Eric Stone, KRBD - Ketchikan


Prince of Wales Island man convicted of 2016 murder sentenced to 99 years

A Sitka jury in May convicted 30-year-old Hydaburg resident Albert Peter Macasaet III of first-degree murder for strangling his then-girlfriend, 27-year-old Judylee Guthrie.
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Ketchikan school board to consider giving tribal leaders input in hiring process

Advocates say adding tribal voices to the hiring process would give Native students positive role models, and encourage them to stay in school and graduate.

Ketchikan mobile home park owner, staff charged with drinking and wastewater violations

State regulators say a private sewer system polluted a Ketchikan creek. Nearby residents say they’ve been complaining about their tap water for years.
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‘Governor’s going to have a fight’: Pioneer Home resident suing state

Ketchikan resident Eileen Casey is one of three Pioneer Home residents taking the state to court to prevent it from hiking monthly rates by as much as 140 percent.
Wrangell’s mayor. Steve Prysunka. circulated this image on social media. It shows the lack of water running into Wrangell’s reservoirs. (Photo Courtesy of City of Wrangell)

Rains erase last of ‘severe drought’ in Southeast as conditions improve statewide

Places like Ketchikan, Wrangell and as far north as Juneau are still in “moderate drought.”

How developers plan to turn a symbol of Ketchikan’s timber past to a hub for tourism

Private developers want to build a cruise ship dock in Ketchikan’s Ward Cove ⁠— one of the clearest examples yet of Ketchikan’s economic transformation from timber to tourism.

What’s driving up bacteria levels in Ketchikan’s drinking water? Climate change. And goats.

Ketchikan’s source of drinking water might have too much bacteria, and that could mean expensive upgrades for the city’s water department. And mountain goats and climate change might be to blame. Ketchikan’s drinking water...

Dunleavy wants White House to consider fast-tracking Prince of Wales rare earth mine

The Nova Scotia-based mining company Ucore says rare earth elements are buried deep below Bokan Mountain on the southern end of Prince of Wales Island. But now environmentalists worry that a proposed mine won’t get a thorough enough review.

Construction-related blast triggers rock slide across North Tongass Highway

The blast happened around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and closed the road for nearly seven hours.

Last ferry leaves Ketchikan for Prince Rupert

A key transit connection between Southeast and the rest of the continent is severed — at least for now.

Many Ketchikan residents want public hearing on Ward Cove dock

Developers want to put in a two-berth floating dock at Ward Cove, a narrow bay seven miles north of downtown Ketchikan — but local residents have expressed concerns about traffic and pollution.

Ketchikan mayor, council concerned over Ward Cove project

In a letter to the Army Corps of Engineers, which is reviewing a permit to build a two-berth dock for megaships, the city’s elected leaders questioned whether the project was in the community’s best interest.

Ketchikan schools walk back policy allowing administrators to force students to unlock phones

Ketchikan school administration officials have walked back a proposed cell phone policy that had explicitly warned students they could expect no privacy on their devices while on school grounds. An earlier draft included language stating...

Ketchikan Gateway Borough mayor fights for local funding from feds

Payments in lieu of taxes from the federal government help support communities around Alaska. But the payments are discretionary, which makes it hard for cities and boroughs to plan — and local leaders are now asking Congress take a longer-term approach.

Prince Rupert ferry cancellation shocks Ketchikan community

The two communities have been linked by state ferry since 1963, and the end of the service will mean big changes for people trying to get from Southeast Alaska to the North American road system.

Ketchikan City Council to consider port fee hike

The current dockage rate was set in 1991, and the base rate hasn’t been adjusted for inflation since.