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November 17, 2003


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'Columbia at Ward Cove'
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Ketchikan: Front Page Photo 'Columbia at Ward Cove' - The AMHS ferry Columbia at Ward Cove where it is wintered.
Monday - November 17, 2003 - 12:45 am

Alaska: Governor Highlights Economic Policies, Alaska Hire in Major Addresses - In addressing gatherings of two of Alaska's most respected public organizations, Governor Murkowski last week took the opportunity to highlight and advocate for his economic development and fiscal plans. On Wednesday evening, Nov. 12th,, he spoke to the Alaska Municipal League in Nome, and on Thursday at noon he spoke to the Associated General Contractors in Anchorage.

At the AML, Murkowski stressed the need to continue to discipline state spending. He noted that when he took office, the budget was running a deficit that required an annual draw on the Constitutional Budget Reserve of more than $800 million, was growing each year, and there was no alternative source of revenue in sight.

"We initiated a comprehensive review of state agencies performance standards with the objective of aligning mission priorities with available funding," Murkowski said. "This was the first such comprehensive review of state government since 1976. We are making government smaller and more efficient as a result of this process." - Read more...
Monday - November 17, 2003 - 12:45 am

Ketchikan: The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly will hold a regular meeting Monday evening in the City Council Chambers. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:30 pm. The public is invited to attend. ~ Agenda ~Information Packet: Item 04a ~ Item 04b ~ Item 04c ~ Item 05b ~ Item 06 ~ Item 07a ~ Item 07b ~ Item 08b ~ Item 09a ~ Item 09b ~ Item 09c ~ Item 09d ~ Item 09e ~ Item 09f ~ Item 09g ~ Item 09h ~ Item 09i ~ Item 09j ~ Item 12a ~ Item 12b ~ Item 12c....... For more meetings & events check the calendar.

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Graphic courtesy Derecktor Shipyards

Alaska: Governor, First Lady Christen New Ferry in Connecticut - Governor Frank H. Murkowski and First Lady Nancy Murkowski on Firday attended the christening of the first of Alaska's new generation of fast ferries. High winds, however, prevented the launching of the new 235-foot, catamaran-hulled vessel, which is expected to enter service in northern Southeast next May.

"It is a pleasure for Nancy and me to be here to christen the 'Fairweather' in New England," Murkowski said. "We look forward to the delivery and sea trials of this new vessel, which really represents a new era for the Alaska Marine Highway System and the people of Alaska who are served by our ferries." - Read more...
Monday - November 17, 2003 - 12:45 am

Alaska: Concerned about road plans, group to lobby for ferries; Former DOT director to lead new effort - A new group concerned about Governor Frank Murkowski's foucus on roads in Southeast Alaska has formed to promote better ferry service in the state. - Read more...
Anchorage Daily News - link posted Monday - November 17, 2003

Alaska: Unions file complaints on fast-ferry contracts FAIRWEATHER: Crew duties will be different. - Three Alaska maritime labor unions have filed complaints with the state over the Department of Administration's refusal to negotiate with them individually on employee contracts for the new fast ferry Fairweather.- Read more...
Anchorage Daily News - link posted Monday - November 17, 2003

Alaska: FAA stats show falling rate of plane crashes in Alaska - Air travel in Alaska is getting safer, according to the latest statistics released by the Federal Aviation Administration. - Read more...
Juneau Empire - link posted Monday - November 17, 2003

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Pauline Blackstad Celebrated
100th Birthday Sunday
Photo courtesy Shirley Goodwin Crane

photosPeople of Ketchikan: Pauline Blackstad Celebrated 100th Birthday - Pauline Blackstad celebrated her 100th birthday Sunday in Ketchikan with family and friends at a community pot luck.

Escorting Blackstad to the her very special birthday celebration was her husband of 75-years, Bill Blackstad.

Pauline Blackstad was born on Nov, 16th 1903, in Kasaan Alaska. In 1928 she married William Blackstad who came to Kasaan from Hawaii aboard a fish tender. Pauline was 25 and Bill was 23 when they married. The Blackstads celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary this year.

The Blackstads lived in Kasaan for many years before moving to Ketchikan around 1990.

Among the many persons attending Blackstad 100th Birthday celebration at the Ketchikan Pioneers' Home was the Mayor the City of Ketchikan, Bob Weinstein. The Mayor spoke briefly and led the celebrants in singing Happy Birthday to Pauline Blackstad. Mayor Weinstein and Mrs. Blackstad both share the same day of birth - November 16th.

A beautiful birthday cake was provided by the Ketchikan Indian Community. Over 50 persons attended the pot luck dinner and more celebrants continued to drop by to present their birthday wishes. - View the photo gallery...
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