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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.

School Board starts safety assessment conversation

Students walk to class at Schoenbar Middle SchoolOn Wednesday evening, the School Board held a public work session to talk about how to deal with dozens of recommendations in a recent safety assessment report.

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.

More Big Thorne timber sales announced

Clear-cuts and old-growth forests are part of the view of Indian Valley on Prince of Wales Island. The Forest Service just announced three more timber sales in the Island's Big Thorne area.The Forest Service plans three more timber sales in a part of Prince of Wales Island conservationists say needs to be protected. They’re much smaller than a recent sale in the same area.