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February 22, 2011

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Alaska: Alaskan Native Human Rights Allegedly Violated; Fast Ongoing - More Protests Planned - On February 8, 2011, Alaska’s Big Village Network (ABVN) affiliate Desa Jacobsson began a fast in protest of the allegedly comprehensive violation of subsistence rights and continued de-humanization of Alaskan Natives by Governor Sean Parnell, Calista Corporation, and the Federal Subsistence Board.

Jacobsson began the fast in order to raise awareness of archaic and repressive policies implemented and contrived under Governor Parnell and Federal program managers, as well as to press for sweeping measures that will formally recognize the inherent right of Alaskan Natives to live as sovereign Nations. Policies dictating the management of fish and game have been particularly onerous in removing Tribal government authority from the role of public trustee and the provisions of customary use of Alaska’s vital subsistence resources..

In a letter hand-delivered on February 17, 2011, to the offices of Governor Parnell, Calista Corporation, Federal Subsistence Board, and Alaska Federation of Natives, Jacobsson stated, “A fast has been initiated in protest of the following: Federal and State subsistence policies and management; Calista Regional Native Corporation’s extraction of toxic mercury at the Donlin Creek Mine; and violation of the United States Constitution by the State of Alaska and Governor Sean Parnell through its ‘Choose Respect’ program.”

Jacobsson continued, “The fast will continue until the following are resolved: tribal members resign from the Federal Subsistence Fisheries Management Advisory Councils and return to strengthening their own federally-recognized tribal governments for the management of fish and game; Calista Corporation ceases extracting mercury at Donlin Creek Mine and reconstitutes mining efforts; and a lawsuit is initiated against the Office of the Governor and the State of Alaska for its failure to provide Constitutional protections for all of its citizens.” - More...
Tuesday - February 22, 2011

Alaska: New Report Shows Alaska Seafood Industry Continues to be State Employment and Economic Leader - A new study shows that Alaska’s seafood industry continues to be a national and global leader in the development of sustainable commercial fisheries. The most significant findings for Alaska state policy makers however, may be the industry’s impact on local communities and the state economy.

Funded by the Marine Conservation Alliance (“MCA”) and conducted by Alaska-based Northern Economics, the “Seafood Industry in Alaska’s Economy” is an update of the 2009 report by the same name. The study is now available on the Marine Conservation Alliance's website.

The seafood industry - including fisheries in state waters as well as federal waters fisheries that take place off the coast of Alaska - now employ more than 70,000 people; and generate more than $3.3 billion in annual wholesale value. “The seafood industry operates in dozens of communities along Alaska’s entire coastline,” says MCA President Frank Kelty. “We create family-wage jobs where no other opportunities exist, and we bring significant new money into the state.” - More...
Tuesday - February 22, 2011

Fish Factor: Franken-fish one step closer to dinner plates By LAINE WELCH - It appears the Franken-fish is one step closer to American dinner plates.

No decision has been announced yet by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) following hearings held last September on whether genetically modified (GM) salmon should be the first animal approved for human consumption.   But FDA approvals of three other GM foods offer a clue to the agency’s thinking. Over the past three it has approved three GM foods: alfalfa; a breed of corn grown for conversion into ethanol; and sugar beets.

Next up could be GM salmon made by Massachusetts- based AquaBounty Technologies. The fish creators splice an anti-freeze gene from an ocean pout into the growth gene of a Chinook salmon, and then transplant the combo- gene into the fertilized eggs of an Atlantic salmon. The result is an AquaAdvantage fish that grows up to 30 times faster than normal. The company has been awaiting approval from the FDA for over a decade.


If Frankenfish gets the go ahead, American salmon lovers won’t know if they are buying the real deal or a retooled imitation.  Because GM salmon is categorized as a “veterinary procedure,” the FDA requires no labeling to alert consumers that the food had been genetically tweaked. 

AquaBounty argued in FDA hearings against labeling because “it would make those fish appear to be 'different' than other wild or farm raised salmon, and would play to the fears of some people about ingesting such products.”

According to a recent CBS/New York Times poll, 87 per cent said they believed GM foods were unsafe, and they would not knowingly buy them. - More...
Tuesday - February 22, 2011

Ketchikan: New Mack Dealer in Alaska; Construction Machinery Industrial adds Mack Trucks, Inc. sales, parts and service in four locations - Construction Machinery Industrial, LLC (CMI), the leading construction equipment dealer in Alaska, has expanded its business by becoming a Mack Trucks, Inc. full-service dealer. CMI now offers Mack sales, parts and service in its Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau and Ketchikan locations.

The complete Mack product line offered to customers in the state is particularly well suited for the mining operations, civil contractors and other construction industries that CMI has historically served. The MACK® Granite® and Titan by Mack™ models in particular, leaders in the competitive vocational market, are expected to strongly appeal to CMI’s customer base.

“Representing Mack allows us to expand and strengthen our brand and market share in Alaska,” said Ken Gerondale, president of CMI. “Our customers know the Mack name and will gladly consider the Mack product when it’s time to make a new purchase. I also know that current Mack owners are very excited to have a local dealer that can help them with parts and service support.”

CMI was founded in 1985, with current sales and service business of $88 million. With a 43 percent market share in its segment as a Volvo Construction Equipment dealer, the company plans to leverage its reputation for exceptional service into the Mack side of the business as well. - More...
Tuesday - February 22, 2011



Southeast Alaska: POW Health Network Leads Effort to Improve Behavioral Health System on Prince of Wales Island - The Prince of Wales Health Network held a two day strategic planning meeting on January 26-27 in Craig to discuss the behavioral health services available on Prince of Wales Island (POW), and begin developing a strategic plan to address the full continuum of services on POW, from prevention to intervention, treatment and aftercare.  Participants included local residents and stakeholders, service providers, and State representatives.  The meeting was facilitated by Agnew::Beck Consulting.  Agnew Beck has been working with the POW Health Network on the Behavioral Health Planning Project since July of 2009.

The project began with a needs assessment that was conducted in the second half of 2009, and finalized in spring of 2010.  A capacity building meeting was held in September of 2010, and the January strategic planning meeting represents the 3rd step in this process.  At the strategic planning meeting, participants discussed services currently available on POW and areas for improvement to the system.  The group identified six overall goals to include in the POW Behavioral Health Strategic Plan. - More...
Tuesday - February 22, 2011

Alaska: DOT&PF Reminds Drivers to Travel Safely Around Equipment - Drivers should be on the lookout, snow removal equipment is out in force.

This week, in three separate incidents, vehicles ran into the back of snowplows while the plows were clearing roads. With these accidents in mind, and snowfall predicted statewide, the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF) takes this opportunity to remind drivers to travel safely, especially around snow removal equipment:

Reduce your speed. Snowplows move slower than other traffic (5-35 mph), and may be completely obscured at times by blowing snow and blizzard-like conditions.

Don’t assume snowplow drivers can see you. Stay a safe distance behind snowplows. During snow plowing operations visibility can be reduced by blowing snow.

Pass only when you have clear vision ahead. On two-lane roads where traffic is not able to pass the plows, plow operators will pull over periodically to let vehicles behind them safely pass.

Allow plenty of room when passing a snowplow. Do not cut back into the lane ahead of the plow too quickly as the blade extends several feet ahead of the truck.

Drive as far away from the centerline as you safely can. When meeting a snowplow on a two-lane road; blowing snow may obscure the actual width of the snowplow’s blade. By driving as far as possible from the centerline you give the snowplow driver extra room. - More...
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letter Invitation to the Community By Karen Eakes - The Strengthening Cultural Unity task force of the Ketchikan Wellness Coalition is sponsoring a Challenge Day breakfast on Saturday, February 26th from 9:00 to 11:00 am at the Ketchikan High School Commons. This event is to honor and thank the many community volunteers who helped to make our Challenge Day events back in December possible. We are encouraging volunteers and other community members who may want to learn more about Challenge Day to attend. We have also invited the many individuals and organizations that generously funded these events. - More...
Tuesday - February 22, 2011

letter Too late by high school By A. M. Johnson - Exiting the second grade without reading at grade level will find a student struggling and falling behind. Entering the fourth grade all the picture books disappear and text books are in full print. A struggling or failing reading student becomes bored, and begins the journey to dropping out. He/She will fail as a student. By the time a student reaches the 8th grade without proficiency in reading (basic math as well) they are on the way to dropping out of school. Children brains operate at a higher absorption rate in the early primary grades. Concentrated pre/post testing in Kindergarten, first and second grades will identify children who are struggling or failing.Reading strategies MUST BE instituted then not later. Waiting till middle or high school to address student drop out is far far too late to be effective. - More...
Tuesday - February 22, 2011

letter South trail snow removal By Dale Curtis - I am concerned about people walking on the road between Ketchikan and points south, especially Saxman after a snowfall. As this is a state road why can't the state road crew send a snow blower to keep the walking trail clear? Many people use this trail, some because they like to walk and some because it is the only way they can get to town. - More...
Tuesday - February 22, 2011

letter Re: Responding to complaints By Charlie Reynolds - Thank you Jerry Cegelske and others for your persistency in bringing this eyesore property into compliance. - More...
Tuesday - February 22, 2011

letter OLD POOL By Trista Allen - As a mother of a teenager, I think a skatepark would be a great addition to the area. I see a lot of teenagers walking arround town and in the mall having nothing to do but cause mischief. - More...
Tuesday - February 22, 2011

letterThe rest of the story By Zig Ziegler - The weekend edition of the Ketchikan Daily News printed an article regarding Alliance Realty and Alliance Realty Property Management. I approached Tom Miller, author, after I read the article to offer some clarification and explanation to the information he had gathered for the article. There were some glaring errors, specifically the amount of money and including personal business with company business. He did not appear to be interested in any kind of immediate follow up so I am choosing this forum to do so. - More...
Thursday - February 17, 2011

letter Re: Dungeness Crab By Lloyd Gossman - In short response to Max Worhatch, nobody cares that you're appalled by my lack of knowledge on Dungeness Crab. However, you  can look at the internet as well as anybody else and find out the Southeast Alaska Dungeness Crab fishery is not the most conservatively managed Dungeness fishery in the world. You're wrong on that account. - More...
Thursday - February 17, 2011

letter Responding to Complaints By Jerry Cegelske - Sometimes the process of bringing properties into compliance takes time, but through persistence even the most difficult cases can be addressed.  Difficult cases develop over time and can take time to get fully resolved.  As an example, for several years the Borough had received complaints about a residential property along North Tongass.  In response to their complaints, I would tell them of the latest attempts to contact the owner to get the property cleaned up, and then I would check to see what else I could do about it. - More...
Thursday - February 17, 2011

letter Sea Alaska Land Bill By Mark & Miriam Edwards - In response to Letter Dated 14th February / Notification of Town Hall Meetings / Sealaska Land Swop Bill, Ketchikan - Monday, Feb 21, 4pm to 6pm at Borough Assembly Offices, please note that the bill includes giving Sealaska the following: 30 acres in Naha Bay and 40 acres Bailey Bay/Lake Shelokum Hot Springs. These two areas are some of the most prized and cherished areas for Ketchikan residents and visitors alike. They are currently controlled and protected by the Forest Service for everyone's benefit. - More...
Thursday - February 17, 2011

letter RE: International Year of the Forest By A. M. Johnson - Mr. Tom Tidwell, as a spokesperson for the U.S.Forest Service publicly advocates for the surrender of American independence to the "One World Order".aka -"International Community".aka "United Nations". - More...
Thursday - February 17, 2011

letter International Year of the Forest is a time for reflection, action By Tom Tidwell - The International Year of the Forest, a United Nations-sponsored celebration to focus the world's attention on the need to sustainably manage the world's trees, is not merely an event but a reminder that we are at the precipice of change. We are guardians who have an obligation to protect and restore our world's forests, grasslands and wetlands, all of which are the source of clean air and water, the protectors of fish and wildlife habitats and the greatest assets to mitigate the effects of global climate change.- More...
Thursday - February 17, 2011

letter Herring along the West Coast By Ernie Koepf - I am writing to echo the sentiments expressed by Jennifer Castle regarding mangement of herring stocks. Her depiction of a 12% harvest of herring reflect management policies along the entire West Coast. Here in California we harvest between five and ten percent of the estimated biomass. The Pacific Herring Model drafed by the PFMC states that 'overfishing ' does not occur unless the harvest ratio exceeds 25%. All herring fisheries along the West Coast are well under that mark, by far. There are documents from studies done in the Canadian fisheries from DFO that suggest that clupea harengus (pacific herring) are part of a larger 'megapopulation' that will oportunisticly choose the spawning habitat of that years returning brood stock. This is significant; DFO tagging studies have seen tagged herring stray up to 800 kilometers, essentially switching spawn site selection by a wide margin! - More...
Monday PM - February 14, 2011

letter Native fisheries By Randy Williams - Alaska Fisheries, Why, Why, Why, I have written several letters over the years bemoaning the fact that we the Alaska Natives have let the non-Indian run State governing agencies destroy our food source. I have often said our culture is based on our ability to preserve our food and prepare it like our grandparents and their parents have since we were of the people. Oh, how much we have lost. I have often said the Tribes in the lower forty eight do not face this same dilemma because they control and preserve their hunting and fishing rights. - More...
Monday PM - February 14, 2011

letter RE: Our Healthy Fisheries By Jim Bacon - I am writing to express my appreciation to Jennifer Castle for the excellent job she did outlining the issues concerning the West Behm Canal herring fishery.  I couldn't have said it better myself, so I won't try. - More...
Monday PM - February 14, 2011

letterRE: Dungeness Crab By Andy Guiliano - As a longtime California dungy fisherman, I couldn't agree more with Mr. Worhatch's commentary. West Coast Dungeness management has undergone very little change, and yet remains one of the few productive/profitable fisheries without severe regulatory issues. Inspite the absense of a "Commission", "Czar" or "Commitee", SSS (sex, size and season) has proved to be a remarkably effective way to manage dungeness. - More...
Monday PM - February 14, 20

letter Underage Smoking/ Adults who purchase them cigarettes By Vanessa Ohlson - To those adults (19 years and older- you know who you are!), please do not buy cigarettes for our youth. I have recently become aware that some of our youth are asking "adults" to purchase them cigarettes as they walk into a convenience store or supermarket. "Hey man will you buy me a pack of cigarettes? Here is $10.00 you can keep the change." Please don't do this? Please refuse to purchase cigarettes for our youth. Tell them NO! - More...
Monday PM - February 14, 2011

letter Our Gratitude By Norman and Charlotte Poirier - Thank You is not enough. Our gratitude to the Ketchikan Police Department Officers, the Firefighters and Building Inspector Thomas Joseph. You saved our home. You showed professionalism and care. God bless you all in what ever job you need to do. - More...
Monday PM - February 14, 2011

letter Our Healthy Fisheries By Jennifer Castle - I am concerned about the ominous language and false claims in the recent viewpoints that call to close West Behm Canal to herring fishing forever. - More...
Friday PM - February 11, 2011

letter West Behm Canal Herring: The Rest of the Story By Ron Porter - I am writing in response to Andy Rauwolf, Snapper Carson & Mike Fleenor's misguided, ill-informed opinions with no scientific data to support them concerning the West Behm Canal herring fishery. - More...
Friday - February 11, 2011

letter BUSH LITE: An Open Letter to the President of the United States By David G. Hanger - You give a good speech, Mr. President, sound on occasion like Martin Luther King morphing into JFK, on other occasions like Moses on the mount, but as President of the United States, at least to date, you suck. I say this to you not as one of your historical detractors, but rather as one of your avid supporters, and I admit I wonder at what I have been supporting. - More...
Friday - February 11, 2011

letter Dungeness Crab By Max Worhatch IV - While I do appreciate Lloyd Gossman's concern about the Dungeness stocks in southeast Alaska, I am appalled by his lack of knowledge on the subject. The commercial Dungeness crab fishery in southeast is the most conservatively managed Dungeness fishery in the world. The coastal dungeness crab fishery in California, Oregon, and Washington starts every year on December first and runs through the thiry first of August. This nine month season is managed by size,sex and season. This means that fishermen only take male crab at the minimum size of 6.25 inches carapace width, during the months that are open. In southeast, we take crab with a minimum carapace width of 6.5 inches, for 60 days in the summer and 60 days in the fall, except for district two, which has a season from October first until Febuary twenty eighth. - More...
Wednesday PM - February 09, 2011

letterHalibut, Herring, Ooligan and Salmon By Don Hoff, Jr. - I have been reading the opinions in Sitnews with great interest. The day is going to come when there won't be any kind of fisheries in Southeast Alaska because of greed. I have to agree that the State of Alaska and Federal Government can't manage all Alaska's Nature Resources. - More...
Wednesday PM - February 09, 2011

letter RE: Herring in West Behm By Keith Stump - Well said, gentlemen. Once again, Federal (and international) mis-management of Alaska's resources threatens our economy and way of life. Unfortunately, the numbers are not in our favor. Just like herring are at the mercy of whales and international sea lions, Alaskans are at the mercy of Federal and international politics. - More...
Wednesday PM - February 09, 2011

letter Re: New Halibut Rules and Regs By Allan R. (Rudy) McGillvray - To Whom it may Concern, (which is all Americans)... these new rules being promulgated by NOAA, and their soupy brothers, strike me as being a "restraint of trade" in addition to being a restraint of friendship. That would fall under "Pursuit of Happiness" which is a God-given right -- not, given by the govt. The govt. who believes that its population needs governing and that its power to do so, rests with said govt. Not as our Constitution says, "The power of the govt. rests with the people, and is given by the people to the govt. NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND! - More...
Wednesday PM - February 09, 2011

letter Event a poor choice for a poliitcal statement By A.M. Johnson - There are moments in community entrainment that are or should be political free. Being blindsided, even forewarned if that were the case, is not a welcoming aspect when one anticipates joining with other community members which one may not be politically aligned, yet the thread of a community being is when all join for the common purpose of sharing joy. - More...
Wednesday PM - February 09, 2011

letter Cell Phone Scam By Susan Hoyt - I am writing this to inform local residents and the elderly who have cell phones that you may find charges on your statement for something you didn't knowingly purchase. - More...
Wednesday PM - February 09, 2011

letterLead by Example By Agnes Moran - Governor Parnell has been emphasizing three recurring themes in his recent speeches; pushing back on unfunded federal mandates, broken promises made at statehood and keeping taxes low to encourage economic growth. I agree with the governor that broken promises and unfunded mandates lead to higher taxes and have a dampening effect on the economy. I have seen first hand the damaging effect these have had on our local economy. - More...
Thursday PM - February 03, 2011

letterFeds Target Resident Sportfishermen By Clayton Moore - The alphabet soup is at it again.  NOAA, NMFS, IPHC, NPFMC, and the BOF through the new Charter Halibut Permit plan have made a direct challenge to our ability to fish for Halibut.  Under new rules, Alaska residents cannot legally share the costs to go halibut fishing without a CHP.  By the NOAA definition: - More...
Thursday PM - February 03, 2011

letter CHP's to hinder unguided sportfishing By Ryan McRobert - Charter Halibut Permits... Not just for charter operators. No matter who you side with, charter or commercial, or you simply like to get out and fish with friends, the new laws will affect you.  As of Feb. 1, 2011 charter operators must have onboard a CHP (charter halibut permit) now required by NOAA.  With much controversy about the permits being forced on the fleet, few saw what the wording would lead to. - More...
Thursday PM - February 03, 2011

letter Herring in West Behm Canal By Scott Kemp - Thank you Andy Rauwolf, Snapper Carson & Mike Fleenor for your continuing information on the herring issues facing us in Ketchikan. - More...
Thursday PM - February 03, 2011

letter Enough is enough!! By Jodi Marrow - This is a first for me, and long time over due. I am Kyle Palmers Mother. I am trying to understand why my son is drowning in a political loop hole. Kyle did absolutely nothing wrong, my child was asleep when another young man walked into his apartment while he was sleeping on his couch and was shot in the face with a .280 caliber rifle. His situation is not something that you see everyday or something that anybody should ever see. I was a witness of this unimaginable scene. - More...
Thursday PM - February 03, 2011

letter KIC Leadership By Kevin Kristovich - Good job to the KIC membership on changing the election process. Now, we need to get busy and make sure that politics does not play a game in the selection of officers for the Council. - More...
Thursday PM - February 03, 2011

letter Support Green Bay!! By A.M. Johnson - With the upcoming Super Bowl this weekend the following observation that came to my attention seems timely and worthy of passing on to the general sports minded audience. Sometime the cheese can be binding! - More...
Thursday PM - February 03, 2011

letter Owned By Foreign Countries By Donald A. Moskowitz - The Obama Administration is spending our money at unprecedented levels and it is projected to continue for years into the future.  Our annual federal deficit is approaching $1.5 trillion and will probably hit $2 trillion before long. Our national debt is projected to go from $14 trillion now to $25 trillion in five to eight years. - More...
Thursday PM - February 03, 2011

letter Mark Wheeler By Dave Kiffer - I'm working on a story about Ketchikan artist Mark Wheeler who died in December, but I didn't know him all that well, so I would love to hear any stories you care to share. - More...
Thursday PM - February 03, 2011

letter Thank You By Traci Davis - We are very fortunate to have a wonderful bike/walk path out here at Mt. Point.... and I just wanted to thank the person(s) that during our snow and ice weather, has kept the path clear. - More...
Thursday PM - February 03, 2011

letter Mike Smithers Pool By James Kase - I use the pool almost every day. I use the weight room and the sauna after doing laps. I'd like to see this facility retained for use as a sports center. - More...
Thursday PM - February 03, 2011

letterRE: Kyle Johansen: Recalling the risks of abdication By Andrew Halcro - Like a modern day scene played out of the current Hollywood blockbuster “The Kings Speech,” Ketchikan Alaska has come face to face with their own royal dilemma. - More...
Tuesday PM - February 01, 2011

letterTHE PLIGHT OF WEST BEHM CANAL By Andy Rauwolf, Snapper Carson & Mike Fleenor - In late March or early April, West Behm Canal is slated for a commercial herring sac roe fishery.  Conducting this fishery in these waters is a travesty and here’s why:  Throughout history the herring in West Behm Canal have provided essential nutrition for halibut, rockfish, marine mammals, a host of sea birds, and especially for the hoards of salmon that spawn in several wild river systems that drain into West Behm Canal.  In the mid 20th century, fishing lodges began springing up and the area became known as “the premier salmon fishing destination” in the world.  To enhance the fishing, a hatchery was added in Neets Bay.  Today it is estimated that between $18 million and $22 million dollars in revenue is generated from sport and commercial fishing from West Behm Canal. - More...
Monday PM - January 31, 2011

letter Before we sign Johansen recall petition... By Mike Cruise - Let it be understood that I am no fan of Rep. Johansen. When Kyle chose to run for the Alaska State House I felt that he was too inexperienced for the job. My apprehensions were reinforced by the fact that Kyle had signed on to run against Jim Elkins. Nobody that I am aware of disagreed with Jim Elkins more than I did, but he had earned his House Seat, cared deeply about Ketchikan and had done an honorable job and was respected in Juneau and through out the State. In my mind there was no good reason for Jim to have to fight for the nomination of his own party as he also battled for his life. I questioned the integrity of anyone who would take advantage of an individual in that cruel situation. I still do. - More...
Monday PM - January 31, 2011

letter Re: Mike Smithers Pool By Alethea Johnson - How can we form a good opinion without all of the facts? I think it would be helpful for the members of Borough staff who are knowledgeable about the strengths and weaknesses of the Mike Smithers Pool building to meet with interested citizens and brainstorm ideas for its restoration and use as a recreational facility. - More...
Monday PM - January 31, 2011

letter Smithers pool By Ed Fry - What to do with the Smithers pool?  Let’s look at what we are spending so far.  The current aquatic project is contracted at $23.5 Million Dollars.  It would be nice if that number was concrete!  With cost over runs, I would bet that we will be more in the upward neighborhood of $27 Million if not higher after the keys are handed over. - More...
Monday PM - January 31, 2011

letter Recycling The Pool Building By Makenzie Demmert - There is a great solution to how we should recycle the pool building, that wouldn't be hard at all to remodel. I ve heard it a lot around town and completely agree that Ketchikan should have an indoor skate park. The old pool building would be PERFECT for this! It's in a great location, right next to the school and I know that a TON of kids would get use out of it! Fill up the pools and build some ramps. Then where the weight lifting area is, we could put arcade games (and maybe a snack bar) to generate more income. - More...
Monday PM - January 31, 2011

letter No guts to cut! By A. M. Johnson - Following is an example of what is wrong with Congress and the President. Nobody has the courage to do any actual cutting. They all -- Republicans, Democrats, Lisa, Begich, Young -- talk a good story on the campaign trail and then Bull S- - - the rest of the way. Tea Party elected are included. Nobody wants their ox gored. - More...
Monday PM - January 31, 2011

letter Upcoming Community Forum By Karen Eakes - Ketchikan cares about its young people. We want them to be healthy, safe and educated for a productive future. Those that choose to drop out of high school are often making a short-term decision that has long-term consequences for the individuals involved and for their communities. - More...
Monday PM - January 31, 2011

letter Annette Island & Ketchikan By Herman Kremkau - I remember my time on Annette Island and how pretty the country was. My work week and my weekends in Ketchikan and how friendly the locals were. Someday I hope to return and show my wife where I lived and worked. - More...
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letter Problems with crab!! By Don Merriman - I have relatives who intend to visit Alaska this summer, while doing search for a friend who has lived in Alaska for many years I found an article he had written about the waste involved with Crab fisheries. Looks like you have a problem that Sara Palin should have taken care of while she was governor of Alaska. - More... 
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