Wood-energy grants again offered in Alaska

Andrew Haden of Wisewood, Inc., a Portland-based design firm, explains how the Ketchikan Airport's biomass boiler works. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)The U.S. Forest Service grants have helped design boilers and plan wood-pellet mills in Southeast and Interior Alaska communities.

No tax, utility increases in city’s 2017 draft budgets

Ketchikan's Welcome Arch on Mission Street. (KRBD file photo)The draft 2017 City of Ketchikan spending plan compiled by city managers totals about $64 million. Ketchikan Public Utilities’ draft spending plan totals nearly $50 million.

Commission addresses discrimination issues

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Marti Buscaglia, executive director of the Alaska State Commison for Human Rights, talks about the commission’s mission and her visit to Ketchikan.

United Way of Southeast brings resources together

UnitedWaySEAKlogoUnited Way of Southeast Alaska is in the midst of its 2016 annual giving campaign. Representatives from the organization were at the Chamber of Commerce lunch in Ketchikan last week to speak about the campaign, and services provided by United Way.

Trustees to vote again on Deer Mountain plan

A springtime view of Deer Mountain. (KRBD file photo by Leila Kheiry)Alaska Mental HealthTrust Authority’s board of trustees meets this week, and will vote on a “reconsideration” of its August decision to move forward with logging parts of Deer Mountain in Ketchikan and a parcel in Petersburg that sits above homes.

Woman injured in DUI accident Friday

Alaska State Troopers station in Ketchikan. (KRBD file photo)A 23-year-old woman suffered minor injuries early Friday morning after she was reportedly pinned between two cars near Harriet Hunt Lake.

Southeast lawmakers in Majority positions

House District 36 Rep. Dan Ortiz speaks during a Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce lunch. (File photo by Leila Kheiry)After years in the legislative minority, all Southeast representatives are in positions of power.

‘Sobering center’ eyed for former youth facility

The Ketchikan Regional Youth Facility will close Sept. 15th due to state budget cuts. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)The Ketchikan City Council learned Thursday night that the state has officially handed over control of the Regional Youth Facility, which closed this fall.

School Board discusses pilot Native language class

Young members of the New Path Dancers perform before Wednesday's Ketchikan School Board meeting. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)The Ketchikan School Board celebrated Native American Heritage Month during its Wednesday meeting.

Former UAS Ketchikan director gets new job

UAS Ketchikan entranceCathy LeCompte has been appointed as the director of AVTEC, a state-operated post-secondary vocational school in Seward.