Southeast News

Ortiz: State ‘fumbled’ on approving new revenue

House District 36 Rep. Dan Ortiz speaks during the Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce lunch on Wednesday. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)Ortiz, who is running for re-election against challengers Bob Sivertsen, a Republican, and Kenneth Shaw of the Constitution Party, spoke Wednesday during the Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce lunch.

Pilot rescued after aborted takeoff on POW

POW map BWA pilot who crashed his privately owned floatplane on the shore of Clover Lake on Prince of Wales Island shortly after takeoff was rescued Monday by a U.S. Coast Guard crew.

Macasaet arraigned for July 31 POW murder

Albert Macasaet is seen in Ketchikan District Court during his first-felony appearance Tuesday, Aug. 16. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)About a week after he was apprehended for the strangling death of his girlfriend, 27-year-old Albert Peter Macasaet was arraigned Tuesday in Ketchikan District Court.

Boroughwide pot tax indefinitely postponed

(U.S. Fish and Wildlife photo)A proposal to establish a boroughwide retail marijuana tax was indefinitely postponed Monday following lengthy discussion and several attempts to amend the ordinance.

Ketchikan youth detention facility to close Sept. 15

The Ketchikan Regional Youth Facility will close Sept. 15th due to state budget cuts. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)The Alaska Department of Health and Human Services announced Monday that the closure will mean the loss of 15 jobs, and that Ketchikan-area youth who require detention now will be sent to Juneau.

Injured hiker rescued from Deer Mountain

Deer MountainA hiker was rescued on Deer Mountain Saturday afternoon. The 54-year-old Ketchikan man suffered a knee injury and was experiencing seizures.

CAO Tonjes leaving PeaceHealth Ketchikan

Ken Tonjes speaking at the ribbon cutting cermony for the hospital expansion. Photo courtesy of PHKMC.Ken Tonjes, chief administrative officer for PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center, announced he’ll be leaving his position at the end of the year in order to be closer to his children and grandchildren.

Board wants better ASAA transgender policy

birdThe Ketchikan School Board talked briefly Wednesday about transgender policies for student athletes, and how such policies need to be uniform for state competitions.

Van fire spreads to building on Stedman

Firefighter Seth Krasnow watches the progress of fire crews as they make sure hot spots are extinguished in a Stedman Street building that caught fire Wednesday. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)A Stedman Street building burned Wednesday afternoon, sparked by a van that caught on fire while parked next to the building.

POW man charged with murdering girlfriend

A Klawock resident who did not want to be credited sent us this cell-phone photo of Tuesday's standoff preceding the arrest of Albert Peter Macasaet III, charged with first-degree murder.More than a week after 27-year-old Judylee Guthrie was found dead next to a trail near Klawock on Prince of Wales Island, her boyfriend, Albert Peter Macasaet III, also 27, was arrested following a standoff Tuesday afternoon.