Southeast News

Stephens reappointed as presiding judge

Superior Court Judge Trevor Stephens. (KRBD file photo)Ketchikan Superior Court Judge Trevor Stephens has been reappointed as the presiding judge for the state’s First Judicial District, which covers Southeast Alaska.

A look back at 2015’s top Ketchikan news items

(Creative Commons image)Pot was the main topic dominating Ketchikan news throughout 2015. Alaska’s First City also debated a tobacco excise tax, welcomed the winners of the first Race to Alaska boat race, and mourned nine people who died in a floatplane crash.

Wolves, border gates, tourism big in 2015

Residents of Hyder, Alaska, and Stewart, British Columbia, protest the nighttime closure of the border between the two towns April 1. (Courtesy Sylvia Alderton/The Terrace Standard)Here’s a look back on 2015 news items for Metlakatla, Prince of Wales Island and Hyder.

Sen. Stedman previews upcoming session

Alaska_State_CapitolSen. Stedman talks about oil taxes, the Permanent Fund, protecting the Alaska Marine Highway System, headlights and otters.

Assembly OKs local retail pot regulations

MarijuanaThe Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly adopted three ordinances Monday that put local regulations in place for any future marijuana business in the borough.

Will the ferry system face deeper cuts?

Passengers enjoy the scenery during a Sept. 3, 2015, fast ferry Chenega sailing between Sitka and Juneau. Sitka would lose most of its ferry service under a schedule based on a reduced budget proposed by Gov. Bill Walker. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Budget cuts have already dramatically reduced marine highway sailings. The governor's budget will make it worse. And the Legislature is likely to make further cuts.

POW wolf season to close; 5 wolves reported killed

Alaska Department of Fish and Game photo.The contentious wolf hunting and trapping season on Prince of Wales Island will close on Sunday.

Council reconsiders, delays retail pot decision

(Creative Commons photo by Brett Levin)Following about an hour of public comment, the Ketchikan City Council voted unanimously Monday to reconsider its Dec. 3 vote to ban commercial marijuana within city limits, but that doesn’t mean the Council won’t eventually ban a retail pot industry.

MAC discusses temporary commercial pot ban

National Public Radio image.The local Marijuana Advisory Committee talked Monday about a possible six-month moratorium on commercial marijuana in the Ketchikan Gateway Borough, but took no action on that issue.

Marijuana committee to discuss possible ban

(U.S. Fish and Wildlife photo)The ad hoc Marijuana Advisory Committee meets at 5:30 p.m. Monday, and among the items on the agenda is discussion of whether to recommend a ban on commercial marijuana activity.