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By Laura Plenert


March 27, 2017
Monday PM

On a recent Friday night when my power went out – there were strange noises – crackling, crashing etc. I sprang out of bed to check the house. Everything seemed in order. When I got up on Saturday morning, parts of my home had power, parts didn’t. I smelled a burned wire smell in my living room and noticed the porch lights on – and wouldn’t switch off. The switch was very warm. I went to the breaker box to shut off that breaker. I noticed 5 other breakers had “popped”. I called a friend who is an electrician – Wayne Walters. He advised that the first step was to get in touch with KPU to make sure the power into my home was ok. I called KPU and spoke to a very tired employee who said he would put me on the list. Afraid to turn anything on, I went outside to start shoveling. During a “shovel break” – Mark Adams – from KPU (who lives a few doors down) came to my door and said he heard I had problems. There was a bucket truck in the area – so the 2 KPU employees in that truck stopped and checked the power to my home. Everything checked out OK. In the meantime, Wayne called me back – he had an employee (Art from Channel Electric) who was nearby and would come to check on interior electric. A short time later Art showed up – he replaced the burned switch and checked out the breaker box.

Burnette Construction has the plowing contract in our neighborhood. I called and spoke with Kyle because there was a large berm in front of my driveway. I was just hoping to get that berm cleared on the snowplow’s next run up the hill. Within an hour, Kyle showed up himself and cleared the berm and most of my driveway.

Bottom line, what I thought was going to be a worrisome, disastrous weekend was absolutely turned around before noon. A bunch of great guys were there when I needed help and my problems were quickly gone. That is only something that would happen in a community like Ketchikan. I love this town and I’m grateful for all of the help that I received this morning. WHAT A GREAT PLACE!!!!!!

A giant thank you to all the hard working guys and gals who keep the lights on, keep the roads cleared and keep this place running!!!!!!

Laura Plenert
Ketchikan, Alaska

Received March 23, 2017 - Published March 27, 2017



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