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SitNews - Stories In The News - Ketchikan, Alaska
September 17, 2012

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Eurasian Collared-Doves
(Correction) Eurasian Collared-Doves
(Correction) According to avid Ketchikan bird watcher Jim Lewis, these doves did migrate here and there are several groups throughout the Ketchikan area. A nest was found last year on the North end. The Eurasian Collared- Dove is an invasive species that is all over the U.S and is spreading through Alaska quickly. These birds were originally released in Bermuda in the 70’s.
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Ketchikan: Wood Energy Conference to meet in Ketchikan (SitNews) - The 2012 Alaska Wood Energy Conference is scheduled for Oct. 9–10 and will be held at the Ted Ferry Civic Center in downtown Ketchikan. The conference will focus on community use of wood biomass.

Many communities in Alaska are turning to locally available woody biomass resources to reduce their energy costs and create economic opportunities for their residents. The 2012 Alaska Wood Energy Conference sessions will feature community leaders and decision-makers who will discuss their communities’ experiences after making the decision to include woody biomass as part of their energy services. Other sessions will include insights on converting to, operating and maintaining a woody biomass system; source and sustainability of forest resources; potential impacts of woody biomass utilization; and the latest technology and equipment.

Anticipated registration for the 2012 Alaska Wood Energy Conference is 200 individuals from across Alaska and neighboring countries to share information and provide training on important issues about biomass utilization in Alaska.

Registration is open for the 2012 Alaska Wood Energy Conference. An "early bird" registration of $150 is being offered. For an additional $25, there is a pre-conference field trip to the Ketchikan-based Tongass Forest Enterprises Pellet Plant. - More...
Monday - September 17, 2012

Alaska: Cruise Ship Science Advisory Panel To Meet - The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will host its sixth Science Advisory Panel meeting of the year along with a technology workshop from September 19-21 in Juneau.

Guided by state law, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation established the 11-member Science Advisory Panel in 2009 to evaluate the most “technologically effective and economically feasible” methods for pollution prevention, control and treatment of cruise ship of wastewater. Its members include representatives from the Coast Guard, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, land-based and marine wastewater treatment experts, the fishing industry, the cruise ship industry, academia and a marine conservation organization. The Panel will advise DEC as it prepares to report the Panel’s findings to the state legislature. The group’s first meeting took place in February 2010.

The September 19 session will be held at the Goldbelt from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Panel will review and edit the final draft of their preliminary report to the Department of Environmental Conservation. The report is a culmination of two years of study on the technological effectiveness and economic feasibility of methods of pollution prevention, control and treatment of cruise ship wastewater. - More...
Monday - September 17, 2012

Alaska: SEARHC encourages prevention against pertussis - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) is joining with the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services to recommend that all Alaskans make sure they have a current pertussis (whooping cough) vaccination.

In July, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said this summer’s whooping cough outbreak could become the worst in the United States in more than half a century. Already this year the states of Washington, Wisconsin and Minnesota each have reported thousands of cases, and Washington declared a state health emergency in May with emergency funds being used to buy vaccines. As of Aug. 27, Alaska had reported 113 cases compared to just 24 last year, with the vast majority of cases located in the Anchorage/Mat-Su Valleys/Interior regions. However, there recently has been a confirmed case in Haines and more are expected in Southeast Alaska.

“Pertussis is very contagious,” said Dr. Russ Bowman, DO, SEARHC Community Health Care Services Medical Director. “I’ve had it myself, and it’s miserable when you have it. There’s no treatment for it, so please get a (vaccine) booster. See your provider and we can make sure you’re covered.”

Health officials believe one reason for the higher number of cases is because of waning vaccine protection, especially now that they use a different vaccine than a few years ago. Whooping cough starts out with cold-like symptoms such as a fever, runny nose and sneezing, and is accompanied by a mild cough that grows more severe by the first or second week. A high-pitched whoop, which gives the illness its name, can follow violent coughing fits, but not in all cases. In extreme cases, pertussis can cause death (usually among infants), and about 40 percent of infants who get pertussis wind up in the hospital. - More...
Monday - September 17, 2012

Alaska: Primary Election Ballot Measure Results Certified – Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell announced today the certification of the 2012 Primary Election ballot measure results.

Ballot Measure 1, a “Bill Increasing the Maximum Residential Property Tax Exemption,” was passed by a vote of 61,804 yes to 61,495 no.  The measure will allow a city or borough to raise the property tax exemption on a residence from $20,000 to at most $50,000.  This kind of tax exemption must be put to a vote and approved at a local election.  The bill also allows a city or borough to pass a law to adjust this exemption to reflect a raise in the cost of living. - More...
Monday - September 17, 2012

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DANNY TYREE: Are You Ready For Immortality? - According to ABC News, "Business Insider" and other sources, phrases such as "Nobody lives forever" and "death and taxes" could become quaint relics in just a few decades.

Russian billionaire Dmitry Itskov and 30 top Russian scientists have formed a collective called The 2045 Initiative, with the goal of designing a future in which humans will be routinely upgraded to androids/hologram avatars. Shortly before death, a person's personality/thought patterns/consciousness would be uploaded into a super-powered artificial body. In other words, over the next 33 years, the human race would achieve IMMORTALITY!

Itskov has sent an open letter to the 1,266 individuals on the Forbes World Billionaires list, challenging them to fund the project (for profit AND for the betterment of the species).

Anybody else foresee problems here, starting with "til death us do part" controversies, earth's finite resources and the question of what sort of jobs will remain? And either we will have a new caste system with avatars living alongside mere mortals who can't afford an avatar OR flesh-and-blood folks will stop reproducing and leave a single generation "frozen in amber" as it were. - More...
Saturday - September 15, 2012

PHIL KERPEN: Che and the EPA - On September 13, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sent an internal email to its staff under the subject line "Hispanic Heritage Month." The email, obtained by The Weekly Standard magazine, featured a picture of infamous communist butcher Che Guevara with the slogan "hasta la victoria siempre," or "on to victory, always."

Che has long been a hero of communists and other radicals for his brutal tactics, and the iconic photo of Che taken Alberto Korda has shown up in inappropriate places before. But it is especially chilling to see Che's image being used by a government agency that has pursued an astonishingly aggressive anti-growth and anti-property rights agenda.

The seeming ubiquity of Che's image should not desensitize us to the depravity of the man. Alvaro Vargas Llosa explained the depths of Che's evil a few years ago in the New Republic. He noted that Che wrote in "Message to the Tricontinental" in April 1967: "hatred as an element of struggle; unbending hatred for the enemy, which pushes a human being beyond his natural limitations, making him into an effective, violent, selective, and cold-blooded killing machine."

In January 1957, Che murdered Eutimio Guerra, writing his diary: "I ended the problem with a .32 caliber pistol, in the right side of his brain.... His belongings were now mine." - More...
Saturday - September 15, 2012


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letter It's a privilege to serve By Kyle Johansen - As the Ketchikan Daily News (KDN) Editor wrote in a recent, very long editorial about me, it is a great privilege representing constituents in Juneau.  It is also a great responsibility.  It is also about to be more difficult as, through redistricting, Southeast Alaska has lost a seat in the Alaska State House of Representatives.  There will be only four House members representing our region next year. - More...
Saturday PM - September 15, 2012

letter Re: Fawn Mountain Field & Handicapped Access By Agnes Moran - The Ketchikan Gateway Borough and the School District have been working cooperatively over the past year to make Esther Shea Field handicapped accessible. A contract has been awarded to install a paved driveway and four handicapped accessible parking spots on the east end of the field. A sidewalk is being installed along the southern edge of the field to connect the new parking spaces to the grandstand area. Construction is underway and the estimated completion date is the end of October 2012 (provided a paving contractor is available at that time to finish the project). - More...
Saturday PM - September 15, 2012

letter Re: Handicapped Access By Allegra Machado - As I mentioned back in June, I would still love to see ADA Accessible curb ramps installed on both ends of the large section of sidewalk that runs along the creek on Park Avenue. - More...
Saturday PM - September 15, 2012 

letter Haida Corporation Shareholders By Frances C. Natkong - First of all, the $20 million the President and Chairman of the Board are hot to borrow should go to a shareholder vote, I've heard they are meeting with the lawyer on the QT. If I'm not mistaken it takes a full board to agree to even talk to the lawyer. Again, I would like to know why there are only two board members making decisions? It's time for a change in officers. The President and Chairman should step down and let someone in there who knows what's going on instead of trying to figure out how to spend more of OUR money. - More...
Saturday PM - September 15, 2012

letter Re: Access to Fawn Mountain Track & Field By Dawn Frizzell- Luna - In reading the letters written by Peter Bolling and Joseph Craig Sr., I to have wonder about Handicapped Accessibility at Fawn Mountain Track & Field and why there is no access or accommodations for those with disabilities who are not able to walk up the stairs. There should be accessibility and accommodations for everyone not just those who can walk up the stairs. Is it not there for our students, athletes, etc. to use? What about our students and athletes who are disabled and can not walk up those stairs? What about a family member or friend who wants to go watch a game who is disabled and can not walk up those stairs? Are they suppose to sit in their car while everyone else enjoys the game and listen to the yells from the crowd when someone makes a touchdown, because there is no access for them? The field is beautiful and there was a lot of money spent on it so our community could enjoy it. The thing is, community should include everyone not just those who are able to walk up the stairs. - More...
Saturday PM - September 15, 2012

letter RE: DON'T BREED OR BUY WHILE SHELTER PETS DIE! By Paul Jarvi - I agree with the main points of Ms. Cloud's shelter manager letter, however I disagree with Ms. Cloud's views on people bringing new dogs on the island. - More...
Saturday PM - September 15, 2012

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...
Saturday PM - September 15, 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

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