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Off-loading herring caught by an Alaskan gill-netter - 1976
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Ketchikan Charter Commission - Ketchikan, Alaska

Ketchikan: Ketchikan Charter Commission Conducts Survey - In an effort to reduce the cost and size of government in a fair and equitable manner, the Ketchikan Charter Commission is asking you to fill out a questionnaire. For your convenience you may fill out the questionnaire online. This is a chance to help mold the future of Ketchikan. - Fill out the survey...
Published Tuesday - March 23, 2004 - 1:15 am


letter Mother Squirrel by Richard Conn - Juneau - 03/28/04
letter Thanks Ketchikan by Cecelia Johnson - Ketchikan - 03/28/04
letter It's that time again... by Dr. Peter York- Ketchikan - 03/28/04
letter RE: Southend Dumping by Hunter Davis - Ketchikan - 03/27/04
letter Open Letter: Stop the Herring Fishery by Lawrence "Snapper" Carson, Andy Rauwolf & John Harrington - Ketchikan - 03/27/04
letter Southend dumping by Jerry A. Cegelske - Ketchikan - 03/27/04
letter Local travel needs... by Peter Ellis - Ketchikan - 03/27/04
letter Essential state services? by Jay Jones - Ketchikan - 03/27/04
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Ketchikan: New ferry HQ has history of toxic substances; Reports cite asbestos floors, roof leaks, possible structural damage to administration building - About 100 leaks in the roof, asbestos-tiled flooring beneath dank carpets and possible toxic mold are among the fixes that must take place before some 44 state ferry system administrators are relocated this summer to the Ketchikan Pulp Co. administration building at Ward Cove. - Read this story...
Juneau Empire - Sunday - March 28, 2004

Ketchikan: Behm Canal Sac Roe Fishery Concerns Addressed by ADF&G; Concerned citizens say ADF&G more interested in protecting 'backsides' - In an effort to address local concerns regarding an Alaska Board of Fisheries' January 2003 authorization of a commercial herring sac roe fishery in Behm Canal, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game - in an unusual news release distributed Friday - reiterated its commitment to the conservation of the Behm Canal herring for sustained yield.

In response to Friday's ADF&G news release, spokesperson for the Ketchikan Herring Action Group Andy Rauwolf said, "The letter released to the media from ADF&G Commissioner Kevin Duffy is just another in a long series of examples that illustrate that this Department is far more interested in protecting their 'backsides' than they are in safeguarding this 'most vital of all ocean resources', the depletion of which they [the ADF&G] have willingly presided over." - Read more...
Saturday - March 27, 2004 - 4:50 pm

mp3Ketchikan: Listen to this story... Ketchikan resident and former Senate appointee Jim Elkins Thursday filed a letter of intent with the Alaska Public Offices Commission to run for the Legislature. As Deanna Garrison reports, Elkins would not disclose which office he is seeking - House District One or Senate Seat A.
KRBD - Ketchikan Public Radio - linked Saturday - March 27, 2004

Ketchikan: KIC Responds to BIA Budget Cuts - Quoting a news release, Ketchikan Indian Community officials were shocked when plans were announced recently to slash the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) budget by nearly 6 percent in the next two years. - Read more....
Saturday - March 27, 2004 - 2:30 am

mp3Ketchikan: Listen to this story... The State Department of Fish and Game is closing steelhead sport fish harvests in all streams on Prince of Wales and Kosciusko Islands. As Deanna Garrison reports, fishery managers say new federal subsistence regulations prompted the closure.
KRBD - Ketchikan Public Radio - linked Saturday - March 27, 2004

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KIC Team
Cheryl Haven KIC Grants & Contracts Coordinator; Tribal Council President Stephanie Rainwater-Sande; Karen Carter KIC Clinic Health Administrator; David Landis KIC Deputy General Manager;
and Lance Mertz KIC Finance Director...
Photo courtesy KIC

Ketchikan: Alaska Tribal Health Providers memorialize past and ongoing health care efforts - On March 17, 2004, a historic event took place in Anchorage, Alaska. It was 10 years ago that Alaska's Tribes began organizing to develop the "Alaska Tribal Health Compact" in order to own, operate and manage tribal health care. To commemorate this anniversary, a gathering of tribal health organization board members, tribal leaders, health directors and others met to provide a forum for the exchange of current information in key areas of importance related to Alaska Native health. To memorialize these past and ongoing health care efforts, a "signing ceremony" of the Alaska Tribal Health System Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was also featured.

The purposes of the MOU are to: 1) Define the essential components of the Alaska Tribal Health System and their interrelationships; 2) Define the commitments of participants to continue and enhance the unique tribal cooperation and coordination regarding health services that have developed in Alaska, and; 3) To ensure that all Alaska Natives have access to a comprehensive, integrated, tribally-controlled health care delivery system for the improvement of the health and well-being of Alaska native peoples. - Read more...
Saturday - March 27, 2004 - 2:30 am

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40th Anniversary of
"Good Friday" Earthquake

Alaska Earthquake March 27, 1964. This truck at Lowell Point, 2 miles from Seward, was bent around a tree by the surge waves generated by the underwater landslides along the Seward waterfront. The truck was about 32 feet above water level at the time of the earthquake. - Photo courtesy USGS

Alaska: 40th Anniversary of "Good Friday" Earthquake - It was the earthquake that woke up America, its 9.2 Herculean shaking reverberating through the earth, causing the whole planet to ring like a bell for weeks afterward. Even now, the earth is still moving in response to the "Good Friday Earthquake" that rocked Alaska on March 27, 1964.

At magnitude 9.2, this was the second-largest quake ever recorded in the world, topped only by a 9.5 in Chile a few years earlier. Its specter, even 40 years later, haunts not only many of those who lost loved ones or who lived through the four minutes of shaking or the quake's legacy of tsunami waves surging into cities and destroying communities, but also those responsible for earthquake monitoring and safety. - Read more and view photos...
Saturday - March 27, 2004 - 2:30 am

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A biography of Alaska's herring: A little fish of huge importance

PhotosIn general, not many people are interested in herring. It's not exactly a glamour fish. You won't see a snapshot of a grinning fishermen posing for the camera while holding up a trophy eight-inch goggle-eyed herring by the tail. And when was the last time you had baked, fried, roasted, grilled or pickled herring? The only time most people come in contact with herring is when they skewer a chunk of it onto a hook for bait when salmon fishing. - Read the rest of this story by June Allen...
Sunday - March 14, 2004 - 12:40 am

arrow Nulato AK: a small village but big in history...

arrow Ketchikan's Creek Street Dance Hall; echoes of music from the past...

arrow A Story of an Unfriendly Arctic Island And the heroine who survived it...

arrow Ketchikan's Volunteer Legacy; Buckets to hydrants to hi-tech...

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

arrow KETCHIKAN COLD STORAGE and colorful Mgr. Jim Pinkerton...

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