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April 18, 2005

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"Cleanup Ketchikan Day"
Hunters Richard Coose, Richard Burton and Code Enforcement
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Ketchikan: "Cleanup Ketchikan Day" brings sense of satisfaction by Nancy Coggins - "I haven't had this much fun since I was a kid," exclaimed Richard Monrean during "Cleanup Ketchikan Day" at the 7-mile rock pit on Ward Lake Road. Most of the participants expressed a sense of satisfaction in helping to clean up the garbage left behind by both shooters using these areas for target practice instead of a rifle range and residents who would rather push something over the rocky cliff than use the free landfill. - More & Photo Gallery...
Monday - April 18, 2005

photosErnie Pyle: Remembering Ernie Pyle, 60 years after his death By BILL STRAUB - It was a scene that had repeated itself so many times during World War II that it was hardly noteworthy - Ernie Pyle was reluctantly heading toward yet another battlefront to join the foot soldiers whose exploits and deaths he dutifully chronicled.- More...
Monday - April 18, 2005

Ernie Pyle: On victory in Europe By ERNIE PYLE - This column of Ernie Pyle was never completed. A draft of it was found in his pocket on April 18, 1945, the day he was killed by a Japanese machine-gunner on the island of Ie Shima. - More...
Monday - April 18, 2005

Ernie Pyle: The death of Captain Waskow By ERNIE PYLE - This is the most famous and most widely-reprinted column by Ernie Pyle. - More...
Monday - April 18, 2005

International: Pope-selection process was not always so secretive By LANCE GAY - The election of a new pope wasn't always as secretive as it is today. - More...
Monday - April 18,, 2005

Alaska: ADF&G Releases Results of the 2005 Salmon Capacity Survey - The Department of Fish and Game's preseason survey of salmon capacity is now available. This survey estimates salmon processing capacity around the state and identifies areas where capacity may be insufficient to process the 2005 forecasted harvest. Capacity means a combination of the physical processing capacity and the intent of buyers and processors to purchase and process salmon. - More...
Monday - April 18,, 2005

Ketchikan: Coast Guard crew assists three boaters - Three Southeast Alaska boaters are safe after their boat became disabled near Ketchikan and a Coast Guard rescue crew assisted them. - More...
Monday - April 18,, 2005



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Dave Kiffer: Hearty Alaska Haven - Six months ago, I wrote a column noting that local tourism officials were looking to improve the marketing of Ketchikan by coming up with a "brand"that could be used to distinguish Ketchikan from its competitors for the visitor dollar.

A high powered "branding" consultant was hired, locals were consulted with, and money was spent.

That process is done and the result is Ketchikan: Hearty Alaska Haven.

No really, I'm serious. That's the result. I don't want to fault the process, because I think the idea of trying to come up with a catchy catch phrase is a good one. And in the ever competitive tourism area, you need to be aware that potential visitors can be seduced away by someone else's more compelling siren song.

But the end result has to be something that fits. Something that feels natural. Something that doesn't feel like it was designed by a "branding" consultant. - More...
Monday - April 18, 2005

Bob Ciminel: GPS, Who Needs It? - I was working in Germany last week and the company provided me with a rental car equipped with one of those onboard GPS navigation systems that talks to you. It was a neat little feature considering the car was just a VW. Well, to be more exact, it was a VW Phaeton, a $67,000, two-and-a-half ton monster made for 210 kilometers per hour on the Autobahn. Of course, I had to verify that claim, and, yes, it could do 130 miles per hour with ease. I didn't ask why they rented such an expensive car for someone who usually sits in Atlanta traffic and rarely goes faster than 80 mph. I thoroughly enjoyed the car. - More...
Monday - April 18, 2005

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photosAlaskan 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. - More...
Thursday - April 07, 2005

arrow A Personal Tribute to Tom Coyne on St. Patrick's Day

arrow It's Iditarod Race Year 33! a ghost story of the southern route

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

arrow ACS Bids for KPU Telecom: ACS a longtime presence

arrow Betty King the Dog Lady; Ketchikan's one-woman humane society

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

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