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January 14, 2004

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Charter Commission
Unofficial Election Results
Includes Questioned & Absentee Ballots
Wednesday - Jan. 14, 2004
Voter Turnout: 15%

Commission Members

 Borough (3)
Brad Finney 796
John Harrington 664
Jerry Kiffer 638 

City (3)
Mike Painter 583
Deborah Otte 536
Dennis McCarty 524

At Large (1)
Glen Thompson 839

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Tuesday - Jan. 13, 2004 - 9:44 pm - Voter Turnout: 15%

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audioKetchikan: Listen to this story... Only fifteen percent of registered Ketchikan voters turned out for Tuesday's Special Election for Charter Commission candidates. As Deanna Garrison reports, the seven candidates elected Tuesday will have eight months to create a Draft Charter for a Consolidated City and Borough Government.
KRBD - Ketchikan Public Radio - linked Wednesday - Jan. 14, 2004 - 12:55 am

Alaska: Governor to explore use of fund...ADDRESS: Murkowski creates panel to decide whether to use money to balance budget. - Gov. Frank Murkowski on Tuesday announced plans to hold a conference that will decide for him whether the Permanent Fund should be used to balance the state budget. If so, he said, he wants a public vote on that question in November. - Read this story...
Anchorage Daily News - linked Wednesday - Jan. 14, 2004

Alaska: Shaping the permanent fund's future; Murkowski plans conference to consider use of Alaska Permanent Fund income - Gov. Frank Murkowski called for a conference Tuesday night to make recommendations on whether the state should use some income from the Alaska Permanent Fund to help pay for government. - Read this story...
Juneau Empire - Wednesday - January 14, 2004

Alaska: 1) Text of State of the State Speech (10 pages pdf).....2) Charting Alaska's Future 2004-2006 (16 pages pdf).....3) Permanent Fund Conference Fact Sheet (3 page pdf)...
Wednesday - January 14, 2004 - 12:55 am

Alaska: Dems reserve judgment on plan; GOP stresses spending limit - The governor's proposal for a process to determine whether to use part of the Permanent Fund income for state government is not the way Democrats would have handled Alaska's fiscal gap, but they are reserving judgment on the plan, minority lawmakers said Tuesday night. - Read this story...
Juneau Empire - Wednesday - January 14, 2004

Alaska: Lynn's longevity bonus stance vexes House GOP...LEGISLATURE: Anchorage Republican's decision to stand with Democrats angers caucus. - Anchorage state Rep. Bob Lynn is in serious trouble with his fellow Republicans for joining the Democrats in supporting a vote on restoring the longevity bonus. - Read this story...
Anchorage Daily News - linked Wednesday - Jan. 14, 2004

audioPOW: Listen to this story... One small school district on Prince of Wales Island offers students an opportunity found in few other places. Hydaburg School District students can learn everything they need to become a master diver. Jay Marble has this report.
KRBD - Ketchikan Public Radio - linked Wednesday - Jan. 14, 2004 - 12:55 am

Ketchikan: Zahler Named KGH Employee of the Month - John Zahler, Registered Pharmacist (RPh), Pharmacy Manager at Ketchikan General Hospital (KGH) for the past three years, has been named Employee of the Month by a committee of his peers.

John Zahler
Photo courtesy KGH
Zahler came to Ketchikan after his youngest child graduated from high school in Portland, Oregon.  He had previously worked at hospitals in Barrow, Nome and Anchorage and states he "enjoyed all of my Alaska experiences.""I was interested in PeaceHealth because of its affiliation with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace," Zahler stated. "I enjoyed working at St. Vincent Hospital in Portland, Oregon prior to coming to Ketchikan.  After working with the Sisters of Providence, I wanted to continue with a Catholic affiliated hospital and I have enjoyed working at KGH." 

Zahler received his RPh from Oregon State University and his MBA from Portland State University. 

One of the several employees who nominated him stated, "Whenever I need help with medication doses, interactions, cost comparisons, or other pharmaceutical questions, he has always been pleasant, informative, and helpful. He always does it with a smile."

The award of Employee of the Month at KGH recognizes those who regularly go above and beyond what is required, to provide high quality service to patients, visitors and co-workers.
Wednesday - January 14, 2004 - 12:55 am

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Courthouse Hill, 1912
Photographer: Harriet Elizabeth Hunt; Donor: Ketchikan Public Library;
Courtesy Tongass Historical Society

June Allen Column

photosThanks, Ladies, for the Library; From Bookcase to Building(s) - One 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...
Thursday - January 01, 2004 - 1:00 am

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