Leila Kheiry, KRBD - Ketchikan

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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
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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

Body of snowboarder caught in avalanche recovered

The body of Marvin Scott, 39, has been recovered. Scott of Ketchikan was caught Sunday in an avalanche on Dude Mountain. Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad teams concluded their recovery efforts Thursday. Listen now

Forest Service chief, Murkowski hear from Tongass stakeholders

The main theme of Friday’s discussion at the Ketchikan Public Library was “Access.” Listen now

Recovery effort for man buried in avalanche temporarily suspended

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A 39-year-old Ketchikan man was buried in an avalanche while snowboarding on Dude Mountain Sunday afternoon. A search began on Monday, but has been temporarily suspended because of bad weather. Listen now

Ketchikan High School wins state Academic Decathlon competition

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Ketchikan High School’s Academic Decathlon team won the state championship Saturday in Anchorage. They will be headed to the national competition in April. Listen now

Ferry Taku has new owners

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The Alaska Marine Highway System fleet was reduced by one ship as of Friday morning. Ferry officials signed over the Taku to its new owners during a brief ceremony at ferry system headquarters in Ketchikan. Listen now

Talking Trash: In Ketchikan, you can salvage stuff from the landfill

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In Ketchikan, people can come up to the landfill and take what they want, which saves the city time, space and money. Listen now

AK: Practicing for a plane crash in Ketchikan

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Every three years, always on a rainy day it seems, Ketchikan practices for a plane crash. The drill involves pretty much every emergency response agency, and a whole lot of volunteers. Listen now

Dog café opens in Ketchikan

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A dog café - apparently the first one in Alaska - celebrated its official opening last weekend in Ketchikan. The café offers gourmet dog treats and an enclosed play yard. There's also coffee and treats for humans. KRBD's Leila Kheiry took her dogs to the new business to check it out. Listen now

Man charged in shooting death at Prince of Wales logging camp

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A 26-year-old Ketchikan man faces first-degree murder charges related to the Wednesday shooting death of 64-year-old Brian Stanton of Ketchikan.

AK: The mystery behind Ketchikan Ghost Tours

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Ketchikan is home to plenty of supernatural phenomena. That’s the theory, at least, behind a new venture: Ketchikan Ghost Tours. Listen now

Large cat sightings reported in Ketchikan

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Mountain lions in Ketchikan? There were a couple of reported sightings recently. But, local Alaska Department of Fish and Game officials say they’d like more evidence.

$250K bail for Ketchikan man charged with first-degree murder

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A 42-year-old Ketchikan man was arrested and charged Friday with first-degree murder and tampering with evidence for allegedly killing 55-year-old Richard Branda on Thursday evening. Listen now