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September 24, 2012

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Rescue from Deer Mountain
This long distance photograph was taken from Mahoney Mountain Wednesday afternoon at the time three hikers were being rescued from Deer Mountain. Prior to their Deer Mountain hike, the three had borrowed a SPOT locator beacon from the Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad. When the emergency signal was received, KVRS dispatched a rescue helicopter with rescue crew. Read the story about this rescue on KRBD (click here)
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Alaska: Qualified Borrowers Who Lost Homes to Foreclosure May Be Eligible for Payment; National foreclosure settlement includes approximately $1.5 billion for payments - The Consumer Protection Unit of the Alaska Attorney General’s Office advises that claim forms will be going out starting today to approximately 2,600 Alaskans who lost their homes to foreclosure between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2011, and who may be eligible for payment under the national mortgage foreclosure settlement. The mailings will be sent from the Settlement Administrator, Rust Consulting.

This settlement, which took effect last April, involved the nation’s five largest mortgage servicers: Ally/GMAC, Bank of America, Citi, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo. As part of the settlement, 2 million borrowers nationwide whose loans were serviced by these banks, and who lost their home to foreclosure during the qualifying time period, are eligible for cash payments from a fund of $1.5 billion.

The exact payment will depend upon the total number of borrowers who submit claims. The payment is intended as partial compensation for the mortgage servicers’ illegal conduct. By participating, borrowers do not give up any legal rights and can still pursue other legal remedies, such as filing a lawsuit or joining a class action.  

The Consumer Protection Unit warns homeowners to be aware of settlement-related scams. Borrowers do not need to pay anyone to file a claim or seek other settlement-related assistance. - More...
Monday PM - September 24, 2012

Alaska: Alaska Fishing Industry Sends Help to Japan Fishing Fleets - The Alaska Fishing Industry Relief Mission (AFIRM) has identified and funded ten requests from Northern Japan fishing fleets affected by last year’s tsunamis, to deliver over $375,000 in donations from Alaska seafood processors and fishermen. AFIRM initiated the relief fund shortly after the March 2011 tsunami devastated the fishing communities of Northern Japan.

Seattle-based Unisea, American Seafoods, and Glacier Fish Company inspired donations from their vessel, plant and office employees and then matched them, effectively doubling the industry’s grassroots fundraising efforts.  The Bering Sea crab and groundfish fleets responded with major donations collected from vessels and skippers, including a fundraiser in Hawaii featuring fishermen from the Discovery Channel’s popular Deadliest Catch TV series.

All in all, over 190 fishing and processing industry participants donated over $375,000 with the purpose of helping the affected fishing industry of northeastern Japan rebuild their fishing and processing infrastructure.

“American Seafoods is pleased to participate in this extremely important and worthwhile effort to provide much-needed equipment to those who continue to recover from the effects of the devastating tsunami,” said American Seafoods Company President Inge Andreassen. - More...
Monday PM - September 24, 2012

Alaska: Alaska receives additional suicide prevention funding; $1.4 million federal grant provides training statewide - Alaska’s Division of Behavioral Health recently received a $1.44 million grant to strengthen the state’s youth suicide prevention program.

The Garrett Lee Smith Youth Suicide Prevention Grant, from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, will help groups statewide offer suicide prevention training and develop prevention resources for their communities.

Alaska youth have a suicide rate far higher than their peers Outside. The rate for Alaskans age 15–24 was 46/100,000 in 2010, compared to national rates of 7.8/100,000 for 15–19-year-olds and 12.5/100,000 for 20–24-year-olds. - More...
Monday PM - September 24, 2012

Alaska: Native Leader Richard Frank Remembered in Congressional Record - Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) entered a tribute to Richard Frank into the Congressional Record before the Senate recessed this past weekend.  Frank was an Alaska Native leader, veteran, historian and elder who died Thursday, September 20, 2012 at age 85. 

Murkowski writes, “Richard Frank is an individual of great significance in the history of post-statehood Alaska. He was among the first Alaska Native leaders to recognize the risk that development of the modern state of Alaska posed to the subsistence lifestyle of traditional villages like his home village of Minto in Interior Alaska. He was among the first Native leaders to organize his people in opposition to state land selections that would prejudice the eventual settlement of the aboriginal land claims of Alaska Natives. And his leadership, recognized throughout the state, is one of the reasons that the Native peoples of Alaska won their battle for land claims with passage of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971." - More...
Monday PM - September 24, 2012

Ketchikan: One Ketchikan One Book - During Fall 2012 semester, University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan is sponsoring its second One Ketchikan One Book project, and invites the community of Ketchikan to read and discuss Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other, by Sherry Turkle.

 Odds are you are already having conversations along the themes of privacy and the lack there of with family, coworkers, and others.  There is likely no parent of a teenager out there who hasn’t battled over cell phone usage.  How personal is our communication with each other?  How is technology affecting our family life?  Our democracy?  Our individual rights?

Turkle’s most recent work, Alone Together, argues that we are at a point of decision and opportunity. Technology now invites us to lose ourselves in always-on mobile connections and even in relationships with inanimate creatures that offer to "stand in" for the real. In the face of all this, technology offers us the occasion to reconsider our human values, and reaffirm what they are. She says, “It’s time to talk about the effects of technology…how we use it…and develop a more self-aware relationship.” - More...
Monday PM - September 24, 2012

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jpg Dave KifferDAVE KIFFER: RIP: ANDY AND JP - When Outsiders hear about my upbringing – all that fishing and hunting and trapping – they tend to get pretty misty eyed, especially the male ones. They imagine how their life would be different (i.e. better) if they had been the youngest son of the one the last great outdoorsmen.

I have noted previously that it was a double edged sword and that there were times I would have liked to have had a little more traditional life in my first 15 or so years, but to quote that relentless cliché, it is what it is.

Oddly enough, this summer brought back some flashbacks about another part of my childhood. It was a double marker about the passage of time.

When I think back on growing up, I don’t often spend a lot of mental time reliving the cold, wet hours spent trudging and re-trudging the muskeg. I think back to the occasional periods of relief, often spent outside the cozy confines of Our Fair Salmon City. - More...
Monday PM - September 24, 2012

jpg Danny TyreeDANNY TYREE: 2030: Will Your State Be The Fattest? - Perhaps you should be sitting down to read this.

Or maybe standing up would be better. Standing up, running in place and frantically yanking the carbs out of your children's mouths!!!

Pardon me. I was just disturbed by a new report from the Reuters news service.

An advocacy group called Trust For America's Health predicts that -- if current trends continue - in another 18 years, 13 states will have adult obesity rates above 60 percent, 39 states might have rates above 50 percent and EVERY state will have rates above 44 percent.

Such results would catastrophically increase cases of diabetes, heart disease, stroke and endometrial cancer. Tens of billions of dollars would be added to the cost of private insurance and Medicare, which by 2030 would probably consist of vouchers for elastic waistband pants. - More...
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letter Tragic Incident At The Landfill By Dr. Marna J. Hall - Recently a Ketchikan family had the sad experience of finding at the Landfill a sack of kittens and their mother. The mother cat and all of her kittens except one had been crushed by a vehicle while they were trapped in the bag. Whether they were run over after being dropped alive in the Landfill or whether they were deliberately run over prior to being thrown away there makes no difference. They died a horrific death. The person responsible for this should be thoroughly ashamed. - More...
Monday PM - September 24, 2012

letter Dogs at large By Eugene Martin - As the former Director of Ketchikan Animal Protection, I saw the problem you're talking about everyday. And yes, it would be nice if the shelter could pick up animals day and night. However, that would cost a huge amount of taxpayer money. And yes it would be wonderful if people took responsibility for their animals. I was told one by a person, whose animals ran loose everyday, after the shelter closed, "that's why I moved here, so my animals could run free". It's a community culture that you're dealing with. One that doesn't like to be told what it can or can not do by anyone, especially the government agencies they pay for. Not only that, but they the (animal shelter) have no help. None from the law enforcement agencies or the courts. - More...
Monday PM - September 24, 2012

letter Homes for Ketchikan's Homeless Animals By Kathleen Stack - Ms. Cloud's letter is correct. The number of dogs and cats killed here in Ketchikan and elsewhere in one year is an abomination. It's public record and should be easily available and published. - More...
Monday PM - September 24, 2012

letter Don't Breed or Buy While 2,151 Pets Die. By Laura Attwood - I enjoyed the share Margaret Cloud posted to the site -- it is a popular favorite of mine that really conveys the problems we have with over-breeding and overpopulation of animals and people's willingness to throw them away without a second thought. However, I think Paul Jarvi missed her point. I don't think she was saying we should not allow more dogs on the island but I do think she was suggesting that we don't need to irresponsibly breed dogs. - More...
Monday PM - September 24, 2012

letter Attention Shareholders By Angie Lammers - We have all of the households & businesses on POW to pay Hydro, and turn off the other power company, roughly 3000-4000 houses & businesses on POW. We don't have a commitment from the other cities to do this. This project is over 3 years behind, because inexperienced leadership, do we have any experts working on this? NO. - More...
Monday PM - September 24, 2012

letter Priority list for our community By Alan Bailey - It was reported in the Daily News that I would not compromise the Borough's position on the priority list which is being sent to the Governor's office.  That statement is absolutely correct and there is more to the story.  I have personally advocated continued cooperation between all governmental bodies of our island.  I even co-chair the cooperative relations committee with the city of Ketchikan.  What is frustrating is when we have an established process, we have previously benefited from this process, then several members of the city decide to change the outcome of the decisions made by the three governments or the priority of the projects, It becomes an appearance of a feud between governmental entities and helps no one achieve their goals. - More...
Friday PM - September 21, 2012

letter We go home now McClintock, too little money By A. M. Johnson - Well here we are, $878.00 for each Alaskan's permanent fund share. What a disappointment to many, particularly those who are members of the 47% Romney correctly points out as being on some level of government largess. - More...
Friday PM - September 21, 2012

letter School Bond Proposition is a Good Deal By Agnes Moran - On October 2, voters throughout the Borough will consider a $5.5 million bond proposition for capital improvements at our schools. These improvements address a wide range of district needs including safety, energy efficiency, accessibility, field and playground improvements, and basic maintenance. Funds will also be used to demolish the Mike Smithers Pool, thus allowing the site to be utilized by the School District. - More...
Friday PM - September 21, 2012

letter Re: Fawn Mountain Field & Handicap Access By Joseph T. Craig Sr. - I am elated by the response letter of Borough Member Agnes Moran and the phone call that I received from Borough Member Allen Bailey, regarding Handicap Access to the facility at Fawn Mountain. - More...
Friday PM - September 21, 2012 

letter MONEY GRABBERS By Laurie Price - I am a frequent user of the Ketchikan airport ferry and my fee is always the same for my same day round trip pickup of my husband. I always pay with a personal check for debit and credit card paying is not available.  Friday I had my check written out for a quick transaction for the personnel are always swamped and I was told that I owed an additional $1.10 because I had paid with a check, So I was able to scrounge up 11 dimes from my truck console which meant a longer wait for the other walk on and vehicles traffic behind me. - More... 
Friday PM - September 21, 2012

letter Pets in Ketchikan By Marie Zellmer - I have recently had to deal with our local animal "shelter" after I got two dogs from an unexpected breeding. I can say this, the responsibility of any pet and its ability to breed is up to the owner. I myself have agonized over the concept of getting my dogs fixed, mostly because I know they will never have puppies unless I want them to. I think the big issue is not about about people who breed purebreds or designer mixed breeds. It is an issue over the responsibility of the owner, and the lack of proper animal control by our local "shelter". - More...
Friday PM - September 21, 2012

letter RE: DON'T BREED OR BUY WHILE SHELTER PETS DIE! By Margaret Cloud - Mr. Jarvi - you missed the entire meaning of my comment. "Once again someone is looking for a "mate" solely for the purpose of breeding. We certainly do not need anymore dogs on this island." I was only commenting on the deliberate local breeding of dogs. I continuously see ads where people are wanting to breed dogs, sometimes just mutts. This needs to stop. If a person living here obtains a dog (or other animal) from outside the area as a family pet with no intention of breeding, particularly a rescue animal, that is great. However, as a community we need to stop breeding. Since we live on an island with no bridge off, transporting unwanted dogs to new homes or rescues is both expensive and physically difficult. We do not yet have a no-kill animal control facility and more animals are brought into the facility than can be placed locally. As a community we certainly do not need to deliberately add to the problem by locally breeding. - More....
Friday PM - September 21, 2012

letter Phil Kerpen - Gueverra Picture By Joe Ashcraft - The piece published by Sitnews which attempts to paint the EPA as evil because some unknowing underling put an image on an email should bring one to check the agenda of the writer. Kerpen now runs a new PAC which he will not deny is funded by the Kochs, as were his previous platforms. - More...
Friday PM - September 21, 2012

letter Haida Corp. Concern By Lisa Krieger - Ms. Natkong, it is nice that you make clear by being open directly to the public and express concerns. Maybe you should try to petition the matter and address it in a meeting with other shareholders. And if you are correct on the information you display, you're right, it is a group decision in all accounts. Spending money in this economy while the country struggles with the high cost of living, social security stresses and Health Care. - More...
Friday PM - September 21, 2012

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