Utility orders yellow ribbons off poles

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Posted: Monday, August 08, 2005

KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — Danielle Curry replaced yellow ribbons on Kodiak utility poles after someone festooned them with anti-war stickers. Now, all displays on the poles are coming down.

The Kodiak Electric Association told Currie, whose son is serving in Iraq, that she must find other locations for the yellow ribbons and clear the poles along Mill Bay Road.

Jim Devlin, engineering director for KEA, said he was not privy to the KEA board discussions about the ribbons. He said he did not think it had anything to do with the current controversy.

''I think there was permission granted for a temporary show of the ribbons and it was never intended to be carte blanche forever,'' Devlin said. ''In this case of the yellow ribbons, nobody really knows who granted the original permission.''

KEA policy is to keep the poles clear of signs, stickers, birdhouses or any other objects that could get in the way of linemen.

The letter, sent to Currie on July 29, quoted the policy and asked her to remove the ribbons within a few weeks.

Currie says she's not giving up on her ribbons. She was chatting on MSN Messenger to her son in Iraq recently.

He had heard about the ribbon controversy. Currie recalled telling him, ''You don't worry about it, you do what you have to do over there, and keep your head where it needs to be and me and the girls will fight the war over here.''

She said she will talk with shop owners and ask if they want to display a yellow ribbon.

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