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January 31, 2013

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Ketchikan: Annual WISH “Women Of Distinction” Honorees Announced - Four women will be honored by Women In Safe Homes (WISH) on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at WISH's 5th Annual Women of Distinction Dinner and Silent Auction.  The event celebrates the outstanding accomplishments of Ketchikan women who have made a significant difference in the lives of others. This year’s honorees are:  Charlotte Glover, Tris Nausid, Elizabeth Nelson and Alma Parker.

Special guests attending the event are Governor Sean Parnell and First Lady Sandy Parnell.  In addition, flutist and hoop dancer of the Lakota and Anishinabe tribes, Kevin Locke, will be joining the celebration and honoring these amazing women of Ketchikan.  A prime rib dinner will be catered by the Ketchikan High School Culinary Arts program and served by the Ketchikan High School Lady Kings Volleyball team.

The celebration begins with live music, no host bar and silent auction at 5:30pm at the Ted Ferry Civic Center followed by dinner at 6:30 and awards ceremony beginning at 7:00.  - More...
Thursday AM - January 31, 2013

Ketchikan - POW: Road Access To Niblack and Bokan Mines Would Assist Southeast Alaska’s Economy – Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) introduced legislation to permit road access to two proposed multi-mineral mines on Prince of Wales Island in Southeast Alaska. The bill would authorize the building of road through inventoried roadless lands.

“Southeast Alaska is in dire need of new job opportunities,” Murkowski said. “These mines will bring stable, well-paying jobs to hundreds of residents, if we can resolve the access issue. My bill will make getting to work a much easier task for residents of Prince of Wales Island.”

The mines – Niblack and Bokan Mountain – could be open within three to four years, depending on final economic reviews and current permit approval time lines. Niblack is a gold, copper, zinc, and silver deposit, while Bokan Mountain is a rare earth elements mine. Bokan Mountain alone is expected to employ 200 workers. - More...
Thursday AM - January 31, 2013

Ketchikan: Public Invited to Meet UAS Ketchikan Campus Director Candidates - The University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan Campus Director Search Committee has invited three candidates to Ketchikan. The public is invited to meet the candidates and offer their written opinions and recommendations to the Search Committee following each of the three community presentations by the candidates.  

The presentations will be held at the UASK Campus Library, located at 2600 Seventh Avenue, on the following days and times:

Thursday, February 14, 12:00 PM – Dr. Cathy Anderson, Ph.D.
Thursday, February 28, 12:00 PM – Dr. Voytek Panas, Ph.D.
Thursday, March 7, 12:00 PM – Dr. John Garmon, Ph.D.

Each candidate will discuss a current topic in higher education and answer questions from the participants. The presentations will be an informal setting and will give the community the opportunity to meet and interact with each candidate. - More...
Thursday - January 31, 2013

Southeast Alaska: Coast Guard crews and good Samaritan assist vessel in distress - Coast Guard crews and a good Samaritan assisted the crew of a 70-foot fishing vessel taking on water approximately five miles west of Fairweather Ground Wednesday.

An Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and crew successfully delivered dewatering pumps to the four people aboard the fishing vessel Masonic. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Liberty is en route to meet the vessel in Cross Sound to further assist the vessel to port in Honnah, with an estimated time of arrival of Thursday morning.

Sector Juneau watchstanders received the report Wednesday afternoon from the Masonic crew reporting that they were taking on water and might require an extra pump to keep up with flooding. This prompted the watchstanders to launch an Air Station Sitka helicopter crew and the Liberty to respond. - More...
Thursday AM - January 31, 2013

Southeast Alaska: Murkowski Introduces Bill to Restore Subsistence Harvest of Gull Eggs in Southeast Alaska – U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) reintroduced legislation Monday restoring the traditional rights of the Huna Tlingit to gather glaucous-winged gull eggs in Glacier Bay National Park as part of their subsistence hunting activities.

“The Huna Tlingit have gathered gull eggs as part of their traditional subsistence activities for centuries – certainly long before Glacier Bay was made into a national park,” Murkowski said. “Gull eggs are part of their traditional diet and cultural identity, and I believe it’s an activity they should be allowed to continue legally.”

Glacier Bay National Park in Southeast Alaska is the ancestral homeland of the Huna Tlingit, who traditionally harvested gull eggs at rookeries from the cliffs of Glacier Bay prior to, and following, establishment of the park. Collection was prohibited in the 1960s under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and National Park Service regulations. - More...
Thursday AM - January 31, 2013

Alaska: Finalized Chinook Salmon Stock Assessment and Research Plan Available - The Alaska Department of Fish & Game hosted a scientific symposium in Anchorage on October 22nd & 23rd, 2012, and the finalized Chinook Salmon Stock Assessment and Research Plan, 2013, is now available.

In developing this plan, the research team considered comments received on the gap analysis, presentations and panel discussions at the symposium, and public comments and questions received during the symposium. The Alaska Department of Fish & Game also utilized comments from independent peer reviews solicited from three fisheries scientists familiar with Chinook salmon life history and population dynamics. - More...
Thursday AM - January 31, 2013

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jpg Mary Lynne DahlMONEY MATTERS: COMMON FINANCIAL MISTAKES IN DIVORCE By MARY LYNNE DAHL, CFP® -  Divorce is costly! There are the emotional costs, the legal costs and the financial costs of splitting up the income, assets and debts.  When most people marry, they never imagine that they might someday be in a meltdown of the marriage that will result in so much financial hardship. This article lists some of the most common financial mistakes that should be avoided during the divorce process. First question usually is, should you hire an attorney or do it yourself?  The average divorce in the US is reported to cost about $15,000, with the average hourly attorney fee being $350, which is why some people don’t want to hire an attorney. Doing your own divorce may work if you and your spouse are reasonable, able to agree on child custody and support, willing to fully disclose all finances to the other party and willing to work with a mediator on the settlement, but you still might need a financial expert for professional valuation of specific assets, like real estate, pension plans and business interests, even when an attorney is not hired. If, however, you and your spouse are not able to communicate at all, are confrontational on all points and refuse to fully disclose all financial details, you will need to hire an attorney, each of you. The following is a list of common, deadly financial mistakes often made in a divorce. - More...
Thursday AM - January 31, 2013

jpg Dave KifferDAVE KIFFER: Twas Two Weeks After Christmas - Well, it just wouldn't be the holidays around our place if one precious ornament didn't get destroyed and one pet didn't try to commit felinicide.

Now hold on there, notice I said "tried." No animal was harmed in the making of this column.

As many of you know we have three cats. We'll call them old cat, middle child cat and baby cat.

And no, having three cats does make us on of "those" families.

You know,the families that are overrun with pets? That's not us. We have three humans in the house and three cats. That's a balance. Sort of.

Now, if there was one person in the house and three cats, that person would be teetering on the edge of "crazy cat person." They would be just one cat away from loading all the animals in a car and wandering back and forth across the state, one ferry ride at a time. - More...
Thursday AM - January 31, 2013

jpg Danny TyreeDANNY TYREE: Smoking Penalties? What About Other Obamacare Surprises? - According to the Associated Press, many smokers were caught off guard by an obscure provision in The Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. "Obamacare") allowing health insurers to charge smokers buying individual policies up to 50 percent higher premiums starting next January 1.

Regardless of how you feel about the fairness or unintended consequences of that stipulation, one is compelled to wonder what OTHER penalties, taxes, regulations, waivers, agendas and pork barrel appropriations are lurking in the 2700 pages of the far-reaching law. As the idiom says, "The devil is in the details." (No, literally. Beginning in 2015, hospital chaplains will be required to conduct cage fights with the Prince of Darkness and/or wash windows when room occupancy drops below 80 percent.)

That's not all. Dedicated volunteers helped me dig out the following items: - More...
Thursday AM - January 31, 2013


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letter Heros of the Day By Dave Hull - Early Monday evening there was a car wreck near the north end of D-1 loop road. The roads were treacherous and someone ended up over an embankment and was trapped in their car. While emergency crews were attempting to get the driver out, two more accidents occurred in the same general area including a large truck that managed to take the bank on the opposite side of the road and stayed away from the crews working on the wrecked car. - More...
Thursday AM - January 31, 2013

letter Disregard for the Public Process By Daven Hafey - Public participation is the cornerstone of democracy.  We see it clearly expressed by our forefathers in their description of the ideal government: one that is ruled by the people, for the people.   Unfortunately, the democratic process is under direct threat in Alaska.  There has been a pattern of behavior in the Capitol Building recently, both by the Governor’s office and the Legislature, to whittle away at our revered democratic process. - More...
Thursday AM - January 31, 2013

letter What's the problem? By Paul Jarvi - Everytime I suggest Mr. Hanger may be wrong in his opinion he confronts me with unkind terms. What is your problem Mr. Hanger? - More...
Thursday AM - January 31, 2013

letter GASOLINE AGAIN By David G. Hanger - Regarding one's detractors, it is generally appropriate to consider the source, chuckle, and move on. But gas price gouging is a real problem right now, and it does deserve to be addressed right now. - More...
Monday PM - January 28, 2013

letter Fuel Prices By Linda Hansen- I like the idea also of the co-op for gasoline. I would join! I am tired of being taken advantage by our fuel prices in all areas, but it would be nice to take some kind of stand. If a person could figure out how to get the co-op going it would be nice, not only for gasoline, but for fuel for our homes, boats whatever the community needs are. - More...
Monday PM - January 28, 2013

letter CBS-SE TV Service By Sandra Rusin McCray - Personally Mr. Cushing, I find your letter unprofessional and plain nasty when you refer to CBS-SE as "going cheap" and "cheap and dirty" when referring to the CBS-SE Network. Personally, I expect more from a City run organization, and a City Employee, that I help fund with my taxpayer money. - More...
Monday PM - January 28, 2013

letter Ketchikan Humane Society By Heather Muench - The Ketchikan Humane Society would like to thank our community for your generous support for our programs in 2012. We are a 501(c)3 non- profit. All of our members are unpaid volunteers and one hundred percent of the money we raise goes to the animals we rescue. In addition to our rescue work, we sponsor low-cost spay and neuter clinics throughout the year in an effort to reduce the number of unwanted animals euthanized every year in the communities of Southern Southeast Alaska. - More...
Friday AM - January 25, 2013

letter Thank You From the Ketchikan Homless Shelter By Gary Boatwright on Behalf of the Ketchikan Homeless Shelter Board of Directors - As the members of the Board of Directors of the Ketchikan Homeless Shelter, (PATH), we would like to take this opportunity to thank the people of Ketchikan for their continued generosity to the homeless in our community. - More...
Friday - January 25, 2013 

letter CBS-SE TV Signal By Ed Cushing - My name is Ed Cushing. As the Division Manager, KPU Telecommunications, I am responsible for KPU CommVision’s technical operations. The purpose of this letter is to respond to Sandra Rusin McCray’s SITNEWS posts dated January 15th & 19th, 2013, regarding a recent temporary outage of CBS-SE (KUBD) on the KPU CommVision network. - More...
Friday - January 25, 2013

letter Review of the B.C.Hydro stream By A. M. Johnson - As a result of a submission on B.C Hydro and related earlier efforts, there has been some inquiry and comments. From the tone and depth of those perhaps a review with further gatherings is in order. - More...
Friday - January 25, 2013

letter New buildings a bit too big? By Marie Zellmer - I have been following the sentiments of people who believe that the new construction projects the City of Ketchikan has taken on are a bit overboard. I have to agree to some extent. - More...
Friday - January 25, 2013

letter Support Angie Taggart & Her Iditarod Dogs! By Hamilton Gelhar - This person, Margery Glickman, has a website that encourages people to send a letter of protest to people who support or sponsor the Iditarod. She operates this website out of the state of Florida. I, along with many other people have been receiving messages that have been copied from her website and pasted into an email. I have asked her to stop the emails and take me off the list. She has refused everybody's request. - More...
Friday AM - January 25, 2013

letter RE: Iditarod dogs By Paul Jarvi - Regarding Ms Glickman's letter, Sled Dogs are breed to run in the snow and pull a weight. If you have ever owned a Siberian Husky with blue eyes like I have you would know this as a matter of fact. These dogs are adapted to the cold, they have two types of fur to keep them warm in the winter and less warm in the summer. I go to Florida on business once a year and notice these dogs in misery being walked on Ms. Glickman's hot humid streets with their abundance of fur. - More...
Friday AM - January 25, 2013

letter Fair Tax By Roy T. Newsom - Congress claims they have to avoid going "over the cliff" financially while they continue to kick the can down the road.  What a joke.  Please publish my letter so your readers can become aware of the real solution to this financial crisis. - More...
Friday AM - January 25, 2013

letter Who will question the government's actions? By Amanda Mitchell - "Don’t bite the hand that feeds you." This simple phrase contains a profound nugget of wisdom, but that many are unaware of. Whoever you are dependent on has power over you and can control you. If you understand this concept, it is not hard to understand the dangers of collectivism. Collectivism pools the resources of many to be distributed by a few. It can wield great power and heavy responsibility. Because of this, most positions of authority attract many seeking personal gain and it scares away the majority of ordinary people. Collectivism, within a government, is not unlike a Ponzi Scheme except many are forced by mandate to give instead of being conned into it.  Collectivism takes choice, freedom and individualism out of the picture and it takes away your right to decide for yourself. Eventually, when an individual questions or tries to break away from the authority of those making the decisions on his/her behalf, those seeking to keep their power try to effectively hinder any opposition. One way is through labeling, symbolizing and dehumanizing. Our country has employed using terms such as "terrorist,” "mentally ill,” or “conspiracy theorist” and others on those brave enough to speak out. - More...
Wednesday AM - January 23, 2013

letter The Obama Appeasers By Donald A. Moskowitz - President Obama’s recent picks for Secretary of Defense-Chuck Hagel and Secretary of State-John Kerry call into question Obama’s judgment and wisdom and his ability to lead this country. - More...
Wednesday AM - January 23, 2013

letter Iditarod dog cruelties By Margery Glickman - Iditarod dogs suffer horrendous cruelty every day of their lives. Mushers have drowned, shot, bludgeoned and dragged many dogs to death. For example, Iditarod musher Dave Olesen drowned a litter of newborn puppies. Another musher got rid of unwanted puppies by tying them in a bag and tossing the bag in a creek. Mushers even have a saying about not breeding dogs unless they can drown them: “Those who cannot drown should not breed.” - More..
Wednesday - January 23, 2012

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