Author Archives: Leila Kheiry

Assembly postpones vote on commercial pot ban

(Creative Commons photo by Brett Levin)Commercial pot operations won’t be banned by the Ketchikan Gateway Borough, at least not yet. The Borough Assembly voted Monday to hold off on that decision until after the Alaska Legislature has completed this session and, theoretically, come up with some kind of plan for how the state will regulate marijuana.

City seeks input on Berth 1 shelter design

Option 1, the original proposal, has a taller structure and a steep roof pitch. (Image courtesy City of Ketchikan.)The City of Ketchikan is ready to move forward with the fourth and final phase of its multi-year renovation of the downtown cruise ship dock’s Berths 1 and 2. But, before plans are presented to the City Council for approval, the Port and Harbors Department has scheduled a meeting Tuesday to gather public input, especially on options for a covered shelter at Berth 1.

Hearing held on stay request for boro lawsuit

Arguments were heard in Ketchikan Superior Court on Friday on a request for a stay by the State of Alaska in the ruling on Ketchikan Gateway Borough’s education funding lawsuit.

Rep. Ortiz talks ferries, state’s budget deficit

Recently elected House District 36 Rep. Dan Ortiz speaks during a Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce event.House District 36 Rep. Dan Ortiz offered his first open office hours in Ketchikan on Friday.

Assembly member proposes ban on retail pot

National Public Radio image.The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly on Monday will consider a proposal to move forward with a ban on commercial cultivation, processing, manufacturing and sale of marijuana within the boundaries of the borough.

Ketchikan artist awarded Joan Mitchell grant

Donald Varnell works on a carving. (Photo from Varnell's Facebook page, used with permission)

Donald Varnell works on a carving. (Photo from Varnell’s Facebook page, used with permission)

Ketchikan artist Donald Varnell recently was awarded a prestigious Joan Mitchell Foundation grant. He’s the first Alaskan to receive one since the New York-based foundation started … more

State to appeal education funding lawsuit ruling

Flag of AlaskaThe State of Alaska announced Wednesday that it will appeal a final ruling by Superior Court Judge William Carey in favor of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough’s long-held argument that the state’s required local contribution for public education violates Alaska’s Constitution.

PeaceHealth, nurses’ union reach tentative agreement

HospitalKetchikan PeaceHealth Medical Center nurses and hospital officials have reached a tentative agreement for a new nurses’ contract.

AMHS to close ferry bar service this winter

The ferry Taku sails into the Wrangell Narrows on its way south in 2013. It's part of an aging fleet needing repair or replacement. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)The Alaska Marine Highway is closing bars on state ferries, a move that state Department of Transportation officials say will save about $750,000 a year.

Campers rescued after boat breaks loose overnight

A group of campers was safely picked up by the Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad after they were stranded at the Fish Creek camping area over the weekend.