Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Municipal Government 2017 -- City and Borough of Ketchikan, Alaska

Our quick reference and archive of items from the Borough of Ketchikan, Alaska for 2017.

City of Ketchikan website
Borough of Ketchikan website

Items of Note 2017


December 20 -- Council set to adopt 208 city, KPU budgets
December 20 -- Ketchikan provides input on response to opioid epidemic
December 20 -- Hospital billing, limit on cannabis cultivation on council agenda
December 19 -- Opioid panel continues discussion in Petersburg
December 19 -- Petersburg assembly OKs DC travel
December 18 -- During jam-packed meeting, Sitka Assembly enacts non-discrimination law
December 18 -- Assembly OKs land sale, off leash use at Weiss fields
December 15 -- Mountain Point land sale back on the table
December 13 -- Sitka adopts incentive program to attract electric customers
December 13 -- Council budget review: Ladder trucks and rate hikes
December 8 -- Council withdraws protest, but wants to further limit pot business
December 8 -- Opioid awareness events set in Ketchikan, POW
December 7 -- Ketchikan warming centre gets a funding boost
December 7 -- Assembly wants a better land sale/development process
December 7 -- Sitka Assembly to solicit management proposals for hospital
December 6 -- Council to review museum's proposed permanent exhibit
December 6 -- Petersburg assembly plans work session on cruise ship fee
December 5 -- Business leaders call for medical-bill transparency
December 5 -- Petersburg assembly redoes vote on power agency board
December 5 -- Ketchikan City Council reviews budgets for cemetery, police, more
December 5 -- One retires, two promoted at Ketchikan Fire Department
December 1 -- Petersburg mayor seeks to change appointment to hydro agency board
December 1 -- City of Sitka installs LED lights for a brighter, safer skate park
December 1 -- Borough to consider sale of Mountain Point Subdivision parcels
December 1 -- Sitka's first non-discrimination law passes on first reading


November 30 -- Library prepares for five-year strategic plan
November 30 -- Petersburg assembly denies appeal of pool lighting replacement
November 27 -- Ketchikan city budget proposal called status quo
November 21 -- Assembly OKs search for full-time attorney
November 21 -- Council members voice concerns about uplands development plan
November 20 -- Port upland expansion plans presented to the public
November 17 -- Borough considers resolutions for Gravina access improvements
November 17 -- Council to hear port development plan presentation
November 13 -- Fisheries representatives discuss economic impacts
November 9 -- New warming center provides safe place for homeless
November 8 -- Metlakatla AK voters choose new Mayor
November 8 -- Hospital foundation honors donors
November 8 -- SEARHC may acquire the Wrangell Medical Center down the road
November 7 -- Wrangell plans to clean up city and hold residents accountable, come spring
November 6 -- Assembly OKs eaasement for power line to High Mountain
November 3 -- Port expansion needed to accommodate growth
November 3 -- Prince Rupert ferry terminal focus of assembly resolution
November 2 -- Ketchikan Council OKs changes to dock vendor program
November 2 -- Wrangell Parks and Recreation struggles to recruit lifeguards
November 2 -- Social Security services available in Ketchikan and online
November 1 -- Airline Scheduling mistake has travelers changing plans
November 1 -- Relatives ordinance in front of Ketchikan City Council
November 1 -- Ketchikan landfill aims to offer one-stop disposal service


October 31 -- Sexual assault response team forms in Petersburg
October 30 -- Updates suggested for city's dock tour vendors
October 30 -- Developers say Yakutat-area beach mine looks promising
October 27 -- Sitka Assembly talks trash and historic treasures
October 27 -- Borough and local tribe push back on state's plan to relocate lead-contaminated soil to Pat's Creek
October 26 -- Downtown Ketchikan named a National Historic District
October 26 -- Borough funds revive Wrangell Medical Centre after cash-flow drop
October 24 -- Practicing for disaster
October 23 -- Alaska tribes unite to oppose mega-mines
October 20 -- Senator Sullivan optimistic about Alaska, nation's direction
October 19 -- Ketchikan council OK's contract to plan dock expansion
October 19 -- Ketchikan hospital's new CAO happy to be back in a small town (audio)
October 19 -- Petersburg assembly votes to keep in-person minimum at four
October 17 -- City proposal calls for cruise dock expansion by 2019
October 17 -- Ketchikan's salvage permit program (audio)
October 17 -- Petersburg assembly extends manager's contract
October 16 -- Ketchikan assembly hears update on Gravina Access project (audio)
October 16 -- Follow the garbage we ship south
October 13 -- Gravina Access Improvement comment period open now
October 12 -- State road striping gets messy in Petersburg
October 11 -- New public art piece dedicated at Ketchikan's airport
October 11 -- Large cat sightings reported in Ketchikan
October 9 -- Craig Mayor Watson loses bid for 14th term
October 6 -- Council discusses policy regarding hiring fire fighters, approves revised agreement with PeaceHealth
October 6 -- High turnout in Petersburg election with seven ballot questions, four contested races
October 4 -- Council to vote on revised agreement with PeaceHealth
October 4 -- Some Petersburg assembly members not interested in changing in quorum rules
October 3 -- Local Ketchikan election results
October 3 -- Births to continue at Sitka Community Hospital, for now
October 3 -- Petersburg voters keep fluoride, Jensen elected mayor
October 3 -- Petersburg assembly OK's BC mining resolution
October 3 -- Statewide harbor conference opens in Petersburg
October 2 -- Ketchikan senior sales-tax exemption remains intact
October 2 -- Local elections Tuesday
October 2 -- Ketchikan City Council candidates talk Uber ban, port expansion


September 29 -- Southeast economy down, with a few bright spots (audio)
September 29 -- Proposal would remove senior tax exemption for some purchases
September 28 -- Borough assembly candidates discuss issues at chamber forum
September 27 -- Ketchikan remains an attractive cruise ship destination
September 27 -- Petersburg votes on ATV use on streets
September 27 -- Ferry plan calls for smaller ships, independent management
September 22 -- Petersburg coalition hears strategies for counting homeless population
September 26 -- Airport ferry ramp broken; repair time not yet known
September 25 -- Harbor professionals convene in Petersburg
September 25 -- Ketchikan celebrates one-millionth cruise passenger in 2017
September 25 -- Chief Johnson pole to be cleaned, repaired
September 24 -- Millionth passenger to arrive in Ketchikan on Monday
September 22 -- Petersburg coalition hears strategies for counting homeless population
September 22 -- An up close look at an advanced cruise wasterwater system
September 22 -- Southeast Conference meetings end with ominous warning on AMHS funding NCR
September 21 -- Ketchikan port planning for larger ships, more passengers
September 21 -- Ketchikan Borough Assembly candidates discuss issues (audio)
September 21 -- Budget provisions could shut down ferry system
September 20 -- Union agreements up for Ketchikan City Council approval
September 20 -- Fate of Alaska Marine Highway System among topics for Southeast Conference in Haines NCR
September 19 -- Norwegian ambassador plans another visit to Petersburg
September 19 -- Petersburg assembly still OK with dredging agreement
September 19 -- Tests show bacteria levels down in Ketchikan coastal waters
September 18 -- Sitka approves two new contracts to ship water in bulk
September 18 -- Code change allows proposed brewery in downtown Ketchikan
September 15 -- Petersburg voting on boat yard, Kupreanof  dock
September 15 -- Prioritized capital projects list up for Assembly review
September 14 -- Mine critics find more local government support
September 7 -- Ketchikan council OK's funds for a fall-spring 'warming centre'
September 6 -- Petersburg assembly OKs agreement on scrap metal shipment
September 6 -- City officials seek loan to fix Schoenbar water, wastewater pipes
September 6 -- Ketchikan assembly tentatively moves ahead with Mountain Point land sale
September 5 -- Assembly rejects proposed beverage container tax
September 1 -- Proposal calls for beverage container tax
September 1 -- Day care shut down after owner charged with drug use
September 1 -- Rickelmann hired for vacant museum position
September 1 -- Forest road on Mitkof Island near Petersburg reopens


August 31 -- Ketchikan voters to decide ballot questions this fall
August 31 -- Southeast legislator: State no closer to fiscal fix
August 30 -- Ketchikan shatters rainfall record
August 28 -- Sitka schools at full teaching strength as new year begins
August 28 -- Ward Lake levels back to normal
August 28 -- New dock on the way, Sitka park board considers fees, policies
August 28 -- Hospital board, Petersburg Assembly talk new facility, changing relationship
August 25 -- Filing for Ketchikan elected officials closes with new candidates
August 25 -- Four Ketchikan coastal areas still test high for bacteria
August 24 -- Joel Jackson files for Ketchikan Borough Assembly
August 24 -- Land Swap OK'd for Southeast Alaska has two-year deadline
August 24 -- Sitka hires Utah commissioner as city administrator
August 24 -- New Ketchikan School Board student member sworn in
August 23 -- Two file for Petersburg mayor's seat, six for assembly spots
August 22 -- Lots of rain causes flooding in Ketchikan, some damage
August 22 -- Contracts for special services on School Board agenda
August 22 -- Fourth candidate signs on for Ketchikan School Board
August 21 -- Ketchikan Borough Assembly places pot tax on local ballot
August 21 -- Gadsey files for Assembly; Blankeship for School Board
August 18 -- Timmerman files for School Board; Kiffer for City Council
August 18 -- Ketchikan Assembly to vote on marijuana tax, hotel tax
August 18 -- City to start negotiating Berth 4 expansion for larger ships
August 18 -- Bacteria levels down overall, but some Ketchikan areas still high
August 18 -- Library plans eclipse-viewing party, with or without the sun
August 16 -- Project would replace city's primary raw water pipes
August 15 -- DEC warns about bacteria in waters off local beaches
August 11 -- Stedman gives legislative update to a Ketchikan Chamber audience
August 11 -- Ketchikan Uncovered: Condemned on Creek Street
August 11 -- Sitka Assembly invites four administrator finalists to interview
August 10 -- Ketchikan School Board appoints O'Brien as interim member
August 8 -- Mallott talks climate change, fisheries, state budget cuts
August 8 -- School Board to interview six applicants for vacant seat
August 7 -- Ketchikan Assembly has lengthy work session on nonprofit grants
August 7 -- Gov. Bill Walker visits Ketchikan for Blueberry Arts Festival
August 4 -- Ketchikan Assembly to talk more about non-profit grants
August 4 -- Metlakatla Mayor predicts record turn out for Founder's Day
August 4 -- City finance director reports $23K so far from pot excise tax
August 3 -- Council voices complaints about PeaceHealth management
August 3 -- Real estate experts deem Ketchikan market healthy
August 3 -- Ketchikan Borough Assembly, School Board candidates file
August 2 -- Filing period open for local elections
August 2 -- City Council to consider Uber ban, on-site consumption
August 1 -- More Alaska cruise ship visitors in the forecast for 2018


July 27 -- Local elections filing period opens August 1
July 20 -- Council delays resolution asking for on-site consumption rules
July 20 -- Ketchikan Public Library plans for new children's community garden (audio)
July 19 -- Council to consider resolution in favor of pot smoking lounges
July 18 -- Ketchikan Assembly votes to resurrect pot tax ordinance
July 17 -- Move to fire Ketchikan Borough Manager Duran fails
July 14 -- Assembly to discuss community non-proift funding options
July 13 -- Healthy housing market shows Ketchikan's resilience
July 12 -- Misty Browne resigns from Ketchikan School Board
July 11 -- School Board to vote on wellness policy update
July 10 -- BC fires affect Ketchikan internet
July 7 -- Mega Ships won't hit Alaska for a few more years
July 5 -- City council to vote on Machini lawsuit settlement


June 29 -- Gravina Access moving forward
June 15 -- Council again delays vote on DOT night work request
June 22 -- City council OKs DOT nighttime road work request
June 22 -- Ketchikan district manager gives Tongass update
June 21 -- City of Ketchikan implements Music on the dock program
June 21 -- Special meeting to discuss DOT nighttime road work
June 20 -- Assembly OKs 6 projects for federal funding program
June 16 -- Assembly to consider capital projects for federal funding
June 15 -- Council again delays vote on DOT night work request
June 15 -- Board extends Superintendent's contract through 2020
June 14 -- Council to consider DOT night-work request
June 13 -- POW road work starts
June 12 -- Airport manager presents ferry terminal renovation options
June 7 -- New fish plant to bring traffic, jobs to Hydaburg
June 5 -- Assembly OKs Houghtaling drop-off project funding
June 2 -- Houghaling project back in front of Borough Assembly
June 1 -- City Council delays action on DOT night work request
June 1 -- DOT official details road plans for downtown Ketchikan


May 30 -- State grant to help reduce returns to jail
May 30 -- Prince Rupert delegation speaks to Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce
May 28 -- DOT planning night work in summer of 2018
May 23 -- Houghtaling drop-off zone again on School Board agenda
May 17 -- Study would evaluate wastewater division performance
May 15 -- Assembly OKs boro, schools budgets; delays Houghtaling vote
May 12 -- Money, money, money on the Assembly Agenda Monday
May 11 -- Prince Rupert delegation shares transportation themes with Ketchikan chamber NCR
May 10 -- Prince Rupert delegation touts connections to Alaska (audio)
May 4 -- Joe White picked as new Ketchikan Police Department chief
May 3 -- Ketchikan Council to discuss regulating Uber-type companies
May 2 -- Ketchikan nonprofits make their case for borough funding
May 2 -- Federal Mental Health Trust land exchange bill on the move
May 1 -- Electric cars in Alaska's First city


April 28 -- Ketchikan Assembly to discuss draft FY18 borough budget
April 27 -- School Board sends FY18 budget to borough
April 26 -- Ketchikan museum renovation done, new exhibit opens Friday (audio)
April 24 -- Sealaska Corp. adds to seafood investments
April 21 -- Town hall meeting looks at budget plans and taxes
April 21 -- Council increases water rates
April 20 -- Paving to begin downtown
April 20 -- Biomass success stories shared from Galena, Ketchikan, Tanana
April 19 -- Final vote set on water rate hike for fish processors
April 18 -- City Council to vote on 5th cruise dock improvement contract
April 17 -- Assembly honors Monte Guymon
April 17 -- Moving biomass up the menu of renwable energy options
April 14 -- New service brings high-speed internet to rural POW
April  14 -- Ketchikan Borough Assembly to review license for new brewery 
April 12 -- Ketchikan Airport Ferry strikes Gravina terminal ramp
April 11 -- Long line for first legal cannabis sales in Ketchikan
April 7 -- Council member warns of Senate cuts to Pioneers Homes
April 7 -- New boro manager: challenges, opportunities for Ketchikan
April 6 -- Council moves forward with rate hikes for processors
April 6 -- POW wolf management recommendations released
April 5 -- City Council to vote on big water-rate hike for processors
April 4 -- City Council to vote on various port, harbor projects
April 3 -- Assembly  nixes one sales tax proposal; supports another
April 3 -- Ketchikan's first pot shop set to open Friday - or Maybe Saturday


March 31 -- Assembly to discuss public notices, senior tax exemptions
March 24 -- What will proposed borough budget cuts mean to the public?
March 24 -- Sitka Assembly interviews 3 for administrator, no decision yet
March 24 -- Wrangell down to two borough manager candidates, again
March 23 -- Inter-Island Ferry attracts more passengers
March 22 -- Prep work underway for South Tongass project
March 22 -- Mental health TLO recruiting support for land exchange
March 22 -- Homeless day shelter provides, safety, security and dignity
March 21 -- User fees, rates on the rise in Sitka to cover infrastructure costs
March 21 -- Museum plans on track, despite director's resignation
March 21 -- Petersburg assembly tables resolution against Young's forest bill
March 20 -- Wrangellites voice their opinion on the Senate's budget cutting plan
March 20 -- Ketchikan Assembly OKs rollback of public notice requirements
March 17 -- Ketchikan Council nixes purchase of mural
March 17 -- Assembly to consider proposed cuts to borough services
March 16 -- Feasibility study and design work for new Wrangell hospital underway
March 16 -- How much does Ketchikan use its library?
March 15 -- Council to vote on resolutions opposing state Uber bills
March 14 -- KPU Electric continues diesel generation as snow continues to fall
March 13 -- City readies for annual spring cleaning
March 10 -- Rasmuson Foundation works to make communities better
March 10 -- Stedman sponsors Alaska Senate version of land exchange bill
March 9 -- City warns residents to check roofs, clear snow from drains
March 7 -- Ketchikan Assembly votes no to new election equipment
March 2 -- Council moves forward on water-rate hikes for fish plants
March 2 -- Borough agrees to pay penalty for CWA violations
March 2 -- STIP amendment includes $94 million for Gravina access
March 1 -- Water rates, Civic Centre parking up for discussion



February 28 -- Ketchikan gets a big snow day; more likely later
February 27 -- New taxi business would provide wheelchair cabs
February 23 -- SE Conference gears up for Phase 2 of ferry reform study
February 21 -- Assembly OKs new playground equipment
February 17 -- Assembly meets Tuesday, considers land sales
February 17 -- Council discusses Civic Centre parking/cigarette tax
February 7 -- Assembly rejects North Tongass fire-fee plan
February 3 -- Local business affected by marijuana board decision
February 3 -- Plan to change North Tongass fees before Assembly
February 2 -- Brand-new surgery suite needs modifications
February 2 -- State board says no to pot smoking lounges
February 2 -- Whale Pass becomes Alaska's newest city
February 1 -- City Council to vote on community agency grants


January 31 -- Chamber bestows six community awards
January 30 -- Governor Walker visits First City for Chamber event
January 27 -- Mayor talks about port plans, DOT street work
January 27 -- Ketchikan Museums seek input for exhibit
January 26 -- Bills to benefit Ketchikan moving forward
January 25 -- City Council to discuss port improvement ideas
January 24 -- Meet Ketchikan's new library director
January 20 -- Coalition awarded grant to prevent depression
January 19 -- Council votes no on Wearable Art shuttle
January 19 -- Landis: Gravina Access top accomplishment in '16
January 16 -- Assembly delays decision on taxing shipyard
January 19 -- Deer Mountain logging off the table for now
January 18 -- Metlakatla hopes to increase hydro capacity
January 18 -- City hopes boro will help with anti-hawking effort
January 17 -- KPU back on hydro after warm, wet weekend
January 16 -- Assembly delays decision on taxing shipyard
January 13 -- Should the Ketchikan shipyard pay property tax
January 13 -- New manager wants 10% overall budget cut, to start
January 12 -- New Museum Director arrives in Ketchikan
January 12 -- Assembly to eye policies, budget in 2-day meeting
January 11 -- My Place hotel gears up for February opening
January 5 -- Council hears DOT plan for downtown streets
January 5 -- KPU Electric turns on diesel generators
January 4 -- Council to consider DOT plans for downtown
January 3 -- Assembly divided on 'divided loyalty' proposal

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