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Blue Heron: A majestic sight
The great blue heron in the heron family Ardeidae is a tall, bluish-gray wading bird with a long, pointed bill and a graceful, S-shaped neck. It lives year-round in marshes and wetlands. According to North American Native tradition, the Blue Heron brings messages of self-determination and self-reliance.
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Ketchikan: Alaska Department of Educ Releases 2019 Education Assessment Results; Significant Room for Growth Says Governor; Ketchikan Educ Assessment Results Show Loss in English Language Arts & Small Performance Gain in Mathematics By MARY KAUFFMAN - Statewide, district, school, and subgroup level results from the Performance Evaluation for Alaska’s Schools (PEAKS) assessment and the Alaska Science Assessment were released yesterday and are now available online. Statewide, school districts have until September 25, 2019 to distribute student-level reports to parents and educators.

Approximately 76,400 students participated in the spring 2019 administration of PEAKS and the Alaska Science Assessment. PEAKS and the Alaska Science Assessment are statewide summative assessments designed to provide important data for parents, educators, policy makers, communities, and businesses about how Alaska’s schools and districts are performing. This information informs school improvement efforts at the state and local levels, and helps ensure there is equity in education for all students. Assessments are one piece of the larger education system, and Alaska’s statewide summative assessments are one part of a balanced assessment system.

PEAKS assesses students in grades 3-9 on the state’s current English language arts and mathematics standards, adopted in 2012. PEAKS was first administered in spring 2017. The Alaska Science Assessment assesses students in grades 4, 8, and 10 on the state’s science standards. The spring 2019 administration assessed students on the now-former science standards, adopted in 2006. Starting in 2022, students will be assessed on Alaska’s revised science standards that were adopted in June 2019.

Students score on a scale that is divided into four levels of achievement: advanced, proficient, below proficient, and far below proficient.

“While I am pleased to see pockets of improvement from year to year, we must not be satisfied with our results. The 2019 PEAKS results show a large achievement gap still exists and the work to improve outcomes for all students must continue,” said Alaska Education Commissioner Dr. Michael Johnson.

According to Tamara Van Wyhe, Director of Innovation and Education Excellence, “The department is focusing our efforts and aligning our support to school districts on the five measurable goals in Alaska’s Education Challenge aimed at increasing student achievement, including the importance of reading proficiency in the early grades. Additionally, this fall we will be rolling out an enhanced online reporting system with school-level profiles to provide parents and the public with more information about our schools and the factors that affect student achievement. School improvement is a complicated endeavor, and DEED is committed to providing timely and relevant information, resources, and leadership to schools and districts across the state as they focus on continuous improvement and growth.”

“It will take the involvement of all Alaskans working together to ensure every student has an equitable opportunity to learn and succeed,” added Commissioner Johnson.

Today in a prepared statement Alaska Governor Michael Dunleavy commented on the assessment results. Governor Dunleavy said, “The results of the 2019 PEAKS assessment should remind all Alaskans that we have significant room for growth when it comes to improving our education system in Alaska. While some may wish to point fingers or make excuses, it is in our students’ best interest that we use these results as an opportunity to increase our sense of urgency and our commitment to better outcomes." 

Governor Dunleavy said, “My administration believes we should work towards the Alaska’s Education Challenge plan that focuses our efforts on measurable goals that will increase student performance, including all our children reading proficiently by the time they finish the third grade, that all children are proficient in Algebra by the time they finish the eighth grade, and we provide relevant hands-on education opportunities that can translate into good paying careers. Until we agree that we have performance issues – in many of our schools – in these basic educational benchmarks, we will continue to shortchange students and impact their futures."

“This is something we should all lock arms around so we may do what’s best for our kids. As my administration has stated in the past, we must also be willing to move beyond the idea that more money, without changes to the way we provide education, will produce different results,” said the governor.

Ketchikan School District Highlights:

With over 98% of Ketchikan School District students participating, the following performance evaluation results are reported by the Alaska Department of Education:

All Grades (3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th) Ketchikan English Language Arts Performance Evaluation shows loss in performance.

  • 2019: 46.44% of Ketchikan students tested are Advanced/Proficient in English Language Arts
  • 2018: 48.97% of Ketchikan tested are Advanced/Proficient in English Language Arts
  • 2017: 43.61% of Ketchikan tested are Advanced/Proficient in English Language Arts

  • 2019: 53.56% of Ketchikan students tested are Below/Far Below Proficient in English Language Arts
  • 2018: 51.03% of Ketchikan students tested are Below/Far Below Proficient in English Language Arts
  • 2017: 56.39% of Ketchikan students tested are Below/Far Below Proficient in English Language Arts

In the Ketchikan School District the Economically Disadvantage in all grades tested performed lower in English Language Arts at 67.98% Below/Far Below Proficient with 43.44% of Economically Advantaged students Below/Far Below Proficient.

All Grades Ketchikan Mathematics Perormance Evaluation 2019 shows small improvement:

  • 2019: 43.73% of Ketchikan students tested are Advanced/Proficient in Mathematics
  • 2018: 40.29% of Ketchikan students tested are Advanced/Proficient in Mathematics
  • 2017: 34.65% of Ketchikan students tested are Advanced/Proficient in Mathematics

  • 2019: 56.27% of Ketchikan students are Below/Far Below Proficient in Mathematics
  • 2018: 59.71% of Ketchikan students were Below/Far Below Proficient in Mathematics
  • 2017: 65.35% of Ketchikan students were Below/Far Below Proficient in Mathematics

In the Ketchikan School District 68.33% of Economically Disadvantaged in all grades tested were at Below/Far Below Proficiency in Mathematics with 47.81% of Economically Advantaged at Below/Far Below Proficiency in Math. - More...
Friday PM - September 06, 2019

Southeast Alaska: AMHS Ending Service to Prince Rupert; AMHS is unable to meet requirements for U.S. Customs in Prince Rupert; Prince Rupert Mayor: Time to resolve issue – The Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) announced Wednesday it is ending service to Prince Rupert, British Columbia, effective Oct. 1, 2019.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is requiring AMHS to secure a Canadian law enforcement presence to protect CBP’s personnel in Prince Rupert while inspection tasks are performed. All avenues for local law enforcement were pursued, but AMHS was not able to secure the staff necessary to fulfill this requirement. The new requirement specifies a Canadian law enforcement presence with the ability to make arrests in Canada, which is not a duty that AMHS staff are able to perform.

Last spring, CBP began requiring a Canadian law enforcement presence in Prince Rupert. AMHS was granted a waiver through Sept. 30. Over the summer, AMHS worked with the City of Prince Rupert and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to meet this requirement, but neither of these entities have staff available to perform the duties necessary to comply with the new requirement.

Statement Regarding the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS):

Prince Rupert City Mayor Lee Brain released a prepared statement Thursday regarding this announcement by the Alaska Marine Highway System.

Mayor Brain stated:

"The current situation with the Alaska Marine Highway System is unfortunately complex. There are multiple jurisdictions in which this issue overlaps. 

I'm heading up to Juneau, Alaska the week of Sep 16 to meet with top Alaskan officials in the Department of Transportation and the Governor's office. A variety of solutions have been identified that could see a permanent resolution to this issue, and we have been collaborating with various different organizations and institutions that are involved with this matter. 

As this is a multi-jurisdiction, multi-stakeholder problem that spans two different countries, I can't fully speak to exactly what those potential solutions are as they are still in exploration and evolution. 

However, for clarity's sake, the issues as I can see them are as follows: - More...
Friday PM - September 06, 2019


Alaska: Cold Case Arrest Made Regarding Shelley Connolly Murder; Oregon man charged after DNA links him to killing and sex assault 41 years ago – The Alaska State Troopers made an arrest in connection to the 1978 murder and sexual assault of 16-year-old Shelley Connolly. On September 3, 2019, 62-year-old Donald F. McQuade of Gresham, OR, was taken into custody and charged with murder in the first degree and murder in the second degree.

A little more than four decades ago, a Trooper was flagged down after the body of a 16-year-old girl was found down an embankment near Beluga Point next to the Seward Highway south of Anchorage. The Trooper secured the scene and called in investigators with the Criminal Investigation Bureau, now known as the Alaska Bureau of Investigation.

The state medical examiner at the time determined the manner of death was homicide and the victim had also been sexually assaulted. Troopers identified the girl as Shelley Connolly, of Anchorage, when family called to report her missing after news of the murder was recounted in the local media. What Troopers did not know was the identity of the person who killed her. The case, despite the persistence of many investigators, eventually went cold.

In 1997, with the advent of forensic DNA technology, the Alaska Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory at the request of the Cold Case Unit (CCU), developed a DNA profile of an unknown male from biological evidence collected at the autopsy.  In 2003, the unidentified suspect DNA profile was uploaded into CODIS. No match was ever generated from CODIS. In early 2019, the unknown suspect DNA profile from Shelley’s case was submitted to Parabon Nanolabs in the hopes of determining the suspect’s identity. Based on information discovered by Parabon utilizing genetic genealogy, CCU and partnering agencies identified Donald McQuade as a potential suspect.  Subsequent DNA testing confirmed that McQuade, who was 21 at the time of Shelley’s murder, matched the suspect DNA profile. Investigation also verified McQuade lived in Alaska in 1978.

“Investigators have spent years analyzing this case looking for a viable lead. I have an overwhelming feeling of satisfaction that all that work has paid off,” said Inv. Randy McPherron, Alaska State Troopers Cold Case Investigator. “More than anything, I am relieved to be able to provide Shelley’s friends and family a sense of justice and the knowledge that Shelley was more than a name on an unsolved homicide sitting in a filing cabinet somewhere. Every single victim matters to us.” - More...
Friday PM - September 06, 2019

New viruses discovered in endangered wild Pacific salmon populations; Three new viruses - including one from a group of viruses never before shown to infect fish

New viruses discovered in endangered wild Pacific salmon populations; Three new viruses -
including one from a group of viruses never before shown to infect fish

Chinook salmon found dead at British Columbia spawning grounds.
Photo Credit: Kristi Miller-Saunders, Fisheries and Oceans Canada


Fisheries: New viruses discovered in endangered wild Pacific salmon populations; Three new viruses - including one from a group of viruses never before shown to infect fish - Three new viruses - including one from a group of viruses never before shown to infect fish - have been discovered in endangered Chinook and sockeye salmon populations.

While the impact of the viruses on salmon health isn't yet known, all three are related to viruses that cause serious disease in other species.

"We were surprised to find viruses which had never before been shown to infect fish," said Gideon Mordecai, researcher at UBC's department of earth, ocean and atmospheric sciences. "Although there's no risk to humans, one of the viruses is evolutionarily related to respiratory coronaviruses, and is localized to the gills. That suggests it has a similar infection strategy to its distant relatives that infect mammals."

UBC and Fisheries and Oceans Canada researchers used DNA sequencing followed by tests specific to each virus to screen more than 6,000 salmon from along the B.C. coast, including wild, hatchery and aquaculture fish.

"We found the new viruses widely distributed in dead and dying farmed salmon and in wild salmon," said UBC virologist Curtis Suttle. "It emphasizes the potential role that viral disease may play in the population dynamics of wild fish stocks, and the threat that these viruses may pose to aquaculture."

One new virus, detected more commonly in salmon hatcheries, infected more than 15 per cent of all hatchery Chinook tested. - More....
Friday PM - September 06, 2019

 It’s not aurora, it’s STEVE

It’s not aurora, it’s STEVE

The Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement, visible as a pink band rising from the lower left to upper right of this photograph, appears with the Milky Way over Childs Lake, Manitoba, Canada. Scientists have recently confirmed STEVE is a unique phenomenon and not a kind of aurora, as previously thought. The picture is a composite of 11 images stitched together.
Image courtesy of Krista Trinder and NASA

Alaska: It’s not aurora, it’s STEVE By FRITZ FREUDENBERGER - Aurora-watchers gazing at spectacular displays over the Labor Day weekend may have been seeing more than the northern lights. They may have been dazzled by STEVE as well.

STEVE is short for the Strong Thermal Emissions Velocity Enhancement, a celestial phenomenon auroral researchers, citizen-scientists and photography enthusiasts first introduced to the world in 2016.

STEVE’s narrow ribbon of light, to the naked eye, looks strikingly similar to aurora. However, there are distinct differences. First, its pinkish mauve color is not aurora-like. In addition, the phenomenon is often associated with “picket fence” emissions, which look like green columns of light passing through the ribbons at lower altitudes. Lastly, STEVE appears in areas farther south than auroral lights typically do.

Scientists thought something didn’t add up.

This summer, researchers confirmed that STEVE is not aurora, but is instead a unique phenomenon. Their findings were published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.

“The big thing is, we can clearly say now it’s not regular aurora,” said University of Alaska Fairbanks researcher Don Hampton, a co-author on the paper. “It’s a new phenomenon, that’s pretty exciting.”

The project, led by University of Calgary researcher D.M. Gillies, used a spectrograph to examine the light from the phenomenon and identify what kind of emissions it gives and in what patterns and wavelengths. Hampton and his colleagues designed and built the spectrograph at the UAF Geophysical Institute.

“We need to understand what the spectrum looks like and therefore understand the physics behind it,” Hampton said. A spectrum acts as a definitive identification, like a DNA test or chemical formula for light. - More...
Friday PM - September 06, 2019



RICH MANIERI: Gun Control Won't Solve Our Violence Problem - You probably haven't heard about this because no shots were fired.

A 15-year-old boy showed up Aug. 28 at Great Crossing High School in Scott County, Kentucky, with a handgun. It was fully loaded.

Another student saw the firearm and notified the principal. Police responded and found the gun in the boy's waistband. He was taken into custody.

We don't know why the teenager took a weapon to school or what he planned to do with it. But we can assume that when someone carries a loaded handgun into a school, he intends to use it.

By now, we've all heard about the Aug. 31 shooting in West Texas, where a lone gunman opened fire on police during a traffic stop and proceed to fire from his vehicle as he drove down the highway. Seven were killed, 22 were injured. The killer had apparently been fired from his trucking job a few hours before the rampage.

We don't know much about the shooter other than he was a 36-year-old male.

The Kentucky story quickly disappeared from the headlines. But the demagoguery that followed the Texas shooting lingered.

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke got of a lot of attention after appearing on CNN and, for some reason, dropping the f-word on live television.

"This is f----d up," he said. He used the expletive more than once. Now, his campaign is selling t-shirts featuring the phrase for $30 a pop.

The default solution for O'Rourke and the other 375 Democrats running for president is more gun control - more "comprehensive" background checks, gun buyback programs, banning AR 15s, and so on.

The Texas shooter failed a background check. He bought his gun via private sale. And if you believe a gun buyback (a.k.a. confiscation) program is going to work, consider that criminals tend to shy away from participating in initiatives that make being a criminal more difficult. - More...
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Why would you want to opt out of KEA? By Kathleen Yarr - Teachers: What could you do with an additional $1,123 dollars a year? And paraeducators, an additional $582 a year? You could save that money by 'not' opting into the Ketchikan Educational Association (KEA). For those of you who appreciated the Trump Tax Cuts, here’s a way to put some more money in your paycheck.

The Supreme Court decision issued last year called "Janus v. Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees" frees "public employees" from being compelled to join a union. The court made its ruling because unions engage in political speech and advocacy on a wide range of significant and often controversial issues both in collective bargaining and in political contexts. Until the "Janus" decision, however, public employees had no choice but to participate, effectively waiving their First Amendment rights of free speech by compelling the employees to pay dues to a union whose opinions they did not concur.

Wisely, Governor Dunleavy directed the Department of Law to examine if Alaska was complying with the "Janus" decision. We were not. Instead the State was making teachers and paraeducators "opt out" of the union. Under "Janus", educators must affirmatively "opt in" every year. Essentially, educators no longer have to donate to a union whose politics you may find morally reprehensible.

Why would you want to opt out of KEA? Because of its association with the National Education Association which advocates on a wide range of issues you may not agree with such as vigorously supporting abortion under "Roe V. Wade". Why? Doesn’t the NEA consider how weird it is to kill children --- the purpose for public education? For that matter, why does the NEA take a stand on abortion at all?

The NEA also opposes most charter schools, homeschooling and private schools, which is odd for a group that calls themselves pro-choice. Apparently, choice does not apply to parents who want to choose their kids’ education. - More...
Tuesday AM - September 03, 2019

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Enthusiastic for Tourism By Chelsea Goucher - The primary mission of the Ketchikan Chamber is to advocate for a healthy business climate, sustainable economic growth, and a rich quality of life in Ketchikan. In accordance with this mission, the Chamber's Board has determined that now is the time to make crystal clear our enthusiasm for tourism. We applaud the Ward Cove Group's efforts to support this industry through the construction of new cruise ship berths north of town, and we are encouraged that this is being done through private sector investment in our community. In equal measure, we stand behind the efforts of our municipal governments to improve public infrastructure and ensure that locals and tourists alike experience Ketchikan at its very best.

Are there concerns associated with tourism? Of course.

Environmental concerns are fair, but we must be vigilant not to conflate the actions of bad actors with an entire industry. This is a dishonest and divisive tactic used by extremists of all kinds; we are better than that. In this same vein, it is vital that we not twist our concerns with the quality of our own environmental regulations into disdain for the industry. This is an unfortunate misdirection of energy.

Concerns with the number of visitors coming to Ketchikan and how they are to be managed are also fair, but we would be wise to view this concern as opportunity - not only for tour operators and developers, but also for our local governments. Now is the time to re-think everything from traffic patterns to parking zones, and to utilize CPV and other funds in a way that modernizes our city and benefits locals year-round. Again, this is a challenge incumbent upon us to overcome, and we can do it without artificially "capping" or being unfriendly to an industry enamored with us. - More...
Tuesday PM - August 27, 2019

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Who is OURPORT? By Janalee L Minnich Gage - While I have been on the Ketchikan city council since 2015, in this statement I speak for myself as a member of this community. I do not speak for other members of the council or the council as a whole. 
Community Members are very busy, and expect their elected officials to do the job of planning and administering the City. I believe everyone on this council truly has the community’s best interest at the heart of their decisions. However; there are people and groups that would like to skew the facts, so that we don’t see the truth, or that what they get is more beneficial to their pocketbook not the community as a whole. 
It is also very important that we all stay on top of the most important issues especially if we want change and we are frustrated because we are not seeing any change. I will tell you that right now the people who are making time to show up at every council meeting are the same 45 people who have benefited the most, from the current system we have in place. This is the very system that benefits a small fraction of our community, which is the main reason many of our community members who see no benefit in the cruise industry are complaining, but at the same time are not showing up to speak out against it.  

This weekend there was an ad in the paper by a group called OURPORT sponsored by the public interest? Who is that? And who’s interest are they really watching out for? 

The ad questions how the city of Ketchikan can maintain and spend 20 million dollars to upgrade our own port as it has done for more than a century? I would like to make some corrections here. - More...
Tuesday PM - August 27, 2019

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Defend Alaska Against Foreign Corporate Interests By Dr. Al Gross - The proposed Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay is the epicenter of crony capitalism, and the poster child for what’s wrong with politics.

On July 30th, following a meeting between Governor Dunleavy and President Trump on Air Force One, the EPA announced that it is doing away with a protection that the Canadian Pebble Mine operators viewed as an obstacle. No longer will these foreign developers have to worry about section 404 C of the Clean Water Act, which provides veto authority over dredge or fill operations that are shown to have harmful effects on aquatic life. Scientific evidence shows that the Pebble Mine footprint will cause irreversible damage to our wild Alaska salmon population. President Trump, Governor Dunleavy, and the Corporate Interests from Canada don’t seem to care.

As a fisherman, an Alaskan, and an American, I am outraged. As a US Senator, I will do everything in my power to stop this travesty from happening.

Southeast Alaskans have been fighting for action on transboundary mining issues from our Congressional Delegation ever since the doomed Canadian Mount Polley mine disaster in 2014. Governor Dunleavy and President Trump should be working on transboundary mining protections, and implementing world class standards on the Canadian mines operating in our shared rivers. Instead, they have worked to allow a Canadian corporation to come into Alaska and conduct risky development in our critical local watersheds. - More...
Tuesday PM - August 27, 2019

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Funding Our School Budget to the Cap By Sidney Hartley - John Dewey once said, “Education is not preparation for life; it is life itself.” When we look at our Ketchikan School District, we need to be asking ourselves if we are breathing enough life into the future of our children. Last year, by no easy task, Ketchikan Education Association (KEA) successfully reached a negotiated agreement with the school board to provide Ketchikan educators with competitive pay and affordable health insurance. KEA’s effort to negotiate an agreement spanned three years, and required robust, committed meetings with an all too dismissive school board president and certain other board members. Amidst the advocacy and protest for the board to hear the concerns of our educators last summer, (then) school board president Shaw resigned in response to facing the recall petition I spearheaded, along with incredible support of eight other co-sponsors: Matt Hamilton, Austin Otos, Kevin Staples, Lindsey Johnson, Jackie Yates, Penny Johnson, Cassidy Patton, and Christine Furey.

The recall sort of set off this domino effect, changing the environment of the school board entirely. After Shaw resigned, Boyle, Hodne, and Thompson followed, all within less than a year. While this is never the legislative process we would want to resort to, years of negotiating and a sexual abuse case of former teacher Edwards, led concerned allies to act in support of a better academic environment for our children. Now, most would argue that attending a school board meeting is a breath of fresh air, welcoming of staff and community voice. - More...
Tuesday AM - August 27, 2019

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Vote Sid Hartley for Ketchikan Borough Mayor By Lance Twitchell - I am writing to endorse Sid Hartley for Ketchikan Borough Mayor. I trust her leadership completely, and feel she is by far the greatest candidate for the Ketchikan Gateway Borough. She brings with her great patience, genuine interest to listen to people, an ability to find the middle ground between groups with differing interests, and a mindset that is inclusive and holistic. In this era of American politics, where issues are decided by the intentions of large special interest groups and political alliances, Alaska is in need of leadership that will take a close look at the issues before making a decision. Ms. Hartley is exactly the candidate that our state needs, and will bring good things to Ketchikan, especially in terms of sustainable tourism decisions, embracing language revitalization at a community level, protecting the stability and safety of schools, and making stronger moves to ensure environmental protection without harming the economy. 

I have known Sid Hartley for several years as an instructor and mentor, and have always felt she was ready for community and state leadership at the highest levels. After talking with her at length about her campaign and vision for the Ketchikan Borough, I am convinced that she is the right choice for leadership in the area. My hope is that you can also see her excellent leadership qualities, and how much she will benefit the borough and our state. She is the right choice for this election, and will work with the people to make Ketchikan a safer and stronger place that has more respect and participation of Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian peoples.  - More...
Tuesday AM - August 27, 2019

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