Governor's Ball: Mayor Weinstein
& Lists Top Ten Reasons Ketchikan Loves Murkowski
January 27, 2003
Monday 11:50 am
Frank Murkowski, First
Lady Nancy Murkowski, Lt. Governor Loren Leman and his wife Carolyn
congratulating them on their election and wished them well.
Ketchikan, Alaska: Presenting
the welcoming address at the Governor's Ball Sunday evening,
City of Ketchikan Mayor Bob Weinstein welcomed back to Ketchikan
Weinstein thanked Frank Murkowski
for his 22 years of service in the United States Senate. Weinstein
said during that time, Frank Murkowski worked hard on behalf
of all Alaskans and on behalf of this community in particular.
A couple of examples come to
mind Weinstein said when he thinks how Frank Murkowski has worked
together with this community. "When we were struggling over
what seems to be endless years to maintain a healthy timber industry
here in Southeast Alaska, Frank Murkowski worked together with
us for the future of Ketchikan. Now that we are looking for new
opportunities - projects like enhancing our shipyard, expanding
our port and harbor capacity to help bolster tourism, redeveloping
Ward Cove, protecting and enhancing our fishing industry, and
- yes, once again, trying to maintain a timber supply, Frank
Murkowski is again working together with this community so that
our families can have a brighter future," Weinstein said.
Second, in the area of
transportation Weinstein remarked, "Frank Murkowski is working
together with the community to build a bridge to Gravina Island
to enhance economic diversification and growth, and has already
taken steps designed to improve the Alaska Marine Highway System."
Weinstein added in jest that he hears Governor Murkowski may
be moving the headquarters of the Alaska Marine Highway System
After thanking the Governor
for his commitment to Alaska and its citizens, Mayor Weinstein
then said, "with apologies to David Letterman, and hopefully
no one else, I've come up with a list of the top ten reasons
Ketchikan loves Governor Murkowski.
Number 10: He knows that Southeast
is part of Alaska.
Number 9: He's been a strong supporter of education since his
Kayhi days - and wishes he could still qualify for the basketball
Number 8: He loves Alaska's wilderness - and knows that we have
enough of it.
Number 7: He waited until the Super Bowl was over before starting
Number 6: He's man enough to admit he bet on the Oakland Raiders
- the only losing team he seems to be around these days.
Number 5: He's hired Arnold Schwarzenegger to be in charge of
homeland security for the State.
Number 4: He knows that Ketchikan likes a good party - so he
made sure that inaugural festivities don't include a breathalyzer
Number 3: During his State of the State Address last week, he
was bold enough to use the T word - timber - in the same sentence
as the F word - fish.
Number 2: He's one of two people in this room with the unlisted
home number of Alaska's US Senator - junior senator, that is.
1: And the number one reason Ketchikan loves Governor Murkowski:
Photos by Rick Grams for Sitnews
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