Rain+wind+high tide = flooding, evacuations

The Yeltatzie Salmon, a sculpture by Terry Pyles, is almost swimming upstream as Ketchikan Creek rises at high tide Tuesday.

The pedestrian bridge leading to Creek Street was closed because of flooding at high tide Tuesday.

Buckets of rain blew into Ketchikan Tuesday and Wednesday, leading to power outages, overflowing creeks, flooded streets and evacuations.

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Schoenrock joins PeaceHealth team

Doctor Gary Schoenrock is now visiting Ketchikan monthly.  He speaks about his 37 years as a urologist and how technology and treatment have changed over the years.  Schoenrockmore

Boro animal department making some changes

The Pat Wise Animal Shelter.The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly heard a presentation Monday night from Animal Protection Director Eddie Blackwood, who detailed how his department is responding to a critical analysis of the borough’s animal protection services.

Ketchikan Chamber honors Andrews, Pool, more

Kay Andrew thanks the community while accepting the Citizens of the Year Award with her husband, Rich.The banquet is a feel-good evening full of kudos for people who have worked hard to make Ketchikan a better place to live.

Will DOT changes help or hurt the ferry system?

The ferry Taku sails into the Wrangell Narrows on its way south in 2013. It's part of an aging fleet needing repair or replacement. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Could the firing of three top state transportation officials put the Alaska Marine Highway at risk? That’s what some ferry supporters are asking.

Inmate dies after hanging himself at Ketchikan jail

An inmate at the Ketchikan Correctional Center who was facing felony sex abuse charges died Saturday at Alaska Regional Hospital after apparently hanging himself with his bed sheet late Thursday morning.

Boro mayor: We can weather the fiscal storm

MayorLandis2Borough Mayor David Landis says that while the state is struggling with drastically reduced revenue from freefalling oil prices, the borough is in good financial shape, and should be able to weather the storm for a while.

Animal protection discussion set for Monday

Eddie Blackwood, the borough's animal protection department director, pets one of the adoptable cats available at the shelter.Animal Protection Director Eddie Blackwood will talk about an analysis of the department. That analysis found deficiencies in customer service, public relations and general outreach efforts.

Ortiz, Gara want to lower state student loan rates

Dan Ortiz talks to the Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce about his bid for state House. Ortiz is running as an independent.House District 36 Rep.-elect Dan Ortiz has joined Anchorage Rep. Les Gara to pre-file a bill that would lower the state’s student loan rate.

City edges forward with plans for sea wall fix

Also Thursday, the Council unanimously agreed to authorize $25,000 to move forward with Phase II of the long-planned Hopkins Alley revitalization project.Ketchikan City Council members expressed reluctance Thursday to take on the full responsibility of fixing a failing sea wall at Thomas Basin, but agreed to let the city facilitate meetings with the various property owners along that stretch of shore, in hopes of finding consensus on how to move the project forward.