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SitNews - Stories In The News - Ketchikan, Alaska
January 19, 2011

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Southeast Alaska: Southeast Alaska’s Salmon and Trout Fisheries Contribute Nearly $1 Billion Annually to Regional Economy; Study Finds Combined Value of Commercial, Sport, Subsistence and Hatchery Fisheries Tops $986 Million and Accounts for More than 10 Percent of Jobs - A new study commissioned by Trout Unlimited Alaska finds that Southeast Alaska’s healthy salmon and trout populations pump nearly $1 billion into the local economy every year and account for more than one in ten jobs.

This is the first study that takes a combined look at the economic value of all four sectors of the region’s salmonid fisheries – commercial, sport, subsistence/personal use and hatchery production. Previous studies have looked at each of the sectors separately.

“The study shows the healthy and abundant salmon and trout populations of Southeast Alaska are a huge driver of the regional economy. The reason we have such rich and sustainable fisheries is careful harvest management as well as a lack of the dams, pollution, and agricultural and urban development that have decimated so many runs in the Lower 48,” said Tim Bristol, director of Trout Unlimited Alaska.

Southeast fishermen and regulators agree.

“I hope this study helps to raise awareness of the critical importance of coldwater fish to the economy, ecology and identity of this region. I think we as Southeast Alaskans sometimes take salmon for granted—and yet it’s literally the lifeblood of our communities,” said Linda Behnken, a Sitka-based commercial longliner/troller and executive director of Alaska Longline Fishermen's Association.

Although past timber harvesting has degraded fish habitat in some Southeast Alaska watersheds, Southeast still supports a disproportionately high share of the wild stocks of trout and salmon remaining in the Pacific Northwest. Limiting habitat degradation, restoring impacted streams and riparian areas and minimizing the negative impacts of climate change will be key to continuing Southeast Alaska’s salmon success story.

“As someone who worked in the timber industry 35 years ago, I welcome the chance to be involved with efforts to restore impacted high-value, fish-producing watersheds. Especially given the economic and environmental importance of salmon to the communities within the Tongass National Forest, I’d also like to see some intact watersheds safeguarded from future development that could negatively affect the productivity of these areas,” said Steve Reifenstuhl, general manager of Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association. - More...
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Ketchikan: Man pulls gun on off-duty trooper - Officers responded Monday afternoon to Tongass Trading Marine Store due to a report of an off-duty Alaska State Trooper in contact with a man who had a gun. When Ketchikan Police officers arrived, it was found that the off-duty Trooper James Kimura had made contact with 25 year old Steven K. Doran and had advised him that he had outstanding arrest warrants.

During the State Troopers attempt to take Doran into custody, Doran pulled a handgun out of his waistband. A scuffle ensued and both individuals went to the ground. A store employee was able to secure the gun and get it away from Doran. The firearm was found to be loaded with a round in the chamber. - More...
Wednesday PM - January 19, 2011

Ketchikan: UAS Ketchikan Student and Faculty Awarded Alaska EPSCoR Grants - Christopher Donar, Assistant Professor of Natural Science at the University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan (UAS Ketchikan) was awarded a $24,167 Alaska EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) grant for the purchase of an Olympus BX53 high resolution microscope.

The microscope will be used to produce a digital image database and taxonomic reference collection of diatoms and other microalgae collected from the aquatic ecosystems of southeast Alaska. This activity directly supports students in both Introduction to Microbiology and Natural History of Alaska by training students to collect, process and examine microorganisms and to become familiar with the procedures involved in identifying microorganisms in the Alaska marine environments.

Assistant Professor Donar will conduct a “Rainbird Trail Bio-Blitz” with both UAS and Ketchikan High School students to demonstrate the astonishing biodiversity of microorganisms easily obtained in the immediate vicinity of UAS. The UAS Ketchikan Science Department will also conduct an ongoing research effort to collect and analyze algal floras taken from marine and freshwater habitats in the vicinity of the UAS Ketchikan campus. It is anticipated that the microscope will be delivered in February of 2011.

UAS Ketchikan student, Forest Haven, was awarded the Alaska EPSCoR 2011 Undergraduate Student Research Award. Ms. Haven received a $6,000 research award to study traditional Southeast Alaska Native foods and their contemporary uses. Her research will be based on interviews with Southeast Alaska Native Peoples from Ketchikan, Metlakatla and Hydaburg. - More...
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Alaska: Some Alaska Workers Eligible for Unemployment Tax Refunds - Alaska workers may be eligible for an unemployment tax refund if they worked for more than one employer during 2010, according to the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

“Workers who paid more than a total of $170.50 in unemployment taxes during 2010, because they worked for more than one Alaska employer, can apply for a refund for anything over that amount,” Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Click Bishop said. - More...
Wednesday PM - January 19, 2011

Alaska: Voter Registration Records Under Review - As part of the annual review of Alaska’s voter registration rolls, the Alaska Division of Elections has mailed notices to voters who have not voted or had any activity on their voter record in the previous four years.

During this annual review, the division sends two separate notices to voters prior to inactivating voter records.  The division has recently mailed the second and final notice to 18,700 voters.  Voters who are sent the notice must respond to the division by March 2, 2011 or their voter record will be inactivated. - More...
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Alaska: Sport Fishing Guide's License Revoked and Jail imposed for illegal Acts - Arthur C. Aho, a halibut sport fishing guide working out of Ninilchik, was sentenced by District Court Judge Margret Murphy on January 18, 2011 for illegal acts committed while working as a sport fishing guide. Aho was sentenced on two counts of aiding a sport fishing client in the commission of a violation, one count of waste of fish, one count of falsifying his sport fishing guide logbook and one count of retaining a halibut while working as a sport fishing guide with paying clients on-board.

On July 10, 2009, Aho guided two Alaska Wildlife Troopers, acting in a covert capacity, on a halibut fishing trip booked through Ninilchik Saltwater Charters & Lodge. While on the guided sport fishing trip, Aho aided one client in retaining a total of five halibut and a second client in retaining a total of three halibut, in violation of both federal and Alaska State laws. After retaining a total of 12 halibut, Aho allowed the six clients to continue fishing for a larger halibut. When one was caught, he instructed his deckhand to throw back a smaller halibut that had been lying on the deck for 40 minutes. Aho actively fished during the trip and one of the halibut hooked by Aho was retained for his clients. Aho also falsified his sport fishing guide logbook by indicating that the six clients caught two halibut each. - More...
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letter Mike Smithers Pool By Marty West - I'm glad Morgan Barry brought up the question of what to do with the old pool. - More...
Wednesday PM - January 19, 2011

letterMike Smithers Pool By Morgan Barry - The Ketchikan Borough is currently in the pre-construction process for a new swimming pool that will adjoin the Gateway Borough Recreation Facility. I'll proudly admit that I voted for the Bonds, so I'm glad to see it moving forward. - More...
Wednesday AM - January 19, 2011

letter Free travel for teams and coaches of southeast? By Zig Ziegler - I am fortunate to have been raised in Southeast Alaska.  During my school days I participated in sports and was able to travel to many of the communities of Southeast as a result.  I know that those travels benefitted me tremendously. - More...
Wednesday AM - January 19, 2010

letter Well Charted Path to Alaska’s Future Remains Open By Bill Walker - Since the election I have been asked repeatedly about my intentions for the future.  My answer is that the outcome of a single election does not alter my passion to advocate for the best interests of Alaskans. - More...
Wednesday AM - January 19, 2011

letter Tribal Council Elections By Cheryl Dodson - I don't know yet what the results are of the elections last night, but I read with interest the letters from Chas, CC and John. You are all correct in your opinions. Being a leader is a thankless job; Tribal Council does the best they can for the community; and we need new leadership. - More...
Wednesday AM - January 19, 2011

letter Bugge's Beach By Bill Rentz - I enjoyed the story about Bugge Beach. I recall playing in the water on those blistering hot (72?) summer days, eating fried chicken and potato salad with my mom and dad and lots of relatives on the shore. - More...
Wednesday AM - January 19, 2011

letterKETCHIKAN 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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