Thanks for Making Ketchikan
By Jerry Cegelske
April 14, 2007
The weekend of March 24th gave several groups a relatively nice
day to clean up much of the trash in various areas of the Borough.
Ketchikan Youth Court members and volunteers worked along North
Tongass and directed efforts in three different areas. What
was amazing was the variety of materials that were cleaned up.
A pool table, an ATM machine, jar canned salmon, bird cages,
car parts, mystery parts, liquor and beer bottles, shot up TV's,
electronics, electric heaters, vacuum cleaners, tires, grass
trimmers, and other various materials were collected. Some of
the locations have needed to be cleaned up for years.
Ketchikan Youth Court
Members and Volunteers
The ATM machine is one that was removed at night from Salmon
Landing as those outstanding citizens of Ketchikan didn't want
to inconvenience anyone using the building during the day. I
thought that was very considerate of them. The owner previously
told me about it being stolen and how little money was in the
machine at the time of the theft. That indicates the intelligence
of the thieves- doing $5000.00 worth of damage to get less than
$100.00! It was dumped at mile 17 NTH and rested there until
removed from it's resting spot to be taken to the landfill.
ATM machine stolen
from Salmon Landing
Aaron Anderson and Moira Wiggenton volunteered to help keep Ketchikan
clean. They collected material on Whipple Spur where people
continue to think it is a dump site, despite it being cleaned
up several times. They collected a dishwasher, car engine, car
parts, trash and a camper shell! How much better if the people
that dumped this junk had disposed of it properly.
The Foresters were out again cleaning up Mile 6 N. Tongass.
They do an excellent job of keeping their mile of highway clean.
I just wish the people hauling trash and materials in the back
of their trucks were as conscientious. The Foresters collected
a truck door, a large plastic trash can and a five gallon bucket
as just part of the material they gathered. How do you miss
a truck door when you arrive at your destination? Ever wonder
if it fell out and hurt someone? I guess it's better not to
worry about that and deny everything in case the injured party
wants to sue for the injuries you caused due to your negligence.
April 21 is the start of Spring Clean-up Week which gives you
a chance to get rid of those old lawn ornaments and accumulated
trash you wanted to get rid of since last year. If you are hauling
material to the landfill, please make sure it is covered so it
doesn't blow out the back of the truck or trailer.
On the 21st I will be working with volunteers to clean up South
Tongass past the Whitman Creek bridge to fulfill the grant requirements
for the grant we received last year. Your assistance would be
greatly appreciated. I know that there aren't many people that
travel to the end of the road, other than the people that dump
the trash, but there are local businesses that would appreciate
your help in making Ketchikan a cleaner place to live.
More trash collected
at about mile 15.5 NTH
KGB Code Enforcement Officer
Dishwasher, car parts, car engine and various materials
collected by Moira Wiggenton and Aaron Anderson, USCG
Materials collected by Tongass Chapter, Society of American Foresters.
Received April 11, 2007 - Published
April 14, 2007
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