Southeast News

R/V Sikuliaq makes first Alaska stop in Ketchikan

RV Sikuliaq 2Construction of the $140 million R/V Sikuliaq was completed at a Wisconsin shipyard last June, and the ship has been testing its systems since then, with a trip from the East Coast, through the Panama Canal, way out west through the Pacific all the way to Hawaii and Guam, and then back east to its new home waters of Alaska.

Woman’s body found in Narrows near Plaza

The Tongass Narrows behind The Plaza, seen in late January.An 82-year-old Ketchikan woman died Monday after apparently getting confused and walking into the Tongass Narrows near The Plaza.

Waterman appeal of conviction denied

More than a decade after the original crime took place, Rachelle Waterman’s appeal of her conviction in the death of her mother has been denied by the Alaska Court of Appeals.

Waterman was found guilty in a 2011 retrial of … more

Ketchikan meeting focuses on retail pot

National Public Radio image.Ketchikan’s joint city and borough Cooperative Relations Committee listened Friday to presentations and public comment about whether and how to allow commercial marijuana operations in Ketchikan.

Hospital adapting to changes in health care

Matt Eisenhower is executive director of the PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center Foundation, and oversees community health development.It’s a bit of a paradox that health providers everywhere face: How to improve general health among patients, but still stay financially strong. Two Ketchikan Medical Center officials talked about that and other healthcare topics during this week’s Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce lunch.

State files motion for stay with Supreme Court

Ketchikan's state courthouse in downtown.The State of Alaska has filed an emergency motion for a stay with the Alaska Supreme Court pending the state’s appeal of a lower court ruling in the Ketchikan Gateway Borough’s lawsuit challenging the required local contribution for public education.

Ketchikan borough management shuffling

WhiteCliffThe Ketchikan Gateway Borough is about to experience a little bit of a management shuffle, sparked by the retirement of Finance Director Mike Houts. Assistant Borough Manager Cynna Gubatayao will be the new finance director, and Deputy Borough Clerk Deanna Garrison will be the new assistant borough manager.

Assembly postpones vote on commercial pot ban

(Creative Commons photo by Brett Levin)Commercial pot operations won’t be banned by the Ketchikan Gateway Borough, at least not yet. The Borough Assembly voted Monday to hold off on that decision until after the Alaska Legislature has completed this session and, theoretically, come up with some kind of plan for how the state will regulate marijuana.

Hearing held on stay request for boro lawsuit

Arguments were heard in Ketchikan Superior Court on Friday on a request for a stay by the State of Alaska in the ruling on Ketchikan Gateway Borough’s education funding lawsuit.

Assembly member proposes ban on retail pot

National Public Radio image.The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly on Monday will consider a proposal to move forward with a ban on commercial cultivation, processing, manufacturing and sale of marijuana within the boundaries of the borough.