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August 21, 2004


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photosKetchikan: Tournament Raises $148,000 for Breast Cancer Treatment - More than $148,000 was raised during a breast cancer fundraiser sponsored by First Lady Nancy Murkowski at Waterfall Resort.

First Lady Murkowski began the annual event in 1994 as a way to raise funds for a mammography machine for the Breast Cancer Detection Center of Alaska which she helped found in Fairbanks. The event has helped the center to construct a new building and has funded two small mobile mammography machines to help bring breast cancer prevention to Rural Alaska. - More...
Saturday - August 21, 2004

Alaska: Commissioner Troubled by the Expansion of Canadian Salmon Farms Near Alaska's Border - Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) Commissioner Kevin C. Duffy on Friday expressed concern over the expansion of Canadian salmon farms in Northern British Columbia.

The Commissioner's remarks are in response to news that Panfish Canada and the Kitkatla First Nation received final approval to begin farming salmon at Anchor Anchorage, British Columbia. At approximately 42 miles south of the Alaska-Canada boundary line, this farm will be British Columbia's northernmost fish farm. Although Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) approved the final permit on July 21, Panfish Canada acknowledged for the first time Friday that it has the necessary approval to move forward.

"I am concerned about the potential danger that farmed Atlantic salmon present to Alaska's wild salmon stocks," said Commissioner Duffy. "Alaska's economy relies heavily upon wild salmon and we need to make sure that our neighbor's activities do not have an adverse impact on Alaska's fisheries." - More...
Saturday - August 21, 2004

Alaska: Administration Finds Solution to Rural Bulk Fuel Problem - Governor Frank Murkowski, working closely with the Bush Caucus, has crafted a plan to help Rural villages facing shortages of winter fuel. While the daunting logistics of getting the fuel to some of these remote areas are still developing, this plan will balance the state's limited financial resources with the needs of the communities. - More...
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Ketchikan: Tongass Ranger Headed to D.C. Post - For nearly six years he has led the Ketchikan-Misty Fiords Ranger District, now Jerry Ingersoll is headed to the nation's capital.

Ingersoll recently accepted the Off-Highway Vehicle Program coordinator position at the Forest Service's headquarters in Washington, D.C. He reports to his new job in October.

"I'm looking forward to the challenges of my new job," said Ingersoll. "I'll have the opportunity to make a difference on an important issue facing the Forest Service at the national level, providing a framework for better management of off-highway vehicle recreation across all the national forests."

"We hate to see Jerry go," said Tongass National Forest Supervisor Forrest Cole. "He's done a great job in Ketchikan, but has an extremely important task ahead in D.C. The Chief of the Forest Service has identified unmanaged recreation, especially impacts from off-highway vehicles, as one of the key threats facing the agency today."

Off-highway vehicle use is one of the fastest growing recreation uses on National Forest System lands, increasing from an estimated 5 million total users in the 1972 to more than 36 million users in 2002. - More...
Saturday - August 21, 2004

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photosHarold Gillam: A Tragic Final Flight; Ketchikan remembers the search - Harold Gillam was among the boldest of those gutsy pioneer bush pilots who painted Alaska's early aviation history on an enormous canvas of rugged and unforgiving wilderness often cradled in the foulest, most extreme weather on the planet.

Oldtime pilots said that there were three kinds of Alaska weather: clear and unlimited, called Pan Am weather; then ordinary weather, and lastly, there was "Gillam weather." While more prudent pilots sat out the worst days, the quiet-loner Gillam would shake his head and say, "The weather's never as bad as it looks."

There were, of course, times the weather was indeed as bad as it looked and Gillam had his share of heart-stopping takeoffs, hairy landings, and more than a few minor accidents and serious crashes as well. But it was said that he had cat's eyes and could fly in the winter darkness as well as the daylight. Early in his career the lucky pilot had been given the nickname "Thrill 'em, spill 'em, no kill 'em Gillam." - Read the rest of this story by June Allen...
Tuesday - August 17, 2004

arrow Ketchikan's 'Fish House Tessie'; She was proud of the nickname

arrow Fairbanks: Golden Heart City; A story of its founding

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

arrow Alaska's Deepwater Highway; A part of Alaska history

arrow Ketchikan's American Legionnaires; Here's to 'the boys' of Post #3 -

arrow Ketchikan's Cruise Ship Industry; A light-hearted look at its origins

arrow Ketchikan's First City Players; Did you hear that applause?

arrow A biography of Alaska's herring: A little fish of huge importance...

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