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September 26, 2012

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A Whale's 'Tale'
This photograph was taken off Caamano North of Ketchikan. That day the photographer saw over 100 whales, surely they were migrating, Greys, Orcas and Mickey whales along with Porpoises.
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Ketchikan: Bust Seizes $103,112 in Marijuana Buds, Two Arrested By Mary Kauffman - Two Metlakatla men in possession of 4.5 pounds of marijuana buds were arrested Sunday evening at the Alaska Marine Highway Ferry Terminal in Ketchikan. Arrested were Blaine Adam Hayward (age 22 of Metlakatla) and Matthew Swan Booth (age 25 of Metlakatla).

The Alaska Bureau of Investigation's Southeast Alaska Cities Against Drugs (SEACAD) task force, with the assistance of the Ketchikan Police Department and the Alaska State Troopers Ketchikan Post, arrested Hayward and Booth for two counts each of Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree. The investigation revealed the men to be in possession of 73 ounces or 4.5 pounds of marijuana buds. - More...
Wednesday - September 26, 2012

Southeast Alaska: Stedman Named as Chair of The Energy Council; Council will focus on Arctic development issues, fossil energy trends and alternative energy development - Senator Bert Stedman (R-Sitka) has been named Chair of The Energy Council, which is a legislative organization consisting of members from 11 U.S. states, five Canadian provinces, and the country of Venezuela.   The council’s mission is to provide a forum where leaders can exchange ideas, best practices and sound solutions on vital energy issues that affect Alaska, the nation, and the Western Hemisphere.

“I’m honored to continue serving as part of The Energy Council’s leadership,” said Senator Stedman.   “The Energy Council conference is a unique forum for discussing energy policy with some of the most knowledgeable people in the world.  I’m proud to bring that knowledge back to Alaska and use it to make decisions regarding our resources.”

Senator Stedman has served on The Energy Council’s executive committee for five years and was elected Vice-Chair of the Council in late 2011.  Under Senator Stedman’s leadership as Chair this year, the council plans to focus on three themes: Understanding Arctic Development in a Global Context, Fossil Energy Trends, and Policy, Electricity and Alternate Energy Development. - More...
Wednesday - September 26, 2012

Alaska: Alaska Participates in National Voter Registration Day - Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell joined states across the nation in announcing Alaska’s participation in National Voter Registration Day.

“From what we can tell, at least 20,000 eligible Alaskans aren’t registered to vote,” Lt. Gov. Treadwell said.  “And of those registered, only about 25% voted in the primary election last month. We can do better.”

October 7 is the deadline to register to vote in the November 6 General Election.  Alaskans who turn 18 before Election Day must also register by October 7.

Treadwell is tackling the problem from all fronts to make registration and voting an even easier process.

Treadwell sent letters to 4,000 Alaskans who turned 18 this year, reminding them to register.  He wrote to high school principals, encouraging participation in the National Mock Elections on November 1.  The Division of Elections runs a Youth Vote Ambassador Program, where students 16 and older help register eligible voters, educate their peers on the elections process, and can work or volunteer as poll workers. - More...
Wednesday - September 26, 2012

Southeast Alaska: Donation of audio reels document the community of Wrangell - A Southeast Alaska radio station has donated to Sealaska Heritage Institute hundreds of audio recordings dating from the 1960s to the 1990s.

The collection donated by KSTK-FM documents the history and events of the community of Wrangell through interviews and talk shows over the years, said SHI Archivist and Collections Manager Zachary Jones.

The recordings touch upon topics of interest to the Native community and the community as a whole, Jones said.

“It’s especially great for Sealaska Heritage Institute because it documents a portion of the Native community—the community’s concerns, their culture, their language, their history and their art. But the collection is also really important because it documents the wider community of Wrangell, not just the Native community, and that’s important, too,” Jones said.

The recordings will be of use to anyone interested in studying Southeast Alaska. The recordings cover a broad range of topics, including cultural, historical and even ecological information, said Jones.

“Speakers include the noted Tlingit Elder Walter Soboleff speaking, Native artists, influential individual Esther Shay as well as individuals like the mayor of Wrangell speaking to Congressman Don Young,” Jones said.

The donation brings another vital resource that will allow SHI to continue its work in writing tribal histories from the words of those who were part of Native history, said SHI President Rosita Worl.  - More...
Wednesday - September 26, 2012

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jpg Louie WhickerLOUIE WHICKER: Louie’s Blog- Let me introduce myself to the SitNews' readers. I am a new freelance writer for Sitnews, an online Ketchikan newspaper. Currently I am attending Ketchikan High School.

My first column is about a day in my wonderful life; I hope you like my story. This old world is filled with wonders and I am looking for the wonders in my world.

I am eighteen years old and I am Autistic. Autism affects my communication and my behavior. I can learn and memorize anything and I am good at computer data input. I am learning how to do new kinds of work -- such this work opportunity SitNews has offered me to develop skills as a freelance writer.

I sing and play piano and like you, I have a busy schedule. Living in Alaska we have to visit the world. Yes, I would like to go to the East Coast of the United States and play piano at Boston’s Berkley School of Music so I can learn to be a better piano player and singer. - More...
Wednesday - September 26,

jpg Tom PurcellTom Purcell: Economic Freedom Heads North - The wife and I are thinking over our career prospects and we're suddenly open to moving to Canada."

"Ah, yes, you speak of the results of the Fraser Institute's recently released 'Economic Freedom of the World: 2012 Annual Report.' It shows that Canada is the fifth freest economy, whereas America has plunged to the 18th spot."

"That's right. It's a real bummer to see America fall so far so fast in the rankings."

"To be sure. The report says that from 1980 to 2000, the United States was generally rated the third freest economy in the world, ranking behind only Hong Kong and Singapore. Between 2000 and 2010, we fell to the 10th spot. In just one year we plunged to the 18th spot!"

"What are we doing wrong to fall to 18th on the list?"

"Well, the Fraser Institute says that the 'cornerstones of economic freedom are personal choice, voluntary exchange, freedom to compete, and security of privately owned property.' It uses 42 variables to measure economic freedom in five key areas: the size of government, legal systems and property rights, sound money, freedom to trade internationally, and regulation. America has lost ground in all five." - 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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