Author Archives: Leila Kheiry

Legislative limbo leads to local uncertainty

The Ketchikan Gateway Borough redistricting plan for Southeast does not specify how Juneau's two districts will be split up.The state budget is still in limbo, and lawmakers are in recess for the time being. So, there are no clear answers regarding local budget issues, especially education funding.

No one injured in Monday floatplane mishap

Nobody was injured when a floatplane hit an object in the water Monday morning while landing in Ketchikan’s Tongass Narrows, but the collision damaged a pontoon that started taking on water, causing the plane to sink.

Student : You can climb the mountain, too

Starla Agoney gave the student commencement speech during Saturday's UAS graduation at the Ted Ferry Civic Center.Starla Agoney received her degree in elementary education in full regalia, with her graduate’s tassel pinned to a traditional woven cedar-bark hat.

Assembly to consider schools, borough budgets

Ketchikan Gateway Borough offices are in the White Cliff building.The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly will consider first readings of the school district budget and the borough budget during its regular meeting on Monday.

1st large ship kicks off Ketchikan cruise season

First Cruise Ship 2015 4In its inaugural visit to Alaska’s First City, the Ruby Princess brought more than 3,000 passengers and about 1,200 crew members.

UAS to honor grads and local band director

UAS2The University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan campus will celebrate this year’s graduating students during a ceremony Saturday afternoon. In addition, Roy McPherson will receive a Meritorious Service Award.

Food preservation workshops set for POW

Creative Commons image of canned pickle relish.Food preservation is an important skill in rural Alaska, especially. A series of free workshops is planned for Prince of Wales Island residents Saturday through May 7, along with an opportunity to test pressure canner gauges.

Local Secure Rural School amount announced

The Ketchikan Gateway Borough redistricting plan for Southeast does not specify how Juneau's two districts will be split up.A list of eligible boroughs and communities shows that Ketchikan will receive $1,059,007.48. But, the actual number likely will be closer to $900,000.

Alaska senator continues pushback on Hyder issue

Hyder signAlaska’s senior senator sent another letter this week to Canada’s ambassador to the United States, Gary Doer, stressing the importance of keeping the border open 24 hours a day between Hyder, Alaska, and Stewart, British Columbia.

Fast-moving storm hits hard on its way north

A tree fell onto a house in Saxman, on Killer Whale Avenue.A big storm blew through southern Southeast on Tuesday, toppling trees and leading to extensive power outages.