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Ketchikan: Crewmember of Acushnet Dies During Port Call - A crewmember from the Ketchikan-based Coast Guard cutter Acushnet died Wednesday from injuries suffered while on liberty Monday morning in Victoria, British Columbia.

Deceased is Seaman Apprentice James L. Asnin, 23, of Sitka, a member of Acushnet's Deck Department.

"I was saddened when I received the initial report on this situation," said Vice Adm. Harvey E. Johnson, Commander, Coast Guard Pacific Area, adding, "My heart goes out to his family, who are suffering tremendous grief over the loss of their son." - More...
Thursday - April 07, 2005

Alaska: Alaska Marine Killed in Iraq - The Department of Defense announced Wednesday the death of Marine Lance Corporal Jeremiah C. Kinchen, 22, of Salcha, Alaska, who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

On learning of Kinchen's death, Governor Frank H. Murkowski said, "We extend our sincere condolences to the Kinchen family and the community of Salcha. By serving his country, Lance Corporal Kinchen was a brave and courageous individual. We can never properly repay our debt to Jeremiah or his family, but we shall never forget him." - More...
Thursday - April 07, 2005

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Surface work at the opening of the Sulzer Mine - Prince of Wales Island, circa 1900 - Photographer: Winter and Pond - Donor: Estate of John R. Smith, THS - NOTE the five men above the mine tunnel.... Photograph courtesy Ketchikan Museums

June Allen Feature Story: Alaskan Chris Leding: 1886-1975; A Norwegian adventurer - By June Allen - Today's Ketchikan phone book includes a fair share of Scandinavian surnames. There are, however, relatively few Norse names among the records of the town's earliest settlers. Most of Ketchikan's Norwegian population originated later, during the early 1920s when the halibut fleet, its skippers, crewmen and families moved north from the Seattle area. An exception was the late Chris Leding, who wasn't yet a fisherman  when he settled down in Ketchikan the mid-1920s and who discovered commercial fishing much later in life.

Chris Leding was born Sept. 9, 1886, in Tromso, Norway, a picturesque city located above the Arctic Circle, a mid-13th century town of graceful church spires, quaintly decorated buildings and, today, hordes of tourists! The town is located on an island in the Norwegian Sea ­ but connected to the mainland by a bridge. Leding spent his boyhood in  the Tromso region, working as a farm hand, as a goat herder and, on one occasion, as a guide for a group of British engineers. These men taught him enough English "to get by" and were the ones who told him about America and especially about Alaska. - More...
Thursday - April 07, 2005



letter Adventurer Chris Leding by Jan Cadero - Thursday
letter Dihydrogen Monoxide: Excelsior of life by William N. Ulmer - Thursday
letterDihydrogen Monoxide by Jos Govaars - Thursday
letter Wage debate by Joseph Branco - Thursday
letter BEST PLACE TO PUT NEW CRUISE SHIP DOCK by Chris J. Herby - Thursday
letter Real Threats by Tyrell Rettke
letter Capitalism or socialism? by Ted Wright - Thursday
letter It is our yard... by Robert McRoberts - Thursday
letter Fair Wage & Socialism by P.J. Brady - Thursday
letter Tightening the Borders by Mike Hackney - Thursday
letter Take a hard look at the economic reality by Susan E. Burger - Thursday
letter Breastfeeding by Pam Jackson - Thursday
letter Breastfeeding vs. Formula by Kara Steele - Thursday
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Ketchikan: Deer Planning Subcommittee To Meet In Ketchikan - The Unit 2 Deer Planning Subcommittee is slated to meet in Ketchikan April 19th and 20th. The subcommittee is a 12-member group of hunters and wildlife managers who are working together to address deer management issues in Game Management Unit 2, including Prince of Wales Island. The group is a subcommittee of the Southeast Alaska Regional Advisory Council. The Federal Subsistence Board established the subcommittee in 2004. It includes residents of Craig, Hydaburg, Ketchikan, Petersburg, Point Baker and Wrangell, as well as representatives from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the Forest Service.

The subcommittee is developing a subsistence-based, publicly supported management approach for deer in Unit 2 that allows subsistence users to meet their needs as required by the Alaska National Interest Lands and Conservation Act, or ANILCA. The subcommittee also aims to minimize adverse effects on non-subsistence hunters and account for change in deer population, access and other factors that may affect the hunt. - More...
Thursday - April 07, 2005

Alaska: Parts of Alaska opened to grizzly baiting By Joel Gay - Grizzly bears wandering out of their winter dens in the eastern interior of Alaska this spring may be in for a lethal surprise - for the first time, hunters can kill the animals after attracting them with bacon grease, doughnuts and other bait.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game hopes to see as many as 81 brown bears killed to help boost the moose population for human consumption. It's part of a broader program that includes aerial shooting of more than 100 wolves this winter. - More...
Thursday - April 07, 2005

Alaska: School Nutrition and Exercise Bill Comes With A Big Catch - Legislation introduced Wednesday seeks to increase the physical fitness level of Alaska's school age children by requiring schools to create health standards, including dental care, in their respective disciplinary and safety programs. The School Nutrition and Exercise Bill (SB 162) was introduced by Sen. Fred Dyson (R - Eagle River).

Schools will have to report the percentage of overweight students and students at risk of becoming overweight based on Centers for Disease Control standards. Schools must also report the amount of profits from vending machines located on school property. - More...
Thursday - April 07, 2005

Medical: Physicians find a new way to study their patients' pain By Sue Vorenberg - Doctors at the University of New Mexico don't have to feel their patients' pain anymore.

They can see it.

Physicians at the university's MIND Imaging Center have discovered that the brain releases a noticeable amount of two chemicals when it experiences pain. - More...
Thursday - April 07, 2005

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photosKetchikan: A Personal Tribute to Tom Coyne on St. Patrick's Day - St. Patrick's Day makes me think of Ketchikan's city councilman Tom Coyne and of famous author Frank McCourt. They even look a lot alike -- faces like maps of Ireland! Of course I've never met Frank McCourt, author of Angela's Ashes, but his book lays bare the bittersweet memories of his childhood. And I've interviewed Tom Coyne on several occasions and I see some of the similarities in their impoverished early years.  And they both, like everyone in the Irish land of their bloodlines, are poets at heart. - Read the rest of this story by June Allen....
Thursday - March 17, 2005

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arrow Ketchikan's 'Rotary Wheel' Still Turning; Hardworking club celebrates a century

arrow Sitka's Pioneer Home Statue; Whose face is cast in bronze?

arrow L. Ron Hubbard's Alaska Adventure; His long winter in Ketchikan

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arrow Ketchikan, Alaska - Let There Be Light! -- Citizens Light & Power and then KPU

arrow The State Capitol and Its Marble and keeping the capital in Juneau

arrow A Legendary Mountain of Jade; Just one of Alaska's Arctic Wonders

arrow John Koel, Baker to Banker; An eccentric philanthropist

arrow Harold Gillam: A Tragic Final Flight; Ketchikan remembers the search

arrow Ketchikan's 'Fish House Tessie'; She was proud of the nickname

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arrow Remembering 'Swede' Risland (1915-1991);The town's most memorable logger

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