tackle 50 years worth of trash on Gravina Island By M.C.
KAUFFMAN - Dedicated volunteers who weren't put off by a little
rain collected a large quantity of material during the first
weekend of the Gravina Island clean-up said Ketchikan Borough
Code Enforcement Officer Jerry Cegelske. - More...
Wednesday - September 06, 2006
and Paddling for A Cause By JARED GROSS - The Farewell to
Summer Ketchikan Volunteer Hospice fundraiser was held on Sunday,
September 3 by Southeast Exposure. The Fundraiser was attended
by 68 locals who participated in Southeast Exposures most popular
tours; the Eagle Island Sea Kayak, and Rainforest Ropes and Zipline
Challenge. Southeast Exposure's 15 guides volunteered in the
afternoon event. Over 2,500 dollars was raised for the Hospice.
Tuesday - September 05, 2006
Third Annual Pennock Island Challenge
Raises Funds for the American Diabetes Association By NANCY COGGINS - The opening of
the third Pennock Island Challenge's 8.2-mile long-distance swim
race began in the open waters of the Inside Passage on Sunday,
August 6th. Twenty-one swimmers were off at 10 AM to face the
challenge of swimming around Pennock Island to raise diabetes
awareness and research funds for the American Diabetes Association.
August 31, 2006
Local Terrorist's Weapon of
Choice: Slingshot & Metal Bearings By M.C. KAUFFMAN - With great strength, experience
and a cool head, driver Ryan Harris was well equipped to take
control of what could have been a potentially dangerous situation
for 30 passengers aboard a Seahorse Ventures tour today. - More...
Sunday - August 13, 2006
Grant & Volunteers Will Put Bite on Gravina Litter -
For several years Ketchikan Borough Code Enforcement Officer
Jerry Cegelske said he's received telephone calls from concerned
community members asking if something couldn't be done about
the abandoned boats and trash on Gravina Island. Not only is
this trash an eyesore but also a hazard to navigation and to
the safety of people using the beaches in the area. - More...
Thursday - August 10, 2006
A Life: Taking a Dip into the High Seas - For four Ketchikan
youth this summer could be the beginning of a beautiful career
at sea. Ty Nausid (18), Amos Gray (19), John Peter Fraley (19),
and Vanessa Catron (18) have long contemplated a sea-going career
and are now experiencing life as interns aboard one of the U.S.-flag
vessels critical to Alaska's economy, whether they are bringing
consumer goods to Anchorage, fuel to the "bush", or
crude oil to the West Coast. - More...
Tuesday - August 08, 2006
Hands Over Land Where Historic School Sits To Borough By
DICK KAUFFMAN - "It was a lot of struggle and effort to
come to this place but like all things that are worth waiting
for, I think this is one that's rare. Congratulations,"
Mike Zaidlicz said as he handed over ownership of the property
on which the historic Clover Pass School building sits to the
Ketchikan Borough. Zaidlicz, an Anchorage-based Associate Field
Manager for the federal Bureau of Land Management, was in Ketchikan
Tuesday for the event held at the Clover Pass School. - More...
Tuesday - August 01, 2006
Alaska's Intertie Projects Back On The Table; Governor Forms
Southeast Interties Work Group By DICK KAUFFMEN - Regarding
Governor Frank H. Murkowski's decision to fund a study to determine
whether there are sufficient economic reasons to complete the
Swan Lake-Tyee Intertie project, Ketchikan City Councilmember
Charles Freeman said, "All in all, it's the best thing I've
heard in two years because all we've heard in two years is no
- and sometimes worse than no." - More...
Wednesday - July 26, 2006
Praises Shipyard For Achievements; Cutting edge of technology
starting in Ketchikan By DICK KAUFFMAN - Referring to the
new $28 million high-tech vessel the Alaska Ship and Drydock
has been chosen to build for the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Governor
Frank H. Murkowski said, "It's pretty exciting. The cutting
edge of technology is starting out right here in Ketchikan."
Sunday - July 23, 2006
Talks About Borough's Positive & Challenging Developments
By DICK KAUFFMAN - The shortage of timber and electricity, the
re-opening of the veneer mill at Ward Cove, AMHS jobs moving
to Ketchikan, the Schoenbar reconstruction project, and the Gravina
Access Project were all topics Ketchikan Borough Manager Roy
Eckert spoke about Wednesday during the Greater Ketchikan Chamber
of Commerce luncheon. - More...
Friday - July 14, 2006
of "Cruise Tax" Say Alaska's Economy Is Under Attack;
Alaska Cruise Ship Initiative Slated for August Primary Ballot
By DICK KAUFFMAN - Voters will soon be deciding whether the
state should start taxing cruise ships and tighten regulations
on these gargantuan vessels that are the lifeblood of Alaska's
tourism industry. A sweeping petition targeting the cruise ship
industry met the required 23,286 signatures to make it on the
ballot and will go before voters in the August 22 statewide primary.
Wednesday - July 12, 2006
Ketchikan Berth IV Deal Released; Public Will Have Opportunity
to Review & Comment By DICK KAUFFMAN - A proposed agreement
between the City of Ketchikan and Survey Point Holdings, Inc./Ketchikan
Dock Company has been reached for the construction of Berth IV
and for its thirty-year lease to the City of Ketchikan. - More...
Sunday - June 25, 2006
Crowned 4th of July Queen By M.C. Kauffman - Sixteen-year
old Aimee Marie McClory was crowned the 4th of July Queen Monday
evening at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center. Serving in
her court will be First Princess Karlee Olsen and Second Princess
Katrina McCollough. There were three young women participating
this year in this annual event sponsored by the Ketchikan Lions
Club. - More...
Tuesday - July 04, 2006
Ketchikan Citizens Recognized for Volunteer Service - Fifteen
Ketchikan citizens were recently recognized for their volunteer
service by Alaska Community Services. The event took place at
the Ketchikan Senior Center on Thursday, June 15th. - More...
Thursday - June 22, 2006
Patriot Spreads Patriotism One Roof At A Time By DICK KAUFFMAN
- Scott LoBaido is a "Creative Patriot" and this New
York City artist is on a mission - a "once in a life-time"
mission to spread patriotism across the country. With an unmistakable
New York City accent, LoBaido described how he is traveling the
states to paint the American flag on one rooftop of one building
in each of the 50 states. "Fifty roof tops, fifty flags,
fifty states," said LoBaido. And Ketchikan is LoBaido's
19th stop and now a part of LoBaido's mission. - More...
Wednesday - June 21, 2006
of Republic of Singapore Visits Ketchikan By Marie L. Monyak
- People from all over the world and from all walks of life find
Ketchikan an attractive place to visit as was demonstrated Saturday
morning when Ketchikan received an unannounced visit by the President
of the Republic of Singapore who arrived aboard the Princess
Cruise Line ship the Coral Princess. - More...
Monday - June 19, 2006
Makes Living 'Off-the-Grid' More Comfortable By DICK KAUFFMAN
- Living and working off-the-grid in remote areas of southeast
Alaska has its challenges. However, with the development of a
new Ketchikan-based company that provides independent power systems
as well as fuel supplies, living and working in remote areas
has become more comfortable. - More...
Friday - June 16, 2006
Settles Wrongful Death Claim Against Ketchikan Correctional Center
- According to Seattle civil rights attorneys, Ed Budge and
Erik Heipt, the State of Alaska has paid $573,000 to settle a
federal civil rights lawsuit involving the death of a young man
in the state-run Ketchikan Correctional Center. Thirty-one-year
old Troy Wallace died in his jail cell during the early morning
hours of July 24, 2004. The lawsuit alleged that jail employees,
including corrections officers, were negligent and deliberately
indifferent to Wallace's serious medical needs in the days and
hours leading up to his death. Alaska Attorney General David
W. Márquez approved the settlement. - More...
Thursday - June 15, 2006
Non-profit Works To Preserve Ketchikan's History BY MARIE
MONYAK - There's a non-profit organization in Ketchikan that
works quietly, maintains a low profile and performs services
that assist both local residents and tourists alike. There are
several notable historic buildings in Ketchikan that have benefited
from this group's attention such as the White Cliff Elementary
School and the Clover Pass School. - More...
Thursday - June 15, 2006
Claims First Place In Derby With 50.5 Pound King; Unofficial
59th Annual King Salmon Derby Winners Announced By M.C. KAUFFMAN
- The 59th Annual King Salmon Derby sponsored by Ketchikan CHARR
is now officially over and the unofficial results have been released.
Monday - June 12, 2006
takes lead with 44.4 pound king at end of derby's 2nd week By
M.C. KAUFFMAN - By the end of the second week of the 59th Annual
King Salmon Derby, Lyle Petasek took the lead with a 44.4 pound
king salmon pushing Misty Pattison to second place on the ladder.
Petasek's king was weighed in at the Knudson Cove Marina. - More...
June 06, 2006
holds lead with 41.9 pound king at end of derby's 1st week
By M.C. KAUFFMAN - Leading unofficially at the close Monday evening
of the first weekend of the 59th King Salmon Derby is long time
Ketchikan resident Misty Pattison. Pattison moved into the unofficial
first place position with a 41.9 pound king. Pattison said she
was very exicited about sitting in the first place spot on the
derby ladder and plans to keep fishing until the derby ends.
She said she caught her big king around Pup Island which is north
of Ketchikan and near the Knudson Cove Marina. - More...
Tuesday - May 30, 2006
PARTY - KETCHIKAN STYLE! BY MARIE MONYAK- It isn't every
day that professional ball players show up in Ketchikan but early
Friday morning that's exactly what happened. As the Holland America
cruise ship Westerdam pulled into port at 7:00 AM, local fans
lined the dock waiting to see members of the Seattle Seahawks.
Saturday - May 27, 2006
100 Participate In Annual Walk America Event BY MARIE MONYAK
- The March of Dimes earlier this month held their annual Walk
America fundraiser to support research and programs to help fight
premature births that affect half a million babies every year
in our country. The wind and rain didn't discourage the participants
as over 100 people, many with their dogs, lined up at the A &
P Market to get their shirts and check lists. - More...
Friday - May 26, 2006
Luck... But the Wrong Weekend! By M.C. KAUFFMAN - With
the 59th Annual Ketchikan CHARR King Salmon Derby starting Saturday,
Wade Jardine said he had good luck, but on the wrong weekend!
Tuesday - May 23, 2006
Talk By VALERIE HENDEL - Imagine a group of adults and young
people of various ages sitting around a table having a discussion.
The picture shouldn't be an odd one yet it is. Now imagine a
room full of adults and young people sitting around many tables
and talking for hours. That was the picture on Wednesday, May
17th as sixty people gathered at Kayhi Commons for "Let's
Talk!" - More..
Monday - May 22, 2006
NIGHT A CELEBRATION By VALERIE HENDEL - Ever wonder why we
use the same words to describe food and jazz? On Tuesday, May
16th, The Jerry Galley Memorial Scholarship Concert was performed
at Kayhi. The scholarship fund, established in Spring 2000, raises
money to help Kayhi seniors pursue the arts in college. Roy McPherson,
Director and one of the Coordinators for Jazz Night, introduced
the evening as one of "celebration." Chris Peabody,
friend of the late Jerry Galley, described Jerry as "a man
of action" and ushered in an evening of lively instrumentals.
Friday - May 19, 2006
Wine Tasting Event Helps Raise Funds For Scholarships BY
MARIE MONYAK - Recently the Ketchikan CHARR (Cabaret, Hotel,
Restaurant and Retailers Association) held their annual Spring
Wine Tasting Event at the Ketchikan Visitors Bureau located downtown
on the cruise ship dock. The steady flow of people attending
the festive event indicated that it would be another successful
fundraising program for CHARR. - More..
May 19, 2006
Up With Waste Vegetable Oil By MARIE L. MONYAK - Fuel Prices
on the Rise ~ Petroleum Production Tax ~ Hybrid Cars ~ Drilling
in ANWR ~ Exxon's CEO's $400 Million Retirement Package ~ Biodiesel
~ Energy Crisis ~ Fuel Shortage ~ and on and on. Fuels, primarily
fossil fuels and all related topics are the fodder for countless
headlines in recent weeks. Americans are raging and they want
answers and solutions. - More...
Tuesday AM - May 09, 2006
Members Tour Newest IFA Ferry By MARIE L. MONYAK - The members
of the Greater Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce attending last week's
luncheon on Wednesday were treated to a tour and delicious lunch
aboard the newest Inter-Island Ferry, the M/V Stikine. Funded
by federal and state grants and built by Dakota Creek Industries
in Anacortes, Washington, the Stikine cost $17 million; several
more than its sister ship the M/V Prince of Wales. The higher
cost of steel and additional features accounted for the difference
in costs; the most noticeable is the enclosed bridge wings which
will allow for safer docking and undocking. A third generator
and more powerful bow thruster are the other upgrades on the
Stikine. - More...
Tuesday AM - May 09, 2006
Gymnastics Club Hosts Annual Exhibition - The Ketchikan Gymnastics
Club (KGC) held their 2006 Gym Show and Award Ceremony last week
on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. The KGC is a non-profit
organization governed by a board of directors and managed by
Head Coach Rhiann Golder with the help of assistant coaches Aliyah
Pipal, Alison Kelly and Kim Cole.
May 07, 2006
Ketchikan Harley Riders' Hold 16th Annual Spring Event By
VALERIE HENDEL - There was rain and there was hail but that wasn't
thunder that rumbled through Ketchikan, Alaska over the weekend.
The Ketchikan Harley Riders' Association welcomed riders from
Wrangell, POW, and Prince Rupert for their 16th Annual Spring
Opener held at Whipple Creek. The Opener provides an opportunity
for Riders to gather to see old friends. It also brings awareness
to the Association and helps to raise money for community charity.
Thursday - May 04, 2006
Northwest upgrading local services BY MARIE MONYAK - Wednesday
evening Airlift Northwest, an emergency air medical transportation
organization, hosted the monthly After Hours event at Steamers
Restaurant. After Hours is a once a month networking activity
sponsored by the Greater Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce to allow
members to better understand the workings of the business hosting
the event in a casual and relaxed setting accompanied by light
refreshments and hor de' oeuvres. - More...
May 04, 2006
Of Establishing Paintball Club Comes True BY MARIE MONYAK
- At 19 years of age, local resident Ty Rettke had a dream to
share something he was passionate about with other teenagers
and young adults in the Ketchikan area. He had no lofty goals
of finding a cure for cancer or establishing world peace, it
was something much simpler and easily attainable, or so he thought.
He wanted to share his love of paintballing and begin a club.
May 04, 2006
Best Western Landing Hotel Holds Festive Grand Opening BY
MARIE MONYAK - Likely the biggest party in Ketchikan this past
Saturday evening was held at the brand new North Court of The
Best Western Landing Hotel, graciously hosted by owners Kay Sims
and Terry Wanzer. The festive grand opening celebration began
at 5:00 PM and it wasn't long till both the Sunny Point main
banquet room and the adjacent reception room were filled with
curious residents happy to get a first look at the striking new
addition and congratulate both Sims and Wanzer on their newest
enterprise. - More...
May 01, 2006
Production Tax: Important to Know The Issues Says Rep. Samuels
BY MARIE MONYAK - Representative Ralph Samuels (R) of Anchorage
began his presentation to the Greater Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce
last Wednesday by reading Article 8 of the State Constitution
stating "It is the policy of the State to encourage the
settlement of its land and the development of its resources by
making them available for maximum use consistent with the public
interest". - More...
May 01, 2006
the Nature of Wilderness BY MARIE MONYAK - The Southeast
Alaska Discovery Center presented their last Friday Night Insight
Program of the season until next fall last Friday evening. The
scheduled program was "The Nature of Wilderness" presented
by U.S. Forest Service Wilderness Kayak Ranger Susan Bliss Jenkins
of the Ketchikan Misty Fiords Ranger District. - More...
May 01, 2006
first woman career firefighter hired by KFD By VALERIE HENDEL
- - On May 1st, 2006, Gretchen Skillings will begin her duties
as a City of Ketchikan career firefighter becoming Ketchikan's
first woman to be hired as a firefighter. No stranger to the
department, Skillings has served for thirteen years as an EMT
(Emergency Medical Technician) and five years as a dispatcher.
She has been an active part of volunteer firefighter service
since June 2004 and received her Firefighter II certification
last year. - More...
Thursday - April 27, 2006
Ferry Terminal Construction Could Begin Next Year BY MARIE
MONYAK - A showing of the preliminary designs of the Saxman Seaport
AMHS Ferry Terminal and updates on the progress of the project
was the topic at a public open house at the Saxman Tribal House
on Monday evening. Approximately twenty people attended to hear
from the project staff from the State of Alaska Department of
Transportation and Public Facilities, and from the Federal Highway
Administration. - More...
April 25, 2006
Name Catholic School Holds Open House BY MARIE MONYAK - Holy
Name Catholic School located at 433 Jackson Street held their
open house last Tuesday so that interested parents could explore
the options available to them to fulfill their children's educational
needs for the upcoming school year. - More...
April 24, 2006
Discovering Invasive Plants of Ketchikan BY MARIE MONYAK
- Just in time for the spring planting season, the Southeast
Alaska Discovery Center Friday Night Insight Program hosted the
presentation; Invasive Plants in Ketchikan ~ Nip them in the
Bud! The guest speaker was Pam Fletcher, U.S. Forest Service
Ecologist for the Tongass National Forest. - More...
April 24, 2006
Tail of Hearts United For Animals In Need BY MARIE MONYAK
- In Ketchikan, people tell and retell stories and occasionally
they become distorted in the retelling. Locals and tour guides
alike repeat the misinformation until it becomes accepted as
fact. For years stories have been told about the Blackwell's
that live on the corner of Deermount and Fair Streets next to
City Park and much of it has been incorrect. - More...
April 21, 2006
Enhances Salmon Production in Southeast Alaska BY MARIE MONYAK
- Mike Round, Assistant General Manager of the Southern Southeast
Regional Aquaculture Association (SSRAA), treated the Greater
Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday to an informative
and entertaining presentation on the SSRAA operations, primarily
Neets Bay. - More...
April 21, 2006
Songbirds BY MARIE MONYAK - In keeping with the theme "Alaska
Hummingbird Festival," the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center's
Friday Night Insight program last week offered an enlightening
presentation by Gwen Baluss. - More...
April 19, 2006
Artists Create "Bird Art Exhibit" BY MARIE MONYAK
- The Eleventh Annual Alaska Hummingbird Festival in Ketchikan
has been ongoing since the beginning of the month and one of
the delightful events is the Ketchikan High School Art Class
"Bird Art Exhibit" at the Southeast Alaska Discovery
Center. - More...
April 19, 2006
Friendly Award Presented to Ketchikan Business BY MARIE MONYAK
- Acting on behalf of Spirit of Youth in Wasilla, Karen Eakes,
Executive Director of PATCHWorks in Ketchikan, presented Russell
Thomas, owner of Alaska Sportsfishing with a Youth Friendly Business
Award on Wednesdasy April 12th during the Greater Chamber of
Commerce luncheon. Spirit of Youth promotes opportunities for
youth involvement in the community and recognizes them in the
media. - More...
April 18, 2006
Art Show Attracts 64 Entries BY MARIE MONYAK - The Eleventh
Annual Hummingbird Festival in Ketchikan had been well underway
for several weeks when the Juried Art Show held its opening reception
this past Friday at the Ketchikan Visitors Bureau on Front Street.
April 18, 2006
Lisa Thompson Deploying To Afghanistan BY MARIE MONYAK -
Lisa Thompson, Lisa Thompson, Hmmmm. Like most people in Ketchikan,
you hear a name, you recognize it, but for the life of you, you
can't put a face with the name or remember where you heard it.
Now you remember, you've seen her name countless times as a copyrighted
photographer right here in SitNews. - More...
April 13, 2006
Gardening BY MARIE MONYAK - This past week's Friday Night
Insight Program at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center drew
a large crowd to hear local horticulturist Jeannie Blackmore
talk about her personal experiences as a gardener in Ketchikan.
April 12, 2006
Say "Yes" to Port Revenue Bond BY MARIE MONYAK
- According to unofficial election results released Tuesday evening,
with a 28% voter turnout, voters have said "Yes" to
Proposition NO. 1 allowing the City to issue up to $38,500,000
in Port Revenue Bonds. The revenue bonds will be used to fund
the reconfiguration of existing cruise ship facilities and upland
imporvements along the Ketchikan waterfront. - More...
April 12, 2006
Name Catholic School Dedicates New Playground BY MARIE MONYAK
- It was wet and windy Wednesday for the ribbon cutting and dedication
of the new playground at Holy Name Catholic School. As the weekly
school Mass let out, the Holy Name school children filed into
the covered patio area to await Father Pat Travers who would
be offering a prayer and blessing the new playground and equipment
before cutting the traditional ribbon. More...
April 10, 2006
The Soul Of Landscape BY MARIE MONYAK - "Musings: The
Soul Of Landscape" is a soothing display of the works of
Ketchikan artist James Mix. This past Friday was the opening
reception for Mix at the Mainstay Gallery where guests were treated
to this Renaissance mans interpretation of the nature that surrounds
us daily. More...
April 10, 2006
The Geology of Ketchikan BY MARIE MONYAK - Road builders
blast them, children throw them, gardeners curse at them and
collectors pick them up. What are they? Why rocks of course!
And as most local know, Revillagigedo Island is one large mass
protruding from the ocean which earned it the knick-name "The
Rock." - More...
April 06, 2006
Market Rapidly Gaining Popularity in Ketchikan BY MARIE MONYAK
- There was no shortage of excitement at the Plaza Mall this
past Saturday as shoppers were surrounded by clowns, balloons,
games, raffles, food sellers and craft booths. - More...
April 06, 2006
Expo Event Offered Something For Everyone BY MARIE MONYAK
- At a time of year when most local residents were about to go
stark raving mad from months of dark, dreary, rain soaked days
it finally arrived - at long last the light at the end of the
tunnel - the First City Expo! Hosted by The Local Paper and KFMJ
Radio, the Expo was held this past weekend at Ketchikan High
School to the delight of many. - More...
April 04, 2006
Sales and Service Celebrates Grand Opening; Skinners recognized
for contributions to community BY MARIE MONYAK - Driving
past 4950 North Tongass Avenue this past Friday evening, seeing
flags and balloons, residents would have thought there was a
party going on at the Chevrolet, Buick, Subaru Dealership, and
they would have been right. - More...
April 03, 2006
consumer fraud, deceptive practices and identity theft BY
MARIE MONYAK - The Greater Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce held
their weekly luncheon this past Wednesday and due to unforeseen
circumstances the invited guest speaker could not attend. - More...
March 31, 2006
Needed To Share Wisdom With Children BY MARIE MONYAK - If
you are a senior, 60 years or older and would like to share your
wisdom and experience with children or young people right here
in Ketchikan, the Foster Grandparents program is for you. - More...
March 22, 2006
Latest Book About Gillam's Historic and Ill-fated flight
BY MARIE MONYAK - Long time Alaskan resident and author Arnold
Griese of Fairbanks was in Ketchikan last week to talk about
his latest book; Bush Pilot, a biography of the early Alaskan
aviator Harold Gillam, Sr. The presentation held at the Ted Ferry
Civic Center was sponsored by the Tongass Historical Society.
March 21, 2006
Children's Museum in Ketchikan? BY MARIE MONYAK - The guest
speaker at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center's Friday Night
Insight Program March 17th was Dawn Rauwolf who gave her charming
and enthusiastic presentation, "A Children's Museum in Ketchikan?"
March 20, 2006
Shares Vision For Historical Waterfront Storage BY MARIE
MONYAK - It rapidly became apparent at the Greater Ketchikan
Chamber of Commerce's luncheon last Wednesday that the expected
presentation by David Hauck of Laguna Beach, California would
be anything but usual judging by the size of the large crowd,
the number of media present and the appearance of the City Mayor.
March 20, 2006
Auxiliary Wants You! BY MARIE MONYAK - The United States
Coast Guard Auxiliary wants you, men and women alike! Do you
believe in serving your community? Would you like to be actively
involved in saving lives? Would you like to increase your personal
skills, not just in boating but in leadership and administration?
March 20, 2006
Annual St. Patrick's Day Auction raises over $55,000 BY MARIE
MONYAK - The Luck 'o the Irish was with the First City Council
on Cancer (FCCC) this last Saturday when they raised over $55,000
at their 10th Annual St. Patrick's Day Auction held at the Ted
Ferry Civic Center. - More...
Wednesday - March 15, 2006
traditions and customs BY MARIE MONYAK - The Friday Night
Insight Program sponsored by the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center
offered a pleasant surprise for those in attendance this past
Friday. The scheduled presentation had been cancelled and in
its place was the opportunity to take a guided tour of the Discovery
Center instead. - More...
Monday - March 13, 2006
35 Employers Participated in 7th Annual Job Fair BY MARIE
MONYAK - Over 35 employers were represented at the Plaza Mall
this past Friday during the 7th Annual Job Fair sponsored by
State of Alaska, Department of Workforce Development. The mezzanine
floor of the Plaza Mall was lined with booths staffed by local
employers displaying their services or products on colorful displays.
Monday - March 13, 2006
donated items cause huge financial burden BY MARIE MONYAK
- The Salvation Army is an international non-profit social service
organization that has been in existence for over a century. Just
some of the services offered in Ketchikan by our local chapter
are disaster relief, holiday assistance, worship services, emergency
assistance, services for the aging, the Christmas Kettle campaign,
food and nutrition services and the soup kitchen. - More...
Saturday - March 11, 2006
in sales tax could result in mill rate increase; Chamber hears
more about Port Expansion Project BY MARIE MONYAK - Councilman
Lew Williams was the invited guest speaker at the weekly luncheon
for the Greater Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce Wednesday. William's
presentation was about the Port Expansion Project and he provided
those in attendance with a handout containing a great deal of
statistical information on Ketchikan's sales and property tax,
the general fund and community agency funding. - More...
Thursday - March 09, 2006
to young to learn life-saving lessons BY MARIE MONYAK - Over
a dozen preschool age children, accompanied by a parent, took
advantage of an exciting free tour of the Ketchikan Fire Department
sponsored by the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Parks and Recreation
Preschool Program on Tuesday. - More...
Wednesday - March 08, 2006
necessary for children to thrive BY MARIE MONYAK - The Greater
Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce luncheon this past Wednesday provided
those in attendance with not just one but two presentations.
The invited guest speaker was Karen Eakes, long time Ketchikan
resident and Executive Director of PATCHWorks. The First City
Players also provided the Chamber members and their guests with
a short preview of their upcoming musical comedy "Chaps."
Saturday - March 04, 2006
State Parks, Community Participation Needed BY MARIE MONYAK
- The cold temperature this past Friday may have kept some people
from attending the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center's Friday
Night Insight Program on "Our State Parks by the Ketchikan
Advisory Board." There were many little known facts about
our State Parks presented and a plea for support from the Advisory
Board. - More...
Monday - February 27, 2006
Can File Unemployment Tax Online BY MARIE MONYAK - Bruce
L. Garrison, a field tax auditor from the Department of Labor
and Workforce Development, Employment Security Division, was
the speaker at this week's Greater Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce
luncheon. Garrison was present to discuss on-line filing, rates,
options and the background of the Unemployment Tax Program. -
Saturday - February 25, 2006
Big Game Field Care BY MARIE MONYAK - Every Friday evening,
October through April, the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center
sponsors a Friday Night Insight Program from 7-8 pm. This is
a free audiovisual and speaker program held in their comfortable
theatre on subjects concerning Alaska's ecosystem, wildlife,
natural resources, native cultures and public lands. - More...
Monday - February 23, 2006
Ambulance Meets Critical Care Needs of Remote Alaskans BY
MARIE MONYAK - Speaking before the Greater Ketchikan Chamber
of Commerce last Wednesday was Dr. Eric Stirling, owner and medical
director of Guardian Flight, Inc. - More...
Monday - February 20, 2006
Trails of Ketchikan BY MARIE MONYAK - Trails, trails and
more trails. Ketchikan has no shortage of trails. So the proverbial
sixty-four thousand dollar question isjust how many hiking trails
are there in Ketchikan? How many can you come up with? - More...
Friday - February 17, 2006
Peratrovich Day: Honoring Our Youth BY MARIE MONYAK - In
1988 the Alaska Legislature established February 16th as "Elizabeth
Peratrovich Day" to commemorate the anniversary of the signing
of the Anti-Discrimination Act. Every year Alaskans celebrate
the day and remember Peratrovich's efforts to achieve equality
and justice for all Alaskans of every race, creed and ethnic
background. - More...
Thursday - February 16, 2006
In The Rain XV BY MARIE MONYAK - And the winner is... Pink
Lemonade! And we aren't talking about a beverage but rather the
Best of Show Winner in the 15th Annual "Quilting in the
Rain" Show presented by the Rainy Day Quilters. There's
plenty more news about the winners at the end of the story but
first a little bit about the Rainy Day Quilters themselves. -
Wednesday - February 15, 2006
Winning Author Visits Ketchikan BY MARIE MONYAK - The Ketchikan
Public Library recently hosted author Pam Houston who gave a
short presentation and a reading from her first and most recent
novel Sighthound which was published in January of 2005.
Monday - February 13, 2006
Gift of Education BY MARIE MONYAK - Even the wind and rain
didn't keep the community away from the new Fawn Mountain School's
open house on Tuesday evening. Teachers, administrators, parents
and children showed up to tour the new school and enjoy the refreshments
that were served while the Cape Fox dancers performed. - More...
Thursday - February 09, 2006
Back BY MARIE MONYAK - Flash Back, the 20th Annual Wearable
Arts and Runway Fashion Show, sponsored by the Ketchikan Area
Arts and Humanities Council was held this past weekend at the
Ted Ferry Civic Center. Those lucky enough to be in attendance
were treated to an enchanting show of glitz, glamour and glitter.
Tuesday - February 07, 2006
Shelter Needs Community Support BY MARIE MONYAK - If you're
an old time Ketchikan resident, you may recall that the Public
Health Clinic used to be across the street from the American
Legion at 628 Park Avenue. In the early 1980's that building
became the Ketchikan Homeless Shelter and remains so today. -
Friday - February 03, 2006
ISSUES PROCLAMATION FOR DAY OF REMEMBRANCE BY MARIE MONYAK
- At the beginning of Thursday night's City Council meeting,
Ketchikan Mayor Bob Weinstein issued a proclamation declaring
February 3rd as a Day of Remembrance for Steve "Butch"
Freeman. - More...
Friday - February 03, 2006
For A Positive Economy & Keeping Kids In School BY MARIE
- Invited guest speakers at the Ketchikan Greater Chamber
of Commerce luncheon meeting last Wednesday were Mike Harpold,
a Ketchikan School Board member, and Superintendent Harry Martin.
Both spoke before the Chamber about keeping kids in school. -
Monday - January 30, 2006
of Jet Removed From Crash Site; Power expected to be restored
Friday BY MARIE MONYAK - By Thursday night, Ketchikan Public
Utilities (KPU) had still not turned the utilities back on at
the Martin Street Mobile Home Park, the scene of a fatal jet
crash and mobile home fire. According to Dave Martin, the incident
Public Information Officer (PIO), KPU was expected to have the
power restored by Thursday afternoon and the six displaced families
returned to their dwellings. - More...
Friday - January 27, 2006
Crashes In Ketchikan, Pilot Killed By Marie L. Monyak - A
Czechoslovakian made, but American owned, L-39 MS Jet crashed
in Ketchikan on a snowy Wednesday afternoon killing the pilot.
The jet crashed at approximately 12:50 PM into a wooded hill
where Martin Street ends, adjacent to the A&P grocery store
and a small mobile home park. - More...
Thursday - January 26, 2006
Volunteer talks about service in Ketchikan BY MARIE MONYAK-
Americorp VISTA volunteer, Jessica Reveri, who has been in Ketchikan
for the past eleven months, spoke before the Greater Ketchikan
Chamber of Commerce at their luncheon Wednesday. - More...
Thursday - January 26, 2006
Says Home Like The Rain BY MARIE MONYAK- When you've been
in the arid desert with temperatures well above 100 degrees,
nothing says you're home like the rain, good old wet Ketchikan
rain and there was plenty of it to greet the seven Alaska Army
National Guardsmen returning home from Iraq Sunday night. - More...
Monday - January 23, 2006
and Volunteers Essential In Providing Fire & Emergency Services
BY MARIE MONYAK- After 9/11, firefighters and emergency medical
service (EMS) personnel became the unsung heroes of America.
Ask any firefighter or EMT and they'll say they're just doing
their job, but how many jobs involve saving lives at the risk
of their own? - More...
Monday - January 23, 2006
of Wales Island Offers Beauty And Recreation BY MARIE MONYAK-
Dennis Benson, an amiable fellow with the lengthy title of US
Forest Service Recreation, Lands, Minerals & Heritage Staff
Officer for Prince of Wales Island was the guest speaker for
the Friday Night Insight Program at the Southeast Alaska Discovery
Center this past Friday evening. - More...
Monday - January 23, 2006
Input In Newtown Development Plan Too Hot For Some; However,
Hope Shown for Opening Dialog BY MARIE MONYAK- Invited guests
wouldn't typically expect to be treated in an ornery or inhospitable
manner, however two guests speaking before the Greater Ketchikan
Chamber of Commerce Wednesday faced a scorching verbal crossfire
from a chamber member interrupting their presentation. - More...
Friday - January 20, 2006
Presents Community Awards, Installs New Officers; Governor Murkowski
Keynote Speaker BY MARIE MONYAK- The Ted Ferry Civic Center
was the site of the Greater Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce 39th
Annual Awards Banquet and Installation of Officers and Directors
this past Saturday evening. - More...
Thursday - January 19, 2006
Group Explores the Stikine River BY MARIE MONYAK- The Southeast
Alaska Discovery Center hosts a free presentation with a guest
speaker every Friday evening from 7 to 8 PM. There are a variety
of topics covered, both educational and entertaining. Most presentations
are centered around Alaska's environment, wildlife, natural resources,
native culture and more. - More...
Tuesday - January 17, 2006
Could Become The Scouting Hub for Southern Southeast BY MARIE
MONYAK- This week's speaker at the Greater Ketchikan Chamber
of Commerce luncheon was Amy Russell, an engaging young woman
who has recently taken over the position of District Executive
for the newly formed Scouting Council. The Council will serve
Southern Southeast Alaska and will be headquartered in Ketchikan.
Friday - January 13, 2006
Program Helps Bring In New Year Safely; Winners of CHARR's Free-Ride
Raffle Announced BY MARIE MONYAK- "Don't drive drunk
it's really, really stupid!" KJ Harris, owner of KJ's Raven's
Roost, says it best. The police have another way of saying it...
"You have the right to remain silent." - More...
Friday - January 13, 2006
Island: A Wilderness Adventure BY MARIE MONYAK- Is the plural
of walrus, walrii? What do walrus use their tusks for? How fast
can a walrus swim? What state can lay claim to the largest state
park in the nation? - More...
Monday - January 09, 2006
of Public Safety addresses Chamber BY MARIE MONYAK- Speaking
at the Greater Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce luncheon Wednesday,
keynote speaker Rich Leipfert announced current changes being
implemented by the Department of Public Safety. The father of
three young women, Leipfert came to Ketchikan in 1998 and has
been the Director of Public Safety since 2004, overseeing both
the city Police and the Fire Departments for Ketchikan. - More...
Friday - January 06, 2006
Year's Resolutions 2006 BY MARIE MONYAK- A fresh new year,
a fresh new start. Many people across the nation share that view
and decide to make resolutions normally designed to improve their
lives or the lives of those around them. - More...
Monday - January 02, 2006
I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS BY MARIE MONYAK- All I want for Christmas
is a new toilet, and I don't mean just any toilet but the grandpappy
of all toilets. Ok, laugh if you will, then allow me to explain.
I hate my bathroom, it's small, basic and unimaginative. - More...
Friday - December 23, 2005
VFW Provides Many Services & Activities; Hosting First Annual
Teen Dance on New Year's Eve BY MARIE MONYAK - "We're
more than just a bar, and we want people to know that,"
said Ken Horn, Commander of Ketchikan's Veteran's of Foreign
Wars, Post 4352. Horn, a Navy veteran who came to Ketchikan in
2000, is married, with five children. Employed at our local Coast
Guard base by the Department of Homeland Security, Horn first
served as the Senior Vice Commander for the VFW from 2002 to
2003, eventually taking over the office of Post Commander which
he holds today. - More...
Tuesday - December 20, 2005
Nurses Pinned In Traditional Ceremony BY MARIE MONYAK - Seven
Ketchikan women took part in the traditional candle lighting
and pinning ceremony held at the Holy Name Parish Hall Friday
evening, December 16th. These soon to graduate student nurses
have attended the University of Alaska Anchorage, School of Nursing,
in conjunction with the University of Southeast Ketchikan. -
Sunday - December 18, 2005
Brew, A Ketchikan Success Story BY MARIE MONYAK - On a hill
north of town sits a nondescript blue building with no signage
whatsoever. From the instant I turned the doorknob to enter the
Raven's Brew building, I was pleasantly engulfed in the aroma
of fresh roasted coffee. I was in a coffee drinker's paradise,
transported to a coffee mecca. Whatever it was, my olfactory
senses were alive like never before. - More...
Tuesday - December 13, 2005
$20,000 raised for the Sara Schroeder Fund BY MARIE MONYAK
- If there are eight million stories in the naked city, then
surely there were eight stories in Ketchikan on Tuesday night,
December 6th, the night of the Sara Schroeder Fund Raiser at
the Moose Lodge. - More...
Thursday - December 08, 2005
Art Walk BY MARIE MONYAK - Parking in the downtown area was
scarce on the evening of Friday, December 2nd for the annual
Winter Art Walk, which was coordinated by the Ketchikan Area
Arts and Humanities Council. Difficulty in finding a parking
space proved to be an indicator of a very successful event. Local
men and women, bundled in layers of wool, fur and down, didn't
appear bothered by the frigid cold nor the parking challenges.
Monday - December 05, 2005
Gift of Life BY MARIE MONYAK - What would you give to save
a life? Would you sacrifice your own life for someone else? What
about donating an organ? And what if the person in need wasn't
even a family member, but just a friend? What if it happened,
not just in theory, but in reality? How willing would you be
to "go under the knife" to donate an organ for a friend?
That's just what Kim Kirby did for Sara Schroeder. And that's
just the beginning of a long journey that these two exceptional
women embarked upon back in the spring of 2004. - More...
Friday - December 02, 2005
Friday BY MARIE MONYAK - Retailers have dubbed the busiest
shopping day of the year as Black Friday. You would think they
could have selected a more cheerful, uplifting moniker considering
that they'll be counting their profits well into the wee hours.
Black Friday sounds like a stock market crash, a funeral, the
end of the world, or a war; however, it is a postive day for
retail businesses as reportedly many will make 40% of their profits
between now and the end of the year. - More...
November 24, 2006
have much to be thankful for.... BY MARIE MONYAK - Today
is Thanksgiving. Ketchikan's high winds and heavy rains can't
dampen the spirits of Ketchikanites on this annual holiday -
for there is much to be thankful for on this day and everyday.
Thursday - November 24, 2005
Offf the ROCK BY MARIE MONYAK - Saying it's raining again
isn't exactly news when you live in Ketchikan. Like everyone
else this time of year, I need to get away from the rain, I need
to get off the "Rock". Being unemployed just doesn't
lend itself to such frivolous expenses like a vacation, even
if it would save my sanity. - More...
Monday - November 21, 2006
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