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Ketchikan: Memorial Day Ceremories Planned - Ketchikan Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4352 and American Legion Post 3 will host ceremonies to honor the fallen on Memorial Day, May 27, 2019, as well as open houses for the community to meet local veterans and enjoy light refreshments. 

Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military.

The primary ceremony will be held at the Bay View Cemetery Mausoleum at 11 a.m. Guest speakers for the event include: Commander Ashley Holt, U.S.C.G. Base Ketchikan; Mayor David Landis, Ketchikan Gateway Borough; and Chere Klein of the offices of Senators Murkowski & Sullivan. There will also be a wreath laying by VFW and American Legion Auxiliaries, prayers by the Post Chaplains, and the playing of taps. 

“I hope to see many members of our community come together to honor the fallen and celebrate the quality of individuals who, facing the worst of humanity, risk their life for the benefit of others,” said Paul Robbins Jr., Commander of VFW Post 4352. - More...
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Ketchikan: NTSB Publishes Preliminary Report for Investigation of Ketchikan Mid-Air Collision, Calls for Greater Safety Measures for For-Hire Flights - The National Transportation Safety Board  on Wednesday released the preliminary report for its investigation of the May 13, 2019, fatal mid-air collision near Ketchikan, one in a string of recent accidents involving for-hire aircraft.

The collision between a float-equipped Mountain Air de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver and a float-equipped Taquan de Havilland DHC-3 Turbine Otter occurred about seven miles northeast of Ketchikan. The Mountain Air DHC-2 commercial pilot and four passengers sustained fatal injuries and the Taquan DHC-3 certificated airline transport pilot sustained minor injuries, nine passengers sustained serious injuries and one passenger sustained fatal injuries. 

Both aircraft involved in the mid-air collision were operating under Part 135 of FAA regulations, which govern the operation of business and charter flights. So was the airplane that crashed Monday, May 20th in Metlakatla, Alaska and the helicopter that crashed in Hawaii April 29.

“While these tragic accidents are still under investigation, and no findings or causes have been determined, each crash underscores the urgency of improving the safety of charter flights by implementing existing NTSB safety recommendations,” said Robert L. Sumwalt, Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board. “The need for those improvements is why the NTSB put Part 135 aircraft flight operations on the 2019 – 2020 Most Wanted List of transportation safety improvements.”

The NTSB’s safety recommendations call on Part 135 operators to implement safety management systems, record and analyze flight data, and ensure pilots receive controlled-flight-into-terrain avoidance training. Major passenger airlines, which operate under Part 121, have adopted these measures and have seen a great improvement in safety.

“A customer who pays for a ticket should trust that the operator is using the industry’s best practices when it comes to safety,’’ Sumwalt said. “And it shouldn’t matter if the operator has one airplane or 100. Travelers should have an equivalent level of safety regardless of the nature of the flight for which they paid.” 

The preliminary report on the investigation of the May 13 mid-air collision does not discuss probable cause. The report contains information gathered thus far in the investigation.

Determination of probable cause and the issuance of any safety recommendations comes at the end of an investigation. Investigations involving fatalities and other major NTSB investigations currently take between 12 and 24 months to complete.

Quoting the preliminary report:

On Monday, May 13, 2019, about 12:21 PM Alaska daylight time, a float-equipped De Havilland DHC-2 (Beaver) airplane, N952DB, and a float-equipped De Havilland DHC-3 (Turbine Otter) airplane, N959PA, collided in midair PM, about 7 miles northeast of Ketchikan, Alaska.

The Taquan DHC-3 airline transport pilot sustained minor injuries, nine passengers sustained serious injuries, and one passenger sustained fatal injuries. The DHC-3 sustained substantial damage during the collision and impact with the water.

The Mountain Air DHC-2 was destroyed during the collision, uncontrolled descent, and impact with tree covered terrain and water. The DHC-2 was registered to and operated by Mountain Air Service, LLC, Ketchikan, Alaska, under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 135 as an on-demand sightseeing flight, and a Federal Aviation Administration flight plan was filed for the DHC-2.

The Taquan DHC-3 was registered to Pantechnicon Aviation LTD, Minden, Nevada, and operated by Venture Travel, LLC, dba Taquan Air, Ketchikan, Alaska, under the provisions of Title 14 CFR Part 135 as an on-demand sightseeing flight, and company flight following procedures were in effect for the DHC-3.

Visual meteorological conditions prevailed in the area at the time of the accident. Both airplanes were based at the Ketchikan Harbor Seaplane Base (5KE), and both were returning to Ketchikan at the time of the accident.

According to information provided by both operators, the purpose of both flights was to transport passengers to Ketchikan from the Misty Fjords National Monument area which was located about 30 nautical miles northeast of Ketchikan. - More...
Friday PM - May 24, 2019

Alaska: Third Dead Gray Whale Found in Alaska This Month; NOAA Fisheries is closely tracking increase in gray whale strandings along the West Coast - NOAA Fisheries and stranding partners are tracking a spike in gray whale mortalities along the west coast of the United States during their spring migration. To date, 60 gray whales have been reported stranded dead along the west coast, from Mexico to Alaska. Of those necropsied, many were found to be skinny and malnourished. According to NOAA, it is not unusual to have 2-3 gray whale strandings in Alaska by this time of the year.

Most recently, NOAA received a report of a  gray whale stranded along the coast of Kodiak. The report came in late Tuesday to NOAA's Office of Law Enforcement Kodiak Office and the Sun'aq Tribe of Kodiak, a NOAA marine mammal stranding partner. Necropsies were performed on the first two whales; however, the Kodiak whale is located along the rocky shore below a steep cliff and considered inaccessible for a necropsy.

This is the third dead gray whale reported this month in Alaska, along with a carcass reported beached on the Copper River Delta and another in Turnagain Arm.

NOAA first received report of the Copper River Delta dead whale on May 14, but the tide carried it offshore. A Kodiak-based helicopter crew from the U.S. Coast Guard relocated the whale on Friday, May 17. The USCG responders collected tissue samples and photos for NOAA biologists.

“We are thankful for our strong partnerships,” said Alaska Regional Assistant Stranding Coordinator Sadie Wright. “The Coast Guard air crew kept an eye out for this animal and got our team out there asap after locating it." - More...
Friday PM - May 24, 2019


Southeast Alaska: Captain of Fishing Vessel “Alaskan Girl” Sentenced for Unlawful Discharge of a Pollutant into Sumner Strait; Cameraman for Reality TV Show Captured Footage of Unlawful Discharge of Sandblasting Waste into Ocean - Brannon Finney, 32, of Bellingham, Washington, was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. Magistrate Judge Matthew Scoble after having pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful discharge of a pollutant, a violation of the Clean Water Act.  The Court ordered Finney to pay a fine of $8,000, pay an additional $2,000 to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation as a community service payment; and perform 40 hours of community work service.  Finney will be on probation for 18 months and is required to post a public apology.

According to court documents, Finney, as captain of the F/V Alaskan Girl, caused the crew to dump approximately 16,000 pounds of sandblast waste into Sumner Strait.  Specifically, on June 15, 2017, F/V Alaskan Girl was in route from Wrangell to Petersburg, Alaska with four bags, known as super sacks or brailer bags, on board.  Each bag weighed approximately 4,000 pounds and contained sandblast waste.  The waste, generated from the recent re-painting of the F/V Alaskan Girl, was a mixture of the copper slag used to remove the paint from the vessel as well as approximately 15 gallons of paint chips removed in the sandblast process.  The waste – totaling eight tons – had been loaded onto the vessel at the direction of Finney.  - More...
Friday PM - May 24, 2019

Southeast Alaska: Felon Sentenced to Federal Prison for Illegal Possession of Firearm at Juneau Airport - A convicted felon was sentenced Monday for illegally possessing a firearm at Juneau International Airport. 

Ryan Matthew Neely, 41, of Woodenville, Washington, was sentenced in Juneau by Chief U.S. District Judge Timothy M. Burgess to serve 21 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.  In October 2018, Neely pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm.  The sentencing announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder.

According to court documents, on Feb. 20, 2018, Neely was trying to clear security at Juneau International Airport with a duffle bag that contained a loaded firearm with a round in the chamber.  When confronted by law enforcement, Neely claimed he had no knowledge about the firearm and that he grabbed the bag from someone else, not knowing there was a firearm inside.  - More...
Friday PM - May 24, 2019

Alaska: Assisted Living Home Owner Sentenced for Medical Assistance Fraud Scheme - Anchorage Superior Court Judge Patrick McKay has sentenced 75-year-old Margaret Williams and her assisted living home corporation, Flamingo Eye LLC, for defrauding the State of Alaska Medicaid system.

Williams was sentenced on Monday to serve a term of eighteen months in jail. An additional three and a half years are suspended, for a total potential sentence of up to five years in jail. Her corporation, Flamingo Eye LLC was sentenced to a $2,050,000 fine. In crafting the sentences, Judge McKay found that he needed to reaffirm the community’s standards and deter other members of the community from exploiting disabled individuals to defraud Medicaid.

The State also asked Judge McKay to issue a restitution order in the amount of $1.1 million, to compensate for the funds that Williams and Flamingo Eye LLC fraudulently obtained from the Alaska Medicaid system. A hearing to determine the amount of restitution has been set for July.

The jury acquitted Williams’ daughter, Princess Turay, of all charges.  Williams’ son, Donald Kallon, currently has a warrant out for his arrest and the State believes he has left the country.  Williams’ former employee, Wilson Esapa, had his charges dismissed in exchange for testifying at trial. - More...
Friday PM - May 24, 2019

Alaska: Hot spots in rivers that nurture salmon 'flicker on and off' in Alaska's Bristol Bay region - Chemical signatures imprinted on tiny stones that form inside the ears of fish show that two of Alaska's most productive salmon populations, and the fisheries they support, depend on the entire watershed.

Sockeye and Chinook salmon born in the Nushagak River and its network of streams and lakes in southwest Alaska use the whole basin as youngsters when searching for the best places to find prey, shelter and safety from predators. From birth until the fish migrate to the ocean a year later is a critical period for young salmon to eat and grow.

By analyzing each fish's ear stone -- called an otolith -- scientists have found that different parts of the watershed are hot spots for salmon production and growth, and these favorable locations change year to year depending on how climate conditions interact with local landscape features like topography to affect the value of habitats.

The new study, led by the University of Washington, appears May 24 in Science.

"We found that the areas where fish are born and grow flicker on and off each year in terms of productivity," said lead author Sean Brennan, a postdoctoral researcher at the UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. "Habitat conditions aren't static, and optimal places shift around. If you want to stabilize fish production over the years, the only strategy is to keep all of the options on the table."

The Nushagak River watershed is the largest river basin in the Alaska's Bristol Bay region, which supports the biggest sockeye salmon fishery in the world and provides about 50 percent of wild sockeye globally. It is also known for its large run of Chinook salmon.

The new study coincides with renewed efforts to gain permits for the Pebble Mine, a proposed copper and gold excavation near the headwaters of the Nushagak River. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' draft environmental analysis considered only two or three years of fish counts in specific locations in proximity to the proposed mine. It states that fish habitat lost to the mine could be recreated elsewhere. - More...
Friday PM - May 24, 2019

Ancient human footprint discovered in Alaska

Ancient human footprint discovered in Alaska
University of Alaska Fairbanks doctoral candidate Gerad Smith does a final cleaning of an 1,800-year-old footprint in a University of Alaska Anchorage lab before making a 3D image of the print.
Photo By Gerad Smith


Alaska: Ancient human footprint discovered in Alaska By JEFF RICHARDSON - The discovery of a prehistoric footprint at an Interior Alaska archaeological site is helping researchers create a more detailed picture of ancient Athabascan family life.

Researchers discovered the footprint, which likely belonged to a pre-teen child, in 2017 near a dwelling unearthed at the Swan Point archaeological site, located in the Shaw Creek Flats near Big Delta. Made more than 1,800 years ago, it’s the oldest known human footprint ever found in the North American sub-Arctic.

The print is among a range of intriguing finds at the site, which archaeologists have explored since archaeologist Charles Holmes discovered the site in 1991. Those include the remnants of dwellings, cache pits and a variety of stone artifacts.

Discovering a footprint at the site still provided a unique thrill, said Gerad Smith, a UAF doctoral candidate.

“As an archaeologist you’re always finding neat things, but when I tell people about this footprint it seems to strike a different emotional nerve,” said Smith, who wrote about the discovery in the March issue of the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports.

Although it represents just a single footprint, the discovery also may help reveal some details about the lives of area inhabitants nearly two millennia ago. Steve Schoenhair, a University of Alaska Anchorage student, found the footprint while excavating a layer that served as the “living floor” of the site, just outside an oval-shaped house pit. - More...
Friday PM - May 24, 2019

Alaska: Melting small glaciers could add 10 inches to sea levels By FRITZ FREUDENBERGER - A new review of glacier research data paints a picture of a future planet with a lot less ice and a lot more water. Glaciers worldwide are projected to lose anywhere from 18% to 36% of their mass by 2100, resulting in almost 10 inches of sea level rise.

The review is the most comprehensive global comparison of glacier simulations ever compiled.

“The clear message is that there’s mass loss—substantial mass loss - all over the world,” said lead author Regine Hock, from the University Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute.

The anticipated loss of ice varies by region, but the pattern is evident.

“We have more than 200 computer simulations, and they all say the same thing. Even though there are some differences, that’s really consistent,” Hock said.

This is the only comprehensive and systematic endeavor to date to compare global-scale glacier models and their projections. The paper is part of GlacierMIP, an international project to compare glacier research to understand glacier changes and their contributions to global sea level rise.

Hock’s study compared 214 glacier simulations from six research groups around the world and “all of them paint the same picture,” Hock said.

These groups tied their own studies to over 25 climate models using a range of climate scenarios. These scenarios are based on several different trajectories for greenhouse gas concentrations and atmospheric conditions adopted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, called the representative concentration pathways, referred to by scientists as RCP. Currently, the planet is moving toward the higher estimates of greenhouse gas concentrations.

Hock and former Geophysical Institute postdoctoral researcher Andrew Bliss, along with other authors, examined the data and results from these studies to work toward a coordinated method for understanding ice loss. - More...
Friday PM - May 24, 2019



JOE GUZZARD: On Memorial Day, Remembering MLB's Fallen WWII Heroes - During World War II, of the 500-plus MLB players who served, only two young Americans were killed. 

Captain Elmer Gedeon, with the USAAF's 86th Bomb Squadron, was shot down on April 20, 1944, over Saint-Pol, France. U.S. Marine Corps First Lieutenant Harry O'Neill lost his life on March 6, 1945, after being hit by Japanese sniper fire on Iwo Jima. O'Neill was one of 92 4th Marine Division officers that died on Iwo Jima. The invaluable website has more than 500 stories about baseball players from all levels who participated in the nation's great wars.

Gedeon and O'Neill were outstanding young men, their parents' pride and joy, admired in their communities and beloved by all. Graduates of the University of Michigan and Gettysburg College, respectively, Gedeon and O'Neill had wonderful futures - although perhaps not in the major leagues. Their experiences in the bigs were limited. In 1939, Gedeon played outfield during five games for the Washington Senators, and came to bat five times with one hit. O'Neill, a catcher, appeared in one game for the 1939 Philadelphia Athletics, but had no plate appearances.

During their college years, Gedeon and O'Neill were superstar athletes who dominated in multiple sports. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound Gedeon excelled at baseball and track for the Wolverines. But ultimately, Gedeon cast his lot with baseball, and signed a contract with the Senators. 

Gedeon's minor league performances impressed Senators' manager Bucky Harris, but he received his military summons in January 1941. Navigating a B-52 in 1942 on a North Carolina training flight, Gedeon's plane crashed and burst into flames, killing two. Gedeon freed himself from the wreckage, and badly injured he returned to save his fellow pilots still trapped inside. While on his last leave, Gedeon promised his cousin that he would "be back in baseball" when the war ended. But on Gedeon's thirteenth B-26 European bombing mission, five days after his 27th birthday, anti-aircraft fire hit his plane, killing him and five others.

At Gettysburg, O'Neill starred on the gridiron, the hardcourt and the baseball diamond. Connie Mack's Philadelphia A's signed O'Neill, a 6-foot-3 catcher, and he spent the 1939 season as the team's third string-catcher. During the ninth inning of a July 23, 16-3 drubbing at the Detroit Tigers' hands, Mack inserted O'Neill into the lineup as a defensive replacement, but he never got a turn at bat. After the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, O'Neill's life changed forever. O'Neill enlisted in the Marines, and graduated from Quantico as a second lieutenant. His next stop was Camp Pendleton, California, and, now a first lieutenant in the Fourth Marine Division, he was shipped out to the Pacific Theater on January 13, 1944. After landing on Iwo Jima on February 19, 1945, and moving slowly inward, the Marines were under intense, nonstop fire. By day's end, March 6, 28-year-old O'Neill was dead. - More...
Friday PM - May 24, 2019

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Fiber to the World By Joe Ashcraft - The agenda for a recent city council meeting listed the discussion of a fiber optic connection to be owned and operated by the city of Ketchikan’s KPU.

In the late 90’s such a spur from a fiber run at that time was rejected by KPU as unnecessary.  Seaport Tel was blocked from implementing fixed wireless in the downtown area around year 2000 via satellite.  APT was blocked from landing fiber on the island shortly thereafter, and GCI was stymied for a while as well.  I was told to face that these efforts were so as to maintain the KPU monopoly.  

Later I was alerted by insiders that KPU was not planning to run fiber along with the TYEE project and was asked to question that omission. They were aghast; I couldn’t believe my ears; it was and is unheard of not to run fiber when running power.   I did contact KPU management on that issue, and was informed that the cost of the fiber run along with the power lines would be greater than the money allotted for the project would allow, that the EPA would require more analysis, that the weight would be too much for the towers, and perhaps other excuses that made just as little sense to me as the need for roll out of fiber at this point in time. - More...
Friday PM - May 24, 2019

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Toxins in Water By Florian Sever - In past years, both Ketchikan and Sitka supported "dissolving-sulfite" pulp mills, which generated large amounts of toxic fly-ash from their power-generating boilers.  Both of these mills burned bark, wood waste and toxic waste-water treatment sludge.  

In 1991 the USEPA determined that high levels of 2,3,7,8 TCDD DIOXIN were present in the sediments of Sitka's water supply (Blue Lake).  - More...
Friday PM - May 24, 2019

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Russia Is A Threatening Adversary By Donald Moskowitz - Russia continues to be an adversary of the United states, and keeps trying to encroach into the Western Hemisphere, and create instability in the region.

When I served onboard a radar picket ship in the Pacific during the 1950s we tracked and reported Russian bear bombers making practice runs approaching the west coast of the U.S. In the early 1960s Russia installed missile batteries in Cuba which threatened the U.S. We implemented a naval blockade and Russia was forced to remove the missiles.

Once again, Russia is becoming militarily involved in the Western Hemisphere. They have bilateral agreements with dictator Maduro of Venezuela which they are expanding. On March 23, 2019 two Russian air force planes landed in Venezuela carrying 100 special forces personnel to help bolster the Maduro regime. - More...
Friday PM - May 24, 2019

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Drug use back in my youth By A. M. Johnson - Once in a while someone or something comes across that is fitting in response to concerns of a current issue or situation facing society. Such is the following gleaned from an unknown author.  

The Parents who drugged us.

Recently in a discussion someone asked a rhetorical question. "Why didn't we have a drug problem when you and I were growing up?" - More...
Friday PM - May 24, 2019

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 Thoughts & Prayers By Matthew R. Dunnigan - All affected by the collision between the two floatplanes are in our thoughts and prayers. - More...
Sunday AM - May 19, 2019

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Of the Many Deserving Thanks By A.M.Johnson - Surprised that none have made comment or perhaps they have and will be included in this column.

Charlie Hanas and his wife deserve the highest of accolades for their participation in the saving of many lives. While all the wonderful organizations that did participate are due community, personal, and all, thanks; it was the fortunate event that Charles and his wife were present. - More...
Sunday AM  - May 19, 2019

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Alaska: Our quality of life is at stake By Rebecca Brice Henderson, Curtis McQueen, Jason Metrokin, Mike Navarre, Kris Norosz and Marilyn Romano -
Rasmuson Foundation Board of Directors - Discussion about the budget continues in the state Capitol and in public forums. Alaskans from every corner of the state are concerned about what proposed deep cuts to close a $1.6 billion budget gap would do to the quality of life we have worked so hard to achieve. We are weighing in on this debate as business owners and executives who regularly interact with Alaska’s great nonprofit institutions. We have something else in common. We are board members of one of Alaska’s oldest, and certainly its largest, philanthropic organization. - More...
Sunday AM - May 19, 2019

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The Bitter Bread By Michael S. Queen - A recent op-ed by a SE editor turned a call for a pro-formula PFD (“Let the People Have Their PFDs”) into a derogation, a hit-piece of his neighbors; erroneously connecting small PFDs with the organized labor force of the State in general (“…over-paid state employees {who} want to keep their cushy jobs…”) and the Alaska Marine Highway in particular. His seems an ideal of unfettered entrepreneurialism that targets those earning paychecks rather than those who maximize their profit margin at the expense of those who created that profit for them. He blames those with good, family-sustaining jobs for the many POW business owners’ wretched, sub-poverty level wage scales. I know. I live on the same third-largest island in the US and struggled to find family-sustaining work. I cast a broad net in two years’ worth of work opportunities a decade and a half ago (500+ applications), and was overjoyed, eager to receive the offer to work for the AMHS ‘making beds and cleaning heads.’ I am away from home more than half the year now, but my family has food on the table and a way to access basic health care. We stand on our own and need no Donate button appeal to meet expenses. - More...
Sunday AM - May 19, 2019

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A change in Alaska's crime law is needed now By Gregg Olson, Angie Kemp, Gustaf Olson, John Earthman, Scot Leaders, Roman Kalytiak, and John Novak - Many of us are lifelong prosecutors who have spent years in the trenches trying to do the best we can to keep Alaskans safe and seek justice. We work side by side with law enforcement to try and get those offenders off the street who are likely to do more harm, get those offenders into treatment who need some help, and achieve the best outcome under the circumstances to protect the community. The current criminal laws tie our hands along with the hands of judges and keep us from achieving these important goals. - More...
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RE: Oil & Gas Tax Reform By Rep. Dan Ortiz - I want to thank Mary Lynn Dahl for her thoughtful letter that ran in the April 29 edition of Sitnews. Alaska’s oil and gas tax system is an important issue that needs to be considered as we work towards a long-term fiscal solution. Mary makes important points and raises issues that have not had much public discussion. I’d like to clarify a few things about our tax system as it stands now, how we’ve been able to fix parts of it in recent years, and the work that remains to be done. - More...
Tuesday PM - May 07, 2019

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Global warming or global hoax By Rex Barber - The Pleistocene epoch (ice age to us common folk) lasted from 2,588,00 – 11,700 years ago. With in this time period large mammals roamed the earth, saber tooth tigers, mammoths, mastodons, dire wolves ,short faced bears, giant ground sloths, giant beavers and many more astounding and fabulous criters. - More...
Tuesday PM - May 07, 2019

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Alaska needs a thoughtful approach to a sustainable budget By Ed Rasmuson - Last November, we were reminded of something that offers us great hope about the future of our state.

In the aftermath of the earthquake last November, we saw Alaskans at their best - neighbors helping neighbors; Alaskans supporting and comforting each other. We saw people rolling up their sleeves, ready to help, whatever the need might be.

For a few days, your political affiliation didn’t matter. Divisiveness was superseded by the shared experience we’d just gone through and our drive as Alaskans to overcome yet another challenge. - More...
Thursday AM - May 02, 2019

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Oil & Gas Tax Reform By Mary Lynne Dahl - I do not make a habit of offering my opinions publicly. I am neither Republican nor Democrat. I try my best to judge impartially, on a non-partisan basis. I have spent the last 35 years of my professional life giving financial advice as objectively as humanly possible. With these things in mind, I have decided that I must comment on one aspect of the debate over the fiscal situation Alaska finds herself in and the prospects for solutions to the problems. - More...
Monday PM - April 29, 2019

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The Income Tax: A Way Out By Ghert Abbott - We should all be very grateful to Representative Dan Ortiz for his efforts to compel a straight answer from the Governor during the April 8th public meeting. Representative Ortiz pointed out that the Governor was being “disingenuous” in claiming his administration’s budget had no taxes, when it essentially necessitated local tax increases due to cost shifting from the state to local governments. - More...
Monday PM - April 29, 2019

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KCCB Collage II Concert By Judith Green - Well, another great evening of music from our own talented community members. Last week end it was 3 in 1: Ketchikan Community Chorus (Director Steve Kinney) with Ketchikan Orchestra Project(Director Jeff Karlson and Deidra Nuss) and Ketchikan Community Band (Director Roy McPherson). - More...
Monday PM - April 29, 2019

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Lisa Murkowski's Nuclear energy plan By Robert Rice - My god, do we need our own mini Fukishima? She said "the only alternate energy source available in Alaska is Hydro power." No wind or sun available here? Also ended by saying how good this would be for oil and mining operations. (Could this be the reason for this idea?) - More...
Monday PM - April 29, 2019

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Ode To Joy By Judith Green - This past weekend, April 20, Ketchikan was invited to hear the beautiful musical sounds of Beethoven, Rutter, Chilcott and Marcello. Some of these composers may not be well known, but the sounds invoked were good to consider as we listened and learned. - More...
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