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Housing assessment in front of Ketchikan assembly - KRBD

The $56,000 contract would pay for the McDowell Group to look at demographics and economics, available services as they relate to housing, an inventory of what housing is available now, and an analysis of any gaps. The report also would provide conclusions and recommendations.


Vigor Alaska announces potential Ketchikan layoffs - KRBD

Ward said work on the Tazlina’s sister ship, the Hubbard, is proceeding quickly. Once that’s done, there’s no current construction work scheduled at the Ketchikan shipyard.


Ketchikan City Council to look at restricting fireworks - KRBD

In a memo, Police Chief Joe White says that distinction makes it challenging to enforce. It’s difficult to tell after the fact whether a mortar was part of a firework. If the council wants to restrict fireworks, he recommends an ordinance that clearly defines what is legal, or one that bans all fire


DEC issues water advisory for 6 Ketchikan beaches - KRBD

People are advised to avoid exposure to the water next to South Point Higgins Beach, Shull Beach south of Whipple Creek, Sunset Beach on the south end of Mud Bight, Thomas Basin downtown, Rotary Beach, also known as Bugge’s Beach; and Herring Cove Beach.


Lower-priority contaminated sites remain near Ketchikan - KRBD

“Mostly we take them up George Inlet about six miles. We pull up some crab pots and look at the crabs that are there. Release the crabs that we don’t want, and then we come back to George Inlet for a crab lunch,” Sinkey said.


Ketchikan assembly approves recall vote for Oct. 2 election - KRBD

Numerous people spoke during public comment before the assembly’s vote. Four supported placing the recall in front of voters, three opposed it. One of the speakers was Sid Hartley, who is the primary sponsor of therecall effort.


Tazlina christened at Ketchikan shipyard - KRBD

Ketchikan’s Vigor Alaska shipyard Director of Workforce Development Doug Ward emceed the Tazlina christening ceremony Saturday in Ketchikan. Seated from left are Sen. Bert Stedman, Gov. Bill Walker, Sen. Lisa Murkowski and First Lady Donna Walker. (KRBD photo by Leila Kheiry)


Second candidate files for Ketchikan School Board - KRBD

On the City Council, there are two open seats, currently held by Janalee Gage and Bob Sivertsen. Gage has filed for re-election.


A whale of a tale

Ketchikan, Alaska- There were several other ships in port; the pier was a madhouse. Kathy and I couldn’t get off our ship fast enough, quickly hopping on a shuttle bus headed out of town. Our destination was Knudson’s Cove where we would begin our adventure for the day.


Randolph County Natives Help in Alaskan Rescue

Jason Harris, a nurse with Guardian Flight, visits home in Winchester, Indiana a month after the crash in Ketchikan, Alaska that gained national notice.Photo by Kate Thornburg


Summer boating: Adrift, aground, flipped, sunk

It was a sunny beautiful day and my parents and I took my brother Jamie’s little boys, Sterling and Ethan, over to the small bay near us where we always held our picnics. Robin was visiting from Ketchikan and he and Jamie were out in my dad’s 13-foot Boston Whaler visiting my Aunt Marion and Uncle R


DEC Finds Elevated Bacteria Levels at Six Coastal Areas in Ketchikan

Water samples collected on August 9, 2018, found six beaches in Ketchikan showing elevated enterococci and fecal coliform levels.


NWS seeks weather observers - KRBD

SKYWARN is a program developed in the 1960s allowing trained observers to report on hazardous or extreme weather in their community. During training, volunteers learn terminology, cloud identification, and reporting procedures. There is no long-term time commitment. SKYWARN observers must be 18 or o


New Executive Director of the Ketchikan Wellness Coalition Announced

Ketchikan, Alaska - The Ketchikan Wellness Coalition announced today the recent appointment of Gretchen Klein as the new Executive Director of the Ketchikan Wellness Coalition (KWC). A longtime resident of S.E Alaska, Gretchen is delighted to be returning to Ketchikan after working for several years


Measles Case in Cruise Ship Passenger Reported

Ketchikan, Alaska - In a Public Health Alert, the Alaska Department of Health & Human Services said a traveler visiting Alaska has been confirmed to have tested positive for measles.


Ketchikan woman faces felony drug charges - KRBD

“We started investigating those two subjects. Developed one as the main suspect, as the dealer,” he said. “And then subsequent search warrants were executed on multiple subjects as well as the vehicle she was traveling in and finally her residence.”


Petitions filed to recall Ketchikan School Board president - KRBD

“You grow a connection with your colleagues and your students and you hear a lot of their voiced opinions and what they need,” she said. “They’ve been asking the board to give them what they need, basically. And they’ve been unheard.”


Ketchikan man honored by FAA for years as aviation mechanic

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — Expecting a small company gathering in honor of his 70th birthday, Stephen Sustarich was surprised to receive instead the Federal Aviation Administration's most prestigious award for aircraft mechanics.


Scientists complete mission to map fast-moving fault off Southeast Alaska

Researchers from NOAA, U.S. Geological Survey and their partners have completed the first high-resolution, comprehensive mapping of one of the fastest moving underwater tectonic faults in the world, located in southeastern Alaska. This information will help communities in coastal Alaska and Canada b


Founders' Day celebrates Tsimshian culture and family - KRBD

“I think what Founders’ Day means to me is sharing it with generations of people. Like my mom will be there. My kid will be there,” Johnson said. “And coming from there, my grandfather lived there. It’s about celebrating Native culture among many generations in Southeast Alaska.”