Author Archives: Maria Dudzak

Council votes to prohibit commercial pot sales

(Creative Commons photo by Brett Levin)The Ketchikan City Council Thursday night voted to ban the commercial sale of marijuana within city limits. Mayor Lew Williams III requested the issue be brought before the Council.

Ketchikan weighs in on State’s fiscal challenge

Ken Alper (left) and Representative Dan OrtizHouse District 36 Representative Dan Ortiz held a town hall meeting in Ketchikan Tuesday night to discuss Alaska’s fiscal challenges and proposals to address budget problems. Ortiz shared the results of a fiscal survey he conducted

Sivertsen files for House District 36

Bob Sivertsen - Photo courtesy of City of KetchikanKetchikan City Councilmember Bob Sivertsen has officially filed to run as a Republican candidate for House District 36. Sivertsen filed the necessary paperwork with the Alaska Public Offices Commission and the Alaska Division of Elections on Monday.

Salmon labels tell history

Image from a Lynx Brand canned salmon labelHistory can come in all shapes and sizes. UW PhD student Ross Coen was in Ketchikan to give a presentation on the history of the canned salmon industry in Alaska, and to research a subject he’s passionate about, salmon can labels.

Ketchikan Chamber hires new director

ChamberlogoJulie Isom has been named the new executive director of the Greater Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce. Isom accepted the position on Tuesday and will replace outgoing director Chelsea Goucher.

Council to vote on retail pot sales

National Public Radio image.On Monday night, the Ketchikan City Council decided to vote on the sale of retail marijuana at its next meeting. The Council made this decision after hearing a presentation by Chris French, the Borough Planning and Community Development Director.

Assembly indefinitely postpones pot excise tax

MarijuanaThe Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly Monday night Monday decided to postpone indefinitely a citizen request to establish at $10 per ounce excise tax on marijuana. The Assembly also heard an annual report from AIDEA.

‘Tis the season for increased phone and internet scams

Photo courtesy of bbb.orgA series of phone, email and internet scams continue to hit residents in Southeast Alaska and beyond. People are particularly vulnerable during the holiday season. Here's information on some of the scams to watch out for.

Robotics teams tackle trash challenge in K-town

The Coffman Cove "Timber Wolves" checking the components for their robots.The K-Town Robotic Tournament was held this Saturday (November 21st) at Ketchikan’s Schoenbar Middle School. This year, students age 9-14 took on the “Trash Trek Challenge.” They had to come up with solutions to problems using programmable robots made out of LEGOs.

Council to hear pot update / amend telcom rates

The Ketchikan City Council postponed its regular meeting to Monday night to allow its members to attend the Alaska Municipal League meeting in Anchorage.

Monday’s Council meeting begins with a public hearing on an ordinance amending telecommunications service and rates. … more