Alaska Town Welcomes First Baby Ever Born in Community

The Prince of Wales community of Whale Pass is welcoming the first baby ever born in the small community, at least as far back as local people can remember.

The baby is named Boomchain Everett Loucks. He was born December 18th at 1:15 a.m.

Steve Loucks, the baby's father, says the baby was born right on the couch in the living room.

Steve said he and his wife, Christy, were out trapping in Exchange Cove when his wife went into labor. The baby's due date was a few days later.

He says by the time they get home, it was too late to go to Craig and the helicopters weren't flying.

Christy says the birth went well. There was help from the local EMS squad, and two doctors at Ketchikan General Hospital supervised by phone.

The couple named the child Boomchain because Steve works in logging and likes boomchains. A boomchain is a heavy chain used to attach the ends of logs together to make a log boom, which helps in the building of log rafts.