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Ketchikan: House Passes Bill to allow Four Dam Pool Power Agency to Refinance Loan, Save Money - The Alaska State House passed legislation Thursday that will allow the Four Dam Pool Power Agency (FDPPA) to refinance its $74 million loan from the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA). Representative Bill Williams (R-Saxman), the sponsor of House Bill 495, said the legislation would help electric ratepayers in six Alaskan communities. - Read more...
Saturday - May 01, 2004

Ketchikan: House Finance Committee Passes Bills to Help Alaska's Fishing Industry - The Alaska House Finance Committee on Thursday passed the last of 4 Senate Bills that will stimulate Alaska's commercial fishing industry. The Joint Legislative Salmon Industry Task Force initially proposed the bills. Task Force member Representative Bill Williams (R-Saxman), stated the bills are all important to Alaska's largest industry. - Read more...
Saturday - May 01, 2004

Alaska: Medicare Prescription Drug Discount Cards Available Online For Senior Citizens In Alaska Starting Monday - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R- Alaska) announced Friday that Alaska's 47,000 senior citizens can begin to apply starting next week for a Medicare-approved prescription drug discount card that will enable seniors to save an average of 10 to 25 percent on their prescription drugs. - Read more...

Alaska: HHS Working To Educate Seniors About Savings From New Drug Discount Cards - Alaska Congressman Don Young announced Friday the beginning of a comprehensive education campaign to inform people with Medicare about the new prescription drug savings available to them through Medicare-approved drug discount cards. - Read more...
Saturday - May 01, 2004

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PhotosKetchikan: Schoenbar Renovation Completion Delayed - For today's seventh graders eagerly anticipating spending at least one year gracing the halls of Schoenbar Middle School, hopefully they'll not be too disappointed to learn that the expected completion date of the renovation of Schoenbar likely won't be until the summer of 2005. Their eighth grade memories will be of educational experiences and friends - and of another building.

Ketchikan Borough Project Manager Ric Boyd graciously provided a walk-through tour Thursday of Schoenbar. The walk-through provided an opportunity for a glimpse into Schoenbar to observe the work that has been accomplished and the work still required. The walk-through tour was requested by Sitnews and Mike Harpold, President of the Ketchikan School Board, was invited along. - Read more...
Saturday - May 01, 2004

Southeast Alaska: Increase in Southeast Alaska Chinook Quota for 2004 Announced - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) announced Thursday that a review of data utilized under the Pacific Salmon Treaty (PST) for calculating harvest levels for a number of coastal salmon fisheries has resulted in approximately 10,000 more chinook salmon for the 2004 all gear catch in Southeast Alaska than had been previous announced. - Read more...
Saturday - May 01, 2004

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The new helicopter pad under
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Ketchikan: Helicopter Landing Pad Under Construction - The US Coast Guard (USCG) is constructing a new helicopter landing facility at Wolff Point in Ketchikan. USCG District 17 has been working for more than three years to establish a helicopter pad at an optimal location in Ketchikan.

According to information provided by the Coast Guard, the helicopter pad is needed to deliver medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) patients to the hospital in Ketchikan, as well as provide the USCG with a facility for search and rescue (SAR) operations in Ketchikan. The USCG said that due to the lack of a suitable facility, all USCG MEDEVAC and SAR flights have been forced to use the Ketchikan Airport on Gravina Island which can cause a delay in the time of delivery of a patient to the hospital by 30 minutes or more due to the use of the ferry service that is operated during hours of commercial airport service. According to the USCG, typical patients that require the use of MEDEVAC flights are experiencing life threatening, urgent medical emergencies, conditions that require immediate attention. For these reasons, the USCG required a helicopter pad that would provide efficient, timely, and safe medical evacuation transportation to the Ketchikan road system. - Read more...
Saturday - May 01, 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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