Southeast News

Murkowski intervenes in Hyder border closure

Hyder signThe Canadian Border Services Agency wants to close the border crossing between Stewart, British Columbia, and Hyder, Alaska, during nighttime hours starting this spring.

House committee briefed on schools funding suit

LegScreenShotThe Legislature’s House Education Committee got an update Friday from the Alaska Attorney General’s office on the status of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough’s ongoing education funding lawsuit.

Ketchikan hospital ‘tops out’ expansion project

FlagsWPeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center threw a somewhat rainy party yesterday to celebrate the placement of the final I-beam for the steel skeleton of the new four-story addition to the local hospital.

Alaska Supreme Court grants stay in boro lawsuit

gavelThe Alaska Supreme Court has granted the state’s motion for a stay pending appeal in the Ketchikan Gateway Borough’s lawsuit regarding education funding.

Ortiz weighs in on pot regs, Daylight Saving

Alaska_State_CapitolHouse District 36 Rep. Dan Ortiz started his political career during an interesting time in Alaska. In addition to massive budget cuts due to reduced oil tax revenue, the state also is figuring out how to deal with legal marijuana, and whether to get rid of Daylight Saving Time.

Alaska’s First City hosts last inaugural celebration

From left, Gov. Bill Walker, Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott, Donna Walker and Toni Mallott clap for local performers during the community reception Saturday at Ketchikan's shipyard.Alaska’s new governor, Bill Walker, and lieutenant governor, Byron Mallott, were in Ketchikan last weekend for a series of inaugural events.

Walker talks budget cuts, marijuana, lawsuit

Gov. Bill WalkerGov. Bill Walker is in Ketchikan this weekend for a series of inaugural events planned by a local committee. During his visit, he stopped by KRBD to talk with local media about issues that he and the Legislature are grappling with this legislative session.

Rep. Ortiz concerned about some budget cuts

Recently elected House District 36 Rep. Dan Ortiz speaks during a Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce event.House District 36 Rep. Dan Ortiz is worried about the repercussions of some proposed state budget cuts, especially cuts that could lead to reduced revenue for the state, such as those to the state timber program and the Alaska Marine Highway System.

Metlakatla group plans canoe trip to B.C.

A colorful canoe is towed from Saxman after a group of paddlers landed and disembarked in August 2013.About two years ago, a group of First Nations and Alaska Native canoeists paddled from Canada’s northwest coast, across the U.S. border to Alaska’s only Indian reservation, on Annette Island. Now, a group is planning a return journey, paddling the same route back toward the Tsimshian Native community’s roots in British Columbia.

Ketchikan residents testify on budget proposals

Ketchikan residents crowd into the local Legislative Information Office for Tuesday's House Finance Committee hearing on proposed budget cuts. (Photo by Marc Osborne)Alaska’s House Finance Committee heard public testimony Tuesday on proposed budget cuts, and got an earful from Alaskans calling in from all over the state, including 15 from Ketchikan.