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Thanks Ketchikan & Access Committe Forming
By Derek Flom


October 07, 2007
Sunday PM

Thanks Ketchikan for all of your support during this year's election. I am pleased to have met many new friends during my campaign. I will be running for Borough Assembly next year and my campaign started yesterday. I am pleased with the results of the election and hope for a bigger turn out in the polls next year. I sincerely congratulate all of the winners and I am encouraged by all those who participated. Mike and Glen will continue to serve us well and I hope to be serving with you after next year's election.

A special thank you to Sitnews, The Chamber of Commerce, KRBD, The Citizens for a Positive Economy Committee, AFL-CIO, IBEW, U.S. Forest Service employees, Bill Kacenas, Gavin Charrier, Rob Skinner, Roe Thomas, Joe Johnston, Jim & Nicole Church, The Marshalls, Sandra Rusin-Mccray, Jorge Josol, Blaine Ashcraft, Rene Schofield, Ketchikan Daily News, Jake Rogers and the KAYHI Government class and everyone for the support and encouragement.

I will be forming a Committee to inform and advance a project to gain access to the existing road systems on Revilla, access to Shelter Cove and other existing road systems in the Tongass National Forest, including further access and development on Gravina. The state has been studying this project and there is funding available to make it happen. This would create new opportunities for education, recreation, hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, birding, wood gathering, berry picking and more. This would add to the quality of life by being able to drive somewhere and explore all of this beautiful Island we call home. This would also advance the Idea of having a Hard link to the mainland, Juneau is actively pursuing a similar plan and the state has looked at this opportunity for Ketchikan as well. Most of all we should have access to these existing road systems and our friends at the Forest Service agree.

There has been a lot of planning already on access projects and it's time to take it to the next phase. The funds are available, let's put those dollars to work in Southeast before they end up as street lights and sidewalks in Wasilla. Ketchikan can have a road system much like Prince of Wales all we need to do is connect a few roads. Access is for everyone and everyone would benefit.

Anyone interested in joining this committee please send me an e-mail with you name and contact information to ­ or call 617-7046.

Thank You Ketchikan,

Derek Flom
Candidate for Borough Assembly 2008
Ketchikan, AK

Received October 05, 2007 - Published October 07, 2007


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