Eric Stone, KRBD - Ketchikan


Ketchikan officials warn of potential ‘wide community spread’ of COVID-19 after traveler broke quarantine

A COVID-infected visitor did not follow quarantine requirements after arriving in the community.

Crowds turn out to protest outside Ketchikan shop that reportedly refused service for same-sex wedding

More than 100 people showed up to the "demonstration of love" outside of the flower shop. The owners of the shop declined to comment on the advice of their lawyer.

Your questions about the travel quarantine and testing for travelers, answered

The state health mandate that requires a 14-day quarantine for people who arrive from out-of-state is set to expire Friday. After that, visitors and Alaskans returning to the state will be asked to take a test within 72 hours of boarding an Alaska-bound flight.

‘I’ve gone through it’: Ketchikan man eyes Dan Sullivan’s U.S. Senate seat

Chris Cumings isn't a traditional candidate, but he says that's why he's running.

Southeast ports trying to determine if — and how — small ships can safely visit during pandemic

The Alaska Municipal League is asking for a moratorium on cruise ship arrivals until mutually agreed-upon protocols can be established.

After 2019 rate hike, Dunleavy signs bill to ease Pioneer Home pricing

The new bill would slow rate increases to match inflation instead of instituting a one-time price hike.

Carnival Cruise Line cancels all Alaska 2020 sailings

The news brings the estimated loss of 2020 passengers to about 70% of what was expected.

Ketchikan’s distance learning program was ready to scale up. So why did the state go with Florida’s?

Education officials in Alaska were surprised when the Dunleavy administration announced a one-year, $525,000 contract with an out-of-state digital school offering similar services to the Alaska Digital Academy.

Ketchikan’s rec center was supposed to house homeless during pandemic. An early re-opening has critics worried.

Ketchikan officials want to reopen the rec center as soon as possible in order to provide physical wellness opportunities for residents, but homelessness advocates worry that closing the shelter early could risk spreading the coronavirus.

Ketchikan city officials want quarantine information, but the state won’t release it

Local leaders say that the state is collecting personal information on travelers entering the community, but isn't sharing it with local officials who need it in order to enforce quarantine.

LISTEN: Ketchikan resident describes recovering from COVID-19

Even after being cleared by health officials, Russell Wodehouse says people treat him differently because he had the disease.

Where will the world’s cruise ships wait out the coronavirus pandemic? Maybe not Ketchikan.

While concerns over the coronavirus have knocked out Alaska’s cruise industry for the time being, a question remains about where the huge ships will wait out the pandemic.

Missing five-year-old Ketchikan boy found dead

On Saturday afternoon, "ground searchers located Jaxson [Brown] deceased and recovered his remains,” troopers said in a statement.

Ketchikan infections spread, 3 more cases reported

This transmission electron microscope image shows the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The virus was isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab....

Ketchikan officials announce two new cases of COVID-19, bringing local total to eight

Officials reiterated the importance of staying home given the exponential growth in coronavirus cases in Ketchikan.
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Two of Ketchikan’s COVID-19 patients worked at the town clinic

Two healthcare workers are among Ketchikan’s six confirmed coronavirus cases. That’s according to a Sunday afternoon news release from PeaceHealth, the Washington state-based nonprofit that runs Ketchikan’s hospital.

Ketchikan has third positive COVID-19 test, increasing state total to 13

The case adds to additional two that were reported by the state this week.

Rock slide severely damages Ketchikan grocery store

An early-morning rock slide Thursday may put a Ketchikan grocery out of business. No one was hurt in the rockfall.

As cruise ships get bigger, Southeast Alaska tug fleet lags behind

Southeast Alaska is hosting increasingly bigger cruise ships. But the region’s fleet of tugs remains the same size. What happens if a megaship loses power? Right now, there might not be the tug resources they need.

Pioneer Home residents saw huge rate increases last year. A new senate bill could help reduce those costs.

Last September, residents at the six Pioneer Homes across Alaska saw their rates jump between 40 and 140 percent.