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SitNews - Stories in the News - Ketchikan, Alaska

Saturday - Sunday
August 13-14, 2005

Front Page Photo by Carl Thompson

Front Page Photo by Carl Thompson

Ketchikan: Education Department Releases Statewide School Performance Status - Alaska Education Commissioner Roger Sampson on Friday released a preliminary list of schools that did not meet all the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) targets of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, the most sweeping school reform legislation in our nation's history.

This year, statewide 292 schools made AYP targets and 203 did not make AYP out of a total of 495 schools. Last year 290 schools met AYP out of 497 schools; 207 schools did not make AYP.

Based on 2004-2005 data, of the ten schools in Ketchikan, seven met Adequate Yearly Progress according to the state's preliminary list . They are the Ketchikan Charter School, Ketchikan High School, Ketchikan Regional Youth Facility, Point Higgins School, Schoenbar Middle School, Tongass School of Arts & Sciences, and White Cliff Elementary. - More...
Saturday - August 13, 2005

Alaska: Report cards for Alaska schools show improvement By KATIE PESZNECKER - Nearly two out of three Alaska public schools met mandatory test score and attendance marks this past school year. And most that fell short just barely missed the bar, according to a statewide report issued Friday by education officials.

Preliminary numbers, reported on Friday, aren't much different from last year. But Roger Sampson, state education commissioner, said a closer look shows the academic gulf between minority and white students continues to shrink. And that's the main goal of No Child Left Behind, the federal law that demands states track schools' annual academic progress and make public the results. The law aims to have all students academically on-track by the 2013-14 school year. - More...
Saturday - August 13, 2005

Community-wide disaster drill scheduled

Community-wide disaster drill scheduled
Personal Protective Equipment for health care worker in decontamination situation & decontamination tent showing area for bedridden patient...
Photo courtesy KGH

Ketchikan: Community-wide disaster drill scheduled - Ketchikan General Hospital (KGH) is one of about 40 organizations to take part in the Alaska Shield/Northern Edge exercise in Ketchikan the week of August 15-19. The community-wide exercise is designed to evaluate the community's ability to respond to a terrorist attack.  - More...
Saturday - August 13, 2005

National: Social Security turns 70 as Congress debates the system's future By MARY DEIBEL - When President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law 70 years ago Sunday, he told Americans the system would save them from "a poverty-ridden old age."

Five years later, Ida Mae Fuller of Ludlow, Vt., cashed the first monthly Social Security check, totaling $22.54, and went on to collect more than $22,000 in benefits over 35 years before she died at 100 in 1975. - More...
Saturday - August 13, 2005

National: Court ruling jeopardizes state tax-incentive packages - To opponents, tax breaks that states and cities use to woo and win multinational companies' business are nothing short of corporate welfare and a waste of time and money that communities can ill afford.- More...
Saturday - August 13, 2005

National: Expedition casts wide Net for Bigfoot By ALEX BREITLER - Tom Biscardi is on the hunt for Bigfoot, and you're invited to join him. - More...
Saturday - August 13, 2005

Fish Factor  

Laine Welch: Clock is ticking on ban on mixing zones in fish spawning streams - Alaskans will soon know if the state intends to lift its ban on mixing zones in fish spawning streams.

Mixing zones are stretches of natural water bodies used as industrial flushing tanks for mines, power companies, and sewage treatment plants. Last year saw a big push by policy makers to modify the state law and lift a long time ban on mixing zones in lakes, rivers and streams. The Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC) was scheduled to announce its decision last November - but since then there has not been a peep or a leak about the outcome.- More...
Saturday - August 13, 2005



letter Please Vote "Yes" By Dave Lieben - Sunday
letter I'M VOTING NO on Tuesday By Bill Thomas Sr. - Sunday
letter Exercise your right to vote By Tom LeCompte - Sunday
letter Vote YES on Proposition No. 1 By Clay Keene - Saturday
letter About time Newtown gets some notice! By June Allen - Saturday
letter We're like the children of dysfunctional parents By Gail Person - Saturday
letter Christopher Ashcraft Medical Fund By Vicki O'Brien - Saturday
letter Port Berth Expansion Project By John Hansen - Saturday
letter Two Good Reasons to Vote NO! By Robert D. Warner - Saturday
letter Further opinion regarding the dock expansion project By Rick Grams - Saturday
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Sharon Allen: Gray Matters - Texas has cows, Idaho has potatoes, Wisconsin has cheese, Ketchikan has rain . . . so what's with the fog?

It must be admitted that it's been rather noisy along the Narrows in the mornings lately. No alarm clock should be as loud as a cruise ship on its way to the docks here in Ketchikan. Pennock and Annette and Gravina disappear and the loss disorients all of us who are used to the friendly sight of these mountainous islands we call neighbors. Eagles cry and ravens squawk unseen from foliage like ghostly tree-bound banshees. Only the fish are unperturbed by the gray matter of fog.

Please understand I'm not really complaining. In truth, fog is not so bad. It's definitely better than day-after-day-after-week of sideways rain. When the mighty sun finally does begin to slice through the miasma, it can be quite beautiful - a sort of pink-and-bluish white heavenly cotton candy swirled on a swizzlestick's worth of sunbeam.

The meteorological explanation for the prevailing gray matter is simply that it's a cloud at ground level. However, HOW the condensed water droplets form determines whether it will be a real cloud or a bank of fog. I've been told that clouds are formed when water droplets expand, cooling as air rises and fog occurs when air near the ground is cooled to "dewpoint" where it can no longer hold all of its water vapor.- More...
Sunday - August 14, 2005

Dave Kiffer: "Too Darn Hot" - It was inevitable.

I was walking down Dock Street one afternoon this week and I passed a good friend.

"This weather is killing me," She said, raising her hand as if to wipe her brow.

"Me too," I sighed as we passed.

We Ketchikanites are a bunch of weather whiners.

I don't mean that we complain about the rain. No, not at all.

We wear our relentless drizzle like a badge of honor. We brag to ourselves and others about how much of the old "Chinese Water Torture" we can absorb. We hold our heads higher because we know that we can get more rain in a day than some places get all year.

But in the Dog Days of August, when the temperature rises above 80 and the water starts leaking out of the walls because the humidity is 150 percent, well.Gentlefolk start your "whingines".- More...
Friday - August 12, 2005

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