Local News

Alaskans give $2.4 million through Pick.Click.Give.

The Permanent Fund Dividend amount has been announced for 2013, and Alaskans each will get their share either deposited directly into their bank accounts or mailed to them starting Oct. 3rd.

Some Alaskans won’t get the full $900, though. About 5 percent of those receiving a PFD this year have chosen to give a portion of their annual check to state nonprofit agencies through the Pick.Click.Give. program.

According to the program’s website, Alaskans have pledged about $2.4 million of their PFDs for state organizations, with shelters for people and animals, and public broadcasting at the top of the list.

In Ketchikan, 13 nonprofit agencies received about $25,000 through the program. Women in Safe Homes received the most donations, followed by First City Players and the Ketchikan Humane Society.

Below is a list of each local nonprofit agency that received pledges, and the amount each will get:

– Community Connections: $1,225

– First City Council on Cancer: $2,025

– First City Homeless Services: $2,350

– First City Players: $4,850

– Friends Of The Ketchikan Public Library: $750

– Ketchikan Humane Society: $3,725

– Ketchikan Pioneers Home Foundation: $2,150

– Ketchikan Youth Initiatives: $550

– Love INC Gateway Affiliate: $775

– PeaceHealth Ketchikan General Hospital: $550

– Rainbird Community Broadcasting CoastAlaska: $1,100

– Women in Safe Homes: $5,350

Recent News

2nd preschool teacher needed at Point Higgins

Point Higgins Elementary School. (KRBD file photo)
Point Higgins Elementary School, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, has more preschoolers than anticipated and needs another teacher. more

Forum focuses on issue of opioid addiction

Panelists at the Sept. 20 drug forum at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center  included law enforcement, health professionals and a recovering addict. (Photo by Deb Turnbull)
Last week, Ketchikan residents gathered at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center auditorium to watch an hour-long video called “Chasing the Dragon.” It’s an FBI-produced film about opioid abuse. After the film the audience and a panel of experts talked for two more hours about the problem of drug abuse, and what individuals in the community can do to help. more