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August 08, 2006
A Life: Taking a Dip into the High Seas
interns Vanessa Catron and John Fraley
aboard the ATC tanker ALASKAN FRONTIER
Photograph courtesy SEA Link
A Life: Taking a Dip into the High Seas - For four Ketchikan
youth this summer could be the beginning of a beautiful career
at sea. Ty Nausid (18), Amos Gray (19), John Peter Fraley (19),
and Vanessa Catron (18) have long contemplated a sea-going career
and are now experiencing life as interns aboard one of the U.S.-flag
vessels critical to Alaska's economy, whether they are bringing
consumer goods to Anchorage, fuel to the "bush", or
crude oil to the West Coast.
Gray and Fraley, recent high
school graduates from Ketchikan, along with Nausid and Catron
are spending a summer at sea aboard Valdez-based oil tankers
in a joint collaborative project sponsored by the Alaska Tanker
Company (ATC), Seafarers International Union, SEA Link, Inc.,
a Ketchikan-based maritime employment referral service, and the
Lund Memorial Scholarship Trustees.
This is the latest project
to grow out of a nearly-decade long initiative by the Seafarers
International Union (SIU) and its contracted companies to assure
that Alaskans have every opportunity to find a career at sea,
potentially on ships that transit Alaska. Since the start of
the program in 1997, over 350 Alaskans have been given training
and a job opportunity in the U.S. merchant fleet (including Jones
Act vessels in the Alaska trade). According to Tracey Mayhew,
the SIU's Anchorage-based representative, "the program has
come full circle. We now have one of the original summer interns
or riding maintenance gang members aboard Alaska Tankers as an
experienced able-bodied deck hand who is serving as a mentor
to the young people from Ketchikan."
Enthusiasm for the program
is shared by Mr. Anil Mathur, Alaska Tanker Company's President
and CEO, "This program has proven to be a tremendous success.
ATC is very proud to participate in this Alaskan hire initiative
with the SIU and SEA Link whereby ATC is able to provide employment
and career path opportunities for Alaskans." - More...
Tuesday PM - August 08, 2006
of Prudhoe Bay Unit Serious Concern to State - BP Exploration
(Alaska), operator of the giant Prudhoe Bay oil field, announced
Sunday that it would shut down production until the extent of
pipeline corrosion from gathering lines that transport oil to
the Trans Alaska Pipeline System can be assessed. Governor Frank
H. Murkowski said yesterday that the State of Alaska is very
concerned about the implications for Alaska's economy and state
government revenues if oil production at Prudhoe Bay remains
off-line for too long. The state is also very concerned about
a sufficient supply of crude oil for in-state refineries.
"This is a very serious
problem for Alaska and for the nation because Prudhoe Bay produces
approximately four percent of the nation's domestic oil supply,"
Murkowski said. "We estimate the loss of 400,000 barrels
per day will mean a loss of $6.4 million in revenue to the state
every day the field is off-line. In addition, we are very concerned
about how this shutdown will impact the in-state refineries at
North Pole, Valdez and Nikiski."
The North Pole refinery, Flint
Hills, relies heavily on royalty oil it purchases in varying
amounts from the State of Alaska. While the volume for August
was originally expected to be 56,000 barrels per day, the loss
of Prudhoe Bay production will cut the amount available to 28,000-30,000
barrels per day. The Tesoro refinery at Nikiski and the Petro
Star refinery at Valdez do not use royalty oil, but could be
impacted by the shutdown, as well. - More...
Tuesday PM - August 08, 2006
label sticking as congressional recess begins By MARGARET
TALEV - Returning home now for a month of summer campaigning,
congressional Republicans and Democrats are blaming each other
for what some are calling the biggest "do-nothing"
Congress since President Harry Truman hung that tag on lawmakers
The criticism refers to the
scant number of days the 109th Congress has spent on the job,
and also to its failure to finish a litany of legislative priorities.
American workers, confirmed
two Supreme Court justices, updated statutes governing bankruptcy
and class-action lawsuits, and opened a big swath of the Gulf
of Mexico to oil and gas drilling.
But it's the unfinished business
that stands out: legislative standoffs over immigration policy
and a minimum-wage hike. No solutions for the fiscal crunch looming
over Social Security and Medicare. No tightening of rules on
lobbying despite a flurry of scandals. No decision on how much
power a wartime president should have to spy on citizens or to
try detainees in the war on terrorism.
Then too, perhaps the most
politically significant consensus that Congress achieved this
year - bipartisan passage of legislation to expand embryonic-stem-cell
research - drew President Bush's first veto.
As November's congressional
elections approach, pollsters say that voters are more inclined
to blame the gridlock on the Republicans, who control both houses
of Congress and the White House, than to punish the Democrats
Even so, many analysts say
the criticism may be little more than a side issue in an election
driven by deeper fears about the war in Iraq, chaos abroad and
the painfully high price of gasoline. Not even a determined Congress
could do much about those anytime soon.
"It's not about accomplishment,"
said Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., who doesn't face re-election
this year but is closely watching his state's race to replace
Democratic Sen. Mark Dayton, who's retiring. "It's about
Iraq. That's the great discontent that is out there. Those events
are beyond our control."
Thomas Mann, a veteran congressional
scholar with the Brookings Institution, a center-left research
center, agrees: "Basically, I don't think anything Congress
does from now out will have any material impact on the elections."
"What's driving voters
is the war in Iraq, high energy and health-care prices, and overwhelming
pessimism by Americans," he said. "I have believed
for many months this is one of those once-a-decade national tide
elections in which we get a strong referendum on the party in
The last time that happened
was 1994, when Republicans swept Democrats from power in both
houses. In the hope of mirroring that rout, Democrats are hammering
away at the "do-nothing Congress." - More...
Tuesday PM - August 08, 2006
Island Heritage Announces Tour/Cruise Annual Meeting - Guard
Island Heritage, Inc. announced today that its annual membership
meeting will be held on August 13th while onboard the passenger
vessel Lighthouse Endeavor. GIH, Inc. President David Owings
will conduct the 2 1/2 meeting as the vessel provides a tour
and circumnavigates the historic lighthouse. Guard Island Heritage,
Inc. has over 1,000 lifetime members and hopes to revitalize
the historic Guard Island Lighthouse.
Listed on the National Register
of Historic Places, the Guard Island Lighthouse is located approximately
nine miles north of Ketchikan, Alaska. The light marks the eastern
entrance to Tongass Narrows and is one of the few Alaska lights
equipped with a machinery-activated fog bell at the light tower's
northern face. Guard Island Lighthouse was established in 1904.
Tuesday - August 08, 2006
Judoka travels to Camp Bushido West - Five local Ketchikan
Judoka members recently attended Camp Bushido West in Northern
California. Camp attendees included Sensei Justin Breese, Becky
King, Alycia Johnson, and Robert Williams. Carlyn Williams attended
as a chaperone and Fawn Breese attended as camp baby.
Becky King, assistant instructor
of the Ketchikan Judo Club, said despite record temperatures
in the triple digits, the campers enjoyed three to five judo
classes a day, swimming, and camp games. King said Camp Bushido
is located in the lower Sierra Nevada Mountains of California
90 miles North East of Sacramento, CA. This was the camp's 20th
year said King.
Regular instructors included
Charlie Robinson, Mark and Lisa Guerrero, Hans Ingebretsen, Tony
Scuderi and Dave Barlow. This year's special guest sensei was
world champion, Dr. Ann Maria Rousey De Mars. She was the first
American judoka to win a world championship. - More...
Tuesday PM - August 08, 2006
Historic Cultural Event taking on more Traditional Significance
- A Tsimshian tribal historical event is being planned for August
2007 to celebrate the 120th Anniversary of the Tsimshian's move
to Metlakatla in 1887. Started by Eli Milton, the planned event
started out as a Name Giving Feast for the individual who will
be named a Chief for Metlakatla, Alaska.
According to Terrance H. Booth,
Sr., this type of event in and of itself has never happened for
the Tsimshian people of Metlakatla, Alaska. He said in a news
release the plans have brought attention to the Tsimshian Hereditary
Chiefs of the entire Tsimshian Nation and they will be in attendance
at this Tsimshian Name Giving Feast planned for August 2-3, 2007
A great deal of work and planning
goes into bringing a historical event of this magnitude together.
Booth said at this Feast in 2007, 16 Tsimshian Canoes will be
given to the Hereditary Chiefs of the Tsimshian Nation. Holding
this historic Tsimshian Cultural Event will require 17 Tsimshian
Canoes to be carved and built in two locations said Booth. Booth
said permission has already been implemented to the Tulilap Tribal
Council to utilize a building on that tribal reservation located
in Marysville, Washington just north of Seattle. Booth said the
canoe building will start there because the Tsimshian Artists
and Carvers are at their summer's work of salmon fishing.
Booth said, "It takes
time to do 17 Tsimshian Canoes and the Tsimshian Artists and
Carvers are awaiting start up time and readily available to do
these 17 Tsimshian Canoes. It may take for a year's work and
effort to complete these 17 Tsimshian Canoes either double or
triple shifts to have them completed for the Tsimshian Historic
Cultural Event 2007." He said it was the hope that there
would be one Tsimshian Canoe in the "Paddle to Muckleshoot"
but the project got delayed and new timelines had to be established.
The "Paddle to Muckleshoot" happened at the end of
Booth said Eli Milton has been
working on this Tsimshian Canoe Project for three years to get
it going. the Tsimshian Canoe Project was started to commemorate
the 120th Anniversary of the Tsimshian move from British Columbia
to Metlakatla, Alaska. The 120 Anniversary will be on August
Booth's family of Metlakatla
decided to add two twin Commemorative Totem Poles one to be placed
in Metlakatla, BC and the other to be placed in Metlakatla, Alaska.
He said, "Following Tsimshian Protocol Hereditary Chief
Clarence Nelson will be approached to announce and gain permission
to place and raise the Commemorative Totem Pole in Metlakatla,
BC. A formal letter was submitted to Mayor Victor Wellington
of Metlakatla, Alaska to place the twin pole there in Metlakatla,
Alaska." The two twin totem poles will be gifted and used
to honor this Tsimshian Historic Cultural Event and the crossing
to Metlakatla, Alaska from Metlakatla, British Columbia said
Booth. "To honor those who participated with this move and
to permanently have remembrance - for some it was with great
difficulty and for others a blessing." This in of itself
brought more cultural significance to the Tsimshian Historic
Cultural Event 2007. Tsimshian Protocol has to be implemented
to follow the Traditional Ways of the Tsimshian said Terrance
H. Booth, Sr.
Another significant occurrence
that has happen said Booth is that a Tsimshian Hereditary Chief
has decided to escort the 17 Tsimshian Canoes over to Metlakatla,
Alaska. His purpose is to re-unite with his family who moved
over from Brithish Columbia to Alaska. This Tsimshian Hereditary
Chief has traced many Tsimshian names prior to their locating
to Metlakatla, BC from the Tsimshian Domain to Metlakatla, Alaska.
Booth said this Tsimshian Hereditary Chief will bring his documentation
of his findings to Metlakatla, Alaska. The Tsimshian Hereditary
Chief himself and his family will construct 4 Tsimshian Canoes.
This needs to be shared with the entire Tsimshian Nation said
Booth said, "Of Cultural
importance is another event - the Haida Nation is returning a
Tsimshian Song to the Tsimshian of Metlakatla, Alaska. This Tsimshian
Song was given to the Haida 100 years ago. They will be escorting
the 21 Tsimshian Canoes to Metlakatla, Alaska to bring the song
to Tsimshian of Metlakatla, Alaska." - More...
Tuesday PM - August 08, 2006