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November 11, 2011
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Southeast Alaska: TROUT UNLIMITED PRAISES SOUTHEAST ALASKA’S RECORD SALMON HARVEST; Salmon bounty a testament to the region’s habitat and careful management - A new report indicates that 2011 was a record year for commercial salmon fishermen in Southeast Alaska, home to the 17-million-acre Tongass National Forest. Phenomenal returns, high prices, healthy weights and strong demand combined to make it an exceptional year for the region

According to newly released data from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Southeast Alaska produced the largest salmon harvest in the state in 2011. Fish and Game officials say the value of Southeast Alaska’s overall salmon harvest last summer topped $200 million, eclipsing Bristol Bay’s harvest valued at $138 million. Bristol Bay – often dubbed the salmon capital of the world -- is usually the state’s most lucrative salmon-producing region.

“The fact the Tongass outpaced Bristol Bay is pretty jaw-dropping. It’s a testament to what good natural habitat and careful management can bring to fisheries that employ one in 10 Southeast Alaskans and pump a billion dollars into our regional economy every year,” said Mark Kaelke, Trout Unlimited’s Southeast Alaska Project Director.

The overall dockside value of all public salmon fisheries in Southeast Alaska – excluding tribal and private, non-profit hatchery cost recovery fisheries – totaled $176 million, the highest since Alaska became a state in 1959, according to Fish and Game.   - More...
Friday - November 11, 2011

Alaska: UFA PUBLISHES FISHING ECONOMIC FACT SHEETS TO HEIGHTEN COMMUNITY FISHERY AWARENESS - The statewide commercial fishing umbrella association United Fishermen of Alaska, representing 37 fishing associations, has released a set of data sheets for major Alaska communities and boroughs. The group is seeking to provide UFA groups and members with economic information to illustrate the industry’s significance in their communities.

UFA is alarmed at the lack of public awareness about the economic contributions of the fishing and processing industry across Alaska.

“These statistics are important not only to our member organizations and coastal communities, but for talking points to assist  professional fishermen in  advocating at public meetings, in correspondence, and even in conversations with their neighbors,” said UFA President Arni Thomson. “Commercial fishing and seafood processing is increasingly forgotten in discussions about the relative importance of Alaska industries among policymakers and the public. Many fishermen may leave their local community to fish in other regions for as long as four or five months out of the year, and much of the processing employment is in remote areas out of sight.  Out of sight, out of mind.  UFA feels it is vital to our mission to bring this information out in a way that is clear and useful to help illustrate what the fishing industry brings back to the state of Alaska and its communities. Fishermen armed with the facts and figures about the value of their fisheries need to become ambassadors for their industry,” Thomson concluded. - More...
Friday - November 11, 2011

Ketchikan: Shay jailed on more child-abuse images - In what continues to be described as an ongoing investigation, Deputy Chief Josh Dossett said , John “Jack” W. Shay was charged with an additional 80 counts of Possession of Child Pornography yesterday.

Two of the charges stem from a homemade video in which at least one scene involves 80 year-old Shay and a yet unidentified pre-pubescent female.  The remaining charges stem from printed images found in Shay’s residence during the search warrant.  

Long-time Ketchikan resident Shay was ordered by a Judge to remand himself to the Ketchikan Correctional Center by 4:00 PM Thursday.  Bail was set at $100,000.00 with a third party requirement.

The investigation first began last week when detectives of the Ketchikan Police Department were called to a local computer repair shop due to a report that images of prepubescent children involved in sexual acts were found on a computer. - More...
Friday - November 11, 2011

Ketchikan: Ketchikan Indian Community to Hold Annual Meeting - Ketchikan Indian Community will stage their annual membership meeting Saturday November 19th at the Ted Ferry Civic Center.  The event will take place from 10am-5pm and KIC members are encouraged to attend.  This annual get together draws upwards of 300 KIC members.

The theme of this year’s meeting is:  “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow”.  Featured speakers will include Past Tribal Council President Dave Jensen.  His remarks will center on KIC’s genesis as well as its rich history. 

Norman Arriola will address KIC members with “State of the Tribe” remarks centered on KIC’s current standing and its accomplishments in 2011.  Arriola currently serves on the Tribal Council as its President.

Tribal Council Vice-President, Verna Hudson, will present the membership with future plans and projects that will benefit not only KIC members but the entire community of Ketchikan. - More...
Friday - November 11, 2011

Alaska Science: Discovering a new dinosaur in northern Alaska By NED ROZELL - There’s a new kind of dinosaur out there, and it lived in Alaska.

Discovering a new dinosaur in northern Alaska

The newly discovered Alaska dinosaur, Pachyrhinosaurus perotorum, on what was Alaska’s North Slope about 70 million years ago.
Illustration by Karen Carr.

Its bones, long turned to stone, are part of a cliff in northern Alaska. That’s where dinosaur-hunter Tony Fiorillo brushed dirt away from a portion of its massive skull – something that most of us would mistake for a rock.

The year was 2006. It was August and summer had fled the Colville River, if it had been there at all. Fiorillo, who visits Alaska each summer from Dallas, where he works at the Museum of Nature & Science, remembers climbing from his tent with a heavy head every morning. He later learned he was working with pneumonia.

On one wet, miserable day, Fiorillo was clinging to a hillside above the river, spading the soil gently with a trowel. Noticing an unusual lump, he picked up a brush to gently whisk the dirt away. Suddenly, an entire skull came into focus, and he felt a warm flush of discovery. - More...
Friday - November 11, 2011

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jpg Danny TyreeDANNY TYREE: Veterans Day: Is It Enough? - "What have you done for us lately?"

I don't think the average American military veteran has the time or the temperament to spend 51 weeks a year asking such a question, but a reasonable person could hardly blame him if he did.

Veterans Day can be like Mother's Day or Father's Day - an occasion to heap praise upon individuals whom we spend the rest of the year ignoring, tolerating or circumventing. A week's worth of bumper stickers, newspaper interviews, special discounts and grade school essays soon give way to the daily grind.

I don't think our veterans are expecting a "We're not worthy!" routine from civilians (as in Wayne and Garth kowtowing to Alice Cooper in the "Wayne's World" movie), but there are lots of little ways to show appreciation during the year.

Are you glad for the religious freedom we enjoy in this country? Don't take it for granted. Go out and be the most gung ho (insert your religious affiliation or non-affiliation here) you can be! - More...
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letter APOC runs amok! By John Harrington - David Scott violated the rules when he sent an email before he filed ‘an intent to run for office’ with APOC. At least so says the Alaska Public Office Commission! - More...
Thursday - November 10, 2011

letter State Commission’s Rejection of S. 730 Merits Praise By Myla Poelstra - On October 28, 2011, the State of Alaska Citizen’s Advisory Commission on Federal Areas held a public meeting where testimony was taken on S. 730 and HR. 1408, the Sealaska Land Bills, now before Congress. - More...
Thursday - November 10, 2011

letter Schoenbar Lego Robotics Club By Frankie Urquhart - I want to publicly thank all of the people who helped out with the Schoenbar Lego Robotics Club Indian Taco Fundraiser two weeks ago. I would like to thank A&P who was so generous and donated almost all of our food; Ketchikan Daily News for running our advertisement for the event; Carrie James-Dodson and Dan Dodson for organizing and cooking at the actual event, and all the parent and student volunteers who donated their time to help. I also wanted to thank all of the community members who turned out to support this program. - More...
Thursday - November 10, 2011

letter Obama Jobs Bill By A.M.Johnson - If Lisa's continued reign were up for a vote today I suppose we both would vote in opposition to her, however for different reasons. - More...
Thursday - November 10, 2011

letter Party Politics By Chris Elliott - Wow! The wealthiest Americans have a responsibility to invigorate infrastructure? As for the Jobs Bill, how has that worked out for us taxpayers in the past? The only thing shovel ready in the last few years has been the rhetoric. - More...
Thursday - November 10, 2011

letter Ketchikan Visitors Bureau building By Joseph Wharton - Recently there has been media coverage of the impending move and replacement of the Ketchikan Visitors Bureau building located on berth two. I would like to take this opportunity to clarify the status of this project. - More...
Monday PM - November 07, 2011

letter Party Politics By James Guenther - The American taxpayer has once again been thrown under the proverbial bus. The unemployed will remain unemployed. The obstructionists have blocked, once again, a bill that is intended to put Americans back to work and to restore our aging infrastructure. - More...
Monday PM - November 07, 2011

letter The road ahead: Reflections on Native suicide summits By U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski - I took the opportunity of AFN this year to convene a field hearing through the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, with the intent of taking our dialogue on Native youth suicide to a next phase, one of informed national involvement. We in Alaska have been living with the harrowing reality for years, but I wanted to bring a Senate spotlight to our soil to fully bring about movement to fight this epidemic. And the focus lasted beyond that single event. Following the hearing, First Alaskans Institute helped facilitate a community visioning dialogue that focused on youth leadership development -- to empower the brothers, sisters and friends of our most vulnerable Alaskans. The following Tuesday, I spoke at the Alaska Area Action Summit for Suicide Prevention, a group that included many of the same dedicated people who participated in the field hearing. - More...
Monday PM - November 07, 2011

letter Arthur Yates Memorial Hospital Building By Doris Tobin Bordine - I, too, think the building should be preserved. I fully agree with Mary Henrikson that it could be used as a visitor center. If it is, I would be willing to donate a visitor's sign-in book that we had in the magazine office/store for signing since the 1940s. It has a copper tooled cover and is about 12' x 18' in size with maybe 50 pages. It now resides in our family cabin at Willard (near Stevenson) Washington. My daughter-in-law has laminated some of the pages. Comments made by the visitors are precious. - More...
Monday PM - November 07, 2011

letter Smokey Johnstone By Doris Tobin Bordine - Smokey Johnstone's granddaughter is looking for anyone who knew her when she and her husband Scotty lived on Square Island, Spacious Bay from 1959 for several years. Her granddaughter is writing a book about their experiences. Smokey was an artist as well as a writer. - More...
Monday PM - November 07, 2011

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

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