May 01, 2004
Schoenbar Middle School
Photo by Dick Kauffman - April 29, 2004
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
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
Saturday - May 01, 2004
The new helicopter
construction at Wolff Point.
Photo by Dick Kauffman
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
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
Saturday - May 01, 2004
June Allen Column
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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."
the rest of this story by June Allen...
Saturday - April 17, 2004
First City Players; Did you hear that applause?
biography of Alaska's herring: A little fish of huge importance...
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