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Ketchikan: Fireworks Show Dazzling - The 2004 Fourth of July ended in Ketchikan with a brilliant fireworks show lasting about a half hour. The event was coordinated by the Ketchikan Lions Club which has coordinated the Fourth of July fireworks show for almost twenty years.

The 2004 Fourth of July ended in Ketchikan with a brilliant fireworks show lasting about a half hour. The event was coordinated by the Ketchikan Lions Club which has coordinated the Fourth of July fireworks show for almost twenty years.

A Fourth of July celebration without fireworks would be unthinkable to Americans. The tradition began when our country proclaimed its independence from England as John Adams wrote, "The day (independence) will be the most memorable in America. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, bonfires and illuminations (fireworks) from one end of the continent to the other."

And following tradition, Ketchikan ended its Fourth of July celebration with illuminations! The fireworks were lit from a barge anchored off the north end in the Tongass Narrows bringing to an end another wonderful Fourth of July in Ketchikan. - Read more & view a larger photo...
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Ketchikan: Administration Reaches Tentative Agreements With MEBA and MM&P Union - The Murkowski administration announced Saturday that it has reached tentative agreements with the Marine Engineers' Beneficial Association and the Masters, Mates and Pilots Union, two of the three Alaska Marine Highway System bargaining units. The third Marine Highway System bargaining unit, the Inlandboatmen's Union is still in negotiations with the state. - Read more...
Monday - July 05, 2004

Ketchikan: Governor Signs Stedman, Williams Bills in Ketchikan; Affecting Salmon and Dive Fisheries, Food Safety Program, and More - Governor Frank Murkowski on Saturday signed eight fisheries-related and other bills while in Ketchikan. The fisheries bills relate to the dive fishery, salmon seine boat length, disclosure of the origin of salmon and taxes on directly marketed salmon. The remaining four bills relate to taxation of attorneys' fees, federal forest receipts, an overhaul of the state's food safety program, and state primacy for water pollution permits related to timber harvesting activities. - Read more...
Monday - July 05, 2004

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2004 Fourth of July Queen
Chelsea Goucher & her Court

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photosKetchikan: Goucher Crowned Fourth of July Queen - After competing for over eight weeks in three different categories, Chelsa Goucher was crowned Ketchikan's Fourth of July Queen Saturday evening at the South East Alaska Discovery Center.

Six young women competed for the crown in the categories of 1) presentation, 2) community involvement and 3) raffle ticket sales. According to information provided by Lisa Machado for The Lions Club, the presentation forum was held at the Discovery Center on Friday, July 2nd. The six women vying for the crown had opportunities to present speeches, dances and slide shows to earn points. - Read more & view photos...
Monday - July 05, 2004

Ketchikan: Rubber Duck Race Winners Announced - The winning rubber ducks are in for the First City Rotary's 16th Annual Rubber Duck Race. The payoff was big for Harley Lewis whose lucky rubber duck claimed the 1st place prize. Winning the race down Ketchikan Creek, Lewis' swift little rubber duck brought home the big bucks for Lewis in the amount of $2,500.

Following close behind Lewis' duck, was Henry Keene's rubber ducky. Keene's quick moving little rubber duck claimed the second place winning pot for Keene in the amount of $1,500. - Read more...
Sunday - July 04, 2004 - 10:30 pm

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

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