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SitNews - Stories In The News - Ketchikan, Alaska
August 10, 2011

Photograph by CINDY BALZER

Guard Bear on Duty?
The signs make it clear that trespassing won’t be tolerated but what appears to be the addition of a "guard bear" at the Whitman Lake Hatchery will ensure compliance
Photograph by CINDY BALZER

Southeast Alaska: Murder charges filed in Port Protection 'float house' death by Austin Baird, Alaska Dispatch - Alaska State Troopers have reported a murder in Port Protection, and the state has filed charges against 39-year-old Ronald O'Neil. - Read this Alaska Dispatch article...


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Coast Guard Base Ketchikan open house– Coast Guard Base Ketchikan commands, including the Coast Guard Cutters Naushon and Anthony Petit, are hosting an open house for the public from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Aug. 27, 2011.

The open house includes tours of the two cutters, emergency medical treatment demonstrations from medical clinic crews, an oil pollution recovery demonstration from marine safety detachment personnel and search and rescue, law enforcement displays from small boat station response crews.

An Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter rescue demonstration with station Ketchikan will take place in the waters off of the base at 1 p.m. - More...
Wednesday - August 10, 2011

Alaska: Woman Pleads Guilty To Engaging In Scheme To Defraud Clients And Family Members Of Nearly $1 Million United States Attorney Karen L. Loeffler and Principal Deputy Assistant General John DiCicco of the U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division, announced yesterday that an Anchorage woman pled guilty in federal court in Anchorage to three felony charges stemming from a scheme to defraud clients and family members of nearly $1 million.

On August 8, 2011, Frances Yvonne Rowland, 43, a resident of Anchorage, Alaska, entered her pleas before United States District Judge Timothy M. Burgess. She pled guilty to one count of obstructing the Internal Revenue Service, one count of credit card fraud, and one count of aggravated identity theft. Judge Burgess accepted her pleas. Rowland has also been known as Yvonne Rowland, Frances Yvonne Carter and Frances Leary.

According to statements made in court, between 2005 and 2008, Rowland owned and operated several businesses in Anchorage and Wasilla, Alaska, including Carter and Associates, LLC; Carter Organization, LLC; Carter Financial Group, LLC; and Carter Tax, Inc. These businesses provided accounting and tax preparation services to individuals and small businesses. Rowland also maintained and controlled bank accounts in the names of her various businesses. - More...
Wednesday - August 10, 2011

Alaska: AUGUST IS TIME TO INSPECT HEATING EQUIPMENT - With summer winding down and cooler temperatures around the corner, it is time for Alaskan’s to ensure that their home heating equipment will operate safely.  Many homeowners forget about their heating systems until they use them for the first time each fall.

 Malfunctioning and misuse of heating equipment were the leading causes of home fires in Alaska for 2009 and 2010.  Malfunctioning heating equipment is also a source of deadly carbon monoxide gas. - More...
Wednesday - August 10, 2011

Southeast Alaska: Chilkoot Lumber Company and owner fined $9,500 for leaking PCB transformers - Chilkoot Lumber Company, located in Haines, Alaska, and its owner, Edward Lapeyri, will pay $9,500 for improperly storing and failing to repair leaking transformers that contained toxic PCBs, according to a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Chilkoot Lumber Company had several old electrical transformers and capacitors containing polychlorinated biphenyls—commonly known as PCBs—on its property. The company ceased lumber operations in 1991, but improperly stored the unused transformers and capacitors until 2009, when a hired contractor properly disposed of them. Due to years of improper storage, many of the transformers containing PCBs developed leaks.

“The danger in leaving dormant industrial equipment lying around is that it can leak toxic chemicals like PCBs and contaminate soil and groundwater,” said Edward Kowalski, Director of EPA’s Office of Compliance and Enforcement in Seattle. “Proper storage and disposal of old transformers and capacitors containing PCBs reduces the likelihood that they will pose a public health or environmental risk.” - More...
Wednesday - August 10, 2011

Alaska: Alaska Redistricting Board Releases Final Report of Voting Rights Act Expert - Yesterday the Alaska Redistricting Board released "A Voting Rights Act Analysis of the Proposed Alaska State Legislative Plans: Measuring the Degree of Racial Bloc Voting and Determining the Effectiveness of Proposed Minority Districts," by Voting Rights Act expert Dr. Lisa Handley. 

Dr. Handley was hired in April 2011 to provide guidance to the Board in meeting the standards established by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.  Her report includes an analysis of voting patterns by race in recent Alaska elections and a detailed explanation of her determination that "the Alaska state legislative plans passed by the Alaska Redistricting Board are not retrogressive and therefore do not violate Section 5 of the Act." - More...
Wednesday - August 10, 2011

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jpg Peter FuntPeter Funt: Money Squawks - Everyone has a story about getting ripped off by an airline, abused by the phone company, or hosed at the department of motor vehicles. And ever since the economy turned sour, we've all got grim tales to share about being beaten up by banks and credit card companies. Here are two of mine:

My Chase Visa payment was due on the Fourth of July. As a patriotic gesture I took the day off to celebrate our independence and assumed that Chase was doing the same. I paid my bill in full, electronically, on the morning of July 5.

On my next bill, Chase Visa charged me a $25 "late fee" plus $33.90 interest.

Only after eight minutes of recorded messages and music, 10 minutes with an arrogant agent, and six or seven minutes with her supervisor, was I able to get the charges removed. But that came with a stern lecture from the supervisor about how late payments would not be tolerated in the future - I assume she meant on Thanksgiving Day - and that only because of my good payment history was she able to reverse the charges.

A few months earlier I went to pay my MasterCard bill and saw that I owed a total of 17 cents. Misguidedly clinging to some old rule about "sums under one dollar," I decided to let it wait until it was time to pay the following month. For this I was charged a "a late fee" of $25. - More...
Wednesday - August 10, 2011

jpg Danny TyreeDANNY TYREE: Back To School: Opportunities and Danger - This is not going to be the typical "Back To School" editorial.

Yes, you need to observe speed limits in school zones, and you need to make sure your kindergartner's backpack isn't sending his chiropractor's kids through Harvard—but I'm here to tell you of the other joys and pitfalls that await eager parents and students this fall.

We just got our son started in second grade, and as I looked around the school, I realized what an amazing metamorphosis a summer break can bring. Remember the weird loner kid who carried his pet goldfish in his pants last year and mumbled old Henny Youngman one-liners to himself? No, the summer hasn't turned him into a swan; but at least this year he's more popular than Congress! - More...
Wednesday - August 10, 2011



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letter Fiscal guide By A.M. Johnson - With the recent Congressional vote to increase our National Debt Limit and the appointment of a "Super Committee" consisting of six Senators and six Representatives to address a trifling cut of one and half Trillion dollars from a now, 17 Trillion debt limit, the following five sentences, sent to each of our Alaska Congressional representatives, have a profound impact. - More...
Thursday - August 11, 2011

letter Boat dead in the water! By Kenneth G. Reese - On August 9th a friend & I had a trip to Yes Bay planned to subsistence fish for sockeye salmon. We prepared the day before. We had all our gear ready toped off the fuel tank and planed to leave Knudsen Cove by 9:30 am. We got off to a good start beautiful day, but by the time we reached southern Neets Bay the motor died?? WE soon found out that our gas was siphoned the night before!! So here we are sitting drifting. What to do?? - More...
Thursday - August 11, 2011

letter Deer Mt. Apts. By Chris Elliott - Kudos to the owners of the Deer Mountain Apartments for the paint job. Just finish up the Bawden Street side, and your building will be beautiful. - More...
Thursday - August 11, 2011

letter Customer Service By Robert Fruehan - Over the years it seems that i have had my fair share of situations in which I felt I or a member of my family was treated with less than professional courtesy by Alaska Airlines' representatives whether they be Stewardesses or people at the gate. With that being said, there are many of them who are super great but the fact is, you remember the ones who treat you poorly far easier than the latter. - More...
Thursday - August 11, 2011

letter Art Bailly's Letter on TSA By Charlotee Tanner - I agree with everything Mr. Bailly has to say, and also would like to point out to Mr. Bailly that TSA's authority extends to Ferry systems, Railways, and the Highway system. I read recently they were discussing exercising this authority in those areas in the near future. - More...
Thursday - August 11, 2011

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 - August 06, 2011

Saturday - August 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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