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Ketchikan PAC project starts first design phase

The recently painted Ketchikan Performing Arts Center building on Main Street. (Used with permission from PAC.)The Performing Arts Center committee has hired a California-based architect, who will work with a local firm on design plans. The first phase of that design is expected to be complete by early next summer.

House District 36 candidates square off

Dan Ortiz, left, and Chere Klein before the House District 36 candidate forum on KRBD.While the two candidates agree on some issues, such as promoting resource development and making sure the Alaska Marine Highway System remains viable, they have some clear differences, as well. One such area is Medicaid expansion.

Assembly says no to adding official prayer

Borough SealThe Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly rejected an ordinance Monday that would have added prayer to the regular meeting agenda.

Malaspina crew helps in Canada rescue effort

The Malaspina returns from Skagway. (Photo by Gillfoto/Flickr Creative Commons)One of the three Atlantic Harvester 1 crew members was rescued. The other two remain missing.

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.

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.

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.

Local same-sex couple files marriage application

Ketchikan's state courthouse in downtown.Gay couples in Alaska are filling out marriage license applications following a weekend federal court ruling. One of those couples lives in Ketchikan, and was the first to file for a marriage license here, early Monday.

Walker touts nonpartisan choice for governor

Bill WalkerGubernatorial candidate Bill Walker was in Ketchikan recently for the governors debate hosted by the Ketchikan Daily News. While here, he also attended a meet-and-greet with his running mate, Byron Mallot, including a town-hall style meeting.

Sullivan wants to roll back ‘Obama agenda’

SullivanU.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan stopped in Ketchikan this week as part of his continuing campaign tour around the state.