Author Archives: Leila Kheiry

Gravina access, bridges come up at STIP meeting

AirportFirst and Second Waterfall bridges on North Tongass are in line for improvements, but will they last until construction is set to start in summer 2017? And, the Gravina Access EIS is 99 percent done. It just needs the governor to make a decision.

Rescue squad stays ready for the next emergency

A rock face north of Ketchikan where KVRS members train.The Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad was the first group on the scene of a deadly float plane crash in Misty Fjords more than a month ago. The rescue squad didn't disband after that mission, however. They're still training, making sure they’re prepared for the next time someone needs their help. To find out how, reporter Madelyn Beck got a first-hand look at some of their training on a rock wall.

Youth crew cleans Tongass, even under rain

0726151328a (1)The Youth Conservation Corps came to Ketchikan and the surrounding Tongass National Forest this past month to work with a local branch of the U.S Forest Service. That meant helping out timber crews, cleaning up around fisheries and clearing trails -- rain or shine.

Tobacco tax ordinance ready for Assembly vote

(Creative Commons image)The Ketchikan Gateway Borough has completed drafting an ordinance that would impose a $3-per-pack tobacco tax within borough boundaries. The ordinance also would tax other tobacco products – including e-cigarettes – at 75 percent of their wholesale price.

Schulte takes interim UAS provost position

University of Alaska Southeast 2University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan Campus Director Priscilla Schulte has accepted a temporary assignment as provost for UAS, effective Aug. 9, and will relocate to Juneau for the coming academic year.

Council talks water rate hikes, overtime, library

The Ketchikan City Council talked money for about half an hour Thursday, including rate hikes – particularly for city water.

Groups seek halt to POW wolf hunting, logging

POW wolf pupCiting a state study that shows a sharp decline in the wolf population on Prince of Wales Island and surrounding islands, six conservation groups have asked state and federal officials to take steps to help preserve the remaining animals.

Filing period to open for city, borough office

The filing period for candidates seeking local elected office opens Aug. 1st, and will remain open through 5 p.m. Aug. 25th.

UAS Ketchikan hosts beach food seminar

IMG_1465Ketchikan recently hosted a seminar on beach foods and foraging that garnered more interest and a bigger crowds than anyone expected. While there's plenty of edible morsels on the beach, people learned that there's some potentially deadly drawbacks to eating what you find.

Ketchikan Creek open for all salmon fishing

Stedman Street Bridge spans Ketchikan Creek, where the creek flows into Thomas Basin. (KRBD file photo)The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced Thursday that fishing for all species of salmon could commence on the creek, and will continue through the end of the year.