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January 06, 2007
Logs collect &
pass at the overflow of the "Pulp Mill Dam".
Front Page Photo by Paul Perry
Be a Tosser In 2007 By MARY KAUFFMAN - During 2006, as in
years past, community members and organizations have generously
pitched in to clean up the highways of our community. Many of
these volunteers were thanked for their efforts during 2006.
Added to those deserving thanks are the Society of American Foresters
and the First City Rotary who helped clean along the highways
Don't Be a Tosser In 2007
Michael Earnest and Todd Adams, Alaska Dept. of Transportation,
Division of Highways cleaning up the insulation blown from a
truck and scattered along Stedman Street.
Front Page Photo by Jerry Cegelske
Ketchikan Gateway Borough Code
Enforcement Officer Jerry Cegelske said, "We owe a "Thank
you" to the members of the Society of American Foresters
for cleaning up their Mile 6 of North Tongass, and to the members
of First City Rotary who helped clean up South Tongass in November."
Cegelske said, "Their efforts are appreciated by a large
majority of the community."
Cegelske said while talking
with one of the First City Rotary clean-up volunteers the member
mentioned visiting relatives in Missouri. Regarding the volunteer's
visit Cegelske said, "They lived along a divided highway
which had large amounts of trash scattered along it. He [the
Rotary member] was amazed at the amount of trash people threw
out of their vehicles. His relatives couldn't believe that he
would go out and pick it up as he did. Guess they liked the prior
view! He hates litter, and those that dump it."
"The sad thing,"
said Cegelske, " is that many of the people in Ketchikan
are like the litter bugs in Missouri, and would have Ketchikan
look like Missouri if it weren't for people like the First City
Cegelske said, "It is
amazing that people work overtime to destroy the thing that attracted
them to an area in the first place, but not take a few minutes
to prevent it from happening." He said, "We have natural
beauty here which keeps many of us here. It brings tourists by
boat and plane that pay to visit and see the beauty, providing
many of us with the jobs that allow us to stay and continue to
enjoy it." Unfortunately said Cegelske, "Others really
couldn't care less as they toss their trash and litter from their
cars and boats, and allow it to blow from their trucks."
Saturday PM - January 06, 2007
Fish Factor: Summer
isn't Alaska's only "fishing season" By LAINE WELCH
- Salmon will always be the heart of Alaska's fisheries, and
that is why many people think of summer as "the fishing
But that's not the case.
Winter is when Alaska's largest
fisheries get underway each year. On January 1, hundreds of boats
with hook and line gear or pots will begin plying the waters
of the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska for Pacific cod, rockfish
and other groundfish. Then on January 20th trawlers take to the
seas to target Alaska pollock, the world's largest food fishery
with annual harvests topping three billion pounds. Crab boats
will soon be out on the Bering Sea in earnest for snow crab,
Alaska's largest crab fishery. Late February or early March will
see the start of the eight month long halibut and sablefish seasons.
March also marks the beginning of Alaska's roe herring circuit,
usually at Sitka Sound, and those fisheries will continue for
several months all the way up the coast as far west as Norton
And although wild Alaska king
salmon is available from Southeast trollers nearly year round,
mid-May marks the official start of Alaska's salmon season with
the runs of kings and reds at Copper River. Salmon fisheries
take center stage all summer and into the fall. That's followed
by another of Alaska's premier fisheries - red king crab from
Bristol Bay. And so it goes throughout each year, with many other
smaller fisheries occurring as well. In all, more than five billion
pounds of seafood crosses Alaska's docks each year, worth more
than $1 billion at the docks.
Peeking at some price trends,
whitefish prices, especially cod, reached their highest level
in years in 2006. The jump stemmed from an increase in global
demand, especially in Europe; price boosts were also prompted
by widespread publicity about the health benefits of eating seafood.
Market watchers predict that unless there is a big disruption
in supply for major species, of which none is predicted, fish
prices this year should remain stable or begin to decline slightly.
Analyst John Sackton says buyer resistance to high prices is
likely in the U.S. where a weakened dollar will make it more
difficult to compete for seafood on the global market.
Biggest buzz word
'Sustainable' was selected
as the top word for 2006 by global language trackers, who define
it to mean 'self generating, the opposite of disposable.'
The word, long considered a
'green' term, has moved into the mainstream, said the San Diego
based Global Language Monitor, which tracks language trends the
world over, with a particular emphasis on global English. "Sustainable
can apply to populations, marriages, agriculture, economies,
and the like", the GLM said.
The term is often applied to
Alaska's fisheries, most of which are regarded as models for
good management. Alaska salmon, pollock, halibut and sablefish
are 'certified' as being well managed, and cod and crab could
soon merit an 'earth friendly' eco-label as well. It comes at
a fortunate time for Alaska's seafood industry, as mega corporations
like Wal-Mart and others the world over have pledged to only
purchase seafood that comes from well managed fisheries. - More..
Saturday PM - January 06, 2007
Arts - Entertainment
Troll's Top 5 CDs of 2006 By RAY TROLL - Well I gotta say
it truly is getting tougher and tougher to put together a list
of complete CDs in this age of downloading and file swapping.
I bought fewer CDs this year overall so this list is not comprehensive
in the least. It's merely a reflection of the music I enjoyed
and spent the most time with.
Ray Troll - Alaskan
Photograph by Chip Porter
Photo Courtesy Ray Troll
1. The Decemberists: The Crane
There's been much discussion in the press about this Portland
band moving to a major record label and whether or not it would
affect their sound and indie credibility. That's all a non-issue
for me. It's the music that matters, eh? The album holds together
as a suite of songs, three of which are about a marriage between
a man and a bird. Ah, you ve got to love the quirk. Yankee Bayonet
is written around a dialogue between a dead civil war soldier
and his sweetheart ( a duet with guest artist Laura Veirs ).
The funky alliteration and clever wordplay throughout is a load
o' fun. A few of the songs are over the top tragic tales with
a tongue firmly in cheek tone about them ( "O Valencia!"
features a vengeful and murderous brother in law). But lest you
think it s all fun and games it gets dark and ominous with tunes
like When the War Came . Don't just download this one folks.
Get the CD with all the cool art and spend some time with the
I was blown away by a song called "Hoje Eu Quero Sair So"
( I Want To Go Out Alone Tonight) on David Byrne's Belize Tropical
2 collection of Brazilian pop music way back in 1999. It was
a standout cut with real presence to it performed by a musician
and producer named Lenine from Recife along the northern coast
of Brazil. Many years later this CD marks his U.S. debut drawing
from several of his earlier CDs. It's all in Portuguese folks,
so sit back and groove to the smooth sounds and wild mix of Brazilian
rock, pop, and electronica. The rhythmic soundscape is deep and
3. Lindsey Buckingham: Under the Skin
This is the first solo album from Lindsey in over a decade and
the 58-year-old sub-geezer's still got it in him. Frenetic guitar
riffs are layered throughout this meditative and sonically rich
album. There isn't quite the mega-hit in this batch of new material,
unlike the days when Lindsey effortlessly penned many a blockbuster
for Fleetwood Mac, but it's a beautiful collection of melodies
nonetheless. Maybe the lack of a "hit" is a good thing
because these tunes aren't trivial fluff. He's also tossed in
a couple of fine covers: the Stones' "I Am Waiting"
and Donovan's "To Try for the Sun". Lindsey's an underappreciated
visionary dreamer - a topic he takes on in the very first cut
of the CD, "Not Too Late". This CD is a guilty pleasure
for we aging boomers.
4. Regina Spektor: Begin To
Born in Russia, raised in Brooklyn, trained as a classical pianist,
Regina has been making waves in music circles for years, but
only now has come to my attention here in the hinterlands of
Alaska. She's all over the board experimentally, spinning freely
between jazz tinged hummable pop songs like "Fidelity"
to devastating emotional broadsides like "Samson",
a tune that reminds me of Joni Mitchell's masterpiece of confessional
piano balladry "The Last Time I Saw Richard". "Samson"
uses a mélange of lyrical metaphors from the bible to
Samson went back to bed, Not
much hair left on his head
He ate a slice of wonder bread and went right back to bed
And history books forgot about us and the bible didn t mention
us - More...
Saturday PM - January 06, 2007