Tongass Federal Credit Union - Ketchikan, Alaska

PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center - Ketchikan, Alaska

Alaska Fish House - Ketchikan, Alaska

Tongass School of Arts & Sciences - Ketchikan, Alaska

Alaska Car Rental - Ketchikan, Alaska

Gateway City Realty, Inc - Ketchikan, Alaska

Alaskan & Proud

Ketchikan Telecommunications _ Ketchikan, Alaska

Talbot's Building Supply - Ketchikan, Alaska

Creekside Family Health Clinic - Ketchikan, Alaska

Lighthouse Services - Ketchikan, Alaska

Water Tap - Ketchikan, Alaska

KRBD - Ketchikan Public Radio -  Ketchikan, Alaska

Greater Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce - Ketchikan, Alaska

arrow Call 617-9696
arrowWebmail Lettersletter
arrowNews Tips
arrowCopyright Info

Quick News Search
arrowSE Alaska
arrowAlaska News Links

Columns - Articles
arrowDave Kiffer
arrowFish Factor

Historical Ketchikan
arrowJune Allen
arrowDave Kiffer
arrowLouise B. Harrington

Ketchikan Arts & Events
arrowKetchikan Arts
arrowKetchikan Museums
arrowKTN Public Library

arrowKetchikan Links

Public Records
arrowFAA Accident Reports
arrowNTSB Accident Reports
arrowCourt Calendar
arrowCourt Records Search
arrowWanted: Absconders
arrowSex Offender Reg.
arrowPublic Notices

Weather, Webcams
arrowToday's Forecast
arrowKTN Weather Data
arrowAK Weather Map
arrowAK Weathercams
arrowAK Earthquakes

TV Guide

Ketchikan Phone Book
arrowYellow Pages
arrowWhite Pages

Government Links
arrowLocal Government
arrowState & National


SitNews - Stories In The News - Ketchikan, Alaska
August 09, 2012

Front Page Photo by MIKE SMITH

Ketchikan Sunset
Front Page Photo By MIKE SMITH ©2012
(Please respect the rights of photographers, never republish or copy without permission and/or payment of required fees.)

Like SitNews on FaceBook


arrow Ketchikan's 2012 Cruise Ship Calendar (pdf)

arrow Today's Forecast
arrow Weather Extremes
arrow Ketchikan Weather Data

Search the News

arrow Ketchikan
arrow Alaska
arrow Sitnews

Missing Boater Found After Search Suspended By Mary Kauffman - After the Coast Guard suspended a search that covered more than 1,400 square miles, 33 year old Simon McCamy of Ketchikan missing since Sunday was found north of Knudson Cove yesterday near Helm Bay. His 19-foot boat had grounded on the rocks and McCamy's signal fire was spotted by Dave Doyon of Misty Fjords Air. As Doyon flew over & circled, MCCamy signaled the pilot by waving a flare.

Too rough to land, Doyon called the USCG. Ned Hamlin of the F/V Ocean Pearl overheard the call and responded to the area. McCamy was reported to be in good health, although cold, wet and hungry. McCamy was transported to Knudson Cove by the good samaritan vessel where his vehicle was parked and where he was met by family members. - More...
Thursday PM - August 09, 2012

Ketchikan: AMHS Seeks Public Review of Summer 2013 Schedule; Public Meeting Scheduled in Ketchikan - The proposed Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) schedule for the 2013 summer season has been placed on the AMHS website for public review providing an opportunity for communities to review and comment on the proposed schedule, and to make AMHS aware of significant community events.

A teleconference to hear comments and consider adjustments is scheduled for Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. for Southeast Alaska schedules and 1:30 p.m. for Southwest and Southcentral Alaska schedules. The meeting will be held in Ketchikan at the Port Engineer’s waterfront office, 3713 Tongass Avenue for participants wishing to attend in person. - More...
Thursday PM - August 09, 2012

Ketchikan: KIC General Manager Oregon Bound - Debbie Patton, General Manager of Ketchikan Indian Community, announced early this month that she will not renew her contract in order to accept a position as Deputy Health Administrator for Douglas County in Roseburg, Oregon.

Patton has been employed by KIC for 13 years, 5 years of which has been as general manager, and 2 years prior as the Deputy General Manager. Patton’s career with the Tribe started in Behavioral Health where she eventually became the department director.  

Patton has lived in Ketchikan for over 31 years.  In explaining her decision Patton said, “It’s time for me to try something new and this feels like the right move for me.”  She went on to say she’s enjoyed tackling the many challenges at Ketchikan Indian Community and is satisfied with the accomplishments of the Tribe and a strong foundation has been laid for continuous success. - More...
Thursday PM - August 09, 2012

Alaska: Foreign Interests Attack Alaskan Initiative; Outside Corporations Outspend Locals Ten To One Say Supporters - An Alaska Public Offices Commission (APOC) report has revealed opposition to Alaska’s coastal management program ballot initiative is funded largely by Outside sources.

“We are shocked and disturbed,” Alaska Sea Party co-chair Terzah Tippin Poe said.  “We assumed all along big Outside money would oppose our local voices, but we didn’t expect such a huge flood of non-Alaska funding.  These mostly foreign companies are opposing Alaskans having a say in how our coastal lands are managed.  They are trying to buy this election any way they can.”

According to a July 30, 2012 APOC report, Outside entities have so far contributed nearly 70% of the $767,000.00 in the opposition’s campaign war chest.  More than half a million dollars has come from companies headquartered outside Alaska or even outside the U.S.   Funding apparently from Alaska can be traced to non-Alaska sources.  For example, fourteen of the fifteen member companies of the Alaska Oil and Gas Association are based outside of Alaska. - More...
Thursday - August 09, 2012

Governor Names Peter Maassen to Alaska Supreme Court - Governor Sean Parnell today appointed Anchorage attorney Peter Maassen to the Alaska Supreme Court. Maassen is the 22nd justice appointed to the Court, and he replaces Justice Morgan Christen, who was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

Maassen came to Alaska in 1980 with his wife, and has been in private practice most of his career. He earned a bachelor’s degree at Hope College and his juris doctorate at the University of Michigan Law School. He is currently a partner at the general civil firm Ingaldson, Maassen & Fitzgerald PC, which represents individuals, businesses, government entities, and non-profits in litigation. Prior to that, he worked at Burr, Pease & Kurtz PC, practicing as an associate and eventually as a partner.

He is also a member of the Anchorage Youth Court Board of Directors and the Alaska Bar Association Board of Governors. His interests include skiing and biking.

“Peter’s thoughtful, humble, and articulate manner will be an asset to the Supreme Court and the Alaskans it serves,” Governor Parnell said. “He has strong legal writing skills, intelligence, and a background that includes operating a small business.”

The Alaska Supreme Court serves as the appeals court for the state’s District and Superior Courts as well as the Alaska Court of Appeals. The chief justice and four associate justices hear cases in Anchorage on a monthly basis and in Fairbanks and Juneau on a quarterly basis. The court also administers the state’s judicial system.

Thirteen attorneys, from Ketchikan to Fairbanks, applied to the Alaska Judicial Council for this position on the Alaska Supreme Court. Justice Walter L. Carpeneti who now holds the position will retire in January 2013. Applicants for the judgeship were evaluated by the Council's seven members (the chief justice, three non-attorney and three attorney members). - More...
Thursday - August 09, 2012

Alaska: Two Newborn Southeast Alaska Deer Find Refuge at Wildlife Center By Mary Kauffman - The Girdwood-based Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center's staff recently welcomed its second newborn Sitka Black-tailed deer of the summer from Southeast Alaska.

Two Newborn Southeast Alaska Deer Find Refuge at Wildlife Center

"Leia" & "Solo"
Photo courtesy AWCC

The fawn, named “Leia” was found near the coast of Ketchikan after it was discovered that she was unable to follow her twin and mother across a waterway to safety. Leia, then six weeks old, was in a race against time as the Department of Fish & Game rescued her, just as her strength began to dwindle without the aid of her mother.

“With such a unique and touching story I am sure Leia, will fit right in with our other orphaned fawn Solo,” lead naturalist Erin Leighton said. Solo, having joined the AWCC just over a month ago has quickly become a favorite of visitors to the Center. With Leia regaining her strength she was deemed healthy enough to meet Solo just over a week ago. - More...
Thursday - August 09, 2012

Alaska - Nationwide: EPA FACES NEW LAWSUIT OVER DISPERSANTS UNDER THE CLEAN WATER ACT; Public Health, Conservation and Wildlife Groups Urge EPA to Issue Rule on Chemical Oil Dispersants - A coalition of conservation, wildlife and public health groups in the Gulf region and in Alaska filed a citizen suit under the provisions of the Federal Clean Water Act this week to compel the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to issue a rule on chemical oil dispersants.  EPA’s current rules --which during the 2010 Gulf oil disaster failed to ensure that dispersants would be used safely --do not fulfill the requirements mandated by the Clean Water Act.  

“We’re disappointed that the agency doesn’t seem to understand the widespread public urgency to initiate this rulemaking process,” said Jill Mastrototaro, Sierra Club Gulf Coast Protection Campaign Director. “If a spill or blowout happened tomorrow in the Gulf of Mexico, or any U.S. water for that matter, any dispersant that is used would not necessarily be safe for the waters, ecosystems, response workers, or nearby communities.” - More... 
Thursday - August 09, 2012


Real Time U.S. Debt Clock

U.S. Inflation Calculator
Easily calculate the buying power of the US dollar & inflation rate from 1913-2012

U.S. Energy Info. Admin.
Heating Oil & Propane Update

Public Service Announcements
Public Meetings & Info

Ketchikan Animal Control

arrowAdopt a Dog
arrowAdopt a Cat
arrowAdopt Another Animal

Ketchikan Borough Assembly

Live Video streamarrow Live video stream of current meeting
arrowArchived videos
arrow Agenda and Information Packets
arrowAssembly Meeting Minutes

arrow Borough Records
arrow Calendar

Ketchikan Planning Commission

Live Video streamarrowLive video stream of current meeting
arrowAgenda, Information Packets & Minutes

Ketchikan City Council

Live Video stream

arrowView a Video of Meeting
arrowAgenda & Information Packets

Ketchikan School Board

Live Video streamarrowLive video stream of current meeting
arrowAgenda & Information Packets

Gravina Access Project SEIS Alternatives Development

arrow Gravina Access Website


arrowKetchikan Police Reports
arrowAK Troopers Daily Dispatch
arrowToday's Forecast
arrowToday's Weather Images
arrowMarine Forecasts
arrowAK Weathercams
arrowKetchikan Weather Data
arrowCurrent AK Weather Map



Publish Your Ad
Click Here


arrowHelp Wanted
arrowFor Sale / Free Stuff
arrowGarage Sales
arrowHomes / Apts/ Property
arrowLost & Found
arrowPublish Your Ad

Front Page Archives
Letter Archives
July - Aug. 2012
01 02 03 04 05 06 07
08 09 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31 01 02 03 04
05 06 07 08 09    

arrowMore Front Page Archives & Letters

Basic Rules &
Freedom of Speech

Questions, please contact the editor at or call 617-9696
Sitnews reserves the right to edit.

letter RE: Rights of People with Disabilities By Kevin Gadsey - I am writing today as the Independent Living Advocate for SAIL Ketchikan to respond to Ms. Mitchell’s concerns about the possible ratification of the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities by the United States Senate. - More...
Friday - August 10, 2012

letter Response to Campaign Contributions By Patti Mackey - Over the weekend, a letter to the editor by Jim Shoemaker was published on and in the Ketchikan Daily News comparing campaign contribution reports filed by the Republican candidates for House District #33. The letter specifically calls out the campaign contributions I have received from outside of our election district. - More...
Thursday PM - August 09, 2012

letter Mountain Point Launch Facility By Richard Rold - I have launched many times at Mountain Point Launch Facility over the past years; even more so when I moved south in 1989. I do not remember the exact date Ketchikan Ports and Harbors started requiring people to pay launch permits and fees. I do however remember how much it bothered me; it was not a requirement for many years before. - More...
Thursday PM - August 09, 2012

letter Rise of Coastal Management Phoenix By A. M. Johnson - Nice to see old faces return to the Ketchikan scene. I recall Ms. Troll being a what is now commonly referred to as 'Community activist or maybe organizer' in her early days as a resident she apparently continues very successful with what she does. Good to hear comments from retired Judge Schultz, happy to know that he and his wife chose to retire here in Ketchikan. - More...
Monday PM - August 06, 2012

letter Col. Archie Van Winkle By Stephen C. McGowan - I recall getting a brand new Rambler American Sedan, fresh from Warren, Michigan for use by Col. Van Winkle. I was working as a motor-pool dispatcher with the MP's aboard Camp Pendleton, USMC. Calif. The Col. advised me that it would be arriving soon. It came in on a Friday afternoon, so I polished it up and backed it into the cage with the Col's name on it. That evening a boot Lt. came into my office to get a vehicle for his shift as Officer of the day, for the MP's. He said he wanted the brand new sedan that had just come in. I informed the Lt. that the sedan was the Col's brand new vehicle, and that I couldn't let anyone use it, other than the Col. The Lt. said he was giving me a direct order to use the car. Well, I was just a Lance-Corporal, and being a good Marine I had to follow his orders. - More...
Monday PM - August 06, 2012

letter Warning:  District 33 House Seat Not for Sale By Jim Shoemaker - Three GOP candidates – Agnes Moran, Patti Mackey, and Peggy Wilson – want to represent Ketchikan and Wrangell in the State House of Representatives. 

The latest reports filed by those three candidates with the Alaska Public Offices Commission tell a crucial tale of campaign financing and outside special interests.  Every voter in Ketchikan should take heed.  - More...
Friday PM - August 03, 2012

letter Rights of Person's with Disabilities Treaty By Amanda Mitchell - The CRPD stands for The Convention of Rights of Person's with Disabilities. It is a treaty that is going to be voted on in the Senate to be ratified soon. I have done my own research and am horrified that we would even consider this. Basically, it is the same as The Convention on the Rights of a Child. However, it is giving the UN/government control over what is in the "best interests" of the disabled and disabled children. It supersedes any of our own fundamental rights like the right to self-govern, our laws and Constitution. And instead of "We the People" it gives further control over to government to do what "it" thinks is best. - More...
Friday PM - August 03, 2012

letter Too Many Lifeguards By Julie Yonker - I do not normally write any responses in the SitNews letters, I just read them. However, this time I want to make a comment. - More...
Friday PM - August 03, 2012

letter School 1957 vs. 2010 By A. M. Johnson - Too good not to submit for consumption! Here is a stark realization of how far we as a civilization have fallen!! We have deteriorated into a Nation of 'Wimps'. You read this stuff happening almost daily where once as in 1957, you grew up toughen to what life was going to present-Reality. - More...
Friday PM - August 03, 2012

letter Re: Voter Turnout By Joey Garcia - Regarding Ken Lewis' comments on voter turn-out, I simply disagree on his premise to somewhat disallow the PFD to non-voters. He should remember that PFD is not a right but a privilege given to Alaskans whether they answered NO in their PFD application but stayed outside Alaska for more than 180 days, an oversight for PFD to really check if the applicants are not committing fraud. - More...
Friday PM - August 03, 2012

letter Parrots will Prevail... then we starve. by Ken Bylund - Constructionism and Determinism is how our species organize our day to day survival strategy, and it works pretty good, but there are many a dangerous flaw; Friedrich Hayek saw it as The Fatal Conceit; Heinz Pagels' Cosmic Code, wrote about Albert Einstein's opposition to the New Quantum theory... his quip, "God doesn't play dice." Einstein was saying he believes in 'determinism', that 'probability' was abhorrent and that nature was 'put together with mathematical precision' and could be understood and predicted. It appears even Einstein could be wrong. - More...
Monday - July 30, 2012

letter Are we ever disappointed? By Judith Green - NO! We are never disappointed in any of the multitude of events on our island that give us beauty in talent. And so it was again this past week end - CLassics a'la Carte. High school students, recent Kayhi graduates, long time Ktn residents: ensembles, solos, duets: instrumental, vocal. For 2 hours we were engaged, in awe, amazed, enthralled - glad for the evening. Bravo to each one who shared with us just a little of their 'joy of music'. - More...
Monday - July 30, 2012

letter RE: Voter Turnout By Mark Stopha - I don't think Ken Lewis's idea of having to vote in order to receive a PFD is unfair or bad at all. In fact, I've had a similar idea, using the power of the PFD without spending any of it to improve things in Alaska. It would change getting a PFD from a right to a privledge - like hunting and fishing. - More...
Monday - July 30, 2012

letter Voter Turnout Solution By Brian Gray - Heck Ken Lewis, for a piece of that AK Perm Fund, I'd go back to "the homeland" to vote and pay my own way! Especially if only a marginally higher turnout was a result. - More...
Monday - July 30, 2012

letter NCAA Piling On Penn State By Donald A. Moskowitz - I am upset about the child abuse committed by Sandusky and the cover up by Paterno, Curley, Schulz and Spanier.  The lives of many young children have been adversely impacted by these men.- More...
Monday - July 30, 2012

letter Drinking Burned Garbage By Shelley Stallings - Thank you Kathy Doyle. I continue to be amazed when I see people burning garbage. This form of air pollution is bad enough by itself, but when you add the fact that almost all of us outside of the city limits drink water which is collected from our roofs, it becomes really scary. As you noted there are many synthetic chemicals in much of the garbage that is burned. This ends up on our roofs, then into our cisterns. - More...
Monday - July 23, 2012

letter Voter Turn out By Ken Lewis - 7% turn out is sad, so here is my dumb solution. Alaskans get oil revenue money. If you want your Permanent Fund check, Vote. - More...
Monday - July 23, 2012

letter RE: Too Many Lifeguards By Kevin Gadsey - I am responding to Ms. Teal's question about having too many lifeguards at the pool. She must have come to the old Smithers Pool when the newly-hired lifeguards were training side-by-side with the experienced lifeguards. At the Smithers Pool, they usually had 3-4 guards for both pools combined. - More...
Monday - July 23, 2012

letter RE: "Too Many Lifeguards" By Larissa Otness - I am in shock that someone would question the amount of lifeguards and they're importance to the safety of our children. - More...
Monday - July 23, 2012

letter Ketchikan Gas Prices By Mike Wilson - Just a friendly note to let people know that the gas prices at Lighthouse Tesoro are 30 cents cheaper per gallon than what I observed yesterday in town. - More...
Monday - July 23, 2012

letter Webmail your letter or
letterEmail Your Letter To:

E-mail your news tips, news
releases & photos to:

Stories in the News
©1997 - 2012
Ketchikan, Alaska

In Memory of SitNews' editor
Richard (Dick) Kauffman


Mary Kauffman, Webmaster/Editor,
907 617 9696


Locally owned & operated.
Online since 1999

Created 1997
©1997 - 2012

 Articles & photographs that appear in SitNews may be protected by copyright and may not be reprinted or redistributed without written permission from and payment of required fees to the proper sources.

PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center - Ketchikan, Alaska

Baranof Fishing Excursions - Ketchikan, Alaska

Fish Creek Company - Ketchikan, Alaska

Ketchikan H20 - Water Delivery - Ketchikan, Alaska

Hometown Furnishings - Ketchikan, Alaska
Click here...

Re/Max of Ketchikan

Davies-Barry Insurance - Ketchikan, Alaska

Tatsuda's IGA - Ketchikan, Alaska

M&M Marine - Docks & Floats - Ketchikan, Alaska

Madison Lumber & Hardware - Ketchikan, Alaska

Ward Creek Industrial - Ketchikan, Alaska

AAA Moving & Storage - Ketchikan, Alaska

Tongass Forest Enterprises

McPherson Music - Ketchikan, Alaska

North Tongass Volunteer Fire Department

Visit our new
website at

The Home Office - The Local Paper; Ketchikan, Alaska



KPU - Salmon Landing webcam - Ketchikan, Alaska KPU Webcams - Ketchikan, Alaska