Author Archives: Leila Kheiry

P2P finalist wants to open a space for art

Laura Kinunen and her daughter on the beach. (Photo courtesy Laura Kinunen)Path to Prosperity finalist Laura Kinunen has been thinking about and planning her business for years. The Ketchikan resident hopes that the Southeast-based small-business competition will help move The Artist Workshop from concept to reality.

Tax cap, pot tax up for Ktn Assembly consideration

Borough SealTwo tax proposals are in front of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly on Monday. The first would raise the sales-tax cap on single-purchase items from $1,000 to $1,500; the second would establish a boroughwide marijuana excise tax.

Murkowski on primary campaign tour of Alaska

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (KRBD file photo)Alaska’s Sen. Lisa Murkowski is on a campaign trip around the state during a month-long Senate recess. During a brief layover in Ketchikan on her way to Sitka Wednesday, she stopped by KRBD and talked about the state’s Republican primary campaign, and about the presidential election.

Board OKs abuse/assault program policy

Ketchikan High SchoolThe Ketchikan School Board quickly approved a policy establishing programs to help reduce child abuse and sexual assault. Members also heard an update on summer school, and talked about a new early-graduation program.

Study: Ferry system benefits Alaska financially

Alaska Marine Highway Ferry Terminal. (KRBD file photo)Ketchikan is a primary beneficiary of Alaska Marine Highway-related spending, but a McDowell Group study shows the whole state benefits economically from the ferry system.

School Board to consider abuse/assault policy

birdDuring its regular Wednesday meeting, the Ketchikan School Board will hold a public hearing on a new board policy establishing programs focused on reducing child abuse and sexual assault.

State ME identifies body found in Tongass Narrows

birdA body found floating in the Tongass Narrows over the weekend has been positively identified by the State Medical Examiner's Office as Harris Hunter Wood II, 63 of Ketchikan.

Local Rotary group helps vaccinate in India

Block printing on fabric was one of the cottage industries in India that a local Rotary group visited. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)A group of Ketchikan Rotary members traveled to India in February to help administer polio vaccines, and to see the sights that country has to offer.

Walker signs bill to help Southeast timber mills

Gov. Bill Walker signs SB32 into law at Viking Lumber in Klawock, on Prince of Wales Island. (Photo courtesy Jan Trojan)Gov. Bill Walker has signed legislation he said will provide more timber for Alaska’s mills. But it probably won’t be that much of an increase.

City Council hears update on Verizon rollout

Customers sign up for Verizon wireless plans at KPU following a quick grand-opening ceremony Wednesday morning. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)KPU Telecom Manager Ed Cushing told the Council that the Ketchikan store last week outsold all the other Verizon Alaska stores combined.