Leila Kheiry, KRBD - Ketchikan


Ketchikan pastor, teacher sentenced for sexually abusing minor

Former Ketchikan High School teacher and local pastor Doug Edwards was sentenced Thursday to serve six years in jail for sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl who was a student and member of his congregation.

In Ketchikan, Dunleavy presents arguments for big budget cuts

Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s Monday visit to Ketchikan included a 90-minute question-and-answer session with residents. Outside about 30 demonstrators picketed the venue.

AK: Ketchikan mental health clinic hopes ‘Proof’ will debunk taboos

The nonprofit that runs a Ketchikan mental health clinic recently sponsored a local production of a Broadway play. As Leila Kheiry reports, it's one of many steps in an effort to combat taboos around mental illness.

Former Ketchikan teacher pleads guilty to sexual abuse of minor; gets six years

A former Ketchikan High School teacher pleaded guilty Wednesday to sexual abuse of a minor through a plea agreement that calls for him to serve six years in jail.

Ketchikan ‘shutdown family’ met with kindness, empathy

As Alaskan families with federal government jobs weather the partial government shutdown, some say local businesses — small and large — are stepping up to help.

Alaska Made: A new rule makes this easy-to-build gadget a required kit for the tackle box

A Ketchikan band has a rap song about rockfish recompression. And you’d better listen up, because their easy-to-build gadget will soon be required by regulation in Southeast.

Two Ketchikan teens charged with threatening to be ‘next school shooters’

Two Ketchikan teenagers are in custody, charged with terroristic threatening, after allegedly threatening to be the “next school shooters.”

Voting machine problems delay results for parts of Southeast

Problems with voting machines in Southeast mean final election results for House districts 35 and 36 won’t be known for a while. Machines in Craig, Klawock, Thorne Bay, Sitka, Kake, Haines, Hydaburg and Metlakatla experienced issues.

Report: Suicide is Alaska’s fifth-leading cause of death

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services report shows that for 2017, suicide was the fifth-leading cause of death in the state. Nationally, it’s the 10th-leading cause.

With rain in the forecast, Ketchikan switches back to hydroelectric power

The second half of October brought enough rain for Ketchikan’s electric utility to switch off its diesel generators.

Begich discusses campaign viability, ‘path forward’

Democratic candidate for Alaska Governor Mark Begich said, like many Alaskans, he was surprised by Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott’s abrupt resignation and withdrawal from the campaign. Listen now

AK: Ketchikan students focus on ‘Sense of Place’ in Indigenous Peoples Day celebration

Monday marked the second year for Alaskans to commemorate Indigenous Peoples Day rather than the federal Columbus Day holiday. In Ketchikan, the local UAS Campus Library hosted a celebration of Indigenous culture. Listen now

Southeast invests in tourism hoping for big return

Bigger and bigger cruise ships bring more and more passengers to the Inside Passage. Southeast Alaska communities are investing more into the tourism industry hoping for a return of that investment. Listen now

Weather conditions blamed in Prince of Wales plane crash, preliminary report says

A preliminary report by National Transportation Safety Board says the pilot in a non-fatal plane crash likely become disoriented after weather conditions worsened during a trip to Ketchikan. Listen now

All 11 passengers survive Tuesday morning floatplane crash on Prince of Wales Island

Eleven people have survived an airplane crash Tuesday morning on Prince of Wales Island, and were back in Ketchikan early Tuesday afternoon. Listen now

Even a rainforest can experience a drought, weather service says

There are no tumbleweeds blowing through the streets of Southeast Alaska towns, but, the region has received less precipitation than usual over the past nine months. Listen now

Retired Ketchikan teacher, pastor charged with sexual abuse of a minor

Recently retired Ketchikan High School teacher and local pastor Doug Edwards has been arrested and charged with three counts of sexual abuse of a minor. Listen now

Ferry Tazlina floated for the first time

Floating a new ferry for the first time is a painstakingly long process that involves bursts of activity followed by a lot of waiting around and listening to the hum of machinery. Listen now

Ketchikan High Academic Decathlon team gets a hero’s welcome

A crowd of determined well-wishers braved a wind-driven downpour to cheer the Ketchikan High School team’s return from Texas, where they took top honors at the national competition. Listen now

Wind storm hits Southeast; Ketchikan clocks biggest gusts

Ketchikan was warned Tuesday morning to expect a big storm that afternoon, and they weren’t kidding. Weather spotters clocked sustained winds around 70 mph and gusts exceeding 100. Listen now