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July 05, 2011

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Senators Work to Secure NOAA Presence in Ketchikan – U.S. Senators Mark Begich (D-AK) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced a bill late last Thursday which would help ensure the long term presence of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Ketchikan. The bill would authorize NOAA to sell the port facility it currently owns at 1010 Stedman Street, which used to be a Tesoro fuel dock, and utilize the proceeds of the sale towards a new facility located elsewhere in Ketchikan.

Senators Work to Secure NOAA Presence in Ketchikan

The NOAA Ship Fairweather is a hydrographic survey ship that was originally commissioned with NOAA in 1968. The ship was deactivated in 1989 but a critical backlog of surveys for nautical charts in Alaska was a motivating factor to reactivate the ship in 2004.
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The current facility, which serves as the homeport for the NOAA Ship Fairweather, was condemned as unsafe in 2008, and the ship has been without an Alaska homeport facility since. With its multi-beam sonars and suite of specially-equipped launches, the technologically-advanced Fairweather is one of the most productive platforms in the world for making nautical charts.

“This bill is good for Alaska and Ketchikan,” Begich said. “It will help NOAA bring the Fairweather home to Ketchikan, and will help ensure that the dollars the ship spends on maintenance and supplies are spent supporting Alaska businesses instead of those in the lower 48.”

“Just like the mountain it’s named for, the Fairweather belongs in Southeast Alaska,” Murkowski said. “Keeping NOAA and the ship in Ketchikan isn’t good just for our economic base in Southeast, but also our knowledge base. It’s a floating research facility that has direct benefits to our fisheries and shipping industry – and I know my hometown will welcome having it back.”

Bringing the NOAA Ship Fairweather home to Ketchikan will help the effort by the community to develop Ketchikan as a maritime center for the Northern Pacific Ocean. The Alaska Marine Highway System is also planning a major relocation to Ward Cove, and it is hoped there will be enough demand for repairs and supplies to support more specialized marine contractors and merchants in Ketchikan. Having that infrastructure will help attract more maritime-related business to the area, positioning Ketchikan to be a major maritime hub.

Sen. Begich has been encouraging NOAA to cooperate with the Alaska Marine Highway System as both organizations plan their facilities. He met with NOAA and Alaska Marine Highway Officials this spring in Ketchikan to discuss a partnership to redevelop the area and a new dock. - More...
Tuesday - July 5, 2011

Ketchikan: 21st Annual Rubber Duck Race: And the winners are...The fastest little rubber duck in the First City Rotary's 21st Annual Rubber Duck Race held on July 4, 2011, claimed the $2,500 grand prize for its owner Rebecca Valentine.

Henry Keene's little rubber duck was the second to cross the finish line claiming the second prize fo $1,500 and in third place winning $1,000 was the duck owned by Danelle Landis.

The popular little duck race down Ketchikan Creek commenced about an hour later than usual due to high tides preventing the judge’s skiff from passing under the Stedman Street bridge. Father Ron Kotrc served as race judge this year, catching the winning ducks as they passed through the finish line.

The winners of the 21st Annual First City Rotary Rubber Duck Race: - More...
Tuesday - July 05, 2011

Alaska: Governor Reveals New Details on Alaska Energy Policy; Gov and DNR Commissioner Address U.S. Chamber – Alaska Governor Sean Parnell and Natural Resources Commissioner Dan Sullivan met with national reporters on Friday to share the state’s plan to offer additional lands and offshore waters for oil and gas exploration.

According to a news release from the Office of the Governor, the briefing with national media is part of the Parnell administration’s wide-ranging efforts to generate national awareness and support for the state’s goal to boost the flow of oil through the Trans Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) to 1 million barrels of oil within a decade.

“By reaching this goal we will strengthen Alaska’s contribution to U.S. energy security and we will create tens of thousands of new jobs and billions of dollars in payroll,” Parnell said after the briefing.

President Obama recently announced that he will release 30 million barrels of oil in the coming month from the nation’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve to address supply disruptions from Libya.

“Releasing 30 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve is bad policy,” Governor Parnell said. “This decision only provides the nation with 30 days of additional oil supply. It will have no long term impact. The real Strategic Petroleum Reserve is Alaska, which has the potential to provide more than 30 billion barrels of oil over three decades. Developing Alaska’s vast hydrocarbon resources will supply the nation with billions of barrels of domestic crude. It will provide tens of thousands of high paying jobs and it will generate hundreds of billions of dollars in revenue for the federal government. The right policy call for the nation is to develop Alaska’s resources.” - More...
Tuesday - July 05, 2011

National: FAA and Air Traffic Controllers Reach Agreement on Fatigue – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) announced Saturday that an agreement on important fatigue recommendations that were developed by a joint FAA-NATCA working group which was established under the 2009 collective bargaining agreement.

“The American public must have confidence that our nation’s air traffic controllers are rested and ready to work,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “We have the safest air transportation system in the world but we needed to make changes and we are doing that.” The agreement reinforces existing FAA policy that prohibits air traffic controllers from sleeping while they are performing assigned duties. The FAA will continue to provide air traffic controllers breaks on the midnight shift based on staffing and workload. While on break, air traffic controllers are expected to conduct themselves professionally and be available for recall at all times.

The FAA and NATCA also agreed that all air traffic controllers must report for work well-rested and mentally alert. It is the employee’s responsibility to notify their supervisor if they are too fatigued to perform their air traffic control duties. As a result of this agreement, air traffic controllers can now request to take leave if they are too fatigued to work air traffic.

This agreement marks the completion of the tasks required by this joint FAA-NATCA fatigue working group. The FAA and NATCA will continue to collaborate to reduce the risk of fatigue in the workplace.

“Air traffic controllers have the responsibility to report rested and ready to work so they can safely perform their operational duties,” said FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt. “But we also need to make sure we have the right policies in place to reduce the possibility of fatigue in the workplace.”

“We are pleased that the efforts of the joint NATCA-FAA fatigue workgroup that produced these science-based recommendations have resulted in an agreement and their implementation into the schedules and work environments of our nation's dedicated and highly professional air traffic controller workforce,” said NATCA President Paul Rinaldi.

“We supported the FAA's action to enhance aviation safety by eliminating single staffing on the midnight shift and we fully support these recommendations that address fatigue. They are common sense solutions to a safety problem that NATCA and fatigue experts have consistently raised for many years."

Air traffic controllers will also now be allowed to listen to the radio and read appropriate printed material while on duty during the hours of 10PM and 6AM as traffic permits. - More...
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letter REVISITING “TRASH TOUR 2005, REVILLA ROAD” By Jerry Cegelske - This year the high school students contributed to the community by collecting over 20,000 pounds of trash in Ketchikan.  The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Naushon helped to clean the breakwater along the Tongass Narrows, while the Electronics Support Detachment worked to clean up areas along North Tongass.  A lady organized a cleanup of Rotary Beach, collecting over 400 pounds of trash, litter, and the nails from burned pallets.  Other people organized and participated in their own local cleanup activities.  Keep Alaska Beautiful organized the high school cleanup for the second year and is now working to clean up Gravina Island and Nichols Passage.  The Borough is working on removing boats and trash from Gravina, Pennock Island and the Tongass Narrows. - More...
Tuesday - July 05, 2011

letter Hydaburg School By Frances C. Natkong - I am very distressed about what has happened the last three years at our school in Hydaburg! The past CEO could care less what happened at the school as long as he got paid his big money and the same goes for the "lady boss" at the school. They were paid very well with most of the school board members' blessings and now they want our children to fund raise! Fund raise for sports, and other extra curricular activites, oh my! - More...
Tuesday - July 05, 2011

letterEnergy 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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