By Jerry Cegelske
May 17, 2005
Jeep Cherokee at Whipple
On May 16 I made my rounds to see what had been deposited on
the Ketchikan road system over the last two weeks as the truck
was in the shop getting fixed and I hadn't been able to get out
much. Revilla Road looked pretty good, there was some new
trash along the road and some more shotgun shells at mile 4.2
that had been cleaned up only a month before.
I then drove out North and didn't find anything really new, again
some minor stuff so I headed back to Ketchikan feeling pretty
good about the lack of new litter. Then I turned down Whipple
Spur, an area that had been cleaned out two years ago with the
help of the people at the Carriage Works. There was a junked
Jeep with all the windows broken out, no license plates and loaded
with other junk and auto body parts, a real nice mess.
It was hard not to keep from getting numerous small cuts from
all the broken glass littering the vehicle.
I took pictures and came
back to the office and was wondering how to find out who owned
the Jeep. I stopped at an auto garage on the way home and
talked with a friend who is a mechanic and he told me of
where to look for some of the information I needed as it was
missing from the obvious places. This morning I went back
with some tools I borrowed from the North Tongass Fire Department
and went to work on the Jeep. I found the information I
needed and took it to the Troopers office where I got the
name of the registered owner.
In the afternoon I contacted the registered owner and found he
had sold the vehicle about six months before but didn't take
care of the registration paperwork. We then contacted the
new owner who stated that the vehicle was ready to be gotten
rid of but that he wanted to "rally" it before he junked
it. Sunday he and his friends drove the Jeep in the Whipple
Creek area until steam was coming out of the radiator and they
had their fun. They then parked it on Whipple Spur
and proceeded to break all the glass in the vehicle and
trash it. He stated that he had intended to get the
paperwork and take it to the mill before they left it at the
Spur Road Ya, sure thing Buddy, that's why you had to take
the plates off it!
I found it interesting that they could drive the Jeep to
Whipple Spur to abandon it but they could not get it to the mill
site to recycle it for free. The rest of the story is that I
left a Borough citation with him to take care of in
the next week. The Jeep should be out of there
within a week, after he gets the voucher he should
have gotten in the first place!
As I was leaving he stated that he didn't expect to see me for
at least a week! I still don't think he understands the
financial liability he has subjected himself to when he left
the Jeep in that condition. Maybe he and his friends never
Ketchikan Gateway Borough
Ketchikan, AK - USA
Front view of the damage
Rocks used to break
A real mess for someone
to clean up!
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