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KIC Donates over 100 Computers to the Community


June 20, 2012

(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - Ketchikan Indian Community (KIC) donated more than 100 computers to the ANB/ANS early this month.  This donation follows a smaller donation of computers by KIC to the North Tongass Volunteer Fire Department which the department will use for training purposes.

This second donation was made possible as the result of a major IT upgrade at all Ketchikan Indian Community facilities completed last year.  The MPC All-in-One model computers will have the Windows XP operating system in addition to basic software. The donated computers all have a network card and are internet ready and are in good working condition perfectly adequate for general home use.  The computers became surplus when they no longer met the needs of the various upgraded software platforms used by Ketchikan Indian Community.

James Llanos Jr. donates his personal time to prepare the computers for giveaway.
Photo courtesy KIC

James Llanos Jr., a member of Alaska Native Brotherhood (ANB) and its counterpart the Alaska Native Sisterhood (ANS) and member of the IT staff at Ketchikan Indian Community, is donating his personal time to prepare the computers for giveaway.  

Over 20 of these computers have already been distributed throughout the community.  Llanos says, “He’s trying to prepare about ten computers each weekend.” Rod Short, IT Director at Ketchikan Indian Community, said, “The time that James Llanos is donating to ANB/ANS for this project makes it all possible.  It takes hours of work to prepare each computer and without his efforts none of this could happen.”

As a matter of policy, data on the computer hard drives were securely wiped clean to federal standards.  Rod Short said, “We hope to continue to partner with ANB/ANS on projects like this in the future.”

Anyone in the community is eligible to receive a donated computer free regardless if they are a member of KIC or ANB/ANS.  Interested persons can download an application from the ANB website.  Once the application has been completed it can either be hand delivered during the regular ANB/ANS meeting which are held at 6:00 pm on the second Tuesday of each month at 429 Deermountian Street in Ketchikan or mail the application to PO Box 6704; Ketchikan, Alaska 99901. 


Edited by Mary Kauffman, SitNews

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