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SitNews - Stories In The News - Ketchikan, Alaska
May 21, 2012

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Guiness World Record Attempt:
World's Largest Rain Boot Race

Participants Gathering for the Start of the Rain Boot Race...
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Ketchikan: Guiness World Record Attempt: World's Largest Rain Boot Race By TY RETTKE - Over one thousand residents of Ketchikan gathered near the site of the new Ketchikan Library for a shot at getting in the Guinness (TM) book of World Records for the world's largest rain boot race. By the official time advertised to start gathering, there were already throngs of people lining the street Saturday. They started pouring in at 1:30 and by the time the road was closed by the City of Ketchikan crews and the Police Department, there were people lining both sides of the Bypass, causing traffic to slow to a halt at times.

Once the street was closed, the people really started to pour in. Hundreds of people began to clog the area just north of Copper Ridge road in preparation of the starter pistol shot. The Ketchikan Theater Ballet was on scene to help sign people in, and provide participants wrist bands. Ketchikan Theater Ballet also served as stewards for the race, spread out along the race path to ensure that people were participating to the strict Guinness guidelines and to remove any wrist bands for people that left the race area without completing the race.

The Ketchikan Police Department was on hand to provide traffic control and assist in crowd control. There were marked police vehicles blocking off the roads in addition to the road closure signs that were placed in the road by the City Street Crews. Ketchikan Public Utilities ComVision was on scene videotaping the event both for the required Guinness evidence and for broadcast on local television. Each of the radio stations and the media were moving around the crowds getting interviews and taking pictures of the wild assortment of boots. There were people in every color of boot you can think of, though the event was dominated by far by the old standard of Ketchikan sneakers, the Xtra Tuff. There were slug inserts of every variety. A few costumed figures even showed up. Santa Claus made an appearance wearing his rain boots, as did Mario and Luigi from Nintendo (TM) fame. There was also a giant chicken strutting around, all booted up and ready to race.

As the crowd grew, the starting line disappeared behind the throngs of people waiting anxiously to hear the starter pistol go off. As the time to start the race drew near, there were calls over the loudspeaker, wielded by this writer, to hurry up and register if you had not yet done so.

At the end of the registration period, the official line up began and the crowd was buzzing with excitement. The question of “Ketchikan, are you ready to set a Guinness World Record?” was answered by over a thousand voices shouting “Yes!”. - More...
Monday - May 21, 2012

Ketchikan: Third-ever Judson Brown scholarship awarded to Ketchikan teacher pursuing master’s - Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) announced the third-ever Judson L. Brown Leadership Award from an endowment established in 2006 by a $100,000 donation from Chris and Mary McNeil. The award was named after Chris McNeil’s uncle, the late Tlingit leader Judson Lawrence Brown, who was a forceful advocate for education and leadership development. The award supports college education and leadership development of Sealaska shareholders and their descendants.

Third-ever Judson Brown scholarship awarded to Ketchikan teacher pursuing master’s

Tory Shults receives the third-ever Judson L. Brown Leadership Award
Photo courtesy SHI

That award of $5,000 was given to Tory Shultz, who is pursuing a master’s degree in special education with an emphasis in early childhood. Tory (Giidaa King Gwaan) is Haida of the Eagle moiety, Frog house in Ketchikan. She has been a teacher since 2010 and has been involved in a multitude of school-wide and cultural activities. She has served as a basketball coach, tutor, and advisor for the Future Educators of Alaska club. She also opened her home for a mentorship program and helped coordinate healthy living activities and fundraisers. After receiving her master’s degree, she plans to become a special education teacher in Ketchikan.

“I feel a deep need to assist in the development and education of these wonderful young men and women,” said Shultz, noting she also wants to participate in the yearly Haida culture camp in Hydaburg.

Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) also announced it has awarded almost $410,000 in scholarships to Sealaska shareholders and descendants.

The awards, funded mostly by Sealaska, will help students pursuing graduate and undergraduate degrees and voc-tech training for the 2012-2013 school year. A portion also will fund language and culture studies. - More...
Monday - May 21, 2012

Ketchikan: Coast Guard rescues kayaker near Ketchikan - A Coast Guard Station Ketchikan 25-foot Response Boat-Small crew rescued a kayaker near Ketchikan Sunday.

The Coast Guard was notified by the Alaska State Troopers at 10:30 a.m. Sunday of a person in the water in Thorn Arm, about 12 miles southeast of Ketchikan.

The RB-S crew arrived on scene and took the kayaker aboard, who was reportedly showing signs of severe hypothermia. The kayaker was reportedly not wearing his life jacket. The small boat crew brought the kayaker to Ketchikan where an awaiting emergency medical service took him to PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center for further medical care. - More...
Monday - May 21, 2012

jpg Danny TyreeDANNY TYREE: Sugar: Does It Make You Dumb? - "Sugar in the morning/Sugar in the evening/Sugar at suppertime..."

My late father would often burst into those lyrics from the 1958 McGuire Sisters hit "Sugartime." Little did he know it was a recipe for asking, "Morning — that's the one where the sun is RISING, right?"

Yes, a new UCLA study (published in the May 15 edition of the peer-reviewed Journal of Physiology) is the first to show how a diet steadily high in high-fructose corn syrup affects more than just the body.

(I THINK they said it was the first. After downing a 32-ounce Dr. Pepper, it could be the copycat research project of the decade, for all I know. Anybody remember the way to the bathroom?)

Experiments involving laboratory rats and mazes show that the sweetener (used extensively in soft drinks, cereal and candy) slows the brain, hampering memory and learning. (In a breach of research ethics, scientists hoped the rodents would forget the cereal decoder rings they had been promised.)

Detractors of corn syrup are already dusting off the old Florida orange juice slogan: "High-fructose corn syrup: it isn't just for diabetes, obesity and fatty liver anymore." - More...
Monday - May 21, 2012


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letter No Cut in Ketchikan's Educational Funding By Dave Kiffer - I must correct some incorrect information that was recently published in a letter on your website. First of all, the Borough is absolutely not proposing a cut in "local" funding for the school district. - More...
Monday - May 21, 2012

letter Re: Educational Equipment By Agnes Moran - In response to Mr. Powell's assertion "The video is a reminder to all what the most important item is in your child's classroom... the teacher." - More...
Monday - May 21, 2012

letter XKKF Activtities By Lisa Lang - The XKKF (Xaadas Kil_Kuyaas Foundation) or "Precious Haida Words Foundation" is the 501(C)(3) public non-profit in Hydaburg, Alaska. My name is Lisa Lang, my Xaada name is Ka'illjuus. I am the Executive Director for the XKKF. Our Board of Directors volunteer and provide their expertise to assist in developing a sustainable non-profit for the future benefit of our culture. - More...
.Monday - May 21, 2012

letter China’s Expansionist Policies By Donald A. Moskowitz - The U.S. Defense Department believes China will soon have anti-ship missiles with a range of 1000 miles, B-6 bombers armed with long range cruise missiles, aircraft carriers, 75 surface navy ships, 60 submarines and missile boats.  These forces will enable China to project its influence in the Asia Pacific region. - More...
Monday - May 21, 2012

letter Land Exchange By Lois Morgan - Thank you so much for your ongoing, open-eyed coverage of this issue, and special thanks for today's extensive installment. - More...
Friday - May 18, 2012

letter The Senate Hearings on the Sealaska Land Exchange Bill - A political cartoon by Jim Guenther - More...
Friday - May 18, 2012

letter Sealaska Term Limits 2012 By Wanda J Culp - Ray Austin's letter is well written and respectfully presented. The Sealaska Term Limit Resolution is a very important business decision for the owners of the Sealaska Corporation. If election reform is not passed in 2012, it will be status quo, business as usual for the select few as the beneficiaries. - More...
Friday - May 18, 2012

letter KTB Spring Gala Saturday Matinee By Debbie Azure - All of our extended family dropped everything on Saturday afternoon to attend our little ballerina's Spring Performance. We all dressed up, even uncles, bought flowers and watched all the darling kids dance on the big stage. The music was bright and fun, the costumes were cute or beautiful, depending on the age of the dancer and the performances were all we could hope for. I would recommend this fun afternoon to anyone looking for something fun to do. - More...
Friday - May 18, 2012

letter ATV Off-Road Trails By Jose Blanco - Upon receiving orders to Ketchikan I got excited being I consider myself an ATV off road, outdoors enthusiast. Since my arrival however I have spoken to both parks and wildlife and the State Troopers about legal places to ride. I checked out Whipple Creek and sadly was a bit disappointed by its size. - More...
Friday - May 18, 2012

letter Educational equipment By Sean P. Powell - The following video was recently submitted for airing on KPU and was turned down as it was deemed too political. Since I don't believe that is a restriction here, I would like to humbly submit it for your perusal. - More...
Friday - May 18, 2012

letter School Funding By Rebecca L. King - I have concerns about the money being allocated to the school district by the borough assembly. At the proposed amount many programs may be in danger of being reduced or completely cut from schools including universal preschool, advanced placement courses, academic support courses, culinary arts, building construction, welding, child careers, business courses, art, and music. - More...
Friday - May 18, 2012

letter Bill and Charles Huckins By Becky (Huckins) Hanson - Mr. Finch, the pictures posted with your letter are of Bill Huckins himself. Charles was Bill's father, not his brother, and it was Charles that was involved with the raising of the Islander. - More...
Friday - May 18, 2012

letter Elephant in the Womb By Jim Guenther - As I have earlier stated, I don’t believe that governments, either state or federal, have the right to insert their legislative dogmas into the reproductive organs of American women.  I would have thought that Ron Paul-Republicans would agree with me on this point, but it seems otherwise. Since 2010, when the Tea Party backed, conservative Republicans won seats in many state and federal elections they have introduced over 916 bills related to limiting the reproductive rights of women. Nine hundred and sixteen! These bills defund Planned Parenthood, require abstinence only sex education, and make it illegal for private insurance companies to provide abortion compensation. Some even limit access to contraception!  Where is the logic in that? - More...
Friday - May 18, 2012

letter The real problem By Irving B. Welchons III - The members of the U.S. House of Representatives have been working in Washington on 41 of the first 127 days of this year.  They are planning to be in session half of the remaining weeks.  How long would you keep your job if you worked like that? Even when they show up they fail to address the biggest problems facing the country.  It would take a 50% tax increase in order to balance the so called budget yet they are avoiding the problem while the debt grows by 1200 billion dollars per year.   - More...
Friday - May 18, 2012

letter Just sat there... By Sam Stouder - A few days ago I was sitting at a Ketchikan bus stop. The air was crisp and the day beautiful. I believe it was May day for it was a friend's birthday. Compared to the deary winter that has thankfully begun to pass; the ocean was bright and shining and the island hummed with the notes of spring. I was eating banana chips and ice cream, the crisp fruit slices perfect sized spoons for my tiny palm sized frozen treat. The day thus far had been rather enjoyable, then I saw her. Young, pretty, blonde, rather a tiny girl really; by the usual curvy Alaskan women I've become accustomed to. She was walking - no rushing down the opposite side walk. She was tightly gripping her purse glancing back behind her at the man who followed her at a determined pace. He scared me, that's the biggest thing I remember. - More...
Friday - May 18, 2012

letter Progressive Activism By Jim Guenther - My recent credo of beliefs certainly raised some hackles on the necks of my right wing brethren. I supposed that it would have such an effect and anticipated a healthy debate in return. I appreciate those of you who offered some defense of your own opposing viewpoint and disregard those few others whose response degenerated to insults and patronization. Enough said about that. - More...
Friday - May 18, 2012

letter RE: Progressive Activism By Doug Barry - As has been well-expressed by others, "everyone is entitled to their own opinions but not their own facts". Unfortunately, and too often, both sides of many controversial issues seem to forget that adage or only partially apply it to suit their viewpoints. - More...
Friday - May 18, 2012

letter Re: Progressive activism By Alethea Johnson - I believe that Mr. Guenther, a man who made his living as a teacher for decades in this small town is most likely a role model to hundreds of the young adults who live here. As a person who holds (or held) a position of authority in the classroom while dispensing both wisdom and grades, he is looked up to with respect. He has influence. So when a man in that position writes a letter to the editor, I believe it should be a well developed essay that contributes something meaningful to the public discourse on significant issues. - More...
Friday - May 18, 2012

letter Recess is for children By Billy D. Clifford - Members of the U.S. House of Representatives continue to get re-elected in spite of their inability to resolve our $15 trillion national debt - which they created. Yet Congress is taking a two-week recess! And when they get back in session, they will spend much of their time and energy preparing for the next election. Why do we continue to give jobs to these inept people? We need serious, responsible adults who will spend their time and energy on the real problems our country faces. Recess is for children. - More...
Friday - May 18, 2012

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