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Ketchikan: Today, Alaska Celebrates Civil Rights Pioneer Elizabeth Peratrovich By DAVE KIFFER - Elizabeth Jean Wanamaker Peratrovich is often referred to as the Martin Luther King of Alaska, but the truth is she was fighting for equal rights for Alaska Natives a decade before Martin Luther King gained fame during the Civil Rights movement.

Today, Alaska Celebrates Civil Rights Pioneer Elizabeth Peratrovich

Elizabeth Jean Wanamaker Peratrovich

Peratrovich was born on July 4, 1911 in Petersburg. Her Tlingit name was Kaaxgal.aat and she was of the Lukaax.adi clan of the Raven moiety, according to information from the Alaska Native Sisterhood.

Her parents died when she was very young and she was adopted by Presbyterian missionaries Mary and Andrew Wanamaker.

She attended school in Petersburg and Sitka and eventually graduated from high school in Ketchikan in 1931. One of her classmates was her future husband Roy Peratrovich of Klawock.

Elizabeth's Senior Picture in the 1931 Kayhi yearbook included the following: Entered from Klawock, Alaska '28; Course: General; Kayhi Ko-Ed Club '29; Operetta '29, '30; Glee Club '29, '30, '31; Her senior motto was "By the words of thy mouth will I Judge thee." - More...
Thursday AM - February 16, 2012

Ketchikan: Alaska Board of Fisheries to Meet in Ketchikan February 24-March 4, 2012 - The Alaska Board of Fisheries will meet February 24-March 4, 2012, at the Ted Ferry Civic Center in Ketchikan, Alaska. The board will consider regulatory proposals for finfish in Southeast Alaska and Yakutat management areas that have been submitted by the general public, fishing organizations, local Fish and Game Advisory Committees, and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. The board received 145 proposals for consideration during this 10-day public meeting.

The Alaska Board of Fisheries invites oral public testimony during the meeting beginning February 24. Anyone intending to testify must sign up at the meeting site in Ketchikan by 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 25. Public testimony will continue until everyone present who has signed up by the deadline has been given the opportunity to be heard. - More...
Thursday AM - February 16, 2012

Fish Factor: World’s first portable floating dry dock & Door/hatch monitoring systems By LAINE WELCH - The world’s first portable floating dry dock has been launched at Sitka and it could bring more than just boat repairs to remote coastal communities.

World’s first portable floating dry dock

Portable floating dry dock

The lightweight, marine grade aluminum dock was created at Allen Marine, a builder of ships and structures for the marine industry in Sitka since 1967.

The modular dock can stretch to 160 feet and accommodate vessels up to 1,000 tons. 

  “It sinks so a vessel can just float right on to it,” said Gene Kause, company Vice President of Business Development. “The boat floats right over to the top of the blocks and the blocks pick up the hull and away she goes. It’s really slick – you don’t even get wet.” 

The dock is friendly to the environment, which is an important goal of the 45 year old company, Kause added.

“It will not rust and it does not need to be painted.  The whole unit is self contained so anything on the deck goes into a sump, so nothing goes overboard,” he said.  - More...
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Ketchikan: UAS Ketchikan Announces Honors Lists - University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan has announced the names of the students who have made the UAS Chancellor’s and Dean’s lists for the Fall 2011 Semester.

Terilyn Hamilton, Forest Haven, Jennie McGarrigan, Dawn Rauwolf, Conan Steele and Kristen Zwicker made the Fall 2011 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. - More...
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Ketchikan: Ketchikan High School Student Selected for FRED, “Leadership Through Learning” - By virtue of its membership in a national telecommunications organization (OPASTCO), KPU Telecommunications sponsors local students for participation in the FRED (Foundation for Rural Education and Development) program.

Although students throughout the nation apply to the program, only 10 primary and 2 alternate students were chosen to participate in 2012.

FRED recently announced a Ketchikan student, Brendan Stanton, has been with selected to participate in FRED's 2012 Leadership Through Learning Program.

As primary recipient, Stanton will spend an all-expense paid week in Washington DC, learning about government, civic affairs and telecommunications regulation as well as to meet students their own age from all parts of the country. - More...
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Alaska: Rasmuson Foundation now accepting Distinguished Artist Award nominations - Do you know a distinguished Alaska artist who deserves to be recognized? Are you one? Rasmuson Foundation is now accepting nominations for its 2012 Distinguished Artist Award.

Rasmuson Foundation offers one $25,000 Distinguished Artist Award annually in recognition of creative excellence and superior accomplishments in the arts. The award is intended as a validation of the artist's creative output and contributions to the state of Alaska.

Anyone can nominate someone to receive the Distinguished Artist Award and an application package from the artist is not necessary to receive the award. Eligible artists have created an extensive independent body of work representing a life-long investigation and maturation of their personal creativity. They demonstrate a high aesthetic level of artistic ability with a strong consistency of expression over at least a 15-year professional arts career. Artists working in any artistic discipline are eligible for the award. - More...
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letter Nightmare in Coffman Cove By Guy Lane - My family & I moved to Coffman Cove from the Kenai Peninsula after Coffman Cove resident and City Council member Elaine Price agreed to sell property that was 75 feet from the salt water & 65 feet from a salmon stream and on the main paved road just as you enter Coffman Cove. We also rented a small trailer from Council member Elaine Price while we were to work on the property until spring.  We thought this was a dream come true, until we arrived in Coffman Cove with all of our personal goods, equipment and tools and ready to work. Upon starting to clear the land we discovered a massive industrial contaminated toxic dump with logging equipment, log trucks, pickups, large fuel tanks, boats, garbage, misc. debris and many 55 gallon barrels of petrolium products (some were damaged and empty and some were full, some were leaking). The ground smelled so bad that my family would not even go on it. - More...
Thursday AM - February 16, 2012

letter Environmental Baseline Document By Tim Bristol, Bob Waldrop, & Kimberly Williams - As leaders of Alaska-based organizations representing the interests of Bristol Bay residents, commercial fishermen, and sportsmen throughout the state, we are writing to provide some perspective on this week’s unveiling of an “Environmental Baseline Document” by the Pebble Limited Partnership in a series of presentations to agencies and government officials in Anchorage.  The general public, including the people of Bristol Bay have been excluded from attending or participating in the meetings but have been able to watch through an on-line web cast.   After objections were raised to this exclusion PLP staff decided to allow one representative from each Bristol Bay tribe to attend. As PLP moves to hold these "factual conversations" excluding the public and those interested in the Pebble debate doesn't help generate the needed discussion about protecting the headwaters of important salmon and other fresh water fish habitat. - More...
Thursday AM - February 16, 2012

letter Oxymoron By A.M.Johnson - The oxymoron for today 2-11-12,is the announcement by Candidate Romney proclaiming that he is the most conservative candidate, then appointed Senator Lisa Murkowski as a part of his Alaska Presidential effort. - More...
Thursday AM - February 16, 2012

letter Pinocchio Politics By C.C. Rice - I was appalled at the message White House Chief of Staff, Jacob Lew delivered about Obama care’s mandate of insurance coverage with respect to religious freedoms.  The spin he put on it about giving women choices, is simply more of their Pinocchio politics.  This is about the government over stepping its power and breaching the first amendment that prohibits the making of any law impeding the free exercise of religion. And when asked where the government had the right to do that, Mr. Lew said the administration granted itself the power in the Obama-care legislation…the one they “had to pass so they could see what was in it” (-Pelosi). - More...
Thursday AM - February 16, 2012

letter RE: Serving in Congress should be an honor, not a career. By Tyrell Rettke - Those are some decent ideas, but your contention that the current congress won't initiate them is correct as well. It will take the citizens stop voting in the same status qua to replace congress. Getting people to run is a hard thing. Having run for local office I can tell you that it can feel like getting beat up at times, and we play pretty nice here in Ketchikan most of the time. On a state level (To get into the US Congress), its a whole new level, and the money required is exponentially greater. Here in alaska with Less than a million voters, its not so bad, but still requires getting around the state a lot, and being able to campaign while not working (so having your living expenses covered.) This is part of the reason why we end up with the same type of people in office, wealthy people who have made something of themselves in business or otherwise (For better or worse). - More...
Saturday AM - February 11, 2012

letter Prince George By Tom Meikle - I recall clearly seeing the hulk of the poor Prince George under tow as the Adelaide made her way up to Prince Rupert; we were likely in narrow Grenville Channel, since we passed fairly close. One of my shipmates (name long gone) had been on the George during the burning, and was horrified to see his old ship in such horrible shape. He was badly upset, to say the least. - More...
Saturday AM - February 11, 2012

letter Support Our Teachers! By Cherry Rice - Our Ketchikan teachers need a fair contract. I am very concerned about the lack of support for our teachers in this community. The teachers are the ones who are educating the future for our country, state, and our town. Public education is essential and we need to support it. These people give tirelessly to our kids , even after their scheduled work day is long over. It is not unusual to go by any public school on weekends and see several cars in the lot. These are YOUR teachers at work for YOUR students. There is no harder job than a public school teacher’s. I am very proud of what they do. They never give up on a difficult student who may have given up on his or herself. The teachers are doing their best to turn all students into successful learners. - More...
Saturday AM - February 11, 2012

letter Boat Tax By Glen Thompson - The boat tax (like sales and real property taxes) is levied by both the City of Ketchikan and the Ketchikan Gateway Borough.  The two bodies agreed several years ago to try to have coordination between the taxes levied so that the administration would be consistent on an area-wide basis. - More...
Wednesday AM - February 08, 2012

letter Thank you Ketchikan By Travis Taylor - My family moved up here to Alaska nearly 5 years ago. Since then I have been involved in many things such as basketball, football, baseball, and wrestling. At first I was very new to the idea of having to raise large amounts of money just to go play sports, but quickly realized how expensive it is to travel. I have had a great experience up here with sports and this town. - More...
Wednesday AM - February 08, 2012

letter Giving Grind for Peratovich Family was a great success!!! Thank you! By Sally & John Burch - Saturday's Mardi Gras Giving Grind was awesome! - More...
Wednesday AM - February 08, 2012

letter Ketchikan School Board Budget Cuts By Emilee Johnson - I am writing to you today to address my concern about the decision to cut AP classes as well as the band, art and culinary programs to account for the possible budget cuts. I am currently a college student and can speak from a personal level on how important these components are to students futures as well as the academic standing of the school. - More...
Wednesday AM - February 08, 2012

letter Open Letter: SB 121 By Cherry Rice - Governor Parnell, I hope you will reconsider your position on Senate Bill 121. SB 121 is not a going back to the old defined benefit system. Instead, SB 121 is a compromise that provides retirement security. Retirement security is extremely important to bring the best and brightest people to the state.This will be at no additional cost to the state or other employers. - More...
Wednesday AM - February 08, 2012

letter Serving in Congress should be an honor, not a career By Billy D. Clifford - Many of us have received email and comments from our friends about excellent ideas to repair our broken Congress. For example: - More..
Wednesday AM - February 08, 2012

letter Newt's Court Proposals Dangerous By George Kiser - Newt Gingrich apparently thinks the Founding Fathers made a terrible mistake when they established an independent court system.  Under his proposals, judges would please the President, Congress, and the public -- or suffer the consequences.  Presidents could ignore court decisions they dislike. Congress could haul judges before it to explain their decisions and jail non-compliant judges, and unpopular judges could be fired and their courts abolished. - More...
Wednesday AM - February 08, 2012

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