Author Archives: Maria Dudzak

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.

IFA’s free travel program for veterans ending soon

US-Flag1The Inter-Island Ferry Authority announced last week that the IFA’s participation in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs transportation grant program will end August 31st. The program offers free transportation to veterans traveling for healthcare needs.

Smith files for Borough Assembly

Keith Smith (KRBD file photo)Keith Smith filed today as a candidate for the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly. Smith is currently the Ketchikan Program Director for Southeast Alaska Independent Living.

Injured hiker rescued from Deer Mountain

Deer Mountain (KRBD file photo)A hiker was rescued on Deer Mountain Saturday afternoon. The 54-year-old Ketchikan man suffered a knee injury and was experiencing seizures.

About KVRS and SPOT locator beacons

SPOTJerry Kiffer and Kara Lunde of the Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad talk about the group and the SPOT locator beacon program.

Author shares dreams, goals and adventures

MichaelDittonAuthor Michael Ditton speaks about his life and book, "Dreams, Goals and Adventures," and how he went from broke to semi-retired in ten years.

CAO Tonjes leaving PeaceHealth Ketchikan

Ken Tonjes speaking at the ribbon cutting cermony for the hospital expansion. Photo courtesy of PHKMC.Ken Tonjes, chief administrative officer for PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center, announced he’ll be leaving his position at the end of the year in order to be closer to his children and grandchildren.