Southeast News

WISH on probation, but questions arise

Ketchikan from the waterWISH officials say there was no warning from the state Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault that there were any problems. In fact, just a few months prior, the shelter had received notice of compliance, praising the program for following regulations.

City mayor talks pot at Chamber presentation

Mayor Lew Williams III speaks to the Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)City of Ketchikan Mayor Lew Williams III talked pot during his annual State of the City presentation at Wednesday’s Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce lunch.

Ortiz gives an update on the legislative session

Recently elected House District 36 Rep. Dan Ortiz speaks during a Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce event.Rep. Dan Ortiz says the atmosphere in Juneau is pretty positive, with most lawmakers focused on resolving the state’s $3.5 billion deficit rather than delaying action.

Elders cleaning up after storm blows roof off

Roofing material is seen in the yard in front of Frank and Marge James' rented home off North Tongass Highway. The roof blew off in the storm earlier this week. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)Two Ketchikan elders are cleaning up and looking for a new place to live after the roof of their rented home was blown off during a big storm earlier this week.

Kreiss-Tomkins’ fiscal survey link corrected

Alaskans in House District 35 were sent a survey by their House representative, Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, regarding options to help resolve the state’s budget deficit. But, according to Kreiss-Tomkins’ office, the survey information included an incorrect link.

Storm blows through SE, taking out trees, power

KPU Electric Division crews work on power lines Tuesday morning on Sunset Drive.A big storm blew through Ketchikan Monday and early Tuesday, taking down trees in some areas and cutting the community’s power link to the Swan Lake hydroelectric dam.

City prepares 2016 cruise season calendar

A cruise ship is docked at Ketchikan's downtown Berth 2. About 1 million cruise passengers visited Southeast in 2015. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)The first ship of the season will be the Crystal Serenity, arriving May 1. That ship carries a little more than 1,000 passengers. Daily visits and multi-ship days start on May 8th. After that, there are no scheduled ship-free days until Sept. 10.

No retail marijuana ban for City of Ketchikan

Council Members Julie Isom and Bob Sivertsen are seen during Thursday's discussion of a proposed temporary ban on retail marijuana. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)Following about an hour of public comment from a packed Council chambers, the Ketchikan City Council voted 3-2 Thursday to reject an ordinance that would have temporarily banned retail marijuana in city limits.

Ketchikan’s aging water system

A section of repaired water pipe is seen on Baranof Avenue after the old pipe broke and washed out the fill under the street in 2013. (KRBD file photo by Leila Kheiry)Wood-stave and steel pipes are a thing of the past, but the aging iron pipes under much of Ketchikan's streets have their own set of problems.

Temporary retail-pot ban up for second Council vote

(Creative Commons image)The Council also will talk about a possible ballot measure for voters to decide whether to allow commercial marijuana in Ketchikan city limits.