Author Archives: Leila Kheiry

Council to discuss water treatment, vacancy

Welcome Arch Mission Downtown KetchikanA $1.5-million contract to build an addition to the City of Ketchikan’s water treatment system is up for City Council consideration on Thursday, along with discussion of a tobacco tax, and whether to appoint someone to a soon-to-be-vacant Council seat.

Downtown pigeon adopts local businessman

A close-up of Fifty. (Photo by Todd Phillips)Fifty the pigeon is named for the book, “Fifty Shades of Grey,” because he’s got a lot of gray feathers, along with some eye-catching, iridescent purple and green. Fifty got his name this spring after he adopted a local businessman with a granola habit.

Man caught who allegedly threatened troopers

Troopers StationA 22-year-old Ketchikan man who allegedly threatened Alaska State Troopers and evaded arrest Monday was apprehended Tuesday afternoon by Ketchikan Police Department officers at an Austin Street home.

Borough Assembly rejects proposed tobacco tax

(Creative Commons image)The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly rejected a motion Monday night that would have asked borough staff to draft a tobacco tax ordinance. The motion failed in a 2-3 vote, with two Assembly members absent. One member likely will ask for reconsideration, though.

Steak knives claimed by MOB in first R2AK

Team MOB Mentality. (Photo from was a battle for second place in the Race to Alaska, with two teams fighting each other and the weather, as calm winds forced them to row to the finish line early Monday morning.

Pot, tobacco on Borough Assembly agenda

tobacco smokeThe Assembly will consider draft comments on a proposed set of state commercial marijuana regulations, as well as yet another proposal to establish an areawide tobacco excise tax.

Ketchikan, Craig declared ‘Tsumani-ready’

Image courtesy NOAAAccording to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, both cities earned the recognition after demonstrating that government officials, residents, business owners and visitors are prepared for the potential of a tsunami.

Approved state budget restores some school $

Alaska State SealAfter much delay, two special sessions and the threat of a government shutdown, Alaska’s House and Senate approved a fully funded state budget Thursday, to the relief of Ketchikan Gateway Borough officials.

State study shows 60% wolf decline on POW

Alaska Department of Fish and Game image.In 2013, the estimated population of wolves in Game Management Unit 2 was 221 animals. A similar study conducted just one year later shows that number dropped to an estimated 89.

Tom’s sendoff

TomLongtime KRBD volunteer and community member extraordinaire Tom LeCompte died June 6. KRBD hosted a two-hour, on-air sendoff that day for Tom. Click here to listen.