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Ketchikan-born Woman Takes on Big Bike Boys
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Ketchikan: Ketchikan-born Woman Takes on Big Bike Boys with Wicked Women Choppers by M.C. Kauffman - A dream has become a reality for Ketchikan-born Christine Vaughn, a 7th generation Alaskan. Wicked Women Choppers LLC the vision of Vaughn - Motorcycle Rider, Designer, Fabricator, Builder, President and CEO - was born out of her personal frustration with the motorcycle industry's failure to specifically address the needs of women riders.



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Now living in Herrin, Illinois, Vaughn - who learned the ways of the Haida Tribe and the beauty and bounty of the surrounding islands and waters of Southeast Alaska - said she first got interested in motorcycles at age 10. "My first bike was a Suzuki RM100 and within a couple of hours I was trying to stand up on the seat. My Father thought that my lack of fear could be put to better use in an organized environment so he signed me up to start racing. Eventually I moved on to quad racing and then became interested in street bikes."

Her over-all inspiration comes from the women in her family. Vaughn said, "Gender blurring is a necessity in the Alaska bush - to survive everyone has to be able to do the task at hand." She said, "A stereotypical family could not function in the remote areas of Alaska and it is more the women doing what would be perceived as men's work than it is the other way around. If you are female and your family fishes, you fish. The same hold true for canneries, logging and even the oil fields. I take strength in the fact that I can trace my maternal roots back through seven generations." Vaughn said, "My Great-Great Grandmother ran a, let's say, "boarding house" so the entrepreneurial spirit is in my genes." - More...
Tuesday - April 19, 2005

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photosKetchikan: "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.

Volunteers from 6-years-old and up, including Boy Scouts and one man who came from Prince of Wales, worked at several sites along this road clearing them of innumerable items such as empty shells, broken "clay" pigeons that weren't made of real clay for the sake of the environment, broken bottle glass, old TVs, shot-up aluminum cans, Styrofoam, plastic bags, plastic ammunition boxes, old tires, and wire cords. Added to the mess, there were nails remaining when pallets were burned for bonfires. One van suffered a flat tire from one of those nails. - More & Photo Gallery...
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

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