Ketchikan Gateway Borough Sales Taxes

Alaska Car Rental - Ketchikan, Alaska

Jacobson Heating & Refrigeration - Sales & Service - Ketchikan, Alaska

PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center - Ketchikan, Alaska

Lighthouse Service - Ketchikan, Alaska - PetroOne

Davies-Barry Insurance - Ketchikan, Alaska
Tatsuda's IGA - Ketchikan, Alaska
Weekly Specials
Online Shopping; Pickup or Delivery

Ketchikan Tours and Shore Excursions

Alaska Airlines - Travel Now Discount

Schmolck Mechanical Contractors - Ketchikan, Alaska

Southeast Water Services - Bulk Water Delivery - Ketchikan, Alaska

Madison Lumber & Hardware - Ketchikan, Alaska (TrueValue)

Otter Creek Partners, Registered Investment Advisor - Ketchikan, Alaska

AAA Moving & Storage - Allied Alaska - Ketchikan, Alaska

PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center - Ketchikan, Alaska

Greater Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce - Ketchikan, Alaska

KRBD - Ketchikan FM Community Radio for Southern Southeast Alaska

Ketchikan Humane Society

Shop Local & Advertise Local with SitNews - Ketchikan, Alaska

arrowWebmail Letters
arrowNews Tips
arrowCopyright Info

Quick News Search
arrowSE Alaska

Columns - Articles
arrow Dave Kiffer
arrow Money Matters

Historical Ketchikan
arrowJune Allen
arrowDave Kiffer
arrowLouise B. Harrington

arrowKetchikan Links

Public Records
arrow FAA Accident Reports
arrow NTSB Accident Reports
arrow Court Calendar
arrow Recent Filings & Case Dispositions
arrow Court Records Search
arrow Sex Offender Reg.
arrow Public Notices
arrow Alaska Recall Alerts
arrow AST Daily Dispatch
arrow KTN Police Reports
arrow Juneau Police Reports

Weather, Webcams
arrowToday's Forecast
arrowKTN Weather Data
arrowAK Weather Map
arrowAK Weathercams
arrowAK Earthquakes


SitNews - Stories In The News - Ketchikan, Alaska
February 06, 2019

Front Page Feature Photo By TERRI JIRSCHELE

Tongass Passage: USCGC Kukui
After a year-long overhaul, the cutter Kukui, previously homeported in Honolulu, Hawaii, took the place of the USCG cutter Maple in Sitka in July 2018. 
Front Page Feature Photo By TERRI JIRSCHELE ©2019

Photos of the Month


Ketchikan: Public Meetings

Ketchikan: Upcoming Events

Historical Ketchikan

arrowJune Allen
arrowDave Kiffer
arrowLouise B. Harrington

Ketchikan Weather

arrow Ketchikan's Forecast
arrow Jan 2019 History
arrow Ketchikan's High/Low Records
arrow Dec 2018: Precip Stats
Dec Total Precip: 5.96 in
Dec Avg Precip: 14.35 in
arrow Nat Weather Service KTN
arrow Ketchikan Tides & Currents
arrow Sunrise - Sunset Ketchikan

Search the News

arrow Ketchikan



Southeast Alaska: Highlighting the Prince of Wales Annual International Marathon; 2019 POW Island Marathon Will Happen May 25th By GRETCHEN KLEIN - Houston Laws, who now lives in Juneau, is a testament to how one goal of running a single marathon can lead to accomplishment after accomplishment and lead to great achievements in Ultra-Marathons!

jpg Highlighting the Prince of Wales Annual International Marathon; 2019 POW Island Marathon Will Happen May 25th

Houston Laws
Photo Courtesy Gretchen Klein

After participating in 12 years of wrestling in Southeast and becoming a State ranked wrestler, Houston had a vision to celebrate his 17th birthday by completing the Prince of Wales Marathon in 2003.

“The weather was unseasonably hot that weekend” Laws laughed as he reflected on the painful experience of staggering into the finish line tent for hydration and recovery support after completing the daunting 26.2 miles.

The “marathon” was created in commemoration of the fabled run of the Greek soldier Pheidippides who ran from the Battle of Marathon to Athens and reported a great victory against the Persians.

“It probably wasn’t the smarter move without some long runs before hand, but it was an amazing experience!” Houston recalled and indeed a great birthday present to himself that he will always remember.

After seeing how “the 12 communities of POW come together to put on this race and everyone pulling together in unity” Laws was called back to the Island and raced again in 2011—this time more prepared with miles of road under his shoes. Lining up with the runners in Hollis, along with Jeff Rhodes, the traditional shot-gun fired signifying the start of the race and off they went. Laws and Rhodes worked their way together along the scenic highway and helped each other out in the last four miles of the race with Houston finishing first and Jeff shortly behind in second.

It was then in his early 20's while working at Juneau's Bartlett Hospital that he decided to switch into over drive and focus on ultra-marathons. Houston and his friend were talking one day and decided that it would set personal records to be one of the few individuals who ran all four 100 miles races in Alaska.

They had to chart out the races that would be approved and train for it. In 2014 Houston, decided to push his body to the limits and set his eyes and feet on the Klondike Race in Skagway. After speaking to race officials they allowed this one to be used for competition.

“Each 100 mile race is unique due to the weather conditions and terrain” Houston said and “preparing for a 100 mile race, you have to run four days a week with 20-23 mile runs so your body gets used to it.” Fortunately, his job at the hospital which is 3 days on and 4 days off allowed him to exercise and in addition to having a dog running business, Houston conquered any excuses not to practice and train. In just one year and with his sted-fast dedication, Laws crushed four 100 mile tracks all before the age of 30!

Advice from Houston for Marathon runners:

“Each race is unique” drink water but don’t over-hydrate.

Houston gets his electrolytes from the foods he eats and prefers Whole Food Bars.

Audio books are great for running 20-30 miles, so make running fun again!

Houston had a “Dog Running Business” when he was training for 100 miles races. He would run every where including errands, grocery stores, picking up the dogs, and taking them on training sessions with him.

“Each race was unique. One was in freezing temperatures in Susitna, Alaska and another was in SE to accomplish the four, 100 milers in 1 year. He finished some in 33 hours and another in 18 hours. It’s important to make sure you have your back back with food and water to carry you through 24 hours, and making sure you are taking in the food and water you need hourly. Eat every hour and drink every 30 minutes when doing 30 or 100 mile races.” - More...
Wednesday PM - February 06, 2019


Murkowski Kicks Off Floor Debate on Bipartisan Lands Package - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (ENR), today spoke on the Senate floor to begin debate on S. 47, the Natural Resources Management Act. 

This bipartisan package of more than 100 public lands, natural resources, and water bills was reintroduced by Murkowski and former ENR Ranking Member Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., in January 2019. Yesterday, Murkowski, Cantwell, and ENR Ranking Member Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., secured an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote of 99-1 to take up the package on the Senate floor.

During her speech, she said, “This package is the result of multiple years of regular order process in the committees of jurisdiction, most notably the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. It is the result of months of intense bicameral negotiations with now-Chairman Raul Grijalva and now-Ranking Member Rob Bishop of the House Natural Resources Committee." - More..
Wednesday PM - February 06, 2019

The Salmon State: When Alaska salmon ‘go viral’ By JENNY WEIS - The sitting president of the United States visited Dillingham in 2015 and picked fish, ate traditional foods, and joined local kids for Yup’ik dancing. On Kanakanak beach, President Obama picked a humpy out of the net with local residents, Mae Olson and Alannah Hurley, when it spawned on his shoe .

Despite historic events of that trip, including that the President called Bristol Bay one of the United States' "most important natural resources," within days, that humpy became the nationwide story of President Obama’s visit to Alaska. Featured from KDLG to The Guardian, coverage of the Presidential trip to the north quickly spread far and wide, and always included a picture of him with that spawning humpy.

Such is the nature of viral internet content. What “goes viral,” when internet content is shared rapidly from one user to the next, is highly unpredictable. But it’s easy to recognize once it’s happened. Though Alaska has its fair share of viral-worthy content created almost daily, it’s the infamous salmon-related content that never seems to die. 

Few would consider a humpy spawning on President Obama a highlight, nor do many Alaskans celebrate the regrettably viral stories concerning Alaskan tapeworms, which we’re all still trying to forget. 

Last fall however, an annual tradition at Katmai National Park became viral, which may more closely reflect the type of salmon-related content that Alaskans might join in sharing.

Starting back in 2014, in order to bring attention to hyperphagia, the phase when brown bears gorge themselves on sockeye to prepare for hibernating over winter, a visual media specialist ranger in Katmai National Park created “Fat Bear Week.” The ranger posted pictures of the largest bears in the park feasting at Brooks Falls and had the internet vote to crown the fattest. 

In 2018, a tweet paired with a meme depicting the future-winner, Bear 409, with the caption “THICC” set off a tweet-storm and media frenzy that induced calls to the park from The New York Times and The Washington Post. By the time it was all said and done, 2018’s Fat Bear Week had a combined reach of over 823 million. - More...
Wednesday PM - February 06, 2019


2018 fourth warmest year in continued warming trend, according to NASA, NOAA; Warming trends are strongest in Arctic - Earth's global surface temperatures in 2018 were the fourth warmest since 1880, according to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Global temperatures in 2018 were 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit (0.83 degrees Celsius) warmer than the 1951 to 1980 mean, according to scientists at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York. Globally, 2018's temperatures rank behind those of 2016, 2017 and 2015. The past five years are, collectively, the warmest years in the modern record.

"2018 is yet again an extremely warm year on top of a long-term global warming trend," said GISS Director Gavin Schmidt.

Since the 1880s, the average global surface temperature has risen about 2 degrees Fahrenheit (1 degree Celsius). This warming has been driven in large part by increased emissions into the atmosphere of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases caused by human activities, according to Schmidt.

Weather dynamics often affect regional temperatures, so not every region on Earth experienced similar amounts of warming. NOAA found the 2018 annual mean temperature for the contiguous 48 United States was the 14th warmest on record.

Warming trends are strongest in the Arctic region, where 2018 saw the continued loss of sea ice. In addition, mass loss from the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets continued to contribute to sea level rise. Increasing temperatures can also contribute to longer fire seasons and some extreme weather events, according to Schmidt. - More...
Wednesday PM - February 06, 2019

Pacific Northwest: Climate modeling shows significant shifts in 21st century Pacific Northwest coastal forests - A changing climate in the 21st century will significantly alter the coastal forests of the Pacific Northwest, according to modeling by Oregon State University researchers.

Vegetation is projected to change from predominantly conifer to predominantly mixed conifer and hardwood forests, according to modeling results in a study published in the journal PLOS ONE.

Much of the current forests can be expected to eventually be replaced by trees better adapted to future conditions, according to the MC2 Dynamic Global Vegetation Model focusing on the Pacific Northwest west of the Cascade crest.

Widespread maladaptation could lead to plant mortality, which would reduce timber available for harvest. An increase in hardwoods could result in a decline of mature evergreen trees for harvest, according to the study authors. Projected impacts on forests could affect fresh water supplies, wildlife habitat quality, and recreation. It is reasonable to anticipate that climate-driven stress will make these forests more susceptible to disease and pests, the authors wrote.

"The bottom line is that forests on the western side of Oregon and Washington will be under a lot of stress in the future," said the study's lead author, Tim Sheehan, a doctoral student at OSU. "Our findings point out the seriousness of climate change and the importance of working to limit climate change as much as we can, as well as to look at the region and identify those areas that are either more or least susceptible to climate change, to better target management activities." - More....
Wednesday PM - February 06, 2019



PETER ROFF: Say ‘No’ to New Loopholes in the Tax Code - There’s nothing wrong with being wealthy. What matters is how one got to be that way. Far too often the economic elites and the political well-connected manage to exploit their power and status to enrich themselves at the expense of the average taxpayer. It’s called “crony capitalism” and there’s too much of it.

There are some people who describe these activities as being well within the confines of the free market. They’re not. The playing field is not level, people do not enjoy equality of opportunity and, with a gaggle of lobbyists working on their behalf, these faux capitalists influence their cronies in government to twist regulations and laws to their advantage. As a result, policies designed to improve the well-being of the average American worker are bastardized into giveaways to big special interests while members of the working class suffer.

There are countless examples of this trend. One of the most troubling involves (or rather devolves) from the 2008 financial crisis. Sensing an opportunity to line their own pockets while acting in consort with the government, institutions throughout the financial sector began expanding the banking industry, offering new products and providing lucrative home loans to more applicants than ever before. These decisions culminated in a catastrophic financial collapse that threatened America’s entire economic substructure. - More...
Wednesday PM - February 06, 2019


RICH MANIERI: Republicans and Democrats Really Do Agree on Immigration - Just when I was convinced that Republicans and Democrats in Congress couldn't order a pizza without a six-month debate, there's this.

I've discovered that members of both parties do agree on some things, such as immigration, though getting them to admit as much will be the tricky part.

Consider this statement:

"Even as we are a nation of immigrants, we are also a nation of laws. Undocumented workers broke our immigration laws, and I believe that they must be held accountable - especially those who may be dangerous."

President Trump, right? Who else would say something like this other than Trump himself or one of his MAGA hat-wearing disciples? Who, other than a true xenophobe, would say such a thing?

I have the answer. 

President Barack Obama, in 2014. - More...
Wednesday PM - February 06, 2019


MICHAEL SHANNON: Why Electing Leftists Is Bad for the Birth Rate - Virginia's unborn are discovering what can happen when leftists take over state government. Although Democrat's 'compassion' for illegals and murderers knows no bounds, the defenseless unborn take it on the chin.

This wouldn't have happened if Trump had lost to Hillary. After the president threatened to drain their habitat, Swamp creatures in the Old Dominion united to elect leftists. If bears responded to the potential loss of habitat like Swampists did, park rangers would be forced to issue AR-15s to Yellowstone visitors.

Seventy-one percent of Hillary's voters turned out in Virginia's 2017 off-year election. Republicans in the House of Delegates lost an unprecedented 14 seats and 11 were incumbents. All but one of the flipped seats were either in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., the government installation-heavy Norfolk area, government-centric Richmond and isolated Communist cells in the university towns of Lynchburg, Roanoke and Blacksburg. - More...
Wednesday PM - February 06, 2019

jpg Political Cartoon: Quiz

Political Cartoon: Quiz
By Rick McKee ©2019, The Augusta Chronicle, GA
Distributed to paid subscribers for publication by Cagle Cartoons, Inc.


Real Time U.S. Debt Clock

U.S. Inflation Calculator
Easily calculate the buying power of the US dollar & inflation rate from 1913-2019

U.S. Energy Info. Admin.
Heating Oil & Propane Update

Public Meetings & Info

Ketchikan Borough Assembly

arrowLive video stream of current meeting
arrow Meeting Video Archives
arrow Agenda and Information Packets
arrow Assembly Meeting Minutes

Ketchikan Planning Commission

arrowLive video stream of current meeting
arrowMeeting Video Archives
arrowAgenda, Information Packets & Minute

Ketchikan City Council

arrow Meeting Videos
arrow Agendas, Minutes & Information Packets

Ketchikan School Board

arrow Live video stream of current meeting
arrow Agendas & Packets

Police Dispatche

arrow AK Troopers Daily Dispatch
arrow Ketchikan Police Reports
arrow Juneau Police Reports


arrow Jobs
arrow Ketchikan's Forecast
arrowMarine Forecasts
arrowAK Weathercams
arrowKetchikan Weather Data
arrowCurrent AK Weather Map




Publish Your Ad
Click Here


arrow Public Meetings
arrow Announcements
arrow Upcoming Events
arrow Boats, etc.
arrow Help Wanted
arrow For Sale / Free Stuff
arrow Garage Sales
arrow Homes / Apts/ Property
arrow Pets
arrow Wanted
arrow Lost & Found
arrow Publish Your Ad

Front Page Archives
& Letter Archives
Dec. 2018 - Jan. 2019
25 26 27 28 29 30 01
02 02 04 05 06 07 08
09 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 31 01 02 03 04 05
06 07 08 09 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31 01 02
03 04 05 06      

Viewpoints, Analysis,

Basic Rules &
Freedom of Speech

Questions, please contact the editor at or call 617-9696

Sitnews reserves
the right to edit.

jpg Opinion

Right to Life By Robert Holston - Stacey Abrams, former Georgia gubernatorial candidate and potential Senate candidate, delivered the Democrats' response to President Trump's State of the Union address.  One particular statement near the end caught my attention.  “America achieved a measure of reproductive justice in Roe v. Wade, but we must never forget: It is immoral to allow politicians to harm women and families to advance a political agenda.”   Speaking of harm....

To me the eternal essence of “justice” is to protect the innocent.  Rather anodyne to most.  What may not be quite so obvious is the startling fact that Stacey Abrams, a black woman, is obviously in support of Planned Parenthood, receiving over $500 MILLION tax dollars per year to kill mostly black babies.

Planned Parenthood traces its roots back to nurse, educator and founder Margaret Sanger — whose racist activism changed the world.  Sanger once wrote: “Minorities crammed into impoverished areas in inner cities should not be having so many babies. And, of course, these minorities (including most of America’s immigrants) are inferior in the human race, as are the physically and mentally handicapped. We should require mandatory sterilizations of those less desirable and promote easy access to abortion. And since sex should be a free-for-all, we must provide birth control and abortions to teenagers too. It’s all for the greater good and for a more intelligent, liberated, healthier population.” - More...
Wednesday PM - February 06, 2019

jpg Opinion

Trump Is A National Security Threat By Donald Moskowitz - As a former Navy enlisted man and an officer I am concerned with the threat to national security posed by President Trump. His attacks on our intelligence agencies and cozy relationship with Vladimir Putin are un-American. - More...
Monday PM - February 04, 2019

jpg Opinion

Why Drug Prices Keep Going Up - and Why They Need to Come Down By Alex M. Azar II - Two years ago this month, President Trump promised the American people  that he would stop drug companies from “getting away with murder” with their annual ritual of price increases. Since then, his historic actions on drug pricing have produced historic results. One official measure of drug price inflation was actually negative in 2018, for the first time in almost 50 years. - More...
Thursday PM - January 31, 2019

jpg Opinion

Big or small, radiation can affect your health By Art Nash and Jennifer Athey - Certain words can create anxiety depending on your life experiences. One of those words is radiation. This is especially true for those of us who grew up during the Cold War and had under-the-desk drills, saw yellow rectangle “Fallout Shelter” signs at school and came to know geography framed by Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Three-Mile Island and Chernobyl.- More...
Saturday PM - January 26, 2019

jpg Opinion

Re: Edwards' Mess By Gigi Pilcher - I agree 100% with John Herrington's Letter regarding prosecution of each and every adult employed by the KGDSB who knew (first hand) about the sexual assault/sexual abuse allegation. - More...
Friday PM - January 18, 2019

jpg Opinion

Vote for Donna Frank By Kathleen Yarr - I have known Donna Frank since 1987. I hired her to work on the KIC Welfare Reform program in 1994 when I was the Director of Social Services.
- More...
Friday PM - January 18, 2019

jpg Opinion

The Edwards' Mess By John Harrington - The Ketchikan School Board investigation into the Edwards' mess has been completed. The Executive Summary is available. The School Board is busy preparing for alterations in their policies. Great. - More...
Monday PM - January 14, 2019

jpg Opinion

RE: Abolish Salmon Hatcheries? By Teri Dawe - I read the letter with interest. This has been a complex ongoing largely unrecognized problem for an extremely long time. - More...
Monday PM - January 14, 2019

letter Webmail your letter or
letterEmail Your Letter To:

E-mail your news tips, news
releases & photos to:

Stories in the News
©1997 - 2018
Ketchikan, Alaska

In Memory of SitNews' editor
Richard (Dick) Kauffman


Mary Kauffman, Webmaster/Editor,
907 617 9696


Locally owned & operated.

Est. 1997
Est. Commercial 2005-2018
©1997 - 2018

 Articles & photographs that appear in SitNews may be protected by copyright and may not be reprinted or redistributed without written permission from and payment of required fees to the proper sources.

E-mail your news & photos to

Photographers choosing to submit photographs for publication to SitNews are in doing so, granting their permission for publication and for archiving. SitNews does not sell photographs. All requests for purchasing a photograph will be emailed to the photographer.


Alaska Airlines - Pack More For Less

Wind & Water - Ketchikan's Dive Center

First Bank - Ketchikan, Alaska

ReMax of Ketchikan - Ketchikan, Alaska

Gateway City Realty, Inc - Ketchikan, Alaska

Coastal Real Estate Group - Ketchikan, Alaska

Alaska Premier Rentals - Ketchikan, Alaska

Great Western Service - Residential Rentals - Ketchikan, Alaska

Alaska Travelers - Ketchikan, Alaska - Asisting travelers with lodging in Ketchikan since 1999.

Alaska Airlines - Travel Now Discount

Alaskan & Proud Grocery & Liquor Stores - Ketchikan, Alaska

Northway Family Healthcare - Ketchikan, Alaska

Tongass Trading Company - Shop A Piece of History - Ketchikan, Alaska

Tongass Trading Co. Furniture House - Ketchikan, Alaska

Ward Creek Industrial - Ketchikan, Alaska - Authorized Dealer Sunlight Supply®, Inc.

Rendezvous Senior Day Services - Ketchikan, Alaska

Alaska Airlines - Travel Tuesday - Explore more with weekly fare sales.

The Local Paper - Ketchikan, Alaska The Local Paper - Ketchikan, Alaska The Home Office - The Local Paper; Ketchikan, Alaska

The Local Paper is
available online.
Click here for this week's printed edition (PDF)

Shop Local & Advertise Local with SitNews - Ketchikan, Alaska

KGB Sales Taxes - Finance Dept. KGB Delinquent Sales Tax KGB Sales Taxes