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November 04, 2011

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Alaska: Change Your Clock, Check Your Smoke Alarm - Daylight saving time ends this Sunday, November 6th, at 2 a.m. which means sunset will come an hour earlier next week. Remember to set your clocks back one hour when you go to bed Saturday night

Alaska State Fire Marshal David Tyler reminds Alaskans to check their smoke alarms when they change their clock from Daylight Savings Time on November 6th. For the last two years 59% of fatal fires in Alaska had no working smoke alarms in the structure. In another 21% it could not be determined if smoke alarms were present and operating.

Many homes have smoke alarms with 9-volt batteries that should be replaced at least once annually. Daylight Savings Time serves as a reminder to check smoke alarms and change 9-volt batteries. With the development of long-life lithium battery powered smoke alarms, the batteries have a life span of up to 10 years, so you may not need to replace this type of battery as often. "The key is to take a few minutes to check, test and clean your smoke alarm to make sure it is functioning properly, and what better time to do this than when you change your clock from Daylight Savings Time", Tyler said. - More...
Friday AM - November 04, 2011

Alaska: Fish Harvesting in Alaska - Fish harvesting is a critical component of Alaska’s economy, employing thousands of people across the state and bringing money and workers to parts of Alaska that might otherwise struggle to find steady sources of income. Its economic impact goes beyond the harvesting of fish, and includes seafood processing and all necessary support activities.

Alaska provided almost 53 percent of the fish harvested in the United States last year. More than 4.3 billion pounds of seafood were caught in Alaska, worth $1.6 billion.

This month’s Alaska Economic Trends focuses on the jobs provided by harvesting Alaska’s seafood, which can number as many as 20,000 during the peak summer months. - More...
Friday AM - November 04, 2011

Southeast Alaska: Wrangell Man Sentenced To Three Years Probation For Marijuana Grow On United States Forest Land – United States Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced that a Wrangell man was sentenced in federal court in Juneau to three years probation and 200 hours of community work service for his felony conviction of manufacturing a controlled substance.

On October 31, 2011, Jeffery R. Cox, 37, a resident of Wrangell, Alaska, was sentenced by United States District Judge Timothy M. Burgess.

According to information presented to the court by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jack Schmidt, Cox had cultivated 95 marijuana plants on United States Forest Service Property outside of Wrangell, near Rainbow Falls trail. Cox had three separate locations located on Forest Service land where he was growing the marijuana. Cox admitted to federal law enforcement investigators that he was attempting to grow marijuana in order use and sell it. - More...
Friday AM - November 04, 2011

Alaska: Alaska Drug Take-Back Program Total Announced - Just under 1,900 pounds of prescription medication was collected in Alaska during the third Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back event in October 2011. Nationwide (188.5 tons) of drugs came out of homes and turned over for proper destruction. On the Last Take Back Day event in April 2011, Alaskans turned over 1,603.6 pounds of prescription drugs.

In all, there were 34 locations in 27 communities around Alaska who participated in the event during October 2011. Communities participating in the event were Anchorage, Aniak, Bethel, Dillingham, Emmonak, Fairbanks, Girdwood, Glennallen, Hoonah, Juneau, Ketchikan, Klawock, Kodiak, Kotzebue, McGrath, Nome, North Pole, Palmer, Petersburg, Seward, Skagway, Sitka, Soldotna, St. Mary’s, Talkeetna, Valdez and Wasilla.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, enough prescription painkillers were prescribed in 2010 to medicate every American adult around-the-clock for one month. Often, some of these medicines languish in the home and are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high - more Americans currently abuse prescription drugs than the number of those using cocaine, hallucinogens, heroin, and inhalants combined, according to the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Studies show that the majority of teens who abuse prescription drugs obtain them from family and friends for free, including from the home medicine cabinet. Many Americans simply do not know how to properly dispose of their unused or expired medicine, often flushing it down the toilet or throwing it away. These methods can pose both safety and environmental hazards.

More than seven million Americans abuse prescription drugs, according to the 2009 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Each day approximately 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet. - More...
Friday AM - November 04, 2011

Ketchikan: UAS Ketchikan Honor Society Inducts New Members - The University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan’s Alpha Rho Beta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society (PTK) held its Fall 2011 induction ceremony on Saturday, October 15.

PTK serves to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and promote scholarship on campus and in the community. PTK is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 1.3 million members and 1,200 chapters.  Students must achieve a 3.5 grade point average in order to be invited to join the honor society.

New members Robert Bidwell, Megan Cessnun, Erin Ervin, Tara Miller, Molly Oien and Jason Vonick were inducted into PTK Honor Society during the ceremony on the UAS Ketchikan Campus. - More...
Friday AM - November 04, 2011

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jpg Dave KifferDAVE KIFFER: Perfectly Fun Day By DAVE KIFFER - A couple of weeks ago, we were in a local store when Liam ran up to me with a gleeful expression.

“It’s Perfectly Fun Day, Dad,” he shouted. “Mom says I can get a video game!”

At least that’s what it sounded like he said. When I asked him about it later, he claimed not to remember what he actually said. He just remembered his mother told him she’d buy him a video game and that made it a cool day, no matter what the day was called.

Anyway, it was an unusual moment because Liam’s mother almost never tells him she will buy him a video game. She usually suggests that if the game is that “important” he can save up his allowance and buy it himself. That – of course – is not the correct answer when you are 10 years old.

It’s not that she doesn’t approve of video games – although she would prefer he spent more time with a good book – it’s just that she doesn’t want to become one of those “enabler” parents who think child rearing involves plugging them in to a console or IPad and ignoring them. You know who you are.

And I can agree with her. We are not doing our children any favors by only preparing them for careers as Predator Drone operators.

But since I am also a guy, I don’t have a problem with occasionally buying him a new video game, as long as he lets me use it now and then! - More...
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letter Ketchikan's Fishing Fleet By Angelo Martin - Just after I made a point about the fishing fleet, I read an article about how more space for the present boats are needed. This has been a problem for years. The cruise ship industry gets it all. - More...
Friday AM - November 04, 2011

letter Re: Yates Building By Alan R. McGillvray - I find that I agree with Mary Hendrickson about the Yates building. I too say, we need to preserve this building. - More...
Friday AM - November 04, 2011

letter Septic Tanks - How Often to Pump? By Shelley Stallings - Attached is a septic pumping schedule from Ohio State University Extension Service. It shows that the frequency of pumping septic tanks depends primarily on 2 criteria: 1. number of people in household & 2. size of tank. - More...
Monday PM - October 31, 2011

letter Yates building as Ketchikan visitors' bureau By Mary Ida Henrikson - The demolition of the Yates Building is abhorrent.  It is the center of how Ketchikan identified itself.  It is place where the Alaska Sportsman magazine was edited and published, establishing a creative core around which Ketchikan rotated and thrives to this day.  There were writers who shared frontier experiences and words of wisdom and survival, many of which have become legend.  Artists like Beth Eberhart from Pennock Island created covers and our many local photographers shared their idea of place.  Later the Morning Raven Gallery and the Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce were quartered there; both promoting Ketchikan. In front of the Yates Building is the original location of the Ketchikan Rain Gauge. The Ketchikan King Salmon Derby sign was there and served as a backdrop for the winners and their prizes. - More...
Monday PM - October 31, 2011

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...
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