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June 07, 2007

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Canada: B.C. floods submerge key routes, strand thousands - Flood waters in northwestern B.C. that shut down key roads could leave tens of thousands cut off from the rest of the province for up to five more days, officials say. - Read this CBCnews story..

Canada: Rivers surging in B.C - The first evacuations got under way across the province yesterday and residents of hundreds of other homes got ready to flee the surging river waters on short notice. - - Read this Winnipeg Sun story...

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Ketchikan: Jim Van Horn Joins Senator Stedman's Legislative Staff; Former Elkins Aide to be based in Ketchikan - Senator Bert Stedman (R-Sitka) announced Wednesday the addition of Jim Van Horn to his interim legislative staff. Van Horn began work on Monday and will be based in Stedman's Ketchikan office. He is joining existing Stedman aides Miles Baker, Fred Fisher, David Greisen and Jane Kasberg.

Van Horn served as Chief of Staff to Representative Jim Elkins (R-Ketchikan) from 2005 ­ 2006. A 31-year Ketchikan resident, Jim has been elected to both the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly and the Ketchikan City Council. He is a retired US Coast Guard officer and in 1998 he retired from the Alaska Department of Corrections.

"We're very lucky to have Jim", remarked Sen Stedman. "He understands our issues, is well respected in the community and brings a wealth of experience to the job. He'll be a real asset for the entire Senate district." - More...
Thursday - June 07, 2007

Ketchikan: Alaska's Panhandle Cooler in May; Interior Warmer than Normal - Temperature conditions for a large swath of Alaska's Interior and southern regions continued a trend of warmer than normal weather. Many locations that were warm also experienced dryness. Temperatures for the southern coastal areas, from the Panhandle to the Alaska Peninsula, were just a few degrees below normal, while the Northwest was more than 3 degrees Fahrenheit below normal.

Some notable weather-related features that occurred across the state during May were green-up for the Interior, thunderstorm activity statewide, and wildfire activity, burning nearly 40,000 acres statewide by month's end.

May 2007 Weather

Ketchikan: May 2007 Weather Chart
Graphic courtesy Alaska Climate Research Center, Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks

In Ketchikan, at the southern end of the Panhandle, it was a bit cooler than normal, and rainfall fell short of the normal total for May. The average temperature for the month was 47.3 degrees Fahrenheit, which is 1.2 degrees below normal. High temperatures averaged 55 degrees, while low temperatures averaged 39 degrees. The highest daily maximum temperature was 71 degrees on May 15. The lowest temperature of freezing (32 degrees Fahrenheit) was observed on May 8, and again on the 18th. Precipitation totaled 7.48 inches for the month, and measurable amounts occurred on 19 days, with another two days of trace events. This monthly total is over an inch shy of the normal 8.70 inches for May.

May brought cooler and wetter than normal conditions for Juneau this year. The monthly average temperature was 46.7 degrees Fahrenheit, 1.2 degrees cooler than normal. The average high and low were 55 degrees and 39 degrees, respectively. The temperature got as warm as 68 degrees on May 23, and as low as 29 degrees on the 1st. It was wetter by more than three quarters of an inch at the airport as 4.27 inches of rain was reported during the month. A trace of snow was recorded due to hail that occurred on May 8. The airport reported a peak wind gust of 45mph on May 6, though winds in downtown were considerably lower. - More...
Wednesday - June 07, 2007


Columns - Commentary

Jason Love: Spin Class - When I arrive at the gym, I feel satisfied with the achievement. That was the deal, right? Go to the gym. Any work I do after that point is pretty much gravy.

Mmm. Gravy.

You can always tell the regulars from those of us undoing 10 years of beer and pizza. The square-headed men grow so big that they can't even bend their own elbows.

"Hey, Bob. Do me a favor -- scratch this itch on my chin."

The ladies spend more time with the Stairmasters. If I owned a gym, I would just build it on top of a really steep hill, and by the time people reached the door from the parking lot below, their workout would be over. Think of the savings! - More...
Wednesday - June 06, 2007

Tom Purcell: The Ugly Truth - Some people can get awfully ugly about beauty.

Three Australian fellows, as a ruse, set up, a dating Web site only for beautiful people. Every day, members of the site vote to determine which applicants are beautiful enough to become new members.

Got nerdy glasses, a balding noggin or a nose that is bent or out of proportion? How about off-white teeth, large ears or too many freckles? Congratulations, you've violated the beauty rules and you will be rejected. - More....
Wednesday - June 06, 2007

Preston McDougall: Chemical Eye on Resistant TB Patients - Lou Dobbs may have been grossly wrong about the "epidemic" of leprosy cases among the U.S. illegal immigrant population, but he was right about one thing: "weapons of mass destruction" have recently crossed our borders undetected.

The perpetrator was an Atlanta lawyer who snuck across the Canada/U.S. border in rural upstate New York, even though his name was on a Department of Homeland Security watch list. Unlike the "millennium bomber", who hid bombs made with nitroglycerin in the trunk of his car and was caught in 1999 near Seattle, in the current situation the "weapons" were inside the carrier's lungs. And they weren't chemical explosives, but biological pathogens - extremely drug-resistant tuberculosis bacteria. - More...
Wednesday - June 06, 2007

Jay Ambrose: Opposing immigration bill is not bigotry - It's long been expected that, when you get on the wrong side of a liberal's policy druthers, you're going to be called a bigot. But what's this with Bush administration honchos and other Republicans playing the same ad hominem game and worse?

No less a conservative star than Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan has spotted and decried the phenomenon, which has come into being as a way of fighting back against opponents of compromise legislation on illegal aliens. The opponents have had the audacity, you see, to argue that all but bits and pieces of the bill are a sham. - More...
Wednesday - June 06, 2007

Dan K. Thomasson: Hard choices on immigration - There's an old story about the immigrant seeking permanent residence in the United States. As he is moving through the line, the agent asks if he has any special skills.

"Ya shure," he replies. "I'm a diesel fitter."

The agent takes out his job book and quickly finds a priority listing for that occupation and excitedly approves the prospective immigrant's application for entry, noting that diesel fitters are much in demand. Then he turns to the next person in line and asks him, "What do you do?" - More...
Wednesday - June 06, 2007


Public Meetings

Thursday - June 7, 2007 - 7:00 PM - The Ketchikan City Council will hold a regular meeting in the City Council Chambers
Agenda & Information Packets PDF (Once the agenda is downloaded, click on each agenda item to download its packet)

Public Notice

City issues RFP for New Library Site - responses due June 15th. Proposal documents are available from the Public Works Director, 2930 Tongass Avenue, Ketchikan, Alaska, and on the City of Ketchikan Web Site (Download the Request for Proposals - PDF)

Three copies of the proposal labeled, "Proposal for Property Acquisition, Contract No. 07-24", are to be submitted by 3:00 p.m., prevailing local time, June 15th, 2007 to the office of: Katherine Suiter, City Clerk City of Ketchikan, 334 Front Street, Ketchikan, Alaska 99901

Public Hearing

A public hearing will be held at the Ted Ferry Civic Center on Thursday, June 7, 2007 from 1:00 PM until 3:00 PM regarding the City of Ketchikan's proposed adoption of the 2006 International Fire Code including state and local amendments. There will also be discussion regarding the proposed revisions to the Ketchikan Municipal Code (KMC), Title 18, "Fire Prevention." Discussions will include: Road Grades and fire department access issues, the installation and maintenance of fire sprinkler systems within the city limits of Ketchikan, and other life safety issues.


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letter Land Use Density Limitations By Rob Skinner - Wednesday PM
letter Bars or jewelry stores? By Mellanie Isner - Wednesday PM
letter LOOPHOLES IN IMMIGRATION BILL By Bryon Whitesides - Wednesday PM
letter Immigration Bill By Jake Jacobson - Wednesday PM
letter The Great Pronouncer By Mike Sawyer - Wednesday PM
letter THE BANK(S)? TO NOWHERE By David G. Hanger - Monday
letter Clean Up & Poster Contest By Jerry Cegelske - Sunday
letter Immigration Bill: An Open Letter By Byron Whitesides - Sunday
letter Borrow and Spend By Robert Rice - Sunday
letter More Excuses at UAS By Robert D. Warner - Sunday
letter RE: Top 10 Reasons to Live in KTN By Charlotte Tanner - Sunday
letter Top Ten Reasons for Someone to live in Ketchikan By Kayleigh Martin - Sunday
letter Bus #8 Students By Yeda Hicks - Sunday
letter Gas Prices By Andy Williams - Sunday
letter Top Ten Reasons To Live In Ketchikan By Loren Stanton - Thursday
letter Jewelers/Gas By Neil Gray - Thursday
letter Congratulations! By Frances C. Natkong - Thursday
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letter A Waste Of Time and Money By Ken Levy - Thursday
letter Something Fishy By Carolyn Cramer - Thursday
letter We will do anything for our children EXCEPT... By Al Johnson - Monday PM
letter Jewelry Ring Conspiracy By Ken Lewis - Monday PM
letter Downtown business By Marie-Jeanne Cadle - Monday PM
letter Telling it like it is... By Kelli Murphy Mcloone - Monday PM
letter Disability access issues By Kevin Gadsey - Monday PM
letter RE: Newtown gets the shaft By Michelle Rosen - Monday PM
letter Honor the troops and bring them home By Charlotte Tanner - Monday PM
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letter Newtown Gets the Shaft By Bobbie McCreary - Saturday PM
letter Honoring Our Nation's Fallen Heroes By Rep. Don Young - Saturday PM
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letter Gas Prices....possible solution By Michael Branco - Saturday PM
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