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SitNews - Stories In The News - Ketchikan, Alaska
June 12, 2012

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Ketchikan: Hansen Holds On Through Final Weekend to Win 65th Annual King Salmon Derby; Youth Top Ten sees eight new entrants in final weekend of fishing - The Ketchikan CHARR King Salmon Derby wrapped its third and final weekend of the annual event, capping the derby’s 65th  birthday. Kevin Hansen held out through the final two weekends of the event to win with a 43.2 lb king he hooked during the first weekend of the tournament.  2011 winner Kyle Worman also hooked his fish on the first weekend of derby fishing – both anglers then had to wait and watch (and fish!) as others tried to best their entry.

Kevin Hansen Holds On Through Final Weekend to Win 65th Annual King Salmon Derby
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Hansen’s fish will net him the derby’s $10,065 cash purse, in addition to a large photograph of the winning entry.  Hansen’s king was weighed in at the Clover Pass Resort weigh-in station at noon during the second day of the tournament.

Mathew Murphy will be claiming the second place prize with his 38.6 pound Chinook Salmon and John Dickinson hooks third place with a 36.9 pound Chinook Salmon. Mike Ramsay came in fourth with his 36.6 pound Chinook Salmon.

Participation in the event was consistently about 100 anglers down from where it was during the 2011 derby.  A total of 723 anglers checked in at one of four weigh-in stations during the final weekend of the event.   - More...
Tuesday - June 12, 2012

Southeast Alaska: USPS Urged To Step Up War on Drugs in Southeast Alaska - As communities throughout Southeast Alaska report significant volumes of illegal drugs transported via the United States Postal Service (USPS), United Stes Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) is asking the Postmaster General to address the matter, possibly by devoting additional US Postal Inspection Service resources to the area or increasing collaboration with local law enforcement agencies to reduce the flow of drugs into Southeast.

Senator Murkowski has been working with the US Postal Inspection Service and the Drug Enforcement Administration since last August to identify ways to interrupt illegal drugs trafficking into Southeast Alaska through the mail, the Alaska Marine Highway System and other transportation avenues.

In a letter, to the Postmaster General, Murkowski wrote,  “I am told the U.S. Postal Service has become a main conduit for drug trafficking in Juneau, Petersburg, and other Southeast Alaska communities.  For example, Alaska State Representative Muñoz reports that in the past two years, only one, 2.5 day USPS inspection was permitted, and that inspection revealed 10 packages of narcotics valued at over $300,000.” - More...
Tuesday - June 12, 2012

Alaska: Final Workshops on Animal Care Standards Scheduled By Mary Kauffman - The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, Office of the State Veterinarian has already hosted two separate series of public workshops to develop statewide animal care standards. Now the department will be hosting the third and final series of these public workshops on June 27th and July 2nd. Both upcoming workshops will cover the same topics: general care standards and humane euthanasia.

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation was prompted to develop animal care standards in order to provide more detail and clarification on the minimum standards of care for animals. The end goal of the workshops is to provide clear standards for the public, law enforcement and courts as to what constitutes adequate feeding, watering, and environment for common livestock and pets in Alaska.

The impetus for this effort was the passage of legislation several years ago which tasked the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation with the development of animal care standards. Almost every other state has created similar standards to guide private veterinarians and law enforcement as they investigate animal cruelty cases. Without standards, it is difficult to determine what constitutes animal abuse and neglect. - More...
Tuesday - June 12, 2012

Southeast Alaska: Putting Up POW Grub celebrates 10 years - Alaskans spend much of the summer harvesting berries, fish, seaweed and other local foods so they can put up some grub for the winter. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Putting Up POW Grub event hosted by the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Prince of Wales Health Promotion Program.

This year’s Putting Up POW Grub events take place in Hydaburg and Klawock - from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, June 15, at the Alma Cook Health Center in Hydaburg, and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall in Klawock.

The event was originally started to help community members put up local foods safely by offering gauge testing for pressure cookers (recommended each year). Evelyn Williams and June May, SEARHC’s Community Wellness Advocates for Klawock and Craig at the time, were trained in safe food preservation by the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service’s home economists. The training made them qualified to use the master gauge tester to check the accuracy of home canner pressure gauges around the community. In addition to gauge testing, the event planners strived to provide a variety of food preservation handouts, recipes and gardening tips. To sweeten the pot, there have always been enticing door prizes, even brand-new pressure cookers at the various event sites of Hydaburg, Craig and Klawock. - More...
Tuesday - June 12, 2012

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jpg Dave KifferDAVE KIFFER: A Tale Of Two Red Heads - Tom Miller was the first “hippy” I ever got to know.

People who knew him as the "eminence grise" of the Ketchikan Daily News always chortle when I say that, but it’s true.

Yes, growing up in the 1960s in Ketchikan one did see “hippies” about. But not that many. And you surely didn't spend much time getting to know them.

You could tell the hippies from the gypsy loggers – who also had body odor and long hair – because they had backpacks to go with their body odor and bad hair.

And they were also frequently accompanied by cute, young, long haired girls who didn’t wear bras.

They were “passing through” on their way to some Alaskan adventure. Probably thought they could live off the land or form a commune or some such durn fool thing.

It usually took only one winter (or one particularly gruesome October) to convince them it was much, much, much more pleasant to form a commune in Northern California.

Anyway, Tom was the first “hippy” I actually remember talking to in the early 1970s. Not that he really was a hippy.

But he did have long hair, a beard and also always seemed to be schlepping around a guitar that he needed no encouragement to take out and start to play.

And, yes, he was also from a big bad city, Chicago.

Definitely a hippy, by Ketchikan standards, circa 1974.

I met Tom because he was into radio and a bunch of us were trying to create the radio station that became KRBD. We never thought it would last 36 plus years. Of course, back in the mid 1970s we didn’t think we’d last another 36 plus years. - More...
Tuesday - June 12, 2012


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letter Is this how we show our gratitude? By Yolanda Sainz - How discouraging to learn that my longtime physician, Dr Vicky Malurkar is no longer employed at Ketchikan Indian Community Tribal Health Clinic.  How is it possible I was seen by her last week and now she is gone? - More...
Friday - June 08, 2012

letter Ketchikan city roads By B. E. Jacobson - Thank you Mr. Ziegler, your letter was long over due, but much appreciated. I'm furious over our North end roads. Every time I take my car out it is like driving an obstacle course. Our North end of town (Jackson St. Safeway,etc) has no lines at all on the road. When it rains (which is often) there are no lines to see at all. We just pray that we are in the right lane. - More...
Friday - June 08, 2012

letter RE: Roads By Joey Garcia - I agree with Zig Ziegler regarding the bumpy or unattended roads. Somebody please clarify to me the proposed proposition by the City of Ketchikan in bonds to convert this into road rehabilitation. Or where are the revenues of the City? Why can't local residents, or old timers, simply enjoy our own roads? Does it mean to say that the City simply does a grandstanding on innovating our ports and left off some portions due to lack of funds? - More...
Friday - June 08, 2012

letter Bibles at Kayhi By Riley Gass - Recently there was a group of people who were giving out free Bibles to students at lunch at Ketchikan High School. I would like to thank everyone who donated their time, money and resources to do this. - More...
Friday - June 08, 2012

letter Ooligan fishing By Dennis Parsons - Thanks for the article on ooligan fishing. I found it while googling the fish while conceiving an interest in trying it as food. Reading about Lewis and Clark (Pioneering Naturalists, by Cutright) one of the explorers had said that the fish was his favorite for eating. - More...
Friday - June 08, 2012

letter Notes on the Righteous Mind By Jim Guenther - According to Jonathan Haidt author of The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion, humans are genetically hard wired to respond in intuitive ways when presented with moral questions. Sure our environment and social situations are reflected in our belief systems but he makes a strong argument, based on thousands of surveys, that intuition overrides reason for most of our responses concerning politics and religion; which, he contends, are nearly inseparable. Arguing for or against a political party’s’ ideals is much like telling a Christian that they are wrong about their choice of Gods. He divides the moral response into six general categories.  For example liberal Democrats hold Caring, or empathy for fellow man, highest in their hierarchy of criteria for stance making, while on the other side of the spectrum the conservative Republican favors platforms that hold to Fairness, the idea that one deserves what is given them. They also highly regard Loyalty, (remember Reagan’s’ eleventh commandment), Liberty, and Authority. Libertarians who participated in his study choose Liberty almost exclusively above all others and tended to put Caring in the least influential category. - More...
Friday - June 08, 2012

letter RE: Progressive Activism By Ed Bush - "To assert that the Founding Fathers were a bunch of extreme Right wingers is really dumb. Edmund Burke, the great British conservative of the era, would certainly have told you otherwise; he would have preferred to hang them all. Establishing via revolution the only representative democracy on the planet at the time is about as progressive and as liberal as one can get." - More...
Friday - June 08, 2012

letter Water additives? By Charlotte Poirier - I have concerns about the water additives (soda ashe, ammonia) that will be added to Ketchikan's water supplies -- it causes cancer. - More...
Friday - June 08, 2012

letter SEARHC says thanks for successful men’s cancer retreat By Richelle Whitson - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) is pleased to announce the successful completion of the second annual Southeast Men’s Prostate and Testicular Cancer Survivor Retreat on June 1-3 in Wrangell. We would like to extend our sincere thanks and appreciation to our sponsors: - More...
Friday - June 08, 2012

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