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April 26, 2004


Front Page Photo - Reflections of Victory by Carl Thompson

'Reflections of Victory'
The F/V Victory was tied up at City Float by the Nordby Building.
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Ketchikan: Historic Sign Symposium - A well-crafted sign can not only help promote a business, it can also help preserve the historic nature of a community. That will be message this week to members of the community.

The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Planning Department and Historic Ketchikan Inc. are sponsoring a series of meetings and workshops featuring Oregon-based signage expert Glen Marcusen. Marcusen has 16 years experience in designing directional, exhibit and enterpretive signage for a variety of clients including Nike, Washington State Parks, the Portland International Airport, the Portland Trailblazers and others. - Read more...
Monday - April 26, 2004

Ketchikan: Sail Around Revilla on the M/V Taku - It's that time of year, again. The days are warmer, the grass is greener and it's the perfect time for a One­Day - Getaway around Revillagegedo Island.

On Monday, May 3, 2004, the M/V Taku will depart from the Ketchikan ferry terminal at approximately 8:30am. The trip, which will be approximately 12 hours long, will take travelers around Revilla Island through some of the most beautiful scenery in the Inside Passage ­ including famed Misty Fjord National Monument. Many consider the excursion to be one of the most glorious in the Inside Passage. - Read more...
Monday - April 26, 2004

Alaska: Coast Guard Detains Alaska State Ferry - The captain of the port of Prince William Sound issued a port order requiring the state ferry Tustumena to remain in port at Valdez while the Coast Guard conducts an marine safety investigation of the vessel's oily waste system. The investigation began Friday night after an anonymous caller alleged that the vessel's oily wastewater system was not operational. The Tustumena, an Alaska Marine Highways System vessel, typically operates between Dutch Harbor and Valdez, transporting passengers and cargo. - Read more...
Monday - April 26, 2004


Michael Reagan: Prince Bandar's "Power" - A Gift From John Kerry - John Kerry has been ranting and raving about Saudi Prince Bandar's clout with the Bush administration, complaining of an alleged "secret" deal between the U.S. and the Saudis that would keep oil prices low before the 2004 election. - Read more...
Monday - April 26, 2004

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photosKetchikan's 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." - Read the rest of this story by June Allen...
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