Jack Darrell, KRBD - Ketchikan

Jack Darrell, KRBD - Ketchikan

Klawock hopes for an economic boost as it welcomes cruise ships for the first time

The ceremony was the result of 18 months of planning by tribal leaders, who are hoping to revive the town’s flagging economy with tourism.

Ketchikan tourist sues borough after scooter tips over on public bus

Attorneys for 91-year-old Donald Gillingham say the scooter wasn't secured when it fell, breaking his ribs and puncturing his lung.
The Ketchikan state courthouse

Metlakatla man charged with manslaughter in 2023 car crash

Prosecutors say John E. Savage, 54, was driving drunk in the Southeast Alaska crash that killed Heather Henderson, severely injuring him and her niece.
underwater archaeology

Archaeologists try to answer new questions about first humans in Southeast Alaska

A recent paper attempts to set a new timeframe of when humans first arrived in Southeast Alaska, using cave remains and animal fossils from the region.
a burned fire station

Ketchikan borough declares disaster in fire-station fire

Firefighters say the April 9 blaze that swept through the South Tongass station appears to have started near one of the five vehicles it damaged.
a murderer

Washington man sentenced to 99 years for murder of Ketchikan surgeon

Judge Michael Wolverton called Jordan Joplin's 2017 killing of Eric Garcia one of the most “brazen and craven” acts he’d seen in his 40 years on the bench.
a seafood plant

Trident Seafoods find buyers for Ketchikan, Petersburg and False Pass processing plants

Trident did not name who will buy the plants. Company officials say both Trident and the buyers are bound by non-disclosure agreements.
a shelter

After cliff fall, Ketchikan’s ‘Gandalf’ says reports of his death were greatly exaggerated

Robert Henderson fell 30 feet from a cliff police say he was kicked off of last month, but survived — despite small-town rumors to the contrary.
a riverbank

Alaska tribes accuse Canada of human rights violations, request international hearing on mining

The Southeast Alaska Indigenous Transboundary Commission says upstream mining in Canada violates tribes' right to a healthy environment.
a man

Ketchikan jurors convict man in 1993 cold-case rape

The jury took about an hour to convict Michael J. Williams, who was linked to the case by DNA evidence, after nearly a week of testimony.
a harbor full of docked boats on a cloudy day

Alaska’s harbors grapple with rusty pilings and rising costs

The climbing price of docking a boat in harbors across the state has Alaskans questioning their future on the water.
a defendant

Trial begins in 30-year-old Ketchikan cold-case rape

State prosecutors say DNA evidence links Michael J. Williams, now 54, to the 1993 sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl near Ketchikan High School.
a business

Washington man pleads guilty to selling fake Alaska Native art in Ketchikan

Jessie Halili Reginio admitted to passing off Filipino-made stone carvings and wood totem poles as traditional art made by local Lingít and Haida artisans.

Rising Ketchikan drug arrests leave downtown business owners frustrated

The owners told the City Council that homelessness and drug addiction have become problems too big to ignore — problems that now affect their income.
a storefront

Cable TV is coming to an end in Ketchikan

The Southeast Alaska community had the state's first cable system, but its current provider says it's no longer viable amid streaming services.
a landslide

Prince of Wales added to state disaster declaration for Wrangell landslide

Under the amendment, Prince of Wales Island residents affected by the Nov. 20 storm that hit Wrangell now qualify for state disaster relief.
a musical cast

The rain never bothered us anyway: Ketchikan becomes Arendelle for Alaska debut of ‘Frozen’

Mayor Dave Kiffer has temporarily renamed the city in honor of the play, at the only high school in Alaska authorized to perform it.
a landslide

Storm that hit Wrangell brought wider Southeast Alaska damage

The storm that caused Monday's deadly landslide in Wrangell also triggered slides near Ketchikan and knocked out Coast Guard radio relay towers.
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Tourism, aging create ‘a lot of challenges’ for Ketchikan’s first responders

Ketchikan's fire chief, Rick Hines, says off-duty crew members are being paged to answer calls, with up to seven happening simultaneously last year.