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February 13, 2007

SS Ancon at Loring

A Famous Artist Runs Aground In Loring
S. S. Ancon at saltery at Loring about 1880
Donor: Sixten Johanson, Tongass Historical Society
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Ketchikan: A Famous Artist Runs Aground In Loring a Feature Story by DAVE KIFFER - On August 28, 1889, the side-wheel steamer Ancon made one of its regular stops in the small village on Loring in Naha Bay on Revillagigedo Island, 20 miles north of what would later become Ketchikan. It was heading back south after a run up the Inside Passage from Port Townsend, Washington to Sitka, Juneau, Fort Wrangell and Chilcat (Klukwan).

The Ancon which had been built in New York in 1867, according to Alaska maritime historian Doug Charles, and purchased by San Francisco based Pacific Coast Steamship Co. in 1876. It had previously made some local history when it delivered the Rev. William Duncan to his new community of Metlakatla on Annette Island in 1886. The Ancon had been making the Alaska run since 1882.

Its visit to Loring - to drop off supplies and mail, and let a few hardy, early Southeast Alaska tourists stretch their legs - would prove to be equally noteworthy. After arrival, the ship also loaded up some 14,000 cases of canned salmon from the Alaska Packers Association Cannery that was the prime reason for Loring's existence.

The Ancon had left Port Townsend, Washington on August 12 on its regular, nearly three week long run that it undertook several times each summer up the Inside Passage. It stopped at salmon canneries and salteries as well as the major settlements along the way. The ship also took a side trip into Glacier Bay which was still half covered by glaciers in those days. - More...
Tuesday PM - February 13, 2007


National: North Korea Nuclear Deal a "Breakthrough," Rice Says - By Stephen Kaufman and David McKeeby - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says North Korea's decision to dismantle its nuclear weapons in exchange for energy aid is a "breakthrough step."

Rice spoke to reporters February 13th following the latest round of Six-Party Talks, held in Beijing among North Korea, South Korea, China, Japan, Russia and the United States.

She said the agreement is part of a "broad and comprehensive effort" not only to achieve a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula but also "to advance the future of peace and prosperity in Northeast Asia."

President Bush praised the February 13 deal in a separate statement, saying, "These talks represent the best opportunity to use diplomacy to address North Korea's nuclear programs." Bush called the agreement a "first step" toward implementing the September 19, 2005, statement between the six countries in which they agreed on the goal of a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula. - More...
Tuesday PM - February 13, 2007


National: Even Aggressive Action Will Not Stop Near-Term Climate Change By CHERYL PELLERIN - The warming of the planet due to an increase in greenhouse gases has had such a strong impact on land, oceans and atmosphere that no amount of reduction in such emissions will have an effect for several decades, an international panel reports.

Co-authors of the latest report of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) -- a group of government representatives that commissions assessments of climate change every five years -- discussed this and other findings February 8th before the House of Representatives Committee on Science and Technology.

"Essentially, what we've done in the IPCC, perhaps as a medical analogy, is to do a diagnosis of the vital signs of the planet Earth," said co-author Kevin Trenberth of the U.S. National Center for Atmospheric Research. "What we found is that the planet is running a fever and the prognosis is that it's apt to become much worse."

The IPCC was established by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the U.N. Environment Programme to assess the scientific, technical and socio-economic information needed to understand climate change and its impacts. It is open to all United Nations and WMO members.

The reports, prepared by hundreds of climate scientists from around the world, provide a comprehensive view of the current human understanding of climate science and climate change. Major assessments were made in 1990, 1995 and 2001. - More...
Tuesday PM - February 13, 2007

Newsmaker Interviews: A Skeptic's take on Global Warming By Bill Steigerwald - Timothy Ball is no wishy-washy skeptic of global warming. The Canadian climatologist, who has a Ph.D. in climatology from the University of London and taught at the University of Winnipeg for 28 years, says that the widely propagated "fact" that humans are contributing to global warming is the "greatest deception in the history of science."

Ball has made no friends among global warming alarmists by saying that global warming is caused by the sun, that global warming will be good for us and that the Kyoto Protocol "is a political solution to a nonexistent problem without scientific justification."

Needless to say, Ball strongly disagrees with the findings of the latest report from the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which on Feb. 2 concluded that it is "very likely" that global warming is the result of human activity.

I talked to Ball by phone on Feb. 6 from his home on Victoria Island, British Columbia, which the good-humored scientist likes to point out was connected to the mainland 8,000 years ago when the sea level was 500 feet lower.

Q: The mainstream media would have us believe that the science of global warming is now settled by the latest IPCC report. Is it true?

A: No. It's absolutely false. As soon as people start saying something's settled, it's usually that they don't want to talk about it anymore. They don't want anybody to dig any deeper. It's very, very far from settled. In fact, that's the real problem. We haven't been able to get all of the facts on the table. The IPCC is a purely political setup. - More...
Tuesday PM - February 13, 2007

TFCU Announces  New Financial Counselor

TFCU Announces
New Financial Counselor

Steve Lankerd Sr.

Ketchikan: TFCU Announces New Financial Counselor - Steve Lankerd Sr., a 30-year resident of Metlakatla, has accepted the position of financial counselor in a year-long grant program in that community with Tongass Federal Credit Union.

The grant is funded by the National Credit Union Foundation and the Alaska Credit Union League.

Lankerd was employed by Ketchikan Pulp Company for two decades, with 14 of those years as quality control supervisor at sawmills, the pulp mill and the Thorne Bay operation.

His job as financial counselor will be to work with participating households in developing budgets, learning money management, using internet banking tools, and improving or repairing credit.

Partners in the grant with Tongass Federal Credit Union are the Metlakatla Housing Authority and the Employment and Training Office.

"We're very excited about the program being developed and how significant this new resource can be in helping families better use their dollars," said Susan Fisher, CEO of Tongass Federal Credit Union. "Steve's personality, computer skills and willingness to coach others are all invaluable in getting this program off the ground." - More...
Tuesday PM - February 13, 2007


Basic Rules

letter Elizabeth Peratrovich Day By Janice Jackson - Tuesday PM
letterLosing Our Soul, Speeding Up Around a Blind Curve By Jill Bohr Jacob - Tuesday PM
letter Children of Smokers By Valerie Hendel - Tuesday PM
letter Smoke-free Valentine's Day Dinner? By Kim Flores - Tuesday PM
letter Different Views By Dinah Pearson - Tuesday PM
letterBorough Bus Should Go To Airport By Anna Hoon - Tuesday PM
letterWhat People Think By Jerry Cegelske - Tuesday AM
letter Airport Shuttle Was Best Idea By Ken Levy - Tuesday AM
letter Smoking By Robert McRoberts - Tuesday AM
letter Disclosure vs Shorter Session By Rep. Peggy Wilson - Monday PM
letter Government regulation of smoking in cars with children By Devin Klose - Monday PM
letterVehicular Homicide By Rob Holston - Monday PM
letter Trash Everywhere By Andrea Wick - Monday PM
letter Re Firing Squad By Carl Webb - Monday PM
letter Thank You Dr. Walton and staff By Agnes Moran - Sunday PM
letter Welcoming Letter to the Tourists By Carol Christoffe - Sunday PM
letter KETCHIKAN BOROUGH Airporter BUS.. A Solution? By Gigi Pilcher - Sunday PM
letter No Bridge By Don Hoff Jr. - Sunday PM
letter Pro Family Choice By Charlanne Heath - Sunday PM
letter RE: Children Without Choices By Dave Kiffer - Sunday PM
It IS different By Dinah Pearson - Sunday PM
letter Child abuse in Cars? By Ron Currit - Sunday PM
letter Bring your rubber boots & help clean up By Gretchen Klein - Sunday PM
letter Why is this happening in Ketchikan By Tony Gwynn - Sunday PM
letterTHANK YOU KGB MAYOR AND ASSEMBLY MEMBERS By Reggie Reinhardt - Thursday PM
letterNo Different Than Child Abuse By Carl Webb - Thursday PM
letterProposed Waterfront Zoning change By Ed Purvis - Thursday
letter Charitable Gaming Legislation By Vicki O'Brien - Thursday
letterBarge litter to Canada By Ken Lewis - Thursday
letter Family Choices By Dinah Pearson - Thursday
letter Response to "Litter and Slobs" By John Kiser - Thursday
letter "Metlakatla Moon" By Judith Green - Thursday
letter Second Hand Smoke in Cars By Rob Holston - Thursday
letter Children Without Choices By Carl Webb - Tuesday PM
letterRevised Tongass National Forest draft Management Plan By William E. Brown - Tuesday PM
letter Litter, and Unclean Streets In Some Areas By Carol Baines - Tuesday PM
letter 'Take Off' By Chris Elliott - Tuesday PM
letterPublic Beaches Under Threat By Eric Muench - Monday
letter"Take Off" By Karen Pitcher - Monday
letter Trashing of Alaska By Anita Hales - Monday
letter Airport Shuttle Needed By Ken Levy - Monday
letter Very Proud By Veta Mutart - Monday
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Tom Purcell: For Valentine's Day - When There Was Romance - Hey, pallie, what the heck happened to romance?
I use the word "pallie" in deference to the great Dean Martin. Last summer, just before the annual Dean Martin Festival in Dino's home town of Steubenville, Ohio, I decided to compare today's hits with his.

I started with the No. 1 song on Billboard Magazine's Hot 100 list, "Hips Don't Lie" by Shakira. This song was a hit, no doubt, because of its eloquent lyrics:

Nobody can ignore the way you move your body, girl
And everything so unexpected -- the way you right and left it
So you can keep on shaking it

No. 2 on the list was "Ridin'" by Chamillionaire, a rap performer. Here's a little taste of that song's poetry:

Tippin' down, sittin' crooked on my chrome
Bookin' my phone, tryin' to find a chick I wanna (slang expletive)

No. 3 on the list was "Promiscuous" by Nelly Furtado, a song brimming with love and affection:

You expect me to let you just hit it
But will you still respect me if you get it

Ah, modern romance. Things sure have changed since Dino dropped off the charts. Now I know why: Romance is dead. - More...
Tuesday PM - February 13, 2007

Dave Kiffer: Our Cajun Sister State - I read recently that the most popular baby names in Alaska are "Madison" for girls and "Ethan" for boys.

It seems odd to name a young girl after either a president or an avenue, but what do I know? Maybe there are a lot more "Splash" fans out there than I realize.

The name Ethan has been a pretty popular one for boys for some time, so that is no surprise.

Once upon a time just about every young child was named either John or Mary, so at least we are progressing beyond that.

After all, it could be like the 1890s when an awful lot of kids were being saddled with Gertrude and Horace.

Naming someone Gertrude or Horace in 2007 would lead to a later-in-life lawsuit for "parental malpractice."

I was curious about baby names in other states so I checked with the Social Security Administration website to see where Alaska's name choices ranked. - More...
Monday PM - February 12, 2007

Jason Love: Computer Hell - It was a typical day -- chop wood, carry water -- when I got a pop-up from Symantec: "Your Norton virus definitions are about to expire. Renew now?"

I thought virus definitions went on forever like the giant tortoise or Dick Clark. Evidently, they have to be renewed any time Norton demands "payment."

The Internet was such a good idea on paper. Now we tiptoe through the day afraid of spyware and macros and worms -- oh, my. It's enough to make you become a plumber.

What do hackers get out of the virus anyway? They're not even around to enjoy their evil. It's like ordering a pizza to someone else's house:

"I'll bet they're opening the door right now ... I'll just bet ..."

Norton promotes itself the same way our government does: "malicious threat" ... "security risk" ... "buy this or die!" Norton is even now spreading new viruses should we fail to pony up. So it goes. - More...
Monday PM - February 12, 2007

Ann McFeatters: An unrealistic budget - President Bush's spending blueprint for the rest of his term is what his father used to call "voodoo economics" - cut taxes, increase spending on the military and balance the budget - with a lot of devils in the details.

Nobody is going to spend much time on the president's massive $2.9 trillion budget proposal as written. With Democrats controlling, barely, the House and Senate, it's proverbially dead on arrival. But it is important to look at the budget because this once-a-year exercise tells us where Bush wants to take us for the next two years.

The thinking in the White House is that if unrealistic budgeting was good enough for Ronald Reagan, it's good enough for his wannabe clone. But Reagan's sleight-of-hand figuring gave the country enormous deficits. Also, George W. Bush is not Ronald W. Reagan. This president has already spent his political capital on Iraq.

This White House is to be congratulated for finally including the cost of the war in Iraq in its budget - instead of sending up off-budget spending resolutions, as it has been doing. (We will have spent more for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan than we did in Vietnam, even adjusted for inflation.) But the buck stops there. - More...
Monday PM - February 12, 2007

Dan K. Thomasson: Communities bear burden of Iraq - Not long ago while perusing reports of the daily slaughter in Iraq, I noticed that one of those killed in action was a 48-year-old enlisted man with five children.

What, I asked myself, is a man of that age with those responsibilities doing in this fight? We didn't take those men in World War II. Then it occurred to me. He was either a member of the National Guard or the Reserve.

The recent casualty lists from Iraq reflect a military problem common to most wars but punctuated in this one by the apparent lack of professional troops, a reliance on citizen soldiers who signed up for the National Guard to serve their states and to be called up to federal duty in extraordinary times. Iraq seems to be one of those times as the U.S. military struggles to keep up with the manpower demands.

The result has been the loss of their services, often permanently, to their families and communities that was never anticipated when they enlisted for part time duty in what has been known, sometimes derisively and unfairly, as the "weekend warriors." These are often men and women approaching middle age who come from the same locale, not 18-year-old regular military volunteers who come together from different parts of the country. The impact, therefore, can be devastating to their towns.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who is running for the Republican presidential nomination, sees this as one of the major concerns of the continuing long-term deployment of Guard troops, calling the overuse of these forces the result of "a tone deafness" that has plagued the war planning and management from the beginning. He notes that in his state 80 percent of the guard has been called to fight in Iraq, "exacting a huge strain on families and employers both private and public." The losses to community services include policemen, nurses and teachers, fathers and mothers. - More...
Monday PM - February 12, 2007

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