Former first lady, family, offers land for park

Posted: Tuesday, September 21, 2010

KETCHIKAN - Former Alaska First Lady Nancy Murkowski and her family have offered to donate 33 acres on Gravina Island to the Ketchikan Gateway Borough for a maritime park in honor of Murkowski's father, Lester O. Gore.

The Ketchikan Daily News reports the land is owned by Murkowski, siblings Diane Gore and Charles Gore, and a niece.

The offer was made in a July 28 letter from Murkowski, the mother of U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski and wife of former Gov. Frank Murkowski.

Murkowski says Lester Gore was in the merchant marine before World War I. She says he was a federal judge in Alaska and an attorney for more than 50 years, serving as Ketchikan city attorney for many of them.

Borough Manager Dan Bockhorst planned to ask for borough assembly direction on whether to explore the offer.

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