Newly elected Gov. Bill Walker and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott are planning a series of inaugural balls in Alaska, including one in Ketchikan, set for March 7.
Beyond the date, details about the Ketchikan event are not yet available. It is the last of seven balls planned. The first is in Walker’s hometown of Valdez, set for Jan. 3.
The other inaugural balls are Jan. 10 in Juneau; Jan.17 in Nome; Jan. 24 in Fairbanks; Jan. 31 in Anchorage; and Feb. 6 in Kenai.
The last governor who held an inaugural ball in Ketchikan was Frank Murkowski. Lynda Adams of First City Republican Woman says that organization decorated the Ted Ferry Civic Center for the 2003 inaugural ball.
The seven balls will be paid for through donations and ticket sales. More information is available at www.akinauguralball.com.