Southeast News

Alaska Supreme Court to hear case at Kayhi

This Alaska Public Media photo shows Chief Justice Dana Fabe of the Alaska Supreme Court.Alaska’s Supreme Court is in Alaska’s First City for a live event at Ketchikan High School, set to start at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Borough explores ways to improve animal protection

The Pat Wise Animal Shelter.The Ketchikan animal shelter is inadequate for the needs of the borough. Pretty much everyone agrees with that statement, and the Ketchikan Gateway Borough is working toward improving the shelter, as well as the services that the Animal Protection Department provides.

Latest count shows Ortiz ahead for HD36

Recently elected House District 36 Rep. Dan Ortiz speaks during a Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce event.With independent candidate Dan Ortiz in the lead by 102 votes, the House District 36 race is unofficially over, according to Alaska Division of Elections Director Gail Fenumiai.

Ketchikan man believed dead after fire, shooting

This Alaska State Trooper photo shows the State Fire Marshal at the scene of Wednesday's Blackberry Lane house fire. An excavator is helping authorities search the debris for evidence.A 49-year-old Ketchikan man is believed dead in a Wednesday-night house fire after reportedly shooting a gun into the air and then probably running back into his burning home. Investigators reported early Thursday evening that they found a body in the ashes of the destroyed house.

Klein pulls ahead in nail-biter HD36 race

hd36Chamber forumRepublican Chere Klein, who was a mere 19 votes behind after last week’s general election, now is nine votes ahead of independent Dan Ortiz.

Caucus leaves positions open for tight races

Flag of AlaskaThe fate of the local House District 36 race remains up in the air, but the Alaska House Majority and Bush caucuses still met this week with local Republican candidate Chere Klein.

Storm leads to power outages, some damage

aksat_720x486Southern Southeast Alaska experienced some wild weather Wednesday night, leading to downed trees, power outages and a somewhat rare phenomenon called “corona”

HD36 election results by the numbers

Ketchikan voters cast their ballots at The Plaza mall precinct.It will still be a while before we know the results of the too-close-to-call House District 36 race. But in the meantime, here are some election-night numbers to consider.

House District 36 race too close to call

House District 36 MapDan Ortiz, who is not affiliated with any party, has a 19-vote lead. He holds 50.03 percent of the vote, compared to 49.66 percent for Republican Chere Klein.

House District 36 race enters the final stretch

hd36Chamber forumHouse District 36 covers the southern tip of Alaska’s Southeast region. It includes Ketchikan, Saxman, Wrangell, Metlakatla, Hydaburg, Hyder, Loring and Myers Chuck. Two Ketchikan-based candidates hope to represent those communities in the state Legislature: Republican Chere Klein and independent Dan Ortiz.