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April 29, 2004


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Fire Causes Significant Damage To Carving Center's Shed
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Ketchikan: Fire Causes Significant Damage To Carving Center's Shed - A chimney fire which caused significant damage to the Carving Center's shed in Saxman was reported early Wednesday afternoon. The Carving Center's shed is where world famous carvers work and pass on their skill to young apprentices.

South Tongass Volunteer Fire Department Fire Chief Scott Davis said the STVFD was notified of the fire at 1:11 pm. According to Chief Davis, 15 members of the South Tongass Fire Department and 10 firefighters from the Ketchikan Fire Department responded to the call. - Read more and view the photo gallery...
Thursday - April 29, 2004

Alaska: Craig Land Bill Heads To Senate Floor For Consideration - Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski won approval Wednesday of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee for legislation that will allow the City of Craig to acquire the site of the former Wards Cove Packing Company's fish processing plant in downtown Craig in return for exchanging the Sunnahae property and trail in Craig to the U.S. Forest Service. - Read more...
Thursday - April 29, 2004

Alaska: Knowles Calls For Reform Of Seniors' Health Care System - In the second major issues presentation of his campaign, US Senate candidate Tony Knowles talked Wednesday about one of the chief issues on the mind of most American families - the health care needs of our seniors. - Read more...
Thursday - April 29, 2004

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Alaska: Confidential Employees Reach Agreement on Tentative New 3-Year Contract - The Murkowski administration reached an agreement Wednesday on a new three-year labor contract with the Confidential Employees Association (CEA). With ratification by the membership and passage by the Legislature, the agreement is effective from July 1, 2004 through June 30, 2007. - Read more...
Thursday - April 29, 2004

Alaska: Governor Welcomes House Passage of HB 298 - Governor Frank Murkowski, who was in the Mat-Su speaking in support of a long term fiscal plan Wednesday, said the Alaska House of Representatives has taken an historic step in passing HB 298. On Monday night, the House passed HJR 26, which uses the endowment concept and limits the payout from Permanent Fund earnings to 5 percent of the fund's market value. Legislative use of the Permanent Fund's earnings is currently unlimited. - Read more...
Thursday - April 29, 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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