Latest Ketchikan News

Costs add up for Alaska state ferry idled nearly 2 years

Oct. 18, 2021 15:01 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The cost to the state for docking an Alaska ferry that has been idled for nearly two years is close to $900,000 a year, with much of that representing insurance costs that were not previously publicly disclosed, CoastAlaska reported on Monday. The...

Survey: Rental prices up, vacancy rates down in Alaska

Sep. 13, 2021 15:46 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Rental rates across Alaska have risen during the pandemic, and it's more difficult to find an apartment, a new study indicates. The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development survey shows a median adjusted rent for all unit types in...

Alaska seeks bids to add crew quarters to idle state ferry

Aug. 27, 2021 15:15 PM EDT

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — Design plans have been finalized to add crew quarters to a state ferry that hasn’t been in service since it was built because intended routes would go beyond limits for employee working hours. The Alaska Marine Highway System intends to open...

Low clouds reported morning of fatal Alaska plane crash

Aug. 25, 2021 21:54 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Pilots reported low clouds the morning a sightseeing plane crashed near Ketchikan, killing all six people on board, according to a federal report released Wednesday. The National Transportation Safety Board released the preliminary report into...

Alaska says 5 deaths from facility that had virus outbreak

Aug. 19, 2021 23:22 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Five residents of a state-supported elder-care facility in Ketchikan who tested positive for COVID-19 died in the last week, a state health department spokesperson said Thursday. Clinton Bennett, the spokesperson, in a written response to a...

Ketchikan marijuana retailer again offering onsite smoking

Aug. 19, 2021 16:29 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A marijuana retailer in Ketchikan is again offering onsite consumption of cannabis, months after the pandemic temporarily shuttered that part of the business. Kanoe Zantuya, an owner of Cannabis Corner, said a small indoor consumption area has...

Crews reach sightseeing plane crash site in southeast Alaska

Aug. 11, 2021 20:50 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Improved weather conditions Wednesday allowed crews to access the site where a sightseeing plane crashed last week in southeast Alaska, killing six people. Clint Johnson, head of the National Transportation Safety Board’s Alaska division, said...

Recovery of Alaska plane wreckage on hold due to bad weather

Aug. 09, 2021 19:21 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Efforts to recover the wreckage of a sightseeing plane that crashed in southeast Alaska last week, killing six people, were stymied again Monday by poor weather conditions, a National Transportation Safety Board official said. Clint Johnson, chief...

Reduced visibility hampers Alaska plane wreckage effort

Aug. 08, 2021 21:16 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Foggy and reduced visibility conditions delayed efforts to recover the wreckage of a sightseeing plane that crashed in southeast Alaska, killing six people, a National Transportation Safety Board official said Sunday. Clint Johnson, chief of the...

6 killed in Alaska sightseeing plane crash identified

Aug. 08, 2021 02:57 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Six people who were killed in a sightseeing plane crash were recovered and identified after crews initially struggled to reach the wreckage in southeast Alaska due to poor weather conditions. Alaska State Troopers identified the pilot and five...