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February 10, 2009

Front Page Photo by JIM LEWIS

"Massive rock slide" closes highway
Front Page Photo by JIM LEWIS


Ketchikan: "Massive rock slide" closes highway - The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) responsed to what was described as "a massive rock slide" that blocked North Tongass Highway in Ketchikan. The slide, which occurred about 8 a.m. Tuesday, is located at the five mile marker.

The rockslide Tuesday morning closed both lanes of traffic for several hours.

There were no injuries reported in the incident, but a house located above the slide remains close to a slope's edge. According to Nick Farstad of DOT&PF, the house is not in danger of falling onto the road. - More...
Tuesday - February 10, 2009

Alaska: DOT&PF releases new KABATA cost estimate - The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) released a newly prepared cost estimate of the Knik Arm Crossing conceptual design today. DOT&PF, in conjunction with the Federal Highway Administration, hired an independent third party estimator to develop the cost values.

The National Constructors Group, working with preliminary plans and quantities supplied by the Knik Arm Bridge and Toll Authority (KABATA), independently developed the estimate based on procedures used in preparing 'hard money' competitive bids.

The project, extending from the north end of the C Street viaduct to the intersection of Point MacKenzie Road and Knik Goose Bay Road, was studied in three segments. The west side roads, the east side roads, and the bridge were examined independently. The base case, a two lane facility, was estimated to cost $686 million; $99 million for the west roads, $214 million for the east roads, and $373 million for the bridge. These numbers represent what a contractor would bid but don't include monies typically associated with construction oversight and/changed conditions such as an owner's oversight which could run 5-to-10 percent of the cost. Changed conditions may include right of way and utility documents, permits and local government concurrence as an example.

"While the total of $686 million compares closely with the recent update of costs released by KABATA, there are still costs associated with final design, permitting, and other unknowns that may impact the overall cost of this project" said Frank Richards, Deputy Commissioner of Highways and Public Facilities, DOT&PF. - More...
Tuesday - February 10, 2009

Alaska: Attorney General Resigns - Alaska Governor Sarah Palin today accepted the resignation of Attorney General Talis Colberg. Deputy Attorney General for the Criminal Division Rick Svobodny has been named acting attorney general.

"I determined that it was in the best interest of the State of Alaska to move on and pursue other opportunities," Colberg said. "It was an honor to serve for the past two years." - More...
Tuesday - February 10, 2009

Ketchikan: Ketchikan Students Make Honors Lists - University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan students have made the UAS Chancellor's and Dean's lists for the Fall 2008 Semester.

Richard Boyd and Robert Boyd made the Fall 2008 semester Chancellor's List.

A student must be admitted to a program, earn a 4.00 grade point average, and complete at least 12 credit hours during the semester to make the Chancellor's Honor List.

Linda Beaupre, Johnathan Bowerman, Charlene Burns, Rebecca Hannon, Janelle Hyatt, Paige Keith, Larissa Otness, Jennifer Ready, Tory Shultz, Ashley Smith, Jacqueline Sun, and Cameron Taylor made the Fall 2008 semester Dean's Honor List. - More...
Tuesday - February 10, 2009

Ketchikan: Lieben, CNM, to Join Staff of Ketchikan OB/GYN Clinic - Ketchikan General Hospital announced that Katrina Lieben, CNM, has joined the staff of Ketchikan OB/GYN Clinic. She has previously worked for KGH in OB and the Callisto Clinic.

Lieben completed her graduate training at Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing earning a Master's degree in Nursing with a focus on nurse midwifery in 2008. Frontier is the oldest continually operating school of nurse midwifery in the country and is based in Hyden, Kentucky.

Quoting a news release, Lieben views pregnancy and childbirth as normal and important life events that can have a significant and positive impact on women and families throughout life. She has a focus on education and empowering women to make their own informed health care decisions. Like the OB/GYN Clinic, she believes in providing women with excellent care, real hands-on labor support, and encourages natural birth and breastfeeding, but also believes in providing women with a whole range of options based on their informed decision.

Lieben is a member of the Alaska Nurses Association (ANA), the Association of Women's Health, Obstetrical and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), and the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM) and teaches the AWHONN fetal monitoring course - More...
Tuesday - February 10, 2009


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DAVE KIFFER: Winter Travel As Easy As (No) Pie - In the winter, you "takes your chances" when it comes to travel in Southeast Alaska.

The most calming ferry ride can suddenly turn into a wild bucking bronco when a ship makes a turn into a Southeaster hauling up one of The Straits or moves into "unprotected" waters.

And plane flights can end up - well, they can end up in somewhere you didn't intend to end up.

For example, some Alaska Airlines passengers ended up in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory recently. That must have been interesting for those not carrying passports or "loonies."

It could have been worse. I guess another Alaska Airlines flight recently left Mexico and ended up back in Mexico - after spending the night in Portland!

But, as usual, I digress.

Anyway, I had the pleasure of some travel re-arrangements recently. And no, I didn't get to go to Mexico on my Ketchikan to Juneau flight, although that is an "overhead" we can all get behind.

The fault was - naturally - completely mine. Primarily because my wife and I decided to play fast and loose with the air traffic gods. Charlotte was out of town for several days and I decided to schedule a trip north on the day that she got back.

But wait - there's more!

We decided to get all fancy and make it so that I would leave on the flight that she would come in on. Therefore, we wouldn't have to worry about getting someone else to look after Liam. I would take him to school in the morning and Charlotte would pick him up after her flight got in.

Easy peazy, lemon squeezy, as Liam likes to say.!!

Natch, the gods of air traffic didn't much care for our family assumptions about flights coming and going as scheduled.

Charlotte's flight from Seattle overheaded Ketchikan.

So I had to scramble to "rebook" my flight north for later in the evening and then make arrangements for Liam to bunk out elsewhere for the night (thanks Betty and Kerry!).

Meanwhile, Charlotte and others on the flight ended up in Juneau for a fun-filled one day visit.

The snow had stopped by the time for my newly booked flight to Juneau later in the evening so I was able to board and head north. - More...
Monday - February 09, 2009


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letter Performing Arts Center By Rodney Dial - Congratulation to Lallette Kistler and the Arts Council regarding their efforts to secure a borough endorsement of $500,000 Cruise Ship funds for a performing arts center. - More...
Thursday PM - February 05, 2009

letterBAILOUT, DON'T WORRY, BE HAPPY? by Ken Bylund - Go on the internet and ask 'what is in the bailout bill'. You won't find anything... biggest, best kept secret and We shouldn't be cautious or suspicious of aristocrats running government? Does anyone think GM will change if we give them billions [that's thousands of millions] of dollars? Who believes it only postpones an inevitable collapse of a corrupt and dying industry? Why is that a good idea? Bernie Madoff should've been stopped when he began the world's 2nd biggest ponzi scheme... show of hands on that? So, SEC is incompetent or worse? Is corruption in government responsible for our owing $10,674,204,242,448 or nearly... Eleven - Thousand - Billion-dollars; roughly $35,000 dollars for every citizen - 300 million of us. American money is worthless, promissory notes for what? Don't worry? - More...
Thursday PM - February 05, 2009

letter Taxes By Dustin Hofeling - This is in response to Mr. Carro's assessment of sales taxes in Ketchikan. I agree wholeheartedly with his assessments. Taxation is necessary to pay for road maintenance, utility lines, etc. We simply cannot go without taxes. However the idea of raising taxes is a death spiral. As more money comes in, the government will spend more, which requires more money, which induces more spending. It is hard for the government (or any other entity) to get out of such a chain of events. - More...
Thursday PM - February 05, 2009

letter Fireside Pork By Dan McQueen - In this time of budget cuts, layoffs, bailouts, states [Calif] going bankrupt, the very last thing Ketchikan needs is to go into DEBT for a Performing Arts Center! As this summer will prove, people ain't got the money to CRUISE so that money will DRY UP! We can't afford another remodel rental. - More...
Thursday PM - February 05, 2009

letter Roads and Bridges to SOMEWHERE By Alan R. McGillvray - While I may agree that Nome needs road communication with the rest of the state, I say that a road to Hyder, AK and Stuart B.C., with its attendant bridge from Revilla Island to the Mainland would probably better serve the State of Alaska. - More...
Thursday PM - February 05, 2009

letter PERFORMNG ARTS CENTER??? By Charles Edwardson - I also agree with the Borough Assembly's decision to endorse the performing arts center with the head tax fund we receive from tourism and with the decision to explore the old Fireside building for the location. - More...
Thursday PM - February 05, 2009

letterRe: Offensive By Hunter Davis - Thank-you Gerry. - More...
Thursday PM - February 05, 2009

letterMiddle Class Bailout By Jim Thompson - While the letter was a bit long winded & more than a bit highfalutin for my taste I whole heartily agree with Mr. Hanger. If all the money that is being given to bailout the business that are so critical to our Nation's Economy was actually given to the American Citizens that actually spend money that keeps our Economy working, the BIG BUSINESSES WOULD NOT NEED A BAILOUT!!!!!!!! - More...
Thursday PM - February 05, 2009

letter Senator Murkowski's vote By Al Johnson - Well, Senator Lisa Murkowski (RINO-Alaska) voted for Eric Holder to become the U.S.Attorney General. Remember Holder from the Clinton administration? He ushered through pardons for 16 Puerto Rican terrorists in the last days of the Clinton administration. To refresh your memory the following excerpt from the Los Anglos Times: - More...
Thursday PM - February 05, 2009

letterMiddle Class Bailout Petition By Peg Travis - The petition and article were well done and we do need to sign and get it to our politicians as soon as possible. - More...
Thursday PM - February 05, 2009

letterRE: Horrible roads By Thomas Thrush - Where do you think that snow and ice will go if not into the bay? I too applaud the government workers who worked hard to keep our steets and highways drivable. I also like the berm ideas, it's safer. - More...
Thursday PM - February 05, 2009

letterPerforming Arts Center By Lallette Kistler - I would like to thank the Borough Assembly for taking a giant step towards making a Performing Arts Center in Ketchikan a reality. They recently endorsed the contribution of $500,000 in cruise ship head tax funds to go towards the First City Players purchase of the old Fireside/Elks Club building. - More...
Tuesday PM - February 03, 2009

letterMIDDLE CLASS BAILOUT APPLICATION FORM By David G. Hanger - Realizing as they should have that the Congress of the United States forfeits both its moral authority and its actual authority to govern by representing only the one percent of this country that has managed to steal so much from everyone else, and in recognition of the precedent established that when the fox steals all the hen-house chickens, the U.S. Government gives the fox another hen-house full of chickens, we the vast physical majority of the U.S. citizenry do hereby apply for relief from impoverishment and from the need to support all these rich bastards who have lied, cheated, and stolen all of us into this abhorrent mess. Since the U.S. Congress has seen fit to finance the whims of the criminal elements of our society, indeed has seen fit to limit communication essentially to only the minions of that criminal element (lobbyists), and has seen fit to cater to their needs and not to the needs of the vast majority of the honest, hard-working citizens of this country, it is only appropriate that the precedents established to support this criminal element also be used to support the honest, ordinary citizens of this country. - More...
Tuesday PM - February 03, 2009

letterSales Tax By Justin Carro - I noticed a lot of discussion about sales tax lately. Taxes are an unfortunate part of life and though necessary to run the parts of our government most of us appreciate. However, one thing that we need to keep in mind is that we have nearly the highest sales tax rates in the state. Let that sink in just a bit -- highest sales tax rates in the state, because that is exactly what we will have if we raise them at all. This is counter-productive to keeping our position as a regional hub. - More...
Tuesday PM - February 03, 2009

letter Offensive By Gerry Knasiak - First let me assure Mr. Rob Holston that should you have any opinions that are repugnant to me I would defend your right to have them; they belong to you. Having said that I would add that that right stops, as it should have at the Cabaret performance on Friday , January 23,, 2009, when you blatantly included as part of your act something that obviously reflects your opinion that can only be termed racist. - More...
Tuesday PM - February 03, 2009

letter Direction Please! By James Schenk - Thank you for this forum, I enjoy its content and our citizens participation in community concerns. What I don't understand is why all the negativity? If this forum is available why not utilize it to build our community, rather than criticize its failings? When you build something you take into account what that something's strengths and weaknesses are. Then you begin to find ways to change the weakness to strength. - More...
Tuesday PM - February 03, 2009

letterPoor Herring Stocks By John Arthur - This is in response to Larry Demmert's Letter to the Editor. You can sure tell Mr. Demmert knows "nothing" about healthy herring stocks. Maybe he should come to Sitka and visit the Pioneer Home and senior centers and learn all about "Healthy Herring Stocks" here in Sitka. - More...
Tuesday PM - February 03, 2009

letterThe price of gas By Jim Dornblaser - The price of fuel (gas included) is regulated by the demand on a base amount of supply. We are living in a capitalistic free market society & I for one am GLAD, HAPPY, wouldn't want it any other way. - More...
Tuesday PM - February 03, 2009

letter Thank you for the help By Judith Green - This morning as I was trying to get out of my driveway, my car got high centered. SO the car was half in the drive and half on the South Tongass Highway, at the bottom of Shoup St. While standing there trying to figure out how to un-do, an AP&T employee saw the dilemma, turned around and stopped to assist. Then a neighbor on Shoup St saw, and stopped and came over to assist. Then a truck with a snow plow attahment stopped in the middle of the highway to stop traffic from both directions, and voila! the car was freed and I was ready to go. - More...
Tuesday PM - February 03, 2009

letter Underneath the Politics By Tim Reveri - When my Grandpa entered the hospital two weeks before my birthday, it was supposed to be for a simple operation. It was so minor that my parents almost forgot to tell me. The procedure went off without a hitch, and my dad visited him the next day, telling me later that my Grandpa was his normal, albeit incoherent, grouchy self. He spent his time in bed bemoaning the Yankees pitching staff to the family. Two days later, he suddenly fell into critical condition, he had been retaining fluid in his stomach but, since there were only two nurses tasked to the entire hospital floor, it had gone unnoticed. My grandpa had gotten up to go to the bathroom and ended up not seeing the next morning. - More...
Tuesday PM - February 03, 2009

letter Horrible Roads By Jerilyn Lester - I would like to inform Ms. Lawrence that as soon as the city could move the snow they did. The EPA has told them they could not dump it into the bay because of the chemicals that are put onto the road. When they remove the snow this time should we suggest that they dump it into your yard? Or is there somewhere else that you would like it put? I don't want it in my yard, but I have to agree with Mr. Young that for you to complain is completely uncalled for. - More...
Tuesday PM - February 03, 2009

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