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SitNews - Stories In The News - Ketchikan, Alaska
June 29, 2011

Front Page Photo By KEN ARRIOLA

Silvis Lake
Silvis Lake which supplies the Beaver Falls hydroelectric facilty, is unusually low. The ridge in the background is the west side of Northbird. The photographer was standing at the dam.
Front Page Photo By KEN ARRIOLA

Southeast AK: Parnell vetoes skip hydro, ferry projects - More than $70 million in Southeast hydropower projects made it past Governor Sean Parnell’s veto pen today (Wednesday). - Read this KCAW article...

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Ketchikan: KYI “Big” Raffle continued to July 4th - Approximately 1,000 people attended last Saturday’s community event hosted by the Wild Alaska Stunt Show (WASS) with proceeds benefitting two local non-profits: Ketchikan Youth Initiatives (KYI) and Women in Safe Homes (WISH). 

KYI “Big” Raffle continued to July 4th

In this picture Jessica Greene, a WISH employee, proudly shows off a SUV full of canned goods donated to the WISH pantry. 
Photograph courtesy KYI

Thus far, KYI Youth Community Center Capital Campaign received $2,000 from cash donations and proceeds from the BBQ and raffle sales. 

Quoting David Hooser, principal owner of Wild Alaska Stunt Show (WASS), “We are proud to be a part of the Ketchikan community and this was a great way to show Ketchikan what we are all about.  Knowing that we helped two deserving organizations and put smiles on the nearly 1000 faces that entered our facility that day made this event one our cast will long remember.”  

KYI thanks all the donors of food and cooking for the BarBQ, the bands, Redwater and Maybe We’re Dead , and a long list of raffle prize and equipment donors. McCreary added her thanks the Ketchikan community for their generosity.

The Youth Center Capital Campaign is raising money to continue the development of the Old Water Warehouse building on Park Avenue across from the American Legion.  This project will receive funding up to $75,000 under a grant from the State’s capital asset budget.  The grant is provided on a reimbursement basis for expenses incurred after July 1, 2011.

“Raising seed money to access this grant is an important strategy of the development project.  We had such wonderful prizes donated we decided to extend the “big” raffle through 4th of July,” said Bobbie McCreary, KYI Administrator.  - More..
Wednesday - June 29, 2011

Ketchikan: Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Ketchikan-Misty Fiords' Outfitter and Guide Management Plan Released Tongass National Forest has completed a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Ketchikan-Misty Fiords Outfitter and Guide Management Plan.

The draft Plan looks at the number of days to allocate to outfitters and guides on the National Forest System Lands within the Ketchikan-Misty Fiords Ranger District, based on visitor capacity which is the estimated number of users, both guided and unguided, who can be in an area without a loss in the quality of the recreation experience.

The draft Plan does not limit unguided visitors. Unguided visitors can continue to enjoy the district recreation and subsistence opportunities in the same way they do now. - More...
Wednesday - June 29, 2011

Alaska Science: Alaska summer is short for the alder flycatcher By NED ROZELL - Through the darkness of every spring night, millions of tiny bodies flutter and glide to Alaska from every continent on Earth. Here, songbirds find a summer home, mate, build nests, lay eggs, raise young, replace their commuting feathers, and gorge themselves for the long trip home. Alaska’s migrant songbirds pack an incredible amount of activity into a short summer, and the alder flycatcher is perhaps the most efficient of all.

laska summer is short for the alder flycatcher

An alder flycatcher
Photo courtesy of the Alaska Bird Observatory.

Alder flycatchers are a little bigger than chickadees, the color of green olives, and have a beak surrounded by bristle feathers that help detect the movement of flying insects. The birds spend the majority of the year in Bolivia and Peru, but each spring they head to shrubby bogs in Alaska and northern Canada, where their “grape-ape” song wafts from the forest.

Some alder flycatchers settle in interior Alaska, and here they caught the attention of Anna-Marie Benson, who once worked for the Alaska Bird Observatory in Fairbanks. While studying songbird migration to earn her master’s degree at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Benson searched through Fairbanks weather records to find the latest recorded low of 32 degrees Fahrenheit in the spring, and the first freeze of autumn. These dates - June 13th (1922) and August 3rd (1944) - represent a potential frost-free summer of just 51 days, which would be the worst-case scenario if you happened to be a songbird with lots to accomplish on your visit north. - More...
Wednesday - June 29, 2011

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jpg Dave KifferDAVE KIFFER: The Coast Guard Beach July Fourth Masacree - A few weeks ago, I was sitting with my wife and son on the sand at Coast Guard Beach enjoying the sunshine. It’s a lovely beach that requires some effort to get to, either down a recently completed trail – big props to the trail volunteers - from Point Higgins School or with a short hike through the woods from the end of South Point Higgins Road.

When I was growing up, that relative isolation made it popular place for us youngsters. You could have a secluded soirée, so to speak.

Now comes the disclaimer!

“Do not try this at home. “

I wish I could say the following was performed by professional stunt people on a closed course, but it was not.

I can say that repeating the following actions could lead to great variety of unfortunate outcomes. The fact that they didn’t happen to us, is more due to blind dumb luck, than good choices on our parts.

It was a Fourth of July sometime around my sophomore or junior year in high school. It’s somewhat surprising that that is the only detail I am somewhat fuzzy on. I think it was sophomore year because several ringleaders were Class of 75ers. U s youngsters were merely along for the ride.

Anyway, a party was planned for the beach and we dutifully trooped in from the end of South Point Higgins. Quite a few people were involved. I would guess there were at least 50 or 60.

Since it was the Fourth of July, fireworks would be involved. Since we were underage, many other bad choices would also be made.

At first, there was simply some eating and slight imbibing going on. Since it was also sunny some folks went swimming. No swim suits were in evidence. That was pretty exciting for us underclasspersons who were, of course, “pure as the driven (over) snow.”

The imbibing got serious when people started playing “king of the hill” on a large beach log. Natch, if you got knocked of the log, then you had to have another “sip” before getting back on. So, the more you got “knocked off” the less likely it was that you would have enough balance to stay on the log the next time and therefore, another sip was in order. And so on and so on.

Pretty soon, there were quite a few people who no longer feeling any pain. - More...
Wednesday - June 29, 2011



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letter Energy Questions and Solutions By Sam Bergeron - We have an energy problem here in Ketchikan. We have spiraling fuel oil costs, coupled with an electrical grid that is maxed out for inexpensive hydro-electric generation. We need to act now to reverse the demand we now place on our electrical grid by using alternate technologies and learn to use our resources wisely. - More...
Wednesday - June 29, 2011

letter Conserve Electricity and Weatherize Your Home By Sam Bergeron - We have a shortage of inexpensive hydroelectric power. All of us need to conserve electricity and do our part to keep the diesel generators idol and stave off the dreaded rate increases talked about at the Ketchikan City Council chambers. Here's what you as an individual can do and save yourselves some money in the process. - More...
Wednesday - June 29, 2011

letter Rally Around The Flag By Donald A. Moskowitz - Once again, I am compelled to address the desecration of our flag by those who do not comprehend the meaning of the U.S. flag.  Our flag is the symbol of freedom and democracy in this country, and around the world.  It epitomizes what our military personnel defend and rally around.  It is sacred and must not be desecrated. - More...
Wednesday - June 29, 2011

letter Roads, Trees and State Rights By A. M. Johnson- Reading the articles regarding Governor Parnell's filing suit against the Tongass Roadless Rule and the accompanying story regarding the suit to address the denial of the road extension out of Juneau, brings to mind that both are fodder for the discussion on States Rights. - More...
Wednesday - June 22, 2011

letter Re: Propaganda By Ed Brown - In his own Sitnews' description, Florian Sever is a long-time union and environmental activist. He was a pulp mill worker at Sitka's Alaska Pulp Corporation, and was fired by APC for testifying before Congress, in favor of the Tongass Timber Reform Act. Also check out Sealaska Shareholders underground on Face Book (more rants there too). - More...
Wednesday - June 22, 2011

letter There is still time to save Coastal Management - Reps. Beth Kerttula and Berta Gardner - We were disappointed when the House adjourned the recent Special Session three days early, failing by one vote to accept compromise language saving the Alaska Coastal Management Program (ACMP).  Sadly, the program was caught up in the larger House-Senate fight over the capital budget, and instead of taking the extra time to resolve it, the House simply gaveled out. - More...
Monday - June 20, 2011 

letter Governor Palin Email Extravaganza; What Was Old is New Again By Tara Jollie - The infamous Sarah Palin emails have come and gone.  There was no exciting fodder for scandal like the Corrupt Bastards Club of years the past, no juicy gossip like last year’s love caucus affair.  It was a rather anticlimactic event; big news day though!  How weird is that? - More...
Monday - June 20, 2011

letter RE: the 400 By Richard Easbey - Oh goodie... another unhinged rant from David Hanger! It's such a target-rich environment one hardly knows where to begin. - More...
Monday - June 20, 2011

letter Rebuild the fish count By Kami Myles - As a child Clay and I fished the rocks around Clover pass resort. We were fishing buddies and never was there a day when we didn't cast our line into the water and catch some kind of fish. Those are some of my fondest memories as of my childhood. - More...
Monday - June 20, 2011

letter PROPAGANDA By Florian Sever - In the June 15th SitNews commentary by Sealaska’s Rosita Worl, she raised many interesting points about the proposed Sealaska Lands Bill, and what it means. - More...
Monday - June 20, 2011

letter ANCSA resolution By Vernon Grant - I support the views of Rosita Worls plight for resolution on the ANCSA,that what was promised be settled on the premesis of respect for the native peoples of Alaska.After all we the native people have been a role model for the founding fathers of our country to adopt as a way in which too govern our country.Now isnt making promises too any one given body an act of Cruel And Unusual Punishment? That of which was said too be one of the main 10 amendments made to the constitution in 1791..... More...
Monday - June 20, 2011

letter Southeast Alaska’s Native people wait 40 years for return of their land By Rosita Worl - Over-regulation and anti-Native bias seem to touch every aspect of life for Native peoples in Southeast Alaska, from how our people make teddy bears to whether the U.S. will keep its promise to restore 85,000 acres of our homelands to us. - More...
Wednesday - June 15, 2011

letter Fisheries science is more complex than opponents of Sealaska land bill say By Douglas Martin - Restoring nearly 85,000 acres of Tongass National Forest land to the Sealaska Corporation, in accordance with the 40-year-old Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, won’t damage salmon runs. - More...
Wednesday - June 15, 2011

letter Sealaska Bill a Can of Worms By Rebecca Knight - Jaeleen Araujo, Sealaska vice-president and general counsel recently denied in a Juneau Empire op-ed piece that the other 11 regional corporations could use their proposed legislation as precedent to reopen land claims in Alaska. Sealaska is “perplexed” that this remains an issue. However, her comments in various public forums tell a different story. - More...
Wednesday - June 15, 2011

letter Pellet Boilers? Pellet Heat? Public Buildings? Your Home? You Betcha By Samuel Bergeron - The design team on the public library wanted about $80,000 to do a feasibility study on the viability of biomass wood pellet heat. That's like doing feasibility study on using propane heat or electricity. Biomass wood pellet heat is an established technology that has been in use in major metropolitan cities throughout the world for over 30 years with a stellar track record of clean burning emissions, low cost fuel, and great systems reliability. You don't need a feasibility study to see if this is a proven technology, just do the math. - More...
Monday - June 13, 2011

letter Section 17(b) of ANCSA & Public Access By Florian Sever - I want to clear up a claim that Sealaska representatives always make when they address the issue of public acess, regarding public the 3,600 acres of prime anchorages, sockeye streams, cabin sites, and camping areas they want to make under the guise of Cultural, Sacred, Enterprise and other classifications, under the terms of Senator Lisa Murkowski’s, S. 730 “The Sealsaka Lands Bill”.- More...
Monday - June 13, 2011

letter Property Tax increase amount By Marty West - The Ketchikan Daily News was wrong. The increase was 0.1 mills ($10 per $100,000 of assessed property Value) not 1.0 mills ($100 per $100,000 as reported). - More...
Monday - June 13, 2011

letter KPU By Joey Garcia - I admire KPU's repair technicians in our verbal calls, mostly from residents of the Tongass Towers Condominium, because of tilling, loss of power if you subscribe to three services like telephone, Internet and cable. - More...
Monday - June 13, 2011

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