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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.

He explained the power supply had been interrupted after the eagle struck the transmission line. The seafood processors...

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