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Ketchikan: Motion to Override Mayor's Veto of Resolution 2866 on Agenda; Resolution 2866, supported action by the Alaska Legislature to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. By MARY KAUFFMAN - The Ketchikan Borough Assembly will hold a regular meeting on Tuesday, September 8, 2020. Typically the Assembly meets on Mondays; however, this coming Monday is the Labor Day holiday with many offices closed. The public meeting will begin on Tuesday at 5:30 PM and held in the Borough Assembly Chambers, White Cliff building.

Among the items on the agenda, under New Business is a motion sponsored by Assembly Member A.J. Pierce to override Ketchikan Borough Mayor Dial's recent veto of Resolution 2866 which was adopted by the Assembly on August 17th by a 6-1 vote.

The resolution passed by the Assembly and vetoed by the Mayor sought legislative adoption of changes to the Alaska Human Rights Law designed to bring Alaska into greater conformity with articulated Supreme Court principles. On August 21, 2020, Assembly Member submitted a written request to place a motion to override Mayor Dial's veto on the upcoming regular Assembly meeting's agenda scheduled for September 8, 2020.

Mayor Dial said at the August 17th meeting to the Assembly, “If you are inclined to bring this back, I would encourage you to consider a way to address your concerns with a new resolution that does not benefit one group at the expense of another.  Consider a resolution that encourages and supports peace and harmony in our community through mutual respect and not forced governmental intervention.”

In a written comment emailed to SitNews, Mayor Dial wrote when he first heard that a few Assembly members were forwarding what they labeled as an “Anti-Discrimination” ordinance… he was disappointed.  "Not disappointed because of the intent, but of what would follow.  I need to make this one thing very clear… passage of this ordinance does not change anything for the groups the sponsors seek to protect…nothing. It is merely a request for the State legislature to act."

The Mayor stated in his email, "I vetoed this resolution due to a moral opposition of creating new discrimination in Ketchikan against people of faith and to give the Assembly time to put forward a resolution that does not pit one group against another and to present a document that could encourage “immediate” change, harmony and respect in our community…it can be done.  

Mayor Dial wrote, "I will not apologize for “not” supporting an attempt to create new discrimination on our island when we could look for other ways to promote mutual respect and peace in our community, at a time when it is needed most."  

According to the Clerk's Office, the written request to override the mayor's veto of Resolution 2866 was submitted in accordance with KGBC 2.15.030(a) and (b). In her sponsor's statement Pierce wrote, "The proposed changes to A.S. 18.80 would serve to direct statewide policy without the need for likely litigation at the state and municipal level advancing the broad application of this principle. In sum, the Supreme Court has stated that while “religious and philosophical objections are protected, it is a general rule that such objections do not allow business owners and other actors in the economy and in society to deny protected persons equal access to goods and services under a neutral and generally applicable public accommodations law.”" - More...
Saturday PM - September 05, 2020

Ketchikan: From Ketchikan to Adak, Sullivan Shows Navy Secretary Alaska’s Strategic Military Advantages; Visit to Alaska is Braithwaite’s first visit as Secretary of the Navy - This week, U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) hosted Secretary of the Navy Kenneth Braithwaite for the secretary’s first visit to Alaska since being appointed and confirmed.

On Monday in Ketchikan, Sullivan and Braithwaite toured the Ketchikan Shipyard, visited the U.S. Navy acoustic facility on Back Island, and joined members of the community and veterans for a dinner and discussion.

At the Ketchikan Shipyard, Secretary Braithwaite was able to tour the 70,000 square foot assembly hall and adjacent fabrication shop, one of the most modern yards in the entire country that offers year-round service of new construction, repairs, and refit of nearly any vessel. 

The Southeast Alaska Acoustic Measurement Facility (SEAFAC), which both Sullivan and Braithwaite visited, is the Navy’s only West Coast acoustic site capable of making high fidelity passive acoustic signature measurements on vessels, including assessing the stealth capabilities of U.S. submarines. SEAFAC was constructed on Back Island, near Ketchikan, due to its minimal noise interference.

On Tuesday, Sullivan and Braithwaite traveled to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER) for briefings on the combined U.S. military forces in Alaska, the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex (JPARC) in the Interior, the Red-Flag-Alaska Air Force training exercises conducted several times per year at JPARC, opportunities for Marines to train in Alaska, and Arctic defense issues.  - More...
Saturday PM - September 05, 2020

Alaska: Ketchikan set a new summer rainfall record with 47.29 inches - Wrapping up the meteorological summer season (June-August 31), what is there to say about August other than that it was a soaker.

You may ask, where is all of this rain coming from? The phrase that we became all too familiar with here in Southeast Alaska is: “there is a low in the Gulf."

Throughout the month of August, several low pressure systems moved into the Gulf of Alaska bringing wave after wave of weather fronts across the Panhandle. On August 9th, one of the stronger lows caused several impacts throughout the panhandle. High wind along with flood watches and advisories were issued for portions of the panhandle.

As the summer season was coming near the end the possibility of breaking record rainfall started to look promising for several stations.

Ketchikan set a new record with 47.29 inches, previous record was 46.99 inches set in 2017.

Petersburg also broke their summer rainfall record with 31.60 inches, the previous record was 31.06 inches set in 2015. Juneau fell 1 inch short of their record, finishing the season as the 3rd wettest summer.

August began where July ended with above normal temps near or at 70 degrees. According to the US National Weather Service Juneau Alaska, temperatures quickly dropped back to near normal as the wet weather set up through the remainder of the month.

Sitka even tied the record low temperature on the 13th when the mercury dipped to 46 degrees. With only a handful of rain free days during the month, rainfall amounts were well above normal. Ketchikan finished the month with a whopping 13.04 inches above normal. Yakutat was the station bucking the trends with slightly warmer temperatures and was slightly drier for the month of August.

The forecast for September from the Climate Prediction Center is temperatures showing a slightly above normal chance that we could be warmer than normal. Precipitation has no indications for a trend either way towards wetter, drier or near normal, according to the US National Weather Service Juneau. - More...
Saturday PM - September 05, 2020


Alaska: Alaska Supreme Court Rules Oil and Gas Tax Credit Bonds Unconstitutional By MARY KAUFFMAN - Friday the Alaska Supreme Court, in Forrer v. State of Alaska, struck down legislation enacted under the previous Walker administration in 2018 that authorized the issuance of “subject-to-appropriation” bonds to pay outstanding cashable oil and gas tax credits.  According to the Department of Revenue, there is $743 million in outstanding tax credits that were eligible to participate in the tax credit bonding program. The tax credit program ended in 2017. 

With the collapse of oil prices over the last six years, the State was no longer able to immediately pay such tax credits. As an alternative, the Walker administration introduced HB 331 which sought to issue “subject to appropriation” bonds to pay the tax credits. HB 331 permitted the State to pay the tax credit holders in 2018 with bond proceeds and the legislature would pay off these bonds over time. The legislation also provided that tax credit holders would have to accept a discounted payment in order to participate in the program.

The Alaska Supreme Court ruled HB 331 unconstitutional.

The Alaska Supreme Court’s decision invalidates HB 331’s “subject-to-appropriation” debt. When anticipating a shortfall of revenue from previously enacted tax incentives, the 30th Alaska State Legislature attempted to offset future fiscal unpredictability by authorizing a discounted buyback of tax credits financed by bonds without pledging the “full faith and credit” of the State.

Without a vote of the people, the Alaska legislature created a public corporation capable of borrowing up to $1 billion through the issuance of subject-to-appropriation bonds to purchase outstanding oil and gas exploration tax credits, with bondholders to be reimbursed solely at the discretion of future legislatures through appropriations to the new public corporation.

A taxpayer filed suit, alleging, among other things, that the legislature violated the Alaska Constitution’s state debt limitation. The superior court granted the State’s motion to dismiss, ruling that the legislation did not create “debt” for purposes of the constitutional limitation. The Alaska Supreme Court reversed, finding that this financing scheme, even if unforeseeable in the mid-twentieth century, was the kind of constitutional “debt” that the framers sought to prohibit under article IX, section 8 of the Alaska Constitution. The Supreme Court reversed the superior court's decision granting the State's motion to dismiss, and affirmed the superior court’s decision rejecting the State’s arguments under section 11. - More...
Saturday PM - September 05, 2020


Fish Factor: First Debate Planned Between Candidates for U.S. Senate By LAINE WELCH - Kodiak has again scored a first debate between candidates in one of Alaska’s most high-profile political races: the U.S. Senate.

Kodiak has been hosting debates for congressional and gubernatorial hopefuls since 1999 with a single focus: Alaska’s seafood industry.

The date and format for the U.S. Senate faceoff are still being finalized, but it will occur in close proximity to the annual ComFish event on September 17 and 18, bumped by Covid from its traditional dates in March, and now set to be a virtual experience.

Republican Senator Dan Sullivan and Independent challenger Dr. Al Gross are working out the details of their participation, said Sarah Phillips, executive director at the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce and ComFish organizer.

Viewers can livestream the debate via Facebook, YouTube and the website, Williams said. Those platforms also will be used for the many educational forums that will be presented virtually and made available online long after.

Phillips is certain there will be a great deal of interest in the debate and ComFish events, based on the response to a virtual five-day annual Crab Fest the Chamber successfully pulled off last month.

“We actually had an audience of 44,000 tune in for Crab Fest so we got a lot more reach than we typically do,” she said.  “We are very aware that we have a big audience outside of Kodiak.”

Still, Phillips admits that Islanders will miss the swarm of visitors, trade show exhibitors and industry experts that normally fill the town during a normal ComFish.

“We can't deny that our local hospitality industry is very highly impacted by this,” she said. “Everything from our hotels to our B&Bs and restaurants and bars. Kodiak is a really fun place for our attendees and vendors to come to, and we are missing that significant economic driver. And our fishing industry really relies on the goods and services and information that ComFish brings.” - More...
Saturday PM - September 05, 2020

Alaska: Alaska’s Attorney General Resigns Hours After “Uncomfortable” Texts He Sent to a Younger Colleague Published - Alaska Attorney General Kevin Clarkson resigned Tuesday following the publication of an Anchorage Daily News and ProPublica investigation showing he sent hundreds of text messages to a younger state employee that Clarkson acknowledged had made her uncomfortable.

Records obtained by the newsrooms found Clarkson sent at least 558 text messages between March 5 and March 31 to a woman whose job required she sometimes interact with the attorney general. In at least 18 messages he invited the woman to come to his home.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy, a Republican, said in an email Tuesday that he had accepted Clarkson’s resignation.

“This administration has and always will expect the highest level of professional conduct in the workplace,” a statement from Dunleavy said. “There is nothing more important than the protection of our state employees, and that includes feeling safe when an employee is at work.

“Kevin Clarkson has admitted to conduct in the workplace that did not live up to our high expectations, and this is deeply disappointing. This morning he took responsibility for the unintentional consequences of his actions and tendered his resignation to me. I have accepted it. - More...
Saturday PM - September 05, 2020

Alaska: Statewide Coalition calls for change in Governor's next Attorney General Appointment Posted & Edited By MARY KAUFFMAN - Friday, a statewide coalition of organizations representing civil rights, consumers, poverty alleviation, sex workers, sex trafficking victims, health care, Alaska Natives, youth, and veterans' interests sent a letter to Governor Dunleavy asking him to carefully consider Alaska's sexual assault crisis in his next appointee for state Attorney General.

Alaska Attorney General Kevin Clarkson resigned Tuesday following an investigation revealing hundreds of text messages he sent to a younger state employee that made her uncomfortable. (See Alaska’s Attorney General Resigns Hours After “Uncomfortable” Texts He Sent to a Younger Colleague Published)

In the letter the coalition wrote, "Former AG Clarkson's sexual harassment of a junior state employee was abhorrent and his actions meet the standard of termination. Clarkson should not have been allowed to resign."

The statewide coalition is made up of organizations representing civil rights, consumers, poverty alleviation, sex workers, sex trafficking victims, health care, Alaska Native, youth, and veterans' interests. Organization involved in the coalition are Alaska Poor People's Campaign. Alaska Public Interest Research Group, Alaskans Take A Stand, Bread Line, Inc., Community United For Safety And Protection, Native Movement, The Alaska Center and Wellness Worthy. - More...
Saturday PM - September 05, 2020

Study determines early Interior Alaskans had complex, diverse diets

Study determines early Interior Alaskans had complex, diverse diets
Members of an archaeology field team watch as researchers Ben Potter and Josh Reuther excavate at the Upward Sun River site. An analysis of human remains from the site indicates that early Interior Alaskans had a diverse, complex diet.
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Alaska: Study determines early Interior Alaskans had complex, diverse diets By JEFF RICHARDSON - A chemical analysis of ancient human remains shows that Alaska’s earliest people had a complex diet that featured both land animals and salmon.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks-led study analyzed the chemical composition of bones and teeth from two Ancient Beringian infants. Stable isotope analysis of human tissues can directly reveal the foods consumed by individuals, in this case their mothers’ diets during pregnancy.

The infant remains, dated to about 11,500 years ago, were discovered at the Upward Sun River archaeological site in Alaska’s Tanana Valley. The study represents the first comprehensive isotopic diet analysis of Ice Age Native Americans.

The findings were published yesterday in the journal Science Advances.

The diets of Ice Age Native Americans have sometimes been portrayed with either a focus on hunting large animals or general foraging. However, although ancient Alaskans’ diets were dominated by large animals like bison, isotope analysis shows the summer diet also included salmon. Those results are consistent with other evidence, including animal bones found at archaeological sites and chemical analysis of ancient hearths. - More...
Saturday PM - September 05, 2020

Alaska: Study: Bering Sea ice extent is at most reduced state in last 5,500 By JEFF RICHARDSON - Through the analysis of vegetation from a Bering Sea island, researchers have determined that the extent of sea ice in the region is lower than it’s been for thousands of years.

A newly published paper in the journal Science Advances describes how a peat core from St. Matthew Island is providing a look back in time. By analyzing the chemical composition of the core, which includes plant remains from 5,500 years ago to the present, scientists can estimate how sea ice in the region has changed during that time period.

“It’s a small island in the middle of the Bering Sea, and it’s essentially been recording what’s happening in the ocean and atmosphere around it,” said lead author Miriam Jones, a research geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. Jones worked as a faculty researcher at the University of Alaska Fairbanks when the project began in 2012.

The ancient sea ice record comes in the form of changes in the relative amounts of two isotopes of the element oxygen— oxygen-16 and oxygen-18. The ratio of those two isotopes changes depending on patterns in the atmosphere and ocean, reflecting the different signatures that precipitation has around the globe. More oxygen-18 makes for an isotopically “heavier” precipitation, more oxygen-16 makes precipitation “lighter.”

By analyzing data from a model that tracks atmospheric movement using the isotopic signature of precipitation, the authors found that heavier precipitation originated from the North Pacific, while lighter precipitation originated from the Arctic.

A “heavy” ratio signals a seasonal pattern that causes the amount of sea ice to decrease. A “light” ratio indicates a season with more sea ice. That connection has been confirmed though sea ice satellite data collected since 1979, and to a smaller extent, through the presence of some microorganisms in previous core samples.

UAF’s Alaska Stable Isotope Facility analyzed isotope ratios throughout the peat layers, providing a time stamp for ice conditions that existed through the millennia.

After reviewing the isotopic history, researchers determined that modern ice conditions are at remarkably low levels. - More...
Saturday PM - September 05, 2020


DAVE KIFFER: A Brief Chat with NOAA - Well, that was an exciting last week of August, whew!

In a summer that shall not be named (okay, okay, 2020), that had more disappointment (no 4th of July, no Blueberry Festival) and less money (where have all the COVID ships gone, long time passing) than we have seen in decades, we finally had a bit of excitement as Ketchikan drizzled and dripped its way to an all-time summer rainfall record of slightly more than 47 inches.

During the later stages as the rain gauges not so slowly filled up, someone asked me how long the previous record had stood, no doubt expecting it to be one of those time honored marks, like Babe Ruth's homerun record, that had lasted decades and been seared into the minds of generations of locals.

Actually, the previous mark lasted exactly three years. In 2017, there was a dribble under 47 inches recorded.. That year had broken the 1967 record of 41 inches in June, July and August. But given the fact that 2017 was a year in the Pre-COVID Era where we were not socially distanced from our Alaskan Ambers at the local dispensaries, we really didn't notice the rain than much. - More...
Saturday PM - September 05, 2020


MICHAEL REAGAN: AMERICA IS NOT A LAND OF RACISTS - At least the media haven’t politicized the weather reports – yet.

Watching the next Category 4 hurricane hit Florida is about all I can stand to see on TV these days.

The news and cable talk shows are brutal – all-partisan-politics-all-the time.

Sports programs are almost as bad, thanks to their blind worship of the Black Lives Matter movement and its dangerous ideas.

The NBA coverage is the worst.

You almost feel like you have to swear your allegiance to BLM or confess to being a lifelong racist before every tip off – which is why the NBA’s TV ratings for this year’s playoffs are in the toilet.

The only sports I can stand to watch anymore are professional golf and bike racing.

Thank God the Tour de France started last weekend. All the announcers talked about was bike racing.

Not one time did they make me think that I was a racist.

It was a refreshing break from months of our mainstream liberal media pushing the line that America’s Blacks are victims of systemic white racism. - More...
Saturday PM - September 05, 2020


MICHAEL SHANNON: STEALING AN ELECTION IN SLOW-MOTION - This will come as news to most voters, but we’re having a two-stage presidential election this year. The first stage is Tuesday, November 3rd. The plutocrats at JP Morgan warn Trump’s chances at that stage are improving and consequently advise clients to “position accordingly.”

I assume that means double down on investments in tear gas and fireworks manufacturers.

A consulting group funded by Mike “Money Can’t Buy Me Love” Bloomberg agrees. Trump will do well on election day, but Hawkfish CEO Josh Mendelsohn describes Trump’s Nov. 3rd win as a “red mirage.”

That’s because election day only serves to set a target threshold for the left. Once the count is over on Nov. 3rd the left knows exactly how many mail ballots will be required to produce a victory for Gropey Joe Biden.

Mendelsohn is only preparing Trump voters for the final letdown: “The reason we talk about a red mirage is in fact because we believe that on election night, we are going to see Donald Trump in a stronger position than the reality actually is… the data is going to show on election night an incredible victory for Donald Trump.”

A “victory” that will be steadily eroded as mail ballots – or at least the mail ballots that are counted – turn decisively in Biden’s favor. - More...
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SOLVING ALASKA’S FISCAL PROBLEMS By Mary Lynne Dahl - In order to solve Alaska’s financial problems, we have to talk about and deal with money. The current administration has already cut the budget as much as it can and more than it should have done. Alaska cannot continue on this starvation diet of extreme deprivation. We cannot simply give up on educating our kids and providing essential services and we sure as heck can’t pay a “full” dividend, as some want to do, in lieu of essential services. We are at a point where we can’t cut any more. We have spent our rainy-day savings down to almost nothing. We now must produce more revenue.

How can we do this? Don’t kid yourself and say that if/when the price of oil goes back up, we will have the revenue we need. It may or may not recover much, but under the current system we have with big oil, higher prices will not solve our financial problems. It will produce more profit for oil companies, but do little to produce a profit for Alaska, due to the current production system of royalties and taxes.

That leaves Alaska with the prospect of raising taxes on her citizens. Income taxes, sales taxes, property taxes etc. That is a decidedly unpopular solution, to say the least. However, would it work? With a state population of 552,378 adults (2019 data), a 3% state income tax would only produce $592million in revenue, and by itself, that is not enough. In addition, it is unlikely that everyone would be subject to an income tax, particularly low-income citizens and/or those with moderate income and dependents, so the actual revenue would likely be less. The shortfall would have to be made up from additional taxes or substantially higher state income tax rates.

There is a better solution for raising more revenue, however. It is to pass the Fair Share Act, proposition 1 on the state ballot on November 3.

The Fair Share Act will change the production tax on oil revenue to the state by increasing the share given to the state by big oil. It only requires big oil to pay their fair share of the revenue from our own oil. - More...
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Why I am running for Ketchikan Borough Assembly By Trevor Shaw - After much consideration, I have decided to run for Borough Assembly in the upcoming October Municipal Election, and I wanted to share with all of you why I decided to run. Just as a heads up, it is a bit lengthy.

COVID-19 and the effects of the pandemic have taken their toll on our local economy. For the first time in decades, our town experienced a summer without Cruise Ships. We have only just begun to see the real impact of that lost revenue. It would be dishonest for me to say that I do not fear what the winter holds for our community and her residents.

There are so many unknowns facing Ketchikan as the worst recession since the Great Depression bears down on the world. But there is one thing I do know: The First City is resilient. I am confident in stating that we are probably the best equipped community in the State of Alaska to not only survive the situation at hand, but to thrive in the aftermath.

These next several months are set to be tough. However, we have seen tough times before. From the closing of the Ketchikan Pulp Mill in 1997, to the Financial Crisis of 2008, to the Alaska State Budget Crisis that has impacted all of us for the last five years, and everything in between. - More...
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Alaska Veterans Denounce President Trump's Offensive Statements about U.S. Servicemen and Women By Mike Szymanski & 17 Veterans - We denounce President Trump’s offensive statements about U.S. servicemen and women. As Alaska veterans of our nation’s armed services, we are proud to live in the state with the highest per person population of vets in the country, a state which treats its vets with honor and respect.

That’s why we are so disgusted but not surprised by the latest comments from President Trump about America’s vets. According to the Atlantic, Trump called U.S. soldiers injured or killed in war “losers,” objected to wounded vets participating in military parades and cancelled a 2018 visit to a French cemetery because he didn’t care about honoring those Americans killed in World War I and II. As he always says to news reports he disagrees with, Trump called the report “fake news.” But he’s said equally disparaging things about U.S. servicemen and women and vets his whole life.

That’s why America cannot tolerate four more years of Donald Trump. That’s why we’re voting for Joe Biden. Joe and Jill Biden’s son, Beau, served honorably in Iraq. Joe has honored and served America’s men and women in uniform his entire career. He is committed to properly preparing and equipping our troops when they are sent into harm’s way and respecting their service when they return home. - More...
Sunday AM - September 06, 2020

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Voting By Mail By Joe Bialek - Voting by mail should replace voting at the polls in its entirety. The two institutions that can definitely be trusted is the County Board of Elections and the United States Postal Service.

The money saved by eliminating the need for poll workers could be used to offer free postage on the envelopes used to vote by mail. The person voting would also have more time to consider what they are voting for and would not be confined to the hours of the polling place. It would also prevent unwanted entry to schools and churches from anyone trying to harm someone. - More...
Sunday AM - September 06, 2020

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AK CARES Act Changes By Rep. Dan Ortiz = Beginning on June 1st, small businesses were able to apply for AK CARES Act relief funding, which is Federal funds intended to help support local businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development (DCCED) and AIDEA have had difficulties getting the money to applicants; of the $290 million in relief funds allocated by the Legislature in May, only a small percentage of those funds have been distributed to local businesses. - More...
Monday PM - August 31, 2020

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What About Employee Liability Protection? By Mark O'Brien - There have been a few opinion letters published recently regarding the topic of business liability protections. The common thread here is that it is critical for business to be protected from liability should employees fall ill while in their employ. - More...
Monday PM - August 31, 2020

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OURPORT By Mike Holman, Chris Parks, Mary Wanzer, Kay Andrew, Charles Freeman and Wally Kubley - OURPORT was formed nearly a year ago by a small group of local business owners who were opposed to the City of Ketchikan’s plan to lease and transfer management of the downtown cruise ship docks to a private company for a term of thirty years. Last winter, over 400 citizens and dozens of additional business owners signed petitions supporting OURPORT’s opposition to the City’s plan. The petitions and much more information about the City’s Request for Proposals (“RFP”) can be reviewed on the internet at - More...
Wednesday AM - August 26m 2020

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Business Liability Protection is Necessary for Alaska’s Businesses By Win Gruening - Alaska is beginning to re-open our economy post-COVID and the economic impact has been particularly felt by our small businesses. Employers have especially valid concerns, since they must concern themselves with their own health and the health of their employees and patrons, but also the future of their businesses. - More...
Wednesday AM - August 26, 2020

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DIVIDENDS DON'T GROW ON TREES By Ray Metcalfe - When I was seven, I read a book titled: THE LITTLE RED HEN. The Little Red Hen found four stalks of wheat her farmer had dropped. The Little Red Hen thought to herself, "if I plant the grain from these stalks of wheat, the seeds will grow enough grain to make a loaf of bread." One at a time, the Little Red Hen asked the pig, the cat, and the duck, if they would help her plant the wheat so she could make some bread. One by one the pig, the cat, and the duck, all refused to help plant the grain. When ask to help harvest the grain, they all said no, no, no! They refused to grind the wheat into flour and they refused to help make the bread. The Little Red Hen did everything herself. But when the smell of fresh baked bread came wafting through the barnyard, they all came running to help eat the bread. The Little Red Hen said no, no, no, I'm going to eat it myself. - More...
Wednesday AM - August 26, 2020

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Running for Ketchikan City Council By Riley Gass - Hello friends, family, and fellow citizens of Ketchikan. My name is Riley Gass, and I am humbly asking for your support in this year’s Ketchikan City Council race. I am a life-long resident of Ketchikan and have family ties to Ketchikan on both sides of my family. I’m a proud Christian, proud American, proud Alaskan, and I am a proud Ketchikanite. I believe I’m the right man for the job because I believe in listening, understanding, and compromising, but I also believe our elected officials need to be strong and stand up clearly for what they believe in. There is nothing worse than a politician who beats around the bush and tries to tell everyone what they want to hear without being clear on their stance. With me, you will know what you’re getting. I am a staunch supporter of our police department. I believe we need to run our city budget the same way average citizens run their personal budget, you don’t spend more than you make, and yearly increases on taxes in order to go on major government spending sprees is unacceptable, the citizens should not be responsible for reckless spending within our city government. Year after year we see increases on virtually everything within the city from property tax to utility rates and other fees and charges, this is extremely difficult on citizens and local small business owners. These small businesses are the heart of Ketchikan, and year after year they go above and beyond to fund and support our youth in activities such as Little League baseball, youth soccer, football, basketball, volleyball, track, cross country, swimming, ballet, debate, and much more. That is why it would be my priority to make Ketchikan the most business friendly city possible for our local businesses. - More...
Wednesday AM - August 26, 2020

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Ketchikan School Board's Decisions By Charles Edwardson By Charles Edwardson - My Name is Charles Edwardson I am writing this publication not representing any organized boards, organizations, tribes, governments, non profits or any other groups or individuals in any way, these are my thoughts and my thoughts alon . Feel free to contact me direct at 254-9000 with any comments rebuttals or criticism or support. I won’t get into a back and forth on this publication. - More...
Wednesday AM - August 26, 2020

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Is there an upside to COVID-19 By A. M. Johnson - Is there a possible upside to the Corona Virus Hoax?  Hoax defined as this virus being no more deadly than prior major virus statics resulting in far reaching doctorial  consequences. Having so stated, then the upside.- More...
Wednesday PM - August 26, 2020

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Use CARES Act funding to make Alaska elections safer and more accessible By Claire Richardson - I think most Alaskans agree that a cornerstone of our democracy is our right to vote. In this turbulent pandemic time across our state, providing absentee ballots for Alaskans so they can safely vote early at home is more important than ever. - More...
Wednesday AM - August 26, 2020

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