Eric Stone, KRBD - Ketchikan

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.
a man puts his ballot in a ballot box

Early voting in Alaska’s general election has begun

Voters will rank their favorite candidates for governor, U.S. House and Senate, and state House and Senate.

Ketchikan City Council OKs plan to link power grid with Metlakatla’s

“For Metlakatla, today’s a big day,” Metlakatla Mayor Albert Smith told Ketchikan’s City Council Thursday, highlighting the historic link of the two communities’ power grids.
kids in Ketchikan

Ketchikan celebrates Filipino American history, culture at 2nd annual Fil-Am Festival

Community members in Ketchikan came together last weekend to celebrate Filipino American History Month at the second annual Fil-Am Festival.

Author of measure to cut Ketchikan library funding over LGBTQ content says he doubts it will pass

Former Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly member John Harrington says he filed the initiative petition this summer on behalf of a group of parents that object to LGBTQ content at the Ketchikan Public Library.
fishing boats

Report highlights Southeast Alaska’s soaring economy but warns of housing crunch and loss of state jobs

Southeast Alaska’s economy saw a massive rebound in 2021 and has continued to recover from the pandemic this year.
A man talking into two microphones

Embattled Ketchikan City Council candidate Dave Timmerman officially ends campaign

Timmerman's name will still appear on the Oct. 4 ballot, after his Monday removal request missed an Aug. 25 deadline.