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May 21, 2004


Front Page Photo by Chris Wilhelm

'LeConte Arrives Safely in Ketchikan'
Front Page Photo by Chris Wilhelm
The Alaska Marine Highway System ferry LeConte arrived in Ketchikan at 7:45 am Thursday morning and the vessel is moored safely at Alaska Ship & Dry-dock South Berth awaiting dry-dock availability. - Read more...



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Ketchikan: Listen to this story... In an effort to level the playing field for downtown businesses, the Ketchikan City Council Thursday night voted to create a temporary bus staging area near the north end of the city dock. Deanna Garrison has this report.
KRBD - Ketchikan Public Radio - linked Friday - May 21, 2004

Ketchikan: Listen to this story... Facing increased telephone competition, Ketchikan Public Utilities is considering expanding its telephone division to include cable television. As Deanna Garrison reports, the Ketchikan City Council authorized KPU staff Thursday night to develop a business plan for launching a cable television service.
KRBD - Ketchikan Public Radio - linked Friday - May 21, 2004

Ketchikan: Ferry could float two communities - The Matanuska-Susitna Borough's plans for a ferry may be the catalyst that jump-starts the shipbuilding industry in Ketchikan. - Read this story...
Alaska Journal of Commerce - linked Friday - May 21, 2004

Ketchikan: A revitalized Acushnet returns to Ketchikan following two-month drydock - The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Acushnet returned home Thursday after spending two months receiving much-needed work in Bellingham's Fairhaven Shipyard. This was the cutter's first yard-period since 1999. At 60 years of age and routine patrols through the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea, it is as important as ever to maintain the cutter and its equipment. - Read more...
Friday - May 21, 2004

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Fundraising efforts planned to
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The Diggs' home was lost along with everything in it last Friday morning - there are no longer any walls, some of the floor has fallen in and half the roof has collapsed. - Photo courtesy Danielle Miller

Ketchikan: Fundraising efforts planned to help family who lost home to fire - It was a blessing that no one was injured during the fire that completely destroyed Kathleen Diggs' home at 210 Strawberry Road last Friday morning. A week ago, three people lived in the home, one a child. Now their home, clothing, furniture and all their belongings are gone - but not their friends and neighbors and not their community. - Read more...
Friday - May 21, 2004

Alaska: Knowles Outlines Measures For Health Care For The Uninsured; Calls for National Action to Address Looming Health Care Crisis - Saying mounting health care costs and lack of affordable health insurance are among the top issues facing Alaska and the nation, US Senate candidate Tony Knowles on Monday offered his proposals to address this growing problem. Knowles spoke about the issue at a community health fair in the Mountain View section of Anchorage at the culmination of national "Cover the Uninsured Week." - Read more...
Friday - May 21, 2004

Ketchikan: DEC Invites Public Participation in Drafting New Food Safety Regulations - Recently passed legislation (HB 378) calls for a major overhaul of the State's food safety program, including food handler/operator training and certification through the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). To implement the new legislation, DEC is hosting workshops on proposed amendments to its food safety regulations (18 AAC 31). Changes include food handler certification, manager training and certification, and written operating procedures for facilities. - Read more...
Friday - May 21, 2004

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Fish of Cut Bait
by Bob Ciminel

Bob Rests His Case - The headline reads: "Hormel Foods Corp., the maker of . . . Spam luncheon meat, Thursday reported a 59 percent increase in quarterly earnings. . . ."

I knew it was a conspiracy. Oh, sure, the rest of the article says the profits came from increased sales of Hormel's refrigerated meat products. That's misleading; you can refrigerate Spam too, in or out of the can.

Well, I don't want to belabor the point, but you need to know I wasn't making up that stuff about the price of Spam being tied to inflation. I expect interest rates to jump any day now once Dr. Greenspan learns that Hormel is making money on Spam again. - Read more...
Friday - May 21, 2004

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photosKetchikan's American Legionnaires; Here's to 'the boys' of Post #3 - At the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month - Nov. 11, 1918 - the Armistice was signed that ended the Great War in Europe. Almost two years earlier the United States had declared war against Germany and set sail to join the already-fighting British in France. American forces sailed off across the Atlantic to rousing choruses of George M. Cohen's latest Tin-Pan Alley hit, "Over there! Over there! Send the word, send the word over there that the Yanks are comin'! the Yanks are comin'."

Those Yanks were from Maine to California as well as from the remotest regions of the Territory of Alaska! Once arrived in Europe, they jolted across the French countryside in careening trucks and marched to the front lines to join in the bloody trench warfare against the German Kaiser. - Read the rest of this story by June Allen...
Tuesday - May 11, 2004

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