Sailing of state ferry Malaspina cancelled for repairs
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — Sailings of the Alaska state ferry Malaspina have been cancelled for repairs, starting April 29.
The Ketchikan Daily News reports the ferry will be sidelined for...
Ketchikan beaches fail water quality standards
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — Many beaches around Ketchikan have failed to meet Alaska water quality standards for recreation and consumption.
The Ketchikan Daily News reported on Friday that...
Ketchikan author discusses new fantasy novel
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — Ketchikan author Patrice Motschenbacher-Hammer has recently released her new fantasy novel, "The Weavings of Akaria," the first in her planned series: "The Veils of...
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — One of the U.S. Navy's newest class of warships docked at an Alaska port for a rare visit as the military looks to conduct more exercises in the Arctic.
Alaska board nominee Shaw withdraws nomination
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A former Ketchikan school board president has withdrawn his nomination for a state judicial conduct commission.
Gov. Mike Dunleavy nominated Trevor Shaw for the Alaska...
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — Officials have reopened a road linking the Prince of Wales Island communities of Kazan and Thorne Bay, two months after it was closed by a landslide.
Lawmakers grill Dunleavy pick over recall effort
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — State senators on Wednesday grilled one of Gov. Mike Dunleavy's board appointees over his relationship to a former Ketchikan teacher accused of sexual abuse and a recall...
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — A city in southeast Alaska lost nearly $20,000 after scammers sent an invoice through a spoofed email account.
The infrastructure firm Moffat & Nichol emailed a real...
State signs $2M timber sale contract for southeast Alaska
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — The state has signed a $2.1 million contract with ALCAN Timber Inc. for a timber sale on state and federal forest land in southeast Alaska.
The timber sale includes about 481 acres (195 hectares) within the Southeast State Forest and Tongass National Forest on the northwest end of Gravina Island, the Ketchikan Daily News reported Saturday.
Ketchikan power customers urged to cut back on electricity
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — Ketchikan's power utility is asking customers to throttle back their electrical usage.
Freezing temperatures and low water levels in lakes, the source of hydropower for Ketchikan Public Utilities' electric division, has maxed out power production, the Ketchikan Daily News reported .
Ketchikan historical museum displays model boats
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — Terry Richardson blends art, science and patience to create intricately accurate models of marine vessels and aircraft, of which a few specimens can be seen in the Tongass Historical Museum.
Richardson explained the history, process and materials involved in his passion for creating the models to an audience of about 25 people at a "Museum Midday" talk Thursday afternoon in the museum.
Alaska town approves observance of daylight saving time
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — Residents of a small town in southeast Alaska have voted for the community to observe daylight saving time.
The Metlakatla Indian Community Council authorized the time change last month for the town of about 1,500 people on Annette Island, the Ketchikan Daily News reported last week.
Alaska mayor pleads guilty to soliciting prostitution
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — A mayor in southeast Alaska received a 10-day suspended jail sentence after pleading guilty to soliciting prostitution.
Klawock Mayor Lawrence Armour pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge Wednesday in court on Prince of Wales Island, the Ketchikan Daily News reported .
Partial government shutdown complicates landslide response
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — The partial government shutdown that lasted 35 days has complicated efforts to clear a key roadway following a landslide on southeast Alaska's Prince of Wales Island.
About 300 people have been affected by the closure, and an old logging road has been a cumbersome detour, the Ketchikan Daily News reported .
The city of Thorne Bay said the slide occurred on U.S. Forest Service land.
Square dancing a long-standing Ketchikan tradition
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — Ketchikan's square dancers warmed up a chilly Friday night in the Creekside Cabaret with laughter and enthusiastic allemandes timed to the lively music of the Free Radicals band.
Barbara Morgan, who has teamed up with Hilary Koch for the past nine or 10 years to hold the Alaska Square Dance events, said that square dance groups have been active in town for decades.
Alaska plans for new ferry Tazlina to begin operation in May
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Marine Highway System plans to put its new ferry Tazlina into service in waters in the southeast in May.
The ferry system announced last week that the 280-foot (85-meter) vessel will operate in Lynn Canal, replacing the ferry Fairweather that connects Juneau, Haines and Skagway, the Ketchikan Daily News reported .
New youth podcast launches in Ketchikan
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — Ketchikan's young people have a new venue to make their voices heard, with "KTown: A Youth Podcast."
In the premiere episode released Friday, listeners were led through a dizzying array of topics by podcasters Jefferson Barry, Hiro Fifield, Nathaniel Johnson, Caleb Strait and Evan Yoder. The podcast was led by host Austin Otos, of Ketchikan Youth Court, and co-host, Americorp Vista Ketchikan Youth Initiatives volunteer John Bruce.
Southeast man arrested with meth at Ketchikan airport
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — A rural southeast Alaska man suspected of carrying methamphetamine was arrested at the Ketchikan airport.
Alaska State Troopers say 50-year-old Stanley Lynch of Hollis was carrying 159 grams of meth when he was arrested at about 5 p.m. Friday.
Hollis is a village on the east side of Prince of Wales Island.
Ketchikan man sentenced to 10 years for assaulting woman
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — A Ketchikan man who authorities said bashed a woman's head into a car door before running over her foot was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Lapairs Shaw, 26, was sentenced last week in Ketchikan Superior Court after pleading guilty to second-degree assault in the attack on the woman in March, the Ketchikan Daily News reported .
Ketchikan city officials mull cruise passenger fee ruling
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — Ketchikan city officials are mulling the potential impacts of a federal court decision on the use of cruise ship passenger fees.
U.S. District Court Judge H. Russel Holland last week ruled that while Juneau can keep collecting the fees, their use must constitute a service to the ship. The decision restricting use of the fees came in a lawsuit brought against Juneau by the cruise industry.
Ketchikan couple charged in felony heroin, meth case
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — State prosecutors in Ketchikan have charged a local couple with possessing illegal drugs with an estimated street value of more than $250,000.
The Ketchikan Daily New reports 35-year-old Jason Simpson and 33-year-old Angelina McDonald face two felony counts of drug misconduct.
They are represented by the public defender's office, which did not immediately respond to an email request for comment.
Ketchikan School Board ratifies new contract agreement
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — The Ketchikan School Board has ratified the agreement between the district and teachers' union, settling contract negotiations that spanned nearly two years.
The Ketchikan Daily News reports the board voted unanimously Thursday in favor of the agreement, which the Ketchikan Education Association had approved last week.
Logs made on Prince of Wales Island hit stores across Alaska
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska-made product that aims to be an environmentally friendly alternative to regular wood logs will be sold for the first time across the state.
Viking Firelogs made on Prince of Wales Island are being shipped to the nine Walmart stores in the state, the Ketchikan Daily News reported Wednesday.
Ketchikan applies for permit to blast underwater rock
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — Ketchikan officials want to remove part of an underwater rock to expand the waterway's safe navigable area for cruise ships docking at the city.
The Army Corps of Engineers issued a public notice Monday on the city's application to reduce the rock's height, the Ketchikan Daily News reported .
State lowers after-hours snow removal fee at Alaska airports
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — State transportation officials have reduced fees for after-hours snow and ice removal at Alaska airports after concerns were lodged from officials on Prince of Wales Island in southeast Alaska.
Ketchikan pauses contracting process for fiber project
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — Ketchikan officials have halted the contracting process for a proposed undersea fiber-optic cable linking the city to Canada after permits and funding were not secured.
The Ketchikan City Council voted unanimously Monday to reject bids and cancel the proposed project contract, the Ketchikan Daily News reported .
Ketchikan man indicted on attempted arson, assault counts
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — A 53-year-old Ketchikan man suspected of smashing his girlfriend's vehicle and showing up at her home with a gasoline can has been indicted on charges of felony assault and attempted arson.
The Ketchikan Daily News reports Kenneth Reese called the victim Oct. 24 and said he was going to destroy her home's porch. She blocked her driveway with her vehicle.
Tongass sees busy 2018 wildfire season; rest of Alaska, no
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — The country's largest national forest saw an increase in wildfires in 2018.
The U.S. Forest Service responded to 32 wildfires this year in Alaska's Tongass National Forest, the Ketchikan Daily News reported. The forest averages 15 to 20 fires per year.
Ketchikan utility continues running diesel generators
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — Recent rainfall in Ketchikan has helped fill reservoirs, but it has not been enough for the utility to switch on the area's largest hydroelectric source, officials said.
Ketchikan Public Utilities has been running diesel generators around the clock since it indefinitely switched off the Swan Lake Hydro Facility earlier this month, the Ketchikan Daily News reported .
Woman dies in fall into water near Ketchikan harbor
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — The body of a woman has been recovered from waters off Ketchikan.
Alaska State Troopers say 66-year-old Doretta Dowhitt died Wednesday near Hole-In-The-Wall Harbor, a boat launch about 8 miles (13 kilometers) south of Ketchikan.
A neighbor at 6:30 a.m. spotted Dowhitt in the water and pulled her out. The neighbor attempted life-saving measures while calling for help.
New Alaska ferry launches at Ketchikan Shipyard
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — The construction of the second of two new Alaska state ferries is nearing completion.
The 280-foot (85-meter) ferry Hubbard was lowered into the water for the first time at the Ketchikan Shipyard last week and checked for possible leaks, the Ketchikan Daily News reported Saturday.
Trump signs Save our Seas Act into law
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — President Donald Trump recently signed into law a bill that lawmakers have called a point of unity among Republicans and Democrats.
The Ketchikan Daily News reports the Save our Seas Act, which Trump signed Thursday, reauthorizes the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Marine Debris Program through 2022.
Ketchikan union, school district agree to mediation meetings
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — Mediation meetings between the Ketchikan Education Association and the school district have been scheduled after months of contentious contract negotiations.
The Ketchikan Daily News reports School Board President Kim Hodne said Thursday that the district and union have jointly agreed to mediation on Nov. 28 and Nov. 29.
Ketchikan City Council bans eagle feeding
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — The Ketchikan City Council passed in second reading an ordinance banning intentionally feeding wild eagles within city limits.
The Ketchikan Daily News reports the ordinance, passed on Thursday, also prohibits property owners from allowing other people to feed eagles on their property.
Trial moved for man charged in Alaska doctor’s death
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — The trial of a Washington state man charged in the death of an Alaska surgeon will be held in Juneau.
Ordinance banning feeding eagles moves forward
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — The Ketchikan City Council approved an ordinance that would ban feeding various types of birds, including eagles.
The ordinance, approved by council last week, would prohibit the feeding of wild bald eagles, gulls, ravens and crows within city limits, the Ketchikan Daily News reported .
Ketchikan holds its first film festival
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — A drone video showing what Keith Wadley has been doing in his retirement, a video taking its viewers inside and around the Baranof Hot Springs and a cautionary animated film showing what could happen if a child swallowed a watermelon seed. Those were three of the many films shown at the first-ever Ketchikan Film Festival on Aug. 24 at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center.
A trail less traveled: Paddling from the capital to Canada
EDMONDS, Wash. (AP) — A Swiss couple was paddling all the way to Ketchikan, Alaska. A student about to start college was planning to arrive in Bellingham over water. Another woman, who had spent the last 438 days circumnavigating the lower 48 states by bike and kayak, scribbled her note on the last leg of her journey.
Agencies map tectonic fault that touches southeast Alaska
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — Federal agencies have completed the first high-resolution mapping of a fast-moving underwater tectonic fault that extends from Vancouver Island, Canada, to southeast Alaska.
Ketchikan shipyard expects to lay off 50 to 80 workers
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — A Ketchikan shipyard is expecting to lay off 50 to 80 workers between October and the end of the year.
Vigor Alaska officials informed workers of the layoffs at a meeting last week, citing a lack of new construction projects, the Ketchikan Daily News reported .
Ketchikan man honored by FAA for years as aviation mechanic
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — Expecting a small company gathering in honor of his 70th birthday, Stephen Sustarich was surprised to receive instead the Federal Aviation Administration's most prestigious award for aircraft mechanics.
Sustarich, the quality control supervisor for Temsco Helicopters, fought back tears as he was presented the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award on Friday morning. The award recognized Sustarich for his 50-year career in the field.
Brewing up business in Ketchikan: A new taste in town
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — Ketchikan can't seem to get enough of Bawden Street Brewing Co., the city's first brewery in more than 15 years.
Since its July 16 opening, the beer has been in high demand, and the business is already providing beer to four local bars.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Ginny Hacker Eiseman spent the weekend reeling in a bounty of colorful fish at Steamboat Bay Fishing Club on remote Noyes Island in Alaska. She was returning home to Ketchikan when the unthinkable happened.
The chartered Taquan Air flight that she and 10 others were on crashed Tuesday on a rocky mountainside near Ketchikan. Everyone survived and was rescued hours later by the U.S. Coast Guard.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on a plane crash in southeast Alaska (all times local):
The pilot of a small plane that crashed in Alaska says he tried unsuccessfully to avoid the mountainous terrain the plane hit.
Clint Johnson is with the National Transportation Safety Board. He says an investigator spoke with the pilot Wednesday.
Johnson says the pilot indicated that he left a lodge on Noyes Island just before 7:50 a.m. Tuesday with 10 passengers and light cargo bound for Ketchikan.
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's largest state ferry, the Columbia, will be out of service for an additional week.
The Ketchikan Daily News reports the Columbia on June 29 developed a mechanical issue with its bow thruster engine exhaust system as it arrived in Bellingham, Washington.
After repairs, the Columbia had been expected to be returned to service Friday.
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities says the return has been rescheduled for July 13.
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — Partial collapse of a sea wall in the southeast Alaska city of Ketchikan has prompted removal of a harbor ramp and interrupted electric and water service to some floats.
Dan Berg, with the city's Port and Harbors Department, says this all started with a sinkhole in a parking lot that collapsed Sunday.
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — A former Alaska pastor and retired school teacher has pleaded not guilty to six counts of sexual abuse of a minor.
The Ketchikan Daily News reports Douglas Edwards entered the plea Friday after being indicted Thursday by a Ketchikan grand jury on three counts of sexual abuse of a minor in the second degree and three counts of third-degree sexual abuse of a minor.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Parts of southeast Alaska are experiencing drought conditions following a winter and spring with lackluster snowfall and rain, according to the National Weather Service.
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — A second California man accused of trafficking a variety of drugs in Ketchikan has pleaded guilty to a charge of methamphetamine conspiracy.
Alfonso Francisco Sandoval entered his guilty plea in federal court Thursday in Juneau, the Ketchikan Daily News reported . He is scheduled to be sentenced in October.