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Ketchikan: APRIL 1-7, 2012 PROCLAIMED HERITAGE LANGUAGE AWARENESS WEEK - Ketchikan Indian Community Tribal Council is proclaiming April 1-7, 2012 Heritage Language Awareness Week.  It is estimated that only 175 Native languages remain in the United States, three of which are languages indigenous to the Ketchikan area: Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian also known as Lingít, Xaad Kíl, and Shmalgyax.  


Mayor Lew Williams and Cara Wallace, KIC Tribal Education Director
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City of Ketchikan Mayor Lew Williams issued a proclamation honoring Heritage Language Week which was accepted by KIC Tribal Education Director Cara Wallace. Similar proclamations will be issued by the Ketchikan Gateway Borough and the City of Saxman.

Ketchikan Indian Community has been a regional leader in the area of language preservation and revitalization. In an effort to reverse language loss, KIC is focusing on teacher development using the Mentor-Apprenticeship model.  The model allows elders to work individually with apprentices, who are training to become language teachers.  Since the creation of the language program in 2009, KIC has benefited from the generosity and hard work of the following elders: Primrose Adams, Phyllis Almquist, Stephen Brown, Delores Churchill, Norma Fawcett, Delores Ivins, Gertrude Johnson, Claude Jones, Helen Leask, Claude Morrison, John Reese, Wilbur Reese, and Joseph Thomas.

During Heritage Language Awareness Week, KIC encourages all citizens to celebrate the important role of fluent speakers in the tribal community and acknowledge their continuing dedication to the preservation of Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian languages for future generations.

During that week a series of activities will take place to increase community awareness of language revitalization efforts.  Activities include: - More...
Tuesday AM - March 27, 2012

Alaska: Alaska Sea Grant announces new marine research projects - Red and blue king crab from waters around the Kodiak and the Pribilof islands, seals and king salmon in Bristol Bay, and sea otters in Southeast are the subjects of more than $1 million in research being funded by Alaska Sea Grant during the next two years.

Alaska Sea Grant is a state-federal marine research, education, outreach and marine advisory program funded largely by NOAA and headquartered at the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences.

Every two years, Alaska Sea Grant conducts a scientific peer-review process to select research projects to address important marine research needs in coastal Alaska. During 2012-2014, Alaska Sea Grant will provide $1,179,119 in federal and state funds to support four new projects and related graduate student traineeships aimed at advancing marine science understanding.

In Southeast Alaska, Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program agent Sunny Rice and UAF associate professor Ginny Eckert will receive Alaska Sea Grant funding to continue their research aimed at better understanding the impact of sea otters on the region’s commercial shellfish fisheries. Sea otters have been increasing in number and expanding their range southward, with unquantified impacts on commercial fisheries worth more than $16 million to Southeast coastal communities.

The Southern Southeast Alaska Sea Otter Project began in 2010. Rice, Eckert and graduate student Zachary Hoyt have been tracking and monitoring sea otters to better gauge their food preferences and consumption rates, and working with fishermen to learn their concerns about the growing sea otter population’s impact on local sport and commercial fisheries.

The researchers are collaborating with Verena Gill of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to monitor 40 radio-tagged sea otters as a part of a companion project funded by the North Pacific Research Board. Over the next two years, researchers will use $157,629 in Alaska Sea Grant federal funds and $29,446 in state matching funds to expand their sea otter diet survey to new areas important to commercial fisheries. They will attempt to determine if the amount of food eaten by sea otters along the leading edge of the population expansion is greater than that consumed by sea otters in habitats inhabited by otters for several years.

Using data obtained through these efforts together with Alaska Department of Fish and Game catch and bioassessment statistics, Rice and Eckert will quantify current impacts and project future effects of sea otters on marine invertebrate fisheries in the region. Rice and Eckert also will examine historic sea otter distribution by collecting local and traditional knowledge through stakeholder interviews. They will present their results to stakeholders during meetings in five Southeast communities near the end of the project. - More...
Tuesday - March 27, 2012

Ketchikan: Students compete in Alaska Geographic Bee - Alaska students will compete in the National Geographic state-level geography bee Friday, March 30 at the Egan Center in Anchorage. More than 100 fourth through eighth graders from 21 Alaska school districts will participate. The contestants have prequalified by winning their schools’ bees and passing a qualifying test. Ketchikan schools with contestants participating are Houghtaling Elementary School, Schoenbar Middle School and Tongass School of Arts & Sciences.

Questions during the bee span the world: “Which state has a climate suitable for growing citrus fruits, California or Maine?” “The North Atlantic current brings warm waters from the tropics to the west coast of which continent?” “To visit the ruins of Persepolis, an ancient capital of Persia, you would have to travel to what present-day country?”

Preliminary rounds in the morning will determine the top 10 finalists who then compete in the afternoon for first place. The winner will represent the state at the National Geographic Bee May 22-24 in Washington, D.C. The national winner receives a $25,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society and a trip to the Galapagos Islands.

Ketchikan: Three More from Ketchikan Arrested For Drugs - Officers of the Ketchikan Police Department arrested William Montgomery, 26 years of age of Ketchikan Alaska, last Thursday for possession of Heroin.  He was charged with Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree and Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree.

The Ketchikan Police Department had received information that Montgomery was going to be flying to Sitka from Ketchikan and possibly in possession of Heroin.

Officers contacted Montgomery and executed a search warrant on him and his belongings at which time four small packages of Heroin were found, about 1 gram total.  He was transported to the Ketchikan Correctional Center where he was held without bail.

Over the weekend, officers of the Ketchikan Police Department working with the U.S. Postal Inspectors executed two search warrants and arrested two individuals on methamphetamine related charges on Saturday, March 24, 2012. - More...
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letter Carbon Neutrality of Biomass Energy By Eric Muench - This is a response to Paul Olson's criticism of the Southeast Integrated Resource Plan, in which he says that conversion to biomass energy would be harmful because, among other claims, it adds carbon dioxide to the atmosphere and is therefore not carbon-neutral . That is a misleading statement. - More...
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letter Funding for a Unuk River study By Victoria McDonald - Three years ago, in response to concerns about mine tailings damaging the Taku River, fishermen asked the Alaska legislature to fund a study documenting water quality on the river. The legislature appropriated $35,000.00 for a report on the Taku, with enough left over for a similar study on the Stikine. These reports have been extremely valuable when Alaska Dept of Fish & Game have worked with the Canadians on transboundary mining proposals. - More...
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letter Fund water quality monitoring on Stikine, Unuk, Taku By Tammi Meissner - I was born and raised in Wrangell, and I live here with my husband and two daughters. I am Tlingit and I practice traditional food gathering. My family has a cabin at the mouth of the Stikine River, the fastest free flowing navigable river in North America, where we often live and where we fish. This river is the source of salmon that my family relies on to sustain us year round, and is the source of salmon that contributes to our community s fishing economy. The Stikine is also an important spiritual and cultural resource. - More...
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letter BOYCOTT ETCH A SKETCH By David G. Hanger - Pass this message forward via email, facebook, tweets & twitters, whatever.  Don’t buy a single Etch A Sketch; trash any of recent vintage that you have.  They are the product of slave labor. - More..
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letter RE: USS Enterprise, Bridge By Peter Jacob - I'm writing this in response to James Dornblaser and Charlotte Tanner's proposal of using the USS Enterprise as a bridge to Gravina. - More...
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letter USS Enterprise By Eric Riemer - So I'm pretty sure nobody has pointed out the complete ridiculousness of the idea to use an old aircraft carrier as a bridge to Gravina because the flaws are quite obvious if one spends even a few moments thinking about it, but after reading someone's positive response to the idea I cannot hold my tongue, so I beg your indulgence.. - More...
Tuesday AM - March 27, 2012

letter Bridge By Mike McColley - I would like to see the bridge built. The job itself will help Ketchikan people benefit from carpenters laborers and all trades. - More...
Tuesday AM - March 27, 2012

letter Nicholas’ Law By Nyna Fleury, Bessie Singleterry, Tim Booth, Loni Iingley-Mills, Chief Ely - We are looking for support in putting together a law that we can pass called Nicholas’ Law, where it would be against the law to be intoxicated while taking care of a underage child. Before we can take it to the legislators we need documentation from concerned parties. Police Officers, Social Services workers, Teachers, Daycare works, Parents (anyone) who can see a need in this law. - More...
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letter Parking, Trash By Lisa Krieger - It seems to be the parking has been an isue for some time now. I notice a lot of people parking in Handicapped zones and they don't seem to be ticketed. In fact, in front of my own place, a peron was taking up two spots, which left the person behind them, take up another spot, which led us to park a ways from our own home. We called Law Enforcement.. they came in the area, had a Cruiser check it out... WE thought something would become of it and straighten it out.. nope... they just looked at the parking situation and drove off! - More...
Tuesday AM - March 27, 2012

letter RE: Parking By David Wylie - Ms. Elliot we are talking about 2 different parking areas. I am talking about the Lower Centennial Parking. The one under the library parking lot. Now I don't doubt that they are giving out parking tickets. I just don't understand why this lot has now slipped through the cracks. - More...
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