Tongass School of Arts & Sciences - Ketchikan, Alaska

Alaska Car Rental - Ketchikan, Alaska

Gateway City Realty, Inc - Ketchikan, Alaska

Alaskan & Proud

Ketchikan Telecommunications _ Ketchikan, Alaska

First Bank - Ketchikan, Alaska

Talbot's Building Supply - Ketchikan, Alaska

Creekside Family Health Clinic - Ketchikan, Alaska

Lighthouse Services - Ketchikan, Alaska

Water Tap - Ketchikan, Alaska

KRBD - Ketchikan Public Radio -  Ketchikan, Alaska

Greater Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce - Ketchikan, Alaska

arrow Call 617-9696
arrowWebmail Lettersletter
arrowNews Tips
arrowCopyright Info

Quick News Search
arrowSE Alaska
arrowAlaska News Links

Columns - Articles
arrowDave Kiffer
arrowFish Factor

Historical Ketchikan
arrowJune Allen
arrowDave Kiffer
arrowLouise B. Harrington

Ketchikan Arts & Events
arrowKetchikan Arts
arrowKetchikan Museums
arrowKTN Public Library

arrowKetchikan Links

Public Records
arrowFAA Accident Reports
arrowNTSB Accident Reports
arrowCourt Calendar
arrowCourt Records Search
arrowWanted: Absconders
arrowSex Offender Reg.
arrowPublic Notices

Weather, Webcams
arrowToday's Forecast
arrowKTN Weather Data
arrowAK Weather Map
arrowAK Weathercams
arrowAK Earthquakes

TV Guide

Ketchikan Phone Book
arrowYellow Pages
arrowWhite Pages

Government Links
arrowLocal Government
arrowState & National


SitNews - Stories In The News - Ketchikan, Alaska
June 20, 2012

Front Page Photo By GARY COX

Herring Cove: Black Bear
This bear appears to have suffered an unusual injury to its right front leg.
Front Page Photo By GARY COX of Memphis, TN


arrow Ketchikan's 2012 Cruise Ship Calendar (pdf)

arrow Today's Forecast
arrow Weather Extremes
arrow Ketchikan Weather Data

Search the News

arrow Ketchikan
arrow Alaska
arrow Sitnews

Ketchikan: Missing Ketchikan Man Found in Good Health By Mary Kauffman, SitNews - Thought to be missing since May 23rd, 19 year-old Robert Hannah of Ketchikan has been located and is in good health. His father, Ronald Darvell called the Alaska State Troopers today and reported that Hannah had called him from Portland, Oregon.

Hannah told his family that he was currently working at a Portland construction company with friends. Hannah agreed to keep in touch with his family.

The Alaska State Troopers were originally contacted by Ronald Darvell on June 16th reporting that his son Robert Hannah had been missing since May 23rd. Hannah lived with his parents in their Ketchikan home and on May 14th he had purchased a one-way ferry ticket to Bellingham. - More...
Wednesday - June 20, 2012

Southeast Alaska: House Passes Sealaska Lands Bill - A bill described as an effort to boost Southeast Alaska’s struggling timber industry, create jobs in the region and finalize a longstanding land entitlement, the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday, led by Alaskan Congressman Don Young (R) passed H.R. 2578, the Conservation and Economic Growth Act by a bipartisan vote of 232 to 188.

This bipartisan lands legislation includes Rep. Young’s Sealaska bill, H.R. 1408, the Southeast Alaska Native Land Entitlement Finalization and Jobs Protection Act – legislation that would finalize Sealaska Native Corporation’s land selections under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA).

“Today [Tuesday] is an important day not only for Sealaska’s shareholders, but for all of Southeast Alaska,” said Rep. Young. “It’s a shame that now, over 40 years since ANCSA became law, Sealaska still does not have its full land allotment. After traveling throughout the region and hearing from stakeholders on both sides of this issue, I believe this bill is a fair compromise," said Young. "This bill is a jobs creator in a region that badly needs it. In the end, all Alaska Native shareholders will benefit when Sealaska undertakes its sustainable timber management program on the lands conveyed in this bill.”

Because of the revenues that will be shared with other Native Corporations in accordance with section 7(i) of ANCSA, all Alaska Native Shareholders will reap the benefits of this legislation said Young.

“I remember a time when Southeast Alaska’s timber industry lead its industry and helped employ thousands of Alaskans,” Rep. Young continued. “Unfortunately, after decades of baseless lawsuits from radical environmentalists and poor land stewardship by the Forest Service, Alaska’s timber industry has seen a 90% decline since 1990. This bill is crucial to the success and quite frankly, survival of Alaska’s timber industry.” - More...
Wednesday - June 20, 2012

Ketchikan: KIC Donates over 100 Computers to the Community - Ketchikan Indian Community (KIC) donated more than 100 computers to the ANB/ANS early this month.  This donation follows a smaller donation of computers by KIC to the North Tongass Volunteer Fire Department which the department will use for training purposes.

KIC Donates over 100 Computers to the Community

James Llanos Jr. donates his personal time to prepare the computers for giveaway.
Photo courtesy KIC

This second donation was made possible as the result of a major IT upgrade at all Ketchikan Indian Community facilities completed last year.  The MPC All-in-One model computers will have the Windows XP operating system in addition to basic software. The donated computers all have a network card and are internet ready and are in good working condition perfectly adequate for general home use.  The computers became surplus when they no longer met the needs of the various upgraded software platforms used by Ketchikan Indian Community.

James Llanos Jr., a member of Alaska Native Brotherhood (ANB) and its counterpart the Alaska Native Sisterhood (ANS) and member of the IT staff at Ketchikan Indian Community, is donating his personal time to prepare the computers for giveaway.  

Over 20 of these computers have already been distributed throughout the community.  Llanos says, “He’s trying to prepare about ten computers each weekend.” Rod Short, IT Director at Ketchikan Indian Community, said, “The time that James Llanos is donating to ANB/ANS for this project makes it all possible.  It takes hours of work to prepare each computer and without his efforts none of this could happen.” - More....
Wednesday - June 20, 2012

Ketchikan: Pankow of Ketchikan to represent Alaska as 2012 National Youth Science Camp delegate - Alec Pankow from Ketchikan, Alaska, was selected to represent Alaska as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Pankow who recently graduated from Ketchikan High School will join 119 other top high school graduates representing the United States as well as students from other countries at the prestigious four-week program, now in its 49th year.

Pankow of Ketchikan to represent Alaska as 2012 National Youth Science Camp delegate

Pankow of Ketchikan to represent Alaska as 2012 National Youth Science Camp delegate
Photo by National Youth Science Camp

Pankow was also recently named a U.S. Presidental Scholar on May 2nd.

The National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC) located in the beautiful and rustic setting of the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia, integrates scientific programming with opportunities for delegates to explore music, art, and the outdoors.

Each year, scientists from various disciplines travel to the camp to present lectures and lead directed studies. This year’s lecture topics will include: global warming, genomic medicine, radio astronomy, and energy sustainability. Throughout camp, a Directed Study series will provide extensive “hands-on” experiences in specific fields. Delegates will have the opportunity to dissect a human hand, discuss bioethics, explore forensic science techniques, and search through the DNA sequence of a genetic disease. - More...
Wednesday - June 20, 2012


Real Time U.S. Debt Clock

U.S. Inflation Calculator
Easily calculate the buying power of the US dollar & inflation rate from 1913-2012

U.S. Energy Info. Admin.
Heating Oil & Propane Update

Public Service Announcements
Public Meetings & Info

Ketchikan Animal Control

arrowAdopt a Dog
arrowAdopt a Cat
arrowAdopt Another Animal

Ketchikan Borough Assembly

Live Video streamarrow Live video stream of current meeting
arrowArchived videos
arrow Agenda and Information Packets
arrowAssembly Meeting Minutes

arrow Borough Records
arrow Calendar

Ketchikan Planning Commission

Live Video streamarrowLive video stream of current meeting
arrowAgenda, Information Packets & Minutes

Ketchikan City Council

Live Video stream

arrowView a Video of Meeting
arrowAgenda & Information Packets

Ketchikan School Board

Live Video streamarrowLive video stream of current meeting
arrowAgenda & Information Packets

Gravina Access Project SEIS Alternatives Development

arrow Gravina Access Website


arrowKetchikan Police Reports
arrowAK Troopers Daily Dispatch
arrowToday's Forecast
arrowToday's Weather Images
arrowMarine Forecasts
arrowAK Weathercams
arrowKetchikan Weather Data
arrowCurrent AK Weather Map



Publish Your Ad
Click Here


arrowHelp Wanted
arrowFor Sale / Free Stuff
arrowGarage Sales
arrowHomes / Apts/ Property
arrowLost & Found
arrowPublish Your Ad

Front Page Archives
Letter Archives
Feb. - June 2012
      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 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 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 06 07 08 09
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20      

arrowMore Front Page Archives & Letters

Basic Rules &
Freedom of Speech

Questions, please contact the editor at or call 617-9696
Sitnews reserves the right to edit.

letter Congress is a problem but not 'The' problem By A. M. Johnson- In response to Mr. Irving B Welchons' "Congress may be Nation's serious problem", I submit that the following epistle will dispel any notion that President Obama has found an apparent way to suspend the need for Congress or a Constitution. If Congress has a srious problem it is the lack of "Gonads" in not impeaching the sitting President for ignoring the Constitution and the rule of law.The following is not of my words, however I do support the content and agree with the conclusion. - More..
Wednesday - June 20, 2012

letter Ocean acidification By Mike Svenson - Laine Welch's fish report this week about ocean acidification was the usual environmental  talking point. She wants us fishermen to be all upset about this and blame coal plants, oil refineries, cars, etc. But in the summertime in Alaska there are probably at least 3000 diesel boats running around putting out smoke. - More...
Wednesday - June 20, 2012

letter AGAFAGUMAS ETC. By Chris Elliott - With the exception of the unnecessary last paragraph, I thoroughly enjoyed Mr. Hanger's trip down memory lane. - More...
Wednesday - June 20, 2012

letter Federal PILT Payment By Agnes Moran - As a taxpayer and Ketchikan Borough Assembly member, I welcome the recent $1,038,263 federal payment in lieu of taxes to the Ketchikan Gateway Borough (see Alaska Communities See Increase in PILT Payments, SitNews, June 15). However, I wish to add some important context. - More...
Monday - June 18, 2012

letter Obama: “private sector is doing fine” By Donald A. Moskowitz - In February 2009 President Obama’s $787 billion stimulus program was supposed to create 5 million new jobs and reduce unemployment below 8% by the end of 2010.  He missed both projections by wide margins. - More...
Monday - June 18, 2012

letter THE BATTLE OF AGAFAGUMAS AND BILOXI JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL NOVEMBER 22, 1963 By David G. Hanger - Memories are funny things in two separate directions, the one, of course, often caricatured, is the exaggeration and embellishment about events long past, distortion that evolves quickly to abstraction, if not pure fantasy; then, too, there is the other, that of memories so deeply etched they are formative, and never forgotten.  These two vignettes are from my past, and are of the latter category, so deeply etched they cannot be forgotten.  Any quotes are verbatim; the events occurred specifically as described, and there is no intent whatsoever at exaggeration on my part. - More...
Monday - June 18, 2012

letter Congress may be the nation's most serious problem By Irving B. Welchons III - This year the candidates for President will spend hundreds of millions of dollars on advertising.  One telling us of the heroic things he has done and the other telling us of the miraculous things he will do. Almost everything President Obama takes credit for had to be passed by Congress.  The promises made by candidate Romney must be made law by Congress to be fulfilled. The President can only veto a law; he can not pass one. - More...
Monday - June 18, 2012 

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

letter Webmail your letter or
letterEmail Your Letter To:

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

Stories in the News
©1997 - 2011
Ketchikan, Alaska

In Memory of SitNews' editor
Richard (Dick) Kauffman


Mary Kauffman, Webmaster/Editor,
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.

Fish Creek Company - Ketchikan, Alaska

Ketchikan H20 - Ketchikan, Alaska

Hometown Furnishings - Ketchikan, Alaska
Click here...

Tongass Federal Credit Union

Re/Max of Ketchikan

Davies-Barry Insurance - Ketchikan, Alaska

Tongass Business Center

Tatsuda's IGA - Ketchikan, Alaska

M&M Marine - Docks & Floats - Ketchikan, Alaska

PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center

Madison Lumber & Hardware - Ketchikan, Alaska

Ward Creek Industrial - Ketchikan, Alaska

AAA Moving & Storage - Ketchikan, Alaska

Tongass Forest Enterprises

McPherson Music - Ketchikan, Alaska

North Tongass Volunteer Fire Department

Visit our new
website at

The Home Office - The Local Paper; Ketchikan, Alaska



KPU - Salmon Landing webcam - Ketchikan, Alaska KPU Webcams - Ketchikan, Alaska