Southeast News

Transboundary mine agreement signed

Eight transboundary watersheds feed Southeast Alaska rivers. A new agreement with British Columbia aims to protect them from mining pollution. Critics say it doesn't do the job. (Map by Alaska Department of Natural Resources.)Alaska and British Columbia officials signed a statement of cooperation Thursday aimed at protecting rivers that flow through the province and the state.

Welcome Arch support pole will need repairs

Ketchikan's Welcome Arch on Mission Street. (KRBD file photo)Ketchikan’s Welcome Arch sustained significant damage Wednesday night after an allegedly drunk driver hit one of the supporting poles with his vehicle.

Mental Health Trust plans local public meeting

A springtime view of Deer Mountain. (KRBD file photo by Leila Kheiry)Dates have not yet been set, but Senior Resource Manager Paul Slenkamp said he expects it will happen closer to the end of October.

Ketchikan voters narrowly approve tobacco tax

tobacco smokeIn the final count on Wednesday by the Canvass Board, which tallies absentee, questioned and special-needs ballots, the proposition passed by a margin of 28 votes.

Election results for Saxman and some POW communities

US-Flag1Saxman and Prince of Wales Island voters hit the polls Tuesday. Here are unofficial results from those communities in the KRBD listening area.

Local election results

The ballot for the 2016 Ketchikan election. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)The unofficial results are in: Ketchikan voters have chosen two new Borough Assembly members; retained two incumbent City Council members; kept one incumbent School Board member and elected one newcomer to the School Board. A schools-improvement project tax passed by a wide margin, but the fate of the boroughwide $2 per pack tobacco tax is too close to call.

Borough to help fund city tourism projects

The Tongass Historical Museum. (KRBD file photo)The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly voted Monday to approve about $230,000 of the borough’s cruise passenger head tax funds to help pay for City of Ketchikan tourism-related projects.

Ketchikan voters head to the polls on Tuesday

Ketchikan voters cast their ballots at The Plaza mall precinct.Here's a rundown of what's on Tuesday's local election ballot.

Home-rule process would cost up to $50,000

Ketchikan Gateway Borough offices are in the White Cliff building.The process to create a home-rule charter for the Ketchikan Gateway Borough would be more expensive than just the $16,000 special election.

Volleyball players, coaches raise concerns

Ketchikan High SchoolRepresentatives of Ketchikan High School’s volleyball team came to the Ketchikan School Board Wednesday with a long list of complaints, including gender bias, alleged violations of Title IX, and objectification of the athletes involved in volleyball.