By Jerry Cegelske
January 24, 2011
Then, on more rare occasions, we get a glimpse of the humpback whales as they feed off Pennock Island, or Mountain Point, and then there is Clover Pass in October 2009- what a sight for those that were there at the time. Unfortunately I missed it but was shown some of the pictures friends took. A local photographer took a photo of them that was an Alaska Airlines photo contest winner.
It is sights like this that attract people to our community and keep them here despite the climate and weather we endure. Come to think of it, there are places that are more climatically challenged than Ketchikan.
I have been around Ketchikan for a few years but don’t claim any records for it. I wonder what the annual turnover of residents is as a percentage. That is a concern as our population has dropped since the pulp mill days.
I know that we have lost two needed dental professionals over the last two years. Then there is the loss of doctors at the hospital, and losses of professionals in other career fields. It makes it difficult to attract other people to a town which is losing the professional people needed to keep us well and healthy.
Some of my daily work affects how people see Ketchikan. Groups from the U.S. Coast Guard Base and vessels have been instrumental in helping clean up South Tongass (several times), Revilla Road (several times) and other volunteers (including businesses) have helped clean up along the road system. You would think that we would have it spotless with all the time and effort that has been put in cleaning up the roads and ditches. Unfortunately that is not the case.
In many ways, and many times, I have tried to see Ketchikan through the eyes of a first time visitor. Last year I stopped in town while aboard the cruise ship Infinity and did get to see a different view of Ketchikan from a visitors’ eye.
Now I would like to take you on a tour of some areas of Ketchikan that would really impress a first time visitor. How would you react to the question of whether you would want to stay in Ketchikan after viewing the following sights? What is your “visitors’ eye” reaction? How can we expect people to want to live here when they expect a beautiful Alaska and come face to face with reality? This is my Ketchikan.
About: Jerry Cegelske is a Code Enforcement Office with the Ketchikan Gateway Borough.
Received January 19, 2010 - Published January 20, 2011
4524- Solid waste dumped on Borough property off Revilla Road.
4525- More solid waste dumped off Revilla Road
4526 Car and engine parts dumped off Revilla Road
4531- Burned hide-a- bed frame and couch body
4532- engine block and ironing board dumped along Whipple Spur
4533- material dumped off Whipple Spur Road. A $200.00 citation was given to the individual who was identified from the solid waste.
4535- material dumped off Whipple Spur Road.
4537- toilet dumped at mile 15.5 N. Tongass
4118- material dumped off Revilla Road
4120- Material dumped off Revilla Road on Borough property
4130 Members of the Local AARP Chapter have just finished cleaning up the trash pictured in 4118 and 4120 off Revilla Rd.
4133- Local AARP Chapter President Ed Zastro talks with Assemblyman Alan Bailey and AARP President W. Lee Hammond after cleaning up trash on September 14, 2010.
3774- U.S. Coast Guard men from the base electronics shop continue their annual tradition of helping clean up Ketchikan on S. Tongass
3779- A small amount of the trash collected by the electronics shop as part of their “Earth Day” cleanup. THANKS GUYS!
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