Author Archives: Leila Kheiry

Hearing held on stay request for boro lawsuit

Arguments were heard in Ketchikan Superior Court on Friday on a request for a stay by the State of Alaska in the ruling on Ketchikan Gateway Borough’s education funding lawsuit.

Rep. Ortiz talks ferries, state’s budget deficit

Recently elected House District 36 Rep. Dan Ortiz speaks during a Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce event.House District 36 Rep. Dan Ortiz offered his first open office hours in Ketchikan on Friday.

Assembly member proposes ban on retail pot

National Public Radio image.The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly on Monday will consider a proposal to move forward with a ban on commercial cultivation, processing, manufacturing and sale of marijuana within the boundaries of the borough.

Craig Parks and Recreation

Victoria Merritt with the Craig Parks and Recreation report for January 30th.  CraigPR013015more

Ketchikan artist awarded Joan Mitchell grant

Donald Varnell works on a carving. (Photo from Varnell's Facebook page, used with permission)

Donald Varnell works on a carving. (Photo from Varnell’s Facebook page, used with permission)

Ketchikan artist Donald Varnell recently was awarded a prestigious Joan Mitchell Foundation grant. He’s the first Alaskan to receive one since the New York-based foundation started … more

State to appeal education funding lawsuit ruling

Flag of AlaskaThe State of Alaska announced Wednesday that it will appeal a final ruling by Superior Court Judge William Carey in favor of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough’s long-held argument that the state’s required local contribution for public education violates Alaska’s Constitution.

PeaceHealth, nurses’ union reach tentative agreement

HospitalKetchikan PeaceHealth Medical Center nurses and hospital officials have reached a tentative agreement for a new nurses’ contract.

AMHS to close ferry bar service this winter

The ferry Taku sails into the Wrangell Narrows on its way south in 2013. It's part of an aging fleet needing repair or replacement. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)The Alaska Marine Highway is closing bars on state ferries, a move that state Department of Transportation officials say will save about $750,000 a year.

Campers rescued after boat breaks loose overnight

A group of campers was safely picked up by the Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad after they were stranded at the Fish Creek camping area over the weekend.

Ketchikan nurse contract talks enter mediation

Barbara Lander sent us this shot from Sunday morning's informational picket. She says about 50 people picketed Saturday, 60 showed up on Sunday, and about 30 demonstrated Monday morning.Ketchikan nurses were picketing over the weekend as contract negotiations with PeaceHealth enter mediation this week.