A timeless prank turns 40
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Despite his reputation as a prankster, Porky Bickar was civic-minded. He alerted local authorities to the prank — with the notable exception of the Coast Guard, which sent a plane from Juneau.
The Museum of Hoaxes puts it at number 16 on the list of Top 100 April Fools Hoaxes of All-Time.
The Eruption of the Mt. Edgecumbe Volcano was staged in Sitka 40 years ago today, on April 1, 1974. The prank was orchestrated by Porky Bickar and a group of co-conspirators known as the “Dirty Dozen,” using a helicopter and two sling loads of old tires. KCAW’s Robert Woolsey produced the following piece in 2009, to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the hoax.
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Mt. Edgecumbe High School seniors celebrated new beginnings Thursday (5-5-16) at their commencement ceremony in a fully-packed Performing Arts Center. The class of 2016 shared memories, inspirational quotes and baby pictures at the emotional event that also acknowledged retiring superintendent Bill Hutton. more
The STA Environmental Research Lab has detected unsafe levels of biotoxins in shellfish samples collected this week on Starrigavan Beach in Sitka. more