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Advisory lifted for one Ketchikan beach, remains for others - KRBD

Three beaches, including South Point Higgins Beach, Rotary Pool and Herring Cove have fecal coliform bacteria levels above state limits. Because elevated levels have not been persistent, an advisory is not in effect for those beaches. DEC does recommend when fishing in these areas, people should ri


Crews tackle small wildfire in Ketchikan - KRBD

As a Temsco helicopter crew air-lifted water from Ward Lake to the burnt hillside, fire crews hosed down hot spots and surveyed the area. Crews from the North Tongass and South Tongass Volunteer Fire Departments, and the City of Ketchikan Fire Department responded to a call received a little before


Ketchikan landfill no longer accepting mixed paper as recyclable - KRBD

A City of Ketchikan Solid Waste Department official says the city’s landfill facility will not accept mixed paper as a recyclable material, effective July 1, because there isn’t a reliable buyer to sell it to.


Coast Guard Cutter John McCormick Transfers Command in Ketchikan, Alaska

KETCHIKAN, AK—Lt. Tim Ozimek relieved Lt. Mike Moyseowicz as commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter John McCormick in a change of command ceremony Friday, June 15 at Coast Guard Base Ketchikan.


Council to discuss marijuana testing facility license / recycling changes - KRBD

The council will consider whether to approve an application for a marijuana testing facility license for PEAK ANALYTICAL, LLC. The facility would offer potency, microbial and residual solvent testing of cannabis products. It would not sell, distribute or transfer any marijuana or marijuana product,


Assembly approves airport renovation contract - KRBD

In addition to repairing about 18,000 square feet of roof, the project updates the terminal’s HVAC system, electrical and mechanical systems, ceilings, lighting, carpets and tile. Work will start after the summer season, and the airport will remain fully operational during renovations.


Being local, and local-ish

I used to get a little territorial when it came to non-locals descending on Prince of Wales. Ironic, of course, because I had this attitude even after I finished college and was living in California. Though I consider Klawock home, you do forfeit something when you move away.


What’s Happening the week of June 20-26

Discussion on mental health and substance use treatment,Wednesday, June 20, 6-7:30 p.m., Northern Light United Church. A community discussion about behavioral health services for people returning to the community after incarceration. Sponsored by the Juneau Reentry Coalition.


Rates remain the same in new SEAPA budget

Meeting in Wrangell this week, board members with Southeast Alaska Power Agency approved a municipal rebate and power rates for the coming year.Headquartered in Ketchikan, the organization generates and distributes power for the Gateway Borough, Wrangell and Petersburg. Board membership is split bet


Airport improvement project on Ketchikan assembly agenda - KRBD

The last of a series of Ketchikan International Airport improvement projects will involve renovating the main terminal, including the old, leaky roof.


Little League names all-star teams

The Junior Softball District 2 tournament begins next Saturday in Ketchikan with Ketchikan Little League. The tournament wraps up on the following Tuesday. The Junior all-stars are managed by Barb Strong and widely made up of last year’s Major all-stars that played in the West Regional Tournament in


Ketchikan Creek opens to salmon fishing - KRBD

“Ketchikan Creek can get pretty warm, so that sometimes causes them to hesitate to move in if there’s a big thermal barrier between the saltwater and freshwater. But once they’re committed, they’ll move in,” Allen said.


Ketchikan School Board hears from teachers, parents - KRBD

“The best analogy that I can come up with for this situation is a couple of kids playing in the sandbox. One doesn’t get their way, they kick sand at the other, and get up to storm off and sulk in a corner. That child in my opinion is the district,” Jones said. “It’s about time to put on your big-gi


Some serious Father’s Day bonding

Amidst the heavy rain and fallen logs of the North Pacific, Glenwood Springs locals Bo and Kelsey Bohanon are in the middle of participating in a 750-mile boat race from Port Townsend, Washington to Ketchikan, Alaska.The race, dubbed Race 2 Alaska, began June 14. It has few rules, but most important


Craig - Then and Now: Mama Abel

It’s funny how a certain sight, sound or smell can take you back in time. I was coming out of the Dockside Restaurant in Craig a couple weeks ago when my thoughts took me back 50 years. Maybe it was the sight of a troller on the grid at the City Dock, or maybe the cry of a sea gull, but I suddenly f


Norwegian Bliss brings optimism, challenges for future - KRBD

When looking out from the observation deck on the fifteenth floor of the Norwegian Bliss cruise ship, the biggest cruise ship ever to set sail for Alaska, the city of Ketchikan by comparison seems quite small to Katherine Tatsuda.


Coast Guard finds missing floatplane, one deceased on board

Two people took off from Sitka on Saturday night for what was supposed to be a 20-minute trip, but their plane never returned and at least one of them is dead, a Coast Guard spokesperson said Monday morning.


This is how we roll: Lessons in log-rolling from some of Southeast’s best

When Gold Rush Days rolls around, Animal Austin will be rolling around with it. For the past two years, Austin — owner of a Juneau tree-trimming service — has taken home the top prize in the log-rolling contest. More than that, he’s beaten competitors from Wrangell and Ketchikan, likely making him t


Local sailor ready for Race to Alaska

SEDRO-WOOLLEY — The R2AK, or Race To Alaska, can be a life-changing experience for those willing to brave the 750 miles from Port Townsend to Ketchikan, Alaska, in a human- or wind-powered craft.It has already been life changing for Sedro-Woolley’s Doug Shoup.In the months before the start of the ra


THS Pat Roppel Scholarship Recipient is Pierce Bateman

Ketchikan, Alaska - The Tongass Historical Society announced the selection of the third recipient of the THS Patricia Roppel Scholarship. This scholarship was established in 2016 with the Alaska Community Foundation thanks to generous donations from the Roppel Family, the Eichner family, the Tongass