Author Archives: Leila Kheiry

First step taken toward logging Deer Mountain

A springtime view of Deer Mountain. (KRBD file photo by Leila Kheiry)The Alaska Mental Health Trust took its first step toward logging Ketchikan’s iconic Deer Mountain, along with a parcel in Petersburg.

BIA cuts hit Central Council programs

2-12-14-THCC-PodiumCiting federal budget cuts, Southeast Alaska’s regional tribal government is temporarily ending programs that provide food, clothing and shelter to its most needy clients.

Grant to pay for Fawn Mountain greenhouse

Fawn Mountain Elementary School.The local U.S. Coast Guard base has awarded a grant to Fawn Mountain Elementary School for a greenhouse that will provide fresh vegetables for students’ lunches.

Deadline approaches to file for local office

I-Voted-StickerWith just a few days left for candidates to file for local office, the ballot so far is looking pretty sparse.

Tribe optimistic after State Department, EPA meeting

Sulphurets Creek, which drains naturally occurring rusty water from the KSM mine prospect, enters Mitchell Creek upstream from Southeast Alaska. Tribal officials worry mining will send polluted water into British Columbia rivers that flow into Alaska. KSM officials say their pollution-control designs will keep that from happening. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Southeast Alaska’s largest tribal organization said this month’s meetings with the U.S. State Department and Environmental Protection Agency were productive. Among other things, the agencies could help expand water-monitoring efforts along transboundary rivers

Ortiz: State ‘fumbled’ on approving new revenue

House District 36 Rep. Dan Ortiz speaks during the Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce lunch on Wednesday. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)Ortiz, who is running for re-election against challengers Bob Sivertsen, a Republican, and Kenneth Shaw of the Constitution Party, spoke Wednesday during the Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce lunch.

Local voter turnout low for state primary election

Ketchikan voters cast their ballots at The Plaza mall precinct.Voter turnout in House District 36 hit the double-digits in yesterday’s state primary election, but just barely.

Council to talk benches, homelessness, inebriation

One of the wooden benches along Dock Street in front of the Centennial Building in downtown Ketchikan. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)The Ketchikan City Council will talk Thursday about wooden benches along Dock Street that have prompted some complaints from business owners.

Pilot rescued after aborted takeoff on POW

POW map BWA pilot who crashed his privately owned floatplane on the shore of Clover Lake on Prince of Wales Island shortly after takeoff was rescued Monday by a U.S. Coast Guard crew.

Macasaet arraigned for July 31 POW murder

Albert Macasaet is seen in Ketchikan District Court during his first-felony appearance Tuesday, Aug. 16. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)About a week after he was apprehended for the strangling death of his girlfriend, 27-year-old Albert Peter Macasaet was arraigned Tuesday in Ketchikan District Court.