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SitNews - Stories In The News - Ketchikan, Alaska
September 07, 2012

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Ketchikan: Three Alaska Schools Named Blue Ribbon Schools; Two of the Three Blue Ribbon Schools in Ketchikan - Point Higgins Elementary School and the Tongass School of Arts and Sciences Charter School in the Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District and West Homer Elementary School in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District have been named Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education. They are among just 269 public schools nationwide to receive this coveted award.

"Our nation has no greater responsibility than helping all children realize their full potential," U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said. "Schools honored with the National Blue Ribbon Schools award are committed to accelerating student achievement and preparing students for success in college and careers. Their work reflects the conviction that every child has promise and that education is the surest pathway to a strong, secure future."said Duncan.

“The academic success of West Homer, Point Higgins and Tongass is a credit to their students, parents and educators, and to their communities,” said Alaska Education Commissioner Mike Hanley. “Their achievements are an inspiration.”

The National Blue Ribbon Schools award recognizes schools in one of two performance categories. The first category is "Exemplary High Performing," in which schools are recognized among their state's highest performing schools, as measured by state assessments or nationally-normed tests. The second category is "Exemplary Improving," in which schools that have at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds demonstrate the most progress in improving student achievement levels as measured by state assessments or nationally-normed tests.

The U.S. Department of Education requests nominations from the top education official in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and the Bureau of Indian Education. The Council for American Private Education nominates private schools.

Ketchikan's Point Higgins Elementary and Kenai's West Homer were honored as high-performing schools, and Ketchikan's Tongass School of Arts & Sciences as an improving school. - More...
Friday - September 07, 2012

Ketchikan: Historic Ketchikan Hires New Executive Director - Historic Ketchikan Inc. announced that Stephen Reeve will be the new Executive Director for the local organization. Reeve will be replacing former Executive Director Dave Kiffer who recently resigned.

According to Historic Ketchikan, the new Executive Director Stephen Reeve is a city planner and architect who specializes in urban development and design, historic preservation and tourism development. Reeve has led public sector urban development and non-profit management strengthening programs in developing countries, directed state and local government planning agencies and has carried out dozens of urban planning and design, historic preservation, tourism development, and local government management projects in the United States and developing countries. Reeve and his family have also renovated significant historic buildings in Ketchikan.

Historic Ketchikan Board of Directors' President Terry Wanzer said, "The organization is working on several exciting projects at this juncture. We are excited to have Stephen on board to assist Historic Ketchikan in bringing many of these projects to fruition. Stephen is a perfect fit with his background, plus he was co-founder of the Historic Ketchikan non-profit which was established in 1990."

Former Executive Director Dave Kiffer resigned after serving the Board since 1999. Kiffer has accepted a job with the State of Alaska as the Education Coordinator at the Ketchikan Correctional Center. Kiffer, a fourth generation Ketchikan resident, said he would continue to work to preserve and celebrate Ketchikan's history. - More...
Friday - September 07, 2012

Ketchikan: First Book Southeast Alaska Accepts Grant Applications - First Book Southeast Alaska Chair Charlotte Glover announced that First Book Southeast is now accepting grant applications for the 2012-13 school year.

Community organizations that work with low-income children and can incorporate reading into their programs are invited to apply. Past grant recipients have included preschools, daycares, Head Start programs, mentoring programs and after school programs.

First Book-Southeast Alaska is part of First Book’s national network of volunteer led Advisory Boards who provide new books to children in need in communities across the country. First Book-Southeast Alaska works to promote and facilitate the distribution of new books to literacy programs in our region. - More...
Friday - September 07, 2012

Alaska: Study finds wetter Arctic could influence climate change - Increased precipitation and river discharge in the Arctic has the potential to speed climate change, according to the results of a study led by Xiangdong Zhang, a scientist at the University of Alaska Fairbanks International Arctic Research Center.

“As the Earth’s climate continues to change, the high-latitude North is becoming even wetter than before,” Zhang says. “In particular, air moisture, precipitation and river discharge have increased, leading to a stronger water cycle. These recent changes may intensify climate system interactions and further advance climate change.” - More...
Friday - September 07, 2012

Ketchikan: Baranovich: Alaska’s First ‘Industrialist A feature article 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....
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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...
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letter Shameful By Laura Plenert - Jack Shay's "performance" in court on Monday was shameful and disgusting. Entertainer til the end. - More...
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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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