Eric Stone, KRBD - Ketchikan


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.
A big cruise ship pulls up near a parking lot filled with trucks and vans.

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.

Army Corps green-lights Ward Cove cruise ship dock

Fairbanks investor John Binkley of the Ward Cove Dock Group says the hope is to get the berths in place for this season.

Saxman’s main water source freezes, officials urge conservation

(Creative Commons) City officials in Saxman are asking the community’s 400 residents to limit water use as temperatures remain well below freezing. That’s because the small city’s primary...

Ketchikan borough won’t oppose proposed marijuana cafe north of town

State marijuana regulators are scheduled to consider the permit later this month. If approved, Cannabis Corner could be among the first marijuana cafes in Alaska.

More than a foot of snow falls in Ketchikan, more on the way later this week

Meteorologists say the snowfall was fairly normal for Ketchikan this time of year.

State seeks dismissal of class-action suit challenging rate hikes at Pioneer Homes

Three Pioneer Home residents had filed suit after monthly rates more than doubled: with top tier residents liable to owe $15,000 a month for state-run assisted living.

Meth found in package leads to three arrests on Prince of Wales Island

After serving a search warrant at a logging camp near Keete Inlet, Alaska State Troopers say they found small amounts of meth and evidence that the drugs were being distributed.

Ketchikan’s school board agrees to give tribal leaders input on hiring

The agreement gives tribal leaders or their designees 20 percent of the seats on district hiring committees. In exchange, KIC will provide higher education funding for Alaska Native teachers, who will then be eligible to be hired by the school district.

Prince of Wales Island man convicted of 2016 murder sentenced to 99 years

A Sitka jury in May convicted 30-year-old Hydaburg resident Albert Peter Macasaet III of first-degree murder for strangling his then-girlfriend, 27-year-old Judylee Guthrie.