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call early, don't wait until you run out of water.
August 02, 2007
Jamie Wyndsor, S E
Alaska Wildlife Center, with Thor on an outting at Ward Lake.
Front Page Photo by Cindy Balzer
Alaska's Congressional delegation in big trouble By DEANNA
GARRISON, KRBD - Consumer advocate and former presidential candidate
Ralph Nader chimed in on Alaska's growing political corruption
scandal during a quick visit to Ketchikan Thursday. Nader is
traveling through Southeast Alaska this week on a Holland America
cruise sponsored by "The Nation" magazine. - Listen
to this KRBD story... August 03, 2007
KRBD - www.krbd.org
completion on track for 2009 By DEANNA GARRISON, KRBD - The
Four Dam Pool is on track to complete the Swan Lake-Tyee Lake
electrical intertie by the end of 2009. That's according to Four
Dam Pool Chief Executive Officer Dave Carlson, who visited Ketchikan
this week. - -
Listen to this KRBD story... August 03, 2007
KRBD - www.krbd.org
Flightseeing Resumes - A full schedule of flights to Misty
Fjords National Monument and fly-outs to remote bear viewing
locations resumed this week at Taquan Air, according to company
president and CEO Brien Salazar.
Taquan Flightseeing Resumes
Photo by Carl Thompson
Salazar said it is normal operating
procedure for the cruise lines to withdraw sales of an excursion,
following a serious accident. He said the cruise lines conduct
an internal investigation before any further dealings with the
Salazar said all but one of
the cruise lines serving Ketchikan are again booking Taquan Air
flightseeing trips, following the tragic accident last week.
"We anticipate that all lines will be offering our shore
excursions by Thursday," said Salazar.
On Thursday, July 26, Brien
Salazar received an email from FAA principal operations inspector
Mick Green stating "I would like to clarify that the FAA
has not suspended, hindered or changed Taquan's operations in
any way, and your company is authorized to resume operations
as you see fit". Since the accident, the carrier has maintained
its scheduled passenger, freight and mail flights to the 18 communities
that it serves. Charter and contract flight operations, aircraft
maintenance, freight forwarding and expediting, and fuel sales
also have been unaffected, Salazar stated. - More...
Thursday - August 02, 2007
Cove Post Office to be dedicated in name of former Postmaster
Alice Brusich - The Ward Cove Post Office will be dedicated
to former Postmaster Alice Brusich who served as Postmaster at
Ward Cove beginning when Alaska was still a territory in 1954
and retiring in 1985. She was appointed to the position by Bob
Bartlett, who was Alaska's territorial delegate to the U.S. Congress
at the time.
It requires Congressional approval
to dedicate a Post Office in an individual's name. The dedication
will take place during a ceremony at the Ward Cove Post Office
at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11. Dianne Horbochuk, Manager
of the Postal Service's Alaska District, and U.S. Senator Lisa
Murkowski will participate in the dedication event.
"I was surprised, but
thrilled when I heard they wanted to dedicate the Ward Cove Post
Office in my name," Brusich said. "It is quite an honor.
The original post office I served in was in an old rundown building
without a bathroom. It burned down and was replaced several times.
I never served in the current building - I retired shortly before
Brusich was very active in
the Postal Service and in the community. Her entire career was
spent in Ward Cove although she was Acting Postmaster in Ketchikan
in the early 1970s, but continued to serve as Postmaster in Ward
Cove at the same time.
She helped found the Alaska
Chapter of the National Association of Postmasters of the United
States and served as President, Secretary-Treasurer and on the
Executive Committee at various times. She was also Vice President
of the national organization in the 1970s.
Brusich was a Postmaster Trainer
for many years training new Postmasters throughout the state
in how to set up their office.
Brusich served on the Maritime
Commission and with the Business & Professional Women who
named her "Woman of the Year" once. She was also on
the Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce for many years. She served
as Chairman of a committee established to dedicate the Ketchikan
International Airport in 1973.
Though born in Indiana, Brusich
came to Ketchikan with her husband in 1945. She has developed
an interest in Alaskan history and the role of the Postal Service.
One room of her home in Ward Cove is dedicated to memorabilia
about Alaskan history and the Postal Service. "When I pass
on I hope my home can become a museum," Brusich noted.
"When I was in the Postal
Service I was always concerned about service," she explained.
"In a small office you get very close to your customers.
It was like my own little business. I wanted the people to come
to me with their mailing needs." - More....
Thursday - August 02, 2007
Coast Guard Auxiliary To Deliver President's Prestigious Volunteer
Service Award - Ketchikan Coast Guard Auxiliary announced
Thursday it has teamed with the White House to become a Certifying
Organization for the President's Volunteer Service Award, a national
program recognizing Americans who have demonstrated a sustained
commitment to volunteer service. Established in 2003, the Award
was created by President George W. Bush to give Presidential
recognition to individuals, families and groups who meet requirements
for volunteer service, measured by the number of service hours
performed over 12-months.
Ketchikan Coast Guard Auxiliary is one of thousands of organizations
that have joined forces to deliver the President's Volunteer
Service Award and honor the volunteers who strengthen our Nation.
As a Certifying Organization for the Award, Ketchikan Coast Guard
Auxiliary is responsible for verifying service hours, nominating
potential recipients and delivering the Award.
"We are extremely proud
to recognize our most outstanding volunteers with the President's
Volunteer Service Award," said Ed Fry the Flotilla's Commander.
"Ketchikan Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteers are role models
in our community, donating their time, energy and talent to bring
us closer together as neighbors and a Nation. The Award is our
way of thanking these volunteers and inspiring everyone in our
community to make volunteering a central part of their lives."
"Even if you've never
volunteered before, the President's Volunteer Service Award is
within your reach," Fry said. "There are so many ways
to contribute, and every volunteer hour makes a difference in
improving the quality of life for others. We encourage everyone
to get involved and to bring along your family, friends and neighbors.
Together, we can strengthen America one hour at a time."
Thursday - August 02, 2007
the Yukon on a 1,500-mile canoe journey By NED ROZELL - As
a half-dozen canoeists paddle down the Yukon River on what they
call a healing journey, they tow behind them a water-quality
probe to check the health of Alaska's largest waterway.
Brian Hirsch takes
water samples along the Yukon River.
Photo courtesy Jon Waterhouse.
Jon Waterhouse is a member
of a six-person team that began boating from the village of Moosehide,
near Dawson City in the Yukon, on June 22, 2007. The team will
continue to the village of St. Marys in Alaska, about 1,500 miles
down river. Waterhouse is assistant director of the Yukon River
Inter-Tribal Watershed Council and is manning the stern of a
canoe that pulls a torpedo-like water-quality probe through the
silt-brown water of the Yukon. The instrument weighs about 15
"It's like towing a boat anchor," Waterhouse said.
"We go about a mile per hour slower than the other canoes.
When they're coasting, we have to paddle."
Matt Hage, Agnes Stowe, Danielle Pratt, David Pelunis-Messier,
and Kevin Solomon from Fort Yukon are in three other canoes.
Bryan Maracle, Karin Williams, Brian Hirsch, and Diana Wilmar
also have paddled stretches of the river with the group.
"The Yukon River Healing
Journey" started in Canada and the boaters plan on reaching
St. Marys by Aug. 9 to be there for the Yukon River Inter-Tribal
Watershed Council Summit. The council includes members of 65
tribes and first nations who live along the Yukon River in Canada
The main reasons for the journey are to promote environmental
awareness and to celebrate cultural ties as the boaters stop
at every village along the way. Waterhouse and others also see
the trip as an opportunity to supplement the group's water-quality
monitoring program by profiling the length of the river as they
paddle. The company YSI sponsored them with a top-of-the-line
water-quality probe, which they tow like a fishing lure from
the back of a canoe. The paddlers download data every night and
reactivate the probe every morning.
"What they're doing has never been done before," said
Paul Schuster, a hydrologist for the U.S. Geological Survey's
National Research Program in Boulder, Colo. Schuster has been
a consultant to the Yukon watershed council for the last three
years. "No one has ever measured continuous basic water
quality parameters for the whole length of the Yukon River."
Thursday - August 02, 2007
Front Page Photo by Les Ramsey
The barn swallows that
built a nest onboard the M/V Lituya last year have returned and
built another nest.
The barn swallows have again successfully raised another clutch
of chicks. As they did last year, the parents continue to fly
out and greet the ship outside of Metlakatla in order to tend
to their small family.
Front Page Photo by Denise P. Gray
Study Shows School Mentoring Improves Academic Success -
A seminal study of the School-Based Mentoring (SBM) program of
Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS), the largest youth mentoring
organization in Alaska and the United States, shows that students
with a "Big Brother" or "Big Sister" have
better academic performance, attitudes, and behaviors over the
course of a school year than students who did not have a Big
Brother or Big Sister.
The study, released today,
entitled "Making a Difference in Schools: The Big Brothers
Big Sisters School-Based Mentoring Impact Study" was conducted
by Public/Private Ventures (P/PV), a nationally recognized research
firm. It is the first large-scale evaluation of schoolbased mentoring.
More than 1,100 children in 70 schools were followed for 18 months
as part of the study.
The study also found that by
late fall of the third semester most of the positive impacts
from the first year were not sustained, largely because many
of the relationships did not continue into the second year. However,
two positive impacts were found at this point: students with
a "Big" were less likely to begin skipping school and
had higher expectations that they would start and complete college.
Big Brothers Big Sisters' friendship-based
SBM program, one of the largest in the country with 126,000 volunteers
in schools, matches and supports students with volunteer Big
Brothers or Big Sisters at their schools during or after the
In Southeast Alaska, BBBS served
270 students in its School Program this past school year in Ketchikan,
Juneau, Haines, Hoonah, Skagway, Sitka, and Yakutat. - More...
Thursday - August 02, 2007
Arts & Entertainment
tax dollars, bridges, and more... By Tyrell Rettke - Friday
Misguided By Jerry Cegelske - Friday AM
Bridges, Smoking, and Tourist Traps By James (Bud) Burke
- Thursday PM
horse trolleys before cell phones By Chris Tucker - Thursday
phone ban By Penny Eubanks - Thursday PM
for re-election By Dave Lieben - Thursday PM
roll when we hear, bridge blah, blah, blah By Edward Brown
- Thursday PM
needs to expand By James A Llanos Jr - Thursday PM
somebody & somewhere to nowhere By Patti Brady - Thursday
Seat By Rob Glenn - Thursday PM
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Arts This Week - This week in Ketchikan the Blueberry Arts
Festival will take place from 10am-5pm at the State Office Building
and surrounding area (415 Main St.) on Saturday, August 4. Fun
is to be had by all with artist, food and game booths, the blueberry
pie eating contest, slug race and weigh-in, trivia and spelling
contest, Juried Art Show gallery exhibit, battle of the bands,
great blueberry race, CHARR's beer festival, and much, much more!
Click on the graphic to download a schedule of events (pdf).
Annual Blueberry Dish Contest!
Enter this annual culinary celebration of all edible things blueberry.
The Arts Council will begin accepting dishes on Friday, August
3rd and the official deadline to submit blueberry dishes is by
2pm, August 3rd at the Mainstay Gallery. Call 225-2211 for more
The Blueberry Juried Art Show opening reception and Best Blueberry
Dish Tasting: Join us on Friday, August 3 from 5-7pm for some
amazing visual art works and tasty blueberry treats. The Juried
Art Show features works from established and emerging artists
from the Ketchikan area and beyond working in a variety of media:
stained glass, oil, jewelry, textile, wood carving and more.
The Juried Art Show is on display Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm through
August 31. During the opening reception dishes from the Best
Blueberry Dish contest will be available for tasting. This event
is free and open to the public. Call 225-2211 for more info.
The 10th Annual Gigglefeet
Dance Festival. Celebrate the joy and diversity of community
dance, performing for two nights at 7:30pm on Friday, Aug. 3
and Sunday, Aug. 5 in the Kayhi Auditorium. Featuring a variety
of styles and genres ranging from traditional and classical
forms to contemporary, belly-dancing to tap. Local and visiting
choreographers will participate. Co-sponsored by the First City
Players, Ketchikan Theatre Ballet, and the Arts Council, with
the generous support of Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity
Cruises. Tickets available now at Soho Coho, McPherson Music,
Tongass Business Center, Madison Hardware, First City Players
and the Arts Council call 225-2211 for tickets and information.
Calling all Poets, Writers
and Storytellers for the 17th Annual Richard Brautigan &
Dick Whittaker Memorial Trout Fishing in America Poetry Slam
and "Ode to A (insert subject matter here) Contest".
The contest will take place on Blueberry Arts Festival Sunday,
August 5th, at 2pm at the New York Café, at the New York
Hotel, hosted by Alaskan Writer Laureate, John Straley. First,
second, and third place prizes will be given for readings of
original works pertaining, or not pertaining, to this year's
theme. Call 225-2211 for more information.
Rootbeer Float Party to end
the Summer Reading Club!!! Join the fun at the library this Friday,
August 3rd at 4:30pm. Call 225-0370 for more information. - More...
Wednesday - August 01, 2007
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