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SitNews - Stories In The News - Ketchikan, Alaska
May 25, 2016

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Ketchikan: Updike qualifies for Olympic Trials in steeplechase with PR - Just two weeks ago at the Oregon Twilight, Isaac Updike of Ketchikan had PR’d in winning the steeplechase. - More...
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Reception for 2016 Recipients of Prestigious Red Apple Awards - On Thursday, May 26th, a special reception is being hosted by Ketchikan’s Delta Kappa Gamma International Society, the Epsilon Chapter. The Red Apple Awards will be presented at 5:30p.m. at St. John ‘s Parish Hall, 503 Mission Street, located downtown. Each year the prestigious award is given to community organizations or individuals for their significant contributions to the education of Ketchikan’s youth and families. The public is welcome to attend.

The 2016 recipients are:

1) Credit Union 1 - This financial institution is being recognized for raising funds over $10, 000 for non profit organizations which benefit youth and their families in Ketchikan above and beyond. Every month they sponsor.

2) Harley Riders - This group of bikers are being recognized for their Toys for Tots program. They have been doing this program for 26 years in Ketchikan, raised over $11,000; statewide sponsor in support of March of Dimes. In Ketchikan over 350 children have received three toys each this past year.

3) Dave Timmerman - This individual is being commended for the time above and beyond his work day to help make Ketchikan a better place. In addition to serving on the school board, he has coached soccer, Schoenbar boys junior high basketball teams and baseball teams, and currently coaches softball.

4) Steve and Grace Kinney Special kudos go out to this Dynamic Dual who have focused on children and youth since moving to Ketchikan in 1965. A commercial fisherman has hired numerous students as deck hands. They have volunteered as youth leaders in Ketchikan and at Rainbow Glacier Camp and have been foster parents. They have ben instrumental in hosting families for the Kanayama Exchange Program. - More...
Wednesday PM - May 25, 2016

Ketchikan: Ketchikan Rated #2 in Small Cities for Green Transportation - Survey results collected from the U.S. Census over a five-year period have given a glimpse into which cities' residents are taking an eco-friendly approach to their daily commutes. dug into this data and ranked which areas have the highest percentage of green-minded commuters in the U.S.

Ketchikan was ranked among the top 10 Small Cities in the nation where commuters are using green transportation – carpooling, biking, walking and using public transportation – the most. According to, when commuters use these green methods of transportation they can help save money, reduce overall dependence on fuel and improve air quality.

Ketchikan is rated No. 2 most walkable small city, with approximately 11 percent of people walking to get around town. Residents also do a great deal of carpooling, with almost 18 percent sharing rides according to - More...
Wednesday PM - May 25, 2016

Alaska: Witnesses tell Senate EPA implementing water rule despite court stay - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK), chairman of the Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water and Wildlife, chaired a hearing yesterday entitled, “Erosion of Exemptions and Expansion of Federal Control – Implementation of the Definition of Waters of the United States.”

The principal topic of discussion was how the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are expanding federal control over land and water, including implementing the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rule to the Clean Water Act - despite a stay on the rule issued by a federal court and no change in law - and how regulatory overreach is stifling businesses and hurting our economy and private property rights.

Among the witnesses presenting was Damien Schiff, an attorney for the Pacific Legal Foundation, who is representing a business in Fairbanks, Alaska. The business has outgrown its current location and wants to expand to a neighboring location which the firm has acquired. The Corps, however, has asserted jurisdiction over the property’s approximately 200 acres of permafrost, claiming the acreage constitutes a “wetland.” Permafrost can be found beneath 80 percent of Alaska. This is in direct contradiction to congressional testimony from the EPA administrator and federal law. - More...
Wednesday PM - May 25, 2016

Alaska: Travellers transiting to and from Alaska reminded to declare their firearms at the Canadian border - The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) reminds travellers transiting through Canada to and from Alaska to declare any firearms in their possession to a CBSA officer when entering Canada. Failure to declare firearms may result in criminal prosecution in a court of law.

Last year, CBSA officers in Western Canada seized 297 undeclared firearms, and of these, approximately 50 per cent were from travellers bound for or leaving Alaska. Many of these travellers faced criminal charges and/or a monetary penalty that could have been avoided by simply declaring the guns.

Canada’s firearm laws require that all guns must be declared upon entering the country. Before arriving, follow these border-smart practices: - More...
Wednesday PM - May 25, 2016

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Big changes on a big peninsula in Alaska By NED ROZELL - Larger than West Virginia, the Kenai Peninsula has the best of Alaska: coastal rainforests, two icefields, majestic deepwater fiords and a sapphire river home to the largest king salmon ever caught. It also has some of the best-documented changes of any geographic feature in Alaska, enough that a biologist now sees the peninsula evolving into a human-driven system.

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This image of the Kenai Peninsula on June 15, 2015, was acquired from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer aboard the Aqua satellite.

John Morton of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge recently gave examples of ecological transformations on the Kenai Peninsula. He cited studies by many others in a presentation he gave from his office in Soldotna. Here are some examples:

The Kenai has become a much warmer and drier place in the last 50 years. There has been a 60 percent loss of available water on the peninsula since 1968.

Glaciers on Harding Icefield have shrunk the height of a five-story building in the last 50 years.

In the 1990s, spruce bark beetles that like warm summers killed 30 million spruce trees.

Forestry officials now consider April 1 the start of the Alaska wildfire season after a grassland fire burned on the Kenai in early spring 2005. For years, the start of fire season was May 1.

Where beetles and wildfire have intersected on the southern peninsula, grasslands seem to be replacing stands of spruce. What was forest is now savannah. There is now a 40,000-acre grassland in the Caribou Hills between Homer and Ninilchik.

Forty-seven of 48 streams measured in July 2009 were warm enough (above 55 degrees Fahrenheit) to cause heat stress in salmon.

Bird-watchers have identified 27 new species on the peninsula since 2007. Many species are arriving earlier in spring and migrating out later in fall.

Black spruce and shrubs have begun creeping into peat and sphagnum bogs that have sat unchanged for thousands of years. - More....
Wednesday PM - May 25, 2016


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Association of Mature American Citizens seeks a 1% solution to the current economic plight of seniors - Just in time for the celebration of Older Americans month, the U.S. Social Security Administration's Acting Commissioner Carolyn W. Colvin called Social Security an "anti-poverty program." But the National Council on Aging points out that "over 25 million Americans aged 60 and over are economically insecure."

"These older adults struggle with rising housing and health care bills, inadequate nutrition, lack of access to transportation, diminished savings, and job loss. For older adults who are above the poverty level, one major adverse life event can change today's realities into tomorrow's troubles," according to the NCOA.

Medical costs went up; food costs went up; just about everything went up in cost, but because low gasoline prices kept the Consumer Price Index (CPI) artificially low, no Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) was provided to seniors relying on their earned Social Security benefits.

Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens, said one of the principal reasons AMAC came to be is to "protect, preserve and enhance" Social Security benefits for older Americans.

"Our rally [last] week in Florida drew hundreds of seniors who were expressing their dismay at the government's decision to forego Cost of Living payments for seniors. The decision was catastrophic for some elderly individuals and their families. One estimate indicates that current monthly benefits are barely enough to sustain 33% of the senior households in the United States. The costs of essential expenses, in fact, leave many elderly Social Security recipients deeper in debt at the end of the month. Opting to forego a COLA is not consistent with an effort to reduce poverty among older Americans."

Weber noted that while the government ensured pay increases for its employees this year, it "ignored the plight of seniors by denying COLA assistance. It is only the third time in four decades that this has happened, but it comes at a time when medical costs, food costs and the costs of heating and air conditioning and other necessities have increased sharply, leaving the elderly with hard choices to make."

He said that AMAC has been pursuing a one-time fix via bi-partisan legislation, The Seniors Act, H.R. 4140. "We paid our money into Social Security; the government didn't put in one cent. Just because they mismanaged our money by only paying us 2% interest- is no excuse for us not to get a Cost of Living increase this year," Weber declared. - More...
Wednesday PM - May 25, 2016


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MONEY MATTERS: Living Well on Less By Mary Lynne Dahl, CFP® - I recently read a news story which said that the majority of Americans would not be able to write a $1,000 check for an emergency expense. It claimed that in a survey of over 6,000 middle income people in the US, most of them would have to use a credit card or borrow from friends/family in order to come up with $1,000 cash for an unexpected expense. If this is true, it is an indication that too many people spend every dollar they make, saving nothing, and this fact prompts this column. It is an indication also of the financial insecurity of those who do spend all of their income, and sometimes more, piling up a burden of debt. If this is your situation, you would be wise to stop spending and start saving, now. How do you do this? Well, maybe you can find some answers by trying what has worked for others.

Along those lines, I have been thinking about a re-write of a book I wrote in 1994, called Money Matters for Women which was published by Zondervan in 1995. After it was published I received letters from readers, thanking me for the book and telling me their own personal stories. These are people who figured out how to spend less, get out of debt, save money, live well and be better money managers.

So, I will share with you what those readers shared with me so many years ago and perhaps you will find something that will help you to spend less, save more, get out of debt and be more secure.

The #1 way most of my readers got out of debt was to curtail their urge to shop. These are the comments they shared with me on how they tamed this tiger, plus some updated advice of my own: - More...
Wednesday PM - May 25, 2016

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PETER FUNT: Clinton Needs a Crash Course - If Hillary Clinton wants to be president — and for nearly a decade that hasn't been in doubt — she's got to change her act in a very major way.

It must be beyond sobering to the Clinton forces that Donald Trump has gone from can't-be-nominated to could-be-elected within weeks. He trails Clinton by just 3 percentage points in the latest Wall Street Journal-NBC News poll. And it's not even June.

The most radical thing Clinton should do to get her campaign back on track is compel her husband to step back — way back. Bill Clinton is a plus among voters who will vote for Hillary no matter what. But, among those who have pushed her "unfavorable" rating off the chart, Bill is a negative.

Even those who admired his presidency believe enough is enough. They don't want a co-presidency. They don't want Clinton's foundation muddying up global affairs. And they don't want to think about Bill trolling through the West Wing looking for interns to befriend.

The Clintons should announce publicly that Bill will have no role in Hillary's administration. In fact, say he'll divide his time, living in Chappaqua and visiting the White House on weekends.

Next, Hillary Clinton should stop declaring herself the nominee, even if math and logic indicate so. It's part of the "entitlement" scenario that has many voters angry. Wait until the convention confirms it in July. - More...
Wednesday PM - May 25, 2016

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letter Part 10: “OIL COMPANY” WALKER, “OIL CAN” ORTIZ AND OIL COMPANY SOCIALISM By David G Hanger - Before we go into detail about the northland rapture known as “the Beginning,” let’s take a moment to study the near-term financial consequences for folks living in the Ketchikan area. Duly note that much of the damage intended to be done has already been done, and it is impossible to reverse what has already transpired. The financial duress thereby created at the state level has already led the intransigent group sponsoring the “Coghill Abomination,” the true rulers (gangsters) of the State of Alaska, to avoid any debate or compromise on the subject by financing the state budget using $5.5 billion from the earnings reserve account of the Permanent Fund. That is most of the cash in the earnings reserve fund, and that leaves the Permanent Fund in aggregate with an estimated value of $46 billion. - More...
Monday PM - May 23, 2016

letter The Harbor Poo-patrol By Nancy Elizabeth York - It's only human nature to resort to nasty name calling of our politically appointed city officials when our personal lives are encroached on by those enforcing more rules and regulations on us. That said, I shall refrain from engaging in or joining in on the frey. However, I will donate my two cents worth regarding the proposed Poo-patrol. - More...
Monday PM - May 23, 2016

letter Why I Voted Against SB91 By Rep. Dan Ortiz - Wouldn’t Alaskans experience violence if a gunman shot into their home? SB 91, a crime reform bill that ignores victims’ rights, says shooting into a home is ‘non-violent.’ - More...
Friday AM - May 20, 2016

letter Alaskans have no meaningful oil & gas rights By Daniel Donkel - I wish all Alaskans better understood the oil business, but it is clear Alaskans do not have any meaningful oil and gas rights like other oil and gas states in the nation do. - More...
Friday AM - May 20, 2016

letter Part 9: “OIL COMPANY” WALKER, “OIL CAN” ORTIZ, AND OIL COMPANY SOCIALISM By David G Hanger - HB247, the much-heralded clawback of these insane oil tax credits, was passed out of the State House and referred to the State Senate where its fate is dubious at best. Hailed by our elected officials as the means by which a billion dollars will be saved between now and 2020, if passed it will save at best around $200 million, and is otherwise a gutted piece of junk. - More...
Friday AM - May 20, 2016

letter Political legacy By A. M. Johnson - A bit of political Presidential history reflected as the current President establishes his legacy. - More...
Friday AM - May 20, 2016

letter Addendum RE: Poo Journal Wanted! By Douglas J. Thompson - It was so obvious that in my addressing Marie Zellerman's letter I skipped it but in retrospect I think the issue should be highlighted. That is the "charge" by the harbormaster that her boat didn't qualify because it "did not have the original helm station as designed by the original architect" or words to that effect. I was told almost the same thing in that my engine had to be the original engine as designed by the original architect. - More...
Friday AM - May 20, 2016

letter RE: Poo Journal Wanted! By Douglas J. Thompson - In regard to Marie Zellmer's letter in Tuesday's Sitnews: Sad to say but it is very predictable what will happen on Thursday at the Council Meeting. No matter if she has nine or nine hundred people there. She will be given her sixty seconds to voice her concern and then be gavelled down. While she is speaking the Ayatollah Amylon (sitting on the elected dais although he is an employee and not elected) will be shuffling papers and whispering back and forth with his acolytes in total disrespect. Then the useless harbormaster (inflated to Port Directer) will stand up and mumble something about it is needed and necessary without any rational justification. The sycophantic seven agree and nothing is changed. - More...
Friday AM - May 20, 2016

By David G Hanger - For the first quarter of 2016 ConocoPhillips recently announced a loss of $1.5 billion on its worldwide operations. While it is somewhat reasonable to assume the remaining three quarters of 2016 will be better, estimates about oil prices throughout the remainder of this year still run from a low of $20 to a high of about $80. So it remains possible that overall ConocoPhillips will lose even more on its worldwide operations by the end of this year. - More...
Tuesday AM - May 17, 2016

letter Poo Journal Wanted! By Marie Zellmer - Things have gone too far down at the docks. New Ketchikan City ordinances are about to be enacted and enforced, and no one knows about them or what they really mean to people who have chosen to live on the water. Don't get me wrong, many of the harbormasters I have worked next to, gone to school with, and built sets for plays with, and I have considered them friends, but when they go to work my home is there. The harbormasters have convinced the council to enact rules such as... anyone who stays on their vessel for 15 days is a live-aboard and must have a coast guard approves toilet installed with a storage tank, and keep daily logs as to how much it is being used and how often it is being pumped out at one of the only three pump stations on the island. This will also affect the fishing industry if the wording is followed. - More...
Tuesday AM - May 17, 2016

letter Our taxes for Health and Fitness By Joe Ashcraft - After a really arduous work day, my daughter convinced me to take her to the Fawn Mountain track for a few laps. This has been an almost nightly affair over the past few summers. And as I travel Southeast and the rest of Alaska on business, when asked about Ketchikan my response has included the track, the pool and the rec center as additions that make Ketchikan a really livable town. - More...
Tuesday AM - May 17, 2016

letter Drive Careful By Robert Jahnke - In the Ketchikan and outlaying areas we have now entered the green up phase of the year when the road side ditches and open areas are greening up drawing deer into areas dangerous to them and drivers alike. - More...
Tuesday AM - May 17, 2016

letter RE: Incarceration Conditions By Bonnie J Abbott - You are absolutely, one hundred percent CORRECT! Thank You for caring and speaking out on this horrible disease. Maybe more citizens will step up and voice their opinion on every last word in your awesome letter!!!! - More...
Tuesday AM - May 17, 2016

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