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Ketchikan police seize meth, heroin, weapons, cash in Tuesday drug bust

Three people were arrested in a drug bust in Ketchikan Tuesday night. During the bust, Ketchikan police seized a pound of meth, 2.75 ounces of heroin, a handgun and a semiautomatic assault rifle loaded with armor-piercing bullets. Listen now

An up-close look at an advanced cruise wastewater system

A group of Ketchikan residents gathered on the downtown cruise ship dock to board the Holland America ship Zaandam. The group had a fancy lunch on board, and then took a tour of not-so-fancy areas that most people never see: wastewater treatment, emissions filtration and garbage sorting.

State appeals court overturns 2012 Ketchikan murder conviction

Citing improper arguments by the prosecution, the Alaska Court of Appeals on Friday overturned the murder conviction of a 25-year-old Ketchikan man who was found guilty about five-and-a-half years ago. Listen now

Ketchikan floods cause some damage, have fish swimming on roads

It’s rained enough in Ketchikan the past couple of days that fish are swimming across the road. Listen now

Walker signs SB 88, Mental Health Trust land exchange

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker was joined in Ketchikan on Thursday by U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, state Sen. Bert Stedman and state Rep. Dan Ortiz to sign a bill accepting a land trade between the U.S. Forest Service and Alaska Mental Health Trust. Listen now

Necropsy planned for humpback hit by cruise ship

A Princess Cruise Lines ship traveling through Southeast Alaska’s Inside Passage hit a humpback whale that became lodged on the front bulbous bow. Listen now

Green sponge discovered in Southeast could treat some cancers

A green sponge discovered in 2005 in Southeast Alaska waters has unique properties that could be used to treat certain types of cancer. Listen now

Washington man pleads not guilty to murder, theft in Ketchikan doctor’s death

A 32-year-old Washington state man pleaded not guilty Monday to first- and second-degree murder charges related to the March 16 death of Ketchikan surgeon Dr. Eric Garcia. Listen now

Wrangell Borough, union reach amended contract agreement

The Wrangell Borough Assembly approved an amended contract with union employees during a special meeting Thursday, ending what have been contentious negotiations with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Listen now

AK: McPherson Music leaves behind a legacy of Ketchikan performers

McPherson Music has been the cornerstone of Ketchikan’s music scene since the 1980s. Now, though, McPherson Music is for sale. Listen now

A conversation about death over cake and coffee

Two Ketchikan women are trying to make a difficult topic a little easier for people to talk about. Their big goal is to encourage more people to plan for their own end. Listen now
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Tenured teachers address Ketchikan School Board

While it wasn’t on the agenda, the Ketchikan School Board got a lesson last night about tenure, taught by five of the school district’s tenured teachers. Listen now

Long line for first legal cannabis sales in Ketchikan

Ketchikan’s first marijuana retail store opened its doors to customers at about 4:30 p.m. Monday, which was a few days later than originally planned. But, the 50-plus people in line were happy to buy legal cannabis for the first time in Alaska’s First City. Listen now

Ketchikan’s first pot shop set to open Saturday

Ketchikan’s first marijuana retail store could open as early as this coming Saturday, if a Thursday inspection goes well. Listen now

Police say doctor’s death ‘suspicious,’ theft charges filed against friend

The death of Ketchikan doctor Eric Garcia earlier this week is now considered suspicious after police learned the friend who reported Garcia missing on March 27 had allegedly stolen money and valuable items from Garcia’s home. Listen now

Rep. Ortiz introduces state version of Mental Health land trade

While waiting for federal legislation to expedite a land exchange between the U.S. Forest Service and Alaska Mental Health, state officials are working on a companion bill in the Alaska Legislature. Listen now

Whale freed from anchor line in Ketchikan

A group of Ketchikan good Samaritans banded together last week to help a humpback whale that had become tangled in a barge anchor cable off Prince of Wales Island. Listen now

Front of new Alaska ferry completed

Ketchikan’s Vigor Industrial rolled out the forward half of the Alaska-class ferry Tazlina on Sunday. With that portion out of the assembly hall, shipyard employees now can get started on the back half. Listen Now
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Ketchikan community members raise Title IX concerns to school board

Representatives of Ketchikan High School’s volleyball team came to the Ketchikan School Board on Wednesday with a long list of complaints, including gender bias, alleged violations of Title IX, and objectification of the athletes involved in volleyball. Listen Now

Petersburg opposes Mental Health logging plan

Petersburg’s Borough Assembly on Tuesday voted to send a letter urging a land exchange rather than logging Alaska Mental Health Trust lands on a steep hillside above Mitkof Highway south of downtown. Listen now