Author Archives: Leila Kheiry

Mayoral candidates stress community service

Ed Plute and Lew Williams III are running for Ketchikan city mayor.The two candidates running for mayor of the City of Ketchikan attended a live on-air forum Thursday at KRBD. Incumbent Lew Williams III and challenger Ed Plute answered questions about current issues for about an hour.

N. Tongass board talks about City of Ward Cove

Ward Cove. (KRBD file photo)A group that wants to create a new home-rule city from what’s now the North Tongass Service Area plans to have an official charter petition ready for signatures by mid-October at the earliest, but perhaps later in November.

Assembly candidates address current issues

Borough SealSix of the nine candidates running for two seats on the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly attended KRBD’s on-air candidate forum Tuesday.

UAS to offer marine transportation degree

(Creative Commons photo by Ted McGrath)Students and mariners will soon be able to get formal marine transportation education without leaving the state. The University of Alaska Board of Regents last week approved a new marine transportation degree program at the University of Alaska Southeast.

AK budget director: Legislature must act

State Budget Director Pat Pitney speaks during Southeast Conference in Prince Rupert, BC, Sept. 16.A former Olympic gold medalist in Women’s Rifle, Pitney said she expects to be a target -- for criticism – as she travels around the state providing information about Alaska’s budget crunch and the options for the state to overcome that crunch.

Assembly adjusts loan for OceansAlaska to continue

Oyster spat from Oceans Alaska.The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly agreed Monday to adjust its loan agreement with OceansAlaska shellfish hatchery, advancing $50,000 from the 2017 allocation so that the facility can continue operations.

Slagle, Lybrand withdraw from City Council race

Two of the three candidates who had filed for the one-year Ketchikan City Council seat open this election have withdrawn their candidacies.

Overdue boater rescued from Betton Island

Betton Island. (Alaska Department of Natural Rescources photo)A boater reported overdue Sunday evening was rescued early Monday morning from Betton Island close to Ketchikan.

Opportunities in maritime, timber &, later, mining

Ketchikan's shipyard is seen in 2012. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld)Among the topics covered during this week’s Southeast Conference meeting in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, were opportunities for the region to expand its economy, or at least hold on to what it has.

LNG project officials: Trained workforce needed

Tessa Gill of Pacific NorthWest LNG talks about a proposed LNG facility near Prince Rupert, British Columbia. Also pictured is Herb Pond, former mayor of Prince Rupert, who works with the BG Group. They were part of a panel discussion during Southeast Conference's fall meeting in Prince Rupert.Liquified Natural Gas industry representatives from Alaska and British Columbia talked during Southeast Conference about their projects, including the need for workforce training and the possibility of bringing natural gas to Southeast Alaska.