Author Archives: Madelyn Beck

Ketchikan assault trial: Day 2

BlaTestimony continued Wednesday in the trial of a Ketchikan man accused of sexually assaulting his 14-year-old stepdaughter, starting with the cross-examination of the now 16-year-old alleged victim.

Ketchikan man accused of sexually assaulting step-daughter

Testimony in the trial of a Ketchikan man accused of sexually assaulting his 14-year-old stepdaughter began Tuesday in Ketchikan Superior Court.

Ketchikan tobacco tax to go before voters

tobacco smokeThe Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly approved a first reading of a tobacco tax Monday, but also agreed to set it in front of voters, and to dedicate at least half the net revenue for smoking cessation programs.

New totem pole rises in Ketchikan shipyard

DSC_1135Ketchikan’s newest totem pole arrived with a massive crowd Saturday in front of the Vigor shipyard. Both tribal members and Vigor employees saw it as a way to connect the community and the company.

Blueberry Festival kicks off with pet and doll parade

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Draft petition calls for a third city in Ketchikan

Settlers Cove State Park. (KRBD file photo)Consolidation has failed in Ketchikan many times in the past. Now, a group of people in the Ketchikan Gateway Borough’s North End is trying something completely different: They want to create another city in the borough, which would add a fourth local government in a community of about 13,000 people.

Slippery steps lead to award for damages

0728151043A civil trial this week in Ketchikan ended with a warning to Southeast Alaska homeowners: Make sure your outdoor walkways have a non-slip surface, or you could end up paying thousands of dollars.

Committee recommends no local retail pot ban

(Creative Commons photo by Brett Levin)The Ketchikan Marijuana Advisory Committee voted unanimously Wednesday to recommend that the various municipal governments in the borough not ban the commercial sale of marijuana in Ketchikan, at least not until after the state has completed its regulation process.

Court rules against Tongass exemption

(USDA photo)The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down a 2003 exemption on Wednesday that would have made it possible to build roads through the Tongass National Forest.

Subsistence Board vote makes Saxman rural again

The Saxman Clan House.The Federal Subsistence Board voted during a work session Tuesday in Anchorage to return communities to the status they held before 2007. That’s the year the board decided to make Saxman non-rural, an action that Saxman residents and other Native leaders have fought against ever since.