April 19, 2004
Jessie Bender and a falcon from
the Deer Mt. Raptor Center...
Front Page Photo by Carl Thompson
Behm Canal Herring Fishery Will Not Open - The Alaska Department
of Fish and Game announced today that the West Behm Canal sac
roe gillnet herring fishery will not open for the 2004 season.
Through Friday, April 16th, the department reported it had not
seen enough build up of mature herring or enough miles of spawn
to conduct a fishery. While it is possible that more spawn may
occur in the area, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game said
they have not seen the amount of mature herring in the West Behm
Canal area to consider conducting fisheries.
In response to today's announcement
by the ADF&G, the Ketchikan Area Herring Action Group released
a statement. Speaking for the Action Group, Andy Rauwolf stated,
"First and foremost, this fishery would probably have taken
place right after ADF&G documented the first spawn if it
wasn't for the response from the local citizens who sent letters
and expressed their protest for this sac roe fishery."...-
Monday - April 19, 2004 - 2:30 pm
March Unemployment Declines - Alaska's wage and salary jobs
increased by 3,300 jobs in March and the unemployment rate fell
from 8.9 percent to 7.8 percent. In Ketchikan, the unemployment
rate fell from 11.4 percent to 9.2 percent.
The numbers reflect expected
seasonal movements as the state begins building toward its peak
employment months of July and August.
The comparable national unemployment
rate (not seasonally adjusted) was unchanged at 6.0 percent.
Dan Robinson, an economist with the Department of Labor and Workforce
Development, reported the numbers.
All of the state's six
economic regions recorded lower unemployment rates in March,
with the biggest drops coming in the Gulf Coast and Southeast
regions. Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau all continued to record
unemployment rates below the statewide number. Anchorage's rate
of 5.4 percent in March was more that two percentage points below
the 7.8 percent statewide rate. Juneau's rate of 6.4 percent
in March was more that one percentage point below the 7.8 percent
Ketchikan's unemployment for
March of 9.2 percent was higher than the state unemployment rate
for March of 7.8 percent. Ketchikan reported a labor force of
6,922 in March and 7,033 in February. The number unemployed in
March was reported as 636 and 802 in February. - Read
Monday - April 19, 2004
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Cruise Ship Industry; A light-hearted look at its origins - Tourists
are nothing new to Ketchikan. These seasonal visitors have been
spilling out onto the downtown docks for more than a century
now. They share certain traits: They're thrilled to find themselves
in distant, exotic Alaska; they find Ketchikan quaint and charming;
and, they are wide-eyed and excited as they board charter fishing
boats, or climb into sightseeing coaches to rumble off over the
city's trestle streets. The basic awe most people feel when seeing
our little town remains constant, even after a century. The things
that have changed over the years are the much larger numbers
of ships and visitors visiting each summer and the numbers of
attractions available to them.
At the turn of the 20th century,
brand new Ketchikan was even then being visited by tourists and
journalists. In The Ladies World Magazine of March 1905, travel
writer Myra Drake Moore described the Ketchikan she visited the
summer of 1904: "[Ketchikan] is the port of entry into Alaska
it and its sister towns of Juneau and Skagway are all very much
alike in architecture, and seem to be 'happen-so's'. Ketchikan,"
she archly wrote, "has accumulated itself."
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Saturday - April 17, 2004
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