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SitNews - Stories In The News - Ketchikan, Alaska
October 04, 2006

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Moon Over the Tongass
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Ketchikan: Canvas Board's Final Election Count In - The Canvas Board met this morning and counted the absentee, special and questioned ballots, and the Canvas Board has reported their final election count. The election results are considered unofficial until the results are officially certified by the Ketchikan City Council and Ketchikan Borough Assembly. - More...
Wednesday PM - October 04, 2006

 Dave Kiffer

Dave Kiffer
Borough Assembly Three-year term seat

Mike Salazar 

Mike Salazar
Borough Assembly Three-year term seat

 Karen Eakes

Karen Eakes
School Board
Three-year term seat

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Matt Olsen
School Board
Three-year term seat

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Choc Schaffer
School Board
Three-year term seat

 Bob Weinstein

Bob Weinstein
City Mayor
Three-year term seat

 Charles Freeman

Charles Freeman
City Council
Three-year term seat

Bob Norton

Bob Norton
City Council
Three-year term

Proposition #1 (1/2% Sales Tax): No 2,343
Proposition #2
($12 Million Bonds): No 2,286
Canvas Board's Unofficial Election Results:
Click here to download the Canvas Board's Final Count (PDF)


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Ketchikan: Tapping Hemi Memories, Chrysler Flexes Muscle Again By JERRY GARRETT NY Times - NEARLY 20 years ago, Barry Washington stumbled across an unusual used car, a 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A. He didn't know much about it, other than that it had cool racing stripes, wild orange paint and a motor born for racing. - Read this NY Times story...


Ketchikan: Voters Say 'No' To White Cliff Center; Unofficial Election Results In By SitNews - With a 35% voter turnout Tuesday, Ketchikan voters rejected raising the Borough's sales tax rate by 1/2% to fund the renovation of the White Cliff building into a new arts and senior center. That ballot measure, Ballot Proposition 1, was rejected with 69% voting no. Voters also rejected Ballot Proposition 2 which requested permission to issue up to $12 million in bonds for the project with 67% voting no.

With absentee, special and questioned ballots yet to be counted, incumbent Dave Kiffer and Mike Salazar received the top votes Tuesday evening for the two assembly seats. The unofficial results reported Kiffer receiving 1,594 votes and former Borough Mayor and former assembly member Salazar receiving 1,070 votes. The next top vote getter was Dick Coose with 904 votes. Newcomer Gregory Vickrey made a good showing with 742 votes.

In the Ketchikan City Mayor race, Bob Weinstein received 874 votes and challenger Edward Plute received 618 votes. Longtime City Mayor Weinstein received 59% of the votes counted Tuesday evening. - More...
Wednesday AM - October 04, 2006

National: How a U.S. attack on Iran might unfold By MATTHEW B. STANNARD - A B-2A Spirit thunders down the aging airstrip of Whiteman Air Force Base and takes off, curving east over the rolling forests of Missouri.

It flies past the empty silos where Minuteman nuclear missiles slumbered through all the long years of the Cold War, past the nation's capital, across the Atlantic Ocean, to where the first of three giant KC-135R Stratotankers it will encounter in the long night waits with fresh fuel.

More than 19 hours later, the bomber slices above the Karkas mountains of central Iran and releases a 4,500-pound "bunker buster" over a complex of buildings guarded by aging missiles and obsolete guns. Explosions echo across the countryside.

That, according to many experts, would be the opening gambit in a war against Iran - should the United States decide to undertake that risky option.

"Iran has been a focus of war gaming for many years both inside and outside the Pentagon, and I have been around and participated in some of that. I have 'invaded' Iran probably 20 times; I have 'bombed' Iran 30 or 40 times," said Sam Gardiner, a retired Air Force colonel who has taught strategy and military operations at the National War College.

The Bush administration is constantly reiterating its desire for a diplomatic solution to the crisis over Iran's nuclear program. But the administration emphasizes that nothing is "off the table," including military action.

"The evidence is overwhelming that plans have not only been dusted off, but they are at the White House," Gardiner said. "The president believes that he has got to do this." - More...
Wednesday AM - October 04, 2006


Alaska: Most Alaskans say global warming is happening now By DON HUNTER - Four of every five Alaskans believe the Earth is getting warmer, a new poll suggests, and most of them think global climate change is transforming the landscape as the summer Arctic ice pack shrinks, forests burn and fall storms batter coastal villages.

Could be good for tourism, though.

Those are some of the findings from a lengthy survey of more than 1,000 residents across the state, conducted by pollster and public opinion researcher Jean Craciun between May 9 and June 29 and financed by a grant from the National Science Foundation. The poll, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points, was commissioned by an Oregon research group that received the grant to study how people perceive and respond to risks.

According to survey results released this week, concern about climate change in Alaska spans geographic and political divides. - More...
Wednesday - October 04, 2006

National: Deep faith helps Amish make sense of an act defying reason By CAITLIN CLEARY - The idea of forgiveness is at the heart of the Amish culture and belief system. It is also the lens through which many in the Amish community are viewing the tragedy that unfolded Monday inside a one-room schoolhouse in Lancaster County.

Like everyone else, Amish people are struggling to come to grips with the shootings of 10 Amish schoolgirls - five of whom died - by milk-truck driver Charles Carl Roberts IV, who then took his own life. But if the Amish's deep faith in God and strict adherence to biblical principles of pacifism set them apart from the mainstream American culture, they also help the Amish make sense of an act that defies reason. - More...
Wednesday - October 04, 2006

Southeast Alaska: Forest Service Issues Second Decision for the Scott Peak Project Area; Another 8.3 million board feet made available - Southeast Alaska wood products businesses will have another 8.3 million board feet of high-quality Tongass National Forest timber available under the Scott Peak Project Area decision, Petersburg District Ranger Patty Grantham announced today. The Scott Peak Project Area is located on northeast Kupreanof Island. All harvest units are in roaded areas allocated specifically for timber production.

The decision authorizes reconstruction of a mile of existing National Forest System Road and construction of about 2 miles of temporary road to facilitate the harvest. The decision also adjusts the size, location and configuration of the small old-growth habitat reserve within the Scott Peak Project Area so that it meets the criteria specified for such areas in the forest plan. About 565 acres of productive old growth will be added to the reserve; this and other changes will improve its quality significantly. The Forest's system of old-growth reserves is an important component of the forest plan's overall conservation strategy. - More...
Wednesday - October 04, 2006



letter WHITECLIFF NEEDS SO WE CAN VOTE YES By Pete Ellis - Wednesday
letter Proud of the No voters! By Rick Watson - Wednesday
letter Call Dave! By Charlotte Glover - Wednesday
letter Seniors Still need a New Building By Dan McQueen - Wednesday
letter Some words of Thanks By Gregory Vickrey - Wednesday
letter An Uninvited Houseguest By Kim Butler - Wednesday
letter Democrat hypocrisy is a joke in the Mark Folley affair! By Mark Neckameyer - Wednesday
letter One Nation Under Greed by Martha Leftwich - Wednesday
letterYes on Proposition 1 and Proposition 2 By Dawn Rauwolf - Monday
letter White Cliff -- well-researched, broadly-supported, and timely By Sara Lawson - Monday
letter Yes for White Cliff Center By Rebecca A. Bowlen - Monday
letter White Cliff YES! By Forrest Gibson - Monday
letter White Cliff Worth Saving By Penny Pedersen - Monday
letter White Cliff Center is a great idea! By Margaret Antonsen - Monday
letter Return of the Grand Lady By Judith Green - Monday
letter Vote Ed Plute for Mayor By Don Hoff Jr. - Monday
letter Tribe By Harris Skillie Jr. - Monday
letter Borough Assembly Elections By Brian Stewart - Monday
letter White Cliff Yes By Vernon Keller - Saturday
letter White Cliff By Walt Bolling - Saturday
letter REAL ESTATE -101 By Terry Wanzer - Saturday
letter No to Sales Tax Increase to Fund the White Cliff Renovation By Samuel Bergeron - Saturday
letter Yes for White Cliff Center By Anna Annicelli- Saturday
letterSchool board candidate "funding" By Penny Marksheffel - Saturday
letter White Cliff Remodel - A poor choice! By Rick Watson - Saturday
letter Elections By Douglas Thompson- Saturday
letter Options By Penny Eubanks- Saturday
letter Is it Still America? By Paul Hovik- Saturday
letter Where is Sarah Today? By Meagan Foster- Saturday
letter Fog on Ward Lake By Karen Hanson Pitcher- Saturday
letter Where is Phase I White Cliff Report? By John Beck- Saturday
letter Vote NO White Cliff By Jackie Williams- Saturday
letter Consolidation & White Cliff: Both are bad for the Ketchikan Taxpayers! By Dan McQueen- Saturday
letter Lost Souls By Don Hoff Jr.- Saturday
letter Own Opinion? By Harris F. Skillie. Jr. - Saturday
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Dave Kiffer: Hear That Lonesome Whistle - Several years ago I was working at KRBD and I got a pretty funny phone call from one of the federal agencies that deal with transportation safety. I can't remember which acronym it used.

On the line was a nice young woman asking me if we had run the public service announcement they had sent a couple of weeks earlier. We usually got somewhere between 20 and 30 different national or statewide PSAs in the mail each week (no internet then) and rarely ran more than a couple of the national ones.

I didn't remember the particular PSA until she started talking about the importance of railroad crossing safety. Then the light bulb went off.

I remembered laughing with the rest of the staff about how idiotic it would be to promote railroad crossing safety in a community that had no railroads or railroads (I was disregarding the small industrial railroad at the pulp mill, I was pretty sure the folks in Ward Cove were promoting safety around that one.).

I tried to explain to her that we just weren't in "railroad country" around these here parts, but she would hear none of it. - More...
Wednesday PM - October 04, 2006

Bonnie Erbe: The tragedy of gun deaths grows - Like most Americans, I've become regrettably inured to the daily reports of gun violence and gun death in this country. Oh, I know, "Guns don't kill people, people kill people." But this week's attempted slaughter of 10 Amish schoolgirls (as of this writing, five had died) hit me in a place the National Rifle Association had not yet calloused over with the propaganda it so routinely blares through a well-financed bullhorn of a public relations machine.

Why the gunfire in Nickel Mines, Pa., struck so hard, I'll never know. I guess the visual picture of Charles Carl Roberts segregating out children by gender, binding the girls' feet with wire and plastic ties, then shooting them execution-style, gut-punched me in a place I thought I'd toughened off and hidden away. I thought my emotions were was bullet-proofed by the daily horrors we Americans are forced to stomach in the name of "Second Amendment freedoms."

Perhaps Roberts' psychotic ramblings about being "angry at God" touched off an unexpected reaction. Perhaps it was the laundry list of weaponry he brought into a one-room, unguarded, rural schoolhouse in a bucolic setting - a shotgun, a 9mm semi-automatic pistol and a stun gun - that seemed so insane. According to police, he also had 600 rounds of ammunition, a hammer, a hacksaw, pliers, wire, eyebolts, rolls of tape and various paraphernalia, all of which seemed so beyond the pale. How can a milk-truck driver acquire such an arsenal in a country that's supposedly free? - More...
Wednesday PM - October 04, 2006

John Hall: Democrats' foe could be apathy - Without a doubt, the Capitol page sex scandal is enormously damaging to the Republicans and the House leadership. But for Democrats to take advantage of this mess and win back control of Congress in November, they will have to do more than shout "Had enough?" while waiting for more gifts to fall from the sky.

The negative posture has been an inviting one for the party, made possible by the unusual number of blunders by the Republicans in the last several months. These include the Jack Abramoff lobbying affair, the "Scooter" Libby leak investigation and now this - now-former Rep. Mark Foley, R-Fla., caught brazenly sending sleazy e-mails to underage male pages, which House leaders brushed aside like some secret religious order when the matter was first brought to their attention last summer.

Some Republican members report that anger at the leadership's initial indifference to the pages' treatment is the first thing constituents asked them about when they got home. - More...
Wednesday PM - October 04, 2006

Dale McFeatters: A historic monument in the making - Every generation builds its great monuments, hoping that they will stand testament to history.

The Egyptians had the pyramids; the Romans, their coliseums and great aqueducts; the Europeans, their soaring cathedrals; and in our own country such generational monuments as Mount Rushmore, Hoover Dam, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Interstate Highway System.

And now, thanks to Congress, our generation is getting its own monument - the Great U.S.-Mexico Border Fence. And a fine fence it will be, one we can be proud of - a double-layered fence 15 feet high of metal plates and wire mesh with lights, cameras, sensors and microphones to detect the telltale rustle of Latin Americans determined to mow our grass.

The fence will cost $1.2 billion, meaning we can proudly take foreign visitors there, point to our creation baking in the desert heat and say, "See that fence there? It cost $1.2 billion. Bet you don't have anything like it back in Norway."

The fence will cover 700 miles of our 2,000-mile border with Mexico, which is a little like buying a 7-foot ladder to paint a 20-foot ceiling, but I think we can agree we don't want to hear that kind of negative talk. - More...
Wednesday PM - October 04, 2006

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