Category Archives: Ketchikan

Senior Goodbye

Jake Smith:
Being the first kid in my house to graduate is very emotional. I have seen some of my closest friends do it, but everything they have told me has not helped, at all. I have been in denial since day one of senior year. I am going to keep my stuff very simple. I would like to thank my family, mostly my beautiful mother and strong father. I would like to thank all my teachers who got me to this point in my educational life. As far the education goes, I would like to thank the man who helped me discover my love of writing, Sir, GOAT, and King of the Journalism Wing, Lund. It will be a tough goodbye. But I think the closing of this chapter, and the beginning of the next is something I look forward to. Peace out Kayhi.

Kyra Welker:It’s not a lie when people say that high school goes by fast. It went by faster than Usain Bolt runs the 100 meter dash. Looking back on these four years I’ve learned more than my brain can contain. I mean I can’t recall what I learned in some of my classes, and yeah that sounds bad, but it’s inevitable. What is more important than all the miscellaneous knowledge you’ve gained is the routines and habits you make while you’re here.
High school is the prime place to make habits, habits that will stick with you for the rest of your life. It’s the trial and error stage before being flung into the real world. This is a place where timeliness is needed, which we all struggle with, myself included (I apologize to all my teachers for the tardiness.) Work ethic, which is important and shouldn’t even need an explanation. I mean, you get what you put into your work. Work hard and you’ll get good grades. Good communication skills are especially important (Don’t forget to tell the teacher who’s handing you your diploma at graduation, that they’re handing you your diploma). Not to get all sentimental, but I might actually just miss this place. Thank you, Kayhi for all the years of homework, learning, and fun times.

Pablo Orta:
So this is it… Walking into this school as a freshman, I never thought this moment would actually come. I didn’t believe that time went by as fast as everyone said it did, turns out it was true. High school went by faster than I could have ever imagined. I thought that by this point I would be ready to move on from high school and take the world by the horns, but now that it’s my last day here, I’m not sure I want to leave. From eating Mr. Edwards breakfast every morning to simply walking down the halls and seeing the faces of people I’ve known since elementary, I’ll miss it all. In my mind I know that this is the end but my heart still hasn’t quite accepted it, I still feel like I’ll be showing up here after summer is over. I think that the fact that I’m actually done with high school won’t really hit me until I enter that first college classroom and realize that I’m at a new point in my life. It’s a bittersweet feeling saying goodbye to the place and everyone that I’ve become accustomed to seeing each day and I know I’m not ready to go but no one goes when they’re ready, they go when they’re ready enough. Thanks for everything Kayhi.

What to expect from Ketchikan

Jackson Pool
Staff Writer

Ketchikan. The First City of Alaska (not chronologically). There is definitely more to this small city than one might think. The key to having a good time while visiting, or living in Ketchikan, is to know the good things to do, and know how to avoid the tourist traps.
Ketchikan’s culinary scene… Sadly, it is quite abysmal. This is the one thing that Ketchikan lacks. However, there is some hidden gems. To get to those, you have to get through the bad ones.

Cape Fox is really a hit or miss restaurant. The view is great, and you get to ride the tram up, but the food is mediocre, and expensive. Service isn’t amazing either.

Bar Harbor is a very popular restaurant in Ketchikan, and widely regarded as the best. However, I have noticed that they lower the quality of their food come Spring/Summer time, it’s a tourist trap.

The Fish House is slightly expensive, but well worth the cost, they are always putting out genuinely good Alaskan seafood meals. Get the fish tacos, best in town by far.

Diaz Cafe is a small, Asian inspired restaurant, and it’s the best place to get food in town, I swear by it. It’s not “Alaskan Oriented”, but it is the best Asian food you’ll eat.

Sushi Palace has some amazing sushi and fast service, making it high on my list, they also serve salmon if you’re looking for that Alaskan vibe.

Lastly, Annabelles. Pretty good food for a good price, and close to the docks.

In short, you are really better off eating at a small shack or small restaurant than eating at our vastly overpriced restaurants.
Tours. We have a lot of tours. Tourism is the biggest part of our economy in Ketchikan. Kayaking, Ziplining, Floatplanes, multiple types of Fishing, Canoeing, the list is endless.

If you’re looking to Kayak, the only way to go is with Southeast Exposure. As a former guide, the Eagle Island Kayak Tour is one of the most informative and hands on tours in Ketchikan. At $90 a tour, you will not find a better bang for your buck. You’ll see plenty of wildlife (seals, birds, whales, starfish, salmon, etc.).

Better yet, if you’re a zipliner, Southeast Exposure has a great 9 zip course along with an obstacle course and a rock climbing wall, all for $125 a person.

Alaska Canopy Adventures specializes in ziplining, and starts at about $189 a person. They have 2 ziplining courses, where you get to both repel and go down a slide.

-Floatplanes are a great way to see our island, especially if you choose to go on a Misty Fjords tour, preferably with Taquan Air ($269 a person). Also, Allen Marine has great boating tours that head into the Misty Fjords, and it is more hands on.

If you’re about walking around by yourself, on a budget maybe, there is still plenty to do. Our downtown is historic and has a lot to offer, aside from the 1,000,000 jewelry stores we have.

Walking historic Creek Street is a good way to go, there is plenty of local shops.
If you feel like going hiking, Deer Mt. is a few hour trek, with amazing views of both the town and the Tongass National Forest.
Walk around downtown and check out all the stores, most have the same things, but all of them have different themes.

Ketchikan has a lot to offer, and is a great place to visit for a day or two. Living here isn’t so bad either. I’d like to think that Ketchikan is a different culture all its own. We aren’t like anyone else, and that’s why we can tolerate living on an island.

Staff Picks

Why is KDL so great?

Jackson Pool:
KDL is money, not only is it the most hyped up local league, but we get a large fan base. With the large amount of former Kayhi basketball players, the league is highly competitive. Six former varsity players, and 15 former Kayhi players overall make for some great games. We had six teams in the league last year, and are expecting 7-9 this year. Some people take it as a joke, but once they join the league, they feel the hype.

Nate Eisenhower:
KDL is fantastic because it’s city league basketball so you don’t have to attend practices everyday after school. Everyone in the league has fun with energy and intensity, it’s gained a lot of popularity in the past few years so there’s a lot of teams to play against. In KDL, you get more playing time and don’t have the pressure of performing your best unlike at Kayhi. It’s really relaxing to play and just have fun with your pals from Kayhi.

Kody Malouf:
KDL is the greatest sporting organization in Ketchikan history. It’s so much fun to be a part of because there is no pressure to be good. You can play much more freely than you can on the Kayhi team. You can play how you want and actually have fun. The growing hype around the league and the influx of players joining is making KDL even better. Having @KDLGotNext on twitter documenting games, keeping track of stats, and making player highlight tapes just makes the league even more fun and interactive for the players.

Alec Simmons:
The thing about KDL is that it is a sport where the community can come together and be a whole. People are more engaged in a sport where you can have fun and mess around and not take the sport as seriously as one would during a Kayhi basketball game. Your playing time will be outrageous and will advance your playing capability against the former Kayhi players who have joined KDL this season.

Jack Carson:
The thing that makes KDL so great is all the hype that is involved in it. KDL season last year had six teams in the league, this year there are supposed to be either eight or nine teams which means that’s about 30 more people added to the league. The games are always packed and everyone is always into the game and having a good time. The game gets intense once you step on that Saxman court and everyone knows, it’s about to go down.

Pricey Hunting

Jack Carson
Staff Writer

For the first time in 20 years, the Alaska Fish and Game raised the prices to buy a hunting and fishing license. Fishing licenses have been raised to $29 from $24 for a resident of the state and for a non-resident, a 14 day fishing license will go up to $50, double the price of original.  Hunting licenses are now increased to $45 from the original price of $25. You might be thinking “What the heck? That’s another $20!” but just be thankful you are a resident. If you’re a non-resident, you get to pay $160, terrible price huh?
That’s what I thought when I was looking at all the prices, then I decided to do some research on prices in other states and I changed my mind. Be thankful that you don’t live in California or Oregon, if you are a big hunter. California’s price for a resident hunting license is $47.01 and $163.65 for a non-resident. On top of that, a resident has to pay $31 PER TAG and non-residents get to pay an astonishing $276.05 per tag. Yeah, no thank you. If you live in Oregon, it doesn’t get much better. Residential hunters pay $32 for a license while non-residents pay $160.50 for a license. Also, if you are a resident wanting to buy one buck tag, it’s $26.50 and for a non-resident to buy just one buck tag it is $414.
Down south they have some crazy prices compared to up here in Alaska, especially if you’re a non-resident. I couldn’t even imagine paying that much for only one tag. I was going to put Montana in here but even wanting to get a license there requires a good deal of work and is incredibly complex.