CAO Tonjes leaving PeaceHealth Ketchikan

Ken Tonjes speaking at the ribbon cutting cermony for the hospital expansion. Photo courtesy of PHKMC.Ken Tonjes, chief administrative officer for PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center, announced he’ll be leaving his position at the end of the year in order to be closer to his children and grandchildren.

Board wants better ASAA transgender policy

birdThe Ketchikan School Board talked briefly Wednesday about transgender policies for student athletes, and how such policies need to be uniform for state competitions.

Van fire spreads to building on Stedman

Firefighter Seth Krasnow watches the progress of fire crews as they make sure hot spots are extinguished in a Stedman Street building that caught fire Wednesday. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)A Stedman Street building burned Wednesday afternoon, sparked by a van that caught on fire while parked next to the building.

POW man charged with murdering girlfriend

A Klawock resident who did not want to be credited sent us this cell-phone photo of Tuesday's standoff preceding the arrest of Albert Peter Macasaet III, charged with first-degree murder.More than a week after 27-year-old Judylee Guthrie was found dead next to a trail near Klawock on Prince of Wales Island, her boyfriend, Albert Peter Macasaet III, also 27, was arrested following a standoff Tuesday afternoon.

Independent candidate Stock running for Senate

Margaret Stock (Photo by Leila Kheiry)An independent candidate running for U.S. Senate against incumbent Lisa Murkowski was in Ketchikan last week for the Blueberry Arts Festival. Margaret Stock is an Anchorage attorney specializing in immigration issues, and she’s a veteran of the U.S. Army.

State Department to hear BC mine concerns

Sulphurets Creek, which drains naturally occurring rusty water from the KSM mine prospect, enters Mitchell Creek upstream from Southeast Alaska. Tribal officials worry mining will send polluted water into British Columbia rivers that flow into Alaska. KSM officials say their pollution-control designs will keep that from happening. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)U.S. State Department officials are in Southeast Alaska this week to talk about transboundary mines. The Environmental Protection Agency has also sent representatives.

Shaw shares experience as GOP convention delegate

Trevor Shaw at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. (Photo by Liz Ruskin/APRN)District 36 Republican Chairman Trevor Shaw was one of 28 Alaska delegates to the Republican National Convention. Shaw spoke recently about his experience at the convention, and opinion of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

A tale of two Metlakatlas: Part 2

A view of Metlakatla on Annette Island, Alaska's only Native reserve. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)Metlakatla, Alaska, was founded 129 years ago by a group of Tsimshian Natives who canoed up from the original Metlakatla in British Columbia to settle on Annette Island, a short boat ride south of Ketchikan.

A tale of two Metlakatlas: Part 1

An historic photo of Metlakatla, B.C., with the church in the background. (U.S. National Archives and Records photo - public domain - from Wiki-Commons) Administration.Many Alaskans are not aware there are two Metlakatlas. The first is in British Columbia, a short ferry ride from Prince Rupert. It’s the original settlement founded by the followers of Anglican lay-priest William Duncan.

Life-long dancer teaches Ketchikan students

Bill Evans answers questions during tap class.Teacher, choreographer and performer Bill Evans is in Ketchikan for a two-week dance intensive at Ketchikan Theatre Ballet. Classes in modern dance and tap began August 15th, and Evans also choreographed a piece for the Gigglefeet Dance Festival.