Southeast News

Former Ketchikanite wins Peace Corp blog award

Mark Jahnke in Kyrgyzstan . (Photo courtesy Mark Jahnke)A former Ketchikan resident and Peace Corps volunteer recently won a trip to Washington, D.C., after his blog about volunteering in Kyrgyzstan won an online social-media contest.

Mental Health committee revisits logging vote

A springtime view of Deer Mountain. (KRBD file photo by Leila Kheiry)The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority’s resource management committee approved two motions Wednesday to recommend that the Board of Trustees take another vote on its controversial August decision to log portions of Deer Mountain and a parcel in Petersburg.

33 Alaska judges up for retention on Nov. 8

Superior Court Judge Trevor Stephens. (KRBD file photo)In the First Judicial District, which comprises the southern Southeast region, voters will decide whether to retain four of the district’s judges.

Mental Health committee to vote on reconsideration

Deer Mountain (KRBD file photo)The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority’s resource management committee meets Wednesday starting at 1 p.m., and will vote on whether to recommend reconsideration of the Trust Board’s decision to start the process of logging parts of Deer Mountain and a parcel in Petersburg.

Charter election to be in-person after all

Borough SealDuring a four-minute special meeting Monday night, the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly voted unanimously to change the by-mail special Charter Commission election to an in-person election.

Constitution Party’s Ken Shaw runs for HD36

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Three people are running for the House District 36 seat. We had earlier reports on incumbent Dan Ortiz and his Republican challenger Bob Sivertsen. And on Friday, KRBD’s Leila Kheiry sat down with Constitution Party candidate Ken Shaw.

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Applicants file for Council, School Board seats

birdFive people filed for a vacancy on the Ketchikan City Council; four want to fill an empty Ketchikan School Board seat.

Logging emails: ‘Helpful’ or just informational?

A springtime view of Deer Mountain. (KRBD file photo by Leila Kheiry)Deer Mountain was the topic of a series of borough emails this week, with some claiming the Ketchikan Gateway Borough manager had been too helpful toward the Alaska Mental Health Trust.

Assembly OKs charter election brochure

Borough SealThe Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly voted Monday evening in favor of a voter information brochure, in case there is a charter commission election in December; discussed selective logging in the Blank Inlet area; and talked about the search for a new borough manager.

Joe Miller brings Senate campaign to Ketchikan

Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate Joe Miller meets supporters during a campaign trip to Ketchikan. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)Prompting a feeling of deja-vu, Joe Miller is running for U.S. Senate against incumbent Lisa Murkowski. This time, though, Murkowski won her primary and has the Republican Party backing, and Miller is running as the Libertarian Party candidate.