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Leila Kheiry, KRBD - Ketchikan

Ortiz gives an update on the legislative session

Ortiz gives an update on the legislative session

The Alaska Legislature is about two weeks into the current session. KRBD’s Leila Kheiry talked with House District 36 Rep. Dan Ortiz to get a sense of how the session is going, so far. Rep. 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.
February 3, 2016
R2AK officials planning a second epic race

R2AK officials planning a second epic race

The Race to Alaska is coming back, and this year will include a team from Alaska.
January 18, 2016
Marine Highway releases trimmed down summer schedule

Marine Highway releases trimmed down summer schedule

The Alaska Marine Highway System released its summer 2016 ferry schedule Tuesday, and as expected, it includes trimmed-down service. Download Audio
January 14, 2016

Ketchikan won’t appeal education funding case

The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly opted on Saturday to not ask the Alaska Supreme Court to reconsider its decision regarding the borough’s education funding lawsuit.
January 13, 2016
High court sides with state in challenge to education funding formula

High court sides with state in challenge to education funding formula

The Alaska Supreme Court announced Friday morning that it has ruled in favor of the state of Alaska in the Ketchikan Gateway Borough’s lawsuit challenging the state’s required local contribution for education. Download Audio
January 8, 2016
Ketchikan City Council introduces ordinance to temporarily bans retail pot sales

Ketchikan City Council introduces ordinance to temporarily bans retail pot sales

Despite nearly an hour of strong public comment in opposition, the Ketchikan City Council voted Thursday to move forward with a temporary ban on retail marijuana within city limits.
January 8, 2016
Ketchikan assembly OKs local retail pot regulations

Ketchikan assembly OKs local retail pot regulations

The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly adopted three ordinances Monday that put local regulations in place for any future marijuana business in the borough.
December 22, 2015
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POW wolf season closes after 5 harvested

The contentious wolf hunting and trapping season on Prince of Wales Island will close on Sunday. Conservation groups previously filed an ESA petition for the POW wolf population which is currently being reviewed.
December 15, 2015
Ketchikan Borough moves forward with commercial pot

Ketchikan Borough moves forward with commercial pot

Pot was the main topic of conversation during Monday’s meeting of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly, as it considered an ordinance to establish regulations for a commercial marijuana industry.
December 8, 2015
‘Companion’ Christmas trees from Tongass en route to DC

‘Companion’ Christmas trees from Tongass en route to DC

This year’s National Christmas Tree is a 74-foot spruce from Alaska’s Chugach National Forest. The tree is traveling across the U.S. on its way to Washington, D.C., and as of Sunday, was in Indiana.
November 18, 2015
Still no sign on 5th day of search for missing hiker

Still no sign on 5th day of search for missing hiker

Rescue crews and family members of 22-year-old Justin Nathan continued searching for him on Sunday, the fifth day that he has been missing on Deer Mountain, but found no clues.
November 16, 2015
Search for missing Ketchikan hiker stretches to 3rd day

Search for missing Ketchikan hiker stretches to 3rd day

A 22-year-old Ketchikan man remains missing on Deer Mountain as the search stretched into a third day. Download Audio
November 13, 2015
With suitcases full of salmon, Ketchikan couple heads to Oman

With suitcases full of salmon, Ketchikan couple heads to Oman

A Southeast Alaska commercial fishing couple is headed to Oman, on the southern Arabian Peninsula. They’re taking about a hundred pounds of frozen wild Alaska salmon with them on a diplomatic trip to share American culture, Alaska seafood and small business management techniques.
November 12, 2015
Southeast shelters assist 40+ animals rescued from Ketchikan house

Southeast shelters assist 40+ animals rescued from Ketchikan house

Ketchikan’s animal shelter has gotten some relief in recent weeks after rescuing more than 40 animals from one home in early October. Download Audio
November 4, 2015

Feds change subsistence rural/non-rural rule

The U.S. Departments of the Interior and Agriculture announced Friday that they have updated subsistence management regulations defining which parts of Alaska are rural or non-rural, marking a likely end to the City of Saxman’s struggle to regain its rural subsistence status.
November 2, 2015
DOT picks less expensive Gravina ferry option; Ketchikan laments

DOT picks less expensive Gravina ferry option; Ketchikan laments

The Gravina Island Access Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement process has moved forward now that the State of Alaska has chosen its preferred alternative, but Ketchikan officials were not excited about the choice. Download Audio
October 28, 2015
No emergency listing for Price of Wales Island wolves

No emergency listing for Price of Wales Island wolves

A petition asking for emergency Endangered Species Act listing for Prince of Wales Island wolves was essentially denied by the U.S. Department of the Interior office in Anchorage.
October 14, 2015
Ketchikan's PeaceHealth Medical Center awarded $3.6 million grant

Ketchikan’s PeaceHealth Medical Center awarded $3.6 million grant

PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center announced this week that it has been awarded a $3.6 million grant for the entire PeaceHealth system from the federal Department of Health and Human Services to help improve community health through changing clinical practices.
October 1, 2015
Report: Southeast's economy is shrinking

Report: Southeast’s economy is shrinking

After several years of growth, Southeast Alaska’s economy is shrinking again. It’s not by much, but the numbers show few reasons for optimism. Download Audio
September 30, 2015
Change on the horizon for Alaska ferry system

Change on the horizon for Alaska ferry system

Change was the theme of the Alaska Marine Highway System presentation during Day 1 of Southeast Conference’s annual fall meeting in Prince Rupert, British Columbia.
September 16, 2015