HD36 election breakdown by the numbers

Voters cast their ballots at The Plaza mall. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)Voter turnout in House District 36 was nearly 46 percent on Tuesday.

Incumbent Rep. Ortiz unofficial HD36 winner

House District 36 Rep. Dan Ortiz is running for re-election. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)With all 10 precincts reporting in just after 11 p.m. Tuesday, Incumbent Rep. Dan Ortiz had a little more than 52 percent of the vote.

Ketchikan Assembly OKs two pot business licenses

(U.S. Fish and Wildlife photo)The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly voted Monday to not protest two local marijuana business licenses recently approved by the state Marijuana Control Board, but with some added language in hopes of protecting the borough in case the federal government decides to crack down.

Council appoints Mark Flora to vacant seat

CityofKetchikanThe Ketchikan City Council chose Mark Flora to fill a Council seat left vacant when KJ Harris resigned in September due to health concerns.

Boro charter commission election canceled

bird copyFriday was the deadline for interested people to file for a seven-member home-rule charter commission. According to Ketchikan Borough Clerk Kacie Paxton, zero petitions were turned in.

Ketchikan Assembly hires new borough manager

Borough SealIt didn’t matter whether Ruben Duran got the job or not. He was coming to Ketchikan anyway.

HD36 candidates talk privacy, guns & more

From left, House District 36 candidates Ken Shaw, Bob Sivertsen and Dan Ortiz answer questions during a Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce lunchtime forum. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)Three candidates running for House District 36 had a busy day on Wednesday.

Campaign finance reports

A view of downtown Ketchikan from the top of a long flight of boardwalk steps.

A week before the Nov. 8th election, the newest round of campaign disclosure forms were due Tuesday with the state Division of Elections.


There are a lot of numbers in campaign disclosure reports. A lot. But we’ll … more

Mental Health Trust officials hear local concern

Saxman residents look at maps before the Alaska Mental Health Trust meeting at the Saxman Community Center. (Photo by Leila KheiryAlaska Mental Health Trust and Trust Land Office representatives got an earful Tuesday during informational meetings in Saxman and Ketchikan regarding the decision to potentially log Deer Mountain.

Grant allows some Vets to travel on the IFA for free

VeteransAffairsThe U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs renewed a transportation grant to the State of Alaska. Effective November 1st, the Inter-Island Ferry Authority is authorized to issue free passenger and vehicle ticketing to qualified Veterans traveling for healthcare needs.