Local News

Council to discuss local purchase preference

CityofKetchikanA motion to move forward with a local-purchase-preference policy for the City of Ketchikan is in front of the Ketchikan City Council on Thursday.

Assembly OKs charter election brochure

Borough SealThe Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly voted Monday evening in favor of a voter information brochure, in case there is a charter commission election in December; discussed selective logging in the Blank Inlet area; and talked about the search for a new borough manager.

Joe Miller brings Senate campaign to Ketchikan

Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate Joe Miller meets supporters during a campaign trip to Ketchikan. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)Prompting a feeling of deja-vu, Joe Miller is running for U.S. Senate against incumbent Lisa Murkowski. This time, though, Murkowski won her primary and has the Republican Party backing, and Miller is running as the Libertarian Party candidate.

Gov. Walker starting new budget process

Gov. Bill Walker speaks Thursday to the Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)Gov. Bill Walker has money on his mind. Still.

Charter election brochure on Assembly agenda

Borough SealWhile it’s not yet certain that there will be a charter commission election, the Ketchikan Gateway Borough is preparing for one just in case.

Stedman focuses on state budget, Nov. 8 election

Sen. Bert Stedman speaks during a Chamber of Commerce/Rotary lunch on Wednesday. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)Sen. Bert Stedman says “basic math” shows the state will have to come up with ways to increase revenue while also continuing to cut spending. But, he says, those cuts need to be careful and strategic.

Mental Health schedules local public meetings

Deer Mountain (KRBD file photo)Alaska Mental Health Trust Land Office has scheduled public meetings in Ketchikan, Saxman and Petersburg to present information and hear from the public about the state agency’s plans to log sensitive areas close to the communities if a federal land exchange doesn’t pass Congress early next year.

Kayhi investigating Title IX complaints

Ketchikan High School. (KRBD file photo)The Ketchikan School Board heard Wednesday from some coaches and teachers who say there is no systemic, intentional discrimination against girls’ teams at Ketchikan High School.

Rotary hands out annual service awards

City of Ketchikan Solid Waste Division employees were honored during Wednesday's Chamber of Commerce/Rotary lunch for excellence in customer satisfaction. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)During a lunchtime event co-hosted Wednesday by the Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce and local Rotary clubs, three service awards were handed out.

Alaska students can help ‘Paint the Plane’

An Alaska Airlines jet waits for boarding at the Juneau Airport last September. Monday's Alaska Flight 69 from Seattle was stuck at Ketchikan's airport for about an hour due to the computer outage. File photo.School-age children can submit artwork highlighting their favorite things about Alaska for Alaska Airlines’ new “paint the plane” contest.