Southeast News

Inmate dies after hanging himself at Ketchikan jail

An inmate at the Ketchikan Correctional Center who was facing felony sex abuse charges died Saturday at Alaska Regional Hospital after apparently hanging himself with his bed sheet late Thursday morning.

Klawock couple plans halftime wedding

ak-akkhs2-letter-150A couple in Klawock has been engaged since 2001, but they couldn’t quite come to agreement about what kind of wedding ceremony to have. They finally settled on a unique venue: Center court at halftime during Friday’s home basketball game.

Safe Havens presents safety recommendations

16284104842_ddc57bb977_oThe first Ketchikan Gateway Borough School Board meeting of the new year on Wednesday night wrapped up some old topics such as the Safe Havens safety recommendation report and opened up new discussions including a Native languages curriculum and the upcoming budget.

Ortiz: Budget will be the main session challenge

Recently elected House District 36 Rep. Dan Ortiz speaks during a Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce event.Before leaving for Juneau, newly elected Rep. Dan Ortiz made a point of visiting various communities within House District 36 and talking with officials about their concerns. Many of those concerns followed a theme: How will the state’s budget woes affect local communities?

DOT commissioner resigns after road conflict

1-22-13-Pat-Kemp-answers-a-question-during-a-Jan.-22-MTAB-meeting-286x300Alaska Transportation Commissioner Pat Kemp has resigned at the request of Gov. Bill Walker.

Engineless boat race to finish in Ketchikan

Jake Beattie, Co-founder of the Race to Alaska speaks at the Ketchikan Chamber Luncheon on Tuesday, January 6 2015.The rules are few and first prize is $10,000. It’s the Race to Alaska, a 750-mile marine sprint from Washington’s north coast to southern Southeast Alaska.

Alaska centenarians in national photo project

Henry Neligan. Photo by Danny GoldfieldA New York photographer wants to create portraits of a 100-year-old man and a 100-year-old woman from each of the 50 states. He’s calling the project “To Live 10,000 years,” and he recently checked a couple hundred of those years off his list during a trip to Ketchikan.

Blind, senior dog gets the best present possible

Halo has a warm bed right next to her new mom's desk.Halo the dog was born blind. She spent much of her 11 years outside and neglected. But, thanks to the Ketchikan Humane Society, its network of caring foster homes and, finally, a new family, she’ll spend her twilight years in loving comfort.

940,000 cruise visitors predicted for 2015 season

The Volendam was the first cruise ship to stop in Ketchikan in 2014.More than five months before the 2015 season is due to start, the City of Ketchikan has released a draft of next summer’s cruise ship schedule.

Keel-laying marks start of ferry construction

Ketchikan residents chat with shipyard workers after the keel-laying ceremony. One of the keels is seen in the background.On Saturday, Ketchikan celebrated the laying of the keels for Alaska’s two new ferries, which will be built at Ketchikan’s Vigor Alaska shipyard.