Eric Stone, KRBD - Ketchikan

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.
Sarah Palin sits at a table between a man and a woman, holding up a t-shirt that says "Nowhere Alaska 99901"

Ketchikan Republicans censure Sarah Palin over ‘bridge to nowhere’ controversy

Despite the censure, the party chapter is still recommending that voters rank Palin ahead of the Democratic candidate, Mary Peltola.
An Alaska state ferry waiting at a dock

After nearly 3 years, Alaska Marine Highway resumes service to Prince Rupert, B.C.

Ferry officials put the route on hold in September 2019 over a dispute over whether U.S. Customs officials could carry guns.
A sailboat passing between shore and a cruise ship

Seattle crew wins 2022 Race to Alaska, reaching Ketchikan ‘days in front of anyone else’

The three-man crew aboard a 44-foot Riptide monohull sailed into Ketchikan’s Thomas Basin harbor Monday afternoon.
two people smile and wave in dresses

Ketchikan’s assembly to consider asking voters to cut library funding in response to drag queen event

Former Assembly member John Harrington cites the library’s decision to host a drag queen for a children’s storytime in a letter requesting the cut.
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Alaska Senate approves budget that includes $5,500 payments to residents

Sen. Mike Shower, R-Wasilla, said the proposal would give the Senate room to negotiate the final figure with the House.
white pills in a plastic bag

Ketchikan advocates call for local, state and federal action to address opioid crisis

Deborah Asper, with the Ketchikan Wellness Coalition, says one part of the issue is the rise of strong, synthetic opioids.
A cruise ship with a mountain in the background.

Cruise ships visiting Alaska this summer will require most passengers to be vaccinated

Under a proposal from Royal Caribbean, 95% of crew and all eligible passengers 12 and older are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
A view from a plane of steep slopes, with poor visibility

Federal investigators outline circumstances of fatal August 2021 Misty Fjords crash

Investigators have not yet pointed to a cause for the crash.
A ship on the water

The Malaspina ferry could be reborn as a museum for the Alaska Marine Highway

State transportation authorities announced Monday that they’d entered negotiations to sell the Malaspina to the owners of a private cruise ship dock in Ketchikan’s Ward Cove.
A ferry at dock

Alaska Marine Highway to resume Prince Rupert ferry link after 2-year hiatus

A dispute over whether U.S. border guards would be allowed to carry guns on Canadian soil led authorities to pause sailings in 2019. Then the pandemic hit.
A ship in the water

US and Russian scientists are still working together to solve salmon mysteries

Tensions continue to simmer in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. But the United States and Russia are still working together on at least one issue: salmon.
Don Young seated and looking to his left, at the camera

Don Young floats bill that would seize Russian yachts and merchant ships

Young’s proposal wouldn’t just require the seizure of pleasure yachts — it includes Russian commercial vessels as targets for seizure.