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December 29, 2004

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Ketchikan: M/V Matanuska to be Drydocked for Prop Repair - The M/V Matanuska will be taken out of service briefly next month so that damaged blades on its port side propeller can be replaced. The ferry is scheduled to go into drydock in Ketchikan on Monday, January 10th and return to service on Wednesday, January 12th. The repairs will require cancellation of a round trip sailing to Bellingham, Washington, the Alaska Marine Highway System's southern terminus.

Captain John Falvey, AMHS General Manager, said an investigation is underway to try to determine how, where, and when the damage to the prop occurred. Two adjacent blades of the controllable pitch prop have damage and loss of metal on their tips, which causes a vibration during operation. - More...
Wednesday - December 29, 2004

Ketchikan: POW Motor Vehicle Accident Fatal - On Christmas Eve at about 1:00 pm, the Klawock Alaska Bureau of Wildlife Enforcement Troopers (ABWE ) responded to a one vehicle accident near mile 30.5 of the USFS 20 road on Prince of Wales Island. - More...
Wednesday - December 29, 2004

Alaska: Judge firm on bail for Waterman; Girl accused of conspiracy in mom's murder leaves courtroom in tears - A 16-year-old Craig girl charged with her mother's murder left a Juneau courtroom in tears Tuesday after the judge rejected a plan that would have allowed her to return home to her father while awaiting trial. - Read this Juneau Empire story...
Juneau Empire - Wednesday - December 29, 2004


Jay Ambrose: Help is needed quickly - Every time you look, the calculated death toll in the seven countries hit hardest by the Indian Ocean tsunamis is higher. ... - More...
Wednesday - December 29, 2004

Steve Brewer: St. Nick takes a chunk out of noggins - If you think your children aren't getting the education they deserve, then blame Santa Claus. - More...
Wednesday - December 29, 2004

Howard Dean: The Emerging European Influence - Amid the wreckage of President Bush's foreign policy, the United States is at its lowest popularity in decades in every corner of the globe. ... - More...
Wednesday - December 29, 2004

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These black spruce in Cripple Creek off the Steese Highway were within the 6.72 million acres of Alaska that burned in 2004.
Photo by Ned Rozell

Alaska: 481,000 acres of Alaska burn one summer day by Ned Rozell - Even the oldest old-timers in Alaska had never before seen a summer like 2004, when an area larger than Vermont burned and thick smoke hung in the air until September. Meteorologists and climate experts have published recent reports about the weather quirks that made the summer strange.

The summer of smoke began with early and sustained thunderstorms, wrote Michael Richmond, the Fire Weather Program Manager at the National Weather Service Office in Fairbanks. Richmond recently compiled facts about the summer for a presentation he wrote for a conference. He noted that thunderstorm activity was intense from May 20 to June 15. - More...
Wednesday - December 29, 2004

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photosBetty King the Dog Lady; Ketchikan's one-woman humane society - There is an alley in downtown Ketchikan named Betty King Alley. It's a very narrow little mid-block lane that begins on Dock Street and cuts through to Mission and then to Mill Street. Mill is a comparatively new (1972) street named for the sprawling and now-gone Ketchikan Spruce Mill that buzzed and rumbled with activity at the site for some eighty years. A few years back, the previously anonymous alley was finally named. The name chosen was Daly Alley, chosen to honor one of the Spruce Mills pioneer families. It was a dubious honor, actually. And at least one member of that family may not have been delighted with the tribute. - Read the rest of this feature story by June Allen...
Wednesday - December 01, 2004

arrow Ketchikan, Alaska - Let There Be Light! -- Citizens Light & Power and then KPU

arrow The State Capitol and Its Marble and keeping the capital in Juneau

arrow A Legendary Mountain of Jade; Just one of Alaska's Arctic Wonders

arrow John Koel, Baker to Banker; An eccentric philanthropist

arrow Harold Gillam: A Tragic Final Flight; Ketchikan remembers the search

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

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