Author Archives: Leila Kheiry

Council split, but retail pot ban moves forward

(Creative Commons image)Despite nearly an hour of strong public comment in opposition, the Ketchikan City Council voted Thursday to move forward with a temporary ban on retail marijuana within city limits. A second vote is needed before the ordinance can be enacted.

Two-day Assembly meeting to plan, set policy

Ketchikan from the waterThe Assembly will talk about the financial outlook (less revenue; higher expenses); the looming "Cadillac Tax" for the borough's health insurance plan; and school district issues, among other items.

City Council to consider temporary retail pot ban

MarijuanaThe Council had voted on Dec. 14th to delay a decision on retail pot until March. However, City Attorney Mitch Seaver expressed concern at that meeting that waiting until spring might not work, because the state will start accepting marijuana business license applications in February.

Borough pushes for better Gravina Access plan

The borough-operated airport ferry heads toward the Revilla Island terminal ramp. (KRBD file photo)The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly talked this week about the long-awaited Gravina Access project – a state-led project to improve access to Gravina Island, where Ketchikan’s airport is located.

Petition to list POW wolves as endangered denied

Alaska Department of Fish and Game photo.The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday announced that wolves in Southeast Alaska do not warrant an endangered species listing.

Wellness Coalition hires new executive director

Kevin Gadsey and his dog, Monty. (Photo courtesy Kevin Gadsey)A former Ketchikan resident is returning to Alaska’s First City after an absence of several years to head up the Ketchikan Wellness Coalition.

Assembly to start manager recruitment process

Borough SealThe Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly agreed Monday to a process for replacing Borough Manager Dan Bockhorst after his planned retirement at the end of this year.

Man charged with trespass, animal cruelty

UPDATED A 43-year-old Ketchikan man has been charged with criminal trespass and animal cruelty after he allegedly broke into a family member’s house and injured that family member’s dog.

State Parks offers artist-in-residence program

(Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)The program is open to artists working in all media. Selected artists will spend up to two weeks at the historic Ernest Gruening Cabin outside of Juenau, between May and September of this year.

Stephens reappointed as presiding judge

Superior Court Judge Trevor Stephens. (KRBD file photo)Ketchikan Superior Court Judge Trevor Stephens has been reappointed as the presiding judge for the state’s First Judicial District, which covers Southeast Alaska.