Feature Story By MARIE
Winter Arts Faire Photo by Chris Wilhelm
FRIDAY By MARIE L MONYAK - Retailers have dubbed the busiest
shopping day of the year as Black Friday. You would think
they could have selected a more cheerful, uplifting moniker considering
that they'll be counting their profits well into the wee hours.
Black Friday sounds like a stock market crash, a funeral, the
end of the world, or a war; however, it is a postive day for
retail businesses as reportedly many will make 40% of their profits
between now and the end of the year.
Of course for some, it was
a black day. Outside of Grand Rapids, Michigan a woman
fell to the floor of a WalMart as shoppers pushed their way in
at 5:00am. She was trampled and sustained minor injuries.
In Orlando Florida, a man allegedly cut in line to purchase
a computer and was wrestled to the ground. There was a
report from Texas where shoppers were maced as a form of crowd
control when they became unruly in an electronics department.
If anyone is still compiling
a list of things to be grateful for this Thanksgiving weekend,
they may want to add, living in Ketchikan. There were no
overnight campers in sleeping bags waiting to get into WalMart.
No one lined up outside of Tongass Dock Store at 4:00 am.
Not one person was maced at the Plaza Mall. Black Friday
was just a busy shopping day in Ketchikan. At worst, parking
lots were crowded, lines were long, items were sold out.
Week In Review
Saturday - November 26, 2005
KGB Assembly Will Hold Public
Hearing On Annexation
Ketchikan Gateway Borough officials
are holding a public hearing in January on a proposed annexation
of surrounding land.
The proposed annexation land
includes the tiny community of Meyers Chuck. Critics of the plan
include Greg Rice, chairman of the Meyers Chuck Community Association.
Rice says the community has closer ties to Wrangell. Ketchikan
officials have not yet set a date for the public hearing.
Several factors combine
to cost Alaska federal money
United States Senator Ted Stevens
(R-Alaska) says a combination of factors are costing Alaska federal
Among those are the fact that
Stevens no longer is chairman of the powerful Senate Appropriations
Committee. Stevens also tells the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
that the enormous federal deficit and recent negative publicity
about his spending choices in Alaska both have also cost the
state. He says while Alaska still does well in getting federal
money, it's not as good at could be.
Backers to fight for Alaska
Ketchikan leaders didn't worry
much about the national criticism of their bridge because they
figured Sen. Ted Stevens and Rep. Don Young had it locked in.
Now they are launching a "Save Our Bridge" public relations
Anchorage and Ketchikan
bridges should both be built Says Governor
Alaska Governor Frank H. Murkowski
said both the Ketchikan and Knik Arm bridge projects should be
built if Congress gives the state the money and flexibility to
But the governor says a lot
won't be known until the final federal transportation appropriations
bill is released, such as how much money is coming to the state
or how the state will be able to use that money. A congressional
conference committee stripped the earmarks of the Ketchikan and
Anchorage bridges, but will send the money - now authorized at
more than 450 million dollars - to the state.
That means the future of the
Ketchikan and Anchorage bridge projects that have stirred public
protest nationwide will be left to the governor and the Alaska
State Legislature to decide. Murkowski acknowledges there would
be a shortfall ranging in the hundreds of millions of dollars
if both projects were to go ahead. He says it is too early to
speculate where the money would come from. The state is expected
to have a 1.25 billion dollar surplus this year if the average
price of crude oil holds.