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SitNews - Stories In The News - Ketchikan, Alaska
November 11, 2009

Front Page Photo by BILL MECK

This photograph of Ketchikan's west-end waterfront and Deer Mountain was taken during the Chamber of Commerce's meeting held this week on board an IFA ferry. The IFA ferry made a trip around Pennock Island.
Front Page Photo by BILL MECK


Ketchikan: Food Drive First Official School Outing for Patches and Pumper; Fire Department Thanks Students for Participation & Generosity - Firefighters from North Tongass Volunteer Fire Department (NTVFD) arrived at Point Higgins Elementary School on Friday the 13th to collect food from their 3rd annual collaborative joint food drive with new team members - Patches and Pumper. This year Patches and Pumper went along with fire department members for what was the first official school outing for Patches and Pumper.

 Food Drive First Official School Outing for Patches and Pumper

Pictured with the food collected by the Point Higgins Elementary students are (from left to right) Firefighter Greg Brown, Firefighter Andy Tighe, Jessie 'Liz' Hook, Patches and Pumper, Lt. Steve Phillips (kneeling), Lt. Jerry Kiffer, Firefighter/Medic Scott Hildebrandt.
Photograph courtesy NTVFD

Patches and Pumper were recently purchased with funds awarded to North Tongass Volunteer Fire Department (NTVFD) from the 2008 Assistance to Firefighter Fire Prevention and Safety grant. Patches and Pumper are two of the department's newest fire safety education tools, and did not disappoint the students on their first trip into the school district said NTVFD's Fire Chief Dave Hull. Children from preschool to 6th grade were delighted to see Patches and Pumper; they truly were the hit of the day said Hull.

Chief Hull said members of the department were thrilled to see the responses from the children as they chatted with Patches. "We have felt from the beginning that Patches and Pumper would be great tools for reaching and relating to children, and reactions of the children indicated that we were on the right track," said Hull. - More...
Saturday - November 21, 2009

Ketchikan: Alaska unemployment rate at 8.9 percent in October; Ketchikan unemployment rate close behind at 7.9 percent - Alaska's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose six-tenths of a percentage point in October to 8.9 percent. September's preliminary rate was revised down one-tenth of a percentage point to 8.3 percent reports Dan Robinson an Economist with the Alaska Department of Labor's Research and Analysis division.

Ketchikan's unemployment rate (not seasonally adjusted) for October 2009 was reported at 7.9, percent climbing 2 percent from September's reported 5.9 percent. One year ago (October 2008) Ketchikan's unemployment rate was reported as 5.9 percent.

In Ketchikan's labor force, 631 of the civilian labor force were reported as unemployed in October 2009 compared to 473 unemployed in October of 2008. Ketchikan's civilian labor force in October 2009 was reported as 7,982. In October 2008, Ketchikan's civilian labor force was reported as 8,010.

Statewide, after bouncing around for much of 2009 without showing a clear trend up or down, the unemployment rate has now climbed eight-tenths of a percentage point over the last two months. Alaska's rate remains well below the U.S. rate, however, which was at 10.2 percent in October reports Robinson. - More...
Saturday - November 21, 2009

Alaska: Secretary of the Interior Urged to Finalize Any Necessary Revisions For Offshore Oil & Natural Gas Leasing in Alaska - Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich, and Rep. Don Young today delivered a letter to Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar urging him to finalize any necessary revisions to the current five-year plan for offshore oil and natural gas leasing in Alaska.

Shell Oil, which early last year spent $2.1 billion for exploration rights in the Chukchi, has been unable to proceed with plans to drill up to two exploratory wells on its leases in 2010 because Interior officials have failed to complete a court-ordered environmental assessment in a timely manner.

"This delay has gone on long enough," Sen. Murkowski said. "It's time to get development of Alaska's resources back on track."

Sen. Murkowski delivered the letter today to Secretary Salazar and Carol Browner, special assistant to the president at the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change, during a meeting in Murkowski's office on development of Alaska's energy resources in advance of Friday's deadline for Salazar to make a decision regarding Shell's development plans in the Chukchi Sea.

A federal appeals court ruled earlier this year that Interior failed to conduct sufficient scientific and environmental reviews before leasing portions of the Alaska outer continental shelf. Under the ruling, Interior is required to complete a more detailed analysis of the potential environmental impacts of development on the near shore tidal zones in Alaska waters.

Because Interior already had all of the necessary data to complete the analysis, the delegation had hoped the process could be done quickly. Unfortunately, the wait continues with no word from Interior on when it might be finished.

"Shell has spent years of work and billions of dollars to satisfy the complex logistics, planning and permitting process required by law," the delegation wrote in the letter. "We would not support this particular exploration plan if we did not believe, based on our collective experience with the associated issues and understanding of the associated technology and science, that this could be conducted in such a way as to preserve the neighboring culture and environment." - More...
Saturday - November 21, 2009


Fish Factor: Halibut Fishery Ends; Salmon Wrap; & Pups up! By LAINE WELCH - Alaska's halibut fishery ended on Nov. 15 amidst little fanfare. Brutal winter weather wreaked havoc on deliveries the final week, and bumped up prices as buyers scrambled for the last fresh fish of the year.

The season opened in late March with lots of expensive halibut holdovers from last year in U.S. freezers. That pushed dock prices down by roughly a dollar per pound all season.

Final prices at Kodiak were reported at $3.40 - $4.30/lb for fish weighing from 10 pounds to "40 ups." Kodiak prices dipped as low as $2.50 at the docks this summer.

At Homer, final halibut prices to fishermen ranged from $4 - $4.35/lb. Homer easily held on to the title of America's #1 halibut port with more than 12 million pounds, 23% of all landings, crossing those docks. Kodiak was a distant second at 7.6 million pounds, followed by Seward, Dutch Harbor, Juneau and Petersburg.

Most of Alaska's fresh halibut catch goes to U.S. retail counters and restaurants. The demand this year came from retail buyers, as more customers avoid expensive restaurants and buy halibut to eat at home, said market analyst Ken Talley. The frozen market also has taken off, and inventory holdings "are said to be very low," he added.

Customers appreciated this year's lower prices, said Dannon Southall, wholesale/retail manager at 10th and M Seafoods in Anchorage. - More...
Saturday - November 21, 2009

Alaska: Preliminary 2009 Salmon Season Summary Released by ADF&G - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game released its preliminary estimates today for the 2009 commercial salmon harvest and for the value of that harvest to commercial fishermen. These estimates are preliminary. Estimates will be revised in 2010, upon finalization of all fish ticket data, and submission of annual processors reports which include the final prices paid for salmon in 2009.

Commercial fishermen harvested 161.7 million salmon in 2009. This is the 11th largest harvest since statehood. The 2009 harvest was 15 million fish higher than the 2008 harvest of 146 million fish, 14 million fish below the preseason forecast of 175 million fish, and 11 million fish below the most recent 10 year average (2008-1999) commercial harvest of 172 million salmon.

Value of the 2009 preliminary catch estimate, $370.1 million, is higher than the most recent 10 year average of $308 million. Preliminary 2009 statewide average prices show decreases for all species of salmon compared to final 2008 prices. The preliminary statewide average price for sockeye salmon is $.80 per pound, 4 cents less than last year. Final 2009 prices for all salmon species may be higher after any post-season adjustments and end-of-season bonuses are paid to fisherman. - More...
Saturday - November 21, 2009


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letterHealthcare Reform By Chris Elliott - Last December I woke up after surgery in a room at Virginia Mason with a homeless female heroin addict in the other bed. I know this because a nurse patiently gathered the woman's medical history and current circumstances before the poor woman slumped across her food tray fast sleep. I'm pretty sure she didn't have health insurance. I'm pretty sure those of us with insurance are covering her in our premiums. (The Uninsured) - More...
Saturday PM - November 21, 2009

letterCell Phones for Soldiers Program By Ed Vitorino - Every year millions of Americans throw their used/broken cell phones in the trash and we all know that it ends up on a landfill. I know we all have them sitting in a drawer somewhere taking up space. What if i told you that we can recycle them and in return the recycling company gives the military members calling cards? - More...
Saturday PM - November 21, 2009

letterOh Sarah Palin..... By Evan Bolling - The much anticipated controversial autobiography, "Going Rogue" written by our very own claim to shame, Frm. Gov. Sarah Palin is now on the bookshelves. A sad day for Alaska, the literary world, and all sentient life too. We should have done a better job keeping the lid on this total embarrassment, but now she's a national satire. And in 2008 the most mocked person on Saturday Night Live. - More...
Saturday PM - November 21, 2009

letterGOING ROGUE By Susan Round - The following definitions of the word ROGUE are provided by Merriam Webster Online Dictionary: - More...
Saturday PM - November 21, 2009

letterMillion Dollar Blunder at the Public Library? By Robert D. Warner - With the City Manager's plea to the City Council to increase properity taxes next year, it seems most urgent to end careless and wastefull spending. - More...
Saturday PM - November 21, 2009

letterNot in my Backyard By Don Borders - Here in Alaska we are not so energy deprived that we need to go out on a limb to resolve the electrical power needs. We have not even started to explore the tidal influx as a power source where other nations in the world have done so and commissioned such systems to feed their power grids. We do have an abundance additional hydroelectric possibilites and thermal ones such as Chena Hot springs thermal system which has proven to be efficient and has won several awards in its design. So to embrace an "iffy" fringe technological concept just to generate power which would release all kinds of substances into our lean pristine air is just foolish. - More...
Saturday PM - November 21, 2009

letterPebble Mine Views By Martha Jacobson - Regarding the Ketchikan Daily News editorial about eating your salmon in Seattle without the restaurant owner sharing views on the Pebble Mine - the issue is way more complicated than narrowing it down to some restaurant chef's political views. Way more! - More...
Saturday PM - November 21, 2009

letterTEA Party Slogans Cheap and Shallow By Evan Bolling - "The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of everyone else's money" this becomingly trite slogan was at one point witty and creative. Witty because it employs an intelligent humor and creative because it cunningly neglects the obvious, making it a purely fantastic perspective. Fantastic, from the Latin phantasticius meaning imaginative, fantasy. The root definition has been included to avoid confusion in my intended meaning. - More...
Saturday PM - November 21, 2009

letterName calling By Tom Ferry - Mr. Warner, you say you would find it to be a privilege to vote for Obama's re-election. Hey that's fine , but if you did vote for him the first time and now the second time, you are not even close to being as I am "an independent conservative". - More...
Saturday PM - NOvember 21, 2009

letterLandless Issue By John Morris - I would like to respond to the folks who have this issue. I want you to realize that once you sign on with the ANCSA Corp, whether be regional or village, you are signing away all your aboriginal rights... that is what this Act has done. - More...
Saturday PM - November 21, 2009

letterSocialism to classroom analogy By Evan Bolling - Al Johnson's socialism to classroom analogy is absolutely genius. Of course, however, if you think about it for even a second more it becomes totally ill conceived. - More...
Saturday PM - November 21, 2009

letterLandless By Vernon M. Grant - Each time I read the Sealaska Corporation website ,I always hold my breath in thinking maybe, just maybe this time they will have something written about this issue, but each time I've read anything it was about some other facts, about a bill other then the landless issues.When will this issue be important enough for this corporation to take notice of its importance and set forth an honest effort to bring this to a resolve, before it is too late? In all these land bills I read about, NO where is there any mention of the landless bill mentioned, or of the communities thereof.What will it take to make Sealaska Corporation take charge and spearhead a honest-to-goodness effort to pursue and resolve this long awaited landless issue that many of our people have been weeping and begging for? This to be noticed, only for it to be forgotten and swept under the rug once more. - More...
Monday PM - November 16, 2009

letterThe Problem With Socialism By Connie Emmert - If you have been watching the news about the TEA parties, you have probably seen the sign that says, "The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money." We're beginning to realize the truth to this phrase as Medicare and Medicaid and Social Security careen into bankruptcy. - More...
Monday PM - November 16, 2009

letterFighting and name calling By Chris Barry - I appreciate the comments, regardless of how wrong they are. If you consider a disagreement of ethics and morals to be insulting, petty, and degenerative to the upcoming generations of leaders, and that, to quote you, "No one can change beliefs of another so stop trying." then some enlightenment needs to be sent your way. - More...
Monday PM - November 16, 2009

letterCustomer Service By Heather Wills - I remember reading a few different letters sometime in September or thereabouts talking about the lack of customer service. I would like to share my experience. - More...
Monday PM - November 16, 2009

letterRe: Plasma Garbage By Alan R. (Rudy) McGillvray - I suggest that Ketchikan would not be the sole enjoyer of this process, we could also take the wastes from all other towns and villages in southeast, and turn it into energy and pay those other towns for so doing, instead of everytown shipping their wastes as we do... to Spokane, WA.? - More...
Monday PM - November 16, 2009

letterName Calling By Mike Harpold - Mr. Barry says President Obama is a communist, and maintains he's not name calling because it's the truth. I disagree. Until he can prove his assertion, Mr. Barry is merely calling names. - More...
Monday PM - November 16, 2009

letterLandless Natives of Ketchikan By James Llanos Jr. - Please attend our next Landless meeting on Sunday, December 6th, from 2PM-4PM at 429 Deermount Avenue. This issue began with the 1971 Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA). This is the bill that passed through Congress that settled aboriginal rights with Alaska Natives. In short, this was a process that set eligibility for the Native Communities of Alaska to be a part of ANCSA. - More...
Friday - November 13, 2009

letterPlasma Garbage By Rob Holston - Whether or not you own Loggerville or have another direct interest in Ward Cove Plasma Gasification of Garbage should be a community discussion. Contrary to claims made by Don West of TransGlobal, LLC the technology is not based upon a patent he holds. Many companies are doing this. I have talked to two, Star-Tech Environmental Corp & EnerSol Technologies, Inc. They both responded similarly when I told them our location and how much garbage our community produces per day. - More...
Friday - November 13, 2009

letter Fight over Liberals & Conservatives By Andy Hansen - In my opinion this petty argument over liberals and conservatives is not showing the best in anyone butting heads on the subject. I think we all need to grow up and stop insulting others' beliefs. I am embarrassed to see such arguments between adults who are what the young community of Ketchikan look to for knowledge, and should look to for peace and reason against others who don't agree with who they are. This is not teaching them Ketchikan, this by far is not. - More...
Friday - November 13, 2009

letter4th of July Parade By Blaine Ashcraft - As Executive Director of the Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce, I would like to respond to Mr. Garcia s letter. It is true that the Chamber is in charge of the 4th of July parade that our community enjoys each year. We have a committee that works tirelessly on this event. As with all volunteer committees, we can never have too many volunteers. We would welcome/appreciate any community member's participation in making this a successful event. We welcome any new ideas to make this the best celebration ever. - More...
Friday - November 13, 2009

letterDemocrats Crushed By Chris Elliott - The only thing shovel ready appears to be the President's rhetoric. - More...
Friday - November 13, 2009

letterName Calling By Chris Barry - You are correct, name calling is childish, but when someone speaks the truth, is it name calling? - More...
Friday - November 13, 2009

letterSecurity Requires Nuclear Deterrent By Donald A. Moskowitz - President Obama naively suggests the world can be free of nuclear weapons if the U.S. and Russia commit to arms reduction. - More...
Friday - November 13, 2009

letterSecond lesson on Liberal vs. Conservative By Al Johnson - Normally I would space my contributions longer, however the reaction to lesson one on the subject is too good to hold back! The first lesson brought another!! - More...
Monday PM - Nvember 09, 2009

letterContinued saga at Ward Cove By Don Borders - I watched the local telecast of the presentation where the development plan to build a Plasma plant at Ward Cove was presented. I have many concerns as to how the Borough might act on the slick mono-view of the "possibility" of the fringe technologies for Ward Cove. It was impressive to the scope which various people were taken by the smooth delivery without really answering any hard questions. The end results are breath taking, however, what about any concern if the thing will just not work due to local environmental conditions such as 80 to 99 percent humidity, lack of actual product to "burn," will they import materials to "feed" the Beast? What if the possibility the whole thing ends back up in the laps of the borough assembly with added additional problematic clean-up of Ward Cove all over again? Will it be additional pages and chapters in the ongoing saga of government mismanagement? - More...
Monday PM - November 09, 2009

letterName Calling By Robert D. Warner - I too consider myself to be somewhat of an independent conservative, but I do not think that a recent letter in SITNEWS calling President Obama a Marxist and incompentent idiot is especially useful. This type of name calling is both stupid and childish. - More...
Monday PM - November 09, 2009

letterIrvin Thompson By Margery DeMan Welker - I personally have a huge problem with the cousin in Calif being Irvin Thompson's closest relative . . . they even mention that Irvin was related to the Schlais family, which he was, yet they didn't contact any of the people by that name in Ketchkan, e.g., Evard, Faye, Alex. It might've been nice to bury him near his mother and father, if they had done a little research, as I know Aunt Margie was devestated when he was killed. - More...
Monday PM - November 09, 2009

letterThinking about the 4th By Jose Garcia - When I sent an email letter to the Ketchikan City Mayor Williams III regarding my ideas about the July 4th celebration, his office referred me to the Chamber of Commerce, annotating that they are in charge of such celebration. I did, but their office is manned with an answering machine. - More...
Monday PM - November 09, 2009

letterHeating & Ward Cove By Don Borders - I would like to address several recent letters, or opinions to the editor of Sitnews, submissions making their greenest concern or their environmental point of view. - More...
Monday PM - November 09, 2009

letterRE: Personal losses By F. David J. Jacob - Mr. Borders, I would first like to express my heartfelt sentiments over your losses. I cannot imagine what losing three friends in the space of a month would be like. I hope you are spending plenty of time reflecting on the good times and the lessons you learned from your friends. In memory they will live on! - More...
Monday PM - November 09, 2009

letterWard Cove Comprehensive Plan By Mary Lynne Dahl - As an observer of what has been happening at Ward Dove this past 12 years, I agree wholeheartedly that before we sell Ward Cove piecemeal, we should develop a comprehensive, long term plan for that property. My 25 years as a financial planner have proven to me that planning produces much better results than shooting from the hip. The PIEER authors have some very good ideas for creating the kind of plan needed before any concrete actions are taken and their suggestions should be taken seriously. - More...
Wednesday - November 04, 2009

letterHeating and power generation By A.M.Johnson - Samuel Bergeron has it right, however I am not so sure that Petersburg and Wrangell, ahead of Ketchikan in this suggested heat form, has already been doing this to a high degree. It may be that the surplus power or the anticipated share of the Tyee power for Ketchikan is reduced up by these two town's recent and ongoing conversion activity to electrical heat. - More...
Wednesday - November 04, 2009

letterDemocrats crushed By Tom Ferry - Obama was like an anchor around Corzines' neck. Now finally it is the beginning of the end of the Marxist Obama administrations complete gutting of America. with crushing defeats in key states the folks seem to finally be coming out of their trance. - More...
Wednesday - November 04, 2009

letterLoggerville By Rob Holston - On November 9, 2009 the KGB Assembly will be discussing Ward Cove, Loggerville and any other proposals that may be presented. - More...
Wednesday - November 04, 2009

letterHaloacetic Acid in the drinking water By Peggy Ayers - I am writing to let Dayle Amundson (and any other persons concerned with Haloacetic Acid in the water exceeding acceptable limits) know that according to the Minnesota Department of Health Haloacetic Acid can be removed from the drinking water using a Carbon Activated Filter. They can be installed as a whole house system or an under the sink system for use in drinking and cooking water. I do not know where these units can be purchased but I'm sure they can be found. - More...
Wednesday - November 04, 2009

letterElectric Heat By Samuel Bergeron - With the Swan-Tyee electrical intertie coming on line, it would be in all of our best interest as rate payers and owners of KPU and the Intertie, that we use it to its fullest extent. - More...
Monday PM - November 02, 2009

letterHealth Care is in the Toilet! By Marie-Jeanne Cadle - I am still trying to get over the absurd implication by Mr. Peter Jensen a few months ago that un/underinsured people will somehow dirty his private toilet as he refers to his current health care. Mr. Jensen is also worried that access to health care by these apparently dirty individuals like myself, will somehow limit his access. I can assure Mr. Jensen that people such as myself; un/underinsured, will never have the opportunity to soil his precious private health care because 1) Mr. Jensen is Native American and has health care provided at tax payer expense that will never be available to the un/underinsured non-natives and 2) Mr. Jensen is military and has health care proved at tax payer expense that will never be available to un/underinsured non-military. - More...
Monday PM - November 02, 2009

letterWard Cove by Rob Holston - I appreciate the information provided by the Ward Cove PIEER Group. Your idea of "..designting sections for appropriate uses." is in agreement with the Ward Cove Focus Group meeting Oct. 13, that called for the KGB to subdivide and offer for sale in a way compatible with community needs & economic development. I will be presenting the Loggerville Small Boat Harbor Business Plan at the next PLEADAC meeting the evening of Nov. 4, 2009. Anyone wanting to view plan details prior to the meeting, please email me. Plan Summary to follow: - More...
Monday PM - November 02, 2009

letterWard Cove By Don Borders - What's next in the on going saga of local government mismanagement? It's been eleven years ago that the Ward Cove Pulp Plant shut down and then average incomes for the area dropped extremely low. It's only been from outside help from the federal legislators and departments like Homeland Security that have influxed the local incomes to regenerate the revenue which fuels the two local governments through the taxation of the populous. (Walmart helped also, however it's the next to the smallest store they have.) Boys and Girls, it is time to quit playing games and get the property back on to the tax roles. - More...
Monday PM - November 02, 2009

letterRe: Congressional leadership By Jim Dornblaser - Mr. Stallings' letter is rather harsh in inferring Congress' lacking of leadership. He seems to prefer "Oligarchy" rule in handing policy/law making over to an un-elected body. - More...
Monday PM - November 02, 2009

letterPersonal losses By Don Borders - I wish I had kept a list of all the Ketchikan Pulp Mill employees. In the past few months I knew three of the ex- pulp mills' employees who have died. The last one was Mike Diverty (see Coast Guard suspends search for Sitka Fisherman Monday, Oct. 26, 2009 ) Mike lost his home, his dignity and his family in losing his job due to the actions of the "Tree Huggers" forcing the closure of the Pulp Mill. - More...
Monday PM - November 02, 2009

letterMike Smith's Photos By Peter Bolling - There is little I have enjoyed more in the past month or so than logging on to SitNews and finding a new photo by Mike Smith. Poetic. Thanks Mike. - More...
Monday PM - November 02, 2009

letterHaloacetic acid By Dayle Amundson - I also worry about what haloacetic acid does to humans. I just read Peggy Ayers letter. It is interesting that the KGB mails Mt. Point consumers of the water papers saying it has too much haloacetic acid in the water (over federal guidelines). I now BUY my drinking water. - More...
Monday - November 02, 2009

letterTolerance, Good Grief By Charles Schilli - Ms Abajian, have you attended college? Those who believe they know best for every one are, in my experience, far more likely to be young and overly sure of themselves, and "Liberals". (They are not actually liberals, but totalitarians.) - More...
Monday - November 02, 2009

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