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SitNews - Stories In The News - Ketchikan, Alaska
March 22, 2012

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Little Red Beauty
The red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) makes itself quite conspicuous with its lively habits and noisy chatter. Cone cuttings on stumps or rocks are common where this squirrel dwells. It can be found in spruce forests over most of Alaska and has a wide range in North America. The home range of red squirrels is about ½ to 1 acre, and each squirrel knows its territory well. Each squirrel has several nests in its territory and always seems to know which retreat is nearest. Territorial behavior seems to be most rigid during caching of food and relaxes somewhat in the spring.
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Ketchikan: Two Ketchikan Residents Arrested For Possession of Heroin - Officers of the Ketchikan Police Department on Wednesday arrested Corey A. Howe, 24 years of age of Ketchikan Alaska, and Rosemary E. White, 21 years of age of Ketchikan Alaska.

The Ketchikan Police Department had received information that Howe and White were traveling to Ketchikan and had in their possession Heroin.  The two were allowed to travel and while they were awaiting a flight to Ketchikan, they were taken into custody inside the Seattle Tacoma International Airport by an airport interdiction task force team.

After contact by the Seattle airport interdiction task force team, Howe and White were found to be in possession of Heroin.  The two were transported to the Ketchikan. - More...
Thursday - March 22, 2012

Ketchikan: Ketchikan Medical Center Offers Palliative Care Program - The caregivers at PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center are putting their mission of caring into action through the newly formed patient-center Palliative Care program.

Richard Sayer, RN has been charged with facilitating the program and assembling a multidisciplinary team of caregivers to address the needs of chronically ill patients and their families.

"Palliative care is the total care of patients whose disease is not responsive to curative treatments," said Sayer. "Out focus is to control pain and the limiting symptoms of psychological, social, and spiritual problems to achieve the best possible quality of life for patients and families. This has long been a priority of our founders/sponsors, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace."

In the Palliative Care program patients will participate in whatever level of treatment they and their families deem most appropriate. Working with a multidisciplinary core team representing medicine, nursing, social work, ethics, spirituality and an "Advanced Registered Nurse Practioner" with extensive experience in pain management, the focus will be on the aggressive control of pain and other life limiting symptoms as well as ensuring patients and their families are fully educated about treatment options and the implications of any decisions to accept or decline treatment. - More...
Thursday - March 22, 2012

Alaska: Alaska Woman Sentenced On Multiple Tax Charges – United States Attorney Karen L. Loeffler and Principal Deputy Assistant General John A. DiCicco of the U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division, announced Tuesday that Anchorage resident Frances Yvonne Rowland, 43, a resident of Anchorage, Alaska, was sentenced to 75 months in federal prison for the crimes of tax fraud, credit card fraud, and identity theft. Rowland was also ordered to pay a fine in the amount of $25,000.

In August 2011, Rowland pled guilty to three felony charges stemming from a scheme to defraud clients and family members of nearly $1 million. Specifically, Rowland pled guilty to one count of obstructing the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), one count of credit card fraud, and one count of aggravated identity theft

Between 2005 and 2008, Rowland, who has also been known as Yvonne Rowland, Frances Yvonne Carter and Frances Leary. owned and operated several businesses in Anchorage and Wasilla, Alaska, including Carter and Associates, LLC; Carter Organization, LLC; Carter Financial Group, LLC; and Carter Tax, Inc. More recently, she operated under the name A-Plus Tax and Accounting Services. These businesses provided accounting and tax preparation services to individuals and small businesses.

The evidence showed that using her businesses, Rowland devised and executed a scheme to fraudulently obtain money from her clients. Her scheme followed a general pattern in which she first prepared tax returns on behalf of her clients. When her clients owed taxes, Rowland persuaded many of them to pay their tax monies to her "trust" account, promising that she would then transfer the funds to the IRS. In all, Rowland persuaded at least nine separate clients to transfer over $700,000 to accounts that she controlled. - More...
Thursday - March 22, 2012

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jpg Danny TyreeDANNY TYREE: Home Alone: The Trend, Not The Movie - Paradox of the week: if you live alone, you're not alone.

According to "Going Solo: The Extraordinary And Surprising Appeal of Living Alone," by Eric Klineberg, PhD, more than 50 percent of American adults are single (up from 22 percent in 1950), and one in seven adults lives alone.

Granted, the statistics are muddied by the fact that some survey respondents think they're living alone when they're really not. Take your average CEO, for example. ("What? You've been my roomie all this time? I didn't realize you were a human being. I thought you were a NUMBER. Ha ha. My bad. You're fired. Get out!")

The trend of living sans spouse, parents, children, romantic partner, or roommate has been labeled as the greatest demographic shift since the immigration wave of the 1890s and early1900s, the Baby Boom of 1946-1964 and the coming to their senses of Charlie Sheen's "goddesses" in 2011. - More....
Thursday - March 22, 2012

jpg Tom PurcellTOM PURCELL: Ask the Tax Prep Expert - I've been self-employed for many years, which has made me an expert on tax preparation. With tax season upon us, my email queue is filling up with questions from readers.

Q: My dog is panting heavily. What could it be? -- North Dakota Norm

A: You appear to have the wrong advice column, but it could be that your dog is self-employed and has fallen behind on his quarterly IRS payments. Contact the IRS and negotiate a biscuit installment plan immediately.

Q: My wife says we can get a big deduction by donating our underwear to charity. True? -- Fred from Philly

A: I remember news reports about the Clintons deducting boxes of old underwear back in the 1990s, but don't get your hopes up. It's doubtful your deduction will be as big as the one generated by Bill's boxers.

Q: I am self-employed and earned $50,000 last year. I can make more working longer hours, but it seems like every extra dollar is taxed at 50 percent. -- Concerned in Colorado

A: I hate to break it to you, but you are mostly correct. You are in the 25-percent federal income tax bracket. Social Security and Medicare total 15.3 percent (though there is a temporary 2 percent break). State income tax is 3.07 percent and local is 1 percent. Every dollar you earn beyond your current income is taxed at 44.37 percent.

Q: My dog stopped panting, but now my wife is panting! -- North Dakota Norm

A: Don't worry. Panting is a common affliction for Americans this time of year, as they spend precious hours complying with complex tax laws. Give your wife some bourbon.

Q: Someone told me that I am paying taxes on gasoline, utility bills, retail goods and many other things I am not even aware of. -- Perturbed in Pennsylvania

A: That is correct. If you were to calculate all the taxes you are paying, you would discover that well more than half your income is funding one tax or another. If America doesn't get its spending under control, you'd better hold tight to your wallet, because taxes are going to get worse. - More....
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letter Alaska Marine Highway Not Listening By Bill Brown - I read the letter about the ferrys and I agree but who do we talk to? How do the residents of Alaska voice our opinion? - More...
Saturday - March 17, 2012

letter Uncle Ernie By Rob Holston - I offer this letter as a salute to my uncle Ernie Weaver who recently passed away at age 87. Right up front you need to know that Ernie lived most of his life as a veteran. He served in the Korean war and it was there at the front lines he became left handed for the rest of his life. The story I recall as a young boy was that he was struck by friendly fire because he was so close to the enemy lines. I don’t know if uncle Ernie suffered from post traumatic stress disorder or not. That diagnosis was not given back then but he always seemed to be a happy and productive member of his community. - More...
Saturday - March 17, 2012

letter Heart of Klawock By A. M. Johnson - The editorial in the Ketchikan Daily News 3-15-12 regarding the outstanding act of sportsmanship and community pride reflected in the unselfish act by Klawock of honoring Yakutat's dedication to one of their fallen young community members and future leader is truly a class act. - More...
Saturday - March 17, 2012

letter Exported Fuel Contributing To Gasoline Price Increases By Donald A. Moskowitz - The increase in gasoline prices is not attributable to worldwide supply problems.  Threats by Iran to close the Strait of Hormuz are partly responsible for the increased prices, but another culprit is our oil industry. - More...
Saturday - March 17, 2012

letter RE: All in One By Charlotte Tanner - Mr. Dornblaser's idea for the USS Enterprise is fabulous. It solves so many problems in one fell swoop it is almost unbelievable. I hope the powers that be will give it serious consideration. I, myself, have been thinking of the problem a bridge presents to the passageway of Cruise ships and don't see why a hoist can't be constructed to lift them over the bridge, or in this case, over the scuttled USS Enterprise. - More...
Saturday - March 17, 2012

letter RE: Parking??? By Chris Elliott - REALLY??? I pay $50/mo. for a parking space near the Centennial Lot because with the 2-hour maximum limit per day, I was getting too many tickets. Tickets have been given, believe me. - More...
Saturday - March 17, 2012

letter Alaska Energy Authority's Energy Resource Plan By Paul Olson - The Southeast Integrated Resource Plan comment period ends March 19. The SEIRP lays out various scenarios for conversion to alternative sources of heat energy for the region. We believe the plan wrongly favors conversion to biomass sources of heat energy while ignoring or downplaying the effectiveness of other alternatives.   The plan calls for an 80% conversion from oil and electric heat across the region to wood pellet stoves and boilers.   It largely ignored the use of heat pumps as a highly effective and economical source of heat. - More...
Wednesday - March 14, 2012

letter Give Our Kids Options for Success By Senator Kevin Meyer - Alaska is making good strides towards improving our education system.  Over the last ten years we have increased standardized test scores in every area except fourth grade literacy. Schools across the state have lowered their dropout rates, and the graduation rate is consistently rising.   But there is more we need to do to make sure our children become successful adults, armed with the skills to get well-paying, rewarding jobs that can provide for their families and create a higher standard of living.  It is not acceptable to let even one child fail when there is something we could’ve done to prevent it.  - More...
Tuesday PM - March 13, 2012

letter Recycle, bridge, power supply, another tourist attraction, all in ONE By James Dornblaser - I just read a news article about the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise. It is now on its last deployment & following this last trip, will be decommisioned & later scrapped. I think this a golden opportunity for Ketchikan to solve several problems while acting as the nation's poster community for 'recycling'. Bring the carrier to Ketchikan, position it across the Narrows from the present AMHS terminal to the airport. Scuttle it & modify each end so it will serve as a bridge. WAH-LAH instant bridge. - More...
Tuesday PM - March 13, 2012

letter Looking for Special People to Help By David Hull - People of Ketchikan: The North Tongass Volunteer Fire Department takes our responsibility to the service area residents seriously. Our service area is protected by dedicated and committed emergency service responders who do their jobs when called upon, even at three o clock in the morning. Helping people is not an easy task. Our members do it willingly and often without recognition. Do you like a challenge? If any of this sounds interesting maybe we can help each other. - More...
Tuesday PM - March 13, 2012

letter Disconnect between people and government By Glenn Gould - I have been hollering into the void for quite a while on the subject of the All Alaska Gasline. I was surprised and happy to read statements made by Senator Ted Stevens, just before his plane crashed, that showed he was on board with the project and a terminus in Nikiski. - More...
Tuesday PM - March 13, 2012

letter Alaska Marine Highway By Jon Elloit - I see that the State always asks for input from the people, for things like schedule, Vessel Construction, New Alaska Class Vessel, etc. They ask this as if they really want our input, but we all have seen over the years as the people give their input, ideas, concerns... NOTHING / NO ONE cares. So why do they even ask our input? - More...
Tuesday PM - March 13, 2012

letter Alaska's comprehensive Arctic policy, challenge and opportunity By Reps. Reggie Joule, Bob Herron - In 2010, the state Legislature formed the Alaska Northern Waters Task Force (ANWTF), consisting of state legislators, leaders from Alaska communities, and representatives of key state and federal agencies.  These Alaskans were tasked with examining and reporting the issues surrounding the anticipated increase in shipping, resource exploration and extraction, commercial fisheries and tourism activities in Alaska’s Arctic region. - More...
Tuesday PM - March 13, 2012

letter Parking??? By David Wylie - What has happened to the parking situation in Ketchikan's lower Centennial parking lot? You used to get a ticket or two if you didn't move in the two hour time limit and now it's starting to look like a junkyard. - More...
Tuesday PM - March 13, 2012

letter Dying so others can vote By Billy D. Clifford - We send our brave young men and women to war in foreign countries so that those citizens will have the right to vote. But Americans do not exercise their right to vote here at home. Less than 38% of eligible voters turn out to vote in non-presidential national elections. Why? - More...
Tuesday PM - March 13, 2012

letter Bridge By Norma Lankerd - I have to agree with this person on a bridge, build one that way maybe Melakatla can also build one at the end of Annette Island and have the bridge connect to Gravina where they currently also have a road to no-where built. - More...
Tuesday PM - March 13, 2012

letter Toll Bridge? I don't think so By Lance Mertz - Once in a while I check to see what is up in Ketchikan by looking at Sitnews. As usual it is full of this and that, but there was a letter this week that I had to respond to. - More...
Tuesday PM - March 13, 2012

letter Bridge to Nowhere Retort By Don Hoff, Jr. aka Aan Kadax Tseen - The cost of a bridge to nowhere was at 415 million taxpayer dollars back 7 years ago. I would say to would be over 500 million dollars at today's cost. - More...
Tuesday PM - March 13, 2012

letter RE: Tournament By Chris Elliott - I think Mr. Edwardson is definitely on to something. When I was in high school (back in the Dark Ages), we took State four years in a row with John Brown leading the charge. When my daughter was playing, we beat Juneau and went on to State. - More...
Tuesday PM - March 13, 2012

letter Southeast BASKETBALL Tournament By Charles Edwardson - I recently wrote a letter about southeast tournament, read my letter. and I never once said basketball tournament. - More...
Tuesday PM - March 13, 2012

letter Games By Norma Lankerd - I am totally disappointed, Metlakatla will not be able to play again in a 3A tournament. - More...
Tuesday PM - March 13, 2012

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