arrow Contact
arrow News Tips
arrow Viewpoints
Search Sitnews
arrow Copyright Info

Today's News
arrow Alaska & Ketchikan
arrow Top Stories
U.S. News
arrow U.S. Politics
Stock Watch
arrow Personal Finance
arrow Science News
arrow US Education News
arrow Parenting News
arrow Seniors News
arrow Medical News
arrow Health News
arrow Fitness
Offbeat News
arrow Online Auction News
arrow Today In History
arrow Product Recalls
arrow Obituaries

Quick News Search
arrow Alaska
arrow Ketchikan
SE Alaska
arrow Alaska News Links

Columns - Articles
arrow Dave Kiffer
arrow Arts & Entertainment
arrow Parnassus Reviews

arrow Jason Love
arrow Fish Factor
Bob Ciminel
arrow Chemical Eye On...

arrow Rob Holston
More Columnists

arrow Our Troops

Historical Ketchikan
arrow June Allen
arrow Dave Kiffer
arrow Louise B. Harrington

arrow Match of the Month
arrow Asset Builders

Kid's Corner
arrow Bob Morgan

Ketchikan Arts & Events
arrow Arts This Week
Ketchikan Museums
KTN Public Library
arrow Friday Night Insight
arrow Parks & Recreation
arrow Chamber

arrow Home & Garden
arrow Food & Drink
arrow Arts & Culture
arrow Book Reviews
arrow Movie Reviews
Celebrity Gossip

On the Web
arrow Cool Sites
arrow Webmaster Tips
arrow Virus Warnings

arrow Ketchikan Links  
arrow Top Sports News

Public Records
arrow FAA Accident Reports
arrow NTSB Accident Reports
arrow Court Calendar
arrow Court Records Search
Wanted: Absconders
arrow Sex Offender Reg.
arrow Public Notices

Weather, Webcams
arrow Today's Forecast
arrow KTN Weather Data

arrow AK Weather Map
arrow Ketchikan Webcam

arrow SE AK Webcams
arrow Alaska Webcams

arrow AK Earthquakes

TV Guide
arrow Ketchikan

Ketchikan Phone Book
arrow Yellow Pages
arrow White Pages

arrow Employment

Government Links
arrow Local Government
arrow State & National

Madison Lumber & Hardware - Ketchikan, Alaska

Tongass School of Arts & Sciences

Henderson's Auto Sales -  Ketchikan, Alaska

Alaska Glass & Supply - Ketchikan, Alaska

Davies-Barry Insurance - Ketchikan, Alaska

Lighthouse Services - Ketchikan, AlaskaParnassus Books Ketchikan, Alaska

Water Tap - Ketchikan, Alaska

The Local Paper & The Home Office - Ketchikan, Alaska

North Tongass Volunteer Fire Department

KFMJ - Ketchikan, Alaska

Carl Thompson's Photographs - Ketchikan, Alaska

For Sale

Ketchikan Duplex For Sale by Owner

Totem Takeout -  Ketchikan, AK

Ocean Front Home

Building For Sale - Ketchikan, Alaska

SitNews - Stories In The News - Ketchikan, Alaska
April 23, 2007

Front Page Photo by Carl Thompson

Murphy's Landing
Front Page Photo by Carl Thompson

Ketchikan: Local clinics to combine offices - The Ketchikan Medical Clinic and Wilson Medical Clinic physicians and staff are joining forces. It was announced recently at the monthly medical staff meeting that Ketchikan Medical Clinic will move from its current location at 1101 Copper Ridge Lane into the Wilson Medical Clinic at 212 Carlanna Lake Road by June 1, 2007.

Local Clinics Merge...

Local clinics to combine offices
Drs. Andy Pankow , Diane Liljegren, Peter Rice, Madeline Borhani, and Herb Higgins

The new clinic will be known as the PeaceHealth Primary Care.

Drs. Andy Pankow and Diane Liljegren, Family Medicine physicians, as well as Drs. Madeline Borhani, Herb Higgins and Peter Rice, Internal Medicine physicians, will now be seeing their patients under one roof. While the physicians and staff will continue to provide the exceptional care that their patients have come to expect it is anticipated that the merge will allow for an even better patient experience as the staff are able to work more efficiently and provide backup and support to each other to better meet patient need. Ketchikan Medical Clinic patients will now share the close proximity to other services (lab, x-ray, physical and occupational therapy, etc.) - More...
Monday - April 23, 2007

Alaska: Governor Selects Bear with Salmon Design for Alaska's Commemorative Quarter - Alaska Governor Sarah Palin today unveiled the final design for the Alaska commemorative quarter. The Governor selected the bear with salmon and the North Star. Mark Vinsel, Chair of the Alaska Commemorative Coin Commission, joined Governor Palin for the unveiling ceremony at the Alaska Mint in Anchorage. The design will be forwarded to the U.S. Mint, which will release the coin in fall 2008.

"This was a hard decision," said Governor Palin. "All of these designs are very fitting for Alaska. I heard from many Alaskans across our state who helped me decide which design best represents Alaska. I would like to extend a special thank you to all of the students and teachers who took part in this process, too. Their input was especially helpful."- More...
Monday - April 23, 2007

Top Stories
U.S. News
U.S. Politics


Alaska: Missing Former State Representative Found Alive - Former Alaska State Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch, reported missing after a boating trip in Auke Bay yesterday, was found hypothermic but alive at 11:15 am Monday on East Coghlan Island by a member of the South East Alaska Dogs Organized for Ground Search (SEADOGS).

Weyhrauch was reported missing after a boating trip in Auke Bay Sunday evening. The Coast Guard Cutter Mustang, a rescue helicopter from Air Station Sitka, a patrol boat from Station Juneau, and a Coast Guard Auxiliary vessel searched the waters of Auke Bay for Weyhrauch throughout the night.

The vessel Navigator reported Weyhrauch's abandoned pleasure craft adrift approximately one mile southeast of the Auke Bay ferry terminal at approximately 6:30 p.m. Sunday evening. The last known time and place Weyhrauch seen on Sunday was at approximately 5:00 p.m. after disembarking his son at the Weyhrauch's residence in Auke Bay. After disembarking his son, Weyhrauch proceeded toward Auke Bay Harbor for mooring. - More...
Monday - April 23, 2007

Alaska: Alaska Enters Into Universal Health Care Debate - Alaska entered into the universal health care debate today with the introduction of SB 160, legislation to ensure equitable financing of health care by making insurance affordable to all Alaskans. SB160 is a bill introduced by Sens. Hollis French (D - Anchorage) and Johnny Ellis (D - Anchorage).

The cornerstones of the bill are the creation of the Alaska health care board, which will oversee the program, and the Alaska health care fund, which will issue vouchers to qualified individuals. The bill also creates the health care clearinghouse, which will connect individuals holding vouchers with quality insurance products, facilitating a relationship between Alaskans and private insurers.

This legislation requires that every Alaskan retain an affordable insurance plan that covers essential health care services. This not only protects the health and wellbeing of insurance holders, but it also protects the businesses and individuals who have chosen to invest in health coverage. - More...
Monday - April 23, 2007

National: A new day for same-sex couples in Washington state By SEAN COCKERHAM - Amid happy tears and rounds of applause, Washington state Gov. Chris Gregoire signed a bill that grants same-sex couples some of the same rights as married people, saying, "This is a very good moment for me."

The state law will take effect July 22. It gives gays, lesbians and unmarried seniors rights to visit a partner in the hospital, inherit property when there's no will and make decisions on matters such as emergency health care, funeral arrangements and disposition of remains. Domestic partners are to register with the Secretary of State's Office to qualify for the rights. - More...
Monday - April 23, 2007


Northwest: Flying lab to test Pacific skies for dust from Asia By DAVID PERLMAN - Vast plumes of fine-grained desert sand and pollution sweep constantly from Asia across the Pacific and over North America, darkening skies along the way and affecting the weather and global warming, but scientists don't yet know to what extent.

This week, researchers plan to launch a flying laboratory they hope will give them an answer.

A team from the University of California-San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo., began successful test flights last week aboard the government's newest high-altitude research aircraft. Within a few days, the team's leaders say, the Gulfstream V plane, financed by the National Science Foundation, will head to Anchorage, Alaska, and from there will fly over the ocean to Yokota Air Base near Tokyo on the first leg of its six-week mission capturing plume samples.

The plumes of particles, still poorly understood, are so huge that they are among the largest weather-influencing events on Earth. They are caused by a combination of factors.

Dust storms from fierce winds that whip the Central Asian deserts cast a pall over Korea, rise high into the atmosphere as they speed eastward, and often cause a yellow-brown haze over California, the scientists say. At the same time, millions of tons of dense soot and chemicals rise into the air from China's booming coal-burning industries each year, and they, too, add to the density of the plumes that reach North America. - More...
Monday - April 23, 2007

National: Congress begins investigating death of NFL star Tillman By ZACHARY COILE - Congress will open its first inquiry into the death of former football star and Army Ranger Pat Tillman with a hearing this week that is expected to focus on whether the Army deliberately destroyed evidence and ordered soldiers to keep quiet about key details showing that Tillman was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan.

A House committee wants to know why the Pentagon spun a tale of Tillman's death by "enemy forces" even though Army officials knew almost immediately that he had been killed accidentally by fellow U.S. soldiers.

The Defense Department turned over four boxes of uncensored documents to Congress on Friday - a victory for Tillman's family, who has complained that the heavily redacted Army reports on his death have made it difficult to find out who was responsible for the misinformation. - More...
Monday - April 23, 2007

National: Former military sites remain environmental time bombs By RUSSELL CAROLLO - From California to Washington, D.C., time bombs lurk beneath the surface - poised to contaminate wells, pollute waterways, jeopardize property values and endanger human lives.

More than 1,000 confirmed and suspected military sites, the largest number in the country, are spread across California. Many were abandoned decades ago but may still be contaminated with toxic chemicals, bombs and other munitions or even radioactive waste, a six-month examination by the Sacramento Bee found.

With so many sites, encounters with military debris and even munitions are becoming commonplace. - More...
Monday - April 23, 2007


 Public Meetings

The Ketchikan School Board will hold a regular meeting on Wednesday - April 25, 2007 at 6:00 pm in the City Council Chambers.
Download the Agenda & Information Packet pdf

Basic Rules

letter Re: Roads on Gravina By Mike Sallee - Tuesday PM
letter"Wilson Clinic" By Janet Spear
letter Quick hits By Gregory Vickrey - Tuesday PM
letter Devaluing Milk, Bread, and Human Life... By Martha Leftwich
letter Info on Hays Surveys By Anita Hales - Tuesday PM
letterWhatever happened to...... By Virginia E. Atkinson - Tuesday PM
letter Civil discourse By Bill Thomas - Tuesday PM Sr. - Tuesday PM
letter In Regard to Civil Discourse By Vicki Harsha - Tuesday PM
letter RE: Politicians won't stand up to gun lobby By Thomas McDonald - Tuesday PM Sr.
letter RE: New America By Mike Isaac - Tuesday PM Sr.
letterWho Paid For The Gravina Road Poll? By Jerilyn Lester - Monday PM
letter Renewable energy fund beginning of political commitment By Sen. Johnny Ellis and Rep. Bill Thomas - Monday PM
letter RE: A new America By Ty Rettke - Monday PM
letter Civil, dignified? By Carl Thompson - Monday PM
letterResponse to Virgina Tech Shootings By Sara Schroeder - Monday PM
letter Civil discourse? By Jessica Mathews - Monday PM
letterOut of control spending By Ed Fry - Sunday
letter"Honesty and Character" By Al Johnson - Sunday
letter Perpetuate Tribes Not Corporations By Don Hoff Jr. - Sunday
letter KGB Budget Review By Glen Thompson - Saturday
letter Do we need a new Public Library? By Judith L. Anglin - Saturday
letter Civil discourse By Wendy Gierard - Saturday
letter Thanks for making Ketchikan better! even at the Rock Pit... By Bobbie McCreary - Saturday
letter Family Activities By Carl Webb - Saturday
letter Explanations? By Charlotte Tanner - Saturday
letterA new America By Mike Isaac - Saturday
letter Integrity? By Rick Krueger - Saturday
letter Virginia Tech Massacre By Gavin Piercy- Saturday
letter "Family" By Julie Steiner - Wednesday PM
letter Ketchikan School Board By Rick Krueger - Wednesday PM
letter Penalties for dumping By Gavin Piercy - Wednesday PM
letter Margaret McCombs Story By Carolyn Frye - Wednesday PM
letterEarth Day By Tara Wilhelm - Wednesday PM
letter Virginia Tech Shootings By Glenn A. Bell - Wednesday PM
letter McCombs: Free to Roam By Amanda Chandler - Monday PM
letter Jim Elkins By Taylor Gregg - Monday PM
letter Honesty and character By Al Johnson - Monday PM
letterDo We Really Need a New Public Library? By Robert D. Warner - Monday PM
letter Ketchikan Garbage By Sonia Streitmatter - Monday PM
letterWorld Port, Superintendent, Library... By Robert McRoberts - Monday PM
letter Schools etc. etc. By Bill Thomas Sr. - Saturday
letter Open Letter: TLMP By Robert Pickrell - Saturday
letter DISCLOSURE APPROPRIATE By Pete Ellis - Saturday
letter Faith By Gregory Vickrey - Saturday
letter Chamber Lunch By Laura Plenert - Saturday
letter New Library building By Signe Markuson - Saturday
letter Thanks for Making Ketchikan Better! By Jerry Cegelske - Saturday
letter "Do we really need a new public library?" By Robert Fruehan - Saturday
letter Alaska Coins By Tom LeCompte - Saturday
letter Swan death: What a shame By Amanda Martin - Saturday
letter More Viewpoints/ Letters
letter Publish A Letter


arrow Police Report Updated
arrow AK Troopers Daily Dispatch
arrow Today's Forecast
arrow Satellite

arrow Today's Weather Images
arrow Marine Forecasts
arrow Ketchikan Weather Data
arrow Current AK Weather Map


arrow Publish ad
Please select the proper category before posting.


arrow Announcements
arrow For Sale / Free Stuff
arrow Garage Sales
arrow Homes / Apts/ Property
arrow Pets
arrow Wanted
arrow Lost & Found
arrow Local Services
arrow Publish your ad

April 2007
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          

arrow More Front Page Archives


Columns - Commentary

Jason Love: Aging - I'm at that age where things are starting to fall apart. Doctor Lynn said that my warranty must have expired.

I won't give my age for religious reasons, but let's just say that my pants are up around the navel. That's how you can tell a man's age: The beltline starts in adolescence around your knees and creeps ever upward until the paramedics finally pull the pants over your head and pronounce you dead.

Memory is also on the skids. Have you ever walked into a room and forgotten why you were there? I took it to the next level...

"Why the hell am I in Target?"

I wanted to ask a clerk, but they're never helpful that way. I shopped for two hours and still don't know if I got what I needed. So it goes.

My grandpa reached the age where you stop caring altogether...

"Grandpa, will you pass the yams? The yams? THE YAMS."

Oh, he heard us just fine; grandpa had simply moved on from passing yams. He also backed into traffic without a peek, figuring that he had lived so long he must be invincible.

I'm not there yet, but my math has gone from a B in trigonometry to this: Save $2.15 on four cans of tuna ... Four goes into ... Something cents per ounce ... Do I really NEED tuna? - More...
Monday - April 23, 2007

Tom Purcell: Distressed ­ American Sensibility - I will be 45 this week and it's official: I have turned into my father.

The world makes less sense to me every day. My fellow man puzzles me more every day.

I cite exhibit A: crappy stone walls. I know a woman who paid $10,000 to have a small stone retaining wall built along her driveway.

Now I used to be a stonemason -- I rebuilt close to 200 such walls during my high school and college years -- and I was shocked to learn that hers was a new wall. It was buckling and full of gaps. Not one stone was properly cut or faced.

It's the latest craze, she told me -- walls that have an old, authentic look. This is because people suddenly want the outside of their homes to look as "distressed" as the inside.

"Distressed furniture" is the latest trend in interior design. People are buying brand-new tables and dressers, bringing them into their garages, kicking and scratching them, then covering them in a lumpy, flaky paint. - More...
Monday - April 23, 2007

Steve Brewer: Tackling the repository of stuff - Somewhere in your home - spare bedroom, attic, basement, garage - is the Repository of Stuff We Don't Use Anymore.

It's a mystical place of letter sweaters and souvenir ashtrays, baby clothes and broken crockery, Magic Eight-Balls and eight-track tapes, outgrown toys and outmoded phones and old jeans that will fit again after we drop 20 pounds (yeah, right).

Once in a blue moon, someone in your household will feel compelled to clean out this accumulated detritus. We could make better use of that space, the thinking goes, and we'll never, ever need this stuff again. Why not get rid of it?

This is an admirable ambition, but, as with so many things, it's easier said than done. Parting with your old stuff is a hard, dirty job that requires elbow grease, grit and resolve. Not to mention backache medication and frequent hot showers and, quite possibly, an expensive divorce.

At our house, the Repository of Unused Stuff was in our three-car garage. I don't want to say how much dusty stuff we had piled up, but there was barely room for two vehicles. You do the math. - More...
Monday - April 23, 2007

Dale McFeatters: Bad neighbors make for good fences - The U.S. government, goaded by Congress, has made many demands of the Iraqi government, and now the Iraqi government, in the person of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, has made one of its own. He has demanded that the United States halt construction of a three-mile wall to surround a Sunni neighborhood to protect it from adjacent Shiites.

The enclosure is one of at least 10 planned as part of the nearly 3-month-old security crackdown. U.S. forces call them "gated communities," but the walls are dreary Jersey barriers and 12-foot-tall cement slabs.

Al-Maliki's office says the walls will further divide an already bitterly divided nation. The prime minister issued his order while on a tour of surrounding nations, and the confusion surrounding it makes you wonder how much he is in touch with what's going on in his own capital.

According to the Associated Press, Iraq's chief military spokesman said that al-Maliki was responding to exaggerated reports and that the barrier-building would continue. However, the U.S. ambassador said the American forces would respect the prime minister's wishes.

The walls are clearly an inconvenience to residents, who face loss of access to stores and markets, and lengthy detours. The Azamiyah wall will enclose a neighborhood of 15,000 and have only one gate for civilians.

And construction is only the beginning. U.S. forces plan to issue biometric IDs for all the residents, and fingerprint everyone who comes and goes. - More...
Monday - April 23, 2007

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

M.C. Kauffman, Webmaster/Editor

In Memory of Dick Kauffman

Stories in the News
©1999 - 2007
Ketchikan, Alaska

Locally owned & operated.

Online since 1999

Diversified Diving Service - Ketchikan, Alaska

The GCI Store - Ketchikan, AlaskaKetchikan Indian Community

Ketchikan General Hospital

Re/Max - Ketchikan, Alaska

Talbot's Building Supply

McPherson Music - Ketchikan, Alaska

Tongass Federal Credit Union - Ketchikan, Alaska

Airlift Northwest - Alaska

University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan

Guardian Flight Medevac

Ketchikan CHARR

Hummingbird Festival

Tatsuda's IGA - Ketchikan, Alaska


Tongass Forest Enterprises


Skinner Sales & Service - Ketchikan, Alaska

Taquan Air Ketchikan, Alaska

Tongass Business Center

Alaska Car Rental - Ketchikan, Alaska

Hometown Furnishings - Ketchikan, Alaska

L&M Marine

Ward Creek Industrial - Ward Cove, Alaska

Vicki's Place - Exclusive Salon - Ketchikan, Alaska