Southeast News

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.

Gov. Walker starting new budget process

Gov. Bill Walker speaks Thursday to the Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)Gov. Bill Walker has money on his mind. Still.

Stedman focuses on state budget, Nov. 8 election

Sen. Bert Stedman speaks during a Chamber of Commerce/Rotary lunch on Wednesday. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)Sen. Bert Stedman says “basic math” shows the state will have to come up with ways to increase revenue while also continuing to cut spending. But, he says, those cuts need to be careful and strategic.

Mental Health schedules local public meetings

Deer Mountain (KRBD file photo)Alaska Mental Health Trust Land Office has scheduled public meetings in Ketchikan, Saxman and Petersburg to present information and hear from the public about the state agency’s plans to log sensitive areas close to the communities if a federal land exchange doesn’t pass Congress early next year.

Kayhi investigating Title IX complaints

Ketchikan High School. (KRBD file photo)The Ketchikan School Board heard Wednesday from some coaches and teachers who say there is no systemic, intentional discrimination against girls’ teams at Ketchikan High School.

Rotary hands out annual service awards

City of Ketchikan Solid Waste Division employees were honored during Wednesday's Chamber of Commerce/Rotary lunch for excellence in customer satisfaction. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)During a lunchtime event co-hosted Wednesday by the Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce and local Rotary clubs, three service awards were handed out.

Tying up ferries costs nearly half a million dollars

The ferry Taku sails into Juneau’s Auke Bay terminal. It’s tied up for the year, affecting seafood processors who transport their fish via Prince Rupert, British Columbia. (Photo by LCGS Russ/Wikimedia Commons)The Alaska Marine Highway System is paying more than $1,200 a day for long-term storage of two unused ferries. One critic says it would be better to sell them than to tie them up.

Christianson named interim chair

Hydaburg Mayor Tony Christianson goes seine fishing for salmon in Eek Inlet off Prince of Wales Island in Southeast Alaska. (Photo courtesy The Nature Conservancy)Anthony “Tony” Christianson of Hydaburg has been named interim chair of the Federal Subsistence Board. The announcement was made by Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell on Tuesday.