Author Archives: Leila Kheiry

Coast Guard assisting in rescue off BC coast

The U.S. Coast Guard cutter SPAR heads south down Tongass Narrows on Friday, toward the Queen Charlotte Islands, to help with a drifting freighter in Canadian waters.A 440-foot 11-crew freight vessel, the Simushir, ran into trouble off the coast of British Columbia’s Queen Charlotte Islands on Friday, and was disabled and adrift, with about 167,000 gallons of fuel on board.

Council approves study for failing sea wall

Ketchikan from the waterCouncil members and city officials stressed that they don’t intend for the city to take on the full burden of fixing the wall, which they say doesn’t even belong to the City of Ketchikan.

Ebola risk low, but state & local hospital are ready

HospitalKetchikan Medical Center already has implemented new protocols to lower that low risk of an Ebola contamination even more.

Final vote Monday for prayer ordinance

A public hearing and final vote on a proposal to add prayer to the regular Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly meeting agenda is scheduled for Monday’s Assembly meeting.

Vigor hosts 2nd annual career day

Dwayne Kelly explains the functions of the engine to high school students on the ferry Columbia.Vigor Alaska and the Alaska Department of Transportation’s Office of Civil Rights hosted the second annual maritime and construction career day at the Vigor shipyard Monday in Ketchikan.

Coast Guard responds to overturned vessel

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued two men after their vessel capsized this morning.

Council to vote on new fire chief, retaining wall

Ketchikan Fire DepartmentThe Ketchikan City Council will decide Thursday whether to hire Unalaska’s current fire chief, Abner Hoage, as the new City of Ketchikan fire chief. Another motion regarding the retaining wall in Thomas Basin will be discussed.

Airport crash drill tests Ketchikan response teams

SprayingTheBusThere are people with lacerations, head injuries, a young girl with scissors sticking out of her neck and a woman with her arm missing from below the elbow. It’s a horror show, but one where all the victims are laughing, gossiping and eating donuts.

A day in the life of a fake plane crash victim

Victim CarIt’s seven o’clock on a Saturday morning. I’m in a warehouse off the main runway at the Ketchikan International Airport. The trucks, plows, hoses and other airport equipment have been moved, and there’s a pile of headless, handless, footless dummies on the cement floor.

Landslide knocks out electricity overnight

A photo of Monday's landslide, submitted by a KRBD listener.A landslide Monday afternoon in the Ward Cove area blocked traffic for several hours, and took out power to Ketchikan’s North End residents until early this morning.