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November 07, 2010

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Prince of Wales: End of the Road
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Ketchikan: Historic Properties Survey Planned for Downtown and Creek Street; Informational Open House Scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 10 - In the coming weeks, a contractor working for the Ketchikan Historic Commission will conduct a survey and inventory of the existing historic structures in the Downtown Commercial and Creek Street neighborhoods.  Every building in the survey area that is 45 years old or older will be noted, along with its distinguishing features and its associations with people or events significant in the community's history.  

Ketchikan has more surviving historic structures than any other community in Alaska.  This survey will provide official verification of that fact, establishing the basis for national recognition and supporting local efforts to market the community of Ketchikan as a heritage tourism destination. - More...
Sunday PM - November 07, 2010

Alaska: Twenty-Seven Persons Charged in Oxycodone Distribution and Money Laundering Conspiracy - Federal prosecutors on Friday unsealed charges against 27 individuals for their alleged involvement in an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation in Nevada and Alaska involving the distribution of over 6,000 tablets of Oxycodone and the laundering of over $1.2 million, announced Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada.

“The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt, and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking and money laundering organizations and those primarily responsible for the nation’s illegal drug supply,” said U.S. Attorney Bogden. “This OCDETF investigation is an excellent example of our ability to reach outside Nevada to cooperatively dismantle a lucrative multi-state drug trafficking operation.”

Eight persons were arrested in Las Vegas, Nevada last Thursday, October 28, 2010, and 19 individuals were arrested in Alaska and Las Vegas last Thursday and on Wednesday. Twenty-five of the defendants are charged with money laundering conspiracy, and 14 of the defendants are charged with conspiracy to distribute oxycodone from July 2009 to October 2010. The defendants are charged in two separate criminal complaints filed in the District of Nevada. The criminal complaints were unsealed Friday by a federal magistrate judge in Las Vegas.

The complaints allege that a Las Vegas-based drug trafficking organization led by Nicholas Ghafouria, of Las Vegas, is responsible for acquiring thousands of tablets of oxycodone in Las Vegas and distributing it in various cities in Alaska, and laundering the profits through Las Vegas bank accounts. - More...
Sunday PM - November 07, 2010

Fish Factor: Powering Pebble By LAINE WELCH - Mining projects need huge amounts of fuel and electricity to power their operations. In remote Alaska, where do they get it?

The House Special Committee on Energy met recently to learn about the energy needs for five proposed mines in Alaska, including two at the forefront for fishing interests: Pebble and Chuitna.  

The energy needs for the proposed gold and copper Pebble Mine near Bristol Bay haven’t been determined because the project is “not even in the pre-feasibility stage, but they will be significant,” said John Shively, CEO of the Pebble Partnership.  Past power estimates have ranged between 250 – 500 megawatts at peak usage.  

As a comparison, 40 megawatts is enough to power 40,000 US homes, not counting things like street lights, stores, etc.

Diesel would fuel vehicles at the Pebble site, and some power might be generated by wind. Over all, Shively said, natural gas is the preferred fuel choice for powering the vast Pebble mine.

 “Our preference is natural gas at the site, which means we would have a pipeline along the road corridor. The reason for that is we get a benefit from waste heat,” he said.

The challenge is where to get it.  

Shively said the project would likely import liquefied natural gas either to a new port area it would build, or perhaps use the Nikiski facility to import the gas.

“If that were true, we might use that and pipe the gas across the inlet and up to the Pebble mine,” he said.  

 Shively stressed that “energy and infrastructure are linked together” and the Pebble project could play a role in the “economics” of other extraction ventures.

“We could play a role in the economics of either the bullet line or a spur line if the large gas line is built,” he said. “We also could affect the economics of deeper drilling in Cook Inlet which currently is more expensive and at this point is not taking place.” - More...
Sunday PM - November 07, 2010


Ketchikan: Prescription Drug Disposal Program Ongoing - In April 2010, the Ketchikan Police Department began a Prescription Drug Disposal Program. Any no longer needed or expired prescription drugs can be turned in to the police department where they will be safely and legally disposed of. Flushing medications down the toilet is discouraged in Alaska.

Prescription Drug Disposal Program Ongoing

Prescription drugs that have been recently turned in to the Ketchikan Police Department

Since the program began, the Ketchikan Police Department has collected thousands of pills. - More....
Sunday PM - November 07, 2010

Ketchikan: NO MORE PAIN” IS CURRENT ART EXHIBIT AT THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH - "No More Pain" is the name of the current exhibition of art at the Presbyterian Church, now through January 30.

The exhibit features both poetry and photography. The poems were written by students at the Ketchikan Regional Youth Facility, where Pastor George Pasley volunteers. The photographs were taken by young Ketchikan artists being mentored by church member Mary Ida Henrikson. The photographers were inspired by the poetry, so each photograph in the exhibit is matched with a poem.

Pastor Pasley said the church is looking for a second venue to display the exhibit after it closes at the church. “We are really excited by the work of these young people,” he said. “Both the words and the photographs are vivid insights into the human psyche.” - More...
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letterAttention all Ketchikan Residents Who Care About Their Children’s Health And Their Property Values By Van & Linda Abbott - On November 1, 2010, the Borough Assembly voted to sell the publicly owned Ward Cove Pulp Mill property. The Assembly took this action without apparently having any formal research undertaken on the proposed use of the land and feasibility of the project being presented by Ken Hopen and Ass.  There was no actual evaluation of the significant issues surrounding such a monumental decision; A decision we may have to live with for the rest of our lives.  (The re-run of the dismal Hopen presentation can be seen on KPU CommVision) - More...
Sunday PM - November 07, 2010

letter Lap tops provided By Charles Edwardson - Until my kid came home with a lap top provided by the school (Schoenbar) I never realized or paid any attention to what a stupid idea this was. It was trashed when she got it and it's going to be trashed even more when she gives it to the next kid. - More...
Sunday PM - November 07, 2010

letter Obvious differences By A. M. Johnson - No matter your candidate choice for Senator it is relative easy to view why each was supported and the reasons. In my opinion, if your supported Mr. Miller it was from a philosophical agreement of a simple straight forward program of smaller government, States Rights highlighting the development of our vast natural resources, balanced budgets, no earmarks, and paying down the debt. His supporters agreed with that and asked for no special favors or consideration for their vote and support. - More...
Sunday PM - November 07, 2010

letterUnfair View at KIC? By Jim Marks - My girlfriend went to KIC today and applied for rental assistance because we are having a hard time making ends meet and the lady that my girlfriend met with, denied her saying I make too much money. To put into perspective our financial situation, we recently had our car repossessed because we could not make the payments. I have a full time job making $11.50 an hour and at the moment I am the only one working because my girlfriend recently had to close her business due to the fact that her clients would not pay her. She is trying to find a job but because she owned a business she cannot apply for unemployment benefits. - More...
Sunday PM - November 07, 2010

letter Dog Abandoned at Animal Protection By Margaret Hepler - On Wednesday, November 3 a classified ad was posted about a Golden Retriever needing a new home that was at Animal Protection. On Thursday, November 4 another classified ad was posted about the dog, stating that Animal Protection had euthanized the dog without permission. It is unfortunate that the person posting the ads was extremely dishonest as to why and how the dog was at Animal Protection and why the dog was ultimately euthanized - she left out a few details. - More...
Sunday PM - November 07, 2010

letterRaw fish tax: Shame on the City Council By Tom Fisher - I read with complete dismay that the City Council raided the Raw Fish Tax to fund two police officers. I am not opposed to the two officers however I wonder how can the council pass the red face test. The tourism industry has received all the infrastructure improvements that this industry needs and yet the fishing industry is tying up to worn out floats, and there is obviously no need for basic items like a restroom in Thomas Basin. The Head tax can only be used for tourism related infrastructure yet the fish tax can be used for general government, forget that there are a lot of resident commercial fishermen, that pay sales tax, property tax and contribute dollars to the local economy. - More...
Friday AM - November 05, 2010

letterDenied School By Mekkena Love - I would like to share with you an experience and a point of view about the Ketchikan High School. I was a student at Kayhi in my 9th grade year. Due to a trip that I took, I lost credit for all my classes because I took too much time off. I decided to go to Revilla and try to catch up there but that didn't work for me so I got more behind and tried Fast Track and finally decided I worked best in a normal high school setting with people rather then trying to focus by myself. So I went to Kayhi and I got all the packets filled out and talked to the counselor, met my teachers individually and they told me everything I need for that class. The counselor was awesome and got me pumped for going to school even though I had to go an extra year and I was ready. - More...
Friday AM - November 05, 2010

letterHalloween Events By Rhonda Ball - I just wanted to take the time to write a letter to thank everyone involved in any or all of the fun events that I attended this past weekend with my family.  - More...
Monday PM - November 01, 2010

letter Pro OTTAR MOBLEY By Gerry Knasiak - I am delighted about his ability to articulate his views and ideas so clearly. Who, you might ask? I’m writing about and voting for Ottar Mobley because although his campaign has been focused on energy, economics and education his interests and certainly his knowledge go well beyond them. All this became apparent when I had the good fortune meeting him on his first visit to Ketchikan after declaring himself a candidate for the seat now occupied by Kyle Johansen who had run unopposed in ‘06 and ‘08. - More...
Monday PM - November 01, 2010

letterA liberal for Murkowski By Ani Drozdowska - Five reasons why I, a bleeding heart liberal, will vote for a Lisa Murkowski, a Republican. - More...
Monday PM - November 01, 2010

letter Pro Joe Miller By Merrill Stulken - The Alaskan voters had made a clear decision during the primary race who they wanted to represent them in DC. I voted for Joe Miller this time because of Lisa's voting record which consistantly opposed what I felt was the right choices for Alaska. (I don't agree with an entitlement society mentality just look at Europe and you see where that will lead us). - More...
Monday PM - November 01, 2010

letter Uncivilized Behavior By Rob Glenn - Regarding Robert Rice's letter, seriously, are there any politicians who "can hold up as an example to our children; a good, moral, human being?" - More...
Monday PM - November 01, 2010

letter Uncivilized behavior By Robert K Rice - Joe Miller “I Lied", his thugs handcuffing and detaining private citizens on public property. Rand Paul’s thugs manhandling and then stomping on a young woman’s head because her sign is offensive. Despite this uncivilized behavior, these whacko’s are ahead in the polls. To me it is frightening that so many Americans will accept this kind of behavior from people who are to represent them in the US Senate. - More...
Saturday AM - October 30, 2010

letterPro McAdams By Dave Lieben - This year's Senate race is certainly an interesting one. Recent polls show the three candidates about even, with the number of undecided voters increasing instead of decreasing. - More...
Saturday AM - October 30, 2010

letter Redistribute the wealth By Patti Fay Hickox - I'm Irish, it's cultural. I agree with Bob McLaughin II. The changes that (THE PEOPLE) made in the presidential election 2 years ago are the first changes to help the poor and middle class in many years. - More...
Saturday AM - October 30, 2010

letter Cutting Public Safety By Darlene Guzman - Every year Public Safety is on the chopping block for positions. I understand the hard times this community is going through but without police officers and firefighters it could be harder times for the citizens who need them. Public Safety is partially funded by sales tax in the amount of $3 million dollars a year split between police and fire. Excluding the proposed fire station, that is nearly half of the fire department's budget. - More...
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