Southeast News

Local group forms to ‘Save Deer Mountain’

Deer MountainTwo longtime Ketchikan residents have formed a new organization to stop recently announced plans to log Deer Mountain.

Last-minute candidates file for local office

I-Voted-StickerFive-o-clock Thursday was the deadline for local candidates to file for city and borough office. Here's a wrap-up on who is running for which seats.

Active shooter drill trains local responders

ShooterDrill2The U.S. Coast Guard base in Ketchikan was the scene of a simulated active shooter on Wednesday, complete with fake casualties, a successful “arrest,” and lessons on rapid-response medical care.

First step taken toward logging Deer Mountain

A springtime view of Deer Mountain. (KRBD file photo by Leila Kheiry)The Alaska Mental Health Trust took its first step toward logging Ketchikan’s iconic Deer Mountain, along with a parcel in Petersburg.

Jazz saxophonist Bob Kindred dead at age 76

Bob KindredJazz saxophonist Bob Kindred died August 15th in Nashville, Tennessee. He was 76. Kindred was well known in the Ketchikan jazz community, performing at First City Players Jazz and Cabaret Festival for more than a dozen years.

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.

Winter ferry schedule better than last year

The ferry Taku docks at the Sitka terminal on a snowy morning Jan. 22, 2012. Budget cuts have sidelined the ship. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)This winter’s Alaska Marine Highway schedule offers more sailings than the previous season’s. It also eliminates five-week service gaps for some communities.

“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.