recruitment firm to aid in the search for a new City of Ketchikan/Ketchikan Public Utilities manager. The council also is scheduled to consider the hiring of a new Port and Harbors Director wh…

On Monday, Lance Mearig, the Alaska Department of Transportation’s Southcoast Region director, presented the state’s construction project schedule to the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly.

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Norman Skan, Melissa Johnson and Charles (Chas) Edwardson have been reelected to serve on the Ketchikan Indian Community Tribal Council. Kim (Kimayla Ann) Wilson and Roberta L. Hull have been elected to serve on the KIC Advisory Health Board.

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KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Ketchikan Public Health officials posted 78 new COVID-19 cases on the local information dashboard on Tuesday, representing cases recorded between Friday and Tuesday evenings.

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KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Due to the federal Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday on Monday, Ketchikan Public Health officials did not update the local COVID-19 information dashboard.

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly on Monday adopted a resolution on transboundary mining that included a call for a permanent ban on tailings dams, despite a recommendation from borough staff to omit the tailings dam ban language.

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The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly on Monday will consider a slew of policy topics in addition to transboundary mining. It will discuss the borough’s federal policy priorities, hear presentations from the state Department of Transportation and from the borough and hold public hearings fo…

KETCHIKAN (KDN) - All Ketchikan School District schools will operate at the high risk level of the district's Start Strong COVID-19 mitigation plan this week due to the number of active virus cases in the community.

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The Alaska Department of Transportation on Friday morning announced that two Alaska shipyards have been awarded contracts to install crew quarters in the Alaska Marine Highway System ferry Hubbard and to upgrade and replace parts of the AMHS ferry Tustumena.

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KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Ketchikan Public Health officials reported 81 local COVID-19 cases between Wednesday and Friday evenings, according to the local dashboard, bringing Ketchikan's count of active cases up to a record high of 195 as of Friday.

On Thursday morning, the Inter-Island Ferry Authority ferry Stikine departed its Prince of Wales Island terminal at Hollis and made its way across Clarence Strait bound for Ketchikan, just like the Stikine and its sister ferry, the Prince of Wales, have been doing for the 20 years since the …

People who lived on Prince of Wales Island in the 1990s may recall the late night and early morning arrivals and departures of the Alaska Marine Highway System ferries in Hollis, and subsequent declining service. Regular, daily ferry service between Prince of Wales and Ketchikan seemed an im…

A Ketchikan jury on Friday found Tyler B. Cavanaugh, 24, guilty of two counts of second-degree murder and one count of manslaughter regarding the July 17, 2020, death of Peter A. Jensen, 43, at a residence in the 400 block of Carlanna Lake Road.

HOLLIS — The 20-year anniversary of the Inter-Island Ferry Authority also marks 20 years for two of its employees who worked on the Jan. 13, 2002 maiden voyage of the M/V Prince of Wales — Brian Edwards and Barbi Armstrong.

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The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly on Monday will consider adopting a resolution calling for a pause on mining projects along Alaska-British Columbia salmon rivers and for a permanent ban on mine tailings dams along transboundary salmon rivers.

Hyder residents are dealing with a sizable snowfall so far this season, testing the hardy and resilient residents of the southern-most Alaskan community in myriad ways.

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KETCHIKAN (KDN) —  Effective Thursday, official notifications reporting COVID-19 cases in Ketchikan School District schools will no longer be sent out by district principals, according to an email sent to the Daily News by KSD COVID-19 Communications and Public Relations Director Linnaea Troina.

The Ketchikan School Board unanimously approved all items on its Wednesday meeting agenda, including a request from the Tongass School of Arts and Sciences to be exempt from the Ketchikan School District’s COVID-19 mitigation protocols in order to impose stricter restrictions.

The Alaska Board of Fisheries, which planned to hold its Southeast and Yakutat shellfish and finfish meeting Jan. 4-15 in Ketchikan, has rescheduled the meeting to be held March 10-22 in Anchorage.

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KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Ketchikan Public Health officials logged 42 new COVID-19 cases between Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, bumping Ketchikan's total number of active virus infections to more than 100 as of Wednesday.

Ed Rasmuson, a banker and philanthropist who led Alaska’s largest philanthropic organization, died Jan. 4 at age 81. He managed the Wrangell branch of the National Bank of Alaska in the late 1960s.Rasmuson was diagnosed with brain cancer about a year ago and entered hospice care three days b…

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KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Ketchikan Public Health officials reported 51 new COVID-19 cases between Friday evening and Tuesday evening, according to an update on the KPH information dashboard.

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For its first meeting of 2022, the Ketchikan School Board will consider a request to allow the Tongass School of Arts and Sciences to set its own COVID-19 mitigation plans to be more restrictive than the Ketchikan School District’s mitigation.

Wrangell has been selected for the initial start-up of Tidal Network, a newly formed enterprise of the Central Council of the Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska that will bring wireless broadband internet service to underserved areas.

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KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Ketchikan Public Health officials did not update the community COVID-19 information dashboard on Monday due to inclement weather that closed the Ketchikan Public Health Center.

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Icy road conditions brought on by a weekend winter storm prompted the closure of Ketchikan Gateway Borough and City of Ketchikan offices, as well as Ketchikan School District schools and other local entities on Monday.

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The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly at its latest meeting reaffirmed its interest in transboundary mining issues after it voted to direct staff to prepare a resolution for the Jan. 17 Assembly meeting condemning transboundary mining projects and urging that mine tailings dams be permanent…

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KETCHIKAN (KDN) — All Ketchikan School District schools will operate at the high risk level of the district’s Start Strong plan this week, according to an announcement on the KSD website.

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KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Ketchikan Public Health officials counted 49 new COVID-19 cases from Thursday and Friday combined, bumping Ketchikan's total of known active cases up to 91 as of Friday evening.

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Ketchikan and other southern Southeast Alaska communities from 3 p.m. Saturday to 6 p.m. Sunday in anticipation of heavy snowfall and gusting winds.

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Acting City of Ketchikan Manager Lacey Simpson provided an update in a memo to the Ketchikan City Council in its agenda for Thursday’s regular meeting on the progress made in hiring a Ketchikan Fire Department chief, a Port and Harbors director, a Ketchikan Public Utilities…

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The Ketchikan City Council in its regular meeting Thursday approved only one motion on its agenda — the first reading of a new ordinance that makes it illegal to store personal property — including camping facilities and camping paraphernalia — in off-street parking lots.

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — All three schools in the Craig City School District — Craig Elementary School, Craig Middle School and Craig High School —will shift to distance education on Friday due to confirmed COVID-19 cases in the district.

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Positive COVID-19 cases identified through the use of an at-home antigen test kit — which are now being distributed throughout Alaska, including Ketchikan — are not counted in the state's total number of coronavirus cases by officials from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services …

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KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Ketchikan Public Health officials logged 46 COVID-19 cases between Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, while the community's tally of active infections jumped to 72, according to a Wednesday evening update of the community virus information dashboard.

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The Ketchikan City Council, in a regular meeting, Thursday is scheduled to consider approving changes to the Ketchikan Municipal Code addressing camping in parking lots, as part of an effort to make those areas safer and more sanitary. Other topics on the agenda include a potential reconside…

The Ketchikan Gateway Borough on Wednesday afternoon issued a "Winter Water Watch" urging residents connected to the South Tongass Water System to check for leaks and broken pipes in order to reduce load on the South Tongass water treatment plant and preempt other leaks that might develop in…

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KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The Alaska Judicial Council has announced the names of the attorneys who have applied for judge positions in Ketchikan Superior Court.

The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly's actions last month to raise awareness of potential safety issues along North Point Higgins Road have caught the attention of the state Department of Transportation, Borough Mayor Rodney Dial announced on Monday.

With the Matanuska out of service longer than expected for more repair work, and the state uncertain whether it can bring an idled ferry out of a cost-saving lay-up, the Alaska Marine Highway System is seeking bids from private vessel operators to possibly provide additional winter runs to s…

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Overhaul work on the Alaska Marine Highway System ferry Kennicott will take about one month longer than was budgeted in the state's original schedule, the state announced Monday.