Southeast News

UAS Ketchikan celebrates graduating Class of 2014

Evon Zerbetz, center, receives her honorary doctorate on Saturday.

University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan Campus celebrated 25 graduating students on Saturday, and bestowed an honorary doctorate on a well-known local artist. more

Historic Sourdough Bar goes smoke-free

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Wednesday was the last day smoking was allowed at the Sourdough Bar. KRBD visited to talk with some regulars about the switch. more

Alaska Supreme Court overturns 2006 conviction

The Alaska Supreme Court last week overturned the conviction of a 62-year-old Ketchikan man who had been found guilty in 2006 of failure to register as a sex offender. more

First mega cruise ship docks in Ketchikan

The Volendam cruise ship docked in Ketchikan Monday.

Holland America Cruise Line’s Volendam carries more than 1,200 passengers. more

Sourdough Bar to go smoke-free this week

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The 60ish-year-old Sourdough Bar is joining a growing trend in Alaska. As of Thursday, smoking will no longer be allowed in the downtown establishment. more

Ketchikan places 6th on another top-10 list

Ketchikan has again made it onto a top-10 list. This time, we are one of the 10 best places to live in Alaska. more

Assembly doesn’t like tidelands lease options

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The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly had a long discussion about tidelands leases on Monday, and eventually gave direction to the borough Planning Department to come up with a new method of reviewing and adjusting those leases. more

‘Niche’ budgets on the way for USFS recreation

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Congress has cut the U.S. Forest Service budget for recreation nearly in half over the past five years. In response, Tongass National Forest officials have come up with a new way to allocate funds: Niches. If it’s in the niche, it’s funded. If it’s not in the niche? Well… more

Council OKs $100K more for water consultant

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Following a somewhat heated public hearing on the issue Thursday, the Ketchikan City Council unanimously approved a budget amendment to provide an extra $100,000 for the city’s contract with engineering consultants CH2MHill. more

Comment period opens for cruise waste permits

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Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation’s Division of Water Director Michelle Hale stopped in Ketchikan on Wednesday to talk about new cruise ship wastewater discharge permits. more