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call early, don't wait until you run out of water.
July 25, 2007
This photograph was
taken in the muskegs along the Harriet Hunt Lake road.
Front Page Photograph by Jim Lewis
of Pilot & Passengers Aboard Ill-fated Flight Released
- Alaska State Troopers have released the names of the people
aboard yesterday's plane crash in the Misty Fjords National Monument.
The aircraft, a DeHavilland Beaver operated by Taquan Air was
on a flight seeing tour from Ketchikan when it crashed in steep
mountainous terrain in the Misty Fiords, killing everyone onboard.
On board the DeHavilland Beaver
were the pilot and four passengers from the cruise ship Sun Princess.
The Taquan Air pilot Joseph H. Campbell, age 56 was from Ketchikan.
The passengers were William F. Eddy, age 59 and Jeanne J. Eddy,
age 59 of Jacksonville Florida, and Paul J. McManus, age 60 and
Marianne M. McManus, age 56 of Cherry Valley, Massachusetts.
Wednesday - July 25, 2007
sightseeing plane crashes killing all on board - The United
States Coast Guard reported that a Ketchikan-based sightseeing
plane with a pilot and four cruise ship passengers crashed in
steep mountainous terrain in the Misty Fiords, killing everyone
Coast Guard Lt. j.g. George
Adams said Coast Guard helicopter crews at the heavily forested
site were told by searchers at the scene that all aboard the
Taquan Air de Havilland Beaver died. The wreckage of the single-engine
floatplane was spotted by aerial searchers in the area where
an aircraft distress signal had been picked up. - More...
Tuesday PM - July 24, 2007
mandated minimum wage increase takes effect today - but not in
Alaska By M.C. Kauffman - The long awaited for federally
mandated minimum wage increase takes effect today -- except however,
Wage and Hour Investigator
Joe Rios with the Alaska Department of Labor told SitNews in
a telephone interview today that this federally mandated minimum
wage increase will not raise Alaska's minimum wage since the
minimum wage is already higher here. Rios explained, the minimum
wage in Alaska is set by the Alaska State Legislature.
Joe Dunham, Wage & Hour
Investigator with the Department of Labor, told SitNews that
the Alaska minimum wage is not tied to the federal minimum wage.
Dunham said, "It used to be but was changed in the last
Today's federally mandated
increase raises the minimum wage 70 cents to $5.85 per hour in
most states. The wage will continue to rise over the next two
years, eventually reaching $7.25 per hour in July 2009. But according
to the Alaska Department of Labor, this federally mandated increase
doesn't apply in Alaska due to the fact that Alaska's minimum
wage is already $7.15 per hour.
The Alaska Legislature can
increase Alaska's minimum wage as they have done in the past.
In April of 1991 the Legislature raised the minimum wage in Alaska
to $4.75 per hour. Five years later in 1996, the Legislature
raised the minimum wage to $5.25 per hour. The minimum wage was
raised again in 1997 by 40 cents to $5.65 per hour. The last
minimum wage increase was in January of 2003, when the Legislature
raised Alaska's minimum wage to $7:15 per hour. - More...
Tuesday - July 24, 2007
Change" Report on Ecosystem Based Fishery Management released
- A new report says the key to success in moving toward ecosystem
management of our marine fisheries is to build on existing programs
in a deliberate fashion and with increased scientific research
necessary to support sound decisions. That's the conclusion of
the report Sea Change: Ecological Progress in U.S. Fishery Management,
released today by the Marine Conservation Alliance (MCA).
"With the increased focus
on the condition of our oceans and the sustainability of our
fishing practices, this report provides us with vital insights
into how to preserve the fragile balance between ecosystem health
and our economy," said David Benton, executive director
of the Marine Conservation Alliance.
Written by Brad Warren and
commissioned by MCA and the University of Alaska Anchorage's
Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER), with funding
provided by the Pollock Conservation Cooperative Research Council,
the report outlines practical approaches toward ecosystem management,
based largely on the success of Alaska and North Pacific fisheries,
recently cited by National Geographic as being one of only three
well managed fisheries in the world (Iceland and New Zealand
were the other two). - More...
Tuesday - July 24, 2007
Southeast Travel: Getting
Down and Dirty in Naukati Bay By SUSAN BATHO and BILL HUPE
- A wet, rainy July 15th on Prince of Wales Island, and the morning
spent photographing the abundant Sitka Black-Tailed Deer; the
quest to find something cold to drink; and a signpost up ahead:
Naukati Bay: gas and groceries, daring us to make the left turn
off Forest Highway 20, beckoning the weary, thirsty travellers.
Yes, we made that fateful choice and entered the "Only on
Prince of Wales Island Zone," missing the hidden sign for
the grocers and instead being greeted by another sign: Naukati
Bay Mud Bogg Races.
Mud Bogg Racing
Photoby Susan Batho & Bill Hupe
Common sense should have dictated
we turn straight around and head back for civilization, and we
actually did for a moment, but caution, common sense, maybe a
chance to get out of the rain, found us chucking a "U-ee"
and heading back, finding a parking space, forking over $10 each,
all of the time wondering what we had gotten ourselves into.
In the leveled area behind
town, overlooking the harbour, lay some bleachers, a muddy strip
of road between parallel logs, and a couple of tents with grills.
Delicious aromas filled the air, and what looked to be not only
the entire village of Naukati Bay, but a fair number of out-of-towners
as well was there. It might have been a good, steady rain, but
no one seemed to notice as everyone was enjoying the offered
hamburgers, hot dogs, nachos, and beverages - alcoholic and soda
pop. Almost resembled a county fair, with laughter and festivity
filling the glen. -
Tuesday - July 24, 2007
Southeast Alaska: Support
for EDA Reauthorization Requested - The Business &
Economic Department of Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian
Tribes of Alaska is requesting input on the Reauthorization of
the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration
(EDA) programs by the U.S. Congress. These programs, last authorized
on October 27, 2004 by President Bush, are set to expire after
fiscal year 2008. Reauthorization of economic development assistance
programs is needed to continue funding of projects throughout
Southeast Alaska and the United States. - More...
Tuesday - July 24, 2007
leaders appointed to promote health - Commissioner Karleen
K. Jackson today announced the realignment of several leadership
positions to help the state Department of Health and Social Services
promote and protect the health of Alaskans.
"The most dramatic change in our structure is the creation
of a new Chief Medical Officer position to oversee public health
and provide advice to me," Jackson told her staff.
Tuesday - July 24, 2007
states lead immigration crackdown By SUSAN FERRISS - Against
a backdrop of perceived federal inaction, a growing number of
cities, counties and states are taking matters into their own
hands when it comes to trying to reverse the trend of illegal
From the smallest town to an
entire state -- Arizona -- governments are passing laws that
target illegal immigrants in such indirect ways as preventing
them from parking their cars to forcing city workers to decide
who's legal and who isn't before someone can rent a home, use
the library or get a job.
State attempts at targeting
undocumented foreigners are nothing new and have raised constitutional
questions for more than a decade. California's ill-fated Proposition
187, passed by voters in 1994, was one of the early attempts
that sought to require health workers and teachers to card people.
But legal skirmishes are expected
with greater frequency after the U.S. Senate's failure this summer
to enact immigration revisions. The void has only emboldened
opponents of illegal immigration whose stridency seems unlikely
"There's a great likelihood
of mischief and trouble when local places get involved in immigration
laws," said Kevin Johnson, a law professor at the University
of California, Davis. - More...
Tuesday - July 24, 2007
Feinstein, right unite in border-agent hearings By EDWARD
EPSTEIN - Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, normally a target
for criticism from outspoken conservatives, is being hailed as
an unlikely hero by the political right for joining them in calling
for President Bush to free two U.S. border agents convicted of
shooting a suspected drug smuggler.
The case of agents Jose Alonso
Compean and Ignacio Ramos has become a cause celebre for conservative
talk radio, bloggers and politicians. The agents were sentenced
in October 2006 to 12 and 11 years in prison, respectively, by
a federal judge in El Paso, Texas. Supporters say the initial
verdict and the sentences were unbelievably harsh, an example
of overzealous prosecution and of misplaced government priorities.
The critics of the sentence,
many of whom opposed the failed immigration reform bill that
Feinstein backed, also say the incident shows the U.S.-Mexico
border is out of control because of drug smuggling and illegal
The two agents admit they shot
and wounded unarmed drug-smuggling suspect Osvaldo Aldrete-Davila
in the buttocks as he fled from them after crashing a van loaded
with 743 pounds of marijuana. He fled on foot, they caught him
and scuffled. He escaped and refused their order to stop as he
ran toward the Mexican border.
Compean and Ramos opened fire.
The two veteran agents say they saw him reaching for something,
perhaps what they thought might be a gun, when they fired. -
Tuesday - July 24, 2007
District 2 Champs Now Want
Senior League All-Stars took the District 2 Championship.
Next they played Kodiak at Norman Walker Field yesterday where
they won with a 11-0 score. Games continue at Norman Walker Field
The winner, best 2 of 3, will be State Champs and travel to Salem,
OR for the Regional Tournament. The winner of the Regional tournament
will travel to Bangor, Maine for the Senior League World Series.
Front Page Photo by Rhonda Bolling
Columns - Commentary
Will Never Cease- There has been much media hoopla lately
over a new internet poll determining the New Seven Wonders of
Seems that National Geographic
and others feel that celebrating The Colossus of Rhodes and The
Hanging Gardens of Babylon is really out of date, especially
since those and most of the other Seven Wonders of the Ancient
World have been gone since, well since the Ancient World.
So they polled the world and
- drum roll please - we now have "The New Seven Wonders
of the World":
The Christ the Redeemer Statue
The Great Wall of China
The Coliseum of Rome
Petra Stone City in Jordan
Machu Picchu in Peru
Chichen Itza in Mexico
The Taj Mahal in India
They replace - in addition
to the hanging gardens and the colossus:
The Great Pyramids of Giza
The Lighthouse of Alexandria,
The Statue of Zeus, Olympia
The Mausoleum of Halicarnassus
The Temple of Artemus
I like how all the Ancient
Wonders have "The" in the title. It makes them seem
just that much more wonderful.
The poll was conducted world-wide
via phone lines, computers and text messages, ala American Idol
(itself named one of the "Seven Wonders of the Modern Television
World" along with "Steve Urkel" Pamela Anderson's
"personal floatation devices" and Donald Trump's "hair.").
You can draw your own conclusions
about the scientific veracity of text messaging, but I feel much
better knowing that such important designations as the "New
Seven Wonders of the World" are being made by "Claymates"
But I digress.
Rather than wonder if the Statue
of Liberty is more deserving of inclusion than the Christ the
Redeemer Statue, I think it's time to ponder the "Seven
Wonders of Ketchikan's World."
Nota Bene, this list is only
for physical wonders not philosophical ones like "I wonder
why so many Ketchikan businesses don't post their hours"
or "I wonder why people persist in trying to turn left across
the terminally busy (see below) Tongass Avenue."
Nota Bene II, this list will
also include proposed projects, that way it won't go out of date
and have to be replaced by a "New Seven Wonders of Ketchikan's
The Great Wall of Ketchikan
- Also known as the Third Avenue Bypass, although it doesn't
actually bypass Third Avenue. Currently one of the most expensive
"miles" of roadway ever constructed in the United States.
(although that could quickly change - see Bridge below). It is
not true that the "wall" can be seen from space, but
rumor has it you can see it from Japan.
The Leaning Tower of Main Street
- Currently proposed for the old Redmen lot, the tower may or
may not be around 60 to 80 feet tall, it may or may not have
an observation platform, and it may or may not ever get built.
If it does, it will be like every other edifice in the downtown
fill zone. It will lean.
The Tunnel - Yes, you can drive
over, around and through it. Wouldn't it have just been easier
to buy the houses at the top of the hill and blast the whole
thing away? Yes, of course, but those houses belonged to bankers,
attorneys, city council members and mayors. Besides when it comes
to Ketchikan transportation projects, "easy" is a four
Tongass Avenue - It used to
be the busiest two lane road in America until ADOT expanded it
to "three and a half" lanes in spots. It still maintains
its sense of wonder though. When some one asks for directions
from the Federal Building to the West End, it is wonderful to
say "Take Mill Street to Front Street to Water Street to
Kennedy Street to Tongass! But don't you dare leave the main
Saturday - July 21, 2007
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