Author Archives: Leila Kheiry

Ketchikan’s aging water system

A section of repaired water pipe is seen on Baranof Avenue after the old pipe broke and washed out the fill under the street in 2013. (KRBD file photo by Leila Kheiry)Wood-stave and steel pipes are a thing of the past, but the aging iron pipes under much of Ketchikan's streets have their own set of problems.

Temporary retail-pot ban up for second Council vote

(Creative Commons image)The Council also will talk about a possible ballot measure for voters to decide whether to allow commercial marijuana in Ketchikan city limits.

Four rate hikes up for City Council approval

Welcome Arch Mission Downtown KetchikanThe city and Ketchikan Public Utilities 2016 budgets were built on the assumption that wastewater, garbage, electric and water rates would go up. The Council approved both of those budgets in December without challenging those assumptions. But, city code requires that the Council also approve separate ordinances for rate increases.

New zoning regs for planned developments

A PUD is a development with a master plan that might have different zones within the plan. The proposed regulations would allow the borough to consider the master plan comprehensively.

Assembly agenda light for MLK holiday meeting

The Assembly will consider a citizen request that the borough adopt the International Fire Code of 2012 for the North and South Tongass fire departments.

R2AK officials planning a second epic race

Al Hughes, Matt Steverson and Graeme Esarey take first-place in the Race To Alaska. The crew crossed the finish line in Ketchikan, Alaska at 12:55pm on Friday, June 12, 2015. (KRBD File Photo)Organizers of the 750-mile engineless boat race from Port Townsend, Washington, to Ketchikan say they had a huge positive response last summer to what Evans calls their “good bad idea.”

Young growth transition focus of open house

Project Manager Susan Howle talks with two participants during an open house focusing on the proposed TLMP amendment. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)About 35 people showed up Tuesday night for an informational open house focusing on the proposed Tongass Land Management Plan amendment to transition from old-growth to young-growth timber harvest.

Ketchikan man charged with burglary, theft, drugs

A 25-year-old Ketchikan man faces felony burglary, theft and drug charges for allegedly breaking into two homes Monday evening.

New Ketchikan hotel delayed, but still planned

My Place officials hope to open a new hotel branch in Ketchikan this fall. (Photo courtesy My Place)Construction of a new hotel in Ketchikan was delayed last year, but officials with the My Place chain still plan to build a brand-new extended-stay hotel on Tongass Avenue.

AMHS releases trimmed down summer schedule

The ferry Taku sails into the Wrangell Narrows on its way south in 2013. It's part of an aging fleet needing repair or replacement. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)The Alaska Marine Highway System released its summer 2016 ferry schedule Tuesday, and as expected, it includes trimmed-down service.