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SitNews - Stories In The News - Ketchikan, Alaska
April 19, 2012

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Herring Spawn
Numerous birds arrived to feed on a recent herring spawn north of Ketchikan.
Friday, April 20, at 7pm, local photographer Jim Lewis will present Birding Insight: “Photographing Wild Birds” at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center. This is a Free presentation. On Saturday, April 21, 8am, Downtown Birding, will be presented by local bird enthusiast Jim Lewis. Meet at the Discovery Center parking lot Satureday to participate. Bring binoculars, water, and layers -- Southeast Alaska Discovery Center. Also a free presentation.
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Alaska: Seafood Leads Alaska Exports in Record Setting Year - Alaska Seafood exports rose dramatically in 2011 to lead the state’s increase in exports to a record $5.2 billion.  Seafood continues to be the number category of exprots from Alaska, and rose 35.1 percent to $2.5 billion in value, comprising nearly half of total state exports, according to a recent announcement by Alaska Governor Sean Parnell.

United Fishermen of Alaska President Arni Thomson reiterated Parnell’s recognition of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, noting the broadening of export destinations and diversification of product forms as strategies that have improved income for fishermen and Alaska communities. For the first time, China was the State’s leading seafood export destination, replacing Japan.

“Seafood exports to China rose dramatically, and 2011 continued a three year trend of steady increases in Korea, the Netherlands, and Canada. Japan seafood exports reversed a five year decline with a modest increase. Alaska’s sustainable seafood is reaching a wider variety of destinations in a wider array of high quality product forms, and this directly benefits Alaska’s communities that share in production,” said Thomson.

“Long term actions by Alaska’s leadership and Legislators have helped create positive results for Alaska fishermen, processors and communities. Tax credits for investment in value-added salmon products, loan programs for improved quality and energy efficiency, careful hatchery policies that boost salmon production while maintaining a priority for sustainability of naturally spawning fish, and long term marketing efforts all complement each other to help increase the strength of Alaska seafood in global markets.” This investment pays off in jobs and opportunities and tax revenue to the State and Alaska communities,” said Thomson. - More...
Thursday - April 19, 2012

Alaska: Alaska Exports Reach Record Highs - Governor Sean Parnell announced last week that Alaska’s 2011 exports increased 26.1 percent to $5.2 billion, the highest annual export value ever. Alaska had topped the $5 billion mark in annual export value for the first time ever earlier this year. The state’s 2010 exports were $4.2 billion.

“The wealth of Alaska’s natural resources has translated into the highest export numbers ever for our state,” said Governor Parnell. “Alaskans work hard to harvest and produce these materials and our industries are smart in marketing around the world. The strong international work by industry and by state agencies, like the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute and Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority, are reaping benefits for Alaskans across the state.”

Most exports grew in value to volume comparisons: seafood, mineral ores, forest products, and precious metals. In 2011, the value of Alaska’s seafood exports grew 35.1 percent to $2.5 billion, and mineral ores increased 31.7 percent to $1.8 billion. Precious metals, primarily gold, were up 24.7 percent to $266.4 million. Forest products exports increased 1.9 percent to $119.3 million. Energy exports decreased 7.3 percent to $387.7 million, in line with changes at the Kenai liquefied natural gas plant. - More...
Thursday - April 19, 2012

Southeast Alaska: Tonka Timber Sale decision will support jobs around the region - Announcements on timber sale decisions typically focus on project specifics like location, estimated timber harvest, miles of roads and the number of jobs created.  The Tongass National Forest is breaking with tradition to highlight a new trend: the opportunities these sales create to develop different forest management projects in the same area.

The Tonka Timber Sale, or Tonka, is the newest project that may generate numerous economic opportunities for Southeast Alaska communities.

The Tonka decision, which outlines the details and analysis of a possible timber sale on Kupreanof Island, is the first step in beginning a potential stewardship contract in the project area. Under a stewardship contract, the government can use the money generated from the timber sale to support other work in the same area. For example, Tonka proceeds may help fund initiatives to improve fish passage and reduce soil erosion along roads, potentially improving habitat conditions for salmonids.

This decision marks a mid-way point in the process of pursuing a stewardship project and is a critical piece of the effort. The next major step is public engagement through a series of collaborative meetings to determine what the community sees as potential projects—what’s possible on the ground as well as what’s needed.

“We see this decision as a milestone in the broader effort to support local community economies in Southeast Alaska,” said Tongass Supervisor Forrest Cole. “Not only will we be supplying the timber industry with wood they need to support existing jobs, but we will be working with residents to see what opportunities we might develop together.” - More...
Thursday - April 19, 2012

Ketchikan: Boating Without the Boys Workshop - The University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan is sponsoring a one-and-a-half-day workshop Friday, May 11 from 12:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 12 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This workshop is for young women, ages 14-24, who are interested in learning boating skills and safe boating practices. The workshop, funded through a Carl Perkins grant, provides young women the opportunity to explore maritime career paths by talking with female mariners, driving a skiff, gaining experience with a VHF radio and learning how to design a float plan. Participants will use state-of-the-art computer technology to plot a navigational route and will have hands-on practice using a marine computer simulator.

The goal of the workshop is to encourage excitement about and promote boating and maritime careers to young women, demystify boating and give young women the knowledge and confidence to be successful in these fields where women are under-represented. - More...
Thursday - April 19, 2012

Ketchikan: Jazz Night, The Jerry Galley Memorial Scholarship Concert Featuring Windjammers, Soundwaves and the Kayhi Jazz Band - The thirteenth annual "Jazz Night" concert will take place on Thursday, April 26th, at 7:00 P.M. in the Ketchikan High School (Kayhi) Auditorium. Donations for the Scholarship Fund will be accepted at the door. The Kayhi scholarship helps high school seniors who are interested in pursuing their education in music or the arts.

Jazz Night, The Jerry Galley Memorial Scholarship Concert Featuring Windjammers, Soundwaves and the Kayhi Jazz Band

A recent photograph of the Windjammers, Soundwaves, & the Kayhi Jazz Band combined, directed by Roy McPherson.
Photo courtesy McPherson's Music

The performance will feature the Kayhi Jazz Band, Soundwaves and Windjammers and a combined band of 43 musicians. Kayhi, directed by Deidra Nuss, will open the concert with the Zawinul favorite, "Birdland", and will follow with the Lennon/McCartney hit "Eleanor Rigby". Also in the line-up is Duke Ellington's "Satin Doll", "Samba de Orfeu" and "Hoedown" by Carl Strommen. - More...
Thursday - April 19, 2012

Ketchikan: More Drug Arrests - Officers of the Ketchikan Police Department concluded an undercover operation Tuesday which resulted in the arrest of more Ketchikan individuals on drug related charges.

Officers arrested James Inouye, 19 years of age of Ketchikan Alaska, for three counts of Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance in the Second Degree and two counts of Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree.  Inouye is charged with selling heroin on several different occasions to a confidential informant.

Ketchikan Police officers along with the Alaska State Troopers and SEACAD arrested Jonathon Wilson, 23 years of age of Ketchikan Alaska, for Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance in the Second Degree.  Wilson is charged with selling heroin to a confidential informant.  Officers executed a search warrant at a Knudson Cove residence in connection with his arrest and seized about 55 grams of heroin, street value of about $34,000.00.  Officers also found 196 ecstasy pills, street value of about $5,000.00. - More...
Thursday - April 19, 2012


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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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