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SitNews - Stories In The News - Ketchikan, Alaska
April 28, 2011

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Alaska: 154 Alaska Students Take National Financial Capability Challenge – As part of an ongoing effort to mark national Financial Literacy Month, the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of the Treasury today recognized the 154 Alaska students and seven Alaska educators who participated in the National Financial Capability Challenge for the 2010-11 school year. The Challenge, which includes a voluntary online exam for high school students, helps teach young Americans about saving, budgeting, investing, and other important skills critical to building a secure financial future.

The average score for Alaska students on the exam was 70 percent – compared to 69 percent nationally. A total of 32 Alaska students scored in the top 20 percent nationally and two Alaska students received perfect scores. - More...
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Alaska: Alaska Bering Sea crab fleet uses eco-gear, earth friendly fishing practices -  You probably don’t know that all those crab pots that get launched overboard in the TV hit ‘Deadliest Catch’ are designed to help protect sea creatures and the marine environment.

Every crab pot in Alaska is required to use biodegradable twine and escape panels to let juvenile and female crab go free.   That rule has been on the Alaska law books since the 1970s.  Only large, legal sized male crabs are retained for sale in Alaska’s crab fisheries – which produce more than one-third of total U.S. crab catches.  

More recently Bering Sea crabbers have advanced more methods to protect Alaska’s king crab and snow crab stocks, as well as reduce impacts on the sea floor.    

Since 2005, when the fleet began operating under a catch share plan instead of racing for the crab, the number of pots being used has dropped 76% - from 50,000 to 12,000 crab pots in the red king crab fishery.   The crab pots can soak longer, meaning fewer pulls and better catches.   That also has helped the Bering Sea fleet reduce its fuel ‘carbon footprint’ by half. - More...
Thursday - April 28, 2011

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Ketchikan: Ketchikan Community Concert Band, directed by Roy McPherson, presents a Spring Concert on Sunday, May 1st at 3:00 p.m. at the Kayhi Auditorium - The Ketchikan Community Concert Band's annual Spring Concert will begin as always, with "Alaska's Flag", our state song. The audience is welcome to sing along, and the words are printed in the program.  Following will be "The Awakening" by Brian Balmages, commissioned by Franklin-Fulton County High School in 2003. Next will be three movements from "Ballet Music from Faust" by Charles Gounod. The opera from which this ballet music was taken had its premiere in 1859, at the Grand Opera in Paris, and this transcription for band was completed in 1880.

"Cajun Folk Songs"  by Frank Ticheli, is in two movements. It is a tribute to the musical heritage of the Cajuns, descendants of the Acasians, and the thematic materials come from love songs, songs of great sorrow and country dances.

Kathleen Light, the Executive Director of the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council, will be the featured oboe soloist on "Sweet Sunset", by Dutch composer  Jan de Haan.

In 1991, hikers in the Alps discovered a mummified corpse in the Similaun Glacier. Unusually warm weather and breezes all the way from the Sahara combined to cause the ice to melt and expose a well-preserved man with his tools, weapons and clothing quite well intact. "Man in the Ice" follows his life through music as he hunts and is hunted, surviving illness and battles, and when he travels further up the Alps than he usually ventures. He dies at the age of forty-seven and is buried by winter rain and snow. He is known as "Otzi". - More...
Thursday - April 28, 2011

Craig: LOCAL LEADER WINS NATIONAL AWARD - Esther Hammerschlag, Network Director of the Prince of Wales Health Network in Craig, was recognized as the 2011 Outstanding New & Emerging Network Leader of the Year during the 3rd Annual National Cooperative of Health Networks Awards Luncheon held in Scottsdale, Arizona. The Outstanding New & Emerging Network Leader Award recognizes extraordinary leadership activities demonstrated by a health network leader/director who has held the position for less than 5 years.

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Current members of the Prince of Wales Health Network are PeaceHealth, SEARHC, State of Alaska Craig Public Health Center, and Alaska Island Community Services.  The Prince of Wales Health Network was formed in 2008 out of a mutually recognized need by POW’s healthcare providers for increased collaboration to improve the quality and accessibility of healthcare services to POW residents.   The original goals of the Network were to evaluate the possibility for longer term collaboration through strengthening relationships between the healthcare provider organizations, updating needs assessments for POW, and developing a strategic plan for primary care services on POW.  - More...
Thursday - April 28, 2011

Ketchikan: PEACEHEALTH MEDICAL GROUP-WOMEN’S HEALTH OFFERS CENTERING PREGNANCY® GROUP PRENATAL CARE CLASSES - PeaceHealth Medical Group-Women’s Health will offer CenteringPregnancy® group prenatal care beginning May 13, 2011. The two-hour sessions for expectant mothers will be offered on Fridays. The first group sessions will be facilitated by Ketchikan General Hospital Certified Nurse-Midwife Marta Poore, RN. Future group sessions will also be facilitated by Ketchikan General Hospital Certified Nurse-Midwife Katrina Lieben, RN.

The program will provide both private and group time to explore topics chosen by group members.

“It’s a great way for expectant mothers to share stories and learn from each other while learning new tools and healthier choices for themselves and their babies,” said Poore. - More...
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letter Sealaska to take over Redoubt Falls? By Florian Sever - Sealaska Corporation is due to receive yet another allotment of land, separate and apart from the land that Sealaska is trying to get through the Sealaska Lands Bill. Sealaska has asked the BLM for 11 acres of land surrounding the falls where Lake Redoubt drains into Redoubt Bay, near Sitka.  The falls are a popular site for subsistence fishing for sockeye salmon.  Many people in Sitka rely on this fishery for a part of their livelihood.  I question what Sealaska shareholders have to gain from the proposed conveyance of 11 acres of Forest Service land at Redoubt Falls into private Sealaska Corporation hands. - More...
Thursday - April 28, 2011

letter Coast Guard Waste: Blame GSA By Scott Willis - In response to Linda Heiser's post: I could not agree more. The reason the USCG and other Federal Agencies can not donate stuff to local charities is very complicated and to explain "why" would require volumes and volumes of books on the matter. - More...
Thursday - April 28, 2011

letter Government Waste By Joe Grady - I agree with prior letters concerning government waste. When I was in the U.S. Army I was astounded by the waste that would go one. - More...
Thursday - April 28, 2011

letterCoast Guard waste By Walt Hoefer - The Coast Guard has been doing this for many years. When we lived in Metlakatla (teachers) back in 1959, we observed the Coast Guard burning boxes of meat and other grocery products at the dump. When we questioned this they said a new shipment had come in and there was no room to store it. We asked why not give it to the Tsimshean indian community. "Against the law" they said. - More...
Thursday - April 28, 2011

letterCoast Guard Waste By Linda Heiser - I agree with Mark Hoyt. Why not donate those items to a charity. They could have one of their volunteers repair the items for sale or sell "as is" to the public and use the funds to help pay for services provide to the homeless, pay the fuel bill at WISH for a month, provide a great meal at the Salvation Army. I am sure the wonderful people of Ketchikan could think of other ideas. - More...
Tuesday - April 26, 2011

letter Recycling / salvaging By Barbara Day - I often wonder why so many folks are upset when others are fortunate enough to have the talent and creativity to be able to recycle an item by utilizing it for something it was not manufactured for or by using components of a given item or items to make something useful from or repair it to be used for what it was intended. - More...
Tuesday - April 26, 2011

letter Encourage & Support Salvagers By Pam Thornlow - There is a small group of hardy Ketchikan residents who routinely salvage electronics, copper, brass, etc. from the Ketchikan Landfill. Recent changes in the rules are curtailing their activities and their access. It would seem to me that they provide a service in reducing the landfill waste and providing a benefit to the community by not only providing economical usable electronics that would otherwise have been dozed under but by bringing money back into the community by recycling copper, brass, etc..- More...
Saturday - April 23, 2011

letter Coast Guard Waste By Mark Hoyt - Are any of you aware of how many of our tax dollars the USCG wastes every year? I'm willing to bet that most of you never had any idea what the Coast Guard and other branches of the military do with your money. - More...
Saturday - April 23, 2011

letter Front Street Rebirth By Chris Elliott - Wow! As I drove by where the old Revilla Theatre was towards the tunnel this afternoon, I was amazed at the beautiful building being uncovered on the corner across from the Sourdough Bar. Many thanks to the developer who had the vision to restore it to its former glory. - More...
Saturday - April 23, 2011

letter Demise of Tlingit Natives is Religion By Don Hoff Jr. - If only Alaskan Native Tlingits in Southeast Alaska spent only half the time learning Tlingit culture, our traditions and our history, instead of wasting our time learning about Non-Native Gods and churches, we would know what Clan, Tribe and house we belong to. We would be better off in today's society. - More...
Saturday - April 23, 2011

letterKetchikan Indian Community By David Jensen - Ketchikan Indian Community is a unique organization. It is a tribe of Indians, not in the traditional sense but an IRA. The Tribe was established under The Indian Reorganization Act of 1934 which was extended to Alaska in 1937. KIC was chartered and incorporated and the original constitution was approved by the Secretary of the Interior in 1941. - More...
Monday - April 18, 2011

letter SPECIAL NOT-SO-SPECIAL SESSION By Mike Doogan - I’ve been to two goat ropings and a county fair, but I ain’t seen nothing like this before. - More...
Monday - April 18, 2011

letter WHY BERTHOLF “MATTERS” TO ALASKA By Rear Admiral Christopher C. Colvin - The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter BERTHOLF stopped into the State Capitol for a brief port visit earlier last week.  It was the first Alaskan port visit for this new class of ship that will become critically important to Alaska.  Symbolic of its importance, Governor Parnell went aboard and graciously thanked the crew for their service to Alaska and the Nation. - More...
Monday - April 18, 2011

letter BLING ..... BLING ...... By Joey Garcia - It is unfortunate, really, that my inquiries about imposing drug-test to employees to focus on the rampant use and distribution of these menacing drugs can be seen, or felt, within the ranks and files of some of Ketchikan's fish processing companies. - More...
Monday - April 18, 2011

letter RE:Southeast Alaska's timber By Alexis Schofield - Did you SERIOUSLY just say "Whites"? This country is pretty equal opportunity if you ask me, you shouldn't hold it against an entrepreneur for making money, no matter what their race may be. EVERY race has EVERY opportunity to cash in if they are so inclined to do so. - More...
Monday - April 18, 2011

letter Fair Treatment? By Jeff Orr - I am writing this letter the year I should have retired from the Airport Police in Ketchikan Alaska. 2011 - More...
Monday - April 18, 2011

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