Southeast News

Pot, Deer Mountain among top stories of 2016

A springtime view of Deer Mountain. (KRBD file photo by Leila Kheiry)Pot continued to be a hot topic in the City of Ketchikan this year, the borough lost its education funding lawsuit on appeal, and Deer Mountain remains under threat of logging. Here’s a look back at just a few of the top stories of the past 12 months.

Kahi Interact donates pie proceeds to Pioneers

Pioneers Home residents with the big check, representing the proceeds of this year's Rotary Interact pie sale. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)This year's pie auction had the most pies ever, and in turn raised the most money since the annual tradition began many years ago.

White Christmas in the forecast for Ketchikan

A city snow plow tries to keep up with the heavy snowfall Tuesday morning.Area residents who love a white Christmas will be happy to hear they’ll probably get one – but not until that afternoon.

Klein new community rep for Alaska senators

Chere KleinChere Klein has been hired as the new Ketchikan representative for Alaska’s Congressional Delegation in the U.S. Senate.

Stephens reappointed 1st District presiding judge

Superior Court Judge Trevor Stephens. (KRBD file photo)Superior Court Judge Trevor Stephens was reappointed to the position this week by Alaska Supreme Court Chief Justice Craig Stowers.

Ortiz hears pre-session input from Assembly

House District 36 Rep. Dan Ortiz is running for re-election. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)House District 36 Rep. Dan Ortiz gave a presentation Monday to the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly, fielded questions and heard some advice and concerns from Assembly members.

POW wolf quota met; season closes Wednesday

birdHunters have taken 10 wolves as of Dec. 16, and the combined state and federal limit for this season is 11.

Record-breaking 2017 cruise visitor projection

A cruise ship is docked at Ketchikan's downtown Berth 2. About 1 million cruise passengers visited Southeast in 2015. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)The City of Ketchikan’s Port and Harbors Department has released the draft 2017 cruise ship calendar. The projected passenger count shows Ketchikan breaking the million-visitor mark next year.

Museum renovation on track for spring opening

Anita Maxwell and Tim Whiteley walk through the Tongass Historical Museum's main floor, which is under renovation. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)Anyone who has driven through Ketchikan’s downtown recently probably has noticed construction activity at the city-owned Centennial Building – home to the Tongass Historical Museum.

Stoney Moose banking on approval of pot lounges

Mark Woodward points to what will be the main entrance to The Stoney Moose, a planned cannabis lounge on Stedman Street. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)Last week, the state Marijuana Control Board approved two retail marijuana licenses within Ketchikan city limits. One of those, The Stoney Moose, is basing its business plan on a regulation that hasn’t yet been finalized. But, the owners are confident enough to move forward while the state board continues to consider on-site consumption.