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Mike Salazar

Candidate for Ketchikan Borough Assembly 2006
Three-Year Term

September 17, 2006

jpg Mike Salazar and Family

Mike Salazar with his four grandchildren
and family members.

Michael B. Salazar
Phone 907-225-6608 Fax 907-247-6608
PO Box 6918
Ketchikan, Alaska 99901

As your past Borough Mayor I worked with the Governor to bring the Alaska Marine Headquarters to Ketchikan with a 4 Million dollar annual payroll. I worked with the Assembly to put over 11 million dollars in Ward Cove land back on the property tax roles. We were successful in getting the NOAA ship Fairweather home ported in Ketchikan. We also worked hard at obtaining Federal and State funds for the shipyard expansion.

I support a strong education system, lower taxes, smaller government , a Southeast Alaska electrical power intertie system and development of a 3-year budget for the Borough.

As you can see from the family picture, I have over 8 reasons that I love Ketchikan. I have lived here for over 60 years.

I want to create real jobs in the community... For My family and Yours!





May 14, 1941 in Kanakanak, Alaska to Dr. Louis A. and Margaret A. (O'Brien) Salazar Md.


Barbara Ann Dunn, November 19, 1966
Widowed: August 17, 1992

CHILDREN: Son, Gerald O'Brien, Daughter Cassee Ann Simmons.


B.S. Degree, Personnel Management & Industrial Relations, Seattle University
1963. US Army Signal School, US Army Rotary Wing Aviation School. University of Southern California, 15 SH / MBA in Aerospace Management, 1966, 67.
Feb 1971, Hughes 500 Helicopter Factory Training.
Jan 1972, Helicopter Operators Management Course (HAI)


Served U.S. Army - 1963 to 1969
Vietnam Veteran 1964 to 1965 and 1968 to 1969
Honorable Discharge as Captain.


Distinguished Flying Cross
Army Aviators Wings
Bronze Star (two) with valor device (1)
National Defense Service Medal
Air Medal (sixteen) with valor device (1)
Vietnam Service Medal 4 Battle Stars
Purple Heart
RVN Cross of Gallantry W/Bronze Star
Meritorious Unit Citation 1st Cav. Div

Professional License:

Commercial Airplane & Helicopter Pilots License.
Airplane SE Land and Sea, Multiengine Land, Instrument Aircraft & Helicopter, Flight Instructor Helicopter

  • 18,000 hours of helicopter and fixed wing flying time. 14,000 hrs Alaska.
  • Flew over 1,800 hours in Combat. (Vietnam)
  • PADI Open Water Scuba Diver

State of Alaska Insurance License # 5286. Marine, Property, Casualty, Surety.

Current Passport


Vice President-- Van Beurden Insurance. Inc. June 1997 Present

  • PRESIDENT - Ketchikan Air Service, Inc., Ketchikan, Alaska; 1969 - 1997
  • VP- S&S Aircraft Leasing 1988 to Present
  • President - Pacific Northwest Helicopters (Aero Logging) 1993-96
  • Owner, Airport Lounge and Snack Bar 1983-1998
  • PRESIDENT - Juneau Airport Services, Inc., Juneau, Alaska; 1985 - 1989
  • Cessna Aircraft Dealer & Aircraft Appraisals: 1969 to 1997.
  • CHIEF PILOT - Temsco Helicopters, Ketchikan, Alaska: 1969 - 1972
  • Owner and Manager of 9 plex Apt. Bldg. 1976 to present.
  • PURCHASING AGENT - Ketchikan Pulp Company, Ketchikan, Alaska; 1972-1973


  • Appointed by Governor Bill Sheffield to Alaska Bond Bank Board of Directors 1983-88 and State Assessment Review Board; 1985 to Present.
  • Recipient Presidential Vietnam Era Veterans Award; 1979
  • Featured in Hispanic Business Magazine, June 1991
  • Featured in Vintage Airplane, May 1992
  • Featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, June 1992
  • Featured in Plane and Pilot April 1994. Airline for the Bush.
  • Successfully sold Airline business in 1997.
  • Appointed by Governor Murkowski to State wide aviation advisory board 2003.


  • Ketchikan City Council & Borough Assembly, Elected Oct.1976-Oct.79, Appointed Jan. 1980-Oct. 1980 Jan.1981-Oct. 1981.
  • Elected 1999 Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly 3 Years.
  • Elected Mayor 2002 term 3 Years.
  • Alaska Air Carriers, President 1982; Vice-President 1979,. Board Member 6 Years
  • Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce, VP 1980, President: 1982
  • Southeast Alaska Conference, President 1983-1985
  • Alaska Committee for Employer Support of the National Guard and Reserve; 1990
  • Airport Master Plan Advisory Committee; 1981-1982, 1986-1987
  • Ketchikan Visitors Bureau, Alaska Visitors Association.
  • Ketchikan Rod and Gun Club
  • Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association


  • Ketchikan Elks Club
  • Ketchikan Moose Lodge
  • American Legion
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars
  • Washington Athletic Club


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Ketchikan, Alaska