Eric Stone, KRBD - Ketchikan

A large cruise ship docked up in Southeast Alaska

Summers without ships bring Ketchikan $3.4 million budget shortfall

But despite the multimillion shortfall, officials said the borough won’t burn through all of its savings.
An overturned float plane in front of a mountain side

Federal report shows sudden wind shift before May 2019 floatplane crash near Metlakatla

The report also showed that the pilot had little Alaska flying experience, but it did not determine a probable cause for the crash that killed two.
Two white men sit on log on a beack

Police body cameras shed light on Ketchikan man’s drowning during pursuit

Police camera footage obtained by KRBD shows 34-year-old hesitating for a moment before stepping into the fast-running creek after officers threaten to tase him.
Yelllow lines zigzgging over a body of water on a map

Coast Guard suspends search for missing pilot flying from Ketchikan to Port Angeles, Washington

Authorities called off Wednesday’s search for the pilot of a missing Cessna airplane that went down near Washington state’s Olympic Peninsula.
An Alaska arlines jet in the sky

Man arrested in Seattle after allegedly threatening a Ketchikan-bound Alaska Airlines flight

Port of Seattle police arrested a man Saturday morning after authorities say he threatened a Ketchikan-bound Alaska Airlines flight. Police did not release the suspect’s identity.
A white man smiles at a camera in front of some cabinets

Ketchikan fire survivor says husband died trying to save her daughter

Jeanine Burbary said her husband saved her life, before dying trying to save his 8-year-old daughter.
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Ketchikan school superintendent on leave after husband’s death from COVID-19

Beth Lougee's husband, David Lougee, a superintendent of a school district in Southwest Alaska, recently died due to COVID-19.
A school building

Tribal leaders express ‘no confidence’ in superintendent of Ketchikan schools

Tribal leaders in Ketchikan said they have “no confidence” in the school district’s top administrator, who is facing allegations of mistreating Alaska Native faculty.
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Ketchikan’s first COVID-19 vaccine shipment was too warm and had spoiled, officials say

Ketchikan’s first batch of the COVID-19 vaccine was spoiled and couldn’t be used. But replacements have already arrived.
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Metlakatla man charged with first-degree murder after allegedly killing neighbor

After a Metlakatla man in his sixties died over the weekend, a 36-year-old man was jailed Saturday. Prosecutors said he’s admitted the crime.
A house with blue and red Tlingit designs painted on the side

Metlakatla locks down after officials announce first two local cases of COVID-19

Metlakatla avoided the coronavirus for nearly eight months. But that streak ended Thursday when an unnamed resident tested positive, prompting a 72-hour lockdown.
A weathered greyissh tugboat on the sandy beach with mountains in the background

Plan approved to sink the Lumberman, Juneau’s troublesome tug

The World War II-vintage tugboat has been a fixture on Gastineau Channel and became a jurisdictional tug-of-war between city, state and Coast Guard officials after it broke its anchor line on state tidelands more than two years ago.
A forest floor

Alaskans react to Trump Administration’s Roadless Rule rollback in the Tongass

Proponents of the change say that the industry is at risk of disappearing, while environmentalists and Indigenous tribes say that logging threatens the ecosystem.
A wet road with a pile of mud and trees blocking it

Heavy rains in Southeast Alaska block key roads on Prince of Wales Island

Heavy rains toppled trees and buried roads on Prince of Wales Island Monday. Local and state transportation crews are responding to at least seven landslides blocking roads on the Southeast Alaska island.
A pink blocky, two story building next to a sprucy hillside

Ketchikan assembly passes pro-police resolution seen as ‘backlash’ to LGBTQ rights measure

The mayor cross-examined public testifiers in the unusual hearing on the resolution at the Ketchikan Borough Assembly.
Supporters wave signs on a bridge on a sunny day. Many are wearing tie dyed shirts and rainbow colors.

Ketchikan assembly asks state for LGBTQ protections after overriding mayor’s veto

In a nonbinding resolution, the borough assembly asked for state protections for sexual orientation and gender identity, as the city's resolution doesn't necessarily apply to outlying areas.
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Bring home troops, sell federal lands: Libertarian presidential candidate pitches vision to Alaskans

Jorgensen pitched unorthodox ideas for dealing with pollution and managing federal lands.
Rain falls in town next to a wooden sign that says "creek Street"

‘Merciless’ rain in Southeast Alaska breaks records, dampens spirits

Ketchikan recorded 47 inches of rain from June to August.

It’s official: Alaska won’t see any large cruise ships this year

Carnival and Royal Caribbean already announced that they wouldn't be sailing to Alaska.

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.