Southeast News

Deputy commissioner: Give SB21 a chance

A slide from Bruce Tangeman's Wednesday presentation to the Chamber of Commerce.

The deputy commissioner with the Alaska Department of Revenue was in Ketchikan this week, talking with local groups about SB21, the oil tax bill that was approved by the Legislature, but is the subject of a repeal initiative that will … more

Barge comes aground, owner remains missing

The Tongass Narrows off The Plaza mall, with Pennock Island in the background, at right.

Ketchikan authorities and the U.S. Coast Guard are searching for a man whose houseboat drifted from nearby Pennock Island, and came aground on a breakwater near The Plaza mall. more

Council wants options for historical museum

Tongass Historical Museum

The Ketchikan City Council decided last week to hold off on a final decision about the fate of the city-run Tongass Historical Museum. Members instead voted to form a committee that will look into all the options, including potentially selling the Centennial Building. more

Not guilty plea for fall diving death

A fisherman pleaded not guilty Monday in Ketchikan Superior Court to manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide. more

Residents getting familiar with chloramine issue


Water disinfection was the hot topic in Ketchikan this week. more

Dan Ortiz starting state House campaign

Dan Ortiz talks to the Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce about his bid for state House. Ortiz is running as an independent.

Dan Ortiz kicked off his campaign for state House with a presentation this week to the Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce. He touched on why he’s running, why he chose to remain nonpartisan and his position on a variety of current topics. more

5 admins resign from KIC’s education center


Five administrators with Ketchikan Indian Community’s Southern Southeast Alaska Technical Education Center resigned Wednesday afternoon, citing a lack of policy and process in the tribe’s leadership. more

Thorne Bay official tired of wireless outages

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Residents of Thorne Bay are getting a little tired of frequent cell phone and Internet outages that they say are caused by aging equipment. more

Stedman proposes AIDEA bonds for Bokan mine

In mid-February, Sen. Bert Stedman presented an amendment to Senate Bill 99 that would allow the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority to issue long-term bonds for infrastructure and construction costs at the Bokan-Dotson Ridge rare earth mining project. more

Boro nixes water hookup rule for existing homes

Ketchikan Gateway Borough offices are in the White Cliff building.

The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly decided Monday to change an ordinance governing South Tongass water service, removing a requirement that existing homes hook up to the public water system if they are sold. more