Southeast News

Canadian Navy ship stops in Ketchikan

The HMCS Whitehorse. (Photo credit: Tawker at English Wikipedia)The Canadian Navy landed in Ketchikan Friday. It’s not an invasion, though; the HMCS Whitehorse is in Alaska’s First City on a goodwill visit, and will open the ship for public tours on Sunday.

Pot tax, Gravina grow-op on Assembly agenda

(Creative Commons photo by Brett Levin)A boroughwide marijuana sales tax of up to 10 percent, and a rezone request to allow a commercial marijuana cultivation site on Gravina Island are in front of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly on Monday.

R2AK Team Alula: Disqualified but victorious

Team Alula arrived in Ketchikan this week. They were officially disqualified, but still finished the 750-mile Race to Alaska. (R2AK photo)Team Alula is the most celebrated disqualified team to finish the Race to Alaska.

KPU starts offering Verizon wireless service

Customers sign up for Verizon wireless plans at KPU following a quick grand-opening ceremony Wednesday morning. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)Verizon officially arrived in Ketchikan on Wednesday.

Council approves marijuana cultivation permit application

MarijuanaThe Ketchikan City Council on Thursday approved a marijuana cultivation permit application contingent upon satisfactory review by the City Fire Marshall.

‘The Fish Pirate’s Daughter’ turns 50

The Fish Pirate's Daughter original cast members Pam Hjorteset, Gail Alguir, Jim Alguire and Bob Kinerk. (Photo by Leila Kheiry.Ketchikan’s original musical melodrama “The Fish Pirate’s Daughter” turns 50 this year, and there was a big celebration, reunion of the original cast members and a special performance.

Ketchikan sailors complete Race to Alaska

Team Ketchikan arrived home at 6:49 Thursday, July 7. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)Ketchikan residents have been watching the Race to Alaska with great interest again this year, especially the teams with local sailors on board.

Boro OKs 10% pot tax, rejects dog beach

(Creative Commons image)A boroughwide sales tax on marijuana of up to 10-percent was introduced Tuesday night by the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly. The Assembly also rejected a proposal to make Rotary Beach an off-leash beach for dogs during limited hours.

Race to Alaska top awards handed out

First-place Team MAD Dog Adventures show off the $10,000 prize, nailed to a piece of wood. The team members are Captain Randy Miller, holding the prize money, Ian Andrewes and Colin Dunphy. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)The Race to Alaska is still happening, with various teams making their way from Port Townsend, Wash., to Ketchikan. But, race organizers had a party and awards ceremony at the Alaska Fish House on Saturday for the teams that blew through the finish line in the first week of the race.

Jungle Kitty takes second-place steak knives

Race To Alaska second-place winners Team Jungle Kitty's boat included tandem bicycles to provide propeller power in case the wind died down. (Photo by Deb Turnbull)The coveted second-place prize of steak knives has been claimed in this year’s second annual Race to Alaska.