Author Archives: Leila Kheiry

Ortiz announces legislative staff hires

AK-capitol-front-steps-sunny-summer_horizontal-rsDebbie Banaszak will be Rep. Dan Ortiz's new chief of staff, and Elizabeth Bolling will focus on constituent relations and legislative/bill research.

Sealaska Lands Bill passes U.S. Congress

A bill transferring 70,000 acres of the Tongass National Forest to Sealaska Corp. has passed Congress.

Shipyard focuses on training local workforce

Ketchikan's shipyard is seen in 2012. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld)“Create more jobs” is a mantra in Ketchikan, but the problem with more jobs at the shipyard is, workers there need special skills.

Revilla proposal could snag over price tag

Revilla Road Ward Lake mapThe Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly meets in regular session on Monday, and one of the likely topics of discussion is a follow-up to a recent special meeting about development of the borough’s Revilla Road property.

Craig Parks and Recreation

Victoria Merritt with the Craig Parks and Recreation report for December 12th.  CraigPR121214more

Southeast Alaska wolves: Subspecies or not?

POW wolf pupAn article published last month in the Journal of Heredity concludes that DNA evidence does not support listing Southeast Alaska wolves as a distinct sub-species for protection under the Endangered Species Act. However, others say the same research supports that distinction.

Church organist retires after 66 years

Ketchikan Presbyterian Church organist Agnes Royer has decided to retire, at the age of 92.

Gov. Walker, first lady to attend keel-laying

Alaska Class Ferry slideA public laying of the keels is set for the two Alaska Marine Highway System day boats that will be built in Ketchikan. It was announced Wednesday that newly elected Gov. Bill Walker and first lady Donna Walker will attend the ceremony.

Teen pulls man from water at Ketchikan’s City Float

Justin OsterA recent Ketchikan High School graduate who aspires to become a peace officer got an early start on his career Tuesday, when he rescued a man who had fallen into the water at City Float.

Senior care center key to development plan

This drawing shows tentative plans for a senior complex along Revilla Road. The plan includes a senior care facility, condos for seniors, and housing and services for employees of the senior center. (Image from Ward Cove Group development proposal.)A huge part of the Ward Cove Group’s development plan for borough-owned land off Revilla Road is a proposed senior housing complex, close to the intersection of Revilla and North Tongass Highway.