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June 19, 2004


Front Page Photo by Carl Thompson - Story by June Allen...

Remembering 'Swede' Risland (1915-1991)
The town's most memorable logger

By June Allen
Front Page Photo by Carl Thompson

People still remember Swede Risland and chuckle when telling stories about him or about his incredible generosity. In his prime he made big money in the woods and all his life he gave it away as easily as he made it! The old logger was no fashion plate



letter Open Letter: Logging Plans in Ketchikan Area Need More Public Input In Planning Process by Bob Weinstein - Ketchikan - 06/20/04
letter RE: From Nuisance Moose to Anatomical Gifts... by David J. Undis - TN - 06/20/04
letter Recreation Center for White Cliff Plan by Ken Lewis - Ketchikan - 06/20/04
letter No Roads in the Tongass National Forest by Don Hoff Jr. - TN - 06/20/04
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letter Aerial Herbicide Spraying by Carrie James - Ketchikan, AK - 06/19/04
letter HERBICIDES by Stephen B Smeltzer - Juneau, AK - 06/19/04
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and in his later years he had to coax his battered old smoking and coughing yellow pickup all the way up Main Street until it gratefully reached the summit and rolled down Grant Street toward the tunnel - its cargo of salvaged miscellany rattling as it slid forward to clatter against the cab. Swede loved to clean out and organize long-neglected old warehouses and storage sheds and found many a rusty but still-good treasure waiting to be shared and recycled. - Read the rest of this story by June Allen...
Saturday - June 19, 2004

Alaska: Continued Funding For Roadbuilding To Permit Timber Interests In Tongass National Forest Supported by Sen. Murkowski - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Thursday she will fight against an amendment in the Senate, approved Wednesday in the House of Representatives, that would deny funding for all new road construction in Alaska's Tongass National Forest - funding needed to continue timber harvests in nation's largest national forest. - Read more...
Saturday - June 19, 2004

Alaska: 'Red tag' violations trigger state shutdown of Nautilus seafood refrigeration plant in Valdez - Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development officials Thursday night ordered that refrigerated fish processing be shut down immediately at the Nautilus Foods seafood processing plant in Valdez after a potentially lethal toxic gas release. - Read more...
Saturday - June 19, 2004

photosCraig: Coast Guard tests new helipad in Craig - A Coast Guard Jayhawk rescue helicopter and crew lift off from a recently completed helipad in Craig, Alaska during a test run Thursday. The $900,000 helipad will allow the Coast Guard to safely airlift medevac patients. - More...
Saturday - June 19, 2004

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photosAlaska's Deepwater Highway; A part of Alaska history - When the first Alaska state ferry sailed northbound through the Inside Passage of Alaska on its maiden voyage in January of 1963, there was rejoicing along the entire route from Ketchikan to Haines at the head of Lynn Canal! At last! Cars and even trucks and vans could now travel to and from isolated island-bound towns all along the 450-mile length of Southeastern Alaska's Panhandle. At either end they could roll off the ferry's ramp onto terra firma, connected to road systems north or south! The roadless towns of the famed Inside Passage finally had a "highway" from Prince Rupert B.C. to Haines, Alaska - even if it happened to be paved with salt water and used marine charts instead of road maps. - Read the rest of this story by June Allen...
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