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January 08, 2005

Front Page Photo Terry Richardson

Boat Builder Preserves History in 3-D
Pictured: Terry Richardson
Story by Louise Brinck Harrington



jpg Dave KifferDave Kiffer: Vox Populi #2 - A lot of you were pretty amused when I misspelled the word satellite a while back in a column about spelling. I suppose I should it say it was an intentional mistake that was placed there to make a point. But no, it was an unintentional one. That definitely makes my point about the spelling bone suffering from osteoporosis as one ages. - More...
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Ketchikan: Boat Builder Preserves History in 3-D by Louise Brinck Harrington - Take a good close look at these boats. Start with the Evening Star and observe her smooth lines, high white mast and forward-style house. On her stern sits a dory full of bright orange buoys, coils of ground line, a set of oars. And don't miss her green canvas staysail, covered baiting table and deck loaded with ground line anchors, flagpole markers and other fishing gear.

Now check out the Seymour. She's older than the Evening Star and built in the old-fashioned schooner style, with the house aft and the hold and hatch forward. Look closely at the hatch cover where a fisherman's been working and temporarily left his gear-a box of hooks, a coil of line, a knife, an empty coffee cup. If you could peek into the pilothouse, you'd make out charts and computers, a depth finder and electronic gear. You might even make out a calendar, complete with a picture of a beautiful woman, pinned to the wheelhouse wall.

The Evening Star and the Seymour are both halibut boats equipped with a chute on the stern for letting out the line and a gear puller and rollers for hauling in the fish. Both boats look shipshape as if they're ready to steam to the westward in search of the fishing grounds. You can almost hear the thump of the engines and smell the exhaust.

But, wait, don't be so sure!

It may be hard to believe, but these boats are models. - More...
Saturday - January 08, 2005

National: Bush moves to reform tax code - With Social Security reform already on his second-term agenda, President Bush on Friday assumed the equally thorny task of transforming the notoriously complicated tax code.

Two former U.S. senators, Republican Connie Mack of Florida and Democrat John Breaux of Louisiana, have agreed to serve as chairmen of a Bush-appointed nine-member panel responsible for exploring ways to simplify a tax system whose most recent overhaul came in 1986.

The announcement, issued from the Oval Office, sets into motion an effort to follow through on a pledge the president offered during his re-election campaign. The present system, Bush asserted throughout the contest with Democratic rival John Kerry, is a hindrance to America's economic aspirations.- More...
Saturday - January 08, 2005

National: Q-and-A on potential Social Security changes - Private Social Security accounts are a top priority for President Bush, who warns that "crisis is here" unless Congress fundamentally recasts the nation's 70-year-old retirement safety net. - More...
Saturday - January 08, 2005

National: TSA: Arsonists OK as hazmat haulers - The federal government wants to change its current rules to permit convicted arsonists to get special licenses so they can drive gasoline tankers and trucks loaded with explosives and hazardous materials. - More...
Saturday - January 08, 2005

Alaska: Cruise ship association questions signatures on Alaska initiative - The NorthWest Cruise Ship Association has hired a former Secret Service agent to search for forgery among more than 23,000 signatures submitted in support of a cruise-ship ballot initiative.

It's the first time in Alaska history that a forensic document examiner will independently verify signatures that the Division of Elections has already deemed valid, state officials said Thursday. - More...
Saturday - January 08, 2005

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photosACS Bids for KPU Telecom: ACS a longtime presence - It was big news in little Ketchikan recently when giant Alaska Communications System (ACS) expressed interest in buying the citizen-owned KPU Telecom division. Because the Ketchikan's utility systems are owned by the municipality, such a sale would require a vote of the residents of the isolated island town of 8,000 located on the shores of Southeastern Alaska's Inside Passage. - Read the rest of this story by June Allen...
Wednesday - January 05, 2005

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arrow Ketchikan, Alaska - Let There Be Light! -- Citizens Light & Power and then KPU

arrow The State Capitol and Its Marble and keeping the capital in Juneau

arrow A Legendary Mountain of Jade; Just one of Alaska's Arctic Wonders

arrow John Koel, Baker to Banker; An eccentric philanthropist

arrow Harold Gillam: A Tragic Final Flight; Ketchikan remembers the search

arrow Ketchikan's 'Fish House Tessie'; She was proud of the nickname

arrow Fairbanks: Golden Heart City; A story of its founding

arrow Remembering 'Swede' Risland (1915-1991);The town's most memorable logger

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