Leila Kheiry, KRBD - Ketchikan

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The Ketchikan Regional Youth Facility, a detention center for juvenile offenders, will close Sept. 15. Listen now

A parked van sparked, igniting a fire Wednesday afternoon that burned a building at 525 Stedman Street, Ketchikan.

Many Alaskans are not aware there are two Metlakatlas. The first is in British Columbia, a short ferry ride from Prince Rupert. It’s the original settlement founded by the followers of Anglican lay-priest William Duncan.

After lengthy discussion Monday, two tax items on the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly agenda each were postponed: an increase to the sales tax cap and a tax on retail marijuana.

The Ketchikan School Board quickly approved a new policy Wednesday establishing programs to help reduce child abuse and sexual assault.

A Metlakatla resident is heading to the City of Brotherly Love next week as an alternate delegate to the Democratic National Convention.

The U.S. Forest Service moved forward Thursday with plans to transition to second-growth harvest on the Tongass National Forest within 16 years. The draft record of decision represents a compromise that won’t leave anyone completely happy. Download Audio

An Alaska Airlines executive gave some details during Wednesday’s Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce lunch about the company’s recently announced merger with Virgin America.

How many wolves are on Prince of Wales Island? It’s an important question because wolves are an important predator – part of the chain of life in the forest. A POW tribal group has been awarded a federal grant to help gather data used to determine that number. Download Audio

Zombies are real. They’re walking around on the bottom of Alaska’s ocean, mindlessly incubating the next generation of creatures that will, in turn, create even more zombies.

Ketchikan International Airport is just a few weeks away from switching its heat source to a high-efficiency biomass boiler system.

A Ketchikan day care administrator was recognized last week with a statewide award for his work with young children.
A cruise ship is docked at Ketchikan’s downtown Berth 2. Such ships brought about 1 million passengers to Southeast this season. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)

About 33 law enforcement officers and first responders from 10 different federal, state and local agencies in Ketchikan recently came together for a two-day anti-terrorism training event. They learned how to be more aware of potential terrorist plots and, just as important, built inter-agency relationships. Download Audio

Ketchikan’s Women in Safe Homes has been on probation since last fall after a site visit by the state Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault found the emergency shelter out of compliance with various regulations. WISH officials, though, say there was no warning from the state council that there were any problems. Download Audio

Ketchikan’s Women in Safe Homes (WISH) has been on probation since last fall after a site visit by the state Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault found the emergency shelter out of compliance with various regulations. WISH officials, though, say there was no warning from the state council 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.

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.

The Race to Alaska is coming back, and this year will include a team from Alaska.

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

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.

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