Author Archives: Leila Kheiry

Borough FY2015 budget: No new taxes

The Ketchikan Gateway Borough has introduced its proposed fiscal year 2015 budget, with no increase in tax rates, but a projected rise in revenue, nonetheless. more

Kansas church to protest Alaska Native center

ANCHORAGE (AP) — A Topeka, Kan., church known for protesting at the funerals of soldiers says it plans to picket the Alaska Native Heritage Center on June 1. more

Ketchikan man pleads not guilty to drug charges

Ketchikan resident Joel Kotrc pleaded not guilty Monday in Ketchikan Superior Court to multiple felony drug charges, and asked for a public defender to represent him. more

Birthday cupcakes exempt from nutrition guidelines

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Last week, the Ketchikan School Board adopted new student nutrition and physical activity guidelines, but only after inserting a “cupcake clause.” more

Dock improvements on deck for IFA

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The Inter-Island Ferry Authority carries about 50,000 passengers each year between Prince of Wales Island and Ketchikan. And a recent study by Sheinberg Associates shows that over 12 years, the ferry saved those people more than $14 million. more

POW, Metlakatla schools awarded tech grants

Hydaburg and Annette Island school districts were among three Alaska Native groups that received advanced telecommunications technology grants through the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Rural Development office. more

Budget process: Knowns & known unknowns

Ketchikan’s school district budget process is full of knowns and known unknowns. The unknowns that we know about include how many students the district will have next year and how much the Legislature will provide for each of those students. more

Swan Lake gets boost from Senate Finance

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When the committee’s proposed capital budget was unveiled, it included about $3.3 million for the Southeast Alaska Power Agency’s plan to raise the Swan Lake Dam by about six feet. more

Fire crews contain blaze at Densley Drive home

A home on Densley Drive on the north end of city limits caught fire early Tuesday morning, but fire damage was contained to the bedroom. more

KPU starts chloramine water disinfection system

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Ketchikan Public Utilities Water Division started its new water disinfection process Monday night, when ammonia was added to the 3-million-gallon Bear Valley Reservoir. It will take about five days for the chloraminated water to make its way through the entire water system. more