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April 27, 2004


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graphicDear Crabby: REELING IN PAIN and READS IN THE OTHER ROOM - I've been withering in an unhappy marriage for 17 years. Four years ago, I met a passionate man. He is incredible, thoughtful, wonderful in every way. He is also married. After three years of an enchanted, fairy-tale, but very secret affair, his wife found out. I had hoped that he would finally be set free to marry me and we could move on with our lives together. Instead, he cut it off and they decided to 'work it out'. He always said he'd die if I left him, and now, just because she forgave him, he's willing to throw away everything we have together. His decision makes no sense to me, and I refuse to believe it. I decided I'm not giving up. I'm not sure what else to do to get him away from her, though. Can you help? - Read more...
Tuesday - April 27, 2004


Ketchikan: Listen to this story... Fewer cruise ships are expected to make less port calls in Ketchikan this cruise ship season. But as Deanna Garrison reports, the cruise industry is forecasting that a record number of passengers will visit the first city this summer.
KRBD - Ketchikan Public Radio - linked Tuesday - April 27, 2004

Coffman Cove: Listen to this story... Since the 1970's, archeologists have studied evidence of human occupation at Coffman Cove. The oldest evidence dates back about 4,000 years. Graves tools and even home sites have been located. Archeologists will resume their work this summer. Nearly $250,000 has been appropriated for the Coffman Cove site. The project involves the Forest Service, the Wrangell Cooperative Association, The City of Coffman Cove and Southeast Island School District. Terry Fifield is a Forest Service Archeologist on Prince of Wales Island. He spoke recently with KRBD's Jay Marble.
KRBD - Ketchikan Public Radio - linked Tuesday - April 27, 2004

Southeast: Listen to this story... GCI is looking at installing a fiber optic cable in Southeast Alaska. The company says it is working to line up financing for the cable, which would link a number of communities in the region with the lower 48.
KRBD - Ketchikan Public Radio - linked Tuesday - April 27, 2004

Ketchikan: Youth Mauled by 400 Pound Bear - The Alaska State Troopers in Ketchikan reported they were contacted a little past noon on Saturday and notified that a 400-pound brown sow bear had mauled one of the youth at a campsite on Deer Island. The campsite is operated by "Crossings Wilderness Expeditions for Youth" - a six weeks program for juveniles. - Read more...
Tuesday - April 27, 2004

Alaska: Governor Urges House to Avert Budget Crisis; House Takes POMV One Step Closer to the Voters - In an unusual move meant to underscore the seriousness of his message, Alaska Governor Frank Murkowski addressed a floor session of the Alaska House of Representatives Monday, and asked members to pass legislation that would allow no more than 5 percent of the Permanent Fund's value to be used for dividends and public education (after inflation-proofing the fund) and let the people of Alaska vote on it in November. - Read more...
Tuesday - April 27, 2004

Alaska: Employer Costs for Retirement Systems Going Up; Retirement System Boards Raise Employer Rates for FY 2006 - Monday, Ray Matiashowski, Acting Alaska Commissioner of Administration, said that recent actions by governing boards for public retirement systems to raise employer contribution rates serve to underscore the need for a fiscal solution. On April 19th, the Alaska Public Employees' Retirement Board (PERB) adopted, and the Alaska Teachers' Retirement Board (TRB) recommended a 5 percent rise in employer contribution rates for Fiscal Year 2006. The rate increase for FY 2006 is estimated to increase employer contribution costs by $79 million for PERS and $30 million for TRS. - Read more...
Tuesday - April 27, 2004

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Alaska: Sentinel Island Lighthouse Transferred to Historical Society by Sec. Norton - Interior Secretary Gale Norton announced Monday the selection of the Gastineau Channel Historical Society as the first group to receive a lighthouse in Alaska under the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000. - Read more...
Tuesday - April 27, 2004

Alaska: Interior Secretary Briefed on Alaska Land Issues; Legislators Highlight Concerns Unique to the State - U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Gale Norton met with key House and Senate members Monday regarding various resource issues facing the State. - Read more...
Tuesday - April 27, 2004

Alaska: State Ferry Tustumena released from Coast Guard order - The Coast Guard has rescinded a port order against the state ferry Tustumena today. The Coast Guard Captain of the Port for Prince William Sound issued an order directing the Tustumena to remain in Valdez until a pollution prevention equipment discrepancy could be fixed. - Read more...
Tuesday - April 27, 2004

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Upcoming Concerts
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Ketchikan: Upcoming Concerts - The Annual "Jazz Night" Concert featuring the Windjammers Jazz Club, Soundwaves Jazz Club, Discovery Jazz Club and the Kayhi Jazz Ensemble, will take place at the Kayhi Auditorium at 7 PM on Wednesday, April 28th.

This concert was established a few years ago to honor Jerry Galley, a young man who was well loved in the Ketchikan community. Donations will be accepted at the door for the Jerry Galley Memorial Scholarship Fund, awarded to a high school senior going on to college to major in the Arts. Kyle Bailey was last year's award recipient.

The Ketchikan Community Concert Band, a 45-member adult band, will present a spring concert on Tuesday, May 11th at 7 PM at the Kayhi Auditorium. - Read more & download a Bugs poster...
Tuesday - April 27, 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...
Saturday - April 17, 2004

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