Eric Stone, KRBD - Ketchikan

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.
A man talking into two microphones

Ketchikan City Council candidate violated restraining order after relationship with 18-year-old, records show

Dave Timmerman pleaded guilty and served time in jail for violating one of the protective orders, court records show. He filed on Wednesday to run for a one-year city council seat.
people stand outside a giant ship

Ketchikan City Council approves seasonal sales tax to capitalize on summer tourism

Within city limits, the sales tax will go up in April and then down again the following October.
a drill site on mountainside

New federal climate package could spur mine development in Alaska

The tax and climate bill includes $7,500 tax credits for people who buy new electric vehicles — but there’s a pretty big catch.

Ballot measure to defund Ketchikan’s library over drag queen storytime certified for Oct. 4 election

Only people who live in unincorporated areas of the borough will be eligible to vote on the measure.
A view from a plane of steep slopes, with poor visibility

Families of tourists killed in 2021 floatplane crash near Ketchikan sue Holland America and Southeast Aviation

The lawsuit comes just over a year after a DeHavilland Beaver floatplane crashed into treetops on a steep slope in Misty Fjords National Monument Wilderness, about 12 miles northeast of Ketchikan.
A beach bordered by trees

Father and 2 young children rescued after taking wrong Ketchikan trail

It’s the second backcountry rescue in the Ketchikan area in less than a week.
A group of smiling people pose aboard a retired Alaska Marine Highway ferry.

Four Ukrainian refugees are living and working on a retired Alaska state ferry

"I'm very happy to be in the USA, because in the USA I am in a safe zone. I'm very happy that I don't listen to the sound of bombs," said 16-year-old Sofia Zagrebelskaa, who is now living on the retired ferry Malaspina with her mother.

Evidence of invasive crab that could wreak havoc on Alaska fisheries found near Metlakatla

The crustaceans uproot eelgrass beds in search of food, which serve as habitat for herring and salmon.
People waitiing in line at a counter at the PFD office

PFDs will start going out to Alaskans on Sept. 20, says governor’s office

This year’s $3,200-per-person payout includes a $650 payment meant to offset high energy costs.