Southeast News

Borough tobacco tax passes, will go to voters

(Creative Commons image)A boroughwide tobacco tax was approved in a split vote Monday by the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly, and will go in front of borough voters this fall for ratification.

Proposed taxes could limit cruise market growth

Tourists disembark from the Ruby Princess this spring, beginning the 2015 tour season in Ketchikan. The Ruby is permitted to discharge graywater while docked. (KRBD file photo).A cruise industry official told a recent Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce lunch crowd that his company continues to invest in Alaska, but some proposed state taxes could hurt the bottom line of the industry, which could limit plans for growth.

Parasite turns Alaska king crabs into zombies

A red king crab. (Photo courtesy Leah Sloan)Zombies are real. They’re walking around on the bottom of Alaska’s ocean, mindlessly incubating the next generation of creatures that will, in turn, create even more zombies.

Local Democrats brave the rain to caucus

Hillary Clinton supporters caucus in the rain. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)More than 200 Ketchikan Democrats gathered Saturday morning to caucus for their choice for U.S. president. Organizers hadn’t expected that level of interest, and eventually moved the caucus outside – in the pouring rain – because the crowd just didn’t fit inside the IBEW Hall.

Ketchikan responders train for terrorism

Welcome Arch Mission Downtown KetchikanAbout 33 law enforcement officers and first responders from 10 different federal, state and local agencies in Ketchikan recently came together for a two-day anti-terrorism training event.

District 36 Republicans choose officers, delegates

Logo_centered_mountain_House District 36 Republicans met on Saturday for the group’s local convention.

Three face charges after hotel drug bust

Ketchikan Police DepartmentActing on tips from local residents, Ketchikan Police Department investigators on Sunday arrested three Southcentral residents who had allegedly set up a drug operation at a local hotel.

Brothers kick off epic paddleboard adventure

Ryan and Casey Higginbotham. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)Two brothers from California landed in Ketchikan this week, the starting point of their months-long paddleboard expedition from Alaska to Mexico.

Downtown hawking rules up for Council vote

Tourists disembark from the Ruby Princess this spring, beginning the 2015 tour season in Ketchikan. The Ruby is permitted to discharge graywater while docked. (KRBD file photo).About a million cruise visitors flood Ketchikan’s downtown every summer, and the competition to sell souvenirs and other goods to those tourists can be fierce.

IFA plans summertime northern run

IFAFerryThe Inter-Island Ferry Authority is planning a monthly summertime run between Coffman Cove on northern Prince of Wales Island and South Mitkof near Petersburg.