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Leila Kheiry, KRBD - Ketchikan

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
Ketchikan Borough, Business Owner Reach Settlement

Ketchikan Borough, Business Owner Reach Settlement

The Ketchikan Gateway Borough has reached a settlement agreement with a seasonal business owner who hasn’t paid his sales taxes for about three years.

August 1, 2013

Man Allegedly Shipped Pot To Ketchikan

A 45-year-old Ketchikan man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly having two-and-a-half pounds of marijuana shipped to Ketchikan.

August 1, 2013
Jim Baichtal uses a special chainsaw to carefully remove fossils from rocks on Gravina Island.

Marine Reptile Fossils Found On Gravina Island

Whatever you do, don’t call them dinosaurs. If you do, a geologist will quickly correct you.

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July 29, 2013
Grad Student Discovers New Insect Species On POW

Grad Student Discovers New Insect Species On POW

An entomology student working on a project on northern Prince of Wales Island found a strange insect. Turns out, it’s an ancient, and previously unidentified species, which she and her adviser have given a Tlingit name.

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July 24, 2013

Forest Service Announces Large Timber Sale On Prince Of Wales Island

A large timber sale in the Tongass National Forest called Big Thorne was announced Monday, combining old and second growth areas of Prince of Wales Island.

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July 5, 2013

Mr. Spock Beams (OK, Cruises) Into Ketchikan

Leonard Nimoy is taking a cruise through Alaska this week. KRBD’s Leila Kheiry caught up with the actor on the downtown dock in Ketchikan and has this report.

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June 26, 2013
Ketchikan Breaks World Rainboot Race Record

Ketchikan Breaks World Rainboot Race Record

And now for some breaking news. Record-breaking, that is. Nearly 2,000 people turned out in Ketchikan Saturday afternoon to break the Guinness World Record for the largest rainboot race.

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May 20, 2013

Metlakatla Woman Gears Up For Miss Indian World Competition

A Metlakatla woman is gearing up for the upcoming Miss Indian World competition, next week during the annual Gathering of Nations in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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April 17, 2013
New Public Art Piece Makes A Trip To The Ketchikan Public Library

New Public Art Piece Makes A Trip To The Ketchikan Public Library

The newest piece of art for the new Ketchikan Public Library building is an installation called “A Trip to the Library.” Artists Evon Zerbertz and Rich Stage were at the library after hours last weekend, working out the logistics of hanging the complex piece.

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March 26, 2013

POW Residents Feel Quake, Head To High Ground

The big question in Southeast Alaska this weekend was, “Did you feel the quake?” In some communities, it was, “Where’d you evacuate too?” or “Did anything break?” The 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck at 11:58 p.m. Friday, with more than a dozen weaker aftershocks following for hours. The temblor, which some called “The Midnight Quake,” hit about 60 miles west of Craig, on Prince of Wales Island. KRBD’s Leila Kheiry talked to people in Ketchikan and on Prince of Wales Island about the quake and its aftereffects.

January 7, 2013
A hemlock sawfly pupal case shows the exit hole of a parasite that killed the developing bug. (U.S. Forest Service photo)

Hemlock Trees Show Sawfly Infestation Damage

Boaters may have noticed gray, dead-looking trees on islands north of Ketchikan. Like other parts of Southeast Alaska in recent years, Western hemlock trees on those islands are suffering a sawfly infestation. But U.S. Forest Service officials say it’s normal, and not a cause for concern.

December 13, 2012

Sealaska Timber Touts Habitat Maintenance

Thick stands of young trees surround Election Creek, near Klawock on Southeast Alaska’s Prince of Wales Island. The forest was logged in 1989, and it’s been left to grow back on its own. Now, more than 20 years later, Sealaska Corporation is getting ready to thin the crowded stands of trees that have returned.

December 11, 2012
OceansAlaska Ends First Season, Plans Second

OceansAlaska Ends First Season, Plans Second

OceansAlaska Marine Science Center completed its first season of operation this year, successfully producing hundreds of thousands of shellfish seed. Barbara Morgan, research and training specialist, said the first year was successful enough that the Ketchikan-based center is expanding operations.

December 10, 2012

Parnell: Design Smaller Ferries, Build Them Here

Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell announced Tuesday in Ketchikan that the state will immediately begin negotiations with the Ketchikan shipyard to design the first of at least two smaller ferries for the Alaska Marine Highway System, rather than the 350-foot ferry that had been planned.

December 6, 2012

Ketchikan Proposes 1-Mill Property Tax Increase

With the City of Ketchikan facing increased bond debt for its new library and fire station, managers have recommended increasing the city’s property tax by a full mill. One mill equals one dollar for every $1,000 of assessed value. If the Ketchikan City Council accepts the proposed property tax increase, a resident with a $200,000 home would pay $200 more annually.

November 27, 2012
Bert Stedman

Stedman Wins Senate District Q Seat

Republican Bert Stedman won his re-election bid Tuesday, and will return to the Legislature as the new District Q senator. Stedman, the former District A senator from Sitka, beat his opponent, Democrat Albert Kookesh of Angoon, the former Senator from District C.

November 7, 2012

Stedman, Kookesh Discuss Senate District Q Race

Due to the state’s recent redistricting, which changed legislative boundaries throughout Alaska, two incumbent Southeast Alaska senators are vying for the same seat.

October 17, 2012

Southeast Numbers Up and Continue to Rise

For the first time in about two decades, the annual Southeast “By The Numbers” report from Juneau-based research firm Sheinberg Associates gave a somewhat rosy picture of the region’s economy.

October 4, 2012
William Buxton, left, enters the Ketchikan District Court courtroom Monday for a hearing. He is charged with first-degree murder. Photo from

Troopers: Buxton Admitted to Stabbing Leona Meely

A 29-year-old Metlakatla man arrested Saturday and charged with first-degree murder allegedly admitted to stabbing 67-year-old Leona Meely multiple times during a fight at their shared home in Metlakatla.

October 3, 2012