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Leila Kheiry, KRBD - Ketchikan

Comment Period Opens For Cruise Waste Permits

Comment Period Opens For Cruise Waste Permits

The Legislature approved new regulations last year for cruise ships to release wastewater into Alaska’s oceans. Since then, the state has developed a permit process based on those regulations. Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation’s Division of Water Director Michelle Hale stopped in Ketchikan this week to talk about the changes.

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April 22, 2014 - 5:17 pm

Carnival Miracle Cancels 15 Ketchikan Port Calls

Citing mechanical issues that affect the Carnival Miracle’s maximum cruising speed, Carnival Cruise Lines has canceled 15 of that ship’s port calls in Ketchikan this summer.

April 18, 2014 - 9:15 am
Birthday Cupcakes Exempt From Ketchikan Schools’ Nutrition Guidelines

Birthday Cupcakes Exempt From Ketchikan Schools’ Nutrition Guidelines

The Ketchikan School Board adopted new administrative regulations last week governing student nutrition and physical activity, in order to meet new federal standards. The standards essentially require that only healthy food be served in schools. There are some exceptions built into the rules and the Ketchikan school board added a few more, including the “cupcake clause.”

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April 17, 2014 - 5:08 pm

POW, Metlakatla Schools Awarded Tech Grants

Hydaburg and Annette Island school districts were among three Alaska Native groups that received advanced telecommunications technology grants through the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Rural Development office.

April 14, 2014 - 1:03 pm
Geoduck Dive Fishery Opens; Market Found

Geoduck Dive Fishery Opens; Market Found

Southeast Alaska divers were out fishing for geoducks Thursday, for the first time in about two months.

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March 14, 2014 - 4:10 pm
Station Ketchikan’s 47-foot motor life boats are seen during Wednesday’s search for John Anderson. Photo submitted by Danny Hoggard.

Search For Missing Boat Owner Suspended

The search for John Anderson, who went missing sometime late Tuesday night and is believed to have fallen off his houseboat, was suspended Wednesday evening, pending further information.

March 13, 2014 - 11:10 am

Not Guilty Plea For Fall Diving Death Near Ketchikan

A fisherman pleaded not guilty Monday in Ketchikan Superior Court to manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide. The two charges against 32-year-old Joshua Wodyga stem from a crew member’s death last fall while diving for sea cucumbers near Ketchikan.

March 12, 2014 - 11:59 am
Infusion Suite Opens At Ketchikan Hospital

Infusion Suite Opens At Ketchikan Hospital

Chemotherapy patients at PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center have a brand-new infusion suite for their treatments. The center opened last week with a special ceremony, and the first patients tried it out on last week.

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March 5, 2014 - 5:17 pm
Political Solution Sought For China Geoduck Ban

Political Solution Sought For China Geoduck Ban

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski and members of the Southeast Alaska Regional Dive Fisheries Association talked last week about the possibility of a political solution to China’s ban on Alaska and Washington State geoducks.

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February 25, 2014 - 5:15 pm

Ketchikan Assembly Nixes Draft Letter To Gov. Parnell

Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly members had a spirited discussion Tuesday night over a letter that had been submitted by two Assembly members as a suggested response to Gov. Sean Parnell’s comments in the community last week.

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February 19, 2014 - 5:45 pm

Parnell’s Ketchikan Comments Draw Response

Governor Sean Parnell’s candid comments regarding Ketchikan’s lawsuit against the state over school funding drew some response. Sen. Bert Stedman, a Republican from Sitka, listened to the interview and said he believes it’s the right of every citizen to petition the government.
Stedman added he didn’t believe there will be any backlash against Ketchikan in the Legislature.

February 7, 2014 - 6:05 pm
Ketchikan Official Proposes Selling Dam

Ketchikan Official Proposes Selling Dam

Ketchikan City Manager Karl Amylon wants to sell the Whitman Lake hydroelectric dam project to the Southeast Alaska Power Agency.

November 19, 2013 - 11:54 am
Education Funding Lawsuit: What If Ketchikan Wins?

Education Funding Lawsuit: What If Ketchikan Wins?

On Monday, the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly affirmed that it is moving forward with a lawsuit against the State of Alaska. By voting to hire an Anchorage law firm and appropriate $150,000 toward the effort, the Assembly showed it’s serious about its effort to overturn what some local officials say is an unfair mandate requiring municipalities to fund a minimum level for local schools. The fairness issue aside, though, what will be the Legislature’s response if Ketchikan wins its argument?

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November 6, 2013 - 6:16 pm
Metlakatla Man Receives 60 Years To Serve For Murder

Metlakatla Man Receives 60 Years To Serve For Murder

On Thursday, a Ketchikan judge sentenced 30-year-old William Buxton to serve 60 years in jail for the murder of his aunt, Leona Meely, during an argument a little more than a year ago at the family’s home in Metlakatla.

November 4, 2013 - 12:35 pm

Half Of Ketchikan Women Experience Violence

Out of every 100 adult women you see walking around in Ketchikan, 33 have been raped, and 43 have been slapped, hit or worse by an intimate partner. When you combine those numbers, that means 50 of those 100 people we see every day has experienced one or both of those types of violence.

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October 17, 2013 - 4:51 pm
A cruise ship is seen docked next to downtown Ketchikan and “The Rock,” a monument honoring Ketchikan’s pioneers, created by local artist Dave Rubin. Photo by KRBD - Ketchikan.

Ketchikan Breaks 2008 Cruise Passenger Record

According to the City of Ketchikan, preliminary counts show 960,262 passengers visited the community via cruise ship in 2013. That’s an increase of 8.4 percent over last year, and handily beat the 2008 record.

October 17, 2013 - 12:04 pm

Southeast Hospitals Face Expensive Upgrades

Hospital facilities throughout Southeast Alaska are getting old, with many closing in on 50. Health care has changed quite a bit in the past half-century, and communities are facing expensive upgrades to keep up with those changes into the future.

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October 14, 2013 - 5:18 pm
Klawock Celebrates Multi-Pole Totem Raising

Klawock Celebrates Multi-Pole Totem Raising

A multi-day totem-raising celebration is taking place in Klawock. Here’s KRBD’s Sean Carlson, who called in from Prince of Wales Island Friday with a quick report with KRBD’s Leila Kheiry.

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August 27, 2013 - 5:12 pm
Millennium Passengers Call 911, Worried About ‘Riot’

Millennium Passengers Call 911, Worried About ‘Riot’

The Celebrity cruise ship Millennium returned to Ketchikan Sunday night after mechanical problems. Police responded to the ship late Tuesday night following reports of unruly passengers.

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August 22, 2013 - 5:06 pm

Ketchikan Assembly Chooses Ferries Over Bridge Options

The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly decided Monday to back off its longstanding endorsement of a bridge to Gravina Island, and instead opted to support improved ferry service.

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August 8, 2013 - 5:08 pm