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New AMHS Ferry Lituya Arrives In Ketchikan
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Ketchikan: New AMHS Ferry Lituya Arrives In Ketchikan - The $9.5 million M/V Lituya , the tenth motor vessel to join the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) fleet, arrived in Ketchikan Saturday afternoon one day earlier than expected. The new vessel departed Morgan City, Louisiana on March 12th enroute to Ketchikan via the Panama Canal.

The new 180-foot, roll on/roll off steel ferry accommodates 18 cars and 150 passengers. This new vessel will provide regular, dedicated service between Ketchikan and the community of Metlakatla.

Twin engines, each with about 1,000 horsepower, will enable the ferry to operate in open water at speeds up to 12 knots. The design is similar to vessels used as offshore supply vessels (OSV) for oil field work. According to the Alaska Department of Transportation, this robust vessel could be operated in other open water areas in Southeast Alaska, so plans are to study its performance closely. The new vessel's rugged design will allow it to safely operate the 16.5 nautical mile run between the existing Ketchikan and Metlakatla terminals.

Alaska statute requires each State ferry to be named for an Alaskan glacier. Traditionally, the State has shared this task with Alaskan school children by holding a contest in which students write a short essay nominating their favorite glacier for the name of the next ferry. The winning essay naming the M/V Lituya was written by Josiah Milne when he was a second grade student at Metlakatla School. Milne's essay will be framed and hung on the Lituya. Students have named four ferries in the past six years.

The new ferry is expected to be in service by May 2004. - Read more...
Monday - April 12, 2004


Troy Jewell's 1988 Bronco II
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Ketchikan: Truck Rolls Over, Driver Escapes With No Serious Injuries - Shortly after purchasing a 1988 Bronco, Troy Jewell found himself sitting upside down in his new vehicle Friday evening with gas pouring all around.

According to the story related by Jewell, he pulled into the Mountain Point boat launch area to turn around and said the next thing he knew he was upside down with gas everywhere. Jewell, in his twenties, told Sitnews in a telephone interview that he quickly exited the Bronco and immediately positioned a container to catch the leaking gasoline.

According to Jewel, he received some minor head and neck injuries and was seen at Ketchikan General Hospital Friday evening and released. - Read more & view another photo...
Monday - April 12, 2004

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Dear Crabby: HIS AWFUL SMELL IS KILLING ME & HOSPITAL PATIENT - I have a business partner who I really like but he smells bad. He has really bad BO and he smokes......what do I do? Our business involves serving the public but I'm afraid when the public gets downwind of him they will be grossed out. Any suggestions? HIS AWFUL SMELL IS KILLING ME - Read more...
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PhotosKetchikan's First City Players; Did you hear that applause? - The 40th anniversary of the founding of Ketchikan's renowned First City Players is fast approaching. That community theater of volunteer actors, directors and stage hands laid the foundation of a tradition that has become the city's longest-lived, continuously active thespian society. It began when a small group of amateur actors with a little theater experience got together and said, "Let's put on a show!" And did so, and then put together another show, and another to become in time Ketchikan's first long-term little theater group as well as one of Alaska's most respected amateur theater organizations. In the larger picture and looking back to the town's beginnings, the First City Players added their talents to a long tradition of drama and comedy in the story of the small town on the shores of Tongass Narrows. - Read the rest of this story by June Allen...
Tuesday - March 30, 2004

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