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April 11, 2012

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Ketchikan: Bar Harbor & Thomas Basin Cleanup: $12,000-$20,000 worth of grocery carts recovered - Members of the Society of American Foresters, Dixon Entrance Chapter, the Ketchikan Yacht Club, Borough employees, and members of the community, as well as the Harbormaster’s Office, participated in the April 7th cleanup of Ketchikan's Bar Harbor and Thomas Basin. 

Bar Harbor & Thomas Basin Cleanup: $12,000-$20,000 worth of grocery carts recovered

Grocery carts collected from Bar Harbor
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Lenny Neeley, manager of the City of Ketchikan Solid Waste Facility, and his crews will remove the material that was collected.

A low tide of -3.3 feet on Saturday gave the participants a chance to access some of the litter in our harbors that has accumulated over the past years.  Tires, insulation, pipe, batteries, carpet, zincs, paint brushes and rollers, plastic, electrical wiring, broken bottles, marine radio, bicycles and other material was collected before the tide once again covered the remaining material.

Borough employee Jim Pomplun, along with Dick Madden and Bob Durland both from the Society of American Foresters worked in the southern end of Bar Harbor and retrieved grocery carts, tires, bicycle parts rope and bags of trash.  Complaints had been received from residents of “The Point” about the carts and other material being in the water there.

Led by Harbormaster Steve Corporon, Sam and Judith McQuarry along with Tom Schulz (Ketchikan Yacht Club members), and Niles Corporon recovered bicycles and approximately 40-45 grocery carts from the waters of Bar Harbor using a grappling hook.  The carts were then pushed, hauled, drug, or gotten to the top of the ramp in some manner and were placed behind Madison Lumber. Sam McQuarry said,  “It was fun, but hard on the back!”

Chris Baca, a recent transplant to Ketchikan who escaped from Houston, Texas where it's 115 degrees in the summer, worked cleaning up the area around and including the grid at Bar Harbor in the balmy 50 degree weather.  Baca hauled the bags full of collected material up the stairs from the grid. - More...
Wednesday - April 11, 2012

Alaska: New Visitor Study Reveals Increase in International Visitors to Alaska – A new state research study found that Australia has edged out the United Kingdom to become Alaska’s top international market, and that overall international visitation to Alaska grew to 10 percent during the summer of 2011.

The Alaska Visitors Statistics Program (AVSP) Summer 2011 study, done by the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development and the Alaska Travel Industry Association, found that an estimated 154,100 international visitors traveled to Alaska during the summer of 2011.

Australia, Europe, and Asia accounted for most of Alaska’s international visitors during the study period, while an estimated 22,000 visitors came from other international markets, most notably Brazil and Israel.

“This data offers Alaskans in the travel industry the ability to maximize their marketing dollars by targeting specific, high-potential markets at a time when every dollar counts,” said Susan Bell, commissioner of the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development.

The complete AVSP report was released in late March and outlines statistics on visitor volume, trip purpose, transportation modes, length of stay, demographics, and more on the international market. - More...
Wednesday - April 11, 2012

Southeast Alaska: LANDMARK ATLAS DOCUMENTING TLINGIT, HAIDA PLACE NAMES PUBLISHED - Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) has published a landmark book documenting more than 3,000 Native place names and their locations in Southeast Alaska.

Nearly twenty years in the making, Haa Léelk’w Hás Aaní Saax’ú: Our Grandparents’ Names on the Land, is the most comprehensive study of its kind. It was compiled by Dr. Thomas Thornton in collaboration with hundreds of people, including area Tribes and Elders, under several grants administered by Harold Martin through the Southeast Native Subsistence Commission and Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska.

Many of the people who contributed to the book have since Walked Into The Forest, and if not for this research, the place names would have died with them, said SHI President Rosita Worl.

“If they had not begun this work twenty years ago we would not have the benefit of this vast knowledge,” Worl said.

The vast majority of place names in the book are of Tlingit origin. But there are also Haida place names, and some Tsimshian Eyak, Chugach and Athabaskan names. The chapters are organized by kwáan, traditional community territories which roughly correspond to modern community areas. Each chapter includes a narrative and concludes with a map showing place name locations along with a table listing the Native names, translations and locations.

Native place names differ from English place names, which often are biographical and commemorate people, said Thornton, noting the vast majority of Native place names are descriptive. - More...
Wednesday - April 11, 2012

Ketchikan: Sourdough Stampede Results - Sunny skies greeted walkers and runners during Saturday’s Sourdough Stampede.  The season opener for the Ketchikan Running Club features  one mile and 5 kilometer races followed by a pancake feed at the VFW.  Race Director, Fred Jorgensen said;  “we had a record number of racers this year.  It must be the pancakes.” 

1 mile results: Morgan Elerding 7:33,  Owen Woodward 8:05,  Addison Sessoms 8:05,  Carter Sessoms 8:43,  Mile Johnson 9:19,  Chase Hanis 9:20,  Svend-Karl Klein 9:23,  Casey Styles 9:46, Charley Sessoms 9:56,  Oscar Pickrell 9:56,  Elizabeth Johnson 9:57,  Eleanor Pickrell 10:11,  Aliyah Glover 10:16,  Sarah Harney 10:27,  Carson Cowan 11:08,  Dove Sweetman 11:16,  Killian Finn Connolly 10:20,  Cayden Harney 12:22,  Sarah Harney 12:23,  Noah Robbins 13:04,  Braiden Young 13:46,  Timmy Higgins 13:47,  Boden White 13:50, Natalie White 13:51,  Karly-Joann Klein 13:52,  Jack Styles 16:25,  Karen Styles 16:25,  Loni Upshaw 16:26,  Andy Loertscher 18:17,  Lyrissa Hammer 18:18,  Sharli Arntzen 18:20,  Araka Arntzen 18:20,  Timmy Higgins 18:20,  Richard Harney 18:53,   Liam Woodword 20:54 - More...
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letter Boat trailers By Betty Constuble - Regarding the letter about boat trailers parked on Third Avenue, thank you - so well said. I live on Second Avenue and we have the same problem. We need to park in front of our homes but when people park their boat trailers there we cannot. It causes us a lot of trouble. - More...
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letter Care About Ketchikan! NO Litter By Bobbie McCreary - CAN'T BEAT THIS. What do Earth Day, Clean up Week, Adopt-a-Highway have in common? Why, it's --Taking Pride in Ketchikan! Why do I hear people always talking about how trashy our town looks compared to Sitka and Las Vegas? -- Those are the two I just heard mentioned. WE HAVE AN ANSWER, READ ON. Does Ketchikan have more trash, more wind, less garbage cans, more bears and dogs, more fast food wrappers and bags, more cigarettes, more bottles and cans? We can pick up 20,000# of trash in an afternoon, as the high schools did last year, and the next day have litter back on the streets. The City has three full-time employees and the Borough has one working all summer long on public property which helps, but I still walk by a lot of cigarette butts and cans in the gutters and along sidewalks. - More...
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letter Arctic Planning and Infrastructure Investment in Alaska By Bob Herron and Reggie Joule - In our last Arctic policy commentary, we discussed the importance of Arctic governance in preparing for the challenges and opportunities facing Alaska in regards to the changing Arctic. Today, we will focus on Arctic Planning & Infrastructure Investment. - More...
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letter Parking By Amber Williams -Baldwin - The reason why they limit parking downtown is so workers don't park there. Shop owners want paying customers to be able to get to the stores to buy. The library has 2 hour parking so workers don't just use it as a parking lot. YES, real people do spend hours there a day I know some of them. - More...
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letter Ketchikan Chooses Respect By Bobbie McCreary - Well said, Diane! I'm sorry I was unable to participate in the "Choose Respect" walk to show how important it is to have a safe environment for our children to grow up in. Many youth mention "home issues" as a factor in problems they have at school. The "Be the Change" group will be advocating for a community-wide Challenge Day workshop here in Ketchikan. - More...
Wednesday PM - April 11, 2012

letter USS Enterprise By Don Borders - I find the view point presented by Mr. Dornblaser absolutely admirable to the fact that his idea is very much “outside the box thinking” and the local opposition opposed it due to because  it was not theirs or inside the box thoughts, the small box folks can stay in their confining box. - More...
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letter USS Enterprise By Marvin Seibert - I had to react to this ridulous notion of using the USS Enterprise for Gravina Access. Has anyone talked to Admiral James T. Kirk to make sure he is willing to give up his command of the Starship? What about the hazard of the residue left over by the dilithium crystals? Also would the United Federation of Planets agree to exempt this venture from the 'Prime Directive' of interfering with native life since the Enterprise would be in conflict with Salmons and migrating whales? - More...
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