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August 24, 2015

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Whales were bubble feeding in the Clover Pass area on August 23. 2015 (Sunday). This Humpback whale was feeding along the shore.
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Ketchikan: Man in custody for Ketchikan stabbing by Madelyn Beck, KRBD - The man accused of fatally stabbing a Ketchikan resident on Aug. 10 was arraigned Monday in Ketchikan District Court.

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Alaska: President visiting Alaska to discuss climate change & global warming;Stops will include Anchorage, Seward, Dillingham and Kotzebue By MARY KAUFFMAN - President Barack Obama is visiting Alaska to discuss climate change and the continuing threats of global warming. His first stop will be in Anchorage where he will attend a major conference hosted by the U.S. Department of State at Anchorage's Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center on August 31st. The White House announced on July 17th, that President Obama will address the GLACIER conference.

President visiting Alaska to discuss climate change & global warming

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The conference, entitled the Conference on Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and Resilience (GLACIER), will focus the world’s attention on the most urgent issues facing the Arctic today and will provide an unprecedented opportunity for foreign ministers and key stakeholders to define the region’s most crucial challenges; highlight innovative ways in which these challenges can be addressed at the local, national and international levels; and broaden global awareness of the impacts of Arctic climate change.

President Obama announced in mid-August why he is visiting Alaska in a video. In his video he said, "I'm going because Alaskans are on the front line of one of the greatest challenges we fact this century, climate change." He said, "Climate change for most Americans is already a reality - deeper droughts, longer wildfire seasons, some of our cities even flood at high tide. In Alaska, glaciers are melting. The hunting and fishing upon which generations have depended for their way of life and for their jobs are being threatened."

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the President will also be visiting Seward, Dillingham and Kotzebue. The FAA will be issuing multiple Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR) in support of a "VIP visit to Anchorage, Seward, Dillingham and Kotzebue, on August 31 through September 2, 2015." Quoting the FAA, "Be advised that noncompliance with the published NOTAM may result in the use of force."

Regarding the conference, the State Department has invited foreign ministers and high-level leaders from the seven other Arctic nations as well as countries and intergovernmental bodies with strong interests in the Arctic, including Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, India, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the European Union. Cabinet-level U.S. Government officials will also be invited. Leading policy makers, indigenous leaders and influential public and private sector representatives from Alaska, the Arctic region and around the world are also expected to attend.

Participation at GLACIER is currently by invitation only. GLACIER will take place during the U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council, but is not an Arctic Council sponsored event.

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski sent a letter to President Obama last week, urging him to broaden the agenda of his upcoming trip to Alaska beyond the single issue of climate change. In her letter, Murkowski asks the President to acknowledge that climate change is only one part of the Alaska story, while detailing a number of investments Alaskans have made with renewable energy and innovative energy technologies. - More...
Monday PM - August 24, 2015

Enviros Object to POW Wolf Harvest

Southeast Alaska Wolf
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Southeast Alaska: Enviros Object to POW Wolf Harvest - Biologists with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service, announced Friday that the Unit 2 wolf harvest for regulatory year 2015-16 will be set at nine wolves. Game Management Unit (Unit 2), includes Prince of Wales Island and a series of small adjacent islands.

Environmental groups responded saying the wolf hunt was announced despite recent evidence that the Alexander Archipelago wolf population on the island is in danger of extinction. Last month environmental groups asked the state to close the hunting and trapping season in response to a June report by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game showing alarmingly low levels of wolves the island. Instead of canceling the hunt, the state is allowing the harvest of nine wolves.

“Alexander Archipelago wolves on Prince of Wales have been pushed to their limit and we must stop hunting them,” said Larry Edwards, Greenpeace forest campaigner in Sitka. “Opening the season is the opposite of letting this population recover, let alone sustaining it. Today’s action could lead to its demise.”

According to the state, the newly announced quota of nine wolves is 20 percent of the pre-2014/2015 season population estimate of 89 wolves “plus a reduction for any other human-caused mortality that may occur.” The quota does not account for the 29 wolves reported killed last year, a demonstrated high level of poaching, or the fact that females make up only 25 percent of the dwindling population. Even if they can reproduce at their reduced numbers, the risk of inbreeding is high. - More...
Wednesday PM - August 24, 2015

Fish Factor: Alaska’s Chinook salmon stocks' assessment program casualty of budget cuts By LAINE WELCH - One of the casualties of this year’s budget cuts was funds for a program aimed at discovering why Alaska’s Chinook salmon stocks have been declining since 2007.

A five year, $30 million Chinook Salmon Research Initiative launched in 2013 included more than 100 researchers focused on three dozen projects in 12 major river systems from Southeast to the Yukon. Now the ambitious effort has been cut to just over one dozen projects.

“When we saw we weren’t going to get a third appropriation this fiscal year, we had to step back and narrow the focus, and make sure key projects still had money to continue for at least the next two years,” said Ed Jones, a coordinator with the state Sport Fish Division who oversees the Initiative team.

The project has received two $7.5 million appropriations so far, and just over $6 million remains.

“We’re hopeful that another appropriation will come down the pike,” Jones said. “These are long term endeavors and we’ve just now scratched the surface of the research.” - More...
Monday PM - August 24, 2015


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Bellingham man dies after jumping off Sitka bridge - The body of a Bellingham, Washington man who is said to have jumped off the John O'Connell Bridge in Sitka has been located. Investigation revealed Tyler Jones, 29, jumped off the bridge with the intention of swimming to shore.

Bellingham man dies after jumping off Sitka bridge

John O'Connell Bridge in Sitka
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Jones was not seen after he jumped in the water at approximately 11:00 PM on 08/21/2015. At approximately 11:00 AM on 08/22/2015, the United States Coast Guard located Jones' body and he was declared deceased. Next of kin were notified. - More...
Monday PM - August 24, 2015

Alaska: Alaska Permanent Fund up 4.9 percent - The Alaska Permanent Fund’s investments gained 4.9 percent in fiscal year 2015, ahead of the performance benchmark return of -1.4 percent, according to preliminary figures released Thursday. The Fund ended June 30 with a value of $52.8 billion after accounting for the Permanent Fund Dividend transfer. These favorable relative results are consistent with three and ten-year returns, and were achieved with generally less risk than the benchmark.

“This was a more volatile year for the capital markets, so we are pleased to be able to report a positive return overall,” said Valerie Mertz, Acting Executive Director. “After two years of rising stock markets, we weren’t surprised to see corrections in the U.S. and overseas markets at the start of the fiscal year. Later rallies helped make up lost ground, but the earlier losses certainly weighed on overall returns. The risk aware approach we take to managing assets helped us to successfully navigate this more difficult market environment.”

The U.S. stock portfolio gained 7.2 percent for the fiscal year, while the non-U.S. portfolio returned -5.2 percent. The Fund’s global portfolio, which contains both U.S. and non-U.S. stocks returned 1.2 percent. Bonds had periods of difficulty over the fiscal year as well, and while the Fund’s U.S. portfolio was up 1.2 percent, the non-U.S. portfolio lost 2.4 percent.

Real estate was an area of growth for the Permanent Fund in more ways than one. Not only did the Fund’s investments gain 9.8 percent for the fiscal year, but the portfolio expanded in notable ways as well. The Fund’s long-time investment, Tyson’s Corner Center outside Washington D.C., celebrated the successful grand opening of a sizeable three-building addition, including an office tower, hotel and apartment complex. Finally, the purchase of 50-percent ownership interests in retail properties in Portugal and Spain added to the year-old European portfolio. - More...
Monday PM - August 24, 2015


Deaths of large whales in Gulf of Alaska declared an "unusual mortality event" - The recent deaths of 30 large whales in the western Gulf of Alaska has been declared an "unusual mortality event" by NOAA, triggering a focused, expert investigation into the cause. An unusual mortality event is a stranding event that is unexpected, involves a significant die-off of a marine mammal population, and demands immediate response.

Deaths of large whales in Gulf of Alaska declared an "unusual mortality event"

Bears feeding on a fin whale carcass in Larson Bay, Alaska, near Kodiak.
Photo Credit: NOAA

Since May 2015, 11 fin whales, 14 humpback whales, one gray whale, and four unidentified cetaceans have stranded around the islands of the western Gulf of Alaska and the southern shoreline of the Alaska Peninsula. To date, this brings the large whale strandings for this region to almost three times the historical average.

The declaration of an unusual mortality event will allow NOAA and federal, state, and tribal partners to develop a response plan and conduct a rigorous scientific investigation into the cause of death for the stranded whales.

"NOAA Fisheries scientists and partners are very concerned about the large number of whales stranding in the western Gulf of Alaska in recent months," said Dr. Teri Rowles, NOAA Fisheries' marine mammal health and stranding response coordinator. "While we do not yet know the cause of these strandings, our investigations will give us important information on the health of whales and the ecosystems where they live. Members of the public can greatly assist the investigation by immediately reporting any sightings of dead whales or distressed live animals they discover." - More...
Monday PM - August 24, 2015


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TOM PURCELL: America's Heroin Epidemic - There were so many people buying "breakfast bags" of heroin from street dealers one Philadelphia morning, the traffic came to a standstill — and the dealers cursed at anyone who dared honk.

So recounted Lou Gentile, a former undercover operative for the Pennsylvania State Police Organized Crime Unit, as he told me about the pervasiveness of America's heroin epidemic.

"In the past, heroin addicts tended to be street users who stood on street corners in impoverished areas," said Gentile, now CEO and founder of CSI Corporate Security & Investigations in Monaca, PA. "Today, addicts include soccer moms, business executives, high school kids with money to spend and people from every walk of life." - More...
Monday PM - August 24, 2015

jpg Michael Shannon

MICHAEL SHANNON: EPA Discovers Water Flows Downhill - Only the Obama administration, with it's special kind of incompetence, could turn a mine that's been closed for 92 years into an environmental disaster. That's exactly what happened when the Keystone regulators at the Environmental "Protection" Agency decided to dig into a dam holding back dangerously polluted water at the Gold King mine.

According to the incomparable Paul Driessen, rather than sink a small diameter pipe into the dam to analyze the water, the EPA "...used an excavator to dig away tons of rock and debris that were blocking the entrance portal."

That's like using a badger to do exploratory surgery.

Only the EPA was surprised when 3 million gallons of water, yearning to breathe free, burst from the dam and cascaded 11,458 feet down the mountainside. EPA environmental "protectors" learned firsthand that toxic water filled with heavy metals like lead, cadmium, mercury and arsenic flows just as fast as Perrier water and soon the orange flood was far downstream.

To put things in perspective for readers who don't have much experience with toxic metals or the EPA, a spill of approximately a thermometer's worth of mercury in a Washington, D.C. high school resulted in hysteria, immediate evacuation and a school closure that lasted a month. - More...
Monday PM - August 24, 2015

jpg Political Cartoon: Obama At The North Pole

Political Cartoon: Obama At The North Pole
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letter No say as shareholders By Wanda J Culp - Yay Tilli Abbott for speaking the truth that few can imagine. ANCSA is indeed a heavy burden for village's mass land ownership, and a mega windfall for the ones who are determined that "being Indian" is now worthy of claiming. - More...
Wednesday PM - August 19, 2015

letter PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center By Chris Elliott - June 10, 2015, I went to the emergency room before work because I'd had a nose bleed for about 45 minutes. After giving them my insurance information, I was escorted to a bed & reclined for about 10 minutes. I declined a full-screen blood test as I had just had one a month ago and it ran me $400. I then left the hospital, went home & got ready for work. - More...
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letter Truth-challenged By Richard Peterson - I recently published an op-ed decrying the uninformed fear-mongering being smeared around Alaska by opponents of tribal trust land. Then I saw the blog posted by Suzanne Downing, the communications director for our State’s Republican Party. To put it politely – her blog is truth-challenged.

First, what’s at stake is not “millions of acres.” A tribe may ask to have land placed in trust only if the tribe owns the land outright. It is sheer lunacy to think ANCSA corporations will sell off their land holdings to tribes. Tribes in Alaska have nowhere near enough money to buy thousands of acres, much less “millions.” - More...
Sunday PM - August 16, 2015

letter Open Letter: Greetings Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly and Managers By Teri Walker - I am writing to you regarding a concern I have about the elderly population in Ketchikan, many of our elderly are living in retirement homes, or on their own independently - and while we all strive for a little bit of independence, companionship is vital for quality of life. Countless studies have shown that interaction between the elderly and animals provides increases in healthy heart and blood pressure rates, decreases in depression and suicidal thoughts or ideologies. And an overall sense of purpose that many of them are lacking in their twilight years. - More...
Sunday PM - August 16, 2015

letter Protection, Safety & Welfare By Lavenia Sylvia - Since VPSO Sgt Clinton O Malley left, the City of Thorne Bay has not had a VPSO. I am told by City of Thorne Bay Councilman Harvey McDonald, that the Kasaan VPSO is covering Thorne Bay (Goose Creek, Southside and City Center), Kasaan, and Hydaburg. That is mind-boggling as two VPSOs are required to adequately service the three disparate sections that comprise the City of Thorne Bay. According to Councilman McDonald, this is all due to lack of funding for the VPSO Program. - More...
Sunday PM - August 16, 2015

letter Our future in Ketchikan By Ed Plute - Water Department Crisis: It's beyond time to put an end to this nonsense! All we really need is a little bit of stand pipe, ammonia in no way is mandated! Shouldn't we just quit our losses, and simply keep the water dark? This must come to a stop!

Hospital Fiasco: Time to start cleaning house! Starting with City Manager Karl Amylon, this man collects two separately paychecks from the city. And my question to you is, why are the city council along with our mayor letting him get away with this? As city manager he runs and signs off on the bids composed of many millions of dollars. Dollars that could easily have been saved under responsible unbiased management! This is proof of the consequences of the abundant use of enterprise funds. We are in desperate need of a true audit run by the state. There is no longer any doubt that this must be done. - More...
Sunday PM - August 16, 2015

letter Ketchikan's tobacco tax By Charlie Freeman - It appears that the 'Glorious Guardians of Good' have managed to join with the 'Tax and Spend' members of the Borough Assembly to propose an unreasonable, and unjustifiable tax on not only smokes, but the means to get out! Please tell me what kind of logic is involved here? No one will argue that smoking is good for you (we called cigarettes coffin nails when I was a little kid). No one with the brain of a mole was deceived. The question is will taxation cause people to quit smoking? See, prison stops meth heads from smoking meth? Probably not the best analogy, but not far off. - More...
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