Author Archives: Leila Kheiry

Latest count shows Ortiz ahead for HD36

Recently elected House District 36 Rep. Dan Ortiz speaks during a Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce event.With independent candidate Dan Ortiz in the lead by 102 votes, the House District 36 race is unofficially over, according to Alaska Division of Elections Director Gail Fenumiai.

Ketchikan man believed dead after fire, shooting

This Alaska State Trooper photo shows the State Fire Marshal at the scene of Wednesday's Blackberry Lane house fire. An excavator is helping authorities search the debris for evidence.A 49-year-old Ketchikan man is believed dead in a Wednesday-night house fire after reportedly shooting a gun into the air and then probably running back into his burning home. Investigators reported early Thursday evening that they found a body in the ashes of the destroyed house.

Bird strike likely in Wednesday power outage

Ketchikan from the waterTwo power outages, one on Saturday and another Wednesday morning, were caused by birds striking the lines, and both strikes happened in pretty much the same location.

Klein pulls ahead in nail-biter HD36 race

hd36Chamber forumRepublican Chere Klein, who was a mere 19 votes behind after last week’s general election, now is nine votes ahead of independent Dan Ortiz.

Red Cross talks services, seeks local volunteers

Firefighters gather in the Grant Street parking lot  to plan their strategy Saturday morning in response to a residential fire on Edmonds Street, a boardwalk stair street in downtown Ketchikan.The Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross of Alaska visited Ketchikan this week as part of a tour of Southeast communities. He talked to the Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce about the services that Red Cross provides, and the importance of volunteers in rural communities.

Caucus leaves positions open for tight races

Flag of AlaskaThe fate of the local House District 36 race remains up in the air, but the Alaska House Majority and Bush caucuses still met this week with local Republican candidate Chere Klein.

Community Foundation gets $50K grant

The Ketchikan Community Foundation announced this week that it has been awarded another $50,000 matching grant from the Rasmuson Foundation. The grant is in response to the foundation raising $25,000 in local funds.

‘Healing Garden’ back in hospital design plan

HospitalAmong the items approved by the City Council Thursday was a request from the Ketchikan Medical Center to add plans for a patient terrace back to the hospital’s ongoing renovation.

Storm leads to power outages, some damage

aksat_720x486Southern Southeast Alaska experienced some wild weather Wednesday night, leading to downed trees, power outages and a somewhat rare phenomenon called “corona”

Failing sea wall back on City Council agenda

At its last meeting, the Council agreed to pay for half of a $44,000 study to evaluate the sea wall, which supports land near the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show. Private property owners and the borough were to pay the other half. A revised motion is in front of the Council on Thursday.