Farewell, Sen. Stevens ...

Posted: Wednesday, August 18, 2010

In our coverage a week ago of the death of U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, we elicited comments from local civic leaders and residents, remembering the state's senior senator.

As you can imagine, no one refused our request. As you might also imagine, we could've filled pages upon pages with their thoughts.

We ran out of paper and ink last week. To mark the memorial service held yesterday and the funeral today in Anchorage, we wanted to share with you a few more of those thoughts:

Peter Micciche, Soldotna Mayor:

"No matter where one stands politically, no one can deny that the lives of every Alaskan were positively touched through the career of Sen. Stevens. From native and rural Alaska to the larger cities of our state, from family focused non-profits such as the Boys and Girls clubs to assistance with habitat and conservation issues in Alaska, 'Uncle Ted' was there for all Alaskans for many years."

Dave Carey, Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor:

"All Alaskans should be very grateful for the life and service of Senator Ted Stevens. There is no community on the Kenai Peninsula that has not benefited from his service and from his care. We are all deeply saddened."

Mike Dimmick, Kenai:

"We'll miss him tremendously. I actually knew him and it's going to be a great loss to the state even though he's out of his seat."

Bill Sheffield, former governor of Alaska:

"He helped Alaska immensely, not only after statehood and when he was a senator, but beforehand, too. He will be remembered forever. He will go down in history as serving Alaska well."

Carol Bannock, Kenai Chamber of Commerce executive director:

"It's a very sad day for all of us. It's a heavy loss. You could put the word 'surreal' in there."

Michelle Glaves, Soldotna Chamber of Commerce executive director:

"A lot of thoughts go through your mind about all the things he did for the state and the local area. There's not a lot of people who can say they have met, shaken hands or have seen the U.S. senator on the street. He was a very personable person. He would always make it a point to go up to volunteers and thank them."

Lori Peikert, Kenai:

"He was a nice man. He did very, very well for Alaska."

Deb Milam, President, Kenai Chamber of Commerce:

"I think Alaska has lost one of our greatest champions. Ted Stevens worked tirelessly for the state of Alaska and it's a real sad day for all of us. He will be greatly missed."

The Stevens family is asking that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the North to The Future Foundation.

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