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April 07, 2007
took shape 120 years ago
View of Ketchikan ca. 1899
Photograph courtesy Library of Congress
took shape 120 years ago A Feature Story By DAVE KIFFER -
One hundred and twenty years ago in March, the quiet of Tongass
Narrows was broken by the sound of hammers and saws.
The owners of a salmon cannery
in Boca de Quadra were moving it to the mouth of a large fish
stream in the Narrows and hoping to build a community around
that stream. The community would eventually be named Ketchikan.
It was not the first effort
to populate the Tongass Narrows area.
Tlingit Natives had been coming
to the area for untold generations to take advantage of the salmon
stream. Some had even apparently tried to live year round in
the Narrows area, but most returned to the better weather slightly
to the south in the Cape Fox and Village Island area.
After Alaska was purchased
by the United States in 1867, the American government had established
a military base at Fort Tongass (near Cape Fox). In 1891, a custom
house and lighthouse were built at Mary Island, 25
miles south of Tongass Narrows
In 1879, the missionary Sheldon
Jackson - on a week-long canoe trip from Fort Wrangell to Port
Simpson in British Columbia - reported the presence of a white
homesteader in Tongass Narrows.
"At six o'clock, rising
from an uncomfortable sleep, we embarked and paddled until nine,
when, reaching the cabin of Mr. Morrison, at Tongas (sic) Narrows,
we went ashore for breakfast," Jackson wrote in "A
Canoe Voyage into the Tongas Country " in 1880. "Mr.
Morrison has a fine vegetable garden and is also engaged in salmon
Whatever became of Mr. Morrison's
homestead is apparently lost to history, as is much information
about a man from Oregon named Snow who reportedly started a salmon
saltery in Tongass Narrows in 1883. Several early histories of
Ketchikan briefly mention Snow but none offer any detail on him
or his saltery.
The same year, a salmon cannery
was built in Loring, 25 miles north of Ketchikan, and that community
quickly grew into the dominant village in the area.
1883 was obviously a boom year
for the canning industry in Southeast Alaska.
"One of the first canneries
in Alaska was located on the northern shore of Boca de Quadra,
about eight miles from the entrance," G.M. Bower wrote in
1898's Bulletin of the United States Fish and Fisheries Commission
'The Salmon Fisheries of Alaska.' "It was built in 1883
by M.J. Kinney of Astoria and operated under the name of Cape
Fox Packing from 1883 to 1886."
In the winter of 1886, Kinney
sold the operation to fellow Astorian Capt. A.W. Berry who decided
to relocate the Tongass Narrows near a large stream, aptly named
Fish Creek that emptied into the Narrows. - More...
Saturday - April 07, 2007
may return tainted money By KEVIN DIAZ - Rep. Don Young might
return some $20,000 in campaign contributions linked to a Wisconsin
businessman under federal investigation.
Young had boosted the businessman's
trucking company by helping pass new federal truck-hauling rules.
Young has maintained a public
silence on the case, though his top aide said this week that
Young does not recall ever meeting Dennis Troha, the apparent
target of the probe.
Two other congressmen involved
in the legislation, Republican Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Democrat
Jim Oberstar of Minnesota, have purged the money they got from
Troha and his associates. Young's chief of staff, Mike Anderson,
said Young is "considering" doing the same.
While Young's office has denied
any link to the investigation, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's
office in Milwaukee declined to say whether Young is "in
or out as a subject."
Family members and others associated
with Troha were among Young's top campaign contributors in his
2006 re-election, though their money was a tiny fraction of the
$1.9 million that filled his campaign coffers. - More...
Saturday - April 07, 2007
crisis ... IRS humor (no joke!) ... WWI vets By LISA HOFFMAN
- Look for America's devotion to its 130 million dogs and cats
to push the federal government to create the first official national
network to collect information from veterinarians and disseminate
crucial data on pet food and health.
The ongoing pet-food emergency
has demonstrated how anemic the Food and Drug Administration's
monitoring of the animal food supply has been. No one can say
how many pets have died or been sickened by the suspect food,
with estimates ranging from 16 to as many as 3,000 deaths.
Deluged in recent weeks by
more than 10,000 complaints from the public - almost double the
number it got on all subjects last year - the FDA has now assigned
more than 400 employees to handle the crisis. Also hearing from
worried owners is Congress, which is poised to order the agency
to establish a national data-gathering and -sharing system if
the FDA doesn't move quickly enough.
About this time of year, the
last thing the initials "IRS" bring to mind is humor.
But root around on the tax agency's Web site (www.irs.gov, then
search for "tax quotes") and you can actually find
a few laughs to lighten the last-minute tax-filing load. To wit:
"Next to being shot at
and missed, nothing is really quite as satisfying as an income
tax refund." - F.J. Raymond, humorist
"Taxation with representation
ain't so hot either." - Gerald Barzan, humorist
"The hardest thing in
the world to understand is the income tax." - Albert Einstein,
physicist - More...
Saturday - April 07, 2007
journeys move smoothly across the North By NED ROZELL - Traverses
across the bumps of the frozen northern landscape are not easy,
but two scientific teams I recently wrote about are cruising
University of Alaska Fairbanks permafrost scientist Kenji Yoshikawa
and his partner Tohru Saito of the International Arctic Research
Center zipped through a trip down the Yukon River with two snowmachines
and three sleds. They traveled from Manley Hot Springs to St.
Marys in less than two weeks, installing permafrost-monitoring
stations at Manley, Galena, Kaltag, Shageluk, Russian Mission,
Marshall, and St. Marys. Along the way, they pulled off the trail
for head-on passes with the top 10 Iditarod mushers near Eagle
Island, and each put about 800 miles on his snowmachine.
"I really liked this trip,"
Yoshikawa said when he returned to Fairbanks. "Every night
and every day we met new people who helped us out."
Saito and Yoshikawa would drive
between villages, sometimes in air as cold as minus 40, or along
a river surface more like sand than snow. - More...
Saturday - April 07, 2007
week in review By THOMAS HARGROVE - British sailors
released by Iran
Fifteen Royal Navy sailors
and marines held captive by Iran for 13 days in a dispute over
whether they entered Iranian territorial waters returned home
The Britons said Friday they
were bound by their captors, blindfolded, kept in isolation and
threatened with prison if they didn't "confess" that
they had strayed into Iranian waters. The sailors and marines
were captured as they searched a cargo ship for smugglers in
Iraqi waters, according to British and U.S.
Presidential hopefuls tally
'money primary' results
Democratic and Republican presidential
candidates this week announced the results of their frenetic
first-quarter campaign fund-raising efforts with New York Sen.
Hillary Clinton leading that pack, as expected, with $26 million.
But her chief Democratic rival, Illinois freshman Sen. Barack
Obama, beat expectations with a very close second place showing
at $25 million. Many Republicans were astonished when former
Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney led the GOP field with $23 million
even though polls show him well behind former New York City Mayor
Rudolph Giuliani, who raised $15 million, and Arizona Sen. John
McCain, who garnered $12.5 million.
Bush sidesteps Senate Democrats
to appoint Fox
Using his authority to make
temporary appointments when Congress is in recess, President
Bush appointed prominent GOP fundraiser Sam Fox as ambassador
to Belgium Wednesday. Senate Democrats objected to Fox because
in 2004 he donated $50,000 to the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth
group, which damaged Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry's
campaign by accusing him of exaggerating his record during the
Vietnam War. "It's sad but not surprising that this White
House would abuse the power of the presidency to reward a donor
over the objections of the Senate," Kerry said.
Bush denounces Pelosi's Syria
President Bush criticized House
Speaker Nancy Pelosi and others in Congress Tuesday for going
to Damascus to meet with Syrian President Bashar Assad, something
the Bush administration refuses to do. The president said the
trip by House Democrats and Republicans "sends mixed signals"
that the Assad government is "part of the mainstream of
the international community when, in fact, they are state sponsors
of terror." Pelosi waved off the criticism. "We came
in friendship, hope, and determined that the road to Damascus
is a road to peace," she said. Pelosi met with Assad for
Supreme Court slaps Bush's
air pollution policies
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled
Monday that carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases produced
by automobiles must be regulated under the Clean Air Act, reversing
the Bush administration's claim that it lacks authority to do
so. In a 5-4 ruling, the court criticized the Environmental Protection
Agency for offering "no reasoned explanation for its refusal
to decide whether greenhouse gases cause or contribute to climate
change." The next day, President Bush said he's taking the
decision "very seriously" and promised to push for
new standards with Congress.
World panel issues new global
After an all-night series of
negotiations, the United Nation's International Panel on Climate
Change meeting in Belgium issued a report Friday that said warming
temperatures will cause massive floods, food shortages and species
extinctions. The United States, Saudi Arabia and China raised
objections to the near-final draft Thursday, prompting last minute
revisions. Panel chairman Rajendra Pachauri said the compromises
were "a complex exercise." Even so, the report is apocalyptic,
warning that 30 percent of all animal species face extinction
if the world temperature rises another 3.6 degrees. - More...
Arts & Entertainment
Saturday - April 07, 2007
Arts This Week - This week in Ketchikan Me, Myself and I,
a self portrait show in the Mainstay Gallery opens Friday, April
6. As perhaps man's most intimate and pure display of consciousness,
self-portraiture reveals the artist as he sees himself, as he
wants to be seen, how he studies himself, and as the simple signature
which states "I lived", lingering long after the artist
has passed. Refreshments and first viewings will be from 5-7pm.
The Mainstay Gallery is sponsored by the Arts Council. Call 225-2211
for more information.
Evening of Dancing & Dessert will feature ballroom dancing
for all. Bring your favorite dessert and your taste for good
music and ballroom dancing. Come show your best Waltz, Foxtrot,
Swing and other ballroom dances on Saturday, April 7 starting
at 7pm at the North Tongass Community Club across from Refuge
Cove State Park on the South end of Sunset Drive. The cost is
$10/ person, BYOB, wear your best Ginger Rogers or Fred Astaire
outfits! Call the arts council for more info, 225-2211.
Presbyterian Church Presents New Lenten Art Show: A new collection
of art with Lenten themes is now on display at the Ketchikan
Presbyterian Church. The six pieces in the collection were all
created in the 20th century; one represents a mid-century traditional
Jesus, one represents a depiction of a medieval Jesus, one is
a modern wheat weaving, and three are strikingly modern. This
show will be on display through Easter and is available for viewing
on Sundays or by appointment with the church, 225-3619.
Annual Hummingbird Festival
Juried Art Show calling for art for the April 13th, 5-7pm opening
reception at the Ketchikan Visitor's Bureau. Work inspired by
spring migratory birds of SE Alaska is due by 5pm on April 4th
at the Ketchikan Visitor's Bureau, 131 Front Street, Ketchikan,
AK 99901. Cash prizes will be awarded. A full list of eligible
birds and guidelines is available by contacting Leslie Swada
at 907-228-6247 or firstname.lastname@example.org
First City Players and ActOUT
Youth Theatre Program invites you to join the Pevensie siblings
- Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter- as they enter the mysterious
and magical world of Narnia in the production of C.S. Lewis'
timeless classic, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, adapted
by Joseph Robinette. Tickets are available at the FCP office
or call 225-4792, $15 ad, $10 srs, college, military, $5 st thru
12th gr. - More...
Wednesday - April 04, 2007
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