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June 16, 2016

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Street Value of Meth Seized in Ketchikan Over $100,000 - A probationary search on Monday led to the arrest of three Ketchikan men and the seizure of Methamphetamine with a street value of over $100,000.00.

Officers of the Ketchikan Police Department and Alaska State Troopers assisted Adult Probation on Monday in conducting a field check in the area of Ward Cove on William Riggs age 53, who is on felony probation. Charles Woosley, age 58, who is also on felony probation was also contacted along with Scott Arrington, age 55, who is on conditions of release.

During the probationary search officers located a glass pipe with white residue and a small orange container which had plastic baggies with a white substance inside them.

Officers stopped the search and obtained a search warrant for the building and vehicles involved. The orange container was found to have 3 plastic baggies containing a crystal substance weighing approximately 1 gram each that field tested positive for Methamphetamine. Officers searched the building and recovered 20 plastic baggies each containing a crystal substance with an approximate total weight of 205.6 grams that field tested positive for Methamphetamine. Officers also located additional plastic baggies, a digital scale, a plastic scoop and a glass pipe.

Officers also obtained a search warrant for Riggs' residence and recovered $4000.00 in cash.

The estimated street value of the Methamphetamine seizure was just over $100,000.00. - More...
Thursday AM - June 16, 2016

Ketchikan: UAS Ketchikan Names Spring 2016 Honor Students - The University of Alaska Southeast announced the students who have been named to the UAS Chancellor’s and Dean’s lists for the Spring 2016 Semester.

A student must be admitted to a program, earn a 4.00 grade point average, and complete at least 12 credit hours during the semester to make the Chancellor’s Honor List. Students on the Chancellor’s List Spring 2016 are Amy Bauer. Alexis McColley-Edwardson and Melyssa Nagamine. - More...
Thursday AM - June 16, 2016

Southeast Alaska: Legislation to Reform Federal Forestry Management Advances Through Committee - Yesterday, the House Committee on Natural Resources approved legislation introduced by Alaska Congressman Don Young (R) to reform the federal government’s system of forestry management in a manner that empowers local communities, builds resilient forests and streamlines burdensome management practices.

H.R. 3650, the State National Forest Management Act, was introduced by Congressman Young on September 29, 2015. The bill, which will work to address what has been described as major failures of the nation’s federal land management agencies. The bill would also authorize states to select and acquire certain National Forest system lands, up to 2 million acres, to be managed and operated by the state for timber production and other purposes under the law.

“Nowhere in the nation are federal land decisions more destructive to communities and hardworking people than in the 17 million acre Tongass National Forest,” said Congressman Young. “What should be a straightforward and balanced process, given the size of the Tongass, the Federal Government has time and time again failed. In Alaska, we have a proven record of success in managing millions of acres of state parks and forests. H.R. 3650 will give states and local governments an opportunity to show they are in fact the best stewards of our lands. My bill works to address the major failures of our federal land management agencies, while giving our States an opportunity to do better. This proposal works to end the constant fighting between our forestry communities and the federal government by allowing us to resolve our differences at home." - More...
Thursday AM - June 16, 2016

Bills signed generating millions in new revenue and increasing access to healthcare across Alaska - Governor Bill Walker signed HB 137 and HB 234 into law Monday, creating new revenue for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and expanding access to healthcare across Alaska. Governor Walker signed the two bills in Juneau.

Bills signed generating millions in new revenue and increasing access to healthcare across Alaska

HB 137 signing: Gov. Walker with Rep. Talerico, Rep. Munoz, ADF&G staff, and members of user-groups
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Sponsored by Representative Dave Talerico of Healy, HB 137 increases hunting, trapping, and sport fishing fees, and generates over $9 million in annual revenue for the Department of Fish and Game. This will offset current and future cuts to the department, and help pay for the agency’s core services, including fish and wildlife management and research, habitat protection and restoration, and sport fisheries enhancement efforts. The money will also provide matching funds for federal aid dollars allocated to the department. - More...
Thursday AM - June 16, 2016

Alaska: Reps. Spohnholz and Kawasaki Call for Lawmakers to Honor Fallen Heroes by Supporting Their Families - Common sense legislation to honor Alaska’s first responders and their families is stuck in committee in both the Alaska House of Representatives and the Alaska Senate. House Bill 4002 and Senate Bill 4002 would allow the State of Alaska to continue insurance coverage for spouses and dependents of police and firefighters killed in the line of duty.

“Every day, the men and women who protect us put their lives on the line. We should honor that commitment and sacrifice by ensuring that their families are provided with the same health coverage they would receive if their loved one were still alive,” said Representative Ivy Spohnholz (D-Anchorage), whose father served 20 years as an officer with the Anchorage Police Department. “I find it unconscionable that six months into this session this issue has not yet been resolved. There are some huge issues before lawmakers that demand time and deliberate consideration. However, this issue is simple and, quite frankly, it’s the right thing to do. Pass the bill already.” - More...
Thursday AM - June 16, 2016

Alaska: Former Chiropractor Sentenced to 17 Years in Prison for Soliciting the Murder of a Witness and Federal Law Enforcement Officers - U.S. Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced that Guy Christopher Mannino, 57, of Fairbanks, was sentenced Wednesday in Anchorage to 17 years in federal prison for his convictions for soliciting the murders of a witness and two federal law enforcement agents.

Mannino, a former chiropractor who practiced for several years in Fairbanks, was indicted by a federal grand jury in July 2015 for soliciting several murders while he was in custody at the Fairbanks Correctional Center on an earlier federal prosecution. Mannino had been indicted by another federal grand jury in August 2013 for a number of felony charges related to the unlawful possession and transfer of prohibited weapons, including a machinegun and silencers. While in custody on that case, Mannino solicited another prisoner to murder the principal witness against him, as well as some of the federal law enforcement agents who had been involved in the investigation of the first case.

Mannino proceeded to trial on the murder solicitation charges in February 2016 in Fairbanks, and, following a four-day jury trial, he was found guilty on three of the five counts charged. As a result of those convictions, Mannino faced a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years on each of the counts of conviction. - More...
Thursday AM - June 16, 2016


Mischievous Snailfish and Other Mysteries of the Deep By CHRISTINE BAIER - Right now, scientists from the Alaska Fisheries Science Center are at sea collecting information crucial to keeping Alaska fisheries sustainable. The data they collect during yearly stock assessment surveys is used to set quotas for the familiar species that support some of world’s largest fisheries.

Mischievous Snailfish and Other Mysteries of the Deep

The comic snailfish, Careproctus comus
Photo courtesy NOAA - Alaska Fisheries Science Center

But sometimes they find something no one has seen before.

Mischievous, hardheaded, arbiter, dusty, peach, tomato, whiskered, combed, goldeneye, comet and comic snailfishes: none of these species were known to science 10 years ago. Some were named only last year. All were discovered by Alaska Fisheries Science Center biologist Jay Orr during stock assessment surveys in the Aleutian Islands.

Orr has discovered new skate, sculpin, sole and other species, but his favorites are the snailfishes. Alone or with coauthors including Morgan Busby (AFSC) and Katherine Maslenikov (University of Washington) he has discovered and named 12 new species of snailfishes. “My interest was sparked in 1997 when I collected one specimen that represented a new genus, and several that I thought were a known species out of their range”, Orr says. “When I examined one of these closely, I found it was a brand new species. And so was the second, and the third, and finally, a fourth newly discovered species. That’s what started me down this road.”

Some 350 snailfish species inhabit marine environments from the Arctic to Antarctic, from tide pools to deep sea – deeper than any other known vertebrate: one snailfish species was recently found swimming nearly 5 miles below the ocean surface. More than 50 species have been identified in the North Pacific; many more exist that are undescribed, and more continue to be discovered. In fact, Orr has collected twelve more unknown species that are now just waiting to be described. - More...
Thursday AM - June 16, 2016

A girl with foam that was floating on the Tanana River. Photo by Ned Rozell.

Alaska Science: Foam on the water a sign of life and death By NED ROZELL - While sitting in the front of a canoe on a twisty Alaska creek, my daughter asked to steer closer to the riverbank. She wanted to grab some suds. There, caught in the elbows of fallen trees, were quivering mounds of white foam.

Foam is floating on most Alaska waterways this summer. Years ago, when I first saw yellowish suds on a creek that ran behind my cabin, I thought of something manmade and nasty spilled upstream. But the Pearl Creek foam and other globs seen far from towns are probably natural.

David Wartinbee of Soldotna knows this because he has sought out river scum for scientific purposes. The aquatic ecologist, attorney and pilot has for years gathered foam from streams and lakes. Within it, he finds the shed pupal skins of delicate midges that began their lives in the waterway. Using foam as his collecting agent, Wartinbee identified 88 species of midges that live in the Kenai River.

So where does the foam come from? It emerges from anything that was once alive that sheds fatty molecules during decomposition.

Plants are a major foaming agent. Dead parts of plants, like birch leaves that fell the preceding fall, contain lots of lipid molecules. Lipids are fats and oils that make up things like waterproof plant cell walls. Lipid molecules don't mix with water. They float on the water like an invisible layer of liquid dish soap. - More...
Thursday AM - June 16, 2016


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WILL DURST: Hard to Believe It's Come Down to Hillary or Trump - Every four years our nation's electoral eccentricities escalate exponentially and people throw up their hands and shout, "you know, every election cycle is wacky, but especially this one." But especially this one! With this one, the narrative changes faster than the score of a Wiffle Ball game played with aluminum bats. It's an election with the attention span of high-speed lint. It's an 18 month-long squirrel scamper.

First, everyone is talking about New York values. Then, low-energy debaters. Violent rallies. Domestic terrorists. KKK endorsements. Rigged rules. Palace coups. Naked wives. Tiny hands. Pope bashing. Lucifer comparing. Internecine warfare between orange people.

The phrase bubbling out of everyone's lips around the political circus this week is... "get me the hell out of here." No. No. It's... "third party candidate." Dark words of terror striking fear in the hearts of major party leaders, owing to a couple of dodgy characters named Ross Perot and Ralph Nader. Or as Donald Trump would call them, "losers." Third party candidates responsible for the downfall of Al Gore and George Herbert Walker Bush, making them not just losers, but loser enablers. Losers squared.

A legitimate third party candidacy hasn't afflicted a US election since 2000, but this time around, faced with two candidates less popular than acid rain at a paper mache sculpture garden, the fear is the populace could easily slide over to vote for less polarizing figures. And right now, an eighteen-foot alligator with irritable bowel syndrome would be less polarizing than the Donald or the Hillary.

It's too late to get on the Texas ballot for independent runs, and other state deadlines are approaching fast, so prospective 2016 aspirants need to get their proverbial poop together. The blueprint for chaos is waiting to be writ.

The Libertarian Party is close to being on the ballot in all 50 states and has already chosen their candidate- former Republican New Mexico governor Gary Johnson. The big challenge will be to bump his poll numbers north of 15 percent to qualify for the October debates. Although they might be better off buying canyon acreage in Utah and waiting for it to become oceanfront property. Probably happen faster. - More...
Thursday AM - June 16, 2016

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letter Good Sportsmanship! By Mimi Eddy - My grandson is 9 years old and I was at his baseball game this Saturday (11th). His team-the red one (Matt Caskey coach or helping coach) showed excellent sportsmanship. They were encouraging each other - some of the boys are in their first year of batting from a peer pitcher so are nervous. Their teammates are talking and encouraging them in their play. - More...
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letter Don't miss this entertainment! By Kerry Watson - Want a good laugh?! Don't miss this weekend's play "The Complete Unabridged Works of William Shakespeare." I know, I know. Shakespeare can be a bit daunting. Hah, fear not! - More...
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letter Focus on Men’s Health and Safety in June By Susan Johnson - In June, we celebrate Father’s Day, Men’s Health Month, and National Safety Month. These separate observances have a common theme — we can use them as an opportunity to focus on the health of the men in our lives. - More...
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letter Path to a fiscally sustainable budget By Rep. Dan Ortiz - In the current budget that was approved by the majority of Alaskan Legislators, 430 million dollars is allocated for direct cash payouts to oil companies in the form of credits. The state’s obligation for this year’s credits is 750 million dollars. Thus, even if the State of Alaska pays out the allocated 430 million dollars, it will continue to be responsible for 320 million dollars additionally in future obligations. That 750 million dollars is the third biggest spending item in our state’s budget. Under SB 21, the state is obligated to pay 750 million dollars in oil tax credits in one year alone, while we are spending 221 million for our Department of Transportation, which runs and maintains our ferries, roads, and airports; the infrastructure that facilitates our economy. - More...
Thursday PM - June 09, 2016

letter GOVERNOR, CAN WE HAVE THAT CUP OF COFFEE? By Richard J. Peterson - Are campaign promises empty promises that no one expects candidates to keep? Have we become that cynical? Running as the ‘Unity Team’ in 2014, Bill Walker and Byron Mallott promised to improve the State of Alaska’s tribal relations. Mr. Walker said he would rather work on communication and steer away from litigation on tribal issues. In fact, when Mr. Walker made his campaign pitch to a Western Alaska tribal group and when he spoke to members of his new Governor’s Tribal Advisory Council more recently, he said the State and Alaska tribes should stop suing each other and offered a better solution, “Let’s sit down and have a cup of coffee and talk things over.” - More...
Thursday PM - June 09, 2016

letter Part 11: OIL COMPANY” WALKER, “OIL CAN” ORTIZ, AND OIL COMPANY SOCIALISM By David G Hanger - Roundabout 227 years ago this group of guys we call the “Founding Fathers” got together and argued out a Constitution to establish something completely different than anything before. In the first instance a “nation,” the first in fact in the history of the world. Well may it be said that the Dutch can be credited as the first to truly advance the concepts of capitalism and free enterprise; that the Brits improved upon them; and only then did we establish mastery, but the beginning of “nation-“hood as opposed to empires and kingdoms and such, that belongs to us. All that came before is pretense compared to what this group of guys did. - More...
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letter Democrats misuse racism against Trump By Rob Holston - Trump referred to an American judge of Mexican heritage as a “Mexican” and sited the judge’s rulings against Trump as being biased because he’s “Mexican.” Trump has used harsh and prudent language against illegal Mexican immigration and proposes a wall at the US - Mexican border. Now even some Republicans are jumping on the bandwagon of Democratic hate language calling his remarks racist. This is a prime example of a liberal press and stewards of political correctness over-reacting so as to nail Trump to the RACIST cross and hopefully cause an agonizing death to his bid for the White House. - More...
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letter Don’t Let the Need for Health Insurance Stop You from Leaving By Susan Johnson - Domestic violence is found across all socioeconomic groups - in fact, more than 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of some form of physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime. However, women are often economically dependent on their abusers and are less able to leave and more likely to return to abusive partners. Many women are dependent on their spouses for insurance coverage. - More...
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letter Socialist Sanders Abandoning Israel By Donald Moskowitz - Socialist Sanders appointed two anti-Israel people to his platform drafting committee. Cornel West espouses anti-Israel views, and James Zogby, President of the Arab American Institute, has denounced Israel. Sanders also appointed Representative Keith Ellison of Minnesota, an anti-Israel Muslim, to his platform committee. - More...
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letter Little Wee One By Robert B. Holston Jr. - The second a person is born they have FULL rights of citizenship and protection under the law. What about the time before that PERSON was born. I have written a poem that describes this reality in America today. Please consider it. - More..
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letter Drive careful By Bill Hollywood - I have had to come to a stop twice so far this year for deer on the road and have seen four other groups of deer by the roads. Mostly two deer but up to five. - More...
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letter Congratulations Graduates By Dan Ortiz - Congratulations to our 2016 high school and university graduates. You truly deserve to be proud of your achievement.

Alaska is an exciting location for ambitious graduates in the beginning chapters of their lives. It is the frontier of our country’s future. Jobs never before dreamed are being created right here. There are opportunities for new industry in Alaska, from the Arctic passage to rainforest ecotourism. Our tried and true fishing industry and its elements are oft-debated, but it is lively and reliable due to our excellent public management. - More...
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