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September 06, 2004

Front Page Photo by Dave Hull

Blaze causes substantial damage to downtown home
Incident Commander Lt. Kevin Murphy (blue T-Shirt), confers with firefighters in front of the burning building at 411 Front Street. Firefighters from North Tongass Volunteer Fire Department and South Tongass Volunteer Fire Department were called to assist Ketchikan Fire Department with the stubborn blaze.
Photo by Wayne Knudson of Schallerer's Photo & Gift Shop

Ketchikan: Blaze causes substantial damage to downtown home - What has been called a stubborn blaze caused substantial damage Sunday to a three-story house located above the downtown tunnel at 411 Front Street. According to information provided by



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David Hull of the Ketchikan Fire Department, the fire was difficult to fight due to the construction and the age of the building. Firefighters were eventually pulled off the structure when smoke and fire conditions along with increasing instability of the structure itself made interior operations too dangerous for the firefighters. - More...
Monday - September 06, 2004

Alaska: Fairweather Will Need New Engine - The fast vehicle ferry M/V Fairweather which began service in May 2004 will need a replacement engine. As a result of being able to operate on only three of four engines, the Fairweather's schedule to Sitka and Skagway will be highly dependent on tides and winds.

"The engine manufacturer is currently searching for a new engine to replace the number one engine, which has been damaged by loose parts caused during assembly," said Captain John Falvey, General Manager of the Alaska Marine Highway System. "Our hope is that the engine will be located and available for installing when the Fairweather is in for scheduled maintenance in mid-October." - More...
Monday - September 06, 2004


photo Howard DeanHoward Dean: Labor Day - On Labor Day, Americans ought to consider the struggles of the average worker in this country. It has not been easy to survive the current economic climate - wages have not kept pace with even the modest inflation we have had over the past few years. Those earning minimum wage have seen living standards virtually collapse in the last 30 years. There are many more working Americans who have lost all or most of their benefits, including health insurance. And, there are one million more Americans out of work then there were four years ago. - More...
Monday - September 06, 2004

Ketchikan Regular Election
Tuesday - Oct. 5th
Filing for local office began August 10th and ends Sept. 7th at 5:00 pm.

City Election Info

City Council: Two 3-year seats & One 1-year seat

Tom Coyne filed 08/10/04: Council 3-Year Term

Lew Williams filed 08/16/04: Council 3-Year Term

George Lybrand filed 08/17/04: Council 1-Year Term 

KGB Election Info

Assembly - Two three-year terms

Mike Painter filed 08/10/04: Assembly 3-Year Term

John A. Harrington filed 08/30/04: Assembly 3-Year Term

Glen Thompson filed 08/31/04: Assembly 3-Year Term

School Board - Two three-year terms & One 1-year term 

Joel W. Jackson filed 09/02/04: School Board - 3-Year Term

Dave Lieben filed 09/03/04: School Board - 3-Year Term

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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." - Read the rest of this story by June Allen...
Tuesday - August 17, 2004

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

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