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March 27, 2013

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Alaska: 49th Anniversary of "Good Friday" Earthquake - Forty-nine years ago today at 5:36 pm, the largest earthquake ever recorded in North America, and the second largest in history, shook coastal Alaska for close to 4 minutes.

49th Anniversary of "Good Friday" Earthquake

Alaska Earthquake March 27, 1964. Damage to houses from landslides in Turnagain Heights in Anchorage.
Photo by R.A. Page, Courtesy USGS

At first, the ground rocked gently and most people weren't concerned, for they had experienced a lot of Alaskan quakes and had learned that they were a part of life. However, the gentle rocking increased, and the ground soon began to surge underfoot. Huge fissures opened and closed in the ground. Alaska's largest city was to be devastated in minutes.

Anchorage began to crumble as the shaking continued. Houses and buildings twisted and collapsed. Lamp posts fell over. Trees were uprooted. Unable to remain standing, people clung to lamp posts, cars, and each other in an attempt to keep from being knocked down. For approximately four minutes, the ground shook. When it was finally over, Anchorage was in ruins, a victim of a massive magnitude 9.2 earthquake, the second largest earthquake ever recorded in world history.

This historic quake was just the start. Underwater landslides gave way to local tsunamis destroying coastlines from British Columbia to California. According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the number of deaths from the earthquake totaled 115 in Alaska. The USGS reported the death toll was extremely small for a quake of this magnitude due to low population density, the time of day and the fact that it was a Good Friday holiday, and the type of material used to construct many buildings (wood).

A combination of shaking, tsunamis, landslides, and liquefaction destroyed buildings, houses, roads, and other infrastructure. Coastal land-level changes of as much as 36 feet of uplift occurred in one area and 6 feet of subsidence in another over a region two-thirds as large as the state of California. This great earthquake was felt over a half million square miles and resulted in at least $350-500 million in property damage in Alaska in 1964 dollars, a figure over $2 billion today.

The epicenter, of what came to be known as the Great Alaskan Earthquake, was deep beneath Prince William Sound - 75 miles east of Anchorage and 56 miles west of Valdez. The 9.2 quake produced sloshing of water as far away as Louisiana and was reported to have even moved parts of Florida and Texas a couple of inches. - More...
Wednesday PM - March 27, 2013

Ketchikan: Citizen Report Leads to Drug Bust - Officers of the Ketchikan Police Department received a call Monday afternoon from a citizen stating they had just oberved what appeared to be a drug transaction on Dock Street.

Two individuals were contacted by Ketchikan police officers and during the course of the investigation, officers obtained a search warrant for a silver Nissan truck.

Upon conclusion of the investigation officers arrested Cody Hansen, 28 years of age of Ketchikan AK, for two counts of Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance in the Second Degree, one count of Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, eight counts of Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree, and two counts of Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree. - More...
Wednesday - Mary 27, 2013

Southeast Alaska: State of Alaska Roadless Rule Case Dismissed by D.C. District Court - The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Monday ended a challenge by the state of Alaska against a nationwide Clinton-era rule protecting tens of millions of acres of roadless forest lands from logging and road building.

The Alaska case was the final litigation challenging the rule nationwide. The court held that no further challenges are allowed, because the statute of limitations has run out.

The Associated Press reported that U.S. Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) called the ruling frustrating. Unemployment in the region, he said by email to the AP, hovers around 15 percent. "Southeast Alaska needs more jobs - not more federal regulations," he said.

Earthjustice attorney Tom Waldo said, “This is a complete victory for the Roadless Rule. It means that it’s too late not only for the state of Alaska, but for anyone to file lawsuits against the rule, which has withstood every legal challenge. The Forest Service adopted it with overwhelming public support. It is important for clean water, fish, wildlife and recreation in the remaining intact areas of the national forests. American families cherish these places for camping, hiking, fishing, boating, hunting and all kinds of other recreation. The Roadless Rule ensures they will be available for generations to come.”

The court dismissed the state’s lawsuit for being filed after the six-year statute of limitations. Conservation groups who helped galvanize a citizens’ campaign in the late 1990s to protect America’s last wild national forest lands said they breathed a sigh of relief after more than a decade of legal challenges. - More...
Wednesday - May 27, 2013

Alaska: One Of Five Co-Defendants Convicted Of Embezzling From Trident Seafoods- A Washington woman was sentenced for her role in embezzling $289,000 from Trident Seafoods. Anne Wilson, 31 of Kent, Washington, was sentenced on March 21st by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Ralph R. Beistline, to 16 months in prison.

According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Aunnie Steward, from January 2008, and continuing until August 2010, the lead defendant Isairis Wolfe, used her position as the book keeper for Trident Seafoods in Kodiak, to write Trident Seafoods checks to four of her personal associates Anne Wilson, Jeremy Smith, Valerie Olivares, and Jamie Fathke. Wolfe, using her check writing authority at Trident Seafoods, drafted approximately 52 checks on a Trident Seafoods account for approximately $500,000, and made them payable to her personal associates Wilson, Smith, Olivares, and Fathke, as well as to Wilson's minor son L.E. The checks were negotiated by Wolfe and her associates and they shared the proceeds. Wolfe concealed the fraud by creating fraudulent accounting records so that the payments appeared to be legitimate.

Wilson and Wolfe met while working together at Trident Seafoods. Wilson was fired from Trident Seafoods but stayed in touch with Wolfe. Wilson approached Wolfe for a loan of a few hundred dollars and instead of granting a loan, Wolfe asked Wilson to join the scheme to defraud Trident Seafoods which she agreed to. Over a two and a half year period, Wilson negotiated 28 fraudulent checks that were made out to both her and her minor son that totaled $289,660. Wilson kept half of the money from the fraudulent checks and provided the remaining half to Wolfe. Wilson admitted that she wired some of the money from the fraudulent scheme to the father of her children who was in Mexico, knowing that he was a fugitive for a murder charge in Texas.

Wilson said that she knew that what she was doing was wrong but that did not stop her participation in the scheme. The scheme only stopped when Wolfe was fired from Trident Seafoods for performance related reasons and was no longer in a position to write the fraudulent checks. The scheme was discovered when an audit of the books and records was conducted by Trident Seafoods. Wilson admitted in court that she obtained United States citizenship while the scheme was ongoing but before it was discovered by Trident Seafoods. - More...
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letter Mind Control II by Ken Bylund - Another concerned American here, not shocked; puzzled, certainly. About the motive of that small minority of smart people using Schopenhauer's - Art of Controversy, to Interrupt, Break, Divert attention away from American's instinct to continue as the longest surviving nation of productive, imaginative, and well mannered people in history? Look to the reason why we are respected by them who would like us 'heads on stakes' dead. Could it be because we have a standing army of a hundred million armed citizens, who are not criminals, respecting legitimate law, and have the means to defend themselves? The main complaint by wanna-be aristocracy, at home or abroad, seems to be that we the people are not willing to embrace the European model of ever increasing dependency on and acceptance of Government Control. - More...
Wednesday PM - March 27, 2013

letter Open Letter: Federal government ammo hording By A.M. Johnson - The following response is made to Representative Don Young to a response he made to me requiring the vastly large ammo purchases by various Federal agencies. As reported by various news outlets, the amounts of weapons and ammunition purchased by our leading Federal agencies other than military, have been viewed as exceeding normal requirements. In one report several Iraq wars ammo consumption would be required to consume the amounts purchased and on order in 2012-13 alone. This is a disconcerting development heightened by the decreasing trust of our Federal Government and its actions promoted by the current administration. To that degree, I submitted a letter of this concern to Representative Don Young. Excerpts from his response begged for the return response to his attention. - More...
Wednesday PM - March 27, 2013

letter “Createmonth” By Bob Pickrell - This is a notice to my family, friends, and the rest of the world.  This year I will celebrate my “Createmonth” in December.  My September birth days are gone forever! - More...
Monday PM - March 25, 2013

letter Kayhi Needs a Tlingit Class By Peter Stanton - I would like to make a serious, concrete suggestion for Ketchikan High School: Get a Tlingit class. It could be just one period, but Kayhi needs a class teaching the Tlingit language. - More...
Monday PM - March 25, 2013

letter Open Letter: Proposed changes to oil taxes By Bella Hammond, Chancy Croft, Jay Kerttula, Katie Hurley, Sam Cotten, John Sund, Jim Whitaker, Mike Miller, Ethan Berkowitz, Harry Crawford, Eric Croft & David Gottstein - The legislature is contemplating tax changes which would forgo tens of billions of dollars of revenue.  SB 21 would replace a progressive tax structure with a flat tax, while substantially changing which oil fields are eligible for tax credits.  It would eliminate legislative language designed to promote industry competition.  These are major policy changes, and would affect Alaska’s business climate and state budgets for decades. - More...
Thursday - March 21, 2013

letter Mind Control By Norbert Chaudhary - As a concerned American, I am shocked that my constitutional right to own many firearms is now in jeopardy. It seems the liberal media and Obama have scared people into thinking that guns are a problem. And now they want to change things. Can you believe that? Just who does this Obama think he is? - More...
Thursday PM - March 21, 2013

letter The Income Tax – An Open Door to Corruption By Frank C. Kuchar - History has repeatedly demonstrated when a people and their leaders lose their virtue, freedom perishes.  It has recently come to light that Senator Robert Menendez (D) of New Jersey allegedly sponsored and promoted legislation that would benefit a major donor to his political campaign.  The legislation in question would have granted special tax credits and grants to a company in which his donor had invested heavily. - More...
Thursday PM - March 21, 2013

letter Time for a FairTax By Ward Atcher - Everyone, just imagine getting your whole paycheck [no federal income or FICA deductions] every pay period; and, you decide how much federal tax you pay and when? FairTax does this for all of us.   It’s much simpler and fairer than the 77,000 page federal income tax code it replaces.  FairTax eliminates the IRS. - More... 
Thursday PM - March 21, 2013

letter Pass FairTax HR25 By Beverly Martin - Keeping a flat tax flat is like eating chocolates – you can’t stop with just one. Income tax started as a flat tax but legislators can’t keep their hands off your goodies. The more chocolates you make, the more they take. - More...
Thursday PM - March 21, 2013

letter RE: End Abortions, Get A Vasectomy By Marie Zellmer - I have tried to stay out of this conversation for the longest time, but I would like to add something that has been on my mind and has become disturbing for me. Mr. Holston has forgotten something very important... he is not a woman. If I said that all men should have vasectomies to prevent getting women pregnant because of the "inconvenience" of paying for child care, or the "inconvenience" of having too much testosterone, I doubt that he would like the word as much. - More...
Thursday PM - March 21, 2013

letter LET’S STOP BEING NUMBER ONE By Diane Gubatayao - Reliable statistics tell us that two out of three Alaskan women will experience domestic violence or sexual assault in their lifetimes. Alaska leads the nation in this statistic; we are a sad number one. Here in Ketchikan it is estimated that there are two DV cases a day on average and one major sexual assault a month. - More...
Tuesday - March 19, 2013

letter The Cost of Education in Ketchikan By John Harrington - I have been following the education funding discussions here and in the public meetings. I usually try to avoid getting in the middle of these discussions, but I felt that some factual information might be useful. And we ought to look at all the information. - More...
Tuesday - March 19, 2013

letter Re: How much the district spends per student By Agnes Moran - Per ordinance 1630-A, found on the Ketchikan Gateway Borough website, the school District's FY2013 funding authority (budget) was $40,425,914 for 2165 students or approximately $18,672 per student. - More...
Tuesday - March 19, 2013

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