Southeast News

Ketchikan man believed dead after fire, shooting

This Alaska State Trooper photo shows the State Fire Marshal at the scene of Wednesday's Blackberry Lane house fire. An excavator is helping authorities search the debris for evidence.A 49-year-old Ketchikan man is believed dead in a Wednesday-night house fire after reportedly shooting a gun into the air and then probably running back into his burning home. Investigators reported early Thursday evening that they found a body in the ashes of the destroyed house.

Klein pulls ahead in nail-biter HD36 race

hd36Chamber forumRepublican Chere Klein, who was a mere 19 votes behind after last week’s general election, now is nine votes ahead of independent Dan Ortiz.

Caucus leaves positions open for tight races

Flag of AlaskaThe fate of the local House District 36 race remains up in the air, but the Alaska House Majority and Bush caucuses still met this week with local Republican candidate Chere Klein.

Storm leads to power outages, some damage

aksat_720x486Southern Southeast Alaska experienced some wild weather Wednesday night, leading to downed trees, power outages and a somewhat rare phenomenon called “corona”

HD36 election results by the numbers

Ketchikan voters cast their ballots at The Plaza mall precinct.It will still be a while before we know the results of the too-close-to-call House District 36 race. But in the meantime, here are some election-night numbers to consider.

House District 36 race too close to call

House District 36 MapDan Ortiz, who is not affiliated with any party, has a 19-vote lead. He holds 50.03 percent of the vote, compared to 49.66 percent for Republican Chere Klein.

House District 36 race enters the final stretch

hd36Chamber forumHouse District 36 covers the southern tip of Alaska’s Southeast region. It includes Ketchikan, Saxman, Wrangell, Metlakatla, Hydaburg, Hyder, Loring and Myers Chuck. Two Ketchikan-based candidates hope to represent those communities in the state Legislature: Republican Chere Klein and independent Dan Ortiz.

Ketchikan PAC project starts first design phase

The recently painted Ketchikan Performing Arts Center building on Main Street. (Used with permission from PAC.)The Performing Arts Center committee has hired a California-based architect, who will work with a local firm on design plans. The first phase of that design is expected to be complete by early next summer.

House District 36 candidates square off

Dan Ortiz, left, and Chere Klein before the House District 36 candidate forum on KRBD.While the two candidates agree on some issues, such as promoting resource development and making sure the Alaska Marine Highway System remains viable, they have some clear differences, as well. One such area is Medicaid expansion.

Assembly says no to adding official prayer

Borough SealThe Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly rejected an ordinance Monday that would have added prayer to the regular meeting agenda.