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March 06, 2007

2007 Sam Pitcher Music Scholarship Awards Announced

2007 Sam Pitcher Music Scholarship Awards Announced
Kim Stone, Jolene Pflaum, Ausin Hays, Matthew Perry and Lindy Parsons
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Ketchikan: 2007 Sam Pitcher Music Scholarship Awards Announced - The Sam Pitcher Music Scholarship Fund announced the award of five $500 scholarships to the following Ketchikan musicians: Jolene Pflaum, Austin Hays, Lindy Parsons, Kim Stone, and Matthew Perry. The scholarships are to attend summer music programs in 2007.

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Lindy Parsons and Kim Stone, scholarship recipients in 2006, will return to Marrowstone Summer Music Camp in Bellingham, WA. Lindy and Kim both play trumpet and French horn and are both sophomores. Senior Matthew Perry will attend the Sitka Fine Arts Camp along with sophomore Jolene Pflaum. Both play the trombone. Drummer Austin Hays will travel to Seattle to take private lessons from jazz drummer Mark Ivester who is on the faculty of the Cornish College of the Arts. All of the recipients are talented musicians who have participated in many musical groups and performances that benefit our community. They have each selected programs tailored to achieving their personal goals in furthering their music education. - More...

Ketchikan: Pilot Error Probable Cause of 2006 Jet Crash Says NTSB (SitNEws) - The probable cause of the crash of the Czechoslovakian made, but American owned, L-39 MS Jet that crashed in Ketchikan on a snowy Wednesday afternoon in January 2006 has been determined and the findings released by the National Transportation Safety Board.

Pilot Error Probable Cause...

Pilot Error Probable Cause of 2006 Jet Crash Says NTSB
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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) determined the probable cause(s) of the military jet surplus warbird in Ketchikan on January 25, 2006 as the pilot's failure to follow published instrument landing procedures and his descent below approach minimums during an IFR circle to land approach, which resulted in the airplane striking the ocean and a loss of engine power. Factors contributing to the accident were low clouds and snow.

The airline transport certificated pilot Stephen Freeman USMC, Retired, was on a Title 14, CFR Part 91 ferry flight in a military jet surplus warbird when the airplane collided with water and a residential area during an instrument approach to land according to the NTSB.

The NTSB findings noted that during the circle-to-land contact approach, pilot Stephen Freeman was advised by an FAA flight service station specialist at Ketchikan International Airport that the weather did not look favorable for a contact approach due to low clouds and visibility.

A pilot-rated witness on the shore across from the island reported seeing the airplane descend from the clouds and strike the ocean three times before it climbed out of sight reported the NTSB. The witness described the visibility as about 3/4 mile in blowing snow. The airplane continued to fly for approximately 2.3 miles, until other witnesses near a town on the shore heard the engine stop, and saw the jet and a parachute at a low altitude. - More....
Tuesday - March 06, 2007


Alaska: Governor Palin Disappointed Over Passage of Watered-Down Ethics Bill Calls it "Politics As Usual" - Two landmark ethics bills Senate Bill 19 and Senate Bill 20 that would take big steps in restoring the public's confidence in the Alaska legislature and the executive branch passed unanimously out of the Alaska Senate Monday afternoon. However Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is disappointed over passage of the watered-down ethics bill. Governor Palin on Monday criticized the failure of the Senate to adopt Senate Bill 19 amendments to further tighten ethics legislation.

Governor Palin said, "Today, the Senate considered amendments and passed SB 19, Senator French's ethics bill. The Governor's office requested that some amendments be offered today on the Senate Floor that would incorporate some measures from the Governor's ethics bill. All but one amendment was rejected by the Senate Majority Working Group on a straight-line caucus vote."

"I am very disappointed in the process," said Governor Palin. "My office, in conjunction with Dave Jones from the Department of Law, has worked hard and cooperatively to come up with meaningful and comprehensive ethics reform. As I stated earlier in the session, I do not have any pride in authorship but I can not just stand by allowing lip service to be paid to ethics reform while Alaskans stand to lose."

Governor Palin continued, "In one example, my office requested the Senate to adopt an amendment that would prevent executive branch employees from accepting any gift from a registered lobbyist. The amendment would not impact the legislature. I feel very strongly that if we are really going to clean things up, we must remove the ability of those individuals who are paid to influence decision makers from providing gifts. To not adopt the provision is absolutely outrageous." - More...
Tuesday - March 06, 2007

Ketchikan: 2006 KVB Annual Awards Winners Announced - The Ketchikan Visitors Bureau presented four standing awards and three special awards during the organization's annual banquet on Friday, February 23rd.

2006 marked the 30th anniversary of the Ketchikan Visitors Bureau, which was incorporated on January 30, 1976. It is the second oldest visitors' bureau in Alaska. The Anchorage Convention and Visitors Bureau was established in 1975.

The KVB's standing awards and the winners for 2006 include:

The Rainbird Award- presented to the outstanding individual, group or business who has volunteered their time and talents to further the efforts of the Ketchikan Visitors Bureau and the visitor industry in Ketchikan was presented to Mary Bolshakoff, owner of Alaska Traveler Accommodations. Mary was recognized for her assistance to the KVB over the past several years in coordinating accommodations for travel writers, travel trade professionals and the film crew who traveled to Ketchikan last summer to shoot a new video that will be used to market Ketchikan.

The Spirit of Alaska Award- presented to the individual or organization who by their actions, embody the traits of friendliness and service to visitors for which Ketchikan is known was awarded to Karen Lynch, food and beverage director for the Cape Fox Lodge. Karen was nominated because of the effort she and her staff put forth to provide a quality experience for conferences and special events guests, as well as patrons of the hotel's restaurant.


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The Heart of the Community Award- recognizes the efforts of an individual or organization within the tourism industry who have demonstrated support for programs that benefit local needs. The award was presented to Rob and Zella Scheer, Sarah Verharen and Erin Swanson of the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show for their ongoing support for a variety of programs including the Salvation Army, WISH, the 4th of July Logging Show and the Visitor Industry Charity Walk.

The Golden Totem Award- presented to the individual or business that has demonstrated outstanding leadership, new ideas and cooperative efforts in working with Ketchikan's visitor industry was awarded to Norma McGinnes, owner of Latino Tour en Alaska. Norma was nominated "as the first dedicated foreign language tour operator in Ketchikan and possibly southeast Alaska opening a new avenue to visitors whose ability to enjoy Ketchikan due to a language barrier could limit their enjoyment". - More...
Tuesday - March 06, 2007

Alaska: Palin unveils gas pipeline legislation By SABRA AYERS - Gov. Sarah Palin unveiled her much-anticipated gas pipeline legislation Friday and set the framework for what incentives she would give potential pipeline builders in exchange for their commitment to get Alaska's huge store of natural gas to market.

The bill, dubbed the Alaska Gas Line Inducement Act, or AGIA, offers to give a developer as much as $500 million, which the developer would need to match, as seed money for the multibillion-dollar project.

If the Legislature passes it, AGIA would also provide incentives to North Slope gas producers to put their gas into the pipe. It would offer a tax exemption for those who promise to use the gas line to ship their product to market. The tax exemption would be valid for 10 years and would include any reimbursements to the producers if lawmakers raise taxes.

"We are trying to remove as many risks to the builders as possible, and create stability and predictability," said Marty Rutherford, the deputy commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources and a key member of Palin's gas line advisory team.

Palin's proposal replaces legislation introduced by former Gov. Frank Murkowski. The former administration reached a deal with the three biggest North Slope producers last year on state tax and other terms if they built a pipeline to the Lower 48, a project now estimated to cost roughly $30 billion. Murkowski's contract was widely criticized for being too generous to the producers - BP, Conoco Phillips and Exxon Mobil - and it died when Murkowski lost a re-election bid last August. - More...
Tuesday - March 06, 2007

Alaska: Alaska soldiers rescue Iraqis from torture house, execution By DON HUNTER - Fort Richardson paratroopers searching for an enemy munitions site in Karmah rescued two Iraqi men from an al Qaeda torture house last week, their commander said.

One of the two prisoners freed, an Iraqi police officer, had been shot in both ankles, Lt. Col. Valery Keaveny said Monday in a teleconference call from Iraq. The other, an Iraqi citizen, had been strung up and whipped with cable.

he two men said their captors, with al Qaeda in Iraq, told them they would be killed and offered them the option of being shot in the head or beheaded, Keaveny said. Their executions were postponed because a video camera wasn't working.

The captors said they would return the next day to execute the men, but the paratroopers showed up in the meantime, Keaveny said.

Soldiers with the 4th Brigade (Airborne), 25th Division were acting on a tip from an Iraqi citizen about the location of a munitions site when they found the torture room behind a locked door, he said. A similar tip last week led members of the 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment to a huge bomb factory.

This time, paratroopers found another big complex with stockpiles of chemicals and other materials - including 1.1 million pounds of aluminum sulfate, 28,800 liters of formaldehyde and 168 boxes of sugar, Keaveny said. - More...
Tuesday - March 06, 2007

Alaska: Moose takes on helicopter -- both lose By KATIE PESZNECKER - A routine flight to tag a cow moose took a bizarre turn when the tranquilized animal charged the tail section of a hovering helicopter, collided with the rear rotor and brought down the aircraft.

The injured animal was euthanized at the scene.

The incident happened near the southeast Alaska town of Gustavus Saturday afternoon, and baffled officials with the Federal Aviation Administration and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

"I have never personally seen or heard of an injury of this type, caused to an animal by an aircraft," said Doug Larsen, regional supervisor for the Division of Wildlife Conservation. "It just had to be one of those quirky circumstance."

Neither the pilot nor biologist Kevin White, who was aboard the helicopter, was injured. But Larsen said the moose was hurt badly enough - its snout collided with the chopper's tail rotor - that it had to be put down by White. Biologists typically use a lethal injection to euthanize moose, Larsen said.

White was aboard a Hughes 369D helicopter, owned and operated by Temsco Helicopters. The identity of the chopper pilot wasn't immediately available.

Ketchikan-based Temsco provides flightseeing trips, charter services, and also contracts with government agencies. Larsen said the company has worked closely and successfully with the Division of Wildlife Conservation on outings to collar moose and capture brown bears. - More...
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