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October 3-4, 2010

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Ketchikan: DOT&PF, AIDEA Agreement Clears Way for AMHS Consolidation - The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) has taken the first step to develop its newly purchased Ward Cove property with the transfer of its Ketchikan South Berth facility to the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA).The agreement between DOT&PF and AIDEA allows expansion opportunities for AIDEA’s Alaska Ship and Drydock operations in Ketchikan.DOT&PF will retain the use of property it needs most, including the South Berth’s floating dock for vessel repair and maintenance, warehouse and offices until DOT&PF’s new base of operations is established in Ward Cove. - More...
Sunday PM - October 03, 2010

Fish Factor: People just don’t get it.: Alaska fishing industry puts more people to work than oil, gas, mining, timber and tourism combined By LAINE WELCH - Who knew that Anchorage and the Mat-Su Valley are home to the most commercial fishermen - 1,744 - in all Alaska?

Or that if you put Bristol Bay’s sockeye salmon catch nose to tail, it would reach 14,000 miles, from Alaska to Australia and back!

Everyone went away from the United Fishermen of Alaska’s ‘Fisheries Day’ last week with new understandings and appreciation for the seafood industry and its importance to the state’s economy.

UFA comprises 37 diverse member groups from skiffs to floating processors, making it the largest fisheries trade organization in the nation.  Fisheries Day was the brainchild of new president Arni Thomson, and targeted especially to Anchorage and other rail belt policy makers.  To them, he says, seafood is an invisible industry. 

“People just don’t get it. The fishing industry puts more people to work than oil and gas, mining, timber and tourism combined. And it is second only to Big Oil in revenues to state coffers,” Thomson said.

The invitation-only Fisheries Day attracted a good mix of about 60 bureaucrats, businesses, politicos and industry insiders to the Anchorage Clarion.  The day began with a short tribute and moment of silence to honor Ted Stevens.  Then each person stood and introduced him/herself – a sampler:  Mayors of Seward and Valdez  (disappointingly, Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan didn’t show but sent an aide);  managers of the Kenai and Lake & Peninsula Boroughs, Rep. Bill Stoltze,  aides for Reps. Cherisse Miller and Les Gara, Rep. Alan Austerman,  a member of the Japanese consulate, the Resource Development Council,  Economic Development Corp., fisheries legend Clem Tillion, Board of Fisheries members, CDQ groups, state Chamber of Commerce, Samson Tug & Barge, TOTE, and ADF&G Commissioner Denby Lloyd. The line up of presentations began with an overview of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, the state’s lone fish marketing arm. - More...
Sunday PM - October 03, 2010

Alaska : Governor Parnell Announces Action Against National Park Service – Governor Parnell announced last Thursday that the State of Alaska will take action to challenge National Park Service regulations that violate ANILCA, usurp state sovereignty, and infringe the liberty of Alaskans.

“The State of Alaska does not accept Park Service officials stopping Alaskans on Alaskan waterways that are state-owned and subject to state authority,” said Governor Parnell. “In Alaska, our waterways are our highways, and we need to keep them free of unwarranted federal regulation that is inconsistent with state management authority.”

The Department of Law filed a formal petition with the Department of the Interior to rescind or revise the regulations that the Park Service contends give it enforcement powers on state-owned navigable waterways. State officials have attempted to engage the Park Service for months in discussions about the regulations but to no avail. - More....
Sunday PM - October 03, 2010

Alaska: Ninth Circuit Upholds Alaska’s Judicial Selection Process - The constitutionality of Alaska’s system for appointment of Superior Court judges and Supreme Court justices has been upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Thursday’s ruling affirmed an earlier decision in the U.S. District Court for Alaska concerning the Judicial Council.

The council is a seven-member body established by the state Constitution, with three non-lawyers appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Legislature; three attorneys appointed by the Board of Governors of the Alaska Bar Association; and the chief justice of the Supreme Court, who is appointed by the governor. The council presents nominations for vacancies on Alaska’s courts to the governor, who must select from among those candidates in making appointments to the bench.

A lawsuit in 2009 argued that the Judicial Council violates the equal protection provisions of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, because lawyers have more say in judicial nominations than Alaskans generally. The plaintiffs asserted that equal protection requires that appointments to any government office should be made only by popularly elected officials and that the appointment of three council members by the Board of Governors failed this test. - More...
Sunday PM - October 03, 2010

Alaska Science: Pondering the future of Alaska landscapes By NED ROZELL - At the end of this century, more graceful white bodies of migrating trumpeter swans will glide over Alaska. Alpine slopes will be quieter, with less piercing whistles from the Alaska marmot. Caribou will find fewer patches of tasty lichen and other favorite foods. AA lanky grass will invade the Seward Peninsula and explode along Alaska’s road system.

Pondering the future of Alaska landscapes

Trumpeter swans, a species that may find the Alaska of the future offers more of the ice-free days they need to hatch and raise their young.
Photo by Donna Dewhurst, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

This may be the Alaska of 2099. Or it may not. However, this is the best-guess scenario of researchers who used climate models and all the relevant information they could find to predict the future of Alaska landscapes, how the state’s ecosystems may change, and how all that could affect four different species in Alaska.

Karen Murphy and John Morton of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Nancy Fresco and Falk Huettmann compiled the report with the help of many others. The team used data from Alaska weather stations to prime the best computer models representing climate. The data was combined with the knowledge of scientists with years of field experience. Murphy, Morton, Fresco and Huettmann chose to look at caribou because those animals exist all over the state and so many people depend upon them for food; Alaska marmots because they can probably thrive nowhere else but their high-country habitats in Alaska; trumpeter swans because they are a migratory bird that can choose their own places to nest based in part on ice-free days; and reed canary grass because it is an invasive weed species that already has a toehold on the Kenai Peninsula.

With many cautionary notes in their report about the reliability of attempting to predict the future with computer models (which is problematic, just ask your weatherman), the researchers drew maps showing the predicted future ranges of caribou, Alaska marmots, trumpeter swans and reed canary grass. Their predictions for 2090-2099 show less ideal Alaska habitat for the Alaska marmot and caribou, and more for trumpeter swans and reed canary grass. - More...
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letter Vague statements and catchy sound bites By Tony Hann - Before selecting which City and Borough candidates to vote for, please take a few moments to find out what their overall political philosophy is. - More...
Monday - October 04, 2010

letterRE: NO MORE BONDS UNTIL WE PAY THE OLD ONES OFF By Cindi Davis - Chas, when are you going to run for office? You will have my vote! Your common sense approach is just what we in Ketchikan as well as in the state and federal government. It is a basic principle that anyone coming out of the Great Depression or the WWII era would agree with: YOU DON'T SPEND MONEY YOU DON'T HAVE. - More...
Monday - October 04, 2010

letterSigns By Mary and Tom Schulz - Even though a "Vote for Joe Miller" sign has been attached on a tree in front of our property at the intersection of Pine and Forest Ave, we do not support him. A member of the Joe Miller campaign committee stated that it is their right to put the sign in that place on the tree because it is on the right of way. - More...
Monday - October 04, 2010

letterQuestions for Mr. Miller and his supporters By Vicki Harsha - To the supporters of Joe Miller's campaign, can you respond to these questions? I have asked the campaign directly, but was told: "Thank you for contacting the Joe Miller for US Senate Campaign. Joe's goal is to respond to your message promptly but due to his busy travel schedule, your patience and understanding is appreciated." - More...
Monday - October 04, 2010

letterNew Sidewalk in NewTown By Alan R.(Rudy) McGillvray -Isn't this interesting, Newtown is getting new sidewalks, wider, better marked, etc. But folks, have you looked at the power poles along Water St? The city obviously has enough money for new sidewalks but nothing for moving the power poles a little distance in or out of the traffic pattern. Has anyone but me noticed? - More...
Sunday PM - October 03, 2010

letterNO MORE BONDS UNTIL WE PAY THE OLD ONES OFF By Charles Edwardson - I am not in any way shape or form against libraries, fire stations. or fixing our sewer systems, any more than I am against a new ipod, a new car, new boat, some new tools, all of which would improve my life and enable me to keep up with the times, so let's just save the shocked indignation, I simply cannot afford those items. - More...
Sunday PM - October 03, 2010

letterTerm Limits/Age Limits By Virginia E. Atkinson - For too long there has been politicians dying while still serving in office, whether i'ts Local, State or Federal, it's getting ridiculous that our Senators, Reps, etc dying in office when they ought to have stepped down twenty years ago and let the younger generation take over and pick up where they left off. Why stay in office for 30 or 40 years when they could be staying home and enjoy being home with family and friends, spending time with grandkids and let the younger generation take over what needs to be done in Washington. - More...
Sunday PM - October 03, 2010

letter KIC ALWAYS BEEN HERE BUT COMING ON STRONGER By Charles Edwardson - HOW about something other than the library.

One of the hats I wear with great pride is a past Ketchikan Indian Community (here after KIC) Tribal councilman. - More...
Sunday PM - October 03, 2010

letter JOE MILLER & THOSE SUPPORTING HIM By David G. Hanger - He’s a nice enough looking fellow, this Joe Miller, and speaks with a rigid enthusiasm about the power he wants you to give him, but what he spews is a vicious ugliness that is completely divergent with the reality in this country today. This is not a recession, folks, this is a depression, and while you don’t see it in Ketchikan, or generally that much in Alaska, this is the hardest, most desperate economic time I have seen. There are old people in their 70s on street corners singing for their supper. Every rest stop is filled with beggars, children two to six, and adults of all ages. “Just Hungry,” the sign reads, and it is not a joke. And just so the racists amongst you get it, most of them are white people. More...
Sunday PM - October 03, 2010

letterAFFIRMATIVE LIBRARY VOTE By Pete Ellis - Be sure to vote YES on the bond proposition. A new library will present new horizons and a modern and up-to-date facility. The present library in the Centenial needs also to move in order to afford more space for the museum and its tourist attraction features. - More...
Thursday AM - September 30, 2010

letterRE: Unanswered Questions By Art Bailly - I agree with Ken Holmes 100%. Let's do some quick math. 40 hrs a week for 50 weeks = 2000 hours a year divided by $170,000 year salary = $85 an hour not including all the other benefits = Outrageous. You have got to be kidding me with all of the city's and borough's budget problems and increasing taxes we give someone a raise of this magnitude when other city employee's wages are frozen. Things that make you go Hmmm. Just one of many examples of items that should be brought to a vote by city residents before approved. - More...
Thursday AM - September 30, 2010

letterWriting-in Murkowski By Bill and Linda Auger - We attended the Meet and Greet for Joe Miller on Monday evening at the TFCC.  While Joe Miller's goal of getting federal lands into state hands sounds great, how does he plan on making that happen?  At the height of their power in Washington, D.C. with a Republican President in office, Senator Ted Stevens as Chairman of the Appropriations Committee and attaining the rank of president pro tempore (third in rank in succession to the president), Senator Frank Murkowski and Representative Don Young both serving as Chairman of important Senate and House committees, could not make that happen. - More...
Thursday AM - September 30m 2010

letterJoe Miller By Sheila Gwizda - I realize that politics can be a nasty business and running for office, unfortunately, can get ugly. Sometimes when one candidate attacks another, it s not only necessary to defend a position or character, but sometimes to counter it with his or her own assault. But, I d like to share one interesting observation with you. - More...
Thursday AM - September 30, 2010

letterWhen making your voting choice By Lauran Woolery Patterson - It has been called to my attention that candidate Joe Miller has designated Alan Stein as his Southeast campaign advisor. - More...
Thursday AM - September 30, 2010

letterThank You By James Schenk - Thank you to everyone who posts positive information here, especially you Chaz, I am very proud to count you as a friend and asset to this community. I wish to encourage you to run for any office that may appeal to you so you can bring common sense and economic expertise to our local political offices that seem to lack these essential qualities, with a few exceptions such as our Fantastic Borough Mayor who was also raised here and understands this community and adds to its character every day. - More...
Thursday AM - September 30, 2010

letterLanguage of common sense By Ken Lewis - Dr. Sarah Elaine Eaton & Donald A Moskowitz debate the need for multi languages and I can't help but laugh. Here is a quick true story, and funny as heck. My mom retired the President of a business, I will leave nameless. Decades prior to that she owned a medical admin service in California before it was bankrupt, taking dictation and all that silly stuff. She was the go-to administrator of a man who owned the first floor of South Bay Hospital in Southern Cal. That meant emergency room, Radiology and multi other sections. - More...
Thursday AM - September 30, 2010

letterIS KETCHIKAN A GHOST CITY? By Joey Garcia - Year end and year out, the Salmon Capital of the World, the Gateway City, resembles a city where the residents are deprived of the summer fun, except for the repair of the drainage systems and the refurbishing of paint along crosswalks and parking areas. - More...
Thursday AM - September 30, 2010

letter Enough already By Sue Ellen Smith - When will there be enough comments made about Ketchikan General Hospital? Everyone has a right to their own opinion, and usually those that do have one make it known to all that will listen. I think way too much is being said. But after some thought and looking at the comments made I figured I should put my two cents in. - More...
Thursday AM - September 30, 2010

letterPlease vote 'Yes' on City of Ketchikan Proposition 2 on October 5th. By Chief Jim Hill - Your 'Yes' vote - on October 5th - on "Prop 2" authorizes construction of a new downtown fire station. Prop 2 is on the ballot for very simple, yet critically important reasons. Essentially, the 'old' fire station ---built in 1943--- is too small, worn out, used up, and simply cannot meet the mission which the Ketchikan Fire Department (KFD) is required to perform. - More...
Tuesday AM - September 28, 2010

letterVote No on KGB Prop 3: EMS and Fire By Ed Fry - Having had the privilege to serve as a Firefighter and Paramedic for over 20 years and the honor to teach administrators how to plan resource allocation and needs assessment, I do not support Proposition 3 and will vote no. - More...
Tuesday AM - September 28, 2010

letterUnanswered Questions By Ken Holmes - People of Ketchikan I have a few unanswered questions. Is our City/KPU manager really worth more than 65% of the governors of the country who run their whole state? His wage is now over $170,000 a year. Check out the pay scale for the governors online. In my opinion, I don't think so. - More...
Tuesday AM - September 28, 2010

letterLibrary Bond Proposition By Heather Muench - Ketchikan's current library is cramped and doesn't meet ADA compliance. Despite this, it is heavily used by young and old, by rich and poor, including those without other literary resources. Monthly circulation is over 16,000. Many Ketchikan children developed a love of reading and learning from visits to the library. The community supports our library and its wonderful staff. - More...
Tuesday AM - September 28, 2010

letterSupport for Library Funding Vote By Heidi Ekstrand - Ketchikan voters voiced overwhelming support for a new library in the August special election by voting nearly 2-1 to allow the building to be built anywhere within the city limits. That vote cleared the way to purchase the recommended property on Copper Ridge at the top of the Third Avenue bypass. - More...
Tuesday AM - September 28, 2010

letterVote Alan Bailey for Ketchikan Assembly By Tom LeCompte - I am urging friends and citizens to vote for Alan Bailey on election day. Alan is a long time Ketchikanian with strong ideas about how things work around here, and some ideas on how to improve and streamline local processes. - More...
Tuesday AM - September 28, 2010

letterGo get em Sam! By James Schenk - Good Luck to Sam Bergeron on his run for the Ketchikan City Council. We need more people like Sam running for office in this town. - More...
Tuesday AM - September 28, 2010

letterLibrary By Charles Edwardson - I encourage people to save their news articles and pay a little attention to some recently published stories and advertisements. .Look back and compare related stories. - More...
Tuesday AM - September 28, 2010

letterRE: Language Diversity= Divisiveness By Donald A. Moskowitz - In response to a recent response to my letter by Dr. Sarah Elaine Eaton I wish to clarify for her the thrust of my letter. When I refer to a potential problem of immigrants having diverse language skills I am referring to those immigrants who do not learn English and who persist in only communicating in their native languages, whether it be Spanish, French, Chinese, Russian, Hebrew, German or any other non-English language. These people not only impair their ability to assimilate but they could also hinder our overall communication system in this country. I stand by my argument that if a large segment of our population cannot communicate in English, our country will be weaker for it. - More...
Tuesday AM - September 28, 2010

letterPFD "sale" By Melissa O Bryan - I sent this letter to Alaska Airlines in regard to their PFD sale, how many others out there are tired of these so called "sales?" - More...
Tuesday AM - September 28, 2010

letterTuesday's Vote - October 5th, 2010 by Ken Bylund - Proposition 3: On the $800,000 being considered for the North Tongass Fire & EMS; it seems likely that more will be required to rehabilitate this industrial property after the initial purchase price that should be brought to the attention of the voters. This was an industrial facility supplying metals and associated chemicals; will there be additional funding required to rehabilitate the soil and modify the structures to accommodate the... what? What is this property to be used for? Water storage and... what? So the costs that are being estimated are ______ and what is the goal/benefits of this TBD total cost? - More...
Friday AM - September 24, 2010

letterEmergency Services By Jonathan Agnew - During my time in Ketchikan, I've had ample time to watch the machinery of this city in action, and I am excited for Ketchikan's future based on what I've seen. - More...
Friday AM - September 24, 2010

letterVote M-U-R-K-O-W-S-K-I By Stacey Stone - I am calling on you to fill in the bubble and write in Lisa Murkowski to continue serving us as senator in Washington. - More...
Friday AM - September 24, 2010

letterJoe Miller By Paul Jarvi - How does a vote for Joe Miller help the citizens of Ketchikan Alaska? All I know about Mr. Miller is that he is a "Constitutional Conservative" whatever that is and that Sarah Palin endorsed him. Sarah is not a friend to Southeast Alaska. - More...
Friday AM - September 24, 2010

letterWriting-in Lisa Murkowski By Frances C. Natkong - I'm sorry for those of you who will vote for Joe Miller, you and I will have to live with your vote. He's trying to get rid of social security, unemployment, and federal funding for Alaska. He DOES NOT have my vote. - More...
Friday AM - September 24, 2010

letterVoters Should Be Closely Scrutinizing Senator Murkowski's Motives By Myla Poelstra - The recent shakeup in Alaska's political arena from the surprising results of our primary election are bringing some interesting pictures into focus and disturbing questions to mind. Senator Murkowski's obviously unexpected loss, and subsequent decision to pursue a write in campaign after promising to respect the will of the people of Alaska by showing her support for the Republican nominee, has caused many to question her judgment and integrity. - More...
Friday AM - September 24, 2010

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letterKGH and Peacehealth are awesome By Linda Kreider - I, too, am very happy and very proud to have KGH and Peacehealth as my healthcare providers. My family members, myself included, have had several surgeries at KGH. Each visit there has been great, the care and the treatment has been outstanding. I would not consider going "outside" if I can have the service performed here in my hometown. - More...
Friday AM - September 24, 2010

letter Fire Stations By Stephanie Sherva - It's been a long time coming, but the city is finally getting a new Downtown Fire Station. Too bad it doesn't fit the locale. Downtown has spent tons of tax dollars making itself look "old" and now they want a red and gray, modern, all angled building in the center of Downtown. Didn't any one consider the surrounding area and all the time and money spent to impress the Tourist with the "old fishing and logging town" feel? Where was the Historical Commission when all this was in the planning stages? They have no problem getting the rest of Downtown into the historical mode. As long as the inside of the building meets all the requirements of the Fire Department, why can't the outside have an "old Ketchikan" look and feel? - More...
Tuesday - September 21, 2010

letter Open Letter to Ketchikan Police: School Zones By Amber Anderson - I wanted to express my appreciation for your presence in the Schoenbar school zone this morning (09/20/21). It was nice to see a lot of cars tapping their breaks and stopping for kids in the crosswalks. I've lived on this bend for 3 years and have been frustrated with the lack of concern for children walking to school and bus stops. My children and I have often been nearly hit by people in a rush and/or on their cell phones. This is not something I thought I had to worry about when we bought our home here. I was naive in thinking it would be a safe walk since we live in a school zone. - More...
Tuesday - September 21, 2010

letterVote on October 5th By Rodney Dial - As you vote on October 5th, I would ask that you look back to the spending over the last few years and consider our current fiscal condition: - More...
Tuesday - September 21, 2010

letterAsking for your vote October 5th By Sam Bergeron - I'm in the race for council because we need people in there that know the value of a dollar and where those dollars come from. - More...
Tuesday - September 21, 2010

letterSupport Joe Miller By Liz Williams - I am unable to understand why it is wrong for Joe Miller to take out of state funds but okay for Sen. Lisa Murkowski to do so.  There is nothing illegal about the funding in either case.  While some of the funding for both Murkowski and Mr. Miller came from out of state, 100% of the votes came from Alaskans.  The majority of the voters in the Republican primary picked Joe Miller to represent them in the General election.  Republicans have a closed primary so that their members, not the members of the opposition, elect the representative who they believe will most closely represent their views in Congress.  - More...
Tuesday - September 21, 2010

letterWrite-in Lisa Murkowski By Frances C. Natkong - Have you heard Joe Miller speak? Wake up, people, he's a male Sarah Palin! If he gets elected we, in Alaska, will be in deep you know what. - More...
Tuesday - September 21, 2010

letterMoonbattery By Richard Easbey - Mr. Hanger's latest rant, which is nothing more than a ham-handed attempt at character assassination directed at Joe Miller, is proof that being a liberal is the next best thing to having actual IDEAS. - More...
Tuesday - September 21, 2010

letterAlaskans - A Message to DC on Nov 2nd, 2010 by Ken Bylund - A quote by Anthony McAuliffe, on December 22, 1944 -- his official reply to General Von Luttwitz's demand that he surrender the 101st Airborne at Bastogne, aka, The Battle of the Bulge... "To the German Commander... Nuts! The American Commander." - More...
Tuesday - September 21, 2010

letterSmall town politics again By Marcia Hilley - As a city taxpayer I am now going to help pay $100,000 plus because some City of Ketchikan administrators still have their panties in a wad because of an old lawsuit. - More...
Tuesday - September 21, 2010

letterLearning languages empowers us By Dr. Sarah Elaine Eaton, PhD - In response to the letter submitted by Donald A. Moskowitz on September 15, I agree with you wholeheartedly that the U.S. is an English speaking country. - More....
Tuesday - September 21, 2010

letterProud of KGH By Donna Teal - Just a few lines about the excellent care given by all the staff at KGH. I have been a patient there several times and am still alive because of their wonderful talented care -- the first time in 1962 and several times since then. I also have had several family members healed there. - More...
Tuesday - September 21, 2010

letterKGH Praises By Charlene (Spurgeon) Burns - I'm not entirely sure how to approach this subject. A service provider does not deserve to be slammed because she simply expressed her praises for Ketchikan General Hospital. - More...
Tuesday - September 21, 2010

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