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SitNews - Stories In The News - Ketchikan, Alaska
January 13, 2011

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"Daily Bread"
This agile squirrel is gathering a cone and will eat
the seeds contained in the cone.
Front Page Photo by CINDY BALZER

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Ketchikan: Officials conducting preliminary investigation of diving death near Annette Island - United States Coast Guard investigators from Marine Safety Detachment Ketchikan are working with the Annette Island Department of Fish and Game and the Metlakatla Police Department in the investigation of a commercial diving death that occurred on the 68-foot fishing tender Island Dancer near Annette Island Wednesday.

Metlakatla Police Department reported the incident to the Coast Guard at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday and two Ketchikan-based investigators flew to Metlakatla to begin the investigation. - More...
Thursday PM - January 13, 2011

Ketchikan: UAS Ketchikan Announces Finalists for Campus Director Position - Three finalists for the open UAS Ketchikan Campus Director position will be in Ketchikan at the end of February for face-to-face meetings with students, faculty, staff, members of the Ketchikan Campus Advisory Council (KCAC) and the community. Exact days and times of the public forums will be announced soon.

The finalists are: John F. Garmon, Ph.D.; Anthony Mansueto, Ph.D.; and Fredrick (Fred) W. Smith, Ph.D.

John F. Garmon, Ph.D., is from Las Vegas, Nevada. In a letter to the search committee, Dr. Garmon stated his first priorities are student learning in community education and student success. He believes a college’s size and its classes should be the right fit to foster a friendly atmosphere on campus or online. His record of service in higher education includes twenty years of administration and leadership of programs and services in arts, humanities and social sciences; supervision of occupational-technical programs; success in full-time teaching, shared governance, dean of student services, public relations, strategic planning, curriculum development, developmental education, academic research, faculty development, regional accreditation, distance education, honors programs direction, community development, team building, fund raising and workforce development. - More...
Thursday PM - January 13, 2011

Alaska: "Alaska’s Oil, Alaska’s Jobs Act” uses tax breaks to encourage industry to hire Alaska residents – Alaska’s oil and gas producers could get a tax break for hiring Alaska residents if the legislature passes a bill pre-filed by Representatives Chris Tuck and Berta Gardner (both D-Anchorage) and Representative Scott Kawasaki (D-Fairbanks). The proposal, known as the “Alaska’s Oil, Alaska’s Jobs Act,” would offer tax credit incentives for increasing the number of Alaskans on the payroll.

“Oil jobs are some of the highest paid ones in the state, and there are plenty of Alaskans who'd love to work up on the Slope. This will provide more opportunities for local hire in jobs with good pay and good benefits,” said Rep Tuck.


“This bill creates small tax changes that are a win-win for Alaskans and the industry,” said Rep. Gardner. “Once Alaskans get the good jobs the oil industry provides, industry gets its tax cut.”

“Alaskans are ready to work developing our resources, so instead of just giving the producers a tax break and hoping they put people to work, this bill puts Alaskans to work first,” said Rep. Kawasaki. - More...
Thursday PM - January 13, 2011

Alaska: Final report on sinking of Alaska Ranger released - The Coast Guard released Wednesday its final report of the investigation into the March 23, 2008, sinking of the fish-processing vessel Alaska Ranger and the subsequent loss of five of the 47 people aboard the ship.

The Alaska Ranger sank approximately 130 miles west of Dutch Harbor, Alaska. Of the 47 people aboard, 42 were rescued, four deceased crewmembers were recovered and one remains missing and is presumed dead. The Coast Guard rescued 20 of the Alaska Ranger’s crew through multiple hoists conducted by HH-60 and HH-65 helicopters, with survivors being transported to and cared for aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Munro. The fishing vessel Alaska Warrior rescued 22 survivors from two liferafts and recovered three deceased crew members from the frigid water. The fourth deceased crewmember was recovered by the Coast Guard.

The Alaska Ranger was a 189-foot, 1,577 gross ton, fish-processing vessel in the Bering Sea/Aleutian Island federal groundfish trawl fisheries. The vessel was owned by the Fishing Company of Alaska.

The report of investigation details the findings of the Coast Guard’s marine board of investigation as well as recommendations for enhancing safety for fishing vessels.

The Board determined that the cause of the sinking was flooding that likely started in the rudder room, but rapidly progressed to the engine room and other spaces due to a lack of watertight integrity. - More...
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Alaska Science: Alaska glaciers help drive rise in sea level By NED ROZELL - Geophysical Institute researcher Regine Hock and her colleague Valentina Radic have calculated that the rate of sea-level rise due to the meltwater from glaciers in Alaska and elsewhere will increase by as much as 60 percent by the year 2100. Half of the world’s smallest glaciers may not survive that long.

Alaska glaciers help drive rise in sea level

Very small glaciers, like these in the Alaska Range, may disappear by the year 2100 as part of a 40 percent loss in Alaska glacier volume.
Photo by Ned Rozell

Many glaciers smaller than about five square kilometers - like those in the European Alps, New Zealand, Scandinavia and Glacier National Park in Montana - will disappear by the end of this century, said Radic, a researcher at the University of British Columbia and former graduate student at the Geophysical Institute. She and Hock authored a paper on their meltwater calculations that appeared in Nature Geoscience on Jan. 9, 2011.

According to Radic and Hock, the contribution to rising sea level from melting glaciers outside the massive ice sheets in Antarctica and Greenland will grow by the end of the century to about 1.6 millimeters per year from the current 1 millimeter per year.

“This is significant even though the total over 100 years (around 12 centimeters or 4.6 inches) may not sound like much,” Hock said.

The expansion of ocean water resulting from warmer air is responsible for about one-quarter of the world’s current sea-level rise of approximately 2.5 millimeters each year (roughly 1/10th of an inch). Additional rise is attributed to meltwater coming from ice that formed during colder periods of Earth’s past. Currently, about half of the water gushing to the sea from glaciers comes from Alaska and mountainous areas other than Antarctica and Greenland. - More...
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letter 2011 Tribal Council Elections By Cecelia A. Johnson - It is Election time.  Our tribal members have a vote on individuals they feel will do a fair and exemplary job while seeking resources to benefit our people.  While tribal council works to find resources and travels to make sure our voice is heard, please remember this work benefits our tribe, and it equally benefits our community. Ketchikan Indian Community plays a viable role in improving our fair city. - More...
Thursday PM - January 13, 2011

letter KIC Tribal Elections By John Morris - Regarding the 2011 Tribal Elections for KIC, I would sure hope that KIC Tribal Members will get out and vote in this election. If there could be a substantial amount of voters who turn out and vote then hopefully Tribal members could finally get the change that would be much needed for the betterment for all of KIC and its Tribal Members. - More...
Thursday PM - January 13, 2011

letter Ward Lake access By Susan Hoyt - I would like to add one more letter in the hopes that whoever is responsible for the Ward Lake road understands the winter access need. Maybe we can find a solution to the problem rather than point fingers. What will it take to get access year-round? - More...
Thursday PM - January 13, 2011

letter The Future of Coast Guard Beach By Eric Muench - It is now time to begin consideration of the future for Coast Guard Beach property. Last August the Alaska Mental Health Trust owner requested a rezone of the 70 acre parcel from Public Lands and Institutions to Low density Residential and in subsequent public meetings the Trust Land Office director acknowledged that the decision is whether residential or PLI is most suitable zoning. Our local public spoke loud and clear; the Planning Commission agreed, and rezone was denied. AMHT has withdrawn the request. Now for the first time since discussions with the Trust began many years ago, the path is clear to work for a locally preferred future for the parcel. Having denied AMHT the opportunity to create profit by way of subdivision, we must provide their needed revenue by way of acquisition. - More...
Thursday PM - January 13, 2011

letterRevilla Road By Wade Purdy - I just wanted to say that the truck driver that assisted those drivers did an awsome job. - More...
Tuesday PM - January 11, 2011

letter Federal Overreaching By Tyler Mecham - I'm writing in response to the article posted Thursday January 6, 2011 concerning Governor Parnell's speech to the Fairbank's Rotary Club. In my opinion he is correct. We as Alaskans cannot just sit around while rights get stepped on. To do so would be foolish and irresponsible. - More...
Friday PM - January 07, 2011

letterRevilla Road Problems By Ken Arriola - A couple of things; the front page photos submitted by locals are incredible, simply the best, one of the reasons I look forward to logging-on daily to Sitnews, much more interesting than that other publication, keep those photos coming.

Personally, and without knowing the exact details, I'm willing to cut the State Troopers some slack on this Ward Lake/Revilla road issue, since jurisdiction on that road has been an ongoing bone of contention. And, as a result, it doesn't surprise me that a level of frustration may exist on the State Troopers' part. - More...
Friday AM - January 07, 2011

letter AMERICA DEFEATED By David G. Hanger - So easy is xenophobia, so easy self-justification, so easily the dead treadmill to those about to die, each corpse robed as hero sublime, beckoning, ever beckoning, for more and more to follow his lead. How long this time this column of lemmings? - More...
Friday AM - January 07, 2010

letter TO “CONFUSED” By David G. Hanger - The type of confusion you are experiencing is a self-limiting, and pathetic, condition that has no known cure. I certainly make no claim to having discovered one. - More...
Friday AM - January 07, 2010

letterFerry ski-high rates By Jay L Baldwin - Two thirds of the Alaskan voters or more live in the Northlands. -- Southeast Alaska was supposed to get a marine highway system to serve the needs of the Alaskan people. Wrong. We have a marine highway system that Alaskans cannot afford. Someone, at some point back in time lost sight of the objective. A highway is supposed to be free. At first fees were very low. But not now. - More...
Wednesday PM - January 05, 2011

letter Lack of enthusiasm? By Kim Hendricks Just a thought, if we continue to keep our eyes closed to what is happening in this community, shame on us. I do not wish to re-live the day that my young one and his friend and even younger sister were outside playing when a car almost ran them over on a dead end street. The driver was in a hurry so that they could take care of someone in another house in their own brutal way. - More...
Wednesday PM - January 05, 2011

letterThank You By Kathie Johnson - I just would like to thank Mrs. Chaudhary's daughters for their care for others. - More...
Wednesday PM - January 05, 2011

letter You too are on your own By Katherine Alguire - I have to agree with the public on this one. If you are in distress and TRYING to flag down the law, they should stop and offer some assistance. The trooper should have asked himself, "why are they trying to get my attention" and offered some assistance, whether it be a radio call or some one blocking off the road. Did the Trooper know that no-one was hurt? Did the Trooper by some chance know all who were down that road were all okay? He never investigated. - More...
Wednesday PM - January 05, 2011

letter RE: Alaska State Trooper Bashing By Art Bailly - Wow Mr. Willis, it sounds like you're one of those troopers. 1. What does this have to do with a vehicle accident (Vehicle in the ditch and icy road conditions)? Don’t try to change the subject. One has nothing to do with the other. - More...
Wednesday PM - January 05, 2011

letter Alaska State Trooper Bashing By Scott Willis - How is it the fault of the Alaska State Troopers for a 16 year old delinquent girl that has no self discipline or personal morals and requires RYC custody for behavior training? - More...
Tuesday - January 04, 2011

letter Aircraft Carriers Unavailable By Donald A. Moskowitz - This letter references numerous points in Steve Cohen’s article in Forbes of October 25, 2010 entitled “Where Are The Carriers?”, which concerns the availability, value, and number of U.S. aircraft carriers. - More...
Tuesday - January 04, 2011

letter Open Letter: Economic Development By Kurtis R. Morin - I understand that certain members of the Ketchikan Assembly have expressed a preference for confining the borough's economic development program solely to infrastructure projects. - More...
Monday - January 03, 2011

letter RE: State troopers not wanting to get involved By Gary Keele - As a parent here in Ketchikan I can understand the absolute concern about the Troopers Not wanting to get involved and being rude. I have a 16 year old daughter that is in RYC Again ( Thank You Jack for all you have done for us). - More...
Monday - January 03, 2011

letter America is being held hostage By Martha Leftwich - American voters were angry when they went to the polls November 2, 2010, many didn't bother to even cast their vote at all. - More...
Monday - January 03, 2011

letter Confused By Laura Plenert - Regarding David Hanger's harangue, bless you Lesley for being able to understand what David Hanger is spouting about. It is difficult to wade through his diatribe and get the point. - Page...
Monday - January 03, 2011

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