Station Highlights

Last Chance To Bid On Auction Items!

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There are just a few items remaining. Call 225-9655, 1-800-557-5723, or email stuart@krbd.org to place your bid by December 22nd.
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2015 Calendars Available

"Super Moon Rising Over Metlakatla" by Keith Wadley

2015 KRBD calendars available at the station or at Starboard Frames & Gifts in the Plaza.
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Misty Pattison sent us this shot of high tide on a sunny day at Knudson Cove Marina.

Photo of the Day
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Morning Edition Interviews

Thoughts on health care reform

Matt Eisenhower of PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center speaks about some of the healthcare reforms impacting hospitals and what he sees in store for the future of healthcare nationally and in Ketchikan.  Healthcaremore

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Musical science hour with the Ratfish Wranglers

Ray Troll, Shauna Lee and Russell Wodehouse of the “Ratfish Wranglers” speak about their music and a performance and slide show at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center Friday night.  RatfishWranglersmore

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Concerts this week

Rob Holston speaks about the Sam Pitcher Memorial Scholarship Concert taking place tonight (12/9) and the Singing Christmas Tree with multiple performances Friday and Saturday. Concertsmore

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Southeast News

Silver Bay wins board approval for waterfront purchase

A Sitka-based seafood processor has cleared the first hurdle toward a major expansion -- in its hometown. The board of Sitka’s Gary Paxton Industrial Park on Wednesday (12-17-14) approved the sale of a significant portion of park waterfront to Silver Bay Seafoods. Plans for a joint venture in a marine services center remain on hold for the time being.

Petersburg committee opposes Dungeness closures

Proposals to close commercial Dungeness crabbing in many areas of Southeast Alaska got no support from the Fish and Game Advisory Committee in the commercial fishing town of Petersburg. As … more

Petersburg Girl Scouts sings Christmas carols downtown

Listen to the Girl Scouts sing Christmas carols at Long Term Care.

Sitka High activities budget: A ‘perfect storm’

The activities budget for Sitka High School may have reached a tipping point -- and it could force the end of some programs. The Sitka School Board heard a report from activities director LieuDell Goldsberry earlier this month. Between the recent addition of several new activities and a reduction in district spending, most programs have seen a cut of at least 40-percent over two years.

Local News

Canada OKs KSM mine’s environmental plans

Seabridge Gold's Brent Murphy points to a valley to be dammed to hold tailings from the KSM mine during a July tour. The project just won federal environmental approval. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)

A controversial mine near Southeast Alaska’s border won approval from Canada’s federal government. Critics say it could pollute salmon-bearing rivers.
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Juneau Diocese announces priest changes

Holy Name Parish in Ketchikan will be getting a new priest in February. The Diocese of Juneau announced this week that the Rev. Patrick Travers will leave St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Juneau to serve as the pastor of Holy Name.
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940,000 cruise visitors predicted for 2015 season

The Volendam was the first cruise ship to stop in Ketchikan in 2014.

More than five months before the 2015 season is due to start, the City of Ketchikan has released a draft of next summer’s cruise ship schedule.
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Council argues about how to raise water rates

The City of Ketchikan is seen from the water on a cloudy day.

The Ketchikan City Council spent a lot of time Thursday night talking about water rates. The point of contention was how to raise rates in a way that gets fish processors and other large, industrial water customers on the path toward paying a fair rate, and reducing the subsidy that residential customers currently provide.
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School Board approves 3-year teachers’ contract

Revilla Alternative School is part of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District.

The agreement provides raises for teachers in each of the three years: One percent for the first year, retroactive to July 1, and 2.5 percent for each of the subsequent years of the contract.
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Mayor gives annual State of the City address

City Mayor Lew Williams III speaks to the Chamber of Commerce.

Williams was cautiously optimistic about the city. He cited challenges such as reduced state financial aid and aging city infrastructure, but Williams also stressed the city’s strengths, such as a diverse economic base and new opportunities opening up at the shipyard and in the mining industry.
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Community Reports

Arts Report

The Arts Council and First City Players will have some holiday closures, but there’s still a lot to do – The Monthly Grind, Boombal, and upcoming acting, singing and writing opportunities.  Arts121814more

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UAS Ketchikan Report

Priscilla Shulte and Barbara Morgan speak about a new class, “Traditional Intertidal Foods of Southeast Alaska.”  UAS121714

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Job Service Report

The latest Job Service Report from the Ketchikan Job Center. Jobs121614more

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