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SitNews - Stories In The News - Ketchikan, Alaska
November 15, 2011

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Ketchikan: Shay appears in court by Deanna Garrison, KRBD - Former Ketchikan Mayor Jack Shay made a first felony appearance Tuesday in Ketchikan District Court on possession of child pornography charges. - Read this KRBD story...
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Ketchikan: KIC FIRST IN ALASKA TO INTRODUCE BERT APPRENTICESHIP - Ketchikan Indian Community (KIC) announced it is the first entity in Alaska to sponsor the Building Energy Retrofit Technician (BERT) apprenticeship developed in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship. 


(Left to Right): Robert Boyd, Sam Bergeron, Samson Mullenax 
Photo Credit: Mary Jones 

Robert Boyd and Samson Mullenax were recently indentured and will complete their registered apprenticeship while working for KIC’s Weatherization Program over the next year.  Robert Boyd recently changed careers after working in sales.  He is the son of Claudia Boyd of Saxman.  Samson Mullenax is a recent graduate of Ketchikan High School and the Ketchikan Construction Academy.  He is the son of Harvey Mullenax of Ketchikan.  Both apprentices will complete their on-the-job learning under the tutelage of Sam Bergeron, an experienced journey worker and KIC’s Weatherization Manager. 

“KIC’s leadership in program sponsored apprenticeships, like BERT, is an example of the high-quality vocational training offered by the Southern Southeast Alaska Technical Education Center,” said Chas Edwardson, KIC Workforce Development Director.

Apprenticeships combined on-the-job learning and related technical instruction to ensure workers learn practical and theoretical aspects of their occupation.  The 2,000 hour program will expose apprentices to a variety of work processes including building inspection, diagnostics, retrofitting, building repairs and energy systems.  University of Alaska Southeast will provide 144 hours of related technical instruction for the apprentices during Winter 2012. - More...
Tuesday PM - November 15, 2011

Fish Factor: Shake Up in Fishery Rankings By LAINE WELCH - Notable shuffling is going on among Alaska's fisheries this year, with Southeast besting Bristol Bay as the state's top salmon region and Kodiak toppling Homer as the No. 1 halibut port. Homer has held the top ranking for halibut landings ever since the fishery went to Individual Fishing Quotas in 1995, and deliveries extended from a few days to eight months.

But the latest catch statistics show that this year Kodiak has displaced Homer with more fish deliveries and poundage crossing the docks on the Rock.

With about a week remaining in the halibut fishery and 1 million pounds left to catch, Kodiak likely will hold the lead.

The latest landings count by NOAA Fisheries-Juneau showed Kodiak at 5.68 million pounds from 719 deliveries, followed by Homer with 5.59 million pounds of halibut from 533 deliveries.

For salmon, Southeast Alaska ranked first this year with the most valuable salmon harvest in the state, worth more than $203 million, a $70 million increase over 2010. - More...
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Ketchikan: DPS Academy Graduates 18 from Seven Different Agencies – Eighteen new law enforcement officers from seven different state and municipal agencies graduated from the Department of Public Safety Training Academy in Sitka on November 10, 2011.

A graduation ceremony at the Sheet'Ka Kwaan Na’Kaa Hidi Building in Sitka ended the Alaska Law Enforcement Training (ALET) Session No. 11-02. The 15-week basic ALET includes more than 900 hours of training and incorporates intensive training in law enforcement-related topics, physical fitness and many scenario-based training exercises, all designed to prepare entry level police officers and Alaska State Troopers for a successful career in Alaska law enforcement. The graduates are: - More...
Tuesday PM - November 15, 2011

Alaska: Governor’s Council employee wins national leadership award; Advocate improved rural independent living opportunities in Alaska, nationwide - Patrick Reinhart has advocated for Alaskans with disabilities for 24 years, working to provide them with the means to live independently in rural areas. He recently received the national Earl Walden Award for Outstanding Achievement in Rural Advocacy for advancing rural independent living, not just in Alaska but nationally.

Reinhart is a program coordinator with the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education. The award, given by the national Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living, recognizes his leadership in three areas. - More...
Tuesday PM- November 15, 2011

Alaska Science: Ancient bronze artifact from East Asia unearthed at Alaska archaeology site; Artifact resembles small, broken buckle, could have been horse ornament - A team of researchers led by the University of Colorado Boulder has discovered the first prehistoric bronze artifact made from a cast ever found in Alaska, a small, buckle-like object found in an ancient Eskimo dwelling and which likely originated in East Asia.

Ancient bronze artifact from East Asia unearthed at Alaska archaeology site; Artifact resembles small, broken buckle, could have been horse ornament

Ancient bronze artifact from East Asia unearthed at Alaska archaeology site
Credit: Jeremy Foin, University of California, Davis

The artifact consists of two parts -- a rectangular bar, connected to an apparently broken circular ring, said CU-Boulder Research Associate John Hoffecker, who is leading the excavation project. The object, about 2 inches by 1 inch and less than 1 inch thick, was found in August by a team excavating a roughly 1,000-year-old house that had been dug into the side of a beach ridge by early Inupiat Eskimos at Cape Espenberg on the Seward Peninsula, which lies within the Bering Land Bridge National Preserve.

Both sections of the artifact are beveled on one side and concave on the other side, indicating it was manufactured in a mold, said Hoffecker, a fellow at CU-Boulder's Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research. A small piece of leather found wrapped around the rectangular bar by the research team yielded a radiocarbon date of roughly A.D. 600, which does not necessarily indicate the age of the object, he said.

"I was totally astonished," said Hoffecker. "The object appears to be older than the house we were excavating by at least a few hundred years."

Hoffecker and his CU-Boulder colleague Owen Mason said the bronze object resembles a belt buckle and may have been used as part of a harness or horse ornament prior to its arrival in Alaska. While they speculated the Inupiat Eskimos could have used the artifact as a clasp for human clothing or perhaps as part of a shaman's regalia, its function on both continents still remains a puzzle, they said. - More...
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letter Allegations & Shame on the Press By Kelly Ludwig-Johnson - I have to say that I am shocked to hear of the recent allegations against Jack Shay. I have known this man most of my life, working on my first play with him when I was 17. He has given many years of service to this community and brought Community Theater to life in a small town where distractions from the weather and isolation were welcome. - More...
Tuesday PM - November 15, 2011

letter Time Running Out For Iran By Donald A. Moskowitz - Recently the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency, who thoroughly investigated the Iranian nuclear development program, concluded Iran is developing nuclear weapons.  The evidence, including satellite images, overwhelmingly points to the manufacture of nuclear weapons within the short term, probably on the order of a number of months to a year.  U.S. intelligence information corroborates this assessment. - More...
Tuesday PM - November 15, 2011

letter Yates Building By Matthew Elberson - Although it might seem like a good idea to re-purpose this historic structure, be very careful as there could be a number of reasons why this is a bad idea. - More...
Tuesday PM - November 15, 2011

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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