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October 05, 2012

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Dr. Deborah Landis Lewis and Mischa Chernick tied pink ribbons on a tree near the Ketchikan Medical Center front entrance Thursday to remember and honor individuals affected by breast cancer.
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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month - It’s a sad reality that there are few in Southeast Alaska who haven’t been touched by cancerous diseases. Talk to any group of women, and they’ll share their stories of valiant mothers, sisters, best friends, cousins and grandmothers demonstrating grace and strength beyond measure.

This year, more than 225,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with new cases of invasive breast cancer. Nearly 40,000 women will lose their lives to this devastating disease. This is unacceptable and sobering, but if detected in its early stages, the 5-year survival rate is 98%. By creating and following an Early Detection Plan as suggested by the National Breast Cancer Foundation, women can be their own best advocate for early detection.

PeaceHealth Ketchikan is inviting the community to join the campaign to raise awareness and funds during the month of October. The PeaceHealth Ketchikan team hopes to honor the strength shown by the women they care for by donning Breast Cancer Awareness t-shirts. And, as it traditionally does, the Women’s Diagnostic Imaging center will be giving special gift bags to every lady who comes in for a mammogram in October.

Throughout October community members are invited to show their support for the fight by “Tying One On” in honor of someone who has been affected: a survivor, a loved one in the fight, or a family friend who lost her battle. - More...
Friday PM - October 05, 2012

Ketchikan: Ketchikan Police Make Three Drug Arrests - Ketchikan Police Officers made three drug arrests this week. Wednesday, officers served a search warrant on the North Tongass residence of Khuong "Chino" Tran.  Tran was identified as a Washington resident who police say had been importing Heroin from Seattle Washington to Ketchikan.  Approximately 40.4 grams of Heroin, $3200.00 cash, and drug sales paraphernalia was seized from Mr. Tran.  Street value of the Heroin was about $33,000.

Tran was arrested and booked for two counts of Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance in the Second Degree for possession of Heroin with intent to distribute, and the delivery of Heroin to Don "Aaron" Wright.

A related search warrant Wednesday on the residence of Don "Aaron" Wright at 119 Austin Street, officers of the Ketchikan Police Department seized approximately 23 grams of Heroin, valued at about $20,000, including a bulk quantity and multiple smaller quantities packaged for sale.  Approximately $4500.00 in cash was also seized from the residence.  Wright was arrested and booked for two counts of Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance in the Second Degree for possession of Heroin with intent to distribute. - More...
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Ketchikan: Ketchikan Campus Receives $611,204 Grant From Feds - The U.S. Department of Education has awarded $611,204 to the University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan Campus to strengthen educational opportunities for Alaska Native students. The Ketchikan Campus was among 11 campuses in Alaska and Hawaii to receive an award.

The U.S. Department of Education awarded a total of $12.3 million in two-year grants to 11 campuses in Alaska and Hawaii to improve the academic quality, instruction and facilities for native students. The grants will carry out activities such as faculty development and exchanges, curriculum development, counseling services, and the purchase of library materials or laboratory equipment. - More...
Friday PM - October 05, 2012

Fish Factor:
October, Busiest Month for Alaska Fishing Industry By LAINE WELCH - October is National Seafood Month – and it also marks the start of one of the busiest months for Alaska’s fishing industry.

October, Busiest Month for Alaska Fishing Industry

Geoducks are the largest burrowing clams in the world. Their siphons can stretch up to three feet and the clams and can weigh more than 7 pounds.
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The state’s biggest crab fisheries get underway in the Bering Sea on October 15 – the Bristol Bay red king crab catch will hold steady at 7.8 million pounds, while the snow crab harvest has taken a dip to 66.3 million pounds, down from about 80 million pounds last season. The St. Matthew Island blue king crab fishery is also down a bit to 1.6 million pounds.

Hundreds of divers in Southeast Alaska are plying the depths for 1.5 million pounds of sea cucumbers, 3.2 million pounds of sea urchins and more than a half million pounds of giant geoduck clams.  A few dozen divers also target sea cucumbers and urchins in smaller fisheries at Kodiak, Chignik, the Alaska Peninsula and the Bering Sea (175,000 pounds total for cukes and 80,000 pounds of urchins).

Fishing for big spot shrimp also opens in October throughout Southeast with a catch of just over a half million pounds. Also in Southeast: the Dungeness crab fishery   reopened   on October 1, and trollers will be back out on the water fishing for king salmon starting on the 11th.

Elsewhere, fishermen in the Gulf and Bering Sea continue fishing for pollock, cod, halibut, sablefish and various other groundfish. The halibut and sablefish fisheries close on November 7 this year and will reopen in early March. - More...
Friday PM - October 05, 2012

Ketchikan: Ketchikan Public Library Celebrates National Star War Reads Day - On Saturday, October 6, 2012, the Ketchikan Public Library will be joining over 1,200 bookstores and libraries across the United States in hosting events in celebration of a national Star Wars Reads Day.  The Ketchikan Public Library's event includes a costume contest, trivia, giveaways, and a chance to win great Star Wars prizes. The event will take place at 629 Dock Street at 3:00 pm Saturday.

Star Wars Reads Day is an initiative of Lucasfilm and its publishing partners to celebrate reading and Star Wars.  Participating publishers include Abrams, Chronicle Books, Dark Horse Comics, Del Rey, DK, Klutz, Random House Audio, Scholastic, Titan Magazines, and Workman. - More...
Friday PM - October 05, 2012

Alaska: Senator Begich to XTRATUFS: Make it in America, Again; Chides Honeywell for Inferior Boots Made in China - Dismayed by news of Alaskans’ unhappiness with a decline in the quality of tried-and-true XTRATUFS boots, U.S. Senator Mark Begich is asking the American manufacturer to resume assembly of the boot in America.

In a letter today to the CEO of Honeywell, Begich also asks for the company’s advice on how to encourage more American manufacturing in the U.S., citing problems with the U.S. tax code.

Begich wrote, "The XTRATUF boot initially became popular in Alaska for the superior grip, protection and durability it provided commercial fishermen." He continued, "Use of the XTRATUF has since expanded beyond fishermen, and the boots have become a beloved Alaskan cultural icon. Begich wrote the use of the "Southeast Sneakers" have been widely used in everyday life, and have even been spotted as formal footwear on fashion-forward Alaskan brides. "At least a third of the 100,000 pairs of boots produced end up in Alaska," Begich wrote.

“People replacing boots that used to last for years found the new pairs leaked and the soles separated from the uppers after just a few weeks’ wear. These were not the durable boots Alaskans were used to, earning the new name: ‘SORT-OF-TUFs,’” Begich said in the letter.

Begich wrote, “This precipitous decline in quality was apparently linked with moving manufacture of the boots from Rock Island to China. Almost 300 good manufacturing jobs left Rock Island, and the Chinese have simply not been producing the same quality U.S. workers delivered.” - More...
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letter We strengthen ourselves by voting By Ishmael Hope - In November of 1912, thirteen men and one woman gathered together in Juneau to organize the Alaska Native Brotherhood, which is now celebrating its momentous Centennial in Sitka where its first camp was organized. The Founders included Peter Simpson, Ralph Young, Frank Price, Paul Liberty, Seward Kunz, James Watson, Frank Mercer, Chester Worthington, James C. Johnson, George Fields, Eli Katanook, William Hobson, Andrew Wanamaker and Marie Orsen. The Founding Fathers and Mother of the Alaska Native Brotherhood likely couldn't have imagined in their wildest dreams the great achievements of the Brotherhood and the Sisterhood. They gathered together to protect their people, and they proved to be enormously successful. - More...
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letter Matt Olsen for State Rep. By Karen Eakes - As a teacher in the School District, I have known Matt Olsen since he was an elementary school student at Valley Park School. As a parent, I have known Matt as a high school friend of one of our daughters and as a fine musician in the Concert Band.  Then, years later I got to know him much better as an adult with a young family and a responsible job at the University. - More...
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letter World Teachers' Day: October 5th By Arne Duncan - World Teachers’ Day gives us an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of teachers across the globe. Education is recognized worldwide as the most important driver of economic growth and social change, and teachers are the ones leading the way. - More...
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letter City of Ketchikan Taxes By Douglas Thompson - Well the city taxes are coming due once more.  It is frustrating to give hard earned money to the city manager to waste.  It is more so when one such tax is illegal.  I refer to the city boat tax.  A tax that the borough has dropped for its residents even though their boats may be in city harbors.  Seems highly discriminatory although that is not why I refer to it as illegal.  The city wishes us as citizens to follow its enacted statutes but they in turn do not seem to feel obligated to follow the higher laws that govern them (state and federal).  - More...
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letter TIME FOR ALASKA TO ALIGN WITH THE ASIAN MARKET By Bill Walker - Since the award of the AGIA contract, Alaska has funded Exxon/TransCanada in the amount of $188 million, yet Alaska  has not been told the results of the first July 2010 open season.  However, Asia’s strong demand for Valdez LNG was confirmed on September 14th when the Alaska Gasline Port Authority submitted nominations, on behalf of Asian buyers, in response to ExxonMobil/ TransCanada's AGIA second solicitation of interest.  As discussed below, the Port Authority has made those nominations public in the hope of encouraging open discourse about what steps must be taken immediately to monetize North Slope gas. - More...
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letter Ketchikan's Animals By Chris Barry - Lots of letters lately about dogs, keeping them locked up, on leashes, spaying, neutering them. Not once do I see anything about the cats we have running loose around here. - More...
Friday - September 28, 2012

letter Tragic Incident At The Landfill By Dr. Marna J. Hall - Recently a Ketchikan family had the sad experience of finding at the Landfill a sack of kittens and their mother. The mother cat and all of her kittens except one had been crushed by a vehicle while they were trapped in the bag. Whether they were run over after being dropped alive in the Landfill or whether they were deliberately run over prior to being thrown away there makes no difference. They died a horrific death. The person responsible for this should be thoroughly ashamed. - More...
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letter Dogs at large By Eugene Martin - As the former Director of Ketchikan Animal Protection, I saw the problem you're talking about everyday. And yes, it would be nice if the shelter could pick up animals day and night. However, that would cost a huge amount of taxpayer money. And yes it would be wonderful if people took responsibility for their animals. I was told one by a person, whose animals ran loose everyday, after the shelter closed, "that's why I moved here, so my animals could run free". It's a community culture that you're dealing with. One that doesn't like to be told what it can or can not do by anyone, especially the government agencies they pay for. Not only that, but they the (animal shelter) have no help. None from the law enforcement agencies or the courts. - More...
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letter Homes for Ketchikan's Homeless Animals By Kathleen Stack - Ms. Cloud's letter is correct. The number of dogs and cats killed here in Ketchikan and elsewhere in one year is an abomination. It's public record and should be easily available and published. - More...
Monday PM - September 24, 2012

letter Don't Breed or Buy While 2,151 Pets Die. By Laura Attwood - I enjoyed the share Margaret Cloud posted to the site -- it is a popular favorite of mine that really conveys the problems we have with over-breeding and overpopulation of animals and people's willingness to throw them away without a second thought. However, I think Paul Jarvi missed her point. I don't think she was saying we should not allow more dogs on the island but I do think she was suggesting that we don't need to irresponsibly breed dogs. - More...
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letter Attention Shareholders By Angie Lammers - We have all of the households & businesses on POW to pay Hydro, and turn off the other power company, roughly 3000-4000 houses & businesses on POW. We don't have a commitment from the other cities to do this. This project is over 3 years behind, because inexperienced leadership, do we have any experts working on this? NO. - More...
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