Author Archives: Leila Kheiry

Public meeting set for state budget presentation

The Ted Ferry Civic Center is owned and operated by the City of Ketchikan.A representative of the Alaska Department of Revenue will be in Ketchikan on Dec. 1 to present some of the governor's ideas for closing the State of Alaska's budget gap.

City Council kicks off 2016 draft budget review

Ketchikan from the waterThe Ketchikan City Council talked about the real cost of fee increases to residents, how much revenue a sales-tax hike brought in, and potential future revenue if a marijuana industry is allowed in the City of Ketchikan.

Crews search for man missing on Deer Mountain

A view of Deer Mountain. (KRBD file photo by Leila Kheiry)Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad searched Thursday for a 22-year-old Ketchikan man reported lost on Deer Mountain Wednesday evening.

Planning Commission OKs proposed pot regs

(Creative Commons photo by Brett Levin)The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Planning Commission voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve a resolution that advances regulations for marijuana-related businesses to operate within the borough. The issue will be sent to the Borough Assembly next.

City Council to start 2016 draft budget review

Welcome Arch Mission Downtown KetchikanThe Ketchikan City Council kicks off its annual budget review process on Thursday with a first look at the City of Ketchikan 2016 draft budget.

MAC talks about pot excise tax, ban on retail

MarijuanaThe Ketchikan Marijuana Advisory Committee talked Monday about a potential $10 per ounce excise tax on marijuana, but didn’t vote on the issue. The committee also heard public comment for and against allowing retail marijuana sales in the community.

11 Ketchikan rescue dogs land safely in Sitka

Photo by Brielle Schaeffer, KCAW.Eleven dogs from Ketchikan landed safely in Sitka last week. Here's a report from CoastAlaska member station KCAW in Sitka about the dogs' arrival.

Promoting wild salmon, from Ketchikan to Oman

LaDonna and Ole Gundersen take a selfie out on the fishing grounds. (Photo courtesy the Gundersens)A Southeast Alaska commercial fishing couple is headed to Oman, on the southern Arabian Peninsula. They’re taking about a hundred pounds of frozen wild Alaska salmon with them on a diplomatic trip to share American culture, Alaska seafood and small-business-management techniques.

Council OKs new firefighters contract

Ketchikan Fire DepartmentThe Ketchikan City Council Thursday voted unanimously and without discussion to approve a new three-year contract with the Ketchikan Professional Firefighters Association.

Community leaders worry about ferry reliability

The ferry Taku sails into Juneau’s Auke Bay terminal. It’s tied up for the year, affecting seafood processors who transport their fish via Prince Rupert, British Columbia. (Photo by LCGS Russ/Wikimedia Commons)Port community leaders worry next summer’s ferry schedule will be as unreliable as this summer’s.