August 21, 2004
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.
Saturday - August 21, 2004
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
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.
Satuday - August 21, 2004
Photo courtesy USFS
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
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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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
'Fish House Tessie'; She was proud of the nickname
Golden Heart City; A story of its founding
'Swede' Risland (1915-1991);The town's most memorable logger
Deepwater Highway; A part of Alaska history
American Legionnaires; Here's to 'the boys' of Post #3 -
Cruise Ship Industry; A light-hearted look at its origins
First City Players; Did you hear that applause?
biography of Alaska's herring: A little fish of huge importance...
Read more stories by June Allen...
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Ketchikan Charter Commission
Meeting Agendas & Information Packets
Download the Draft Charter Petition (201 pages, 944KB)
The Charter Commission
will be holding Public Hearings on August 13th at 7 pm, August
20th at 7 pm and August 28th at noon in the City Council Chambers.
We'd certainly appreciate hearing from the residents of Ketchikan.
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