Author Archives: Leila Kheiry

Rep. Ortiz encouraged by BC mines minister visit

ortizHouse District 36 Rep. Dan Ortiz gives an update on current activities, including transboundary mines talks, the Medicaid expansion lawsuit and the upcoming session's most pressing topic: The budget.

Craig Parks and Recreation

Victoria Merritt with the Craig Parks and Recreation report for August 28th CraigPR082815more

Public comments on POW subsistence wolf harvest

Alaska Department of Fish and Game photo.The Office of Subsistence Management heard Thursday from the public – some from out of state – about whether to allow a subsistence wolf harvest on Prince of Wales Island and adjacent islands.

BC mines minister talks transboundary issues

Alaska Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott, left, and BC Minister of Mines Bill Bennett address the Alaska Power Association Thursday morning in Ketchikan. They later talked to the Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)British Columbia’s Minister of Mines Bill Bennett was in Ketchikan on Thursday, part of a diplomatic and fact-finding trip to Southeast Alaska related to the issue of transboundary mines.

Third siren added to city’s hazard warning system

IMG_2681The City of Ketchikan has added a third siren to its hazard warning system, and this one covers downtown and the cruise ship dock area.

Ketchikan Wellness Coalition

Matt Tibbles, Diane Gubatyao and Janna Lee speak on the Wellness Coalition's new and ongoing programs to help children find mentors, to evaluate Ketchikan's mental health needs, and to help people with disabilities and the elderly reach out if they're being harassed or abused.

Filing period for local office closes

Borough SealThe filing period for Ketchikan City and Borough elected office closed Tuesday, and there are three more names on the long list of candidates.

State pot official details cannabis regs timeline

(Creative Commons photo by Brett Levin)The Alaska Municipal League met in Ketchikan last week to talk about issues of shared interest throughout the state. One of those issues is marijuana legalization, and one of the speakers was Cynthia Franklin, director of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board and the newly formed Marijuana Control Board.

Ketchikan DA’s office feeling budget cuts

IMG_1831The Alaska Legislature has cut funding for every branch of state government, including the Department of Law, which oversees District Attorney offices throughout the state. This means Ketchikan’s D.A.s are taking on a larger workload as they wait to have a vacant position filled.

Man in custody for Ketchikan stabbing

Ketchikan's state courthouse in downtown.Zachariah Willard is charged with second-degree murder for the fatal stabbing of 33-year-old Wayne Nathan on the morning of Aug. 10.