Bear Valley's War Zone
by Cheryl Haven
March 25, 2005
Spring has sprung in Ketchikan, except if you live in Bear Valley.
For if you are one of the unfortunate residents of Bear Valley
as I am, you are living in what sounds and feels like a war zone.
From 8:00 a.m. until 6 p.m. non-stop including weekends, an
extra-large double bladed helicopter hovers above your home rattling
the windows and pulsating like an enormous monster as it hoists
logs weighing tons above your roof top to Councilman Lybrand's
property. (Isn't this a conflict of interest that he would profit
while sitting on a council that makes the decisions to allow
logging in residential areas?)
I garden. It's my mid-life addiction. There have been beautiful
sunny days lately that are a gardener's dream. I've lasted two
hours before going inside and restraining myself from kicking
the dog on the way. (Really wouldn't but it's how I felt - like
I wanted to kick something!) It made my ears hurt.
I also called a city official
who stated that in the original agreement, Alcan Logging was
supposed to not log on weekends. Who monitors this? And when
the decision was made to allow this, did they consider the air
space above our homes was going to be the trafficing area? Brian
Brown of Alcan Logging stated to me when I asked him why they
were logging on weekends when they weren't supposed to that it
was "because it was supposed to snow".
And the children! There are
at least 12 children that live on my street and are on spring
break right now. I wonder if they will suffer hearing loss!
I would like to see some of
our city and borough officials go up to Lybrand's property (wait
until they have a log and are hovering over our roof tops) and
see if they would be able to live with this 10 hours a day for
the next 6 months. I can guarantee you, they would think differently
just by the experience.
Ketchikan, AK - USA
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