Southeast News

Ortiz: Budget will be the main session challenge

Recently elected House District 36 Rep. Dan Ortiz speaks during a Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce event.Before leaving for Juneau, newly elected Rep. Dan Ortiz made a point of visiting various communities within House District 36 and talking with officials about their concerns. Many of those concerns followed a theme: How will the state’s budget woes affect local communities?

DOT commissioner resigns after road conflict

1-22-13-Pat-Kemp-answers-a-question-during-a-Jan.-22-MTAB-meeting-286x300Alaska Transportation Commissioner Pat Kemp has resigned at the request of Gov. Bill Walker.

Engineless boat race to finish in Ketchikan

Jake Beattie, Co-founder of the Race to Alaska speaks at the Ketchikan Chamber Luncheon on Tuesday, January 6 2015.The rules are few and first prize is $10,000. It’s the Race to Alaska, a 750-mile marine sprint from Washington’s north coast to southern Southeast Alaska.

Alaska centenarians in national photo project

Henry Neligan. Photo by Danny GoldfieldA New York photographer wants to create portraits of a 100-year-old man and a 100-year-old woman from each of the 50 states. He’s calling the project “To Live 10,000 years,” and he recently checked a couple hundred of those years off his list during a trip to Ketchikan.

Blind, senior dog gets the best present possible

Halo has a warm bed right next to her new mom's desk.Halo the dog was born blind. She spent much of her 11 years outside and neglected. But, thanks to the Ketchikan Humane Society, its network of caring foster homes and, finally, a new family, she’ll spend her twilight years in loving comfort.

940,000 cruise visitors predicted for 2015 season

The Volendam was the first cruise ship to stop in Ketchikan in 2014.More than five months before the 2015 season is due to start, the City of Ketchikan has released a draft of next summer’s cruise ship schedule.

Keel-laying marks start of ferry construction

Ketchikan residents chat with shipyard workers after the keel-laying ceremony. One of the keels is seen in the background.On Saturday, Ketchikan celebrated the laying of the keels for Alaska’s two new ferries, which will be built at Ketchikan’s Vigor Alaska shipyard.

Shipyard focuses on training local workforce

Ketchikan's shipyard is seen in 2012. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld)“Create more jobs” is a mantra in Ketchikan, but the problem with more jobs at the shipyard is, workers there need special skills.

Gov. Walker, first lady to attend keel-laying

Alaska Class Ferry slideA public laying of the keels is set for the two Alaska Marine Highway System day boats that will be built in Ketchikan. It was announced Wednesday that newly elected Gov. Bill Walker and first lady Donna Walker will attend the ceremony.

Senior care center key to development plan

This drawing shows tentative plans for a senior complex along Revilla Road. The plan includes a senior care facility, condos for seniors, and housing and services for employees of the senior center. (Image from Ward Cove Group development proposal.)A huge part of the Ward Cove Group’s development plan for borough-owned land off Revilla Road is a proposed senior housing complex, close to the intersection of Revilla and North Tongass Highway.