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By Dan Rudy 

Bird strike downs power grid early Monday


Early birds and night owls may have noticed a lack of power during the early morning hours Monday, after service for Wrangell, Petersburg and Ketchikan went down for several hours.

The grid went down at 2:48 a.m. after a mature bald eagle ran afoul of a section of line near Ketchikan’s Herring Cove.

“We’re very apologetic, especially when we cause problems in our neighboring communities,” said Andy Donato, manager of Ketchikan Public Utilities’ electric division.

By 5:32 a.m., Tyee Lake Hydroelectric was back online and most of Ketchikan was powered, and by 7:32 a.m. power was res...

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