Retain Stephen Bradford, Ketchikan School Board

Creek Side Family Health - Ketchikan, Alaska

First Bank - Ketchikan, Alaska

Davies-Barry Insurance

Talbot's Building Supply - Ketchikan, Alaska

Advanced Paralegals - Ketchikan, Alaska

Ketchikan Area Arts & Humanities Council

Hometown Furnishings - Ketchikan, Alaska
Click here...

Ketchikan Curves

Saltery Lodge - Ketchikan, Alaska -- Alaska Fishiing Lodge

Gateway City Realty, Inc - Ketchikan, Alaska

Re/Max of Ketchikan

Alaskan & Proud

Water Tap - Ketchikan, Alaska

KPU - Ketchikan Webcam

arrow Contact
arrow Call 617-9696
arrow Webmail Lettersletter
arrow News Tips
arrow Copyright Info
arrow Archives

Today's News
arrow Alaska
arrow Top Stories
arrow U.S. News
arrow U.S. Politics
arrow Stock Watch
arrow Personal Finance
arrow Science News
arrow US Education News
arrow Parenting News
arrow Seniors News
arrow Medical News
arrow Health News
arrow Fitness
arrow Offbeat News
arrow Online Auction News
arrow Today In History
arrow Product Recalls
arrow Obituaries

Quick News Search
arrow Alaska
arrow Ketchikan
arrow SE Alaska
arrow Alaska News Links

Columns - Articles
arrow Dave Kiffer
arrow Fish Factor
arrow More Columnists

Historical Ketchikan
arrow June Allen
arrow Dave Kiffer
arrow Louise B. Harrington

Ketchikan Arts & Events
arrow Ketchikan Arts
arrow Ketchikan Museums
arrow KTN Public Library

Ketchikan Recognition
arrowBBBS Matches

arrow Home & Garden
arrow Food & Drink
arrow Arts & Culture
arrow Book Reviews
arrow Movie Reviews
arrow Celebrity Gossip

On the Web
arrow Cool Sites
arrow Webmaster Tips
arrow Virus Warnings

arrow Ketchikan Links  
arrow Top Sports News

Public Records
arrow FAA Accident Reports
arrow NTSB Accident Reports
arrow Court Calendar
arrow Court Records Search
arrow Wanted: Absconders
arrow Sex Offender Reg.
arrow Public Notices

Weather, Webcams
arrow Today's Forecast
arrow KTN Weather Data
arrow AK Weather Map
arrow AK Weathercams
arrow AK Earthquakes
arrow Earthquakes

TV Guide
arrow Ketchikan

Ketchikan Phone Book
arrow Yellow Pages
arrow White Pages

Government Links
arrow Local Government
arrow State & National


SitNews - Stories In The News - Ketchikan, Alaska
September 16, 2011

Front Page Photo by DAN HART

Ward Creek: Black Bear
Front Page Photo by DAN HART

Governor Sean Parnell and Revenue Commissioner Bryan Butcher will release the amount of the 2011 Permanent Fund Dividend in Anchorage on Tuesday, September 20, 2011.


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

Search the News

arrow Ketchikan
arrow Alaska
arrow Sitnews

Metlakatla's Walden Point Road Designated Scenic Byway - The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) designated Walden Point Road located in Metlakatla as a state scenic byway on August 24, 2011. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on August 26, 2011.

Metlakatla's Walden Point Road Designated Scenic Byway

Metlakatla's Mayor Arthur Fawcett, Marcheta Moulton ADOT&PF, residents of Metlakatla and distinguished guests cut the ribbon on Alaska’s newest scenic byway.
Photo courtesy DOT

The 14-mile corridor is located in the Annette Island Reserve, the only Native reservation in Alaska. Walden Point Road has a realistic potential for being an outdoor enthusiast’s utopia, particularly for hikers, and brings a significant number of tourists and new jobs, as well as incubating new small businesses within the Metlakatla Indian Community. - More...
Friday - September 16, 2011

Ketchikan - Statewide: Justice Department Awards $13 Million To Enhance And Support Tribal Justice And Safety In AlaskaActing United States Attorney Kevin Feldis announced this week, grants totaling $13,286,327-- of that amount, the Ketchikan Indian Community was awarded $898,767.

The purpose of the awards is to enhance law enforcement practices and sustain crime prevention and intervention efforts in eight purpose areas: public safety and community policing; methamphetamine enforcement; justice systems and alcohol and substance abuse; corrections and correctional alternatives; violence against women; elder abuse; juvenile justice; and tribal youth programs.

The awards were made under the Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS), a single application for tribal-specific grant programs offered by the Justice Department. Overall, the department today announced grants of $118.4 million to nearly 150 American Indian and Alaskan Native nations across the country.

Associate Attorney General Tom Perrelli announced this funding during the Department’s 19th annual Four Corners Indian Country Conference in Ignacio, Colo., underscoring the Justice Department’s commitment to enhancing public safety in Indian Country and the importance of a streamlined grant application process for federal funding. - More...
Friday - September 16, 2011

Ketchikan: 4th Annual WISH “Women of Distinction” Honorees Announced – Five women will be honored by Women in Safe Homes (WISH) on Saturday, October 1, 2011 at the 4th Annual Women of Distinction Dinner and Silent Auction.  The event celebrates the accomplishments of Ketchikan women who have made a significant difference in the lives of others.  The honorees this year are: Fay Freeman, Shellie Greaves, Gerry Knasiak, Mary Schulz and Romaine Thomas.

4th Annual WISH “Women of Distinction” Honorees Announced

2011 Honorees: Gerry Knasiak, Mary Schultz, Fay Freeman,
Romaine Thomas & Shellie Greaves.
Photo courtesy WISH

A gala dinner to honor the women starts with a reception at 5:30 p.m. at the Ted Ferry Civic Center followed by dinner (featuring prime rib) and the awards ceremony.

Following is a brief description of each woman’s contributions: - More...
Friday - September 16, 2011

Southeast Alaska: Governor Directs DOT&PF to Move Juneau Access Project Forward - The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) has been directed by Governor Sean Parnell to move the Juneau Access Improvements project toward construction by immediately preparing a supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

“The Juneau Access project is a critical infrastructure project for Juneau and Southeast Alaska. It’s time to move it ahead,” Governor Parnell said. “The project will increase transportation capacity and reduce travel time and cost in the region, particularly for travel between the Lynn Canal communities of Juneau, Haines, Skagway, and Alaskans travelling on the road system.”

The state’s preferred alternative consisted of a combination of new road and shuttle ferry connection to provide access to Juneau through upper Lynn Canal via Skagway and Haines and out of Juneau. The multi-year administrative process followed by the FHWA was challenged and a Federal District Court Judge ruled in favor of the plaintiffs in 2009. The court also issued an injunction stopping all work on the project. The State of Alaska and FHWA appealed and the Ninth Circuit ruled this year in favor of the plaintiffs. This narrowed the available legal options to asking the U.S. Supreme Court to voluntarily select the case from among thousands across the country as one of the few cases it would hear on appeal. The chances of selection for any case based on a writ to the Supreme Court is less than one percent and can take one to two years to complete. The Federal District Court injunction against the project would likely remain in place until and unless the Supreme Court reversed the lower courts’ decision. - More...
Friday - September 16, 2011

Alaska Science: Flowing tongues of rock, ice and dirt By NED ROZELL - A few years ago, Ronald Daanen was driving north of Coldfoot on the Dalton Highway, looking for drunken trees. He pulled over when he saw some tipsy spruce on a hillside.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks scientist thought the tilted trees would be a classic sign of thawing permafrost, ground that has remained frozen through the heat of at least two summers. But these trees were part of something larger — a giant tongue of moving hillside that was oozing toward the Dalton Highway.

When covered in snow, the mass looks like a glacier covered with trees, but it’s not a glacier. Nor is it a rock glacier, a mass of rock and ice that slowly slips down mountains (there are several in the Alaska Range and the Wrangells). - More...
Friday - September 16, 2011

Columns - Commentary

jpg DAVE KIFFERDAVE KIFFER: Seabiscuit and the Satellite - My friend Maria has an unlucky car.

It’s a nice pretty new Subaru that’s had a habit of attracting bad luck. More on why that matters to me in bit!

You see when she first got it, she kinda dissed it because it wasn’t like her old car, which she named Seabiscuit after the famous undersized, big-hearted race horse. Maria loved both Seabiscuit the horse and Seabiscuit the Subaru.

Seabiscuit the Subaru looked like it was 100 years old. It had that old Ketchikan car body where the only thing that appeared to be holding it together was the rust. I can’t remember if she had to use the “Fred Flintstone” method to brake it, but I wouldn’t be surprised.

Anyway, the new car was all shiny and bigger and Maria had a little trouble getting used to it. I suspect she even thought about trading it in and trying to track down her old car, which can still be seen on the streets of Our Fair Salmon City. You really can’t kill a Subaru. After “Climate Change, Debt Ceiling Armageddon,” the only life forms will be cockroaches driving Subarus. Count on it.

She eventually warmed to new Seabiscuit, partly because new Seabiscuit was a little unlucky.

And we love anything that is unlucky. Three-legged dogs pull all our heartstrings.

How unlucky was New Seabiscuit?

First, it was hit by a rock when a blast went a little awry on Copper Ridge Road. - More...
Friday - September 16, 2011



The Cost of Living in Alaska
Download: May 2011 Alaska Economic Trends

Real Time U.S. Debt Clock

Public Service Announcements
Public Meetings & Info

Ketchikan Animal Control

arrow Adopt a Dog
arrow Adopt a Cat
arrow Adopt Another Animal

Ketchikan Borough Assembly

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

Ketchikan City Council

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


arrow Jobs
arrow Ketchikan Police Reports
arrow AK Troopers Daily Dispatch
arrow Today's Forecast
arrow Satellite
arrow Today's Weather Images
arrow Marine Forecasts
arrow AK Weathercams
arrow Ketchikan Weather Data
arrow Current AK Weather Map


arrow Publish

Publish Your Ad
Click Here


arrow Announcements and
--Help Wanted
arrow For Sale / Free Stuff
arrow Garage Sales
arrow Homes / Apts/ Property
arrow Pets
arrow Wanted
arrow Lost & Found
arrow Publish Your Ad

Front Page Archives
Letter Archives
May - Sept. 2011
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 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30 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 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 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17

arrow More Front Page Archives & Archived Letters...

Basic Rules &
Freedom of Speech

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

letter The Mahoney Lake and Whitman Lake Hydroelectric projects, how can we bring them online? By Sam Bergeron - Those of us who live in Ketchikan and get our power from Ketchikan Public Utilities (KPU) belong in the two dam pool, owned and operated by: Southeast Alaska Power Association (SEAPA). We are required to buy our power from SEAPA before we use any other source of power, including our own. - More...
Monday AM - September 19, 2011

letter Closing: PATCHWorks By Bobbie McCreary - I'm sure I join many others in our community in applauding the efforts that PATHWorks, their volunteers and a "slim" staff (of two part-timers) accomplished during the time that organization evolved from a community process addressing the health of this community to current times. - More...
Monday AM - September 19, 2011

letter Thank You Ketchikan By Sara Schroeder - Since I left Ketchikan in 2006, I have moved residences at least once every year, and that leaves a lot of packing and unpacking. Today I was sorting through some old papers and I found the news article from a few weeks following my transplant in 2005. I could go into to various stories about how thankful I am, how I am doing, what my future holds, etc. but I will keep it simple and just want to say, Thank You Ketchikan. - More...
Monday AM - September 19, 2011

letter Bullying at Morning Bus Stops By Amber Anderson - Kids are easy targets to bullying if adult supervision is lacking at bus stops. Elementary children are being bullied in the morning at both bus stops in front of the Ketchikan Rec Center. I have a group of kids telling me that a boy across the street is verbally abusing them. The language is very offensive from what the young ladies are reporting to me. - More...
Saturday - September 17, 2011

letter Pro Bergeron for Ketchikan City Council By Randy Kienbaum - I'd like to show my support for Sam Bergeron and thank him for responding so quickly to the e-mail I sent to him. - More...
Saturday - September 17, 2011

letter Hickel's Vision Inspired Norway Policy Tour By Bill Walker - Governor Walter Hickel founded the Institute of the North which organized last week's Norway Policy Tour. Hickel long advocated that AIaska, as owner of its natural resources, must take control of its resource development for the benefit of all Alaskans. I was privileged to participate with the legislators and community leaders from Kotzebue, Nome, Bethel, Dillingham, Southeast, Kenai, Kodiak, Wasilla, Fairbanks and Anchorage who met with ambassadors and top level government and industry officials to learn about the Norway "model" of government-owned and developed oil and gas resources. Having traveled with Governor Hickel to China in 2008, I know he would have been the first to enlist for the Norway trip keeping lock step with us on even on the eighteen hour days visiting industry headquarters and facilities across Norway. - More...
Saturday - September 17, 2011

letter Wolf rant got it wrong By Marty Bergoffen & Larry Edwards - Andy Rauwolf's Sept. 12 Viewpoint Commentary, criticizing our effort to ensure the Alexander Archipelago wolf's safety from extinction, relies on supposed facts that are simply wrong. - More...
Saturday - September 17, 2011

letter Closing Message from PATCHWorks By Dawn Rauwolf for the PATCHWorks Board - Since the early 1990's, PATCHWorks has been a voice in sharing the value and lessons of the 40  Developmental Assets.  Many in the community have been impacted by the asset message over the years.  PATCHWorks started as a group of committed community members interested in improving the overall health and wellness of Ketchikan.  All of the efforts to encourage parents, teachers, and community members to reach and support our youth have made a positive difference. - More...
Saturday - September 17, 2011

letter RE: Statement on Hotel Reimbursement By Scott R. Davis - Senator Stedman, thank you for your letter to Sitnews regarding the Hotel Reimbursement. - More...
Saturday - September 17, 2011

letter Vote for a plan not a statement of what "we need By Ed "Mongo" Fry - After reading the Ketchikan Daily News with the forum that was hosted with the Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce and the candidates that were present, it is "status quo" for the Ketchikan Borough Assembly, again.  No new news there other than bombastic statements of, "we need".  If you happen to search past candidate speeches and statements, it is the platform of the majority, "we need".  Unacceptable in my book and Ketchikan deserves better. - More...
Saturday - September 17, 2011

letter RE: Sitnews By Bobbie McCreary - Sam, I agree wholeheartedly with your tribute to Mary Kauffman (and Dick before her). - More...
Saturday - September 17, 2011

letter Thank you By Dick, Judy, Rich, Barb and Traci Madden - The family of Michael Madden would like to extend our thanks to everyone who attended the Celebration of Life picnic for Michael at Ward Lake on Aug 25th. It was a fitting tribute to the outdoorsman that he was. - More...
Monday PM - September 12, 2011

letter Alexander Archipelago Wolf By Andy Rauwolf - I wish to voice my strong support for the stand Butch Olmstead took in late August against the radical environmentalists’ latest scam regarding the so called “Alexander Archipelago Wolves.” His letter stemmed from a recent article entitled “Protection Sought Again for Rare Alaskan Wolf” in many recent publications. - More...
Monday PM - September 12, 2011

letter Statement on Hotel Reimbursement By Sen. Bert Stedman - Recently, legislators from 13 western states gathered in Hawaii for the Council of State Governments’ Annual Conference.  My participation was highlighted in the press due to excessive hotel fees that were incurred inadvertently.  A reservations error with the hotel resulted in an expensive room I never requested. - More...
Monday PM - September 12, 2011

letter SitNews By Sam Bergeron - So often we take for granted the things we have without remembering where they’ve come from. SITNEWS is one of those things. Dick and Mary Kauffman founded this website in 1999 and have operated it since then. When Dick left us in 2007, Mary continued on with this important work. This is on top of caring for her house, the many animals she takes in and cares for plus doing the work of two people. This website is a marvel. It really is. It’s a free and open forum that has so many useful, interesting and thought provoking things in it that it gets many thousands of hits every day and is very influential in our community. - More...
Monday PM - September 12, 2011

letter Sealaska Land Transfer Bill By Ralph Wells - For over two years I have followed the attempts by Rep. Young and Senator Murkowski to pass this controversial legislation.  I remain adamantly opposed to these bills, especially the provisions that would transfer acreage within designated wilderness areas to Sealaska corporation. - More...
Monday PM - September 12, 2011

letter Sealaska Land Transfer Bill By Todd Heininger - This is an extremely controversial bill and should not be run through the House without debate and further review of the impact it will have on the residents of Sitka. - More...
Monday PM - September 12, 2011

letter Sealaska Land Transfer Bill By Marlene Clarke - HB 1408, sponsored by Rep. Don Young, has been put on the suspension calendar in the House. This will allow the house to vote on it as if it is not controversial. Many communities in Southeast Alaska have spoken clearly that this bill would be devastating to their futures. - More...
Monday PM - September 12, 2011

letter Webmail your letter or
letter Email Your Letter To:

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

Stories in the News
©1997 - 2011
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

 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.

Regular Election
October 04, 2011

For the 10th year, Sitnews will be providing a free web page to all local 2011 candidates.

• Local candidates are requested to provide background information, experience and qualifications for the public office for which they seek election.

• Candidates are also requested to provide a statement in which important issues facing the community are addressed and what each would like to achieve if elected.

Candidates & Statements

KGB Mayor (2)
Assembly (7)
School Board (4)
Updated 09/19/11
City Council (4)
Updated 09/09/11
Charter Comm (0)

jpg Public Forum

Public Forum
Online Stump

Post your question(s) for the candidates as a group and read the responses from the candidates.

Candidates are encouraged to participate and address the questions of their 'future' constituents.
Forum Launched
09/08/11 PM

PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center

Tatsuda's IGA - Ketchikan, Alaska

Madison Lumber & Hardware - Ketchikan, Alaska

Ketchikan Public Utilities - Ketchikan, Alaska
Sneak peek this week:
Lady Kings Volleyball VS Juneau Douglas

Tongass Business Center

Ketchikan H20 - Ketchikan, Alaska

Tongass Federal Credit Union

Lighthouse Services - Ketchikan, Alaska

Alaska Car Rental - Ketchikan, Alaska

Southeast Loan & Pawn - Ketchikan, Alaska

Tongass School of Arts & Sciences - Ketchikan, Alaska

Tongass Forest Enterprises

Air Van Moving Group - Ketchikan, Alaska

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