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SitNews - Stories In The News - Ketchikan, Alaska
July 11, 2011

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Murphy's Landing: Sunset
Accentuating the mountains, the sunset creates what appears to be an ancient pyramid in the distance.
Front Page Photo By MIKE GATES

Alaska: Begich to Host Online Live Chat on Federal Budget Tomorrow; Alaskans Can Ask Questions in Real Time - As Congress continues to debate a plan to control the federal budget deficit, U.S. Sen. Mark Begich is reaching out to Alaskans to answer their questions and gather their thoughts on how to control the federal budget by hosting an online live chat on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at 6 p.m. (Alaska). - More...
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Coast Guard responding to grounding, vessel fire near Ketchikan –The Coast Guard continues its response today to Sunday's grounding and fire aboard the 58-foot fishing vessel Legend at Bostwick Point about eight miles south of Ketchikan.

Coast Guard responding to grounding, vessel fire near Ketchikan

The burned out hull of the 58-foot fishing vessel Legend sits grounded at Bostwick Point eight miles south of Ketchikan July 11, 2011. The vessel grounded Sunday and subsequently caught fire.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Marine Safety Detachment Ketchikan.

A Coast Guard Station Ketchikan small boat crew with Marine Safety Detachment Ketchikan pollution investigators aboard assessed the Legend Monday morning and reported the approximately 700 gallons of diesel and a catch of 2,000 pounds of salmon aboard were consumed by the fire. Minor sheening has been reported by the response boat crew.

Coast Guard Sector Juneau watchstanders received a report from the crew of the Legend at 11:55 p.m. Sunday that they had run aground at Bostwick Point, departed the vessel aboard their seine skiff and all five crew were now aboard the 54-foot good Samaritan fishing vessel Western Roamer. - More...
Monday - July 11, 2011

Southeast Alaska: New Timber Task Force Appointments Announced - Alaska Governor Sean Parnell announced Friday nine appointments to the Alaska Timber Jobs Task Force, which was recently created by Executive Order 258 to focus on and prepare recommendations for timber industry job creation in Alaska. The nine members are: Owen Graham, Elaine Price, Bryce Dahlstrom, Randy Ruaro, Chris Maisch, Kyle Moselle, Susan Bell, Brad Cox, and Beth Pendleton.

Owen Graham, of Ketchikan, is the executive director of the Alaska Forest Association, a position he’s held since 2001. Prior to his work with the association, Graham managed the timber division of the Ketchikan Pulp Company, where he also worked as the chief logging engineer and contract manager. For the five years prior to joining the pulp company, Graham was a logging and construction engineer with the Crown Zellerbach Corporation. He received his bachelor’s degree in forest management from the University of Washington, and is appointed as a representative of the Alaska forest products industry.

Elaine Price is the projects manager for the City of Coffman Cove. She is the former owner of several small businesses, including Southeast Excavation and Landscaping, Safety First, and Shady Grove Nursery. An active member of her community and region, Price is also a member of the Southeast Island School Board, the Blue Water Christian Camp Board of Directors, the Alaska Island Community Services Board of Directors, the Prince of Wales Advisory Council, and she is the current chair of SEAtrails. She has been involved in local government for some time, including former service as the mayor of the City of Coffman Cove, and current service on the city council. Price is appointed to a seat representing Southeast Alaska communities.

Bryce Dahlstrom, of Craig, currently serves as the vice president of transportation and logging for the Viking Lumber Company, where he’s been employed since 1996. He is a member of the Southeast Conference Board of Directors, the Alaska Forest Association Board of Directors, and co-chairs the SEC Timber Committee. Dahlstrom is appointed as a representative of the Alaska forest products industry. - More...
Monday - July 11, 2011

Fish Factor: Annual Report Provides Average Wholesale Prices for Salmon By LAINE WELCH - The first wholesale price for salmon gives the best indicator of how well it should sell in world markets. And prices in 2011 show nice increases so far, nearly across the board.

In its Annual Salmon Price Report (ASPR) the state Revenue Department/Tax Division provides average wholesale prices for salmon as it sells throughout the year. The report is broken down by Alaska region and covers six product forms: canned, fresh/frozen whole, fresh/frozen fillets and roe. The reports are compiled from prices submitted by processors that sold at least one million pounds at wholesale. The ASPR covering sales from January through April show that prices were up substantially in almost every salmon category.

By far, most of Alaska’s salmon pack goes out as H&G frozen, and Chinook averaged $4.12/lb, compared to $3.31 last year. Frozen sockeye averaged $3, an increase of 17 cents per pound. For chums, an average of $1.78 is an increase of 41 cents. No frozen pink sales were listed through April; in 2010 the pink average was 91 cents a pound.  The only decrease in frozen H&G salmon was coho salmon, which averaged $2.37, down from $2.49 during the same time in 2010.

Frozen salmon fillets also showed nice price increases through April, with Chinook fillets fetching $8.75 a pound, up from $2.40.    Sockeye fillets wholesaled at $6.29, compared to $5.18. Cohos averaged $5.13 a pound, up from $4.61; Pink fillets were at $2.69 a pound, and frozen chum fillets averaged $3.34, an increase of 91 cents from the same time last year.

The only other drop in price through April was for fresh H&G Chinook –$9.23 a pound, compared to $10.11during the first four months of last year. - More...
Monday - July 11, 2011

Ketchikan: Alaskan & Proud Joins Unified Grocers - Unified Grocers, the largest wholesale grocery distributor in the western United States, today announced that Williams Incorporated, which operates four retail grocery stores under the Alaskan & Proud banner in southeastern Alaska, has become a member of Unified Grocers and will begin receiving groceries and other supplies from Unified on August 1, 2011. Alaskan & Proud had previously been supplied by Supervalu for more than twenty years.

Alaskan & Proud operates two full-service, conventional supermarkets in Ketchikan and Juneau, AK; a community grocery store in Thorne Bay, AK and a convenience store, also in Ketchikan. The four stores range in size from 7,000 sq. ft. to 43,000 sq. ft. and employ approximately 220 associates in the communities in which they operate.

Ben Williams, President, Williams Incorporated, said, "Unified's ability to offer our stores a broad range of products and services to meet our local shoppers' needs will enable us to better compete in our unique marketplace. I believe our customers will see a noticeable difference in their overall shopping experience as a result of our relationship with Unified." - More...
Monday - July 11, 2011

Southeast Alaska: Huna Totem Corp. partners with Glacier Bay Lodge on cultural programs - Huna Totem Corp.’s Cultural Interpretive Services department launched a series of Tlingit performances and cultural presentations at the Glacier Bay Lodge last month, in partnership with the lodge and the National Park Service.

Tlingit interpreters Alice Haldane and Bertha Franulovich share traditional stories and songs in a program called “Tlingit Fireside Stories” in the Glacier Bay Lodge lobby. They also display and discuss traditional art, tools and regalia and lead an informal discussion. The presentation takes place on alternate Saturdays through the summer (July 23, August 13 and August 27).

A more formal program called “A Waterway of Life” introduces guests to the Tlingit people and their connection to Sit’ Eeti Gheeyi, the Tlingit name for Glacier Bay. Led by a Tlingit interpreter, the presentation is held in the Glacier Bay Lodge theater on alternate Mondays (July 11, July 25, August 15 and August 29).

The Glacier Bay Lodge offers the only accommodations in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, and is located near Gustavus.

“We tested the programs at Glacier Bay Lodge in June and were really pleased at the response they drew from both travelers and locals from Gustavus,” said Mark McKernan, Huna Totem Corp.’s Director of Cultural Interpretive Services. “Partnering with Glacier Bay Lodge and the National Park Service is just a natural fit for us because visitors must get to know the Tlingit people and the culture to fully comprehend Glacier Bay.” - More...
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letter "Home-Ruin" Government By A. M. Johnson - Regarding the move to Unify (cancel) consolidate (cancel) Home Rule the Ketchikan Gateway Borough: If you voted for Unification or Consolidation, then you will really want Home Rule. This is an end run to achieve the goal of Unification/Consolidation. If you were opposed to Unification or Consolidation and voted against, you will not be happy with a Home Rule Borough. Even with the assurances that there no authority to propose a move towards the two offerings. Bet me!! - More...
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letter Just Imagine By Tara Jollie - The nation’s June jobs report listed national unemployment at 9.2% with an estimate of 16.2% as the more realistic rate measure of American joblessness.  It went on to say the private sector created 18,000 new jobs in June; not nearly enough to claim a viable recovery from the recent recession.  I hate to be insensitive to the nation’s unemployed, but imagine a 9%, or even 16%, unemployment rate in rural Alaska.  We would be dancing in the streets. - More...
Monday - July 11, 2011

letter Ketchikan & Chloramine Disinfection By Susan K. Pickford - It is my understanding that Ketchikan will be converting to a chloramine disinfection system in the public drinking water.  I am the director of The Chloramine Information Center in Pennsylvania. I have been corresponding with Thomas and Kristine Bellanich, customers in your water district and submit this letter together with them.  I would ask that you consider this letter and the information attached to this email in educating your readers as to whether it is prudent to proceed with Chloramine in your water system.  I sent a similar letter to the mayor, council and water company manager prior to the July 7th meeting. - More...
Monday - July 11, 2011

letter Snow zones and parking lines By Patti Fay Hickox - First the Snow Zones signs went up and no one knew why? When I hear the snow plows on Grant St. I park at Main St. School parking. This summer the yellow lines at the end of the street (Grant @ Bawden) were extended 2 and 1 car lengths. So two of the best parking spots in the winter are gone. The white crosses in the road for regular resident parking were made smaller. So the big vehicle's bumpers are left over the new lines. Leaving less parking on my street. - More...
Thursday - July 07, 2011

letterREVISITING “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

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