Author Archives: Leila Kheiry

Ortiz, Gara want to lower state student loan rates

Dan Ortiz talks to the Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce about his bid for state House. Ortiz is running as an independent.House District 36 Rep.-elect Dan Ortiz has joined Anchorage Rep. Les Gara to pre-file a bill that would lower the state’s student loan rate.

City edges forward with plans for sea wall fix

Also Thursday, the Council unanimously agreed to authorize $25,000 to move forward with Phase II of the long-planned Hopkins Alley revitalization project.Ketchikan City Council members expressed reluctance Thursday to take on the full responsibility of fixing a failing sea wall at Thomas Basin, but agreed to let the city facilitate meetings with the various property owners along that stretch of shore, in hopes of finding consensus on how to move the project forward.

Klawock couple plans halftime wedding

ak-akkhs2-letter-150A couple in Klawock has been engaged since 2001, but they couldn’t quite come to agreement about what kind of wedding ceremony to have. They finally settled on a unique venue: Center court at halftime during Friday’s home basketball game.

Pesticide bill pre-filed by area lawmakers

House District 36 Rep.-elect Dan Ortiz has joined Sitka’s Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins and Anchorage Rep. Les Gara in pre-filing a bill that calls for restoring public comment periods before the Department of Transportation uses pesticides on state-owned roads and highways.

City, KPU negotiations with IBEW stalled

IBEWSignCity of Ketchikan officials have been negotiating with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers since September without finding common ground. The Ketchikan City Council has two executive sessions Thursday to talk about the status of negotiations, and to provide direction to city management.

Ortiz: Budget will be the main session challenge

Recently elected House District 36 Rep. Dan Ortiz speaks during a Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce event.Before leaving for Juneau, newly elected Rep. Dan Ortiz made a point of visiting various communities within House District 36 and talking with officials about their concerns. Many of those concerns followed a theme: How will the state’s budget woes affect local communities?

Local man charged with sexual abuse of a minor

A 20-year-old Ketchikan man faces charges of sexual abuse of a minor after allegedly having sex with a 14-year-old girl.

Assembly: Try to contract out animal shelter service

The Pat Wise Animal Shelter.The Ketchikan Borough Assembly last week agreed to move toward contracting the shelter portion of its Animal Protection Department to a private business or organization, while retaining animal code enforcement powers.

Met woman falls from canoe, swims to shore

A 26-year-old Metlakatla woman who fell out of her canoe Sunday afternoon, swam to the shore of Pennock Island and quickly was picked up and taken home by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Assembly: No tax hike; maybe reduce library $

Library4The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly kicked off its two-day planning session Friday, providing financial direction to borough management in advance of the Fiscal Year 2016 budget process.