Maria Dudzak, KRBD - Ketchikan

Maria Dudzak, KRBD - Ketchikan
Maria Dudzak is a reporter at KRBD in Ketchikan.

Southeast Alaska swimmers remember Wrangell family lost in landslide

The final races of a Ketchikan swim meet were dedicated to the six people killed in the Nov. 20 slide, including five Heller family members.
a bus

Tour bus lands in Ketchikan Creek

There were no passengers in the vehicle, owned by Alaska Coach Tours, and the driver was uninjured Wednesday morning.
the Ketchikan Public Library

Ketchikan council upholds manager’s decision against holding drag queen story time

Ketchikan’s City Council upheld the city manager’s decision to not hold a drag queen story time at the public library this year.
Wmen pack up books into boxes in front of rows of shelves of books

Ketchikan librarians freeze thousands of books after pipe bursts at UAS campus

Thousands of library books — some of them rare — are in cold storage after a sprinkler pipe burst on the University of Alaska Southeast’s Ketchikan campus. College librarians went to great lengths to salvage items from the collection.
An elderly Alaska Native man with glasses

Haida centenarian to celebrate birthday in Craig

The world’s oldest living Haida is being honored for his longevity and community service at a birthday celebration for his 100th year on Tuesday.
A man in orange work raingear holds a large sea turtle in front of a background of corks on a fishing net

Seiners in Southeast Alaska rescue an unlikely hard-shelled visitor

Biologists identified the catch as a Pacific green sea turtle.
Hunter Davis (right) and James Whaley display the Bennington flag. (Photo by Dylan Simpson, KRBD -Ketchikan).

Honoring the Stars and Stripes

Do you know how to properly display the Stars and Stripes and are familiar with flag etiquette? Advice was given at a recent presentation.

Ketchikan Kings reclaim state title after 45 years

After a 45-year drought, the Ketchikan High School Kings basketball team on Saturday took the 4A title, winning 57-53 against Dimond High School at the state championship tournament in Anchorage.

Klawock mayor charged with soliciting prostitution

The mayor of Klawock has been charged with soliciting prostitution after allegedly seeking sexual favors in return for money.

U.S. Coast Guard commissions fast response cutter in Ketchikan

A commissioning ceremony was held in Ketchikan Wednesday for the U.S. Coast Guard cutter John McCormick. The 154-foot vessel is the first of six fast response cutters that will home-port in Alaska, and the first to be home-ported on the Pacific Ocean. Listen now

Ketchikan testing local beaches for PSP toxins

Last summer, Ketchikan Indian Community (KIC) began a phytoplankton and shellfish monitoring program in Ketchikan as part of the Southeast Alaska Tribal Toxins Program. KIC tests samples, and informs the public if dangerous levels of the toxin that causes paralytic shellfish poisoning are found in local clams and mussels. Listen now

Saxman rally supports Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

A peaceful gathering took place Monday afternoon in Saxman in support of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline. But speakers expressed concerns beyond what is happening in North...

Traditional Haida longhouse restoration complete

Restoration is finally complete for the last remaining, traditional Haida longhouse in the United States. The Son-i-Hat longhouse in Kasaan on Prince of Wales Island had been falling into disrepair for 50 years.
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Volunteers work to restore the amphibious plane, the Grumman Goose

Since 1992, volunteers with Ketchikan’s “Save the Goose” project have been working to restore a historic amphibious plane. The Grumman Goose restoration is about 85 percent complete and now those involved are trying to find a permanent home for the plane. They believe they may have found the right place. Download Audio

Totem pole fragments provide lost details

Ketchikan Museums staff has been working to catalog, document and store totem pole fragments that have been in the museum’s collection for 40 years. The fragments can provide details lost on many of the larger poles.

Landmark restaurant in Craig burns down

Ruth Ann’s restaurant, a Craig landmark, burned down early Thursday morning. According to a press release issued by Craig Police Chief R.J Ely the fire was first reported at about 2:40 am. Fire personnel responded within minutes and found the building completely engulfed in flames. All occupants of that and nearby buildings were safely evacuated.

Ketchikan council votes to ban pot sales

The Ketchikan City Council on Thursday voted to ban the commercial sale of marijuana within city limits. Download Audio

History sheathed in canned salmon labels

History comes in all shapes and sizes. For a doctoral student from the University of Washington, canned salmon labels are a treasure trove of information.

No one injured during police standoff in Ketchikan

No one was injured and no shots fired during a police standoff of more than three hours outside a Ketchikan home on Memorial Day.

New Loo Offers Relief In Busy Tourist Season

A ribbon cutting ceremony for a new public facility was held Thursday morning in downtown Ketchikan. The christening of the Stedman –Thomas Neighborhood Loo attracted about 40 people on a sunny and windy morning. Download Audio