Author: Leila Kheiry

Kanayama program celebrating 30 years of cultural exchange

Every year for the past three decades, a group of Ketchikan students has traveled to Kanayama, Japan, to get a taste of a different culture. And in exchange, a group of Kanayama students has traveled to Ketchikan, to see this unique part of the United States. This year marks the 30th anniversary of that popular and enriching program, and celebrations are planned in both countries. Penny Ranniger is president of the Ketchikan-Kanayama Association. She spoke about the anniversary during Monday’s Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly meeting. She said the mayor of Gero – which merged with Kanayama a while ago...

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First City celebrates first visit by Eurodam

  Holland America’s Eurodam is new to Ketchikan this year. A traditional ceremony celebrating the ship’s inaugural season took place during the ship’s second stop of the summer. KRBD’s Leila Kheiry joined a group of Ketchikan representatives to meet the captain and take a look inside the 936-foot floating city. About a dozen local residents waited in line to board the Eurodam on a slightly misty Ketchikan morning. After passing through a metal detector, we were greeted by Towanna Stone, the ship’s cheerful cruise director. “You can call me Stone, like a rock,” she said. “We’re going to the...

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