Eric Stone, KRBD - Ketchikan

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Ketchikan school district apologizes for racist remarks by students at basketball game

Some Ketchikan students hurled “racist remarks and sounds” at players from Metlakatla during a high school basketball game, according to the investigation.
A baby in a tu-tu

Two, two-two, two-two… tutu? Ketchikan residents celebrate a very special Tuesday.

"The girls were all like, did you you know it's two two-two two-two?" Romanda Simpson said. "And so they laughed and said, 'Let's do a tutu event!' And it was born."
A postal service truck goes up in flames

Friday night in Ketchikan, a mail truck went up in flames

“It started in the front, it blew out the windshield, it popped the tires. The fire was so intense that it actually burned holes in the sides of the door,” said Jeff Fitzwater, the photographer who captured spectacular images of the fire.
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Students speak out about allegations of racism at Ketchikan-Metlakatla basketball game

Students spoke out Wednesday about allegations of racism in the stands at a recent Ketchikan High School basketball game. The school district has launched an investigation into what it described as “racial insensitivity” after photos circulated...
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Ketchikan’s school district is investigating allegations of racism at a basketball game against Alaska’s only Native reservation

Some Ketchikan High School students dressed up as cowboys during a basketball game against its rivals from Alaska’s only Native reservation. The Ketchikan school district is investigating.
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Former PeaceHealth nurses accuse hospital system of culture of retaliation against employees

It’s not the first time PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center has been scrutinized by federal labor officials for allegedly retaliating against its workforce. The hospital was accused of violating federal labor laws on retaliation four times in 2015.
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Biden administration pledges $500K to design new mariculture facility on Prince of Wales Island

USDA Undersecretary for Rural Development Xochitl Torres Small said the initiative goes hand-in-hand with the Biden administration’s plans for new economic opportunity in an area that’s been in transition as the timber industry shrinks.
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Winter storms stress Hydaburg Dam, imperiling Southeast Alaska city’s water supply

An eight-foot dam on Prince of Wales Island is at risk of failing. Officials said Thursday there’s minimal risk to life and property but a breach could knock out the city of Hydaburg’s water supply.
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The 750-mile Race to Alaska is back on after a 2-year pandemic hiatus

The unpowered boat race from Port Townsend, Wash., to Ketchikan will start June 13 after two years of cancellations because of pandemic-related border closures.
A 32=foot gilnetter sails in blue waters next to green spruce-covered mountains.

Metlakatla takes fishing rights dispute to federal appeals court

Metlakatla Indian Community is asking the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit to rule that Metlakatla’s tribal members don’t need state permits to fish in their traditional waters.
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Ketchikan will join a national $26B opioid settlement, but officials say the money won’t go far

Alaska is one of all but eight states to join the settlement agreement with drugmaker Johnson & Johnson and three drug distributors: AmerisourceBergen, McKesson and Cardinal Health.
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A Metlakatla man is charged with shooting his brother

Court documents allege 18-year-old Isaac G. Henderson shot his brother with a .40 caliber pistol outside their mother’s home around 3 a.m. Sunday.
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A Bristol Bay health exec fired for suggesting COVID conspiracy theory is now leading Ketchikan’s tribal clinic

A Bristol Bay health executive fired last year after suggesting the coronavirus was a political conspiracy is now running Ketchikan’s tribal health clinic. Tribal officials say they have full confidence in the seasoned executive.
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Former juvenile detention center in Ketchikan transformed into shelter for survivors of domestic abuse, sexual assault

Former cell walls have been knocked out to create larger spaces. Concrete beds and metal toilets are gone. And in their place is a decidedly warmer decor.
A float plane sits on the water in an overcast day.

Aviation regulators announce recommendations — but no new rules — to reduce air crashes in Alaska

Federal aviation regulators have announced some recommendations to make flying in Alaska safer. It’s an attempt to address Alaska’s outsize share of crashes, but the agency is stopping short of imposing new safety rules on the industry.
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US Senate candidate Kelly Tshibaka cited for commercial fishing without crewmember license

Troopers say the offense stems from a video the candidate posted to social media in July. Tshibaka is shown removing fish from a set net on the Kenai Peninsula as jaunty marching-band-style music plays in the background.
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Police are investigating swastikas and racial slurs spray-painted behind Ketchikan elementary school

Swastikas, racial slurs and genitalia were spray-painted on a pavilion at Houghtaling Elementary School in Ketchikan over the weekend. It’s the third prominent incident of hateful and racist vandalism near a Ketchikan school in the past six months.
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Officials warn of landslide danger as fall storm heads for Southeast Alaska

Officials in the Prince of Wales Island community of Craig are warning of potential landslides, flooding and high winds this weekend as a powerful fall storm bears down on Southeast Alaska.

A nurse says she was fired from Ketchikan medical center for reporting safety concerns

State and federal labor investigators are looking into complaints that the hospital retaliated against the nurse after she’d raised concerns that some COVID-19 patients weren’t being properly monitored.

10 COVID-19 cases reported in prisons across Alaska

The prisons with COVID-19 cases in their general populations are spread across the state. There are four active cases at Anchorage Correctional Complex, three at Ketchikan Correctional Center, two at Spring Creek Correctional Center in Seward and one at Wildwood Correctional Complex near Kenai.