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.

Kayhi National Art Honory Society creates and serves

NAHSWith a new school year under way, Ketchikan students in grades 10 to 12 are invited to join the National Arts Honor Society. NAHS not only provides art fellowship and community service, but scholarship opportunities.

Deer Mountain logging meetings on Tuesday

A springtime view of Deer Mountain. (KRBD file photo by Leila Kheiry)Alaska Mental Health Trust officials will be in Saxman and Ketchikan on Tuesday to give presentations and take public input on the Trust’s controversial plan to log parts of Deer Mountain if a federal land exchange isn’t approved by Congress by mid-January. But, an organizer of the local group Save Deer Mountain said these public meetings seem to be too little, too late.

State approves local pot license applications

(U.S. Fish and Wildlife photo)On Friday, the Alaska Marijuana Control Board approved applications for two marijuana licenses in the Ketchikan area - JWS Enterprises and Cannabis Corner.

Former Ketchikanite wins Peace Corp blog award

Mark Jahnke in Kyrgyzstan . (Photo courtesy Mark Jahnke)A former Ketchikan resident and Peace Corps volunteer recently won a trip to Washington, D.C., after his blog about volunteering in Kyrgyzstan won an online social-media contest.

Mental Health committee revisits logging vote

A springtime view of Deer Mountain. (KRBD file photo by Leila Kheiry)The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority’s resource management committee approved two motions Wednesday to recommend that the Board of Trustees take another vote on its controversial August decision to log portions of Deer Mountain and a parcel in Petersburg.

33 Alaska judges up for retention on Nov. 8

Superior Court Judge Trevor Stephens. (KRBD file photo)In the First Judicial District, which comprises the southern Southeast region, voters will decide whether to retain four of the district’s judges.

Mental Health committee to vote on reconsideration

Deer Mountain (KRBD file photo)The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority’s resource management committee meets Wednesday starting at 1 p.m., and will vote on whether to recommend reconsideration of the Trust Board’s decision to start the process of logging parts of Deer Mountain and a parcel in Petersburg.

Charter election to be in-person after all

Borough SealDuring a four-minute special meeting Monday night, the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly voted unanimously to change the by-mail special Charter Commission election to an in-person election.