Ketchikan Veterinary Clinic

Southeast Alaska Building Association - Ketchikan, Alaska

Ketchikan Area Arts Council - Ketchikan, Alaska

Alaskan & Proud

Creek Side Family Health - Ketchikan, Alaska

First Bank - Ketchikan, Alaska

Davies-Barry Insurance

Talbot's Building Supply - Ketchikan, Alaska

Hometown Furnishings - Ketchikan, Alaska
Click here...

Ketchikan Curves

Saltery Lodge - Ketchikan, Alaska -- Alaska Fishiing Lodge

Gateway City Realty, Inc - Ketchikan, Alaska

Re/Max of Ketchikan

Water Tap - Ketchikan, Alaska

KPU - Ketchikan Webcam

arrow Contact
arrow Call 617-9696
arrow Webmail Lettersletter
arrow News Tips
arrow Copyright Info
arrow Archives

Quick News Search
arrow Alaska
arrow Ketchikan
arrow SE Alaska
arrow Alaska News Links

Columns - Articles
arrow Dave Kiffer
arrow Fish Factor

Historical Ketchikan
arrow June Allen
arrow Dave Kiffer
arrow Louise B. Harrington

Ketchikan Arts & Events
arrow Ketchikan Arts
arrow Ketchikan Museums
arrow KTN Public Library

arrow Ketchikan Links

Public Records
arrow FAA Accident Reports
arrow NTSB Accident Reports
arrow Court Calendar
arrow Court Records Search
arrow Wanted: Absconders
arrow Sex Offender Reg.
arrow Public Notices

Weather, Webcams
arrow Today's Forecast
arrow KTN Weather Data
arrow AK Weather Map
arrow AK Weathercams
arrow AK Earthquakes

TV Guide
arrow Ketchikan

Ketchikan Phone Book
arrow Yellow Pages
arrow White Pages

Government Links
arrow Local Government
arrow State & National


SitNews - Stories In The News - Ketchikan, Alaska
October 27, 2011

Front Page Photo by MIKE GATES

Murphy's Landing Sunset
Front Page Photo By MIKE GATES


arrow Today's Forecast
arrow Weather Extremes
arrow Ketchikan Weather Data

Search the News

arrow Ketchikan
arrow Alaska
arrow Sitnews

Southeast Alaska: AAHP “Most Endangered” Listing Helps Leverage Funding for Saxman Projects - Located in Southeast Alaska 2.5 road miles south of Ketchikan, the City of Saxman is perhaps best-known as the home of Totem Row Park - an outdoor park which includes 25 Tlingit totem poles. 

AAHP “Most Endangered” Listing Helps Leverage Funding for Saxman Projects

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich travelled to Saxman's Totem Row Park in August of 2011 to assist community members in raising two new Bear Entrance Poles; duplicates of older poles which reached the end of their lifespan.  Saxman looks forwards to raising 5 additional totem poles within the next 2 years.
Photo courtesy City of Saxman

The park was created through a 1930s Civilian Conservation Corps program, which collected totem poles from abandoned villages throughout southeast Alaska, and hired Alaska Native people to carve duplicates.  Saxman is also home to the Chief Kashakes House – the last example of a “balloon frame” clan house still standing in southeast Alaska.  The Kashakes House is home to two early 20th century totem poles, and a Russian cannon dating back to the 18th century.

In 2010, the City of Saxman submitted Totem Row Park and the Chief Kashakes House for consideration for inclusion on the Alaska Association for Historic Preservation (AAHP) “Most Endangered Historic Properties” list.  The Kashakes House and Cultural Items made #1 on the list, due to the advanced decay of the property, and challenging issues of ownership.  Totem Row Park was ranked as the #5 Most Endangered property in the State, due to the difficulty and expense of maintaining wooden totem poles exposed to southeast Alaska’s harsh maritime climate. - More...
Thursday AM - October 27, 2011

Alaska: Troopers Ramp Up Patrols for Halloween Weekend - The Alaska State Troopers will be out conducting enforcement efforts to ensure the safety of Alaskans while they celebrate Halloween this weekend. Local law enforcement agencies will also participate in the enhanced enforcement efforts from October 25th to November 1st.

The ramped up enforcement conducted by the Alaska State Troopers over the holiday will mostly be focused on DUI enforcement for both alcohol and drugs. - More...
Thursday AM - October 27, 2011

Southeast Alaska: AFN NAMES WORL CITIZEN OF THE YEAR; Award is AFN’s highest honor - The Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) has presented its highest honor to Rosita Worl, president of Sealaska Heritage Institute.

AFN NAMES WORL CITIZEN OF THE YEAR; Award is AFN’s highest honor

Rosita Worl
Photo by Scott Areman

At an Anchorage ceremony last Friday during the federation’s annual convention, AFN President Julie Kitka gave Worl its Citizen of the Year award, saying Worl had dedicated her life to helping Native people from one corner of the state to the other.

“I venture to say there’s probably nobody’s life that has not been touched by the efforts that she has put into her work helping the Native community over her lifetime,” Kitka said.

AFN Co-Chair Albert Kookesh said he went to college with Worl, noting she went to two schools to earn her bachelor’s degree quicker, before earning her Ph.D. at Harvard.

“Rosita is one of the most educated people that we have in our midst,” Kookesh said. - More...
Thursday AM - October 27, 2011

Southeast Alaska: Honored Tlingit Elder Receives Award - Alaska Governor Sean Parnell awarded the 2011 Shirley Demientieff Award last Friday to Tlingit elder Ethel Lund at the Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) convention in Anchorage. The award is given each year at AFN convention by the governor of Alaska for advocacy on behalf of Alaska Native women and children.

Lund, originally of Wrangell, is one of the founders of the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC). She has served as its president. SEARHC began in 1975 as a small organization led by an Alaska Native volunteer board of directors – mostly women from remote villages. Over the last three decades, SEARHC has grown into one of the largest health care organizations in Alaska. - More...
Thursday AM - October 27, 2011

Alaska: Former Alaska Legislators Peter Kott And Victor Kohring Convicted And Sentenced For Public Corruption Crimes - United States Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced last Friday that two former members of the Alaska legislature pled guilty and were sentenced in federal court in Anchorage, on charges of political corruption.

Peter Kott pled and was convicted of bribery concerning programs that receive federal funds, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 666(a)(1)(B). Pursuant to the plea agreement, Kott was sentenced to 17 months in prison, the time he has already served, and placed on three years of supervised release with a curfew for the first twelve months. He was also ordered to pay a $10,000 fine. Victor Kohring was convicted of conspiracy to commit bribery concerning programs that receive federal funds, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 371, and similarly sentenced to time he had previously served (12 months in prison) and placed on supervised release for a period of 18 months. - More...
Thursday AM - October 27, 2011

Alaska Science: Alaska creatures without us By NED ROZELL - In Alan Weisman’s book, The World Without Us, the author ponders “a world from which we all suddenly vanished. Tomorrow.”

Alaska creatures without us

Songbirds like this ruby-crowned kinglet would probably do better if people flew away.
Photo by Ned Rozell

In last week’s column, a few experts discussed the fate of Alaska structures if Alaskans were to disappear. This week, people who study Alaska’s wildlife donate some thought to the subject.

Alaska’s lack of people has benefited many species, including caribou, which still outnumber Alaskans, and salmon, which torpedo up our rivers with a staggering, wonderful density that was once seen all over the west coast of North America.

Mark Wipfli has spent many hours on salmon streams throughout Alaska, and the University of Alaska biologist has thought many times of mankind’s impact on salmon. If people were to disappear, Wipfli envisions a slow healing of damage done to salmon habitat. In Alaska, that means the recovery from logging and mining of streamside forests that provide everything from fish food in the form of insects to the contribution of dead trees to waterways (for erosion control and creation of eddies and other features good for salmon).

Old-growth forests (with trees aged from 50 to 200 years) provide ideal conditions for salmon, just as those same trees have benefited us with stout building materials. The mining of minerals we use every day has also disrupted life for salmon. - More...
Thursday AM - October 27, 2011


The Cost of Living in Alaska
Download: May 2011 Alaska Economic Trends

Real Time U.S. Debt Clock

Public Service Announcements
Public Meetings & Info

Ketchikan Animal Control

arrow Adopt a Dog
arrow Adopt a Cat
arrow Adopt Another Animal

Ketchikan Borough Assembly

Live Video streamarrowLive video stream of current meeting
arrowArchived videos
arrow Agenda and Information Packets
arrowAssembly Meeting Minutes

arrow Borough Records
arrow Calendar

Ketchikan Planning Commission

Live Video stream arrowLive video stream of current meeting
arrowAgenda, Information Packets & Minutes

Ketchikan City Council

Video Stream

arrowView a Video of Meeting
arrowAgenda & Information Packets

Ketchikan School Board

Live Video streamarrowLive video stream of current meeting
arrowAgenda & Information Packets

Gravina Access Project SEIS Alternatives Development

arrow Gravina Access Website


arrow Jobs
arrow Ketchikan Police Reports
arrow AK Troopers Daily Dispatch
arrow Today's Forecast
arrow Satellite
arrow Today's Weather Images
arrow Marine Forecasts
arrow AK Weathercams
arrow Ketchikan Weather Data
arrow Current AK Weather Map


arrow Publish

Publish Your Ad
Click Here


arrow Announcements and
--Help Wanted
arrow For Sale / Free Stuff
arrow Garage Sales
arrow Homes / Apts/ Property
arrow Pets
arrow Wanted
arrow Lost & Found
arrow Publish Your Ad

Front Page Archives
Letter Archives
October 2011
25 26 27 28 28 30 01
02 03 04 05 06 07 08
09 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27    

arrow More Front Page Archives & Letters

Basic Rules &
Freedom of Speech

Questions, please contact the editor at or call 617-9696
Sitnews reserves the right to edit.

letter Thank you Ketchikan By Don Hoff Jr. - On behalf of the Hoff Family and extended Family, we want to thank all Tillie L. Hoff's friends and family in the Ketchikan, Saxman, Metlakatla and Prince of Wales Island for their prayers, donations of money, food and flowers. - More...
Thursday AM - October 27, 2011

letter RE: Ineptocracy By Ken Leland - Once again, Mr. Johnson, you have hit the nail on the head. That is a beautiful description of our Federal, State, Borough and City Government. I may not have that much knowledge of the State or City Government, but I was impacted by the Borough and I spent 6 1/2 years in Washington, D.C. observing the Federal animal in action. - More...
Thursday AM - October 27, 2011

letter Covered area for cruise ship staff By Mike Dooley - I agree with Jill Gates. Let's keep in mind the cruise lines pay a fee to dock in Ketchikan. Cruise ship passengers also pay a head tax, and sales tax on tours and purchases. It is my understanding the head tax revenues have to be used for cruise ship related expenses and improvements. - More...
Tuesday AM - October 25, 2011

letter Open Letter to KGB: Fiscal tethering account charges By Edmund J. Fry, III - As a matter of public records, I would like to inquire some fiscal analysis of the current sludge fee program.  There are 2 questions that I would like to have answered and they are: - More...
Tuesday AM - October 25, 2011

letter Whale Watching By Seth Gross - I live in Portland Oregon but lived in Ketchikan for several years during the 90's and I still visit regularly. I am a huge fan of the KPU Ketchikan web cams and look at them at least once a day. - More...
Tuesday AM - October 25, 2011

letter Airport Parking - more KGB overreach By Chris Barry - According to the Airport management recently regarding snow removal and winter upkeep in the airport parking lots on the town side, the parking lots are not in the lease with the state and therefore, not the KGB's responsibility to maintain. Yet, somehow they feel obligated to patrol the lots (both short and long term parking) writing tickets, collecting fines and booting peoples' vehicle. - More...
Tuesday AM - October 25, 2011

letter RE: Septic System Boondoggle By Don Borders - I am in complete agreement with Mr. Stallings and Mr. Fry. A larger, intrusive, wasteful local government competing with private companies is just wrong. Their, Ketchikan Gateway Borough council, actions are competing with the private sector and being a government function very inefficient and a waste our taxpayer dollars. Other operations within the Borough are privatized; a Local sanitation company has a fee-based collection operation. So why not include the septic systems dealing with the pumped sludge. - More...
Friday AM - October 21, 2011

letter Political humor By A.M.Johnson - During these times of political moments, this perhaps, is a outstanding addition to the political speak depicting the current debate. - More...
Friday AM - October 21, 2011

letter Baby Bear By Deborah Hayden - AWWWWWW! Wasn't he cute, the baby bear running through Tatsuda's produce section? Oh, boy, it's great he was on national news and put Ketchikan into the national spotlight for something other than Nowhere status. - More...
Friday AM - October 21, 2011

letter Perspective By James Schenk - With all the negatives that affect our lives everyday it is sometimes hard to keep things in perspective. Well I am not here to preach but only to suggest something again you have heard before. This is your life, one person in life can make a difference in anything we wish to pursue, even if you do not see immmediate results everything we do affects people around us. - More...
Friday AM - October 21, 2011

letter Septic System Boondoggle By Shelley Stallings - I am in complete agreement with Mr. Fry about the waste of money and resources our current septic system policy imposes upon Ketchikan home owners. This one size fits all doesn't fit all, probably only 'fits' 10% or less of home owners. The frequency of pumping needed for any specific septic system varies widely from 1 to 2 years at the high end to possibly 15-20 years on the low end. Being a single occupant home owner who monitors carefully what is being put into my septic tank, I estimate I have easily paid thousands of dollars MORE than required to keep my system operating efficiently since this wasteful program has been in place. - More...
Tuesday AM - October 18, 2011

letter Webmail your letter or
letter Email Your Letter To:

E-mail your news tips, news
releases & photos to:

Stories in the News
©1997 - 2011
Ketchikan, Alaska

In Memory of SitNews' editor
Richard (Dick) Kauffman


Mary Kauffman, Webmaster/Editor,
907 617 9696


Locally owned & operated.
Online since 1999

Created 1997

 Articles & photographs that appear in SitNews may be protected by copyright and may not be reprinted or redistributed without written permission from and payment of required fees to the proper sources.

AAA Moving & Storage - Ketchikan, Alaska

PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center

Tatsuda's IGA - Ketchikan, Alaska

Madison Lumber & Hardware - Ketchikan, Alaska

Ketchikan Public Utilities - Ketchikan, Alaska
Sneak peek this week:
Top Chef: Week 2

Tongass Business Center

Ketchikan H20 - Ketchikan, Alaska

Tongass Federal Credit Union

Lighthouse Services - Ketchikan, Alaska

Alaska Car Rental - Ketchikan, Alaska

Tongass School of Arts & Sciences - Ketchikan, Alaska

Tongass Forest Enterprises

McPherson Music - Ketchikan, Alaska

North Tongass Volunteer Fire Department

Visit our new
website at

The Home Office - The Local Paper; Ketchikan, Alaska



KPU - Salmon Landing webcam - Ketchikan, Alaska KPU Webcams - Ketchikan, Alaska