Author Archives: Maria Dudzak

Kasaan celebrates restoration of historic longhouse

Richard Peterson of Kasaan, Central Council Tlingit and Haida President, addressing the hundreds of guests in front of the Whalehouse (copyrighted photo by Marijane Armour used with permission).Kasaan celebrated the restoration of the Son-i-Hat longhouse last Saturday. Hundreds of visitors attended the event, dance groups came from throughout Southeast.

School district sees rise in student count

Schoenbar Middle School. (KRBD file photo)Ketchikan School Superintendent Robert Boyle introduced 10 new teachers and spoke about the health of the school district during Wednesday’s Chamber of Commerce lunch.

UAS Ketchikan Report

Gail Klein and Kate Govaars speak about a new campaign to help students finish their college degrees.

Tallie Medel finds success in New York

Tallie MedelNew York-based actor, comedian and dancer Tallie Medel is finding success in the independent film world. Medel grew up in Ketchikan and was in the First City earlier this month to visit family and friends.

Summer gardening


Lee Skidmore offers tips on end-of-summer gardening during a call-in show.

Jazz saxophonist Bob Kindred dead at age 76

Bob KindredJazz saxophonist Bob Kindred died August 15th in Nashville, Tennessee. He was 76. Kindred was well known in the Ketchikan jazz community, performing at First City Players Jazz and Cabaret Festival for more than a dozen years.

Kayhi graduate trains to be a Navy pilot

Ensign Mari Freitag (photo courtesy of the US Navy).Ketchikan native and 2008 Kayhi graduate Mari Freitag is in Corpus Christi, Texas, participating in a training program that transforms U.S. Navy officers into Navy pilots.

Additional charges filed against Macasaet

Albert Macasaet is seen in Ketchikan District Court during his first-felony appearance Tuesday, Aug. 16. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)Additional charges have been filed against a 27-year-old Prince of Wales Island man accused of murdering his girlfriend.

Council considers task force, will revisit pot issue

One of the wooden benches along Dock Street in front of the Centennial Building in downtown Ketchikan. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)The Ketchikan City Council Thursday night directed City Manager Karl Amylon to take measures to address the greater issue of homelessness and inebriation in the First City. At its next meeting, the Council will also consider limiting the number of marijuana retail stores.

“Race to Alaska” on for 2017

R2AK3Organizers announced last week that the Race to Alaska is a go for the summer of 2017. The 750-mile engineless boat race is from Port Townsend, Washington, to Ketchikan.