Author Archives: Leila Kheiry

School Board approves 3-year teachers’ contract

Revilla Alternative School is part of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District.The agreement provides raises for teachers in each of the three years: One percent for the first year, retroactive to July 1, and 2.5 percent for each of the subsequent years of the contract.

Mayor gives annual State of the City address

City Mayor Lew Williams III speaks to the Chamber of Commerce.Williams was cautiously optimistic about the city. He cited challenges such as reduced state financial aid and aging city infrastructure, but Williams also stressed the city’s strengths, such as a diverse economic base and new opportunities opening up at the shipyard and in the mining industry.

Tobacco tax up for City Council discussion

The Ketchikan City Council meets in regular session Thursday, and one of the items on the agenda is discussion of a possible excise tax on tobacco products.

Board to consider staff hire, KEA negotiations

The Ketchikan School Board has just one meeting this month, and that is set for Wednesday.

City Council OKs plan to open library on Sundays

The Ketchikan Public Library is seen during an art unveiling ceremony.The library will be open on Sundays, and community agency grants are safe for another year. Those were two 2015 budget items decided Monday by the Ketchikan City Council during a special budget meeting.

Borough Assembly moves ahead with sludge fee hike

Ketchikan Gateway Borough offices are in the White Cliff building.The quarterly fee for non-city residents with septic systems would increase from $45 to $57.18.

Keel-laying marks start of ferry construction

Ketchikan residents chat with shipyard workers after the keel-laying ceremony. One of the keels is seen in the background.On Saturday, Ketchikan celebrated the laying of the keels for Alaska’s two new ferries, which will be built at Ketchikan’s Vigor Alaska shipyard.

Ortiz announces legislative staff hires

AK-capitol-front-steps-sunny-summer_horizontal-rsDebbie Banaszak will be Rep. Dan Ortiz's new chief of staff, and Elizabeth Bolling will focus on constituent relations and legislative/bill research.

Sealaska Lands Bill passes U.S. Congress

A bill transferring 70,000 acres of the Tongass National Forest to Sealaska Corp. has passed Congress.

Shipyard focuses on training local workforce

Ketchikan's shipyard is seen in 2012. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld)“Create more jobs” is a mantra in Ketchikan, but the problem with more jobs at the shipyard is, workers there need special skills.