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January 01, 2004

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Thanks, Ladies, for the Library
From Bookcase to Building(s)

by June Allen

photosOne thing Ketchikan's founding fathers didn't think of was a library. In their 1900 petition for Incorporation of the city - and thereby for the ability to qualify for outside assistance as well as the right to raise local taxes to pay for community needs - one of the first things those men had been thinking of was the need for a school. In fact, there were those fellows who were certain their down-south sweethearts or wives would refuse to join them in the wilds of Revilla Island if there were no school for their children! And so the first schoolhouse was promptly built. As mothers arrived with their children and newcomer families also began to arrive, Ketchikan promised to grow. And it was the women of Ketchikan who thought immediately of the need for a library. - Read the rest of this story by June Allen...
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Ketchikan & Statewide: Jobs Advertised for State's New Fast Ferry - The Alaska Marine Highway System this week began recruitment efforts for a number of crew positions on the new fast ferry, the FV Fairweather, according to Tom Briggs, director of Marine Operations. - Read more...
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Mike Reagan Columnist: - Michael Jackson Needs Help, Lots of It - I don't know what happened to Michael Jackson when he was a child, but whatever it was it created a badly scarred human being capable of badly scarring a new generation of youngsters.

Think about it, nobody does to their face what he has done to his if they are happy on the inside. It's very obvious that he is anything but happy on the inside. It shows that he can't even face himself in the mirror, and that's why he has tried to change his appearance so radically. Then he discovers that even though he can change his appearance, he can't change what is on the inside, gnawing away at him. Every time he looks in the mirror he sees himself, and he hates what he sees. - Read more...
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