Southeast News

Boro’s education lawsuit set for oral arguments

Revilla Alternative School is part of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District.

The lawsuit, filed in January, challenges the state over what the borough says is an unfair mandate requiring boroughs and first-class cities — but not anyone else — to fund a minimum level for local schools. more

Three Ketchikan residents become U.S. citizens

Rogelio Casilla, Crispin Casilla and Gulagdo Rarican receive their certificates of citizenship Friday from immigration services officer Gary Johnson.

The three new Americans are Rogelio Casilla, Crispin Casilla and Gulagdo Rarican. more

Council rejects proposed smoking ballot proposition

Sourdough Bar Ashtray

A motion to put a smoking ban in front of city voters this fall failed during Thursday’s Ketchikan City Council meeting. more

Emergency ‘Radio in a Box’ ready to deploy

Rich Parker demonstrates how to do a live broadcast from the new, portable emergency radio system.

Almost exactly one year after receiving a federal grant to improve disaster preparedness in Ketchikan, KRBD has received and tested its new Radio in a Box. more

Lt. governor candidate Dan Sullivan touring SE

Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan is running for lieutenant governor.

Dan Sullivan is the mayor of Anchorage, and is running to replace Mead Treadwell as the state’s lieutenant governor. more

City Council to discuss smoking ban

Patrons at the Sourdough Bar sit at the bar and smoke the day before the downtown business went smoke-free.

Council Member Marty West placed the smoking discussion on the agenda, but didn’t propose any action item. She said it’s just something to talk about. more

Parade grand marshal, theme announced

Hall Anderson has been the staff photographer at the Ketchikan Daily News for about three decades. Anderson plans to retire at the beginning of July. more

Slugs: Garden pests, but important to the forest

A couple of invasive slugs enjoy breakfast on a cool, rainy spring morning.

Slugs are found throughout the United States, but are prevalent in rainy Southeast Alaska. And while slugs do have an important job in nature, they are the bane of gardeners. more

USFS reveals, explains niche funding strategy

Dude Mountain Trail is one of the trails that would not be funded through the proposed Forest Service niche funding strategy.

The Forest Service is looking for creative ideas on how to continue managing recreation on the Tongass National Forest for areas that don’t fall into a niche. Volunteer work crews? A privately run foundation? Bake sales? more

Metlakatla resident is new FEMA tribal advisor

Metlakatla resident Milo Booth has been appointed as the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s new National Tribal Affairs Advisor. more