Author Archives: Maria Dudzak

Land swap and energy key to development

Alaska DNR Commissioner Joe BalashTransfer of lands into State hands and a reliable source of energy are key to development in Southeast Alaska. Those remarks were made by Joe Balash, Commissioner of the Alaska DNR, at a recent Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

Assembly votes to restore library funding

Library4After public comment, debate, discussion and consideration of amendments, the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly on Friday voted to reinstate funding for the Ketchikan Public Library.

Board approves nutrition policy

After four months of debate, the Ketchikan School Board approved the Student Nutrition and Physical Activity Policy. Failure to adopt the policy would result in a loss of federal funding for the schools lunch program.

Ketchikan man involved in police standoff arraigned

Mathew Martinez with public defender Sam McQuerry in background30-year-old Mathew Martinez was arraigned today in Ketchikan District Court. Martinez allegedly threatened to shoot anyone who walked outside his home resulting in a police stand off and a partial road closure Tuesday morning.

Resurfacing underway on secondary roads

Paving of secondary roads is underway. Here is a list of areas being resurfaced.

Forrester tells about catching the winning king

Rick Forrester with his prize-winning king (photo credit CHARR Salmon Derby)Rick Forrester tells what it was like catching the prize-winning fish in the 2014 Ketchikan CHARR King Salmon Derby.

Assembly hears from public on library funding

The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly on Monday met to reconsider its decision to cut its share of funding for the Ketchikan Public Library. Due to an error only comment was taken. The assembly will vote on the issue Friday.

Man threatens to shoot pedestrians forcing road closure

After receiving a phone call from a man threatening to shoot a pedestrian, Ketchikan police closed off a section of Schoenbar Road and evacuated the Recreation Center early this morning while trying to negotiate the man’s surrender.

Garden invaders

A couple of invasive slugs enjoy breakfast on a cool, rainy spring morning.

A couple of invasive slugs enjoy breakfast on a cool, rainy spring morning.

Lee Skidmore and Rebecca Jackson of the Ketchikan Garden Club give advice on dealing with invaders in your garden such as slugs, bugs and animals.


Fowler inducted into UPS Circle of Honor

Tom Fowler sketch from the Wall Street JournalKetchikan resident and United Parcel Service driver Tom Fowler has been accident-free for 25 years. He’s the first Alaskan to join the UPS Circle of Honor.