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179 Did Klondike Ship Go Down With Half Ton of Gold? Iceberg claimed SS Islander in 1901 By DAVE KIFFER - Just about everyone knows the story of the Titanic, the luxury liner that struck an iceberg and sank, taking 1,500 passengers to the bottom of the North Atlantic in 1912. - More...

Saturday PM - October 05, 2019

178 A historic boat works struggles to hang on; Property dispute threatens 80-year old boat shop By DAVE KIFFER - Once upon a time, there were dozens of small, independent boat builders in Southeast Alaska. Ingenuity and a seemingly endless supply of wood meant that it was usually cheaper to meet the regional need by building locally. - More...

Monday PM - September 30, 2019

177 The King of Ketchikan, Circa 1940; Salmon industry lobbyist one of the most powerful men in Alaska By DAVE KIFFER - From the 1930s to the 1950s, Winton C. Arnold was the most powerful man in Ketchikan. By some accounts, he was one of the most powerful men in Alaska. - More...

Monday PM - September 16, 2019

176 Alaska for Greenland? The US considered it after WW II By DAVE KIFFER - Even 80 years after the United States purchased Alaska from Russia it still wasn't sure what to do with The Last Frontier. - More...

Tuesday PM - August 20, 2019

175 Alaskan pardons are rare; Gov. Knowles once pardoned a man over a racial attack in Wartime Wrangell By DAVE KIFFER - Gubernatorial pardons are a very rare thing in Alaska. In fact, there hasn't been one since the early 2000s and there have been barely 100 pardons issues in Alaska's 60 years of statehood. - More...

Tuesday PM - August 20, 2019

174 Tragic laundry fire killed three during WWII ; Coast Guardsmen were staying in building that had been taken from Japanese internee By DAVE KIFFER - Hundreds of stories of servicemen and woman dying in combat in World War II have been passed down in the past 75 years.- More...

Monday PM - June 24, 2019

173 New book celebrates Southeast Canneries; Pat Roppel's friends publish her last book By DAVE KIFFER - When longtime Southeast resident and historian Pat Roppel died in 2015, it was the end of the career of the person most responsible for putting Southeast history into print over the last four decades. - More...

Thursday PM - June 20, 2019

172 A Blast From The Past - Thank goodness Ketchikan never needed its fallout shelters By DAVE KIFFER - A half century ago, Ketchikan - like most of the rest of the country - was gripped in the Cold War between the United States and the USSR. - More...

Tuesday AM - June 11, 2019

171 A late night visit to Creek Street; Old memo details a 'meeting' between police chief, Dolly Arthur By DAVE KIFFER - History and time have a way of rubbing the rough edges off a person. - More...

Monday PM - April 29, 2019

170 A snapshot of Ketchikan in 1910; Local pamphlet was developed to boost mining industry By DAVE KIFFER - We often forget that Ketchikan was, in its infancy, a mining town. - More...

Friday PM - April 19, 2019

169 Famous steamer captain remembered in local landmark; Carroll Inlet named after early ship captain By DAVE KIFFER - When you live in an area for any length of time, you usually begin to ignore the place names. If the names have a particular significance, their meaning may linger awhile in the consciousness, but usually they become just part of the generally forgotten background to the community. - More...

Monday AM - February 25, 2019

168 Prohibition attempted to ban alcohol a century ago; Alaska enacted a ban two years earlier, neither one worked By DAVE KIFFER - It is hard imagine a time when the authorities tried to ban alcohol in Alaska. - More...

Saturday AM - January 26, 2019

167 2018 Year in Review By DAVE KIFFER - The youth of Ketchikan figured into several of the most prominent stories in 2018. - More...

Tuesday AM - January 08, 2019

166 The original "Salmon Capital of the World";Karluk was Alaska's original salmon boom town long before Ketchikan By DAVE KIFFER - Long before Ketchikan "appropriated" the title of Salmon Capital of the World in the 1920s, another Alaskan community was indeed the salmon capital of the world. - More...

Tuesday PM - December 18, 2018

165 Prince Rupert Cherry Blossom Gift Remembered with Plaque; Historic gift came to light when trees were accidentally cut down By DAVE KIFFER - It was a simple act of re-landscaping some government property in Prince Rupert earlier this year, but it brought to light the story of a pioneering Japanese family in the community and the tragic historical event that affected such families up and down the coast seven decades ago. - More...

Wednesday PM - December 05, 2018

164 An 'Unremarkable Storm'; But Ketchikan residents remember Thanksgiving Day Storm of 1968 By DAVE KIFFER - According to the National Weather Service it wasn't even that unusual of a storm. - More...

Friday PM - November 23, 2018

163 Historic plane to be NY hotel lounge; 60 year old Constellation flew in Alaska, made drug runs elsewhere By DAVE KIFFER - A Lockheed Constellation prop plane with a lengthy history in Alaska in the 1960s and 70s including at the Annette Island Airfield, is getting a second life. As a lounge at a new hotel at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. - More...

Wednesday PM - November 07, 2018

162 Princess Sophia Sank 100 Years Ago; 350 passengers, crew died in the waters near Juneau By DAVE KIFFER - It has been one hundred years since the worst marine disaster to ever strike the Inside Passage occurred. But even in communities that were directly affected by the disaster, there has been little to remember the sinking of the Canadian steamship Princess Sophia and the loss of her 350 passengers and crew. - More...

Tuesday PM - October 23, 2018

161 Remembering a local legend ; 40 years after his death, Ed Todd remains fresh in the mind of the minds of those that flew with him By DAVE KIFFER - It has been 40 years since legendary Ketchikan pilot Ed Todd made his final flight. But the Ketchikan-based "Cowboy of the Skies" who called everyone "partner" remains very alive in the memories of the people who knew him. - More...

Tuesday PM - October 09, 2018

160 Remembering the 'Queens' of the Alaska and BC Ferry Systems; Sister ferries went from Europe to the Northwest Coast By DAVE KIFFER - Fifty years ago, the Stena Danica and the Stena Brittanica were the newest ships in the Swedish ferry giant Stena Lines fleet. But both proved to have short lives in that busy fleet and both eventually would make their way to the Alaska/Canada northwest coast, where under different names they would make their marks. - More...

Monday PM - September 17, 2018

159 Father Duncan died 100 years ago; 'Apostle of Alaska' was 86 By DAVE KIFFER - A century ago, an 86-year-old man passed away in Metlakatla. He had been in ill health for some time, after falling several months previously. The official cause was "apoplexy" which was then what strokes and heart attacks were thought to cause. - More...

Monday PM - September 03, 2018

158 1978 Lab Bay Goose Crash was most deadly on record; After 40 years, still no explanation for crash that killed 12 By DAVE KIFFER - Forty years ago this week, one of the last Grumman Goose amphibians operating commercially in Southeast crashed just off the northern tip of Prince of Wales Island. Twelve people died in the crash, making it one of the worst aviation accidents in the history of Southeast Alaska. At the time, it was the highest loss of life in a Grumman Goose crash. - More...

Thursday PM - August 30, 2018

157 Gravina airport is 45 years old; Jet age came to Tongass Narrows in 1973, a promised bridge did not By DAVE KIFFER - Forty five years ago this weekend, the Ketchikan International Airport on Gravina opened. - More...

Friday PM - August 03, 2018

156 REMEMBERING SOUTHEAST ALASKA RESIDENTS WHO DIED IN VIETNAM; 10 area residents killed 50 years ago in conflict By DAVE KIFFER - A half century ago, Alaskans were beginning to take notice of the Vietnam War, primarily because the number of local men and women serving in Southeast Asia was increasing and Alaskans were dying in the fight. A total of 58 Alaskans would die in Vietnam, more than twice the combined number of Alaskan combat deaths in World War II and Korea. - More...

Tuesday PM - July 17, 2018

155 For 30 years, Ellis and Alaska Coastal were the only way to fly In Southeast; Half a century ago, regional airlines merged in AK AirBy DAVE KIFFER - Fifty years ago this spring, Southeast Alaska's most prominent home-grown airline ceased to exist. - More...

Wednesday PM - June 20, 2018

154 Effort to retake Attu and Kiska was 75 years ago; Ellis, Bartholomew, other locals, fought in the Aleutians By DAVE KIFFER - Seventy five years ago this month, the only World War II battle on incorporated American territory took place on Attu Island in Alaska's Aleutian Islands. - More...

Monday PM - May 21, 2018

153 Back When Cruising Was Real Luxury; Morgan family yacht brought well heeled visitors to Alaska in late 40s By DAVE KIFFER - Each year more than one million cruise ship passengers visit Alaska. All arrive in a manner vastly different from the thousands of people who once sailed the Inside Passage to Alaska. - More..

Thursday PM - May 03, 2018

152 Over Here: When the Canadians came to Annette to help defend Alaska during World War II By DAVE KIFFER - Visitors to Annette Island are often fascinated by the remains of what once was one of the largest airfields along the Alaskan coast. - More...

Sunday PM - March 11, 2018

151 Gillam Crash transfixed Ketchikan; Dramatic rescue of survivors occurred 75 years ago By DAVE KIFFER - Seventy five years ago this month, while most Americans were transfixed by news reports of the World War II battles at Stalingrad and Guadalcanal, Ketchikan residents were following a dramatic local story: The crash and subsequent rescue of the survivors of the crash of famed pilot Harold Gillam's Lockheed Electra in what it now called Misty Fjords. - More....

Tuesday PM - February 20, 2018

150 E.B. White sailed to Alaska in 1923; Famed writer visited Ketchikan as a 'callow' youth. By DAVE KIFFER - Alaskans are very familiar with the famous authors who have come to Alaska and used it as their literary canvas. Jack London, James Michener, John Muir, and many others have written of the north, carrying our stories - and sometimes our myths - to a broader public. - More...

Wednesday PM - January 17, 2018

149 2017 Year in Review - Wet Summer Set Local Tongues Wagging in 2017 By DAVE KIFFER - Another year in Ketchikan where "weather" was the big story. At least that's what everyone was talking about. The summer weather that is. - More...

Tuesday PM - January 02, 2018

148 Japanese immigrant was an early Alaskan casualty of World War II; Kayamori was the "Picture Man" in Yakutat By DAVE KIFFER - Many people know the name of the first Alaskan casualty of World War II. - More...

Friday PM - December 22, 2017

147 Alaska Marine Highway Tested Jet Foils in the 1980s ; Hundreds of residents took rides during demonstrations By DAVE KIFFER - Over the past four decades the Alaska Marine Highway System has looked at a variety of ways to efficiently move passengers and vehicles over Alaska's watery expanses. - More...

Saturday PM - November 18, 2017

146 Deadly plane crash led to creation of Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad; 1947 Pan Am crash on Tamgas Mountain killed 18 By DAVE KIFFER - Seventy years ago this week (Thursday), the worst Alaskan aviation accident up to that time occurred on Annette Island when a Pan American Airways DC-4 slammed into the top of Tamgas Mountain killing all 18 passengers and crew. - More...

Tuesday PM - October 24, 2017

145 Redford movie was based on former Ketchikan resident; Tom Murton was first probation officer and Ketchikan jail manager By DAVE KIFFER - In 1980. Robert Redford starred in a movie called "Brubaker" about a crusading prison warden in Arkansas who tried to eliminate prison corruption and improve conditions for prisoners. - More...

Friday PM - October 06, 2017

144 'The 'Alaska Flag Line' served Ketchikan for two decades; Pacific Northern Airlines was a primary carrier for Southeast Alaska By DAVE KIFFER - It may seem like Alaska Airlines has been Ketchikan's main air connection to the rest of the world forever. But a little more than half a century ago, Alaska Airlines barely served the First City. The primary airlines that brought passengers to the Annette airport were Pan Am and Pacific Northern Airlines. - More...

Wednesday PM - September 13, 2017

143 Ketchikan: A town of few 'highrises'; In the First City, buildings grew outward rather than upward - Ketchikan is not a city of high rises, few Alaskan towns are. - More...

Monday PM - September 04, 2017

142 WHEN DID KETCHIKAN BECOME THE RAINFALL CAPITAL? National magazine article extolled First City Rain in 1947 By DAVE KIFFER - Ketchikan has been known in the national consciousness for a few things. - More...

Thursday PM - August 17, 2017

141 Russel Merrill's excellent Southeast Alaska Adventure; Pioneer Aviator brought the second plane into Ketchikan in 1925 - Many people know that Roy Jones brought the first airplane to Ketchikan in 1922 and that he briefly operated Alaska's first commercial aviation company with his single plane, the "Northbird." - More...

Tuesday PM - August 01, 2017

140 Alaskan cruise industry began transforming 50 years ago; Italia, Spirit of London, Island Princess were among the first of the bigger cruise ships - By 1967, visitors had been coming to southern Southeast Alaska for more than 80 years, but compared to the visitor industry of 2017, tourism was still in its infancy. - More...

Saturday PM - July 01, 2017

139 USCG CUTTER CAPE ROMAIN STILL ON PATROL; Longtime Ketchikan ship still sailing for CA Sea Scouts By DAVE KIFFER - While Ketchikan is all abuzz with the arrival this spring and summer of two brand new 154-foot United States Coast Guard cutters, there are still many local residents who remember the long history of an earlier Cutter, the Cape Romain, which spent more than two decades patrolling the Alexander Archipelago. - More...

Thursday AM - June 08, 2017

138 Coast Guard has been in Ketchikan nearly 115 years By DAVE KIFFER - This summer a major change is taking place at the Ketchikan Coast Guard base as two new 154-foot fast response Coast Guard cutters join the Alaskan fleet. - More...

Sunday PM - May 21, 2017

137 The Day that Margaret Bell saved two plane crash victims; Local author, who wrote about 'heroes', 'heroines,' was also one in real life By DAVE KIFFER - The most successful author to have called the Ketchikan area home was Margaret Bell, who published a dozen novels in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. Focusing on their younger protagonists, Bell's novels - published by major companies like Morrow - are what would now be called "young adult" novels and featured many stories that she had lived in her decades in Alaska. - More...

Monday PM - May 08, 2017

136 Remembering Operation Magic Carpet; 70 years ago, Alaska Airlines airlifted nearly 50,000 Yemenite Jewish refugees to the new state of Israel By DAVE KIFFER - In an era in which airlines tend to trumpet their public goods works with great enthusiasm, it is interesting that very few people, even in Alaska, are aware of Alaska Airline's efforts to rescue nearly 50,000 Yemenite Jews from danger on the Arabian Peninsula and relocate them to the newly created state of Israel in 1948. - More...

Wednesday PM - April 19, 2017

135 Did a 'deadhead' in Funter Bay cause the air crash death of Will Rogers? After 80 years still no clear cause to Alaska's most famous plane crash By DAVE KIFFER - Could there be a connection between a floating log in Admiralty Island's Funter Bay and the most famous plane crash in Alaska's history, which took place more than 1,000 miles away near Point Barrow? - More...

Wednesday PM - March 29, 2017

134 KETCHIKAN PULP MILL CLOSED 20 YEARS AGO By DAVE KIFFER - Twenty years ago this week, the hammer fell on the community of Ketchikan. - More...

Wednesday PM - March 22, 2017

133 The Silent City of Alaska: Was it hoax? Or a mirage? By DAVE KIFFER - One hundred and thirty years ago, the residents of the Outside world knew very little about Alaska. They knew it had glaciers and giant polar bears and not much else. America's purchase of Alaska in 1867 was derided in some quarters as $7.2 million for a giant icebox, or Seward's Ice Box, after the US Secretary of State who had made the deal. - More...

Friday PM - March 03, 2017

132 Only two sitting presidents have visited Southeast Alaska A feature story By DAVE KIFFER - Since the advent of intercontinental air travel, just about every President of the United States has visited Alaska, at least briefly, with Anchorage and Elmendorf Air Force Base serving as hosts for several carefully choreographed speeches in hangers and elsewhere. - More...

Wednesday PM - February 22, 2017

131 Offbeat stories, a 2016 highlight; No major local stories dominated year By DAVE KIFFER - It was a year, in which no major story dominated the news in Ketchikan, but as usual there were several smaller, offbeat, bits of news that reminded us what a unique place Ketchikan is. - More...

Wednesday PM - January 18, 2017

130 Ketchikan's 'railroads' have faded into history By DAVE KIFFER - For decades, Ketchikan residents have been amused by questions on the state driver's test dealing with railroad crossings. Because, like nearly all the other towns in Southeast Alaska, there are no railroads: Except for Skagway which has the famed White Pass and Yukon railroad, which takes tens of thousands of visitors each summer from tidewater to the top of the nearby White Pass. - More...

Tuesday PM - December 27, 2016

129 Trump's grandfather took part in the Gold Rush; Entrepreneur had hotels in Bennett, Whitehorse By DAVE KIFFER - We know that Donald Trump's grandfather was involved the Klondike Gold Rush. But like many other stories from that time, some of the details are a little fuzzy.- More...

Friday PM - November 25, 2016

128 Canadians search for lost 'nuke' near Prince Rupert; Two ton 'dummy' bomb was dropped in 1950By DAVE KIFFER - The Canadian Department of National Defence announced recently that it would like to find the remains of a long-lost relic of the Cold War in the waters off Banks Island, south of Prince Rupert. - More...

Friday PM - November 25, 2016

127 Classy Kassie' Took Southeast Alaska to War; Escort Carrier named after Kasaan Bay By DAVE KIFFER - During World War II, the American military machine was cranking out warships almost faster than it could name them and several of the ships ended up bearing the names of Alaskan cities or places. - More...

November 10, 2016

126 Kasaan celebrates Son-I-Hat longhouse restoration By DAVE KIFFER - Nearly 800 people attended a September 3rd ceremony marking the restoration of the Son-I-Hat longhouse in Kasaan, a village of 64 people on the east side of Prince of Wales Island. - More...

Wednesday PM - September 14, 2016

125 Debate over Deer Mountain Logging began more than 20 years ago By DAVE KIFFER - Recent newspaper headlines trumpeting the possibility of the Alaska Mental Health Lands Trust logging land it owns on Deer Mountain behind Ketchikan have stirred up significant community ire. - More...

Monday PM - August 29, 2016

124 Rezanov: Russian 'Romeo' foresaw an empire in Alaska, California and Hawaii By DAVE KIFFER - Most Alaskans are very aware of the history of Russian America and names like Baranov, Shelikov and Wrangell are as a familiar as the names of the Americans in Alaska's early history. - More...

Monday AM - August 01, 2016

123 The names on the walls; 29 Ketchikan facilities have been named after prominent people, families By DAVE KIFFER - One of the ways that a community honors its important people is by naming buildings and facilities after them. - More...

Monday AM - June 27, 2016

122 Tatsuda's grocery celebrates centennial; Family's 4th generation operates Stedman landmark By DAVE KIFFER - In 1904, Yawatahama, Japan was a bustling town on the western edge of Shikoku Island, the smallest of Japan's main islands. - More...

Thursday PM - May 19, 2016

121 June Allen: Collector of Characters and the Character of Ketchikan By DAVE KIFFER - It was a rainy night in late August 1964, when June Allen arrived in Ketchikan. With her were her husband, who was taking a job as an English teacher at Ketchikan Community College, her five "tired and whiny" children and the children's grandfather. - More...

Thursday PM - April 07, 2016

120 - MV Sustina finally leaves Ketchikan but its fate remains uncertain; Ambitious goals eventually led to the $80 million ferry that could not meet its civilian, military objectives By DAVE KIFFER - After nearly a decade, the MV Susitna left Ketchikan in mid-February, under decidedly less pomp and circumstances than accompanied its construction at what was then Ketchikan Ship and Drydock. - More...

Sunday PM - February 28, 2016

119 - Group hopes for information on Alaskans sent to Morningside; Portland mental health facility housed 3,500 Alaskans prior to statehood By DAVE KIFFER - For more than half a century, the territory of Alaska had no facility to deal with mental illness or developmental disabilities. - More...

Thursday AM - February 11, 2016

118 Plane Crash, Gravina Bridge Top local stories in 2015 By DAVE KIFFER - A deadly plane crash and another chapter in "The Bridge to Nowhere" saga were the major stories in Southern Southeast in 2015. - More...

Monday PM - January 04, 2016

117 - Visiting and Revisiting Ketchikan; Two writers record their impressions of the First City, 16 years apart By DAVE KIFFER - Long before "The Bridge to Nowhere" caught the national eye, Ketchikan had already curried favor with one of America's most famous television journalists. In fact, Charles Kuralt was so enamored with Ketchikan, he gave it a whole chapter in his 1995 best-selling book "Charles Kuralt's America." - More...

Tuesday AM - November 24, 2015

116 A Cruise Ship Goes Down; Sinking of the Prinsendam in 1980 led to One of history's greatest maritime rescues By DAVE KIFFER - At the beginning of most cruise ship sailings, the passengers gather for a safety lecture. It's not really a drill because they don't get into lifeboats or rafts that are then cast off. What takes place is a muster drill in which passengers are told where to gather in an emergency and how to don a life vest. - More...

Saturday AM - October 10, 2015

115 Steinbeck's famous boat hopes to sail again; The Western Flyer spent decades in SE; nearly sank here By DAVE KIFFER - One of the most famous fishing boats is American history is currently sitting on dry land in Port Townsend waiting for yet another attempt to preserve it to begin.- More...

Saturday - September 05, 2015

114 Ketchikan's only Presidential visitor back in the news; Even if Harding did have a love child, it doesn't change local history By DAVE KIFFER - For a President who spent barely two years in office and is regarded by most historians as one of the least important in U.S. history, Warren G. Harding has a lot of staying power in the public consciousness. - More...

Sunday PM - August 16, 2015

113 Vitus Bering Discovered Alaska, or did he? Some evidence points toward an earlier Russian explorer By DAVE KIFFER - Every Alaskan school child knows that Vitus Bering "discovered" Alaska in 1741. - More...

Thursday - July 16, 2015

112 Fifty years ago, 26 died in the Granduc Avalanch - Fifty years ago, an unimaginable tragedy swept the twin mining towns of Hyder and Stewart, 70 miles east of Ketchikan, at the head of Portland Canal. - More...

Friday - April 17, 2015

111 Hyder border crossing debate: Is Canada still miffed over 1903 decision? - Is Hyder a bit of Alaska isolated by Canada? Or is it a piece of Canada, geographically isolated in Alaska? - More...

Monday - April 06, 2015

110 110 died when Star of Bengal grounded on Coronation Island By DAVE KIFFER - From just about every direction, Coronation Island is a foreboding place. - More...

Saturday AM - March 07, 2015

109 German POWs helped dismantle SE Alaska's 'White Elephant' By DAVE KIFFER - Most of the stories about Alaska's involvement in World War II deal with the Japanese attack on the Aleutians and the tragic relocation of hundreds of Aleuts from their homeland to camps in Southeast Alaska. - More...

Tuesday PM - February 17, 2015

108 WHETHER OR NOT THE WEATHER RECORDS ARE ACCURATE, KETCHIKAN HAS HAD SOME SPECTACULAR WEATHER OVER THE YEARS By DAVE KIFFER - When it gets a little wetter, or colder, or hotter than usual, Ketchikan residents immediately head to the historical records. - More....

Saturday PM - January 17, 2015

107 2014 Year in Review: Alaska, Ketchikan declare their 'independence' By DAVE KIFFER - 2014 was a year of political independency both statewide and locally in 2014. - More...

Saturday PM - January 03, 2015

106 New airline brings echoes of former Ketchikan carriers By DAVE KIFFER - The recent news that Delta Airlines is planning seasonal service to Ketchikan in the summer of 2015, means that the airline DNA of three former Ketchikan air carriers is returning to the First City. - More...

Saturday PM - December 20, 2014

105 CRY VENGEANCE: A video post card from Ketchikan in the 1950s By DAVE KIFFER - Ketchikan has been the subject in a handful of movies and television shows over the years. In the late 1920s and 1930s, two "major" motion pictures, "Spawn of the North" and "The Silver Horde" were partially filmed here. It is always a bit of a shock to see a young Henry Fonda strolling along the Ketchikan waterfront on the silver screen. - More...

Wednesday PM - November 26, 2014

104 20 years ago, 'Banishment' was in the news By DAVE KIFFER - Twenty years ago this summer, Tlingits from Southern Southeast were at the center of a world-wide media frenzy after a Washington Superior Court Judge chose to agree that two young men were to be "banished" into the wilderness as the penalty for beating a pizza delivery man. - More...

Saturday - August 16, 2014

103 Ketchikan's Iconic Tunnel Turns 60 By DAVE KIFFER - To some Ketchikan's downtown tunnel seems redundant. - More...

Tuesday PM - June 17, 2014

102 WW II Bomber honored the First City By DAVE KIFFER - Nearly seventy years ago, the City of Ketchikan was taking the war to the Japanese in the Pacific. - More...

Tuesday - April 15, 2014

101 100 Years Ago Grand Trunk Railroad Came to Northwest BC By DAVE KIFFER - A century ago, this week, the railroad came to Northwestern British Columbia. - More..

Tuesday - April 01, 2014

100 Ketchikan Schools Partially Desegregated in 1929 - A quarter century before Brown v. The Board of Education ended separate but equal schools country wide, a case in Ketchikan determined that Alaskan schools shouldn't be completely segregated. - More...

Thursday - February 06, 2014

99 Ketchikan 2013: A year of moderation in most things By DAVE KIFFER - In a year in which there was no single overriding story to dominate local interest, it makes sense that a most "moderate" summer weather year would be what people are talking about the most. Indeed, one of the most pleasant summers in the past twenty years seemed to give locals at least a taste of what summer is like elsewhere. - More...

Tuesday PM - January 07, 2014

98 Cable TV came to Ketchikan 60 years ago; KATV was first station in Alaska By DAVE KIFFER - Sixty years ago this Fall, long before digital cable and large screen televisions, the residents of Ketchikan were just beginning to experience the first cable television operation in Alaska and one of the first cable stations in the country. - More...

Saturday PM - December 14, 2013

97 Did Sir Francis Drake visit Southeast Alaska? Author/historian contends Drake was here long before Bering By DAVE KIFFER - History tells us that Vitus Bering "discovered" Alaska in 1741. - More...

Monday PM - November 11, 2013

96 Ketchikan Borough Celebrates 50th Birthday By DAVE KIFFER - When the Ketchikan Gateway Borough was created in September of 1963, as one of the first boroughs in the state it was big news, right? - More..

Friday - October 11, 2013

95 Anyox: Once Ketchikan's Rival; Now just another ghost town By DAVE KIFFER - Most longtime residents of Ketchikan have seen the familiar scenes of Ketchikan baseball players playing on the tide flats, now the Thomas Basin harbor, in the early decades of Ketchikan's existence. - More...

Saturday - August 24, 2013

94 Fifty years ago, two DC 7 crash in Southeast Alaska eight months apart; Had different outcomes A Feature Article By DAVE KIFFER - A half century ago, two identical passenger planes performing identical missions crashed in the waters off Southeast Alaska. - More...

Saturday - July 27, 2013

93 First State Ferry Arrived 50 Years Ago By DAVE KIFFER - Fifty years ago today, transportation in Southeast Alaska changed dramatically. - More...

Tuesday AM - January 23, 2013

92 SHIPYARD STORIES BIG NEWS IN 2012 By DAVE KIFFER - Much of the significant news in 2012 revolved around Alaska Ship and Drydock, one of the community's largest employers. - More...

Tuesday AM - January 15, 2013

91 Firsthand Account of Ketchikan's Early Days A Feature Article By DAVE KIFFER - It has been more than a century since Ketchikan was carved out of the Revillagigedo hillside and the mudflats of what was then called Fish Creek. - More...

Wednesday AM - December 12, 2012

90 Infamous ‘Tarp Murders' were twenty years ago A Feature Article By DAVE KIFFER - Two decades ago, Ketchikan residents were shocked by two murders that were unrelated, except for the fact that they both involved the victims' bodies being disposed of in blue and green tarps. - More...

Monday PM - October 15, 2012

89 Baranovich: Alaska's First ‘Industrialist A feature article By DAVE KIFFER - For the past 150 years of American rule, Alaska has been seen as a "land of opportunity" by many people. One of the first was Charles Vincent Baranovich, a European immigrant who came north chasing gold and decided to stay to trade and build a future. - More...

September 06, 2012

88 30 years ago, it was Time for a debate A feature story By DAVE KIFFER - Alaskans are a fractious bunch. - More...

Friday - June 29, 2012

87 Long Lasting Pilot Bread Has a Long History By DAVE KIFFER Pilot Bread, which is also known as hardtack or seabiscuit, may be one of the staples of village life in Alaska, but its history -- or the history of a hard baked, long lasting biscuit made mostly of flour and water -- goes back thousands of years. - More...

Monday - June 18, 2012

86 Founder of Prince Rupert died on the Titanic 100 years ago By DAVE KIFFER - A century ago, Charles Melville Hays had big plans for the tiny city of Prince Rupert. - More...

Monday - April 09, 2012

85 Battle Between Sheldon Jackson, Father Duncan Played Out In Life of Rev. Edward Marsden A Feature Story By DAVE KIFFER - In the later part of the 19th century two of the most powerful people in Alaska were missionaries, the Rev. Sheldon Jackson, the federal education agent for the unorganized territory; and Father William Duncan, the leader of one of the largest communities in the region, New Metlakatla on Annette Island. The two men often clashed both spiritually and politically. One of their biggest tussles was over one of the first Native Americans to be ordained as a minister, Edward Marsden, who eventually became a prominent spriritual/political leader like his two mentors. - More...

Monday - March 19, 2012

84 2011 Year In Review By DAVE KIFFER - A political shocker and some of the wettest weather on record dominated the year 2011 in Ketchikan. - More....

Monday AM - January 09, 2012

83 Sincerely, Igloo..." Letter, yearbooks, former shipmate recall the life of Ketchikan man who died 70 years ago at Pearl Harbor By DAVE KIFFER - For Ketchikan residents, the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 came very close to home even though it happened more than 2700 miles away. - More...

Wednesday AM - December 07, 2011

82 Seventy Years Ago, Bodding Survived Crash in Canada; Death of other flyers helped him and passenger survive A feature story By DAVE KIFFER - Despite the fact that the north country has vast expanses of nearly unexplored territory, it is not unheard of for airplanes to crash not far from other downed planes. - More...

Monday PM - October 31, 2011

81 THE LITUYA BAY LYNCHING OF 1899; Miners Create "Justice System" In Order To Execute Accused Murderer A Feature Article By DAVE KIFFER - There is a history of "rough justice" at the many mining camps and towns in the American West. With trouble often so close and the law frequently far away, there are numerous instances of the inhabitants taking the law "into their own hands." - More...

Monday - September 26, 2011

80 40 Years ago, 111 died in Alaska Airlines Crash Near Juneau; Company blamed faulty locator beacons, NTSB unable to come up specific crash ‘cause.' A Feature Article By DAVE KIFFER - Forty years ago on September 4, 1971, the unthinkable happened to Alaska Airlines. - More...

Wednesday AM - September 07, 2011

79 Spanish Explored Alaska in late 1700s; Left numerous place names including Malaspina and Caamano - Nearly all Alaskans are aware that the first Europeans to come to the "Great Land" were the Russians in the 1740s. And most Alaskans also know that English explorers such as James Cook and George Vancouver began mapping large expanses of coastal Alaska in the 1770s. - More...

Monday - July 25, 2011

78 Canadian Liners Once Served Ketchikan; ‘Pat' and ‘George' were the Prince and Princess of the Alaska Cruise Industry - Once upon a time, there were no great fleets of gargantuan cruise ships plying the Inside Passage and disgorging thousands of visitors each day onto the streets of Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway. - More...

Monday - May 23, 2011

77 Airport Jet Crash was 35 years ago; One died when Alaska Airlines 727 careened off Ketchikan runway A feature article By DAVE KIFFER - Airplane crashes are not an uncommon occurrence around Ketchikan, but the one that happened on April 5, 1976, 35 years ago this week, was one of the most spectacular. As shocked local residents watched, an Alaska Airlines 727 landed in inclement weather and then went careening off the end of the runway and exploded into flames in a ravine near Government Creek. - More...

Tuesday AM - April 05, 2011

76 Native Rights Leader Turns 102; Dr. Soboleff was longtime preacher, teacher and broadcaster By DAVE KIFFER - On February 16 of each year, Alaskans pause to remember the great leaders in the fight for Alaskan Native Civil Rights, specifically Elizabeth Peratrovich and the other great leaders of the past. - More...

Wednesday PM - February 16, 2011

75 2010 Year in Review - Elections Get Locals Up On Step By DAVE KIFFER - The year 2010 was a year in which elections, local and statewide, caught the interest of the Ketchikan populace. - More...

Friday PM - January 21, 2011

74 HISTORY OF ALASKA TOURISM, PART 3: A Steady ‘Boom' In Tourism Post World War II A Feature Article By DAVE KIFFER - World War II brought the growing Alaskan tourism industry to a complete halt as nearly all discretionary travel to the Last Frontier ended from 1940 to 1946. - More...

Wednesday AM - December 29, 2010

73 SHAY: Fifty Years of Politics, Plays, And Puns A Feature Story By DAVE KIFFER - It's hard to imagine Ketchikan public life without Jack Shay. - More...

Tuesday PM - November 23, 2010

72 The Burning of the S.S. Prince George; One Crewman died when fire destroyed liner at Ketchikan Dock in 1945 A Feature Story By DAVE KIFFER - Sixty five years ago, this week, Ketchikan experienced one of its most spectacular fires when the Canadian National steamship Prince George was destroyed after it caught fire at the Heckman Dock on September 22, 1945. - More...

Monday - September 20, 2010

71 Ketchikan Celebrates Milestone By DAVE KIFFER - Ketchikan turns 110 years old this week. - More...

Monday - August 23, 2010

70 History of Alaska Tourism, Part 2; Tourism Grew Significantly From Goldrush To World War II; Alaska Benefited Twice From Uncertainty In Europe A feature article By DAVE KIFFER - Just as the Klondike Gold Rush was beginning to wear down, and Alaska was becoming a little less prominent in the national media, another event took place that boosted Alaska's national profile and helped boost tourism to the district. - More...

Monday - August 16, 2010

69 Pat Hagiwara dies at 91; Former Resident Was Member of Most Decorated Military Unit in World War II By DAVE KIFFER - Hagiwara was born and raised in Ketchikan and served in the military in World War II. Like all local Japanese American residents he was swept up in the controversy over the World War internment of Japanese American citizens. - More...

Saturday - July 24, 2010

68 Seward was one of Alaska's First 'Tourists (A History of Alaska Tourism, Part One) - It can be argued that the first "tourist" to visit Alaska was the man who was most responsible for the purchase of the territory, U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward. -- More...

Monday - July 12, 2010

67 Bell Island Hot Springs was 'good for what ails you'; Local resort has been private club for the last three decades A Feature Article By DAVE KIFFER - Oral tradition indicates that the hot springs on what is now called Bell Island, 40 miles north of Ketchikan on Behm Canal, have been used for centuries by the local Native tribes, who recognized the medicinal qualities of the springs and the mineral water.- More...

Wednesday - June 09, 2010

66 Prince Rupert Turns 100 By DAVE KIFFER - On March 10, The City of Prince Rupert is celebrating the centennial of its incorporation in 1910. - More...

Monday - March 08, 2010

65 Canadian Tsimshian Was A Leader For Alaska Native Rights; Peter Simpson Also Owned Alaska's First Native Business A Feature Article By DAVE KIFFER - Although the vast majority of the leaders in the Alaska Native civil rights movement were Tlingits, one of the founders and early leaders was a Tsimshian, originally from Canada, named Peter Simpson. - More...

Thursday - February 18, 2010

analysis of article text

prohibitionist hits:1 government drug warrior (prohibition_agency) hits:0 propaganda (drugwar_propaganda) hits:69 legalization hits:0 drug_reformer hits:0 reform_referenda hits:0 cannabis hits:0 stimulant hits:0 narcotic hits:0 hallucinogen hits:0
    prohibitionist     prohibition_agency     drugwar_propaganda     legalization     drug_reformer
    reform_referenda     cannabis     stimulant     narcotic     hallucinogen

incarceration/prison mentioned? yes .

propaganda analysis

explicit prohibition propaganda (explicit_propaganda) hits:0 hated group (propaganda_theme1) hits:4 madness, violence, illness (propaganda_theme2) hits:22 survival of society (propaganda_theme3) hits:28 gateway, use is abuse (propaganda_theme4) hits:1 children (propaganda_theme5) hits:6 demonize, war, epidemic (propaganda_theme6) hits:8 total prohibition (propaganda_theme7) hits:0 dissent opposed (propaganda_theme8) hits:0
EXP - explicit prohibition propaganda (explicit_propaganda) GRP - hated group (propaganda_theme1) MAD - madness, violence, illness (propaganda_theme2)
SOC - survival of society (propaganda_theme3) USE - gateway, use is abuse (propaganda_theme4) KID - children (propaganda_theme5)
WAR - demonize, war, epidemic (propaganda_theme6) TOT - total prohibition (propaganda_theme7) DIS - dissent opposed (propaganda_theme8)

 drug of abuse implied / mentioned

drug related 75%
[news] [concept]

drugwar_propaganda : a drug war propaganda event, campaign release, slogan, or themepropaganda

drugwar propaganda 80%
[news] [concept]

propaganda theme1 propaganda theme2 propaganda theme3 propaganda theme5 propaganda theme6 propaganda theme4 Why Are Americans So Easy to Manipulate? (Bruce E Levine, 2012)
Classic Modern Drug Propaganda
Themes in Chemical Prohibition
Drug War Propaganda (kindle edition)
propaganda_theme1 : drug war propaganda theme: hated groupshated group

propaganda theme1 50%
[news] [concept]

"racial" "immigrant" "Jews"4Hated Groups (propaganda theme 1)
America's Racist Drug laws
Labeling theory
Transfer (propaganda)
propaganda_theme2 : drug war propaganda theme: madness, violence, illness caused by drugsmadness, violence, illness

propaganda theme2 80%
[news] [concept]

"Murders" "Murderer" "disaster" "deadly" "threatens" "death" "deaths" "heart attacks" "destroyed" "danger" "mental illness" "strokes" "accidentally" "accidents" "accident"22Madness Crime Violence Illness (propaganda theme 2)
Distortion 18: Cannabis and Mental Illness
No, marijuana use doesn't lower your IQ (10/2014)
propaganda_theme3 : drug war propaganda theme: survival of societysurvival of society

propaganda theme3 65%
[news] [concept]

"American" "Americans" "America" "homeland" "community" "communities" "the country"28Survival of Society (propaganda theme 3)
The "Nation" as a Device To Create a Psychological Crowd

gateway 60%
[news] [concept]

"Gateway"1Use is Abuse, Gateway (propaganda theme 4)
Distortion 7: Gateway
propaganda_theme4 : drug war propaganda theme: all use is abuse, gatewaygateway, use is abuse

propaganda theme4 60%
[news] [concept]

gateway Use is Abuse, Gateway (propaganda theme 4)
propaganda_theme5 : drug war propaganda theme: children corrupted by drugschildren

propaganda theme5 60%
[news] [concept]

"child" "children" "youth"6Children Corrupted (propaganda theme 5)
Think of the children
propaganda_theme6 : drug war propaganda theme: demonize; use of drugs is epidemic; wardemonize, war, epidemic

propaganda theme6 60%
[news] [concept]

"battle" "battles" "combat" "struggles" "the fight"8Demonize, War (propaganda theme 6)
List of Wars on Concepts
Perpetual war
The Failed War on Drugs (2012)
 drugs 90%
[news] [concept]
various drugs  
 prohibitionist 75%
[news] [concept]
government prohib Prohibition
Cognitive liberty
Lobbyists Getting Rich Off Drug War (2012)
Calvina Fay halts interview, 8/2013
 infamous prohibitionist (government hireling)

government prohib 75%
[news] [concept]

"prison warden"1A Drug War Carol, page 22
Prohibition era political cartoons
 oft-mentioned government prohibitionist

govt prohib other 50%
[news] [concept]

"police chief"1A Drug War Carol, page 18
 psychoactive chemical

chemicals 50%
[news] [concept]

 depressant intoxicant 50%
[news] [concept]
 alcohol 50%
[news] [concept]
"alcohol"2Stanton Peele Addiction Web Site
Pot Threatens Booze Profits
 various drugs 90%
[news] [concept]
[news] [concept]
"jail" "prison" "prisoners"4Prison Hell in America (Stephen Lendman, Oct. 2011)
Understanding the U.S. Torture State
this is what a police state looks like
Torture and the United States and... drugs.htm
US Official Prison Policy: Encourage Men's Rape (2014)
Profit Driven Prison Industrial Complex (2012)
The Top Five Special Interest Groups Lobbying To Keep Marijuana Illegal
Sing a Little Louder
Prison Rape Widely Ignored by Authorities
Push Back Against Drug War Profiteering with Jury Nullification
 youth 60%
[news] [concept]
propaganda theme5
[news] [concept]
"school" "Schools" "College"
 aggrandizing government

[news] [concept]

"official" "authorities"2Statism: the Most Dangerous Religion (2014 video)
What is Statism?
Conservapedia: Statism
Wikipedia: Statolatry
Bought Priesthood
Worship of the U. S. Government (2011)
Bureaucratic Thrust
Tyranny of Experts
The Threat of Authority (2012)
The Media As Enablers of Government Lies
The Statist Mindset (Jacob Hornberger, 2011)
Thinking Critically about Experts and Authority
'Scientific' evidence for FDA-approved drugs isn't so scientific, it turns out (2014)
The Intellectual Gravy Train (2015)

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    aggrandizement concept - terms of aggrandizement (of government)
    school concept
    youth concept
    incarceration concept - Prisons, Jails and Probation
    various_drugs concept - general terms for drugs
    alcohol concept - ethyl alcohol for intoxication
    depressant_intoxicant concept
    chemicals concept - Psychoactive Chemicals are chemicals which have mind- or emotion-altering properties.
    govt_prohib_other concept - prohibitionist who gets (or has gotten in the past) a government paycheck or money to bolster prohibition, but mentioned in many non-drug-related articles, too
    government_prohib concept - infamous prohibitionist who gets (or has gotten in the past) a government paycheck or money to buttress prohibition
    prohibitionist concept - infamous prohibitionist
    drugs concept
    propaganda_theme6 concept - drug war propaganda theme: demonize; use of drugs is epidemic; war
    propaganda_theme5 concept - drug war propaganda theme: children corrupted by drugs
    propaganda_theme4 concept - drug war propaganda theme: all use is abuse, gateway
    gateway concept - drug war propaganda theme: gateway
    propaganda_theme3 concept - drug war propaganda theme: survival of society
    propaganda_theme2 concept - drug war propaganda theme: madness, violence, illness caused by drugs
    propaganda_theme1 concept - drug war propaganda theme: hated groups
    drugwar_propaganda concept - a drug war propaganda event, campaign release, slogan, or theme
    drug_related concept - related to illegal drugs and prohibition