By-Mail Ballot

Unofficial Results

Question: Shall the City of Ketchikan and the Ketchikan Gateway Borough be
consolidated as one government, the home-rule Municipality of Ketchikan?

10,162 registered Voters;
2855 ballots counted,
28.09% turnout

Unofficial Results

Inside City:
YES - 691; NO - 609
Outside City:
YES - 329; NO - 1,222
YES - 1,020;
NO - 1,831

Alaska Division of Elections

arrow Contact
arrow News Tips
arrow Viewpoints
Search Sitnews
arrow Copyright Info

Today's News
arrow Alaska & Ketchikan
arrow Top Stories
U.S. News
arrow U.S. Politics
Stock Watch
arrow Personal Finance
arrow Science News
arrow US Education News
arrow Parenting News
arrow Seniors News
arrow Medical News
arrow Health News
arrow Fitness
Offbeat News
arrow Online Auction News
arrow Today In History
arrow Product Recalls
arrow Obituaries

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

Columns - Articles
arrow Dave Kiffer
arrow Arts & Entertainment
arrow June Allen
arrow Jason Love
arrow Fish Factor
Louise Harrington
Bob Ciminel
arrow Chemical Eye On...

arrow Rob Holston
More Columnists

arrow Our Troops

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

arrow Match of the Month
arrow Asset Builders

Ketchikan Arts & Events
arrow Arts This Week
Ketchikan Museums
KTN Public Library
arrow Friday Night Insight
arrow Parks & Recreation
arrow Chamber

arrow Home & Garden
arrow Food & Drink
arrow Arts & Culture
arrow Book Reviews
arrow Movie Reviews
Celebrity Gossip

On the Web
arrow Cool Sites
arrow Webmaster Tips
arrow Virus Warnings

arrow Ketchikan Links  
arrow Top Sports News

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

Weather, Webcams
arrow Today's Forecast
arrow KTN Weather Data

arrow AK Weather Map
arrow Ketchikan Webcam

arrow SE AK Webcams
arrow Alaska Webcams

arrow AK Earthquakes

TV Guide
arrow Ketchikan

Ketchikan Phone Book
arrow Yellow Pages
arrow White Pages

arrow Employment

arrow KTN Consolidation
arrow LBC - Ketchikan
arrow Local Government
arrow State & National

Lighthouse Services - Ketchikan, Alaska

Alaska Car Rental - Ketchikan, Alaska

Hometown Furnishings - Ketchikan, Alaska

Talbot's Building Supply - Ketchikan, Alaska

Airlift Northwest - Alaska

University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan

Ketchikan General Hospital

Water Tap - Ketchikan, Alaska

The Local Paper & The Home Office - Ketchikan, Alaska

Tongass Forest Enterprises

Carl Thompson's Photographs - Ketchikan, Alaska

SitNews - Stories In The News - Ketchikan, Alaska
November 22, 2006

Front Page Photo by Jim Lewis

Deer Mountain Sunset
Front Page Photo by Jim Lewis

Ketchikan: Ketchikan General Hospital Cancer Program re-accredited - Ketchikan General Hospital was surveyed by The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons through an on-site visit in September 2005. Surveyors reported that several record-keeping processes needed to be updated. That has been completed, and the official re-accreditation was received this month.

This achievement was made possible through a consistent commitment by the staff and administration to improve state of the art care for cancer patients at the community level. KGH utilizes the video teleconferencing capability of PeaceHealth to affiliate its program with St. Joseph Hospital in Bellingham, Washington. St. Joseph oncology specialists and sub-specialists participate in diagnosis and treatment plans for Ketchikan cancer patients through regular tumor conferences. - More...
Wednesday - November 22, 2006

Alaska: Murkowski Forwards Budget Recommendations - Tuesday Alaska Governor Frank H. Murkowski, along with Office of Management & Budget Director Cheryl Frasca, announced that the administration has transmitted its FY 08 budget recommendations to Governor-elect Sarah Palin's transition team. Ms. Frasca also broke down the preliminary revenue forecast from the Department of Revenue, which highlighted an increase in state revenue thanks to the new Petroleum Production Tax (PPT) and higher oil prices.

"The PPT has increased our financial footing dramatically," Murkowski said. "When you see surpluses - even for the current fiscal year - in the billions of dollars you realize the impact of the oil market on revenues to the state. It cannot be understated: Our administration's action to change the oil taxation structure has left the incoming administration in an extremely better situation than the one we faced four short years ago."

The Department of Revenue's preliminary forecast, to be finalized for release in early December, shows an additional $1.5 billion more for the current fiscal year and an additional $1.4 billion for FY 08 when compared to its forecast last spring. Of those amounts, $1.9 billion is the result of enacting PPT. - More...
Wednesday - November 22, 2006

Alaska: In Legislature's Request for More Time on Same-sex Partner Benefits for State Employees, Governor Supports Letting Alaskans Vote - Alaska Governor Frank H. Murkowski on Tuesday gave the following statement regarding the Legislature's passage of HB 4001 and HB 4002, bills that would affirm that the Commissioner of Administration does not posses statutory authority to implement same-sex partner benefits for state employees, and requiring a statewide advisory vote to be held in April where Alaskans would be asked whether they want the Legislature to place a constitutional amendment on the November 2008 ballot:

Murkowksi said, "The Legislature clearly wants more time to thoroughly deliberate the issue and widen the debate to consider how the state should move forward on providing employee benefits." - More...
Wednesday - November 22, 2006
jpg Patrick McLeavey

Ketchikan: McLavey Named KGH Employee of the Month - Patrick McLavey, Maintenance Engineer, was named Employee of the Month by a committee of his peers.

McLavey has been in his position for the past three years. His job includes operating and maintaining emergency generator power systems, steam boilers, as well as heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. He is also called upon to do numerous carpentry projects and repairs. - More...
Wednesday - - November 22, 2006

National: A Russian roulette of food poisoning in American states By THOMAS HARGROVE - More than 50,000 people got sick or died from something they ate in a hidden epidemic that went undiagnosed by the nation's public health departments over a five-year period.

Americans play a sort of food-poisoning Russian roulette depending on where they live, an investigation by Scripps Howard News Service found. Slovenly restaurants, disease-infested food-processing plants and other sources of infectious illness go undetected all over the country, but much more frequently in some states than others.

Scripps studied 6,374 food-related disease outbreaks reported by every state to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from Jan. 1, 2000, through Dec. 31, 2004. The causes of nearly two-thirds of the outbreaks in that period were officially listed as "unknown."

The findings translate into an alarming potential for tragedy. If health officials are unable to connect illness to food, victims who might eat from the same poisoned source cannot be warned. If food is known as the culprit, but the specific disease lurking within is not diagnosed, the victims may get even sicker or die without proper treatment.

The poor track record of so many state labs also raises chilling questions about their ability to spot or deal with a food-borne terrorist attack. - More...
Wednesday - November 22, 2006

National: Who dies from food illness By SRUTHI KUNNEL - Infectious intestinal diseases from food- and waterborne illnesses were diagnosed as the cause of death for 3,142 Americans in a one-year period, according to an analysis of death records provided by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The actual number of Americans who die from food poisoning is a matter of conjecture. Statisticians at the CDC in Atlanta have estimated that at least 5,000 Americans die every year from something they ate.

But doctors and medical examiners have been increasingly likely to list intestinal diseases as the primary cause of death in recent years, suggesting a growing sensitivity to the threats posed by food- and water-related diseases.

According to federal records based on death certificates, only 1,370 Americans died of infectious intestinal diseases in 2000. Food- and water-based deaths rose to 1,586 in 2001, to 2,496 in 2002 and to 3,142 in 2003, the most recent year available.

"That is just the tip of the iceberg," said Ewen Todd, director of the Food Safety Policy Center at Michigan State University. - More...
Wednesday - November 22, 2006

National: 14-year-old bride calls wedding 'darkest time' of life By BROOKE ADAMS - A woman who claims she was forced at age 14 to marry her cousin in a polygamous sect testified Tuesday that the experience was "the darkest time of my entire life."

Her testimony came during a preliminary hearing for sect leader Warren S. Jeffs, who is charged with two first-degree felony counts of being an accomplice to rape. He allegedly officiated at an arranged marriage between the then-14-year-old girl and her 19-year-old first cousin.

Fifth District Judge James L. Shumate will decide if there is sufficient evidence to order Jeffs to stand trial. After a full day of testimony, the preliminary hearing adjourned until Dec. 14.

The witness - known as Jane Doe IV, who is 20 now - said she didn't dare defy the order to marry the man, whom she described as a name-calling bully. - More...
Wednesday - November 22, 2006


Basic Rules

letter Open Sign Policy By Dave Price, Rick Ruaro & Dennis Pope - Wednesday AM
letter Same sex Schoenbar By Anita Hales - Wednesday AM
letter Ketchikan's Bridge Needed By Forrest Mackie - Wednesday AM
letter Consolidation Ballot By Dayle Amundson - Wednesday AM
letter Consolidation By Glen Thompson - Sunday PM
letter Consolidation By Al Johnson - Sunday PM
letter Clear the Air, then Solve Pension Crisis By Sen. Bert Stedman & Sen. Lyda Green - Sunday PM
letter Sharing the land By Craig Moen - Sunday PM
letter Cherished Beaches Threatened By Ardath Piston - Friday
letterRE: Deception, deviousness and consolidation By Bill Thomas Sr. - Friday
letter Re: Alaskans investing in Alaska By Rudy McGillvray - Friday
letter A quick question for the Consolidation Commission... By Gavin Piercy - Friday
letter Airport Parking Lot By David Zenge - Friday
letter Airport By Rob Glenn - Friday
letter Consolidation is bad for Ketchikan. Please vote no. By Rodney Dial - Friday
letterCan Democrats tackle Social Security? By Mary J. McLaughlin - Friday
letter Not Your Land By Don Hoff Jr. - Friday
letter Level the field of freebies By Nevin Appel - Friday
letter "Adaptation of the fittest" By Valerie Cooper - Friday
letter Airport lot parking fee By Ty Walker - Wednesday
letter Re: Deviousness, deception and consolidation By Debby Otte - Wednesday
letter Alaskans Investing in Alaska By Jerilyn Lester - Wednesday
letterOur land By Rick Watson - Wednesday
letter Re: Consolidation Voter Fraud By Ken Bylund - Wednesday
letter Happy Living In Ketchikan By Mike Graham - Wednesday
letter It is time for Alaskans to invest in Alaska's future. By Patrick Jirschele - Monday
letter Let's make a Deal By Rodney Dial - Monday
letter Deviousness, deception and consolidation By Bill Thomas Sr. - Monday
letter It's about money and control. By Myrna Gardner - Monday
letter All-volunteer 'Greatest Generation' By Sen. Ted Stevens - Monday
letter Re: This Can Not Be Happening By Robin Anderson - Monday
letter Here's a New Idea By Marie Monyak - Monday
letter Open Letter to the President By Mike Jones - Monday
letter RE: Ketchikan's High Gas Prices By Floyd Crocker - Monday
letter RE: The value of Sealaska stock is not monetary By Don Hoff Jr. - Monday
letterWe need a Governor for the people. Not a governor for the party! by Edward Brown - Monday
letter Waiting an Hour in Traffic By Charlotte Tanner - Monday
letter More Viewpoints/ Letters
letter Publish A Letter

Political Cartoonists

arrowPolitical Cartoons


arrow Ketchikan Police Report
arrow AK Troopers Daily Dispatch
arrow Today's Forecast
arrow Satellite

arrow Today's Weather Images
arrow Marine Forecasts
arrow Ketchikan Weather Data
arrow Current AK Weather Map

Auto-post your ad in the proper category,
or email your ad & photos to 


arrow Announcements
arrow For Sale / Free Stuff
arrow Garage Sales
arrow Homes / Apts/ Property
arrow Pets
arrow Wanted
arrow Lost & Found
arrow Local Services

SitNews Archives
November 2006
Click on the date to read the stories published on that day.
      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 28 29 30    

arrow More Front Page Archives


Columns - Commentary

Ann McFeatters: Giving thanks - The summer flowers are gone, the days are chilly, the war in Iraq rages on, the political bickering remains incessant. How are we to approach this Thanksgiving Day? How are we to be thankful?

I was struck the other day by two color photos on the front page of The Washington Post. One was of the coffin of a 22-year-old soldier from Alaska killed in Iraq being unloaded in preparation for burial at Arlington National Cemetery. The other was of a young man of similar age waiting in line to buy a PlayStation 3.

The juxtaposition can be viewed as an observation on the unfairness of life, but it can also be seen as a sign of Americans' indomitability. Life goes on. We are always in search of the next best thing. We know that happiness is fleeting, but we grab it when we can. A source of happiness in the young soldier's brief life was a 4x4 truck; the military honored his family's request that a truck serve as his hearse. We must be thankful that there are so many who are so young who are so willing to serve. - More...
Tuesday AM - November 21, 2006

John Hall: Iraq: Cause or effect - The Iraq war is being addressed as the cause of the problem in the Arab and Muslim world. But perhaps it is not a cause but an effect of an Israeli-Palestinian conflict that has no visible hope for resolution at the moment.

That was a central message of Prime Minister Tony Blair's call for a broader strategy on Iraq last week. His recommendations were blown off by President Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

The speech deserved a lot better than that, not just because Blair has stayed with Bush on the deck of the Titanic but because you wonder if the stuff would have hit the iceberg if Blair had been at the helm.

Both Bush and Blair are lame ducks, since Blair - under pressure from his cabinet - has already announced he will quit within the year to give his designated successor, Gordon Brown, a running start. So his speech last week and his teleconference with the Baker-Hamilton study group on Iraq took the form of a last hurrah. - More...
Tuesday AM - November 21, 2006

Dale McFeatters: Ready. Get set. Shop! - After Thanksgiving comes Black Friday, so described not out of some sense of gloom or despondency but because that's when the ink on retailers' ledgers goes from red to black as shoppers hit the stores prepared to spend an estimated $457 billion between Thanksgiving and New Year's.

And this year the retailers are gracing us with Cyber Monday, the ceremonial start to the online shopping season, according to the National Retail Federation. No need any longer to let earning a living interfere with your holiday shopping experience because, says the NFE, online retailers are targeting "at-work shoppers," a development sure to make the bosses happy. Online holiday season sales were more than $27 billion last year, not a market the retailers are going to ignore.

For all the merriment, both real and manufactured, the holiday season is deadly serious business for retailers. Holiday shopping accounts for almost 20 percent of annual sales. For some specialties, jewelers and bookstores in particular, their sales are double or more in that period. Even when there's no product immediately involved, sales are good. Almost $25 billion will be spent on gift certificates this year, up $6 billion over last season. - More...
Tuesday AM - November 21, 2006

Rob Holston: Vehicular Homicide - The state of Alaska issues drivers licenses to those who qualify to drive on state road systems. The state of Alaska issues licenses for vehicles to be driven upon the road systems of Alaska. Our state has enacted laws to protect people from each other in the form of traffic laws, of course, but also in "click-it-or-ticket" laws and child restraint laws. It is now time for our state to enact a law to protect all children within vehicles upon public and private properties within the borders of our state from the toxins of second hand smoke. It is time to enact a law that prohibits smoking in any vehicle where there are children present and recognizing such practice as a form of child abuse.

Besides the suggestion of this law being inflammatory and inspiring red-necked smokers throughout the state to clamor to their soap boxes and expound upon their rights to smoke in their own vehicles, I pray our lawmakers would decide in favor of the children of this state. Violators of this statute should pay a hefty fine, let's say equal to the amount they probably spend on their precious smokes over a year's time. That would be, in round figures, say $2,000. Maybe half of this amount should be contributed to the college fund of the children who suffer as victims of this crime. Some smokers may even be convinced to quit smoking entirely because of this law. If both man & wife smoke to the tune of $4,000 per year, over the course of raising a couple of kids, say 20 years by not smoking, that would be a savings for the family of $80,000. That's the second way that smokers victimize their children, by depleting the family budget for their own nicotine enhanced pleasures. But, I digress. - More...
Tuesday AM - November 21, 2006

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

Dick Kauffman, Publisher/Editor

Locally owned & operated.
Online since 1999

Stories in the News
©1999 - 2006
Ketchikan, Alaska

M.C. Kauffman, Webmaster/Editor

Re/Max - Ketchikan, Alaska

Skinner Sales & Service - Ketchikan, Alaska

Ketchikan CHARR

Ketchikan Indian Community

Davies-Barry Insurance - Ketchikan, Alaska

Parnassus Books Ketchikan, Alaska

Building For Sale - Ketchikan, Alaska

McPherson Music - Ketchikan, Alaska

Tongass Business Center

Diversified Diving Service - Ketchikan, Alaska

Guardian Flight Medevac

Tongass Federal Credit Union - Ketchikan, Alaska

Tatsuda's IGA - Ketchikan, Alaska

Ward Creek Industrial - Ward Cove, Alaska

Alaska Glass & Supply - Ketchikan, Alaska

The GCI Store - Ketchikan, Alaska

Madison Lumber & Hardware - Ketchikan, Alaska

North Tongass Volunteer Fire Department

KFMJ - Ketchikan, Alaska