First- and second-degree murder charges have been filed against 32-year-old Jordan Joplin for the mid-March death of Ketchikan surgeon Dr. Eric Garcia. Joplin has been in custody since late March on related theft charges. A Ketchikan Grand Jury Friday handed…
Efforts to build a community center in Gustavus is getting a boost from the Rasmuson Foundation which announced it’s awarding a local nonprofit a $400,000 grant. The community is working to build a 200-seat center that could open its doors in 2018.
Oprah declared 2017 her “Year of Adventure” and launched a series of cruises – one to Alaska, where she had never been before. On her itinerary for Sitka was a visit to Fortress of the Bear, the Alaska Raptor Center, and watching the New Archangel Dancers at Harrigan Centennial Hall.
Basil Backford, 44, of Dillingham was sentenced to five years in prison Thursday for his repeated drinking and driving violations. Backford was ordered to begin serving his time immediately after the hearing at the Dillingham courthouse.
Two Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly members made a move Monday to fire Borough Manager Ruben Duran, who has been on the job about seven months. The motion to fire Duran failed in a 5-2 vote following an open discussion of his job performance.
Over the past couple of decades black cod — or sablefish — has become one of Southeast Alaska’s most commercially important species. Longliners target them in deep waters off the continental shelf, during the same season as halibut. Although stocks are strong, biologists don’t fully grasp black cod population ecology. A research partnership in Sitka hopes to change that.