Author Archives: Madelyn Beck

Fatal plane crash wreckage awaits removal

Plane wreckage from the fatal June 25th crash near Ketchikan is still up in the mountains. KRBD looks into how it's getting down and who's going to do it.

DOR commish: ‘It’s only a crisis if we fail to act’

Randall Hoffbeck, DOR commissioner, speaks to the Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)Department of Revenue Commissioner Randall Hoffbeck said Alaska’s budget situation is serious, but he doesn’t think it’s quite the “crisis,” that some have called it.

Board has concerns about vouchers proposal

Fawn Mountain Elementary School.While not an agenda item, the Ketchikan School Board spent some time Wednesday talking about a recent proposal from a Borough Assembly member that would provide grants for any student in the district to use for the education program of their family’s choice.

Three-year IBEW contract up for Council approval

IBEWSignRatification of a new three-year contract with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers is in front of the Ketchikan City Council Thursday night.

Curriculum updates, milk contract up for approval

The Ketchikan School Board meets Wednesday, and on the agenda are several motions to update curriculum.

Barefoot pastor raising awareness, $ for shoes

Peter Epler, a pastor at Ketchikan Church of the Nazarene, is going barefoot for a month to raise awareness of the need for shoes in third-world countries. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)A Ketchikan minister is going barefoot for a month, in hopes of raising awareness of the need for shoes among the world’s poor.

Power outages caused by vehicle, eagle

Ketchikan had two power outages over three days, lasting a few hours each. Though very similar in time of day and duration, they stem from very different incidents.

Split verdict for brother of POW runaways

Mathis in court croppedIn a case against the older brother of two runaway Prince of Wales Island boys, the jury on Friday found John Mathis Jr. not guilty of two felony counts of criminal interference. However, they did find him guilty on two counts of contributing a delinquent minor runaway and one count of misdemeanor theft.

Education lawsuit heads through appeals process

A 2015 property tax bill from the Ketchikan Gateway Borough includes a break-out of how much a homeowner pays toward the state's required local contribution for public education. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)A flurry of briefs was filed by the June 30th deadline with the Alaska Supreme Court in the Ketchikan Gateway Borough’s ongoing lawsuit challenging the State of Alaska’s requirement that local governments earmark a certain amount of property taxes for public education.

Trial involving runaway POW boys continues

Mathis in court croppedThe trial of John Mathis Jr. continues in Ketchikan Superior Court. Here is a story from Wednesday, Day 2 of the trial.