Author Archives: Leila Kheiry

Teenage angler tops Ketchikan derby ladder

2015 Salmon DerbyA 14-year-old fisherman has taken the top spot in this year’s Ketchikan King Salmon Derby with a 40.3-pound fish.

Ketchikan man dies after accidental shooting

A 22-year-old Ketchikan man died Sunday night from what Alaska State Troopers say appears to be an accidental shooting.

SAR team certifies new 4-legged member

Carol Towne gets Pace ready to search for a volunteer victim, hiding in a muskeg. (Photos by Leila Kheiry)Pace has a great nose, tons of energy and the drive needed for what to her is a fun game. For the people she finds, though, it’s as serious as life or death.

Hyder border to reopen for 24-hour access

Hyder signSen. Lisa Murkowski’s office announced today that after many discussions with her office, the Canadian government has agreed to work with U.S. officials to open the gate -- and keep it open, all the time.

Annual Kids Fishing Derby set for June 20

The ponds at City Park will be refilled with water and stocked with juvenile salmon in time for the June 20 Kids Fishing Derby.Tongass National Forest officials have scheduled youth fishing days during the month of June.

Pot discussion on City Council agenda

MarijuanaMarijuana Advisory Committee members want to get an idea of what elected bodies think about allowing marijuana businesses to operate in the community.

Ketchikan fiber artist wins Rasmuson project grant

Ketchikan fiber artist Kathy Rousso is among the 36 Alaska artists awarded 2015 grants and fellowships by the Anchorage-based Rasmuson Foundation.

Assembly OKs school, borough budgets

Borough SealIn a marathon meeting Monday, the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly approved a spending plan for the school district, without adding more funds for education, as requested by school officials. In the general borough budget, the Assembly cut grant funding by 25 percent across-the-board.

Ortiz returns, asks constituents for input

Rep. Dan Ortiz talks during a town-hall-style meeting Thursday at the White Cliff building.After a quick trip to Juneau early this week that didn't result in any action by the Legislature, House District 36 Rep. Dan Ortiz returned to Ketchikan for a town-hall-style meeting with constituents Thursday evening.

Assembly to look again at school, boro budgets

The Ketchikan School District and Ketchikan Gateway Borough budgets will be back in front of the Borough Assembly on Monday, despite lack of legislative movement on the state budget.