Author Archives: Leila Kheiry

Retail pot limit back in front of City Council

(U.S. Fish and Wildlife photo)An ordinance that would restrict the number of retail marijuana stores within city limits to one is back in front of the Ketchikan City Council on Thursday.

Point Higgins receives healthy-schools award

Point Higgins Elementary School. (KRBD file photo)Point Higgins Elementary School recently was recognized with the national Bronze Healthier Us School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms award. Point Higgins is the second school in the state to receive the award. The first was Ketchikan’s Tongass School of Arts and Sciences.

City Council candidates address current issues

Ketchikan from the waterCandidates for Ketchikan City Council participated in KRBD’s live on-air forum on Monday. Here is a summary of the one-hour forum.

City looks at how to dock bigger cruise ships

Options for changing the dock include lengthening the Berth 3 floating barge, extending Berth 1, and adding floating docks to Berths 1 and 2.  (Image courtesy City of Ketchikan Port and Harbors Department)How should Ketchikan’s downtown dock look in the next few years, as the city responds to larger and larger ships? That’s the main question up for discussion during a special public-input meeting set for this Wednesday.

Options floated to Deer Mountain logging

Deer Mountain (KRBD file photo)If federal land exchange legislation doesn’t pass Congress this session, the process to open Ketchikan’s Deer Mountain and land above homes on Petersburg’s Mitkof Highway to logging will begin. But, there are some options that Alaska Mental Health Trust might consider.

La Nina expected to bring wet fall, snowy winter

A city snow plow tries to keep up with the heavy snowfall Tuesday morning.Have you been putting off buying new snow tires? Is your rain gear cracked and patched? If your answer is yes and you live in Southeast Alaska, you might want to remedy both of those situations.

Two arrested after alleged ambush/robbery

Ketchikan Police Department. (KRBD file photo)An alleged assault and robbery on Schoenbar Trail has led to the arrest of a 20-year-old Ketchikan man and a 17-year-old Ketchikan girl.

Juvenile detention rates dropping statewide

The Ketchikan Regional Youth Facility will close Sept. 15th due to state budget cuts. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)The number of minors detained by the state’s Division of Juvenile Justice has dropped by almost 50% over the past decade. The reason behind the decrease isn’t completely clear, but it’s a nationwide trend.

Petersburg opposes Mental Health logging plan

page-4Petersburg’s Borough Assembly on Tuesday voted to send a letter urging a land exchange rather than logging Alaska Mental Health Trust lands on a steep hillside above Mitkof Highway south of downtown.

Borough Assembly OKs funds for public library

Ketchikan Public Library. (KRBD file photo)In a 5-1 vote Tuesday, the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly approved a motion to provide about $400,000 for the borough’s share of library services.