Re/Max of Ketchikan

Ketchikan General Hospital

Madison Lumber & Hardware - Ketchikan, Alaska

Creekside Family Health Clinic; Ketchikan, Alaska

Gateway City Realty, Inc - Ketchikan, Alaska

Hansen's Homecare - Ketchikan, Alaska

Dockside Galley - Ketchikan, Alaska

Saltery Lodge

Tongass Business Center

BOBWIRES - Ketchikan, Alaska

Davies-Barry Insurance

Alaskan & Proud

Alaska Car Rental - Ketchikan, Alaska

A Woman's Place - Ketchikan, Alaska

All Dimensions Construction - Ketchikan, Alaska

Ward Creek Industrial - Ketchikan, Alaska

Ketchikan H2O

Fluid Motion, LLC. - Ketchikan, Alaska

Hometown Furnishings - Ketchikan, Alaska
Click here...

Dogz Gone Wild - Ketchikan, Alaska

KFMJ - Ketchikan, Alaska

Listen Online to
Ketchikan Sports

The Home Office - The Local Paper; Ketchikan, Alaska

arrow Contact
arrow Call 617-9696
arrow Webmail Lettersletter
arrow News Tips
Search Sitnews
arrow Copyright Info

Today's News
arrow Alaska

arrow Top Stories
U.S. News
arrow U.S. Politics
Stock Watch
arrow Personal Finance
arrow Science News
arrow US Education News
arrow Parenting News
arrow Seniors News
arrow Medical News
arrow Health News
arrow Fitness
Offbeat News
arrow Online Auction News
arrow Today In History
arrow Product Recalls
arrow Obituaries

Quick News Search
arrow Alaska
arrow Ketchikan
SE Alaska
arrow Alaska News Links

Columns - Articles
arrow Dave Kiffer
arrow Fish Factor
arrow Chemical Eye On...

arrow Parnassus Reviews
More Columnists

Historical Ketchikan
arrow June Allen
arrow Dave Kiffer
arrow Louise B. Harrington

Ketchikan Arts & Events
arrow Ketchikan Arts
arrow Ketchikan Museums
KTN Public Library

Ketchikan Recognition
arrowBBBS Matches

arrow Home & Garden
arrow Food & Drink
arrow Arts & Culture
arrow Book Reviews
arrow Movie Reviews
Celebrity Gossip

On the Web
arrow Cool Sites
arrow Webmaster Tips
arrow Virus Warnings

arrow Ketchikan Links  
arrow Top Sports News

Public Records
arrow FAA Accident Reports
arrow NTSB Accident Reports
arrow Court Calendar
arrow Court Records Search
Wanted: Absconders
arrow Sex Offender Reg.
arrow Public Notices

Weather, Webcams
arrow Today's Forecast
arrow KTN Weather Data

arrow AK Weather Map
arrow AK Weathercams
arrow AK Earthquakes

TV Guide
arrow Ketchikan

Ketchikan Phone Book
arrow Yellow Pages
arrow White Pages

Government Links
arrow Local Government
arrow State & National


SitNews - Stories In The News - Ketchikan, Alaska
June 07, 2010

jpg Robert Cunningham takes week two lead with a 42.4-pound king

63rd Annual Ketchikan CHARR King Salmon Derby
Robert Cunningham takes week two lead with a 42.4-pound king
weighed in at Clover Pass Resort Saturday. Derby fishing will continue June 12-13.
Photograph courtesy Ketchikan CHARR King Salmon Derby

Ketchikan: Robert Cunningham Hooks Week Two Lead In Ketchikan Salmon Derby - Robert Cunninham's 42.4-pound king weighed in at Clover Pass Resort Saturday morning ensured the winner of the 63rd Annual Ketchikan CHARR King Salmon Derby would once again be a 40+ pound king. Cunningham's king hit the dock at 8:59 a.m. and was one of three fish to break into the top ten during the derby's second weekend of fishing. Jessie Embree, in the lead week-one of the derby with her 39.3 pound king, was bumped to second place. Shellee Atwood finished weekend number two in third place with a 37.6 lb. king weighed in at Mountain Point.

Both the number of participants and the number of fish turned in were lower than last year. "It seems like cold weather Saturday morning, windy weather all weekend, and whale activity, particularly at Mountain Point, caused a few people to sit out this weekend," said derby coordinator Russell Thomas. "The third weekend traditionally has the highest number of participants and fish turned in so we are expecting a busy weekend this Saturday and Sunday."

In the 63rd Annual Ketchikan CHARR King Salmon Derby youth ladder Dawson Daniels narrowly edged out week-one leader Kohl Hallmann, weighing in a 22.7 pounder at Mountain Point on Sunday. Hallmann's 22.4 lb king sat in second place following the second weekend. The youth ladder saw five new entries into the top ten, including Daniels, Jake Heath (20.2#), Madison Lundamo (19.9#), Kurt Powers (19.9#), and Payton Simmons (19.9#). - More...
Monday - June 07, 2010

Fish Factor: Ocean chemistry doesn't lie; To better monitor the ocean chemistry "Citizens Science Program" planned By LAINE WELCH - No matter what you believe about climate change, ocean chemistry doesn't lie. Even toy store chemistry tests will show that the seas are becoming more acidic, and the off kilter levels can have a scary impact on sea creatures: it dissolves them.

The oceans absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, produced mostly by tailpipes and coal and oil-fired power plants. The CO2 increases acidity (pH) in the ocean which robs it of calcium carbonate, the building block of sea creatures' skeletons and shells. Scientists estimate the ocean is 25 percent more acidic now than it was 300 years ago.

Corals, oysters and clams in the wild already show corrosion from the rising acid levels, and tests on king crab have been underway in Kodiak labs for several years. At a seminar last week, reports of potential impacts on pollock, Alaska's largest fish resource, raised eyebrows and more questions.

In tests on one-year old pollock at varying levels of pH, researchers at NOAA Fisheries Newport lab discovered that the fish seemed to compensate for increased levels of carbon dioxide by boosting levels of bicarbonate in their blood

"Bicarbonate is just a buffer - it's like drinking Milk of Magnesia when you have a stomach ache. It buffers the acid in your stomach," explained Jeremy Mathis, a chemical oceanographer at the University of Alaska/Fairbanks. "So the bicarbonate in their blood is just buffering the change of pH. The fish that were treated in the lowest acidity had the highest concentration of bicarbonate in their blood so it's almost like they overcompensated for the pH effect that they were being exposed to."

The big pollock question is where that bicarbonate comes from.

"Fish can take bicarbonate in through their gills from sea water, or they can dissolve bone in order to get bicarbonate in their blood," Mathis said. "If they started dissolving bone that opens up a whole 'nother can of impacts of size, growth and health."

"Even if they were absorbing it from sea water, that is energy they are spending on regulating pH that they are not spending on growth and reproduction and foraging," he added. "So either way there was likely an energetic cost to the fish." Results of the pollock bone tests should be ready in August.

Shellfish growers are seeing firsthand what increased acidity can do to their oyster crops. The Whiskey Creek Hatchery in Oregon is a major producer of oyster spat for most of the west coast. For the past two years, the hatchery has had almost complete loss of 10 billion oyster larvae due to acidic water flowing through the holding tanks, depending on the direction of the wind. - More...
Monday - June 07, 2010


States coming up short on Medicaid

WASHINGTON, June 7 (UPI) -- At least 30 U.S. states will face bigger deficits in the coming fiscal year unless Congress OKs more Medicaid funds, The New York Times reported Monday.

House leaders have eliminated $24 billion in a Medicaid spending extension the states had been counting on. The Senate is expected to take up the measure this week.

Pennsylvania, for example, could be looking at the possibility of having to cut at least 20,000 state jobs if it doesn't receive the $850 million it was expecting. It could cost California $1.5 billion and New York $1.1 billion.

"It would actually kill everything the stimulus has done," Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, a Democrat, said. "It would be enormously destructive."

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada wants to restore the money, his spokesman, Jim Manley, says, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has indicated her chamber is open to taking another look at the issue, the Times said. - Distributed to subscribers for publication by UPI.
Monday - June 07, 2010

Collected oil recycled when possible

WASHINGTON, June 7 (UPI) -- Nearly all of the oil recovered from the massive spill in the Gulf of Mexico is recycled in some manner, U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said Monday.

"Almost all the recovered oil is recycled one way or another, with the exception if it's contaminated (with) sand or debris," Allen, the national incident commander, said during a news briefing in Washington. "That actually in some cases can become oily waste or hazardous waste (and) has to be treated in accordance with (Environmental Protection Agency) guidelines. "

Since April 20, oil has been spilling from a Transocean Deepwater Horizon oil rig that exploded and sank two days later. Eleven workers died in the explosion.

Federal officials have visited several facilities "to make sure we know how they're handling the oily waste," Allen said. "And there are certain ways that (some material have) to be disposed of properly, in landfills or other places. And those are following EPA guidelines."

If something, such as marsh reeds or plastic bottles, becomes coated in oil, "it has to be disposed of in accordance with federal law just like waste oil or hazmat would be," Allen said.

Some disposal is done through incineration, he said, "but in general ... if the oil can be recycled or reused or reclaimed, that happens." - Distributed to subscribers for publication by UPI.
Monday - June 07, 2010

Top News

Poll: Most favor criminal charges for BP

NEW ORLEANS, June 7 (UPI) -- Two out of three Americans surveyed said the government should pursue criminal charges against BP for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster, a poll indicates.

More than 80 percent of respondents said BP's response to the disaster has been inadequate, and 69 percent also viewed the federal government's handling of the crisis in a negative light more than six weeks after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion, ABC News reported. A poll conducted two weeks after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 found 62 percent of respondents finding fault with the government's response.

Seventy-three percent of respondents called the leak a "major disaster," up from 55 percent on May 9.

The poll was conducted Thursday through Sunday and has a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.

Offshore rig mishaps net few penalties

HOUSTON, June 7 (UPI) -- U.S. officials levied few penalties against oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico violating safety and environmental regulations in the last five years, records show.

In inspections of nearly 400 offshore incidents, Minerals Management Service officials didn't travel to a third of the accident sites, collected only 16 fines and did not investigate every blowout despite being required to do so by their own rules, the Houston Chronicle reported Monday.

BP, the region's leading offshore oil producer, reported more accidents and blowouts than any other oil company operating in gulf waters, the Chronicle's reviews indicated, followed by Chevron, the region's third-largest offshore oil producer.

BP leases the Transocean Deepwater Horizon rig that exploded April 20, killing 11 workers, and sank two days later. Oil has been spilling from the sunken rig since.

BP and Chevron have had at least 47 and 46 accidents, respectively, the Chronicle's review of accidents investigated by MMS in the last five years and 10 years of government reports on blowouts of oil wells indicates. The gulf's second-ranked producer, Shell, had 22 reported accidents and has paid no related fines, the review found.

BP spokesman Toby Odone said the high number of accidents "is presumably because we have the highest number of (drilling) licenses."

Chevron spokeswoman Margaret J. Cooper said the company won several recent MMS safety awards and has a policy of proactively reporting "every incident, regardless of size or impact."

The Chronicle reported it was rare for an oil company to pay the full amount of penalties assessed by MMS because many proposed violations are reduced or dropped during reviews. Records indicate most final payments were small and took at least a year to collect.Distributed to subscribers for publication by UPI
Monday - June 07, 2010

Top News

Iran offers aid escorts to Gaza

GAZA, June 7 (UPI) -- Pictures of pro-Palestinian activists overpowering Israeli troops as they stormed a Gaza-bound aid ship surfaced as Iran offered to escort other relief ships.

The photos, taking by an unidentified person on the Turkish-flagged Mavi Marmara, prompted Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev to say the photos show "our boarding party in fact did face deadly violence from the hardcore (Islamic) activists on the boat from the fundamentalists," The Daily Mail reported Monday.

Israeli troops seized the flotilla last week as it tried to sail through an Israeli blockade. In the violence that followed aboard the Mavi Marmara, nine activists died.

Israeli military officials said the men who fought the soldiers were mercenaries and that some of the activists had ties to terrorist groups, the British newspaper reported.

Meanwhile, Ali Shiraz, a spokesman for Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said, "Iran's Revolutionary Guard's naval forces are fully prepared to escort the peace and freedom convoys to Gaza with all their powers and capabilities."

Shiraz said it was Iran's duty "to defend the innocent people of Gaza."- Distributed to subscribers for publication by UPI
Monday - JUne 07, 2010

Helen Thomas announces retirement

BETHESDA, Md., June 7 (UPI) -- Veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas announced her retirement Monday, just days after she made controversial remarks about Israel and Palestine.

Her retirement was effective immediately.

The comments -- in which she said Israelis should "get the hell out of Palestine" and go elsewhere -- also led to a Bethesda, Md., high school to cancel Thomas's appearance as a commencement speaker.

"I deeply regret my comments I made last week regarding the Israelis and the Palestinians," Thomas said in a statement issued by Hearst News Service, her employer. "They do not reflect my heart-felt belief that peace will come to the Middle East only when all parties recognize the need for mutual respect and tolerance. May that day come soon."

During a press briefing Monday, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs called Thomas's remarks "offensive and reprehensible."

"I think she should, and has, apologize," Gibbs said. "Because, obviously, those remarks ... do not reflect, certainly, the opinion of, I assume, most of the people in here and certainly not of the administration."

Walt Whitman High School Principal Alan Goodwin said he discussed whether Thomas should speak at the June 14 exercise with one of Thomas's nieces after objections were raised about the reporter's appearance at the high school, The Washington Post reported Monday. The sides agreed Thomas would not speak at the event.

Thomas, 89, who covered the White House for decades, made her comments during an interview that later was posted online.

Thomas wrote for United Press International for more than a half-century and later for Hearst newspapers, covering every president from John F. Kennedy to Barack Obama.- Distributed to subscribers for publication by UPI
Monday - June 07, 2010

Health and Science News

Geologists ID source of desert oasis water

PROVO, Utah, June 7 (UPI) -- A U.S. geologist says he's located the source of water at the Ash Meadows oasis, which is home to 24 unique plant and animal species near Death Valley.

Brigham Young University Professor Stephen Neilson said the water that gushes at 10,000 gallons a minute from under the oasis is completing a 15,000-year journey, flowing slowly underground from what is now the Nevada Test Site via a crack in the Earth's crust known as the "Gravity Fault," which connects the test site's aquifer with Ash Meadows.

It will presumably be another 15,000 years before radioactive water surfaces at Ash Meadows, Nelson said.

"Since the crust in Western states is being pulled apart east to west, it creates north-south fault lines such as this one that guides groundwater from one geographically closed basin to another," Nelson said.

Nelson's team found of all possible sources, only water from the Nevada Test Site matched the profile of dissolved minerals and had comparable hydrogen and oxygen isotopes as those found at Ash Meadows. Water from the Spring Mountains near Las Vegas -- previously assumed to be the source of Ash Meadows water -- carried a different isotopic signature.

The study appears in the May 28 issue of The Journal of Hydrology.

Researchers develop new leukemia therapy

GAINESVILLE, Fla., June 7 (UPI) -- U.S. oncologists say they've developed a therapy that targets not only leukemia cells, but also the blood vessels that supply the cancer cells with nutrients.

University of Florida researchers say the new drug, Oxi4503, poisons leukemia cells and destroys the blood vessels that supply them with oxygen and nutrients. They said the agent was successful in the treatment of mouse models of acute myelogenous leukemia, or AML, and human tests are expected to begin later this year.

"We've identified a new tool to dissect out the specifics of the relationship between leukemia cells and the blood vessels that supply them," said Dr. Christopher Cogle, senior author of the study at the university's Shands Cancer Center. "What we are offering is a brand new treatment by a very different mechanism to people who desperately need something new."

After the initial Oxi4503 treatment, however, the researchers found a thin layer of viable tumor tissue remained that was fed by newly formed vessels. To disrupt that secondary formation of blood vessels, the researchers blocked the growth factor by administering an antibody called bevacizumab after the blood vessel-destroying agent OXi4503. The combined approach led to enhanced leukemia regression.

The study appears online in advance of the print edition of the journal Blood.

NIH halts sickle cell anemia stroke study

BETHESDA, Md., June 7 (UPI) -- The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has stopped a trial involving recurrent stroke risk in children suffering sickle cell anemia and iron overload.

Officials at the institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, said the study, due to be completed in 2012, was stopped because evidence showed the new treatment was unlikely to prove better than the existing treatment.

The 26-site trial involved 133 participants between the ages of 5 and 18 who had already experienced a stroke. All had been receiving the standard treatment of blood transfusions for at least 18 months and high levels of iron before entering the study. Officials said without further preventive measures, the children were at high risk of another stroke, as well as life-threatening conditions due to iron overload.

Officials noted no strokes occurred in 66 participants who received the standard therapy. In contrast, seven strokes occurred in the group of 67 participants who underwent the trial regimen.

"Protecting our participants is an important factor in determining whether to stop a trial," said Dr. Susan Shurin, NHLBI acting director. "When an experimental treatment fails to meet its predetermined goals, it is best to return participants to standard treatment as soon as possible." - Distributed to subscribers for publication by UPI
Monday - JUne 07, 2010


Real Time U.S. Debt Clock

Public Service Announcements
Public Meetings & Info

Ketchikan Animal Control
arrow Adopt a Dog
arrow Adopt a Cat
arrow Adopt Another Animal

Ketchikan Borough Assembly
arrowAgenda and Information Packets
arrowLive video stream of current meeting
arrow Assembly Meeting Minutes

Ketchikan Planning Commission
Agenda, Information Packets & Minutes

Ketchikan City Council
Agenda & Information Packets

Ketchikan School Board
Agenda & Information Packets

Gravina Access Project SEIS Alternatives Development
Gravina Access Website


arrow Jobs
arrow Ketchikan Police Reports
arrow AK Troopers Daily Dispatch
arrow Today's Forecast
arrow Satellite

arrow Today's Weather Images
arrow Marine Forecasts
AK Weathercams
arrow Ketchikan Weather Data
arrow Current AK Weather Map


arrow Publish

Publish Your Ad
Click Here


arrow Announcements and
      Help Wanted
arrow For Sale / Free Stuff
arrow Garage Sales
arrow Homes / Apts/ Property
arrow Pets
arrow Wanted
arrow Lost & Found
arrow Publish Your Ad

Front Page Archives
April - June 2010
28 29 30 31 01 02 03
04 05 06 07 08 09 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 01
02 03 04 05 06 07 08
09 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 31 01 02 03 04 05

arrow More Front Page Archives


Basic Rules

Questions, please contact the editor at or call 617-9696.

letterDungie clarification By Chris Snyder - Apparently Mr. Moyer misunderstood the relevant gist of my letter. So, I repeat: "...if there are legitimate conservation issues, then by all means lets restrict crabbing--for everyone." That is not a question. It is a statement. - More...
Monday - June 07, 2010

letterCOURTESY By Cecelia Johnson - My family and I were out enjoying the sunny weather recently and took a drive out North. We stopped in a store to purchase a refreshing bottle of water and snacks. An unnamed store has a very rude clerk. This individual's whole persona exhibited ill manners! We need Mystery Shoppers. Another Northend store clerk was also very rude. I purchased an item and received a "look of disdain" with no thanks before I walked out! - More...
Monday - June 07, 2010

letterRE: Library Location By Pat Long - Kudos to Nathan Brooks for a well thoughtout and reasonable letter. - More...
Monday - June 07, 2010

letterLibrary Location: Ballot initiative By Chris J. Herby - It seems that here in Ketchikan there always needs to be a divisive issue to keep everyone from getting bored. This year's issue appears to be the location of the proposed new library. - More...
Friday - June 04, 2010

letterLibrary Location By Nathan Brooks - There are many generations of my family living in Ketchikan. There are always issues in any community which cause conflicts and differing opinions. However, Ketchikan is reaching a level of constant conflict which is making it difficult for me and mine to want to live here any longer. - More...
Friday - June 04, 2010

letter Ketchikan City Council and private business By Charles Edwardson - I would like to retract any statements about the Ketchikan City Council meddling and intervening in the private sector. I criticized them for meddling and intervening in a cab company's request to invest their own money to improve their own business, - More...
Friday - JUne 04, 2010

letterBill Walker for Governor By Lawrence "Snapper" Carson - As Alaskans we have a lot to be thankful and grateful for. What a beautiful place to work, play and live. Its stewardship should be of utmost importance to all us. We have the opportunity this year to elect a governor who has the interest and ability to make Alaska a better place for all Alaskans. His name is Bill Walker, he was born in Alaska and has worked and raised his family as a life long Alaskan. - More...
Friday - JUne 04, 2010

letterMemorial Day By Joel W Jackson - This past Monday my family and I had the honor of attending Ketchikan's Memorial Day services at our local cemetery. It is a tradition that my mother passed on to me and I have tried to pass on to my children. - More...
Friday - June 04, 2010

letterCrab Question By Mike Moyer - To answer Chris Snyder's' question: Yes there are legitimate concerns over the handling of crab by the commercial fleet during the summer months and increased mortality occurs during this time. It is known that simply handling crab causes stress and increases mortality. Handling crab during the summer months during molting and mating increases that mortality even more. The numbers of crab handled by commercial boats would obviously be greater than sport fishers because they are using more pots and trying to target more crab. - More...
Friday - JUne 04, 2010

letterReal Men By Al Johnson - My comment to Representative Ethan Berkowitz, "Real Men do not KILL Babies". - More...
Friday - June 04, 2010

letterRe: Dopey Mushers By Alan R. (Rudy) McGillvray - What a wonderful thing is propaganda. Mr. William R. Hearst launched a propaganda assault against hemp (marijuana by another name) because he could make paper more cheaply using wood pulp instead of hemp pulp. He and Harry Anslinger of the FDA, (a tool of a tax and spend rich Democrat, J.P. Morgan, who was Sec. of the Treasury at the time) saw a way to turn a whole class of people into criminals. So they all launced a propaganda campaign against Pot, hemp, marijuana, and managed to turn public opinion, against a mostly harmless substance, that did not even approach illegality or harmfullness of heroin, but through their propaganda campaign, managed to turn it into something even more powerful than heroin. Peoples' perception. - More...
Friday - June 04, 2010

letterCommander-In-Chief Went AWOL By Donald A. Moskowitz - As a Navy veteran, I am appalled President Obama, our Commander-In-Chief, did not lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day 2010. Instead, he went on vacation. - More...
Tuesday PM - June 01, 2010

letterLibrary Location By Chris Elliott - It would be interesting to know what the community's reaction was when the new high school was built at the top of that huge hill "out the road" (Fourth & Madison). -More...
Tuesday PM - June 01, 2010

letterGulf Oil Spill By A.M.Johnson - Just a thought. Do you suppose that Cletus and Barney, a couple of rednecks, hold the solution to cleaning up the oil spill? - More...
Tuesday PM - June 01, 2010

letterSlow moving vehicles By Kim Morton - Just wanted to post a rant about the slow moving eclectic golf carts that I have ran into out south and now out by Wal-Mart. I am pretty sure these cars need to stay in town and seeing them driving down the road when it's supposed to be 50 mph is frustrating to say the least. - More...
Tuesday PM - June 01, 2010

letterIllegal Immigration Healthcare Costs Affect YOU! By Elizabeth Lee Vliet, M.D. - The national spotlight is on Arizona for doing what the Federal government and previous Governor Napolitano refused to do: rein in an invasion of illegal aliens bankrupting our state (Arizona). At an August 2009 healthcare Town Hall in Phoenix, legislators said that more than half of Arizona's 4 billion dollar budget deficit was the result of paying for three areas of services to illegal immigrants: education, healthcare, and incarceration. - More...
Tuesday PM - June 01, 2010

letterOil Spills as an Opportunity... By Donald Lee Struthers - What an opportunity. With the April 2010 oil spill situation in the Gulf of Mexico comes several opportunities. - More...
Friday - May 28, 2010

letterDungeness By Chris Snyder - There is something very telling in Mr. Gossman's letters regarding the summer dungie fishery. Apparently he thinks that a crab cares WHICH user group harvests him. This simply is not the case. A crab is a fairly simple critter. He doesn't have the ability to look around at the boat deck he is on and say "sure am glad I got caught by this sport fisherman, or retired visitor, or whomever instead of", gasp!, "someone trying to make a living". - More...
Friday - May 28, 2010

letterLocation of Library By Rita Leighton - I understand the library needs more room - but wouldn't it be much simpler to just move the museum out to a different location - possibly somewhere next to the cruise ship docks? There is a vacant lot between the Federal Building & the Logging Show, and that would give the library room to expand in its current, convenient location. - More...
Friday - May 28, 2010

letterFY2011 Capital Budget By Senator Bert Stedman - Governor Parnell has indicated that he intends to veto a significant number of projects in this year's Capital Budget. That would be a mistake. - More...
Wednesday - May 26, 2010

letterGovernment Regulation By R.K. Rice - DEROY MURDOCK's column "Era of unlimited government arrives" stated "Perhaps one of the most important accomplishments of my administration has been minding my own business," President Calvin Coolidge told journalists in March 1929. - More...
Wednesday - May 26, 2010

letterTax Heroes By Michael Spence - I have read with great interest the stream of letters coming to Sitnews about our high taxes and how to avoid them. - More...
Monday - May 24, 2010

letterWhere are your taxes going? By Jean Griffin - Taxpayers, where are your dollars going? - More...
Monday - May 24, 2010

letterParking Carnival By George Miller - Can you hear the calliope music as the parking carnival gets underway? Do people working downtown set an alarm clock so they know when to trot about looking for a place to park, thus possible avoiding the inevitable ticket? Is it worth ten bucks to not miss a sale during the season, and just roll over and pay? - More...
Monday - May 24, 2010

letterGreat Library Site By Gay D. Peters - The best place to have the new library is Copper Ridge. I drive and it's almost impossible to find a parking space and now there will be plenty of spaces available. - More...
Monday - May 24, 2010

letterLibrary By Robert McRoberts - Over the last few years living in Ketchikan, I think our Borough government has been improving -- maybe from knowing and liking most all working there. With that said, I feel the city is just nuts. Why do we need this library? Where is your planing here? you have no place to build it, no thought at all in the area you select for the site. You get a good deal on the site, but what is the site? Have you dug holes yet? Yet that area is under development. It's going to have some kind of construction activity there for 30 years. Go ahead, put people out of work so you can have quiet. The only good thing I see about putting it there is the jail can let people check out books. - More...
Monday - May 24, 2010

letterDwindling Fish Stocks By Carol Baines - It's estimated that seven out of ten people on the planet depend on fish as their primary source of nutrition. According to the experts, at the rate the seas are being degraded due to over-fishing and pollution, in approximately 40 years there will be no more fish. This all spells trouble --- a catastrophe for our future generations, our children and grandchildren. Fish provide roughly 40 per cent of the protein consumed by nearly two-thirds of the world's population. For example, over a billion people throughout Asia depend on fish and seafood as their major source of animal protein. Here in Alaska we have enjoyed our salmon, halibut, red snapper, et al. and don't want to see the stocks diminish or be contaminated. - More...
Monday - May 24, 2010

letterRecent posts regarding pool By Zig Ziegler - I appreciate Sitnews and the forum it provides for healthy discussion of our community's issues. I truly appreciate it when there is disagreement amongst posts that remains civil and to the point, rather than a personal attack, while addressing different opinions. - More...
Friday - May 21, 2010

letterDo Not Participate By Lloyd Gossman - Please do not participate in the sale or purchase of Dungeness Crab caught by Commercial fisherman during the summer in Southeast Alaska. This fishery is scheduled to open June 15th, 2010. - More...
Thursday PM - May 20, 2010

letterRE: Dopey Mushers By Dale Albertson - Well all be! WOW! Would someone please inform John that users of "dope" of this sort does not produce hallucinations? Talk to almost all street cops John, they would much rather deal with a person influenced by THC, which is the active ingredient in Cannabis, than to deal with a drunk. The person on "pot" there I said it, just gets the munchies and wants to lay down and go to sleep. Drunks are seldom non-violent, cause many accidents and deaths annually. I have dealt with both types hundreds of times in my many careers going back to early 70's, and the results have never differed except for the amount of violence one person can perpetrate on another when drunk. I have never in my long career had to deal with a violent pot head. Oh, and no I am not nor have I ever been a user of pot. I have observed a person on pot function and be a contributing productive member of society, and am always amazed, having been fed the same falsehoods you seem to have latched onto. - More...
Thursday PM - May 20, 2010

letterRe: New Pool By Chris Barry - Poor silly people. Do you honestly believe that if something benefits you, that it benefits the community as a whole? You need to wake up. I have never said I oppose replacing the pool. I understand it is needed for many activities in this community and that the current facilities would be too costly to repair correctly. - More...
Thursday PM - May 20, 2010

letter More Letters/Viewpoints
letter Webmail your letter or
letter Email Your Letter To:

E-mail your news tips, news
releases & photos to:

Stories in the News
©1999 - 2009
Ketchikan, Alaska

In Memory of SitNews' first editor,
Richard (Dick) Kauffman


Mary Kauffman, Webmaster/Editor,
Graphic Designer, Publisher, Owner
907 617 9696


Locally owned & operated.
Online since 1999

Created 1997

 Articles & photographs that appear in SitNews may be protected by copyright and may not be reprinted or redistributed without written permission from and payment of required fees to the proper sources.

Bill Walker for Governor Campaign
Paid for By
Bill Walker for Governor
731 N Street
Anchorage, AK 99501

Explore Alaska Charters, LLC


Alliance Realty LLC - Ketchikan, Alaska

Tongass Federal Credit Union

Tatsuda's IGA - Ketchikan, Alaska


Tongass School of Arts & Sciences

Misty Fjords Air - Southeast Alaska Charters

First Bank of Ketchikan

Talbot's Building Supply

Lighthouse Services - Ketchikan, Alaska

Island Tech Services - Ketchikan, Alaska

Big Wild Media

Water Tap - Ketchikan, Alaska

Tongass Forest Enterprises

Parnassus Books Ketchikan, Alaska

McPherson Music - Ketchikan, Alaska

North Tongass Volunteer Fire Department

Visit our new
website at

Carl Thompson's Photographs - Ketchikan, Alaska