Author Archives: Emily Files

Mitchell and Harris file to run for City Council

Ketchikan residents Amanda Mitchell and KJ Harris have filed to run for Ketchikan City Council. Mitchell has not run for public office before. Harris is a current City Council member whose seat is opening this term, and he is seeking re-election.

Slimy slugs and lots of sun: Blueberry 2014

Hunter Jones' (right) slug "Jonsie" won the slug race. His friend Olivia (left) had a slug in the race too.The 39th Annual Blueberry Arts Festival filled Ketchikan’s Main Street on a sunny Saturday with local artists, vendors, and thousands of people.

School Board concerned about Borough Assembly

The Ketchikan School Board gathered for an informal goal setting session Wednesday evening. The Board took advantage of the discussion to express concern over its relationship with the Borough to a member of the Association of Alaska School Boards.

‘Hidden learning’ in Lego robotics camp

Evie Posey and Mason Baxter explain what their EV3 robot can do.About 20 local children spent this week trying to rescue astronauts and rovers stranded on faraway planets. Or at least…they built Lego robots that simulated those missions.

$20 million loan for POW hydro project

Aerial view of Rich's Pond and Lake Mellen on Prince of Wales Island, part of the area in the Reynolds Creek hydro project.A new hydro power project on Prince of Wales Island has been approved for a huge loan, bringing it one hurdle closer to completion.

For the love of welding

3There are more than 100 people employed at Ketchikan’s Vigor Industrial Shipyard. Out of all of them, Cat Wong might have the most unusual story about how she got there.

Background checks for volunteer chaperones

The Lady Kings land in Ketchika after a three-day trip to Sitka.The Ketchikan School Board Wednesday night approved required background checks for volunteer chaperones on overnight school-sponsored trips. The policy recommendation came from the newly formed Student Safety Committee.

School Board to vote on background checks

The Board will vote on whether to require background checks for volunteer chaperones on overnight trips. The recommendation came from a school safety committee formed earlier this year. If the Board approves the change, it will go into effect in the upcoming school year.

Inside the Crown Princess cruise ship

The Crown Princess is celebrating its first summer sailing in Alaska.Last week, several Ketchikan residents boarded the Crown Princess as part of a ceremony celebrating the ship’s first year on an Alaska itinerary.

Snapshots of Ketchikan’s Independence Day

Misty Thistle Pipes & Drums walked the parade and played their bagpipes around town throughout the day.Ketchikan celebrated Independence Day with parades, hot dogs, rubber ducks, and lumberjacks.