Author Archives: Leila Kheiry

One injured in early-morning Craig house fire

Photo courtesy Chaundell Piburn, Craig EMS.An early-morning house fire just outside of Craig on Prince of Wales Island left one person injured and the house severely damaged.

Absences almost lead to Assembly vacancy

Borough SealAccording to borough code, if Assembly members miss more than two meetings in a row, they can be kicked off unless the rest of the Assembly votes to excuse them. Felix Wong has been in Seward for work, and Monday’s meeting was his third consecutive absence.

Ketchikan airport’s new boiler to fire up soon

Airport Manager Mike Carney stands next to the Ketchikan International Airport's new biomass wood-pellet boiler. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)Ketchikan International Airport is just a few weeks away from switching its heat source to a high-efficiency biomass boiler system.

City fares well in head tax audit; borough less so

Tourists disembark from the Ruby Princess this spring, beginning the 2015 tour season in Ketchikan. The Ruby is permitted to discharge graywater while docked. (KRBD file photo).The City of Ketchikan came out looking pretty good, with no recommendations in the audit regarding how the city uses its CPV funds. The Ketchikan Gateway Borough, though, had some potential concerns identified in the audit.

Head tax lawsuit could affect Ketchikan

The cruise ship Norwegian Pearl sails south through Chatham Strait on its final voyage of 2013. The ship is one of six permitted to release treated blackwater into Alaska harbors this summer. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)This week, Cruise Lines International Association sued the City and Borough of Juneau over how it uses cruise head taxes. While Juneau is the only community named, the implications of the lawsuit could affect other Alaska communities that levy their own head taxes. Like Ketchikan.

Ketchikan attorney barred from practicing law

Ketchikan's state courthouse in downtown.Loren K. Stanton was suspended for violating ethics rules by having a sexual relationship with a client in 2014.

Borough resolution calls for no COLA

Borough SealThe Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly meets Monday, and one of the items on the agenda is a resolution that calls for no cost-of-living salary increases this year.

Conservation groups sue to stop Shelter Cove Rd

Shelter_Cove_Road cropCiting the potential negative effects on wildlife of the planned Shelter Cove Road project, five environmental organizations filed a lawsuit Thursday in U.S. District Court objecting to the U.S. Forest Service’s recent decision to grant an easement for the road’s construction.

MAC to discuss local-testing requirement

(Creative Commons image)Officials have expressed concern that shipping marijuana off-island for testing would violate federal law, because pot remains illegal at the federal level.

Possible totem pole for Fawn Mountain school

Fawn Mountain Elementary School.The Ketchikan School Board heard from the Fawn Mountain Elementary School principal during Wednesday’s regular meeting, including discussion of a possible totem pole for the school.