There are two open seats on Ketchikan’s Borough Assembly, and three on the school board. Each race has just one candidate as of Monday. The deadline to file paperwork to run for local office in Ketchikan or Saxman is Wednesday — two days from now.
A $6.7 million bond that would add artificial turf to baseball and softball fields is moving towards a vote of the people. The assembly also approved a controversial new contract for the borough’s manager and green-lit an ordinance allowing the borough to restrict – but not ban – dogs on Weiss Fields.
“Make no mistake: this resolution was drafted as a direct backlash to a minority group challenging those in power and demanding that they deserve equal rights and protections under the law,” one resident said during public comment.
Borough Mayor Rodney Dial had suggested adding police to the LGBTQ anti-discrimination resolution. After vetoing it, the retired Alaska State Trooper claimed without offering evidence that police are the single most discriminated-against group in the U.S.