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SitNews - Stories In The News - Ketchikan, Alaska
January 14, 2011

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Bugge's Beach
MARTIN BUGGE'S BEACH: Part of the 1915 Gold Nugget Claims
An archived feature story By JUNE ALLEN
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Ketchikan: Faulty Wiring Causes Fire Damage - Ketchikan firefighters got off to an early start at a Friday morning house fire at 935 Nordstrom Drive #303.

According to Ketchikan Fire Chief Jim Hill, the call came in to 911 dispatchers at 7:15 AM Friday and the caller reported “..smoke coming from under the eves.”.  Hill reported that the first arriving units were on the scene in less than two minutes.  When firefighters arrived, all of the occupants were safely outside said Hill.

The owners of the home reported that earlier Thursday evening electrical breakers were “popping”.

Chief Hill said firefighters used Thermal Imaging equipment to find the location of the fire in the ceiling area of the living room, electrical service was shut down to the residence by Ketchikan Public Utilities (KPU) Linemen, and the fire was extinguished quickly.  Smoke damage was minimal but preliminary fire-loss estimates are $40,000 with $30,000 damage to the structure and about $10,000 in damages to the contents of the residence said Hill. - More...
Friday PM - January 14, 2011

Southeast Alaska: Fisheries scientists seek economic data on Southeast Alaska fisheries - What is the contribution of fishing and seafood processing to the Southeast Alaska economy?

Scientists at NOAA’s Alaska Fisheries Science Center are seeking improved data on that topic by asking a small number of Southeast Alaska fishermen and processors to voluntarily participate in the Southeast Alaska Fisheries Economic Activity Survey.

Respondents to the survey will contribute data that will help decision makers - local and state governments, businesses, fisheries managers and others - to better make decisions that would increase the long-run economic benefits to those who engage in fishing activities.

Commercial fishing and seafood processing contribute to the region's economy by providing jobs for fishing vessel skippers and crew, processor line workers and supervisors. Investments in the owning and operating of a vessel or seafood processing plant also boost the economy.

The survey asks about vessel or processor characteristics, labor payments, and other operation-related spending, including what portion of the spending is made in Southeast Alaska communities. - More...
Friday PM - January 14, 2011


Alaska: Governor Parnell Proposes Motor Fuel Tax Suspension; Gas Tax Suspension Not Enough Say Several Democrats; Governor urged to join anti-gouging efforts - Alaska Governor Sean Parnell today submitted legislation to suspend the motor fuel tax for 24 months.

“Alaskans are feeling the pinch of rising fuel costs when purchasing fuel for their vehicles, boats, snow machines and planes,” Governor Parnell said. “While suspending the motor fuel tax would provide a temporary reduction in the cost of motor fuel, action is necessary for long-term solutions to high energy costs.”

Suspending the $.08 per gallon of state fuel tax will save Alaskans money at the pump.

Several Democratic legislators again applauded Gov. Sean Parnell’s attempts to hold down fuel costs for Alaskans, but urged the governor to go further, and join their efforts to end fuel price gouging in Alaska. The governor wants to extend the eight cent fuel tax suspension, however, the Democrats’ say their proposal could reduce gasoline costs by as much as 51 cents per gallon.

 “Alaskans are paying too much for gas,” said Rep. Pete Petersen (D-Anchorage) who is a sponsor of HB 25 which would prohibit refineries from charging excessive or exorbitant prices.  “The state needs anti-gouging laws so we can get to the bottom of why residents of a major oil producing state are paying more than almost anyone else for a tank of gas.”

Despite being the nation’s largest oil producer per capita, Alaska gasoline and diesel prices have consistently been the highest in the nation, even when the state tax was suspended for a year.  According to the latest report from AAA, including state taxes, Alaskan gas prices are 51 cents higher than the national average.  The average Alaskan gasoline price is $3.498 per gallon excluding state taxes.  Hawaii, which produces no oil, has the second highest prices at $3.247 per gallon, excluding state taxes.  In Washington the price is $2.859. - More...
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Southeast Alaska: Southeast State Forest Expansion Proposed by Governor – Governor Sean Parnell today transmitted legislation adding lands to the newly established Southeast State Forest from state lands presently used for timber harvest.

“Adding lands to the Southeast State Forest demonstrates our commitment to helping assure an increase in timber production over the long term,” Governor Parnell said. “This bill is one important piece in our overall strategy to stabilize and revitalize the timber industry, and expand wood energy opportunities in Southeast Alaska.”

The bill contains provisions to avoid conflicts with the newly formed City and Borough of Wrangell's land selection and entitlement.

Lands added to the state forest would continue to be open for multiple uses, including wildlife habitat and harvest, mining and recreational activities. - More...
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Ketchikan: Free visit to UA campuses Jan. 18 – right from your laptop - The University of Alaska is hosting Virtual Preview Day on College Week Live from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Alaska Standard Time) Tuesday, Jan. 18.

Representatives from University of Alaska Fairbanks, University of Alaska Anchorage and University of Alaska Southeast will be available to chat live about admissions, scholarships, financial aid and campus life. Presentations with experts from UA campuses across the state will be held every hour.

Prospective students will be able to watch videos highlighting each campus, view and download materials about programs and resources at the system’s three largest campuses, and speak with current UA students about what it’s really like to attend classes at a particular campus.  In addition to general financial aid information, special presentations will be available on the new Alaska Performance Scholarship and the UA Scholars Program.  - More...
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letter KETCHIKAN INDIAN COMMUNITY ELECTION By Charles Edwardson - I served four years on the tribal council, including two years as treasurer, and have worked with training our members in the construction field for about a decade. My biggest concern then, as it is now, is that our tribal members only get involved about election time. I KNOW THIS TO BE TRUE, I MISSED ONE MEETING IN FOUR YEARS. THERE WAS RARELY IF EVER MORE THAN A COUPLE PEOPLE IN THE AUDIENCE UNLESS WE WERE FIRING SOMEONE. And the information they are voting on is based only on sound bites they hear from random run-ins with candidates seeking election. - More...
Friday PM - January 14, 2011

letter2011 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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