Author Archives: Leila Kheiry

School Board talks over ‘contracted services’

Fawn Mountain Elementary School.The ongoing issue of how much the Ketchikan Gateway Borough charges the Ketchikan School District for “contracted services,” such as use of shared facilities, was a big part of Wednesday’s Ketchikan School Board meeting.

New scam call asking for debit/credit card info

Ketchikan from the waterThe automated phone calls to Southeast residents fraudulently claim to represent various banks or credit unions, and ask for personal banking information.

Ketchikan Wellness Coalition

Diane Gubatayo  and Joy Davis from the Wellness Coalition’s  Behavioral Health Task Force talk about their recent trip to Anchorage for the 3-day annual State Behavioral Health Grantee Conference. The women share what they learned and encourage residents to participate … more

Group ends effort to create City of Ward Cove

Ward Cove. (KRBD file photo)Members of a group that proposed creating a new home-rule city from what’s now the North Tongass Service Area decided Tuesday to stop moving forward with that idea.

Ketchikan student count appears to be up

Students walk to class at Schoenbar Middle SchoolThe Ketchikan School District completed its annual 20-day counting period last week, to establish how many students are attending local public schools, and district officials say the numbers are higher than projected.

Tongass silviculturist wins national award

Tongass National Forest Silviculturist Sheila Spores. (US Forest Service photo)The silviculturist for the Tongass National Forest has been recognized for her service with the prestigious national Silviculture Excellence Award.

Overdue hiker found safe on Perseverance

An overdue hiker was found safe late Wednesday after she became lost in the Perseverance Lake area.

State DOT picks less costly Gravina ferry option

GravinaDEISMapThe State of Alaska has chosen a preferred alternative for improving access to Gravina Island, where Ketchikan’s airport is located, but local officials were not excited about the choice of improved ferry service.

Local artist illustrates newly identified species

A troll of Desmostylus, illustrated by Ketchikan artist Ray Troll. (Used with permission from the artist)Ray Troll is known for his scientifically accurate artwork of fish and fossils. He recently illustrated a paper announcing a newly identified species of prehistoric marine mammal, found in Unalaska.

Gravina Access decision possible this week

AirportThe Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly learned Tuesday that a Gravina Access announcement is possible later this week.