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SitNews - Stories In The News - Ketchikan, Alaska
September 12, 2012

Front Page Photo By DOUG BURKMAN ©2012

Ward Lake: American Dipper
Always wondering what they feed on, the photographer says now there is no doubt at this time of year, it appears to be either a Coho egg or a Pink Salmon egg. Judging from the number of Pink Salmon in the creek right now Burkman thinks it would be safe to say it was a Pink Salmon egg.
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Southeast Alaska Help Needs Still High for Southeast Alaska residents - Southeast Alaskans are still struggling to meet their families’ basic needs, according to data from Alaska 2-1-1, the statewide help referral line. For the first six months of 2012, 34% of all referrals to residents of Southeast Alaska were for basic needs, which include food, housing, transportation, and household goods and clothing.

The comparable figure was 33% in both 2011 and 2010. In the same vein, the total number of referrals in Southeast is on par to match 2011. In this case, holding steady isn’t a good thing, according to Michele Brown, President of United Way of Anchorage, which operates Alaska 2-1-1 on behalf of Alaska United Ways.

The entire support system for helping people in need is not keeping up with demand, she said.

“Increasingly since 2009, we’ve seen more Alaskans – working people higher on the income scale than ever before – struggling to make ends meet. People who didn’t need help before need it now,” she said. “The biggest message I take from the 2-1-1 data is that many people have not been able to dig out financially. Demand on the system is unremitting and it’s taking its toll on people and systems.” - More...
Wednesday - September 12, 2012

Ketchikan: Ketchikan Camp 14 ANB ANS Elect Officers & Choose Delegates - Ketchikan Camp 14 of the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Alaska Native Sisterhood met yesterday and conducted their annual elections of officers for the 2012-2013 year and to choose their Delegates for the convention in Sitka which will be held on October 3-6th.

The results are as follows: Alaska Native Brotherhood (ANB)
President: James Llanos, Sr.
Vice President: George James - More...
Wednesday - September 12, 2012

Southeast Alaska: Forest Service Mourns Passing of District Ranger - The Thorne Bay Ranger District is mourning the loss of District Ranger Kent Nicholson, who passed away unexpectedly last weekend at his home on Prince of Wales Island. Although Nicholson had held his current position in Thorne Bay for less than a year, he enjoyed a long career in Southeast Alaska.

Nicholson joined the Forest Service in Hoonah in 2004, when he was hired as a civil engineering technician. Soon after, Nicholson accepted a promotion to forester at the Petersburg Ranger District, where he held that position for more than three years.

His expertise and strong work ethic garnered him a promotion in late 2007 to timber sale prep program manager, a position in which he oversaw timber sale preparations throughout the Tongass while working out of the Petersburg Supervisor’s Office. Nicholson held that position until he took over as Thorne Bay District Ranger early this year.

Before he began his career with the Forest Service, Nicholson was employed with several timber companies, including Louisiana Pacific, Gateway Forest Products, and Silver Bay Logging. Nicholson lived in the communities of Wrangell and Ketchikan during his years with the timber industry. - More...
Wednesday - September 12, 2012

Alaska: New suicide prevention training available for Alaska high school staff - Alaska’s high school teachers, administrators, and staff now have a new prevention tool to address the state’s high rate of youth suicide, available at no cost to them.

Kognito At-Risk is a nationally recognized Web-based program that uses virtual role-play to train personnel on how to appropriately identify and engage with students at risk for suicide.

Access to the evidence-based program is a joint project of the Statewide Suicide Prevention Council, the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development, and the Alaska Association of Student Governments; it was funded by a legislative appropriation.

“The fact that Alaska’s high school student leaders came to the Council with a resolution supporting making the program available to their teachers, coaches, and others speaks to its importance,” said Council Executive Director Kate Burkhart. - More...
Wednesday - September 12, 2012

Alaska: Alaskans Lack Needed Protections Against Permanent Record of Unconstitutional Arrests and Prosecutions; MatSu Couple Sues State of Alaska Seeking Expungement and Return of Improperly Held Property - A MatSu couple have filed a lawsuit today seeking to establish the right of all Alaskans to clear their names when they are unconstitutionally arrested or prosecuted.  Under current law, even when government agents have engaged in misconduct, there is no mechanism for clearing the record and removing information from the state’s database of arrests, court cases, or prosecutions.

“Americans’ faith in our judicial system can only be maintained when we have assurances that both the courts and the police act with integrity; that – just as we must play by the rules – so must our government,” said Jeffrey Mittman, Executive Director of the ACLU of Alaska.  “Our clients, Samantha Clymer and Robin Kling, were subject to a Trooper who, in the words of a Superior Court Judge ‘violated his duty of candor to the court,’ and subjected them to an unconstitutional search and arrest.  While the Court began the process of making them right, because of peculiarities of Alaska law, only this lawsuit can make them whole.”

In addition to being punished by improper court records, the state has refused to return their property.  Joshua Decker, Staff Attorney with the ACLU of Alaska, who represents Clymer and Kling, stated:  “We have repeatedly asked various government representatives to return our clients’ property, which the state is required to do.  The only response we have received is ‘sue me.’  It’s not right when the government neglects its duty, forcing citizens to either give up their rights – or retain counsel.  We are pleased to represent Samantha and Robin who have chosen to stand up for themselves, and for all Alaskans.” - More...
Wednesday - September 12, 2012

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jpg Mary Lynne DahlMoney Matters: 10 Common-Sense Investing Guidelines By MARY LYNNE DAHL, CFP® Successful investing requires a plan and should be based on reasonable goals and expectations. Unfortunately, many investors today are motivated only by fear and greed, neither of which is a good basis for successful investing. What does work, you ask? Here are 10 common-sense guidelines:

1. Commit to the long term before you even start. Investing requires that you think in terms of 5, 10, 20 years. If you think you will need this money in only 3 years, do not invest it; save it in the bank or credit union.

2. Establish a reason for investing. Make investing correspond to a goal or purpose and be specific. For example, you might set a goal of “retirement income”, or “college funding”, but a vague goal of investing to “get wealthy” is not a reasonable goal.

3. Do your homework first. This means to prepare net worth and cash flow statements for yourself before you begin to invest. The reason for this is to have a starting point for measurement of your progress as you invest year by year. In addition, you need to know what your current financial condition is so that your investing strategy is appropriate. What works well for one person does not necessarily work for another; we are all individual with individual needs. - More...
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letter Disappearance of U.S. Manufacturing Jobs By Donald A. Moskowitz - The United States has lost 50,000 manufacturing jobs per month or a total of 2,000,000 high paying manufacturing jobs under President Obama. - More...
Thursday - September 13, 2012

letter Access to Fawn Mountain Field By Peter Bolling - I would like to echo the concerns Mr. Craig brought up regarding access to the field at Fawn Mountain.  Several years ago several other gentlemen and I carried a father who was wheelchair-bound up the concrete steps so he could watch his son play soccer.  I am ashamed to admit that although I had watched my own children play on that field for several years, I had not given any thought to the difficulty other parents or grandparents might have in accessing the field.  - More...
Wednesday PM - September 12, 2012

letter It takes no brains to spend someone else's money By Douglas Thompson - I read a letter to you saying Ketchikan is in debt for $128 million.  Hard to believe with the fine leadership and management we have had in this town.  It doesn't matter anyway all their friends are doing quite well and the manager's personal account is bulging.  So why should we common citizens worry?  They never worried in the Soviet Union, spend - spend - spend. - More...
Monday - September 10, 2012

letter DON'T BREED OR BUY WHILE SHELTER PETS DIE! By Margaret Cloud - Once again someone is looking for a "mate" solely for the purpose of breeding.  We certainly do not need anymore dogs on this island. - More...
Monday - September 10, 2012

letter Fawn Mountain Athletic Field & Handicapped Access By Joseph T. Craig Sr. - I have some serious questions regarding handicap access accommodations at the Fawn Mountain Athletic Field . After reading the American Disability Act on their web-site, I get a strong feeling regarding, if that facility is in compliance.  I have found that there is no wheelchair access, no way for the handicap to walk or drive up to the field, if you were able to get up there, there are no handicap relief facilities that would accommodate a person in a wheelchair, and there is no covered area for the handicap to escape the elements. - More...
Monday - September 10, 2012

letter Pac12 Network By Charlie Reynolds - Hey all of you Dawg Fans, Quacker Backers, Beaver Believers, and Cougs. There is a new TV network called the Pac12 Network that has all of the Pac12 sports. The network website shows GCI as the provider for Ketchikan however GCI at this time only shows it in Anchorage. - More...
Monday - September 10, 2012

letter Re:“My Mind is Full and My Heart is Happy” By Peg Travis - Thanks to Lisa and to Sitnews for publishing her letter. We agree with her - Alaska is a great land - truly the Last Frontier. - More...
Monday - September 10, 2012

letter Time for A New Congress By Glen Terrell - It’s about to happen again.  Nation-wide, Congress has only a 10% approval rating yet we are about to RE-ELECT 90% OF THE INCUMBENTS!  How can this be?  The only explanation: 90% of us approve of our own representative but want everyone else to elect someone different.   - More...
Monday - September 10, 2012

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...
Tuesday PM - September 04, 2012

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...
Tuesday PM - September 04, 2012

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