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August 08, 2011

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Youth Photography: Bubble Feeding
This humpback bubble feeding in the Herring Cove area was photographed by 12-year-old Dillon Coville. 
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Ketchikan: Daily service between Prince Rupert and Ketchikan closer to reality by By Monica Lamb-Yorski, The Northern View- A daily ferry from Ketchikan to Prince Rupert is one step closer to reality, said Ketchikan Gateway Borough Mayor Dave Kiffer. Read this story by BCLocalNews.com

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Salvage operations ready to begin recovery of cable – The Mexus Gold US tug, "Caleb" has now arrived in Ketchikan, Alaska ready to commence salvage operations for the recovery of cable, which contains a significant amount of copper.

Salvage operations ready to begin recovery of cable

Mexus Gold tug & barge in Alaska
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Bryan Farcey, Captain of the Caleb, said the voyage from the tug's home port in Washington to Ketchikan went well and salvage operations are expected to begin this week. The tug brought along a barge with onboard cable salvage equipment and a resonance vessel with associated equipment. The resonance vessel and associated equipment will be off loaded and travel further north to begin surveys in areas of known interest while the tug and ancillary equipment will begin salvage operations nearby. - More...
Monday - August 08, 2011

Fish Factor: How is Alaska's seafood faring? By LAINE WELCH - Fishing occurs far away from where the catches end up, namely, retail counters and restaurants, and it is fun to get a feel for how Alaska’s seafood is faring.

The Alaska salmon brand is a top seller at the nation’s biggest supermarkets and it has dominated all promotions this summer.

An analysis of U.S. seafood sales by Seafood.com showed that salmon was identified by species or by the word "Alaska" in 70% of all retail promotions in July.

Salmon represented 21% of all seafood promotions, second only to shrimp at 32%.  In raw numbers, U.S. retailers ran 266 salmon promotions in July, compared to 405 shrimp promotions. Sockeye dominated the hype, garnering 42% of all salmon promotions during the month, and selling for an average retail price of $9.99/lb.

“No other seafood commodities had nearly the same level of promotional activity as salmon and shrimp,” said John Sackton, Seafood.com editor.

Alaska wild salmon has clearly differentiated itself in a world that is mostly awash in farmed fish.

“Farmed salmon is the box wine of fish and wild Alaska salmon is like the fine varietals,” has long claimed restaurateur Roger Berkowitz of Legal Seafoods fame. Still, farmed Atlantic salmon is the single largest source for the mid consumer level in global markets - and absent from the picture for four years has been Chile, the world’s second biggest producer after Norway.  A deadly fish virus collapsed Chilean production four years ago, but the industry is on its way to recovery.   

Industry reports peg Chile’s production at 300,000 tons of farmed Atlantic salmon by 2013, nearly triple this year’s output – and close to Alaska’s average annual salmon haul of 377,000 tons. - More...
Monday - August 08, 2011

Alaska: Lab determines mysterious orange goo is mass of microscopic eggs - Scientists at the NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center’s Auke Bay Laboratories have determined the mysterious orange substance that washed ashore last week near the village of Kivalina is microscopic eggs.

Lab determines mysterious orange goo is mass of microscopic eggs

Lab determines mysterious orange goo is mass of microscopic eggs
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 “We now think these are some sort of small crustacean egg or embryo, with a lipid oil droplet in the middle causing the orange color,” said Jeep Rice, a lead NOAA scientist at the Juneau lab. “So this is natural. It is not chemical pollution; it is not a man-made substance.”

Rice and a team of NOAA biologists and chemists received a sample of the orange matter early Saturday. Their first task was to determine if it was “animal, vegetable, or mineral,” said Rice.

 That basic question was easily answered once scientists viewed the substance under a high-powered microscope.

 “It was easy to see cellular structure surrounding the lipid droplet, and to identify this as ‘animal’,” said Rice. “We have determined these are small invertebrate eggs, although we cannot tell which species.”  - More...
Monday - August 08, 2011

Ketchikan: July's rainfall in Ketchikan twice expected amount – Ketchikan's monthly precipitation in July was measured at 11.94 inches, nearly twice the expected amount. Remarkable was the precipitation recorded on July 1. A whopping 3.69 inches set a new record for the date. The precipitation surpasses the old record by about one-third, which was set in 1917 at 2.49 inches.

In July, Ketchikan’s average temperature of 56.8 degrees Fahrenheit was 0.9 degrees below the long-term mean. The highest temperature of the month, 77 degrees, occurred July 12. The month’s low temperature of 46 degrees occurred July 21. While the mean monthly temperature was somewhat below the expected value, the daily values followed fairly close to the long-term mean. No new temperature records were observed. - More...
Monday - August 08, 2011

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jpg Bob CiminelBOB CIMINEL: Idiot on Board? - I was driving home the other day when an SUV blew by me like I was standing still.  I know that doesn’t sound unusual, but the car had one of those yellow “Baby on Board” stickers on the tailgate.  I thought the baby was driving.

I followed the SUV at a safe distance because it was driving quite erratically, weaving in and out of traffic, speeding up and slowing down, and being generally unsafe.  I was directly behind the car when the driver made a right-on-red without checking for oncoming traffic.  No, the baby wasn’t driving, an idiot was.

I’ve often wondered what those little yellow stickers mean, and more importantly, how was I supposed to react to them?  I have stickers on my truck.  They don’t provide any information on what may be in there with me.  And that is particularly true ever since I removed the National Rifle Association sticker from my rear window.  I learned that those NRA stickers are an open invitation for someone to break into your vehicle.  It says, “There’s a gun in this car, come and get it!”

I see no useful purpose for Baby-on-Board stickers other than allowing drivers who display them to advertise something only they care about.  Think about it: Drivers who are DUI or DWT (driving while texting) can’t see the stickers, and there’s a good chance that a lot of young drivers today might not be able to read them.  (Note to teachers: That was a joke; my wife and daughter are ex-teachers.)

Another problem with Baby-on-Board stickers is you have to get very close to read them.  And that means you have to tailgate.  Tailgating can lead to a rear-end collision, which certainly isn’t good for the baby on board.

The point is: I don’t change my driving habits because I see a sticker that says “Baby on Board” or “Show Dogs on Board.”  Now if the car had a sticker saying “Explosives on Board” I might behave a little differently. - More...
Monday - August 08, 2011



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letter Allow residents to grid tie By Ed Fry - Words for the generation of electrical power including the lack of forward thinking: Ketchikan hegemony. - More...
Saturday - July 06, 2011

Saturday - July 06, 2011

letter Ketchikan Performing Arts Center By Lallette Kistler - The Ketchikan Performing Arts Center is becoming a reality!  We are now in the heat of the Capital Campaign phase of the Performing Arts Center project. - More...
Wednesday - August 03, 2011

letter New Fire Station By Chris Elliott - While I'm thankful for the jobs associated with the construction of the new fire station, I've got to say, it's a real eyesore. The closer it comes to completion, the more it becomes obvious that it is not a visually attractive addition to the downtown. The limited "view" we had from Whale Park is now completely obliterated. The building looms over you as you drive by it. - More...
Wednesday - August 03, 2011

letter Our freedom to travel usa Taken away by TSA By Art Bailly - The Transportation Security Administration needs reform. For those unfamiliar with their track record, here are some of the more recent controversial things the TSA has done: A 95 year old woman was supposedly required to remove her adult diaper before being cleared for flying in June; In May, an 8 month old child was patted down; A traveler was twice left covered in his own urine, in March and July, when the TSA agents performing the pat-down ignored the man's warning about his ostomy bag; In April, a 6 year old was patted down; Last November, a man with no interest in either of the 2 security screening options decided not to fly and then before he could leave the airport, was told that he still had to submit to screening or face an $11,000 fine. - More...
Wednesday - August 03, 2011

letter Open Letter: Where the federal budget cuts should come from By Michael Spence - Where the cuts should come from: 1.Defense budget private contractors. The DOD budget is a stuffed pig. In Alaska alone there are millions of dollars being siphoned out of public funds to private for-profit companies doing work that used to be done by uniformed service people. The recent fallacy that those tasks are done for less money by private contractors doesn't wash. No generals or admirals are being paid the bonuses and salaries paid to execs in private enterprise. Blackwater, Halliburton, and others are examples in other states and other countries. There is at least 300 billion dollars a year in this category alone. - More...
Monday - August 01, 2011

letter What will the States do? By A. M. Johnson - What will the States do should the Federal Government default? - More...
Monday - August 01, 2011

letter Cultural-Commercial Complex Project of 2004 By Wieslaw Czajkowski - Writing a letter to your Sit News seems to be futile, for no one else than your editorial staff read it but officials of the Alaska Departmewnt of Transportation (DOT), which over decades feeds hungry votes politicians with their Environmentyal Impact Statements (EIS), albeit not ordinaries. The latter are left with promises of solving the lack of access of Ketchikans to the Ketchikan International Airport other than by ferries. - More...
Monday - August 01, 2011

letterThe real reason By Rodney Dial - A.M. Johnson’s letter regarding how a borough change to a home-rule government will lead to consolidation is my concern as well.  I have spent my free time over the last few weeks trying to determine the “real reason” some elected officials are pushing to change our form of government.- More...
Friday - July 29, 2011

letter TEA PARTY Extremists?by Ken Bylund - Hello? TEA PARTY extremists... the same crowd who predicted this moment way ahead of them short-sighted monkeys in Washington who said... naw, everything's fine... we've got this; and the News Media, busy marginalizing Abe Lincoln's, 'for the people, of the people, by the people?' The rational few at the bottom of this pyramid scheme, the citizens who feed this money stream under penalty of imprisonment... have been told that they are extremists for questioning a government that has taken us to the brink. How far or how close is this Oligarchy... from Fascism? - More...
Friday - July 29, 2011

letter The Federal Budget Feasco! By James Dornblaser - I do not pretend to understand the whole of the US budget, but I understand when I am charged MASS, LARGE, GROSS more in taxes than the benefits I receive. To fuel my distaste for the bureaucrat & make me consider siding with the Tea Party, the media depicts Social Security as an "entitlement". - More...
Friday - July 29, 2011

letter Nation's Debt Crisis By Kimberly Peters - I watched the President's speech on Raising the Deficit Ceiling. What's the problem? Why can't the House and the Senate just realize that we are in serious trouble here and we need to cut spending now! - More...
Friday - July 29, 2011

letter Looking Ahead, Looking Back By Jan Bush and Ann James - As the Prince of Wales Island Marathon Committee starts meeting once again to plan the island’s May 2012 marathon, it is important that we look back and acknowledge those organizations that made the 2011 marathon such a wonderful success.  Many race improvements were realized because of the generous support of the organizations listed below.  - More...
Friday - July 29, 2011

letter Deaths on the Road Marc Luiken & Joe Masters - Over the past seven days there have been six traffic deaths on the Kenai Peninsula. Our hearts go out to the families and loved ones of those involved. Their lives will never be the same. As Commissioners, we receive death notifications which informs us of the basics of every traffic crash in Alaska. It is especially heartbreaking when a small child has died. This is a part of our job that we will never get used to. - More...
Friday - July 29, 2011

letter Snagging in the derby By Eric Tyson - In reply to Mr. Skidmore. You are misinformed sir. Snagging is allowed in the derby. The official rules state "Entries must be caught according to Alaska Sport fishing regulations." Alaska sport fishing regulations allow snagging. I have also been informed that at least one fish on the derby ladder was snagged, and he also received another prize for that fish. - More...
Wednesday - July 27, 2011

letter Diabolical Deficit Ceiling issues By A. M. Johnson - The current time is 11:00 AM local 7/26/11. I have just attempted to connect to Senator Lisa Murkowski's, Senator Begich's, and Representative Don Young's offices to send the following letter regarding the pending negotiation on the Debt Ceiling issue. Access is denied at this time. To what this denial is chargeable I have no idea. Either is it a planned "System Failure" due to the nature of the issue, or the system has been over loaded by public submission such as my own. - More...
Wednesday - July 27, 2011

letter Large structures By Paul Jarvi - Thank your lucky stars Mr. Harris that the Alaska Ship and Dry Dock Company is doing business in our town. I am sorry for the obstruction of your view because of the new buliding. I am over joyed with the jobs that the new building is and will generate in Ketchikan. - More...
Monday - July 25, 2011

letter The Lord’s Table By Charlotte DeVere Hunt - On behalf of The Lord’s Table, I would like to publicly thank Don and Pam Thornlow of The Narrows Inn.   On July 3, The Narrows hosted a pig roast with all the trimmings.    All the proceeds were to benefit to The Lord’s Table. - More...
Monday - July 25, 2011

letter RE: King Salmon derby by Alan Skidmore - With all due respect Mr. McQueen... NOT!!! Read the derby rules, no snaggy waggy allowed, although it would be hard to tell but, for the most part people are honest. - More...
Monday - July 25, 2011

letter Green thinking or hydrocarbons By Ed Fry - As we know, Alaska is well advertised rich in resources.  The mass media is making it well known that renewable energy is a short term cure for our addiction to fossil fuels.  So begs the question that in order to re-tool our workforce in green technologies, introduction of new educational programming needs to be developed and implemented through a structured certification program; when will we see this programming at the university level? - More...
Monday - July 25, 2011

letter Block Iran on the Arabian Peninsula By Donald A. Moskowitz - The Iraqi Shiites have increased their attacks on American troops in Iraq.  June saw 14 U.S. soldiers killed, which is the highest death toll since 2008. - More...
Monday - July 25, 2011

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