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September 25, 2013

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Ketchikan: F/V Arctic Prowler to be Christened Oct. 5 in Ketchikan - Alaska Longline, LLC, and Alaska Ship & Drydock (ASD) will christen the largest commercial fishing vessel to be build in Alaska, The F/V Arctic Prowler on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013.

F/V Arctic Prowler to be Christened Oct. 5 in Ketchikan

The F/V Arctic Prowler, owned by Alaska Longline Company, is an Ocean going Factory Longliner, capable of processing and storing catch aboard.
Photo courtesy Alaska Ship & Drydock a Vigor Industrial Company

The ceremony for the new 136 ft. freezer longliner will be held at the Ketchikan Shipyard and will be conducted in the new enclosed Ship Assembly Hall followed by tours of the Arctic Prowler immediately after the christening ceremony.  The event is scheduled to begin at 2:30 PM and end at 5:00 PM.

The Arctic Prowler is the first large commercial fishing vessel built in Alaska. The new vessel will have 16,300 cubic feet of freezer space, have the ability to both catch and process at sea, and the capability of fishing 56,000 hooks per day. The Arctic Prowler is designed and built with an emphasis on economic use of space allowing room for state of the art fishing and factory equipment producing very high quality products. Freezer capacity is ample as is fuel capacity allowing extended fishing voyages.  Design criteria include comfortable crew accommodations necessitated by extended range of the vessel.  Fishing and factory equipment selection were based on the owner’s extensive experience in Bering Sea fisheries.

“We are proud to christen the Arctic Prowler in Ketchikan. This is a beautiful and efficient vessel, and a wonderful addition to our fleet.  As an Alaska-based company with significant Alaskan ownership, it is fitting that this vessel was built in Alaska, by Alaskans,” said Larry Cotter, President of Alaska Longline and Chief Executive Officer of Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association. APICDA is a partner in the Alaska Longline Company, which is the primary harvester of APICDA’s community development quota cod allocation. - More...
Wednesday PM - September 25, 2013

Alaska: Alaska Fishermen to U.S. Senate: "Hold Walmart Accountable for Anti-American Seafood Policies!" - Upcoming U.S. Senate Hearings into Walmart's practice of freezing out Alaska salmon - even in Alaskan stores - should force the retailer and others like them to explain their controversial sustainability policies that may leave millions of Americans without access to the world's gold standard of sustainable seafood. A large group of Alaska fishermen and their families led the charge for a Capitol Hill inquiry yesterday into practices that could result in Russian seafood on American plates.

The calls to the U.S. Senate from "Alaska Salmon Now", a grassroots collection of fishermen, consumers, and other representatives of the Alaska seafood industry, came a day before Walmart and Alaska state officials were to testify Tuesday, in front of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard on third-party sustainability certification of U.S. seafood and its impact on the seafood options in grocery stores and restaurants.

"It is unacceptable for Walmart to continue to deny Americans the right to choose sustainable Alaska salmon," said John Renner, Vice President, Cordova District Fisherman United. "This affects real American workers and consumers, and we are taking this issue very seriously. If Walmart doesn't do what's right, we hope our representatives in Washington are willing to stand up and hold them accountable."

As a result of Walmart's policy, countless jobs in Alaska's $16 billion seafood industry may be at risk, and millions of Americans may lose access to sustainable Alaska salmon. - More...
Wednesday PM - September 25, 2013

Alaska: British Adventurer is First to Row Solo From Japan to Alaska - Tuesday morning shortly before noon, British Adventurer, Sarah Outen (28), arrived in Adak in the Aleutians, to become the first person to row solo from Japan to Alaska - a row of 3,750 nautical miles.

British Adventurer is First to Row Solo From Japan to Alaska

British Adventurer is First to Row Solo From Japan to Alaska
Photo courtesy Sarah Outen

Outen and her boat, Happy Socks, left Choshi, Japan April 27, 2013 and made land on Adak 150 days later.

Outen said, "I have had some of the most intense and memorable months of my life out on the Pacific - it has been brilliant and brutal at the same time. And it has been a privilege. But I have pushed myself to my absolute limits both physically and mentally to make land here in Alaska, and body and mind are now exhausted."

This has been a gruelling journey - storms have seen Outen confined to her cabin for days and her boat has capsized five times, bringing back memories of being hit by the row-ending Tropical Storm during her first attempt to cross the Pacific in 2012.

And the last few hundred miles have been the hardest this seasoned rower has ever endured. As she travelled further north, falling temperatures and poor light made rowing incredibly demanding. This, coupled with the psychological battle of being alone on the ocean and completely self-sufficient has made for a very difficult expedition. What's more, this week, she narrowly missed being hit by a cargo ship. - More...
Wednesday PM - September 25, 2013

Southeast Alaska: Roadless Rule Crippling Southeast Economy – U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) criticized the U.S. Forest Service yesterday for using the roadless rule to block responsible development in Southeast, Alaska.

“I am actively working to address the impacts the roadless rule has on economic development opportunities in Southeast,” Murkowski said. “That’s precisely why I brought Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell to Alaska last month, so that he could see for himself the challenges Alaskans face.”

Reinstatement of the roadless rule in Alaska has made development, including construction of renewable energy projects, next to impossible because of the cost of building both the projects and the transmission lines to deliver the power must be economic.

“We will not be able to build these projects if it means that you can only do construction by helicopter,” Murkowski said. “It’s possible to do, but it is not economically feasible and this is something that the chief of the Forest Service should understand.” - More...
Wednesday PM - September 25, 2013

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jpg Danny TyreeDANNY TYREE: Millionaires On A Food Stamp Diet? - If you're a follower of the Huffington Post, you've probably read about Panera Bread founder and CEO Ron Shaich and his week-long commitment to spend no more than $4.50 a day on food, thus spotlighting the plight of the 49 million Americans on food stamps.

(Even after years of the use of debit cards, we still talk about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program as "food stamps." It's like announcing, "I reckon I'll drive down to the general store in my horseless carriage and get vittles with the food stamps.")

As part of Hunger Action Month, 26 members of Congress have been taking the SNAP Challenge along with Shaich. Why didn't more of the 535 members of Congress participate? Responses range from "Busy in my home district" to "Sounds like grandstanding" to "What the people are REALLY hungry for is my reelection campaign announcement!"

Many people have cheered this attempt to see "how the other half lives," but Shaich has also received criticism from both the left and the right.

Some SNAP recipients find the campaign a too-brief, meaningless gesture. One recipient observed, "Whoa! A whole week living with only necessities? Heck, Mr. CEO, I could do that standing on my head - although my cigarettes and smartphone might fall out of my shirt pocket and the beer might run down my nose..." - More...
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letter Vote yes KMC! By Bess Clark - As a longtime resident of this community, I want to express my support for our local hospital, Ketchikan Medical Center. Over the years, I have had first-hand experience with the doctors, nurses and staff at KMC from routine care in the medical clinics to various surgeries. My family members have always received outstanding medical and surgical care from excellent caregivers. I have always been so thankful to be able to receive high-quality, attentive health care right here in Ketchikan. It's my experience that it is always best to receive care from those who know you best, where you can be supported by your friends and family during your recovery process. - More...
Wednesday PM - September 25, 2013

letter KMC Prop 1 - Vote NO! By Chris Barry - If we are being taxed to pay for a non-profit, and paying everytime we use its services, why are we needing to pay for a remodel? As far as I hear, 'they say' the tax already covers it and no additional taxes are required. Gee, where have I heard that before.... Every year, and throughout the year they brag about their stellar facilities and services. State-of-the-art this and that. Now all of a sudden we will all die if we don't vote yes on more debt! - More...
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letter Important Vote By Rodney Dial - In a few days we will be asked to elect representatives to both the City Council and Borough Assembly.  This is a critical vote for the community.  For those of you who have been following local government proceedings over the last few years you are aware of the following: - More...
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letter State must defend due process rights of all Alaskans By Attorney General Michael Geraghty - In 1965, Ernesto Miranda was found guilty of kidnapping and raping a young girl. Miranda’s attorneys challenged his arrest and the police interrogation that led to his confession. The U.S. Supreme Court held that because the police failed to tell Miranda about his basic constitutional rights when they arrested him, they violated his “due process” rights. That landmark case established what we now know as our Miranda rights, the basic constitutional protections that all of us (not just Miranda) expect as United States citizens. - More...
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letter Federal Tax Code Failures By Fred Walker - Federal Government intervention has destroyed or driven many U.S. Based businesses and their related jobs to other Countries. The U.S. Congress has lost control of the IRS. The Constitution means nothing to many in the U.S. House and Senate. No Constitutionally required Federal Budget has been passed in years! Vote buying by those with the money to influence elections for personal gain and further prostitution of Ou rRepresentatives and Senators is rampant! The perversion of Federal Tax Code has destroyed the idea of Citizen representation and "equal" taxation originally instituted by the U.S. Constitution. Most of the current Congress continues to support an IRS strangle hold on every U.S. Citizen's throat! - More...
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letter RE: Library Funding By Matt Olsen - I appreciate Assembly Member Moran's letter. While my recollection of the Assembly's direction to Borough Manager Bockhorst was through what I read in the news, my information on the Library project comes from my intimate knowledge of the process. I stand by my comments on the night of September 5th. - More...
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letter RE: Subject of defunding ObamaCare By Paul Jarvi - Thank you Mr. Johnson for looking at what happens every day in our United States. Billie Holiday said it best when she sang "God bless the child that has his own." - More...
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letter RE: Can we really afford to spend this much money on a hospital? By Mike Wisnewski - Regarding Mr. Ed Plute's letter about the hospital funding vote, where did he get the information that the PeaceHealth Hospital made a profit of $1.64 billion last year? - More...
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letter 9-11 By Arick Mattson - My name is Arick Mattson from Boy Scout Troop 22. Do you remember what it was like at the attacks on the Twin Towers? How old were you on 9/11/01? Where were you on September 11th? What was your reaction then? - More...
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letter Open Letter: Will Murkowski stand strong? By A. M. Johnson - The following quote from a conservative site is submitted to you as a piece that reflect many of the positions I hold, several close acquaintance agree with and through those, many more. - More...
Wednesday PM - September 25, 2013

letter RE: Protect & Serve By Ruth Peterson - I have no experience on the subject of a criminal case. I am family member who is concerned about the safety of my family living in Ketchikan. I would be hiring an attorney and private investigator on this case. - More...
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