Eric Stone, KRBD - Ketchikan

Eric Stone, KRBD - Ketchikan
a Ketchikan library display

Ketchikan city manager nixes plans for Pride Month drag queen storytime at public library

The Ketchikan Public Library will not host another drag queen storytime as part of its Pride Month programming.
Dude Mtn

‘We just kept playing and kept playing’: Ketchikan trio Dude Mtn recaps Juneau Folk Fest tour

KRBD sat down with the Ketchikan-based psychedelic rock trio Dude Mtn, who played four Juneau shows during the weeklong Juneau Folk Festival.
Ketchikan LARPing

In Ketchikan’s live action role-playing group Iron Sky, you can be anything you want to be

Iron Sky, which recently held its Highland Games in Ketchikan, is a chapter of the national live action role-playing group Amtgard.
the Ketchikan Public Library's advisory board

Ketchikan library’s advisory board votes to keep book on relationships and sexuality in teen section

The board upheld the book's placement in the teen section, after a resident who first sought its removal asked that it be placed in the adult section.
the Ketchikan Public Library

Ketchikan Public Library Advisory Board to take input on request to remove book on teen sexuality

Ketchikan resident Tanya Hedlind has asked the library to pull a book on teen relationships, citing what she called “sexually explicit material.”

Conservation groups sue EPA seeking rules for discharges from cruise ships and other vessels

Two groups are suing the EPA over its alleged failure to finalize standards to protect U.S. waterways from harmful vessel discharges.
a cruise ship

Record high 1.5M cruise passengers expected in Ketchikan this summer

Altogether, Ketchikan is expecting 632 port calls throughout the season, with 1.1 million passengers arriving directly in the downtown area.
a ferry docked

20 pounds of meth, hidden in tortillas on a state ferry, seized by law enforcement in Southeast Alaska

It's one of the largest drug busts in Southeast Alaska in recent years.
Ketchikan trollers

More Southeast Alaska communities set to oppose lawsuit that threatens king salmon fishery

Southeast Alaska governments are speaking out against a lawsuit that threatens to shut down trolling for king salmon across the region this year.
a Ketchikan house fire

1 home destroyed, 2 damaged in early-morning Ketchikan house fire

Fire Marshal Gretchen O’Sullivan says crews worked for more than four hours to extinguish the Monday blaze on Deermount Street.
a Canadian cabin

Matanuska ferry’s uncertain future complicates Southeast Alaskans’ Canada trips

Extended repairs to the Matanuska have left no state ferries serving the Canadian port of Prince Rupert, with planned sailings canceled.
Jeff Walls

Indicted Ketchikan police chief placed on administrative leave

Ketchikan City Manager Delilah Walsh said Jeff Walls is on leave while the city conducts an internal investigation of the September incident in which he is charged.
Ketchikan's police chief

Ketchikan police chief left man bloodied after off-duty fishing resort brawl, indictment says

Jeff Walls was indicted in the alleged felony assault on Thursday. He was ordered not to discuss the case with witnesses other than his wife.
A man in a police uniform

Ketchikan police chief charged with felony assault

Ketchikan Police Chief Jeff Walls faces one felony charge and five misdemeanor charges, the most serious of which is third-degree assault — injuring someone with a dangerous instrument.

Ketchikan’s housing crisis could cost the community a generation, planning director says

Housing is tough to find and expensive in Ketchikan. And because of that, Richard Harney told local leaders, only one of his five children might stick around.
Ketchikan cruise ship berth

Missing Ketchikan man presumed dead after video shows fall into water, police say

Ketchikan police say a video shows missing man Rex Sowell, 32, falling into the water near a local cruise ship dock.
Rex Sowell

Ketchikan police, relatives looking for missing man

Rex Sowell, 32, was last seen in Ketchikan on the night of Nov. 19 at the Arctic Bar.
a cable ship

Cable ship finishes undersea fiber optic link to Southeast’s Prince of Wales Island

Plans for the 214-mile cable were unveiled in 2020 when the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced $21.5 million in funding for the project.
Otter airplane components

FAA mandates inspections of popular Alaska bush plane after Washington crash

The FAA says operators of de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otters must take a close look at a component that controls the horizontal portion of the plane’s tail.
an Otter floatplane

NTSB wants FAA to mandate inspections of popular Alaska bush plane after Washington crash kills 10

The National Transportation Safety Board says a key component on a de Havilland Canada Otter appears to have failed before it crashed in Washington, killing 10 people.