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September 06, 2012

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Ketchikan: Baranovich: Alaska’s First ‘Industrialist By DAVE KIFFER - For the past 150 years of American rule, Alaska has been seen as a “land of opportunity” by many people. One of the first was Charles Vincent Baranovich, a European immigrant who came north chasing gold and decided to stay to trade and build a future.

Baranovich: Alaska’s First ‘Industrialist

Charles V Baronovich and family
Baronivich family photo came from Emma Lawrence

Baranovich is credited with starting one of the first trading posts in Southeast Alaska and the first copper mine. He was also one of the first to appreciate Alaska’s fishery resources. He arrived toward the end of Russian era and lived for more than a decade in “America.” His descendants still live in Southeast Alaska.

Baranovich was born sometime in the late 1820s or early 1830s near Trieste, in Dalmatia, which was then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It is now part of Italy and near the Slovenian border.

Ketchikan mining historian John Bufvers wrote in 1952 that Baranovich came to America as a “youngster” and then took part in the California Gold Rush of 1849. He later went north to British Columbia for the Fraser River Gold Rush in 1858 and the Cariboo rush of early 1860.

The Tongass Historical Museum has a copy of an “agreement” between Major Malowauski and “Vincenzo” Baranovich to be the “co-partners in running the schooner “Langley” and freighting “the same” from the Port of Victoria to Ports elsewhere.” That agreement was signed in Victoria on Sept. 28, 1861.

By 1865, he was in the Kasaan area and in 1867 he staked the first copper mine in Alaska, the Copper Queen.

Alaskan historian Pat Roppel surmises that Baranovich – who was referred to as “The Slav” or “The Austrian” - probably entered Russian America by canoe down the Stikine from the Canadian gold fields.

“There must be a fascinating but untold story surrounding the fact that this wandering prospector was able to secure one of (only) twenty-one coveted Russian American Company trading permits granted in 1865,” Roppel wrote in a 1970 edition of the New Alaskan magazine.

Bufvers reported that Baranovich first noted a copper vein near Kasaan while paddling his canoe near Round Island. - More....
Thursday PM - September 06, 2012

Ketchikan: Serious Concerns Raised With Ketchikan School District's Compliance with Indian Education Act By MARY KAUFFMAN, SitNews - Concerns have been raised that the Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District is not in compliance with the Indian Education Act which provides Title VII funds to the school district.

In a recent letter written to the Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District's Superintendent Robert Boyle, concerns were expressed that over the past several years the local Ketchikan School District has been administering Title VII funds without the participation of tribal parents putting the district out out of compliance with the Indian Education Act. The July 30th letter was written by Cara Wallace who is the Deputy Director of Ketchikan Indian Community's Southern Southeast Alaska Technical Education Center. - More...
Tuesday - September 04, 2012

Ketchikan: Diabetes Prevention Program Graduates Second Class - Ketchikan Indian Community Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) recently wrapped up a second 16 class session with nine participants.  The class is funded through the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) initially authorized by Congress in 1997. The program, which concentrates on treatment of those with diabetes and prevention for pre-diabetics, is set to expire in 2013 unless re-authorized before then. 

American Indians and Alaska Natives have the highest rate of type 2 diabetes in the nation.  Since the program’s inception in 1997 through 2011 remarkable achievements have been made.  The mean blood sugar level (A1C) has decreased to 8% in 2011 from 9% in 1996.  This translates into a 40% reduction in diabetes related complications. - More...
Tuesday - September 04, 2012

Ketchikan: UAS Ketchikan Honor Society Promoted to Two Star Chapter - The University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan’s Alpha Rho Beta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society (PTK) is proud to announce that it has fulfilled all requirements to be named a “Two Star Chapter”.

The Five Star Chapter Development Plan serves as a blueprint for developing a strong chapter, improves student engagement and recognizes progress in the attainment of goals set by the chapter. Using the Five Star Plan as a guide, chapters enhance their strategies to recognize eligible students, provide significant personal and professional development opportunities for members through Honors in Action, and build a working relationship with the college administration by becoming active on campus and in the community. - More...
Tuesday - September 04, 2012

Alaska: Arctic sea ice breaks lowest extent on record - The extent of the sea ice covering the Arctic Ocean has shrunk. According to scientists from NASA and the NASA-supported National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) in Boulder, Colo., the amount is the smallest size ever observed in the three decades since consistent satellite observations of the polar cap began.

Arctic sea ice breaks lowest extent on record

Scattered ice floes are seen from the bridge of the USCGC Healy on August 20, 2012 northwest of Barrow, Alaska. Arctic sea ice fell to its lowest daily extent in the satellite record on Sunday, August 26, 2012.
Credit: U.S. Coast Guard

Arctic sea ice cover melted to its lowest extent in the satellite record on August 26, 2012, breaking the previous record low observed in 2007. Sea ice extent fell to 4.10 million square kilometers (1.58 million square miles) on August 26, 2012. This was 70,000 square kilometers (27,000 square miles) below the September 18, 2007 daily extent of 4.17 million square kilometers (1.61 million square miles).

"By itself it's just a number, and occasionally records are going to get set," NSIDC research scientist Walt Meier said about the new record. "But in the context of what's happened in the last several years and throughout the satellite record, it's an indication that the Arctic sea ice cover is fundamentally changing."

According to NSIDC Director Mark Serreze, "The previous record, set in 2007, occurred because of near perfect summer weather for melting ice. Apart from one big storm in early August, weather patterns this year were unremarkable. The ice is so thin and weak now, it doesn't matter how the winds blow."

"The Arctic used to be dominated by multiyear ice, or ice that stayed around for several years," Meier said. "Now it's becoming more of a seasonal ice cover and large areas are now prone to melting out in summer."

The sea ice cap naturally grows during the cold Arctic winters and shrinks when temperatures climb in the spring and summer. But over the last three decades, satellites have observed a 13 percent decline per decade in the minimum summertime extent of the sea ice. The thickness of the sea ice cover also continues to decline. - More...
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letter August in Alaska - “My Mind is Full and My Heart is Happy” By U. S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski - I can't decide whether I am the luckiest woman in Alaska or the luckiest person in America. I have just had the best 30 days anybody could have in any place ever. I have been home. - More...
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letter Performing Arts Center By Lallette Kistler - The Performing Arts Center (PAC) survived the Ketchikan Legislative Liason committee meeting on August 27th, and we have been placed as #3 on the area-wide priority list to the governor! - More...
Tuesday PM - September 04, 2012

letter Re: THE MISERABLE MILE By Alan R. McGillvray - I agree totally with Mr Pickrell about that stretch of highway, it is truly a 'miserable mile' with elevation changes great enough to throw a car traveling at speed, across the road and into oncoming traffic. - More...
Tuesday PM - September 04, 2012

letter Archie Van Winkle By Judy Van Winkle - I would just like you to say thank you to author of the letter about my dad Col. Archie Van Winkle. - More...
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letter RE: Rights of People with Disabilities By Amanda Mitchell - I want to thank Kevin Gadsey for coming forward and voicing his approval towards the CRPD. I still respectfully disagree with the CRPD, but I do see that Kevin wants what is best for those that he serves. I wish all people were a little more like you, Kevin. SAIL is a really good organization and I would recommend it. However, I am looking out for my children’s long term interests and I believe the CRPD is detrimental to their welfare. - More...
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letter Feral Cat Lady not from Metlakatla. By Christina Martinez - An article that was published in the Ketchikan Daily news this last week ran a story about a woman who was escorted off the Annette Island Reserve by the Metlakatla Police Department whose car was occupied with 53 cats, some pregnant most, feral. - More...
Monday - August 27, 2012

letter Re: Irregularities in Ketchikan's fiscal forecast By Agnes Moran - The Aquatic Center and the replacement generator are the two items of concern to Mr. Plute that lie in purview of the Borough. Unfortunately, Mr. Plute's letter contains many inaccuracies regarding these two projects and I would like to address those here. - More...
Thursday AM - August 23, 2012

letter Shameful By Laura Plenert - Jack Shay's "performance" in court on Monday was shameful and disgusting. Entertainer til the end. - More...
Thursday AM - August 23, 2012 

letter Tough Questions By Guy Archibald - If the Ketchikan Gateway Borough (KGB) Assembly is to protect the long term interests of its citizens, they need to ask tough questions before agreeing to locate an ore processing facility within KGB.  They need to ensure that the promises made by the mine are enforceable and will protect the community far into the future.  Unfortunately, mines have a history of making grand promises in the early stages and then abandoning them after closure or when market conditions change. - More...
Tuesday - August 21, 2012

letter Thank you! By Vicki Harsha - My son, Nick Martin, was recently involved in a jet boat accident on the Stikine River in Wrangell, Alaska. Twelve hours after the accident he called to tell me he was on the way to the hospital in Wrangell and asked if I would let the Ketchikan Indian Community know that he would be going to the emergency room for treatment. He assured me he was fine and that he just needed some stitches in his forehead and possibly his finger. - More...
Tuesday - August 21, 2012

letter Irregularities in Ketchikan's Fiscal Forecast By Ed Plute - Currently the City of Ketchikan is $158 million in debt according to the 2012 annual budget. Established here are just a few examples of financial irresponsibilities that need to addressed and not behind closed doors. - More...
Tuesday - August 21, 2012

letter Cabin elimination By A. M. Johnson - Will the results of the public comments regarding the removal of various cabins from the Tongass National Forest reflect a corresponding reduction in the excessive number of U.S.Forest Service employees in the respective areas? - More...
Tuesday - August 21, 2012

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