Author Archives: Madelyn Beck

Waterman to report to jail end of this month

Rachelle Waterman was 16 when her two boyfriends beat her mother to death and framed the murder to look like a car wreck. Over ten years later, Waterman's trials end with an order to check in at Lemon Creek Correctional Center by the end of the month.

Borough-wide tobacco tax indefinitely postponed

tobacco smokeAssembly members voted 4-3 Monday to postpone. Three members consistently have opposed the borough-wide tobacco tax. Those three -- Glen Thompson, Mike Painter and Jim Van Horn -- were joined last night by Todd Phillips, who previously supported the tax.

Isom files for Council; Steele for School Board

Borough SealWith about a week left before the filing period closes, two candidates have thrown their names in for Ketchikan city and borough office Monday.

Calling complicated from Alaska jails

Ketchikan Correctional Center. (Alaska Department of Corrections photo)When someone gets arrested, often the first thing they’ll want to do is make a call. If it’s to a lawyer or legal aid, no problem. However, if it’s to friends, family or an employer, it’s more complicated.

Assembly to consider tobacco tax options

The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly will take another look Monday at a proposed areawide tobacco tax.

KIC hosts Native culture week for youth

KIC Culture Camp participants sing a traditional song. (Photo by Madelyn Beck)This week, Ketchikan Indian Community put on a day camp for kids to teach them Native culture through stories, songs, crafts and even foraging tips.

Southeast residents want headlight rule reversed

HeadlightsAbout a year ago, the Alaska Department of Transportation initiated a new regulation, requiring drivers to keep their headlights on at all times when traveling on certain roads in Southeast. The change was a surprise to some residents of the region, including state Sen. Bert Stedman, who has since drafted a bill to reverse that administrative rule.

Junior League state champs welcomed home

0811151609dThe Ketchikan Junior League Baseball team, this year’s state champions, returned home Tuesday with a few new stories and a state title.

Williams running for re-election as city mayor

City Mayor Lew Williams III speaks to the Chamber of Commerce.City of Ketchikan Mayor Lew Williams III filed Tuesday to run for his third term as mayor of Alaska’s First City.

Education funding lawsuit enters final stretch

gavelThe lawsuit has been ongoing for about a year and a half, and while borough officials are adamant that they’re in the right, questions from the public posted on social media and news websites indicate some doubt: What’s the point of this lawsuit? Why was it filed? Why did the borough win in Superior Court? And, how will public schools be funded if Ketchikan wins the Supreme Court appeal?