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May 06, 2011

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"Mother's Day is an annual holiday that recognizes mothers, motherhood and maternal bonds in general, as well the positive contributions that they make to society. In the United States it is celebrated on the second Sunday in May" -- which falls this year on May 8th. Read more about the history of Mother's Day.
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New State Timber Task Force Announced - Governor Sean Parnell has issued an Administrative Order creating a new state timber task force. The task force will focus on developing recommendations that will lead to new jobs in the timber industry, particularly in traditional timber harvesting from federal, state, and private lands.  

“Hard working Alaskans, their families, communities, and schools are caught between the policies of the current federal administration moving away from traditional timber harvesting and the endless litigation by national environmental organizations against timber sales,” Governor Parnell said. “There were 8 injunction requests filed by environmental groups against the Logjam sale and the Alaskan jobs the sale is supporting right now on Prince of Wales Island at the Viking Lumber Mill. - More...
Friday - May 06, 2011

Alaska: Delegation Welcomes White House Meeting on Alaska Offshore Exploration – Alaska’s congressional delegation welcomed the White House’s acknowledgement this week of the importance of advancing oil and natural gas exploration on Alaska’s outer continental shelf.

Senior administration officials met May 4 with Shell Oil at the White House to establish a timely process for considering the company’s permit requests for drilling of exploratory wells in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas. The delegation has long pressed the administration on the handling of the permitting process in Alaska’s Beaufort and Chukchi seas and believes this week’s meeting is an important step.

Quoting a news release, the congressional delegation is optimistic progress on the permitting issue can be made quickly, but will pay close attention to the actions that follow the meeting. - More...
Friday - May 06, 2011

Fish Factor: Alaska Chinook will face market competition from West Coast By LAINE WELCH - Chinook salmon make up less than one percent of Alaska’s total statewide harvest, but those big kings are the true icon of the salmon fishery.

By far, most of the Chinook salmon catch comes all year round from trollers in Southeast Alaska – 262,000 kings in 2010 at an average weight of 14.47 pounds and average price of $4.05/lb.

The winter fishery just wrapped up there in late April, with a catch of 45,000 kings based on treaty agreements with Canada.  Fishery managers said both Chinook harvests and gear on the grounds were up considerably during the six month season, with catches running 50% above the five year average   

Chinook prices on average were $7.10 a pound this winter, with a high of $8.80/lb in early March.  At latest count, about 1,300 trollers are actively fishing in Southeast Alaska salmon fisheries.

The fleet is already back out on the water with the May 1 start of the spring fishery, which targets hatchery kings. That’s followed by the summer fishery beginning on July 1 which switches back to catches of treaty Chinook. The commercial catch limit of 218,060 treaty fish this summer is an increase of more than 54,000 king salmon from last year.  

Alaska’s second largest producing region of Chinook salmon is Bristol Bay, which produced just 31,000 kings last year. Those fish, which weighed just under 15 pounds on average, fetched just 98-cents a pound.   It’s all in the handling….

For the first time in three years, Alaska Chinook will face market competition from West Coast fish.  The coast wide Chinook catch is pegged close to 330,000 fish, nearly triple last year’s take and an increase from just 25,000 king salmon in 2009.

Those fisheries started May 1and all reports say it’s been slow going so far.  Seafood Trend’s Ken Talley said if the king salmon come in on target, West Coast trollers would see their payday increase 187% over last year.

Herring hurry up and wait

Togiak in Bristol Bay is home to Alaska‘s largest roe herring fishery and the big run of fish could arrive any day.  Seiners and gillnetters will compete for nearly 25,000 tons of roe herring this season, down just slightly. Fishery manager Tim Sands said six buyers are expected to purchase roe herring at Togiak, similar to last year.

In 2010 the  average price for Togiak herring was $150 per ton, with a value of $3.8 million to 61 Togiak permit holders.  Prices are based on fish roe, as a percentage of body weight, with 10% as the minimum.

Alaska’s most lucrative roe herring fishery at Sitka Sound wrapped up with a catch of nearly 19,500 tons taken by 48 seiners. Roe counts averaged  a robust 13.3%, and while there is still no word on price, it is unlikely to be anywhere near the $730/ton averaged last year. - More...
Friday - May 06, 2011    

Ketchikan: UAS Ketchikan Sponsoring Computer Networking Discovery Workshop - The University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan is sponsoring a two-day workshop May 19 – 20 from 8:30 - 2:00 pm for girls in seventh to ninth grade interested in computers. The workshop, funded through a Carl Perkins grant, is geared towards young women who would like to explore the Information Technology career field.  In its second year, the workshop is presented in collaboration with Cisco Networking Academy.  CISCO Academy Global Operations Manager Jackie Barker will join UAS Ketchikan Associate Professor of Computer Networking Rick McDonald in exploring the world of computers.  

This year, participants will go on a WiFi Scavenger Hunt, explore computer networking information technology careers, take virtual tours of computer networks in fields as diverse as science and health care, build computer cables and see the future of computer networking. - More...
Friday - May 06, 2011

Alaska Science: Making sea ice 300 miles from the ocean By NED ROZELL - Marc Mueller-Stoffels unscrews the top of a glass jar and invites a visitor to smell the powder inside. A sniff evokes the image of kayaking Prince William Sound or walking a beach in Southeast.

Making sea ice 300 miles from the ocean

Dressed for the below-zero Fahrenheit temperature of a cold room, Marc Mueller-Stoffels looks at a thin slice of sea ice through a polarizing filter.
Photo by Ned Rozell

“We call it ‘Instant Ocean,’” he says, returning the lid to the jar.

Mueller-Stoffels, a doctoral student in the Physics Department at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, uses the white contents of the jar - different types of salts found in seawater all over the world - to create homebrewed ocean. With that ocean, in a room held at minus 4 degrees Fahrenheit and 300 miles from the nearest tidewater, he grows sea ice of the type that floats on top of the world.

He makes sea ice to help researchers like Hajo Eicken of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute learn about the tiny pores that form in it, how salty brine moves through huge chunks of sea ice, and to see how those microscopic forces affect ice as a whole.

“How well is sea ice able to retain water?” Eicken asked. “How much water pools at its surface in summertime (absorbing heat and encouraging ice melt)?”

Northern sea ice is making headlines for covering less of the Arctic Ocean even in frigid darkness of midwinter. Some scientists think the Northwest Passage could be wide open in summertime within the next few decades. Some think it won’t take that long.

Eicken looks at the microscopic properties of sea ice so he might learn something about the larger body of ice. Sea ice is different from fresh-water ice in that it forms at a colder temperature (about 28 degrees F) and is riddled with pores filled with brine. These crevices host a surprising variety of tiny life forms, from bacteria to algae. - More...
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letter Inequities in the current system of funding our K-12 schools By Gary Wilken - I am writing to express my appreciation for the outstanding effort of a group of Ketchikan High students in producing a YouTube video describing the inequities in the current system of funding our K-12 schools.  Led by Mr. Sean Powell, teacher, these students ably tackled a complicated provision of our Foundation Formula.  This provision penalizes Alaskans living in "Organized Alaska" (i.e. boroughs) by requiring a local contribution to their schools while those in "Unorganized Alaska" are required to pay none, regardless of ability to pay.  In the video, which I encourage all taxpayers across the state to watch the students scratch their collective heads and ask "Why?" - More...
Friday PM - May 06, 2011

letter Where is the death certificate, Mr. President? By By Jimmie L. Foster - Osama bin Laden is dead. Of that, I have no doubt. To question this statement one would have to question the skill and bravery of the Navy SEALS and believe that the master terrorist who occasionally appeared in propaganda videos and audio recordings was capable of perpetually eluding all human and technological intelligence. - More...
Friday PM - May 06, 2011

letter The Great Alaska Cluster of 2011 By Tara Jollie - A budget showdown in the last days of this special session defines what Alaskans mean when we use the term cluster. I appreciate the power struggle the Senate is grappling with, but having checks and balances is a good thing. Having one or two people in the Administration making critical decisions that impact us all is not a good thing. This is a fight worth fighting. - More..
Friday - May 06, 2011

letter An Observation By Rod Landis - You know those provocative moments when you see or hear something that suddenly makes crystal-clear some previously elusive truth? I had one Tuesday morning. - More...
Thursday AM - May 05, 2011

letter Kralis concert By Wayne Kinunen - I was very fortunate to be in attendance at the 1st annual OrcaFool Don and Lois Kralis Memorial Concert Monday night at the Kayhi Auditorium. The Kayhi Jazz Band, Vocal Jazz Choir, Paddy's Leather Breeches, folkies Sean Powell and Mary Larsen, and the headbangers Buck Up Little Kamper put on a wonderful and emotional performance in honor of two fine people who left us in a tragic accident 11 months ago in British Columbia. - More...
Thursday AM - May 05, 2011

letter The Second Annual Ketchikan Clean Up By Jerry Cegelske - The Second Annual Ketchikan Clean Up began the morning of April 20, 2011 with Ketchikan being scoured by 550 students from Ketchikan and Revilla High schools.  To say the least, the results were remarkable!  Ketchikan looks much cleaner today- I hope it stays that way with the effort the students put into the clean up. - More...
Thursday AM - May 05, 2011

letter Japanese Connection - Koto Concert By Judith Green - There is something beautiful and calming about the Koto instrument - the fashion in which it is played by women in their cultural dress playing with such delicate, soft strokes. - More...
Thursday AM - May 05, 2011

letter SOME APPRECIATIVE SNOWMACHINERS By Jerry Cegelske - On March 31, I drove out on Revilla Road and found an electric range someone had dumped at 6.5 Mile. I noted it and was wondering how to get it removed. - More...
Thursday AM - May 05, 2011

letter CONTINUING A COAST GUARD TRADITION IN KETCHIKAN By Jerry Cegelske - The U. S. Coast Guard Electronics Support Detachment, Ketchikan, has established a tradition which everyone in Ketchikan should know about. - More...
Thursday - May 05, 2011

letter KCCB Spring Concert By Judith Green - Once again, for just $10 and students free, the audience was treated to live performance that was outstanding. I chose to live in Ketchikan. I was raised in a community of great renown for world wide recognition of an orchestra - graduated from a college close to NYC and performed with the chorus in Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center - having access to any number of world known conductors with orchestras and bands and chorus. Yet ... I am absolutely thrilled each time I attend a live performance here in Ketchikan, this small island community that has a wealth of people who give their time and talent to learn and then to share - choral, band, dance, theater, painting, sculpting, writing and the list goes on. - More...
Wednesday PM - May 04, 2011

letter Need Comprehensive Energy Strategy By Donald A. Moskowitz - The increase in gasoline prices reflects the instability in the Middle East and attendant speculation in the oil markets.  We need to address the huge runup in oil prices with comprehensive policies designed to provide solutions to our energy consumption problems.  Unfortunately, past administrations have failed us. - More...
Wednesday PM - May 04, 2011

letter Request for help with research on Unangan at Ward Lake in WWII By Rachel Mason - I am writing to request information and suggestions from knowledgeable Ketchikan residents. Lost Villages of the Aleutians is a National Park Service project documenting the history of four villages that disappeared during World War II. In 1942, the residents of three tiny Aleutian villages, Makushin, Kashega, and Biorka, were among those who were brought by boat to stay near Ketchikan at the Ward Lake CCC camp. Some of them died and were buried in the Ketchikan cemetery. After the war, their numbers further diminished by illness and attrition, the residents of those villages were not permitted to return to their homes. Instead, they were resettled in other Unangan (Aleut) communities. - More...
Monday - May 02, 2011

letter Jerry Galley Memorial Scholarship Concert By Judith Green - Ketchikan music members did it again! Another evening of great talent giving to the community so much energy - so much wonderful music. - More...
Monday - May 02, 2011

letter The Proposed Library By Ken Leland - My God! I can't believe the proposed new Library design. It looks more to me like a place to store Airliners, not books. With those high ceilings it will take a massive heating system to keep that place warm enough for anyone's comfort. Just the cost of fuel oil or electrical power would be enough to heat the entire Plaza. - More...
Monday - May 02, 2011

letter Coast Guard Waste By Trygve Westergard - Surplus stuff is supposed to be put on GSA to be sold off. But many people don't want to deal with the trouble of doing it. - More...
Monday - May 02, 2011

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

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