Stipka on the Stick

Skagway Visitor Center employee Ben Pickett (center) presents Maria Stipka (left) with $20 for coming closest to correctly guessing the number of sticks on A.B. Hall. Pickett said he counted the pieces of driftwood on his breaks for a week, coming up with a total of 8,833. Tourism Director Buckwheat Donahue (right) and the VC staff then collected more than 200 guesses on Aug. 5 and announced the winner on the 6th. Stipka, a waitperson at the Bonanza, guessed 9,099. “Nine is my lucky number,” she said. Next closest were Doreen Cooper with 9,134 and Ralf Gorichanaz with 8,450. Guesses ranged from 1,000 to 40,000, Pickett said. The sticks were first applied to the false front by artist Charlie Walker about 100 years ago, and it was rumored there were about 10,000 pieces. Now we know the true total. - JB

"Heard on the Wind"

Yes, this paper makes things up and we stage disasters for amusement...
When looking at the recent edition of the Skagway News with the picture of the glacial lake flood, a visitor asked: “Is that real?”

In search of the perfect stall...
A woman approached a clerk at the Klothes Rush and asked, “What store around here can I find a restroom in?” The clerk replied, “There’s a public restroom one block down and to the right.” The woman then asked, “Well, how public is that restroom?”

Sometimes, the midnight sun just isn’t enough...
A woman who claimed to be an expert camper told a local that she had just returned from a camping trip up the Dempster Highway to Inuvik, and she made everyone in her party carry a flashlight.

And finally, from the mathematics division...
Newsies reported that a ship’s photographer confounded hundreds of passengers with the following count, prior to snapping their photos as they came off the gangway: “Okay, ready ... one, two, four.”

Come on folks, you must be hearing something out there. Call 983-2354, fax 983-2356 or e-mail skagnews@aptalaska.net.