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SitNews - Stories In The News - Ketchikan, Alaska
April 17, 2012

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Ketchikan: Capital budget includes millions for Ketchikan by Deanna Garrison, KRBD - The state capital budget approved by the legislature early Monday morning includes approximately $91 million for House District 1 projects. - Read this KRBD story...


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Ketchikan: Ketchikan’s Soon-to-be Newest Centenarian, Henry Neligan - Celebrating milestones in America is something we all like to do; wedding anniversaries, historical events and of course birthdays.  In Ketchikan, May 6, 2012 will mark a major milestone for Ketchikan Indian Community member Henry Neligan.  On that day he will join a select group of people - those that have turned 100 years old.

Ketchikan’s Soon-to-be Newest Centenarian, Henry Neligan

Ketchikan’s Soon-to-be Newest Centenarian
Henry Neligan

According to the 2010 Census there were just over 70,000 Americans who belong to this exclusive club of Centenarians -- and in Alaska there are only 40 residents who are 100 or more years old.  Of these 40 Alaskans, two reside in Ketchikan and after May 6th that number will become three.

On May 06, 1912, Neligan was born in Craig, Alaska to Edna Coombs Neligan and Henry Neligan. Neligan a Tlingit, Raven, grew up in Klawock. During that time people lived on the shore and wooden sidewalks were always in use and everyone walked - there were no cars said Neligan.  He said if someone wanted to travel in those days they used a row boat which was always tied up on the beach in front of each person’s house.

After elementary school in Klawock Neligan's father sent him to Briscoe Boarding School in Kent, Washington in 1919.  There he stayed with his brother until the age of 16 when he took a job for the next three years at a farm in Sumas, Washington near the Canadian border.

During the Great Depression, there was no more work and Neligan's father encouraged him to return to Craig and try fishing.  During the depression Neligan recalled that people bartered work for food and a place to stay.

Neligan worked for nearly 50 years as a carpenter and boat builder as well as a fisherman.  He built 52 small boats during his career.  When he wasn’t building boats or commercial fishing he was playing music in his band.  Neligan played the trumpet and his band members included Paul Davis on trombone, Arthur Demmert who played saxophone and Bobby Armour who played guitar, bass drum and sang.  Those were the days, Neligan said, when people liked to dance. - More...
Tuesday - April 17, 2012

Saxman: Saxman Completes New Surface Water Treatment Facility - The new Saxman Water Treatment Plant has just been completed with the pre- inspection held last Thursday with the contractors, engineers, and all crews on site. Saxman has the first MIEX system in the State of Alaska.

A community of approximately 436 people located about 2 miles south of Ketchikan on Revillagigedo Island, Saxman's water supply consists of a small dam located on a creek near the community. The watershed that serves the creek is characterized by heavily forested steep mountainous terrain. Water quality in the creek varies rapidly with wide ranges in levels of organic contaminants and turbidity.

The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) assisted the community of Saxman with the planning, design and construction of the new water treatment facility that will allow the community to meet regulatory drinking water requirements including those associated with troublesome Disinfection byproducts (DBPs) which are a common water quality challenge for many small communities in Alaska.

The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) Division of Environmental Health and Engineering (DEHE) works with water systems across Alaska to assist communities with solving water treatment challenges, including those associated with controlling DBP formation.

The community of Saxman has been challenged in recent years with excessive levels of DBPs, such as haloacetic acids, in the water distribution system. The Magnetic Ion Exchange (MIEX®) process was selected as a means to remove additional dissolved organic carbon (DOC) from their raw water source prior to coagulation, filtration and disinfection. 

Pilot test results of the new system indicates that the additional dissolved organic carbon (DOC) removal provided by the MIEX® System enables the Saxman Water Treatment Plant to comply with United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) regulations and will reduce the water treatment plant’s consumption of coagulant and chlorine chemicals. - More...
Tuesday - April 17, 2012

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TOM PURCELL: My Father's 1959 Tax Return - I stumbled upon my father's 1959 income tax return a few years ago. How I long for the simplicity he enjoyed when he filed that year's taxes.

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By: Brian Fairrington, Cagle Cartoons
Distributed to subscribers for publication by Cagle Cartoons, Inc.

For 1959, my father paid a measly 5 percent in federal taxes, even though his name wasn't Rockefeller.

How did he do it? It was easy. For a year when the top income tax rate was 91 percent -- President Kennedy would slash rates a few years later -- deductions were many.

Even middle-class people like my dad enjoyed their fair share of perks.

He was a heavy smoker then -- who wasn't? -- and was able to deduct every penny he paid in cigarette taxes.

He was able to deduct every penny he paid in gasoline taxes. If we had such a perk now, the federal government would go broke (that is, more broke than it is now).

And he was able to deduct every penny he paid in state sales tax in Pennsylvania, another wonderful perk that would save the average Pennsylvanian a boatload in federal taxes every year.

He took a $600 tax deduction for each of his two dependents, my sisters Kathy and Krissy -- a lot of dough relative to his income.

For 2011, the deduction for each dependent is $3,750. On paper that is six times what my father got in 1959 -- but if properly adjusted for inflation it would be about $5,000 today.

Here's one that grabbed my attention: In 1959, he paid only 2.5 percent of his income toward FICA (then, Social Security; now, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid).

Now, aside from a temporary 2-percentage-point FICA tax break, the average employee pays 7.65 percent and his or her employer kicks in another 7.65 percent. - 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...
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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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