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SitNews - Stories in the News - Ketchikan, Alaska

April 05, 2005

Front Page Photo by Dick Kauffman

Gary Paxton, Southeast Region Director /Alaska Department of Transportation
Photo by Dick Kauffman

Ketchikan: Paxton Presents Regional Overview of Transportation Projects by Dick Kauffman - "Ketchikan has a can do spirit," said Gary Paxton speaking before the Ketchikan Greater Chamber of Commerce Wednesday.

Paxton, Southeast Region Director of the Alaska Department of Transportation, presented a regional overview of the Juneau Access Project, the Across Baranof Project, the Bradfield Project, and a project of particular interest to citizens of Ketchikan, the Gravina Access Project.

Paxton said there are three major economic centers in southeast: Ketchikan in the south, Juneau in the north, and Sitka. As these economic centers expand their economic base in linking with out ports, the whole region is successful, he said. Paxton said he thought Ketchikan and Juneau are in for some significant economic expansion.

There are three very important road corridors for the Southeast region in opening out port links, "The first two, Juneau Access and Across Baranof, in my view are critical to solving some of the intrinsic problems we have with the Alaska Marine Highway System," said Paxton. When you get those two roads built then you're going be able to configure a plate of vehicles that can move goods and products quickly and cheaply into the federal highway system, said Paxton. - More...
Thursday - May 05, 2005

National: House to vote on Real ID law By BILL STRAUB - A bill endorsed by the Bush administration that would set rules for states that issue driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants could come to a vote in the House Thursday and appears well on its way to becoming law. - More...
Thursday - May 05, 2005

National: Pentagon to say which stateside bases getting transferred troops By TARA COPP - Next week's list of proposed base closings will show which stateside installations will become home for 70,000 returning overseas troops in the next six years, Pentagon planners said Wednesday.

So although the impending closings list is bad news for many communities, for others it will deliver a windfall of new residents. - More...
Thursday - May 05, 2005

jpg Pancakes & Music Fundraiser...

Stan Felsman and Dave Rubin provided
entertainment at Pancake Fund raiser...
Photo by Priscilla Barnett

Ketchikan: Pancakes & Music Fundraiser Extravaganza Declared A Success! - "Ketchikan Senior Center is blessed with so many wonderful volunteers and dedicated people who support senior citizens programs in the beautiful community of Ketchikan, Alaska," said Jackie Beasley. Beasley is the Site Manager of the Ketchikan Senior Center. She said, "Because of this dedication the senior centers 1st Pancake Breakfast fund raiser was a huge success."

Rewards were many and requests were overwhelming for making this an annual event said Beasley. "Along with the generous community contributions thru ticket sales and donations from various community retailers, $1,450.00 was raised to support our meal program," said Beasley. "Along with that, the rewards were many and requests were overwhelming for making this an annual event." - More...
Thursday - May 05, 2005

Ketchikan: UAS Ketchikan Students Published - Five University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan students have had their written work selected for inclusion in the 2005 edition of Tidal Echoes, the UAS literary journal that publishes art and writing.

Tidal Echoes celebrates the finest student writing and artwork UAS has to offer. While all three campuses of UAS were represented in this year's volume, Ketchikan students demonstrated an unusual range of literary virtuosity: both critical and narrative essays, poetry, and short fiction. - More...
Thursday - May 05, 2005



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Ben Grabow: Cats, Mother's Day and unexpected presents - Handmade cards, macaroni collages on paper plates, half-dead garden snakes - it must be Mother's Day.

Children everywhere are gearing up for the holiday, expressing their love with glue and sequins as best they can. But surrogate children don't have construction paper or pipe cleaners to show their thanks. They don't even have opposable thumbs. And that's why cats celebrate Mother's Day with small dead animals.- More...
Thursday - May 05, 2005

Sharon Randall: A mother's stages of development - Nobody told me 30 years ago, when I couldn't wait to get into a maternity smock, that being a mother was a work in progress.

I knew that children undergo various stages of development from infancy to adolescence to adulthood. What I didn't know, but would soon discover, is that mothers go through stages, too.

We "grow up" with our children, maturing just as they do - physically, mentally and emotionally.- More...
Thursday - May 05, 2005

Dale McFeatters: Carting us off to better health - Veteran conspiracy spotters sensed right away the government was up to something.

First, there was an escalating series of obesity studies saying that Americans, both children and adults, were too fat and too sedentary and facing serious health problems down the line because of it.

Sure, there was the study that showed people who were a little bit overweight lived longer than those who weren't, but we think the government sensed people were becoming suspicious and only wanted to lower the level of alarm. - More...
Thursday - May 05, 2005

Steve Brewer: Who lives here? Check by pawing through the clutter - Sociologists often study garbage to learn how society works, what we value, what we throw away. I wonder whether there's an academic out there who studies household clutter and what our clutter reveals about the way we lead our lives.

Every home has clutter. Couldn't a sociologist decipher the interests and values of the household by examining what's left lying around? - More...
Thursday - May 05, 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

arrow A Personal Tribute to Tom Coyne on St. Patrick's Day

arrow It's Iditarod Race Year 33! a ghost story of the southern route

arrow Ketchikan's 'Rotary Wheel' Still Turning; Hardworking club celebrates a century

arrow Sitka's Pioneer Home Statue; Whose face is cast in bronze?

arrow L. Ron Hubbard's Alaska Adventure; His long winter in Ketchikan

arrow ACS Bids for KPU Telecom: ACS a longtime presence

arrow Betty King the Dog Lady; Ketchikan's one-woman humane society

arrow Ketchikan, Alaska - Let There Be Light! -- Citizens Light & Power and then KPU

arrow The State Capitol and Its Marble and keeping the capital in Juneau

arrow Read more feature stories by June Allen...

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