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SitNews - Stories In The News - Ketchikan, Alaska
April 26, 2012

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Ketchikan: It's Official: Alaska Ship and Drydock Signed on as a Partner to Design Alaska Class Ferry - The Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) announced Tuesday that Alaska Ship and Drydock LLC (ASD) has officially signed on as a partner with the State of Alaska to design the Alaska Class Ferry.

The Professional Services Agreement contract signed between the state and Alaska Ship and Drydock designates the Ketchikan-based shipyard as the Construction Manager/General Contractor (CM/GC) for the design phase of the Alaska Class Ferry project.

“I’m pleased to see that the design work for this new vessel can now begin in earnest using the CM/GC process,” said Michael Neussl, Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities Deputy Commissioner for Marine Operations. “ASD, along with Elliott Bay Design Group, the state’s naval architect and engineering firm for the project, can now get down to designing the ship that will serve Alaskans for years to come.”

Alaska Ship and Drydock operates the Ketchikan Shipyard under a long-term private/public partnership agreement with the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA).

Ketchikan: National Drug Collection Day April 28th - The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) encourages Alaskans to participate in National Drug Collection Day Saturday April 28, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration of the U.S. Department of Justice.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice & the Drug Enforcement Administration, the collection site in Ketchikan will be at the Plaza Mall where unwanted or expired prescription medication can be turned over to the Alaska State Troopers.

National Drug Collection Day was established to protect public health and the environment through safe collection and disposal of unwanted, expired prescription medication. Drug collection reduces the chance of drugs being improperly discarded where they can potentially enter water bodies and harm the environment or human health. - More...
Thursday - April 26, 2012

Ketchikan: Ted Nugent Pleads Guilty To And Sentenced For Violating Lacey Act – U.S. Attorney Karen Loeffler said that Theodore A. Nugent pled guilty to and was sentenced in federal court Tuesday in Ketchikan for violating the Lacey Act by possessing and transporting a black bear, taken in violation of state law.

Nugent, 62, of China Springs, Texas, pled guilty to a single misdemeanor count of the Lacey Act before United States Magistrate Judge Michael A. Thompson. Nugent participated by phone.

According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Jack S. Schmidt, Nugent, who stars in and produces the outdoor hunting show, “Ted Nugent Spirit of the Wild”, was filming a black bear (Ursus Americanus) bow hunt on Sukkwan Island, on U.S. Forest Service Land. Nugent utilized a number of bear baiting sites between the dates of May 21, 2009, to May 26, 2009. - More...
Thursday - April 26, 2012

Ketchikan: Ketchikan Community Concert Band presents "A Spring Concert" Sunday, April 29th - "Alaska's Flag" will open the Ketchikan Community Concert Band's annual spring concert this Sunday at 3:00 p.m in the Ketchikan High School Auditorium.

Ketchikan Community Concert Band presents "A Spring Concert" Sunday, April 29thft

Ketchikan Community Concert Band

Ketchikan is very fortunate to have two fine double-reed players in Kathleen Light (oboe) and Deidra Nuss (bassoon). During the performance, they will perform "Four Miniatures for Oboe and Bassoon" transcribed by David Bussick.

Ketchikan's own Borough Mayor, David Kiffer will be featured in "Saxpack" by Otto Schwarz, who also penned the favorite, "Man In the Ice". This piece was commissioned by the Vienna Police Orchestra in 2009. As per the requirements of the piece, Kiffer will play both alto and soprano saxophones. Kiffer teaches woodwinds and is a member of "Lush Life" and "Windjammers", both local jazz groups. - More...
Thursday - April 26, 2012

Ketchikan: University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan Students to Graduate - The 2012 Commencement ceremony for University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) Ketchikan students will be held Saturday, May 5 at 3:00 PM at the Ted Ferry Civic Center. The public is invited to attend.

This year’s commencement keynote speaker is Dawn Allen-Herron. UAS Chancellor John Pugh, UAS Ketchikan Campus Director Anthony Mansueto and University of Alaska Board of Regents member Kirk Wickersham of Anchorage will bestow degrees at the ceremony.

Thirty-two University of Alaska Southeast students are receiving degrees this spring. University of Alaska students living in Ketchikan and receiving degrees from other campuses are invited to participate in the local ceremony. - More...
Thursday - April 26, 2012

Ketchikan: Thirteen Graduate From Ketchikan Construction Academy - The Ketchikan Construction Academy held their fifth annual student graduation Wednesday at the UAS Ketchikan Technical Center.

This year, thirteen students completed 9 credits from the University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan in Construction Technology including Basic Construction Techniques, Building Technology I and Building Technology II.  - More...
Thursday - April 26, 2012

Ketchikan: Ketchikan High School Senior Wins Scholarship; Student one of 131 nationally to get Young Entrepreneurship award - The National Federation of Independent Business Young Entrepreneur Foundation today announced the Alaska recipient of the 10th annual NFIB Young Entrepreneur Awards, a scholarship program designed to reward and encourage entrepreneurial talents among high school students.

The 2012 NFIB/Alaska Leadership Council Award winner of a $1,000 scholarship is Ketchikan High School senior Jeanette Sweetman.

“The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in America, and we at the NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation could not be more confident in our next generation of business owners,” said Kurt Summers, chairman, NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation Board of Directors. “We are extremely impressed with the quality of applicants who have applied for this year’s awards; our five finalists reflect the best of what our young innovators have to offer. Each young man and woman has exhibited an incredible drive for success, and I congratulate each of them for their accomplishments.”

Added NFIB/Alaska State Director Denny DeWitt: “I could not be more impressed with the caliber of Alaska’s applicant for the YEF award. If she [Jeanette Sweetman] is any indication, the future of small business is in good hands." - More...
Thursday - April 26, 2012

Alaska: New technology tracks sparrow migration for first time from California to Alaska - Using tiny tags to track a bird's location, biologists from PRBO Conservation Science (PRBO) have unlocked the mystery of where Golden-crowned Sparrows, which overwinter in California, go to breed in the spring. Published this week in the journal PLoS ONE, the study reveals for the first time the exact migration route of this small songbird to its breeding sites in coastal Alaska.

During a time when birds are experiencing the negative impacts of climate and land-use changes, being able to pinpoint the most important breeding and stopover places is critical to prioritizing conservation investments.

PRBO scientists attached small tags that record day length to Golden-crowned Sparrows wintering in and near Point Reyes National Seashore before they headed north on spring migration. When the birds returned the following fall, four tagged birds were safely recaptured, the tags were removed, and the data downloaded to a computer. - More...
Thursday - April 26, 2012


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letter Concerns About Discovery Center By Tom LeCompte - I have great concerns about Ketchikan this Summer, specifically the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, (SEDC).This Alaska Public Lands Information Center is a natural history, native history, economic and recreation information clearinghouse for the Tongass National Forest. There are three other APLIC's in the state, Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Tok. - More...
Thursday - April 26, 2012

letter We've Got Talent By Judith Green - 'The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood' was SO well done. BRAVO! to each of the students who participated - whether you had a speaking or non-speaking part, job well done! It was so much fun to see each of you so well poised and positioned - just enjoying. The match-up of participant to parts was very (evident)successful. (Yes, "I got that") - More...
Thursday - April 26, 2012

letter Thank you By Brandy Cotter - The Sebring family of Michigan and I wish to thank all involved in the care of our loved one. - More...
Thursday - April 26, 2012

letter Unprofessionalism By Jerry Klein - I was at the KIC health clinic Wednesday (04-25-12). I found the triage nurse to be very cold and uncaring. She refused to help me cause it was a little late in the day and she refused to refer me to the ER. - More...
Thursday - April 26, 2012

letter “Walk the Change” May 4th By Karen Eakes - I am writing on behalf of the Strengthening Cultural Unity (SCU) task force of the Ketchikan Wellness Coalition.  This group has brought Challenge Day to Ketchikan secondary schools for the past three years and is currently working on plans and funding for the next school year. As a follow up to the Challenge Day events there have also been “Be the Change” student efforts at Schoenbar and at Kayhi. - More...
Tuesday - April 24, 2012

letter Girls on the Run 5K By Aftan Lynch- Saturday, April 28th, Girls on the Run will be hosting an untimed Spring 5K at Ward Lake at 10:30 am. Women in Safe Homes invites you to attend this event and run with or cheer on the participants. This season, over 35 girls are participating from three schools: Houghtaling, Point Higgins, and Fawn Mountain. - More...
Tuesday - April 24, 2012

letter Re: Boat Trailers By Ken Lewis - Supporting the local economy can be very frustrating, especially if you are a misunderstood parking space hog. Ode to the curbside sailors. - More...
Tuesday - April 24, 2012

letter Stop signs and crosswalks By Alan R. McGillvray - Well if there is one thing (or too many) that any city in the WORLD has it's STOP SIGNS. - More....
Tuesday - April 24, 2012

letter Good-bye Credit Card By A.M. Johnson - The following letter was sent to the mangement of Alaska Airlines regarding their credit card account managed by Bank of America. - More...
Tuesday - April 24, 2012

letter Inuit Drum Dancing By Carol Baines - Here in Southeast Alaska, we don't seem to get to see much of northern aspects of native culture. - More...
Tuesday - April 24, 2012

letter Second amendment attack by Congressional Socialist By A. M. Johnson - I recently sent the following letter to Alaska's Congressional Representative, Don Young. As I understand it, Senator Lisa Murkowski voted in favor of this legislation through SB 1813, legislation related to the highway construction funding. Her explanation to me was that the benefits of federal funding for construction including ferrys was too important. Yet, the content of the legislation included the following form of yet another effort to restrict and control the citizens of this Nation. RINO's such as Senator Murkowski are selling our Constitutional rights to the devil. While I am too old to suffer the consequences of this continued downward spiral to Socialism, my Grandchildren and worst, my Great Grandchildren, whom I am growing old with are the ultimate victims. - More...
Tuesday - April 24, 2012

letter The Closure of U.S. Oil Refineries By Donald A. Moskowitz - I recently wrote a letter on exported fuels by U.S. oil companies who reap higher prices paid overseas. - More...
Tuesday - April 24, 2012

letter RE: Care About Ketchikan By Judith Green - Bobby McCreary and KYI, ingenious idea! This does not attack nor condemn - just a great idea of support for our community. A way for anyone & everyone to have a part by their own choosing, not a guilt trip. - More...
Tuesday - April 24, 2012

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