Author Archives: Maria Dudzak

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.

Shaw shares experience as GOP convention delegate

Trevor Shaw at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. (Photo by Liz Ruskin/APRN)District 36 Republican Chairman Trevor Shaw was one of 28 Alaska delegates to the Republican National Convention. Shaw spoke recently about his experience at the convention, and opinion of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

“Amish Robots” performs in Ketchikan

Patrick Troll and Alejandro Chavarria of the band “Amish Robots” speak about their music and a performance Saturday night.

Life-long dancer teaches Ketchikan students

Bill Evans answers questions during tap class.Teacher, choreographer and performer Bill Evans is in Ketchikan for a two-week dance intensive at Ketchikan Theatre Ballet. Classes in modern dance and tap began August 15th, and Evans also choreographed a piece for the Gigglefeet Dance Festival.

Moms offer advice on breastfeeding

Karla Gelhar and Aubree Kline share their experiences as breastfeeding moms. They also speak about about a mom and baby-friendly rest area at the Blueberry Arts Festival. Jessica Mills Clark speaks about the “Watch Me Grow” program.

Animal shelter revises fees and fines

ShelterCat1The Ketchikan Gateway Borough’s animal shelter implemented a new fee structure on July 1st. Changes include cost of adoption and licensing, and fines.

William “Bill” Evans in Ketchikan for dance intensive

Bill Evans during a recent KTB class.Ketchikan Theatre Ballet brought dancer, teacher and choreographer Bill Evans to town for workshops. Evans speaks about his background and technique, classses, and upcoming performances at Gigglefeet.

Kayhi teens hired to help promote drug-free lifestyle

bird copyThe Ketchikan Wellness Coalition received funding through the federal Drug-Free Communities grant program to hire high school students as peer counselors and leaders. The students work with KWC staff to develop programs and activities promoting a drug-free life and supportive relationships.

Wellness Coalition

Kevin Gadsey speaks about the Drug Free Communities program that brings peer counselors into the high school. He also introduces the two teen counselors – Vince Tenebo and Rachel Winburn.

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New chamber director shares background, goals

ChamberlogoBill Swift is the new executive director of the Greater Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce. He took over the position on July 15th, replacing outgoing director Julie Isom. Swift speaks about background and goals for chamber.