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Ketchikan: Growth in funding, expansion of programs
for Ketchikan Indian Community; KIC Annual Membership Meeting Held Saturday
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Ketchikan Indian Community members were treated to lunch and five different Native dance groups Saturday at the Ted Ferry Civic Center during their annual meeting.  “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” was the theme for the 2011 annual meeting held on November 19, 2011.

Growth in funding, expansion of programs  for Ketchikan Indian Community

Norman Arriola, Tribal Council Present and Verna Hudson Tribal Council Vice-President wait to deliver their speeches.
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Prior to the entertainment portion of the gathering, members were provided an overview of the 2012 proposed budget by Debbie Patton, General Manager of KIC and the Tribal Council Committee Chair reports on finance, health, education, housing, economic development, enrollment, and subsistence.

Following the reports, Norman Arriola, Tribal Council President, highlighted the most recent accomplishments of Ketchikan Indian Community in a keynote speech titled “Today”.

Arriola said, "This has been an exciting few years for KIC through growth in funding, expansion of programs, completion of the Elder Housing Units, opening of the Tribal House Drug Store and the Southern Southeast Alaska Technical Education Center, to name a few."

Ranking 6th among the largest employers of Ketchikan, Arriola said, "KIC employs an average of 175 jobs annually with a peak of over 200 during the summer season."

KIC has grown over the last few years by expanding its revenue sources to an operating budget that is over $31 million dollars said Arriola.  He said this is up from $21 million in 2006.

Arriola said, "KIC has worked to support tribal hire, support tribal businesses and keep our money in our community."  Annually KIC spends around $8 million in salaries and $13 million in local spending through businesses, organizations and service providers said Arriola.  "This has a significant economic impact on the community of Ketchikan, through direct employment and as spending ripples through the local economy.  We take pride in being this stable presence in our community during these difficult economic times for our nation," said Arriola. - More...
Monday - November 21, 2011

Alaska: District Court Rejects State Challenge to Beluga Listing - The federal district court in the District of Columbia today ruled against the State of Alaska on its challenge to the listing of the beluga whale in Cook Inlet as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  

The State of Alaska sued the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the U.S. Department of Commerce to challenge the listing of the distinct population of beluga whales in Cook Inlet. The State maintained that the listing process was flawed and did not adequately involve the State or consider the state conservation measures already in place to protect beluga whales in Cook Inlet. The State’s briefing also challenged the modeling methodology used by the NMFS to determine the extinction risk, including whether a 1 percent chance of extinction in 50 years supports an “endangered” listing. Also at issue was whether the NMFS improperly applied recovery standards in making an initial species listing decision. - More...
Monday - November 21, 2011

Alaska: Copper River Highway Indefinitely Closed, Bridge Must be Replaced - The Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (ADOT&PF) has indefinitely closed the Copper River Highway at mile 36 due to safety concerns at Bridge No. 339. The closure will last until the bridge is replaced.

Copper River Highway Indefinitely Closed

Bridge No. 339, located at mile 36.5 of the Copper River Highway, is closed until a replacement bridge is built. A dramatic shift in the Copper River increased the amount of water flowing under the bridge, resulting in severe erosion.
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The 56-mile Copper River Highway is located in south-central Alaska near Cordova and ends at the Million Dollar Bridge. The road, frequented by hunters and recreationists, leads to vast areas of proposed resource development. - More...
Monday - November 21, 2011

Alaska: Decline in gonorrhea cases reported in 2011; Alaska still has one of the highest rates in the country - According to information just released by the State of Alaska Section of Epidemiology, there has been a 23 percent decrease in the number of gonorrhea infections reported during the first three quarters of 2011 compared to the first three quarters of 2010.

There were 770 laboratory confirmed cases of gonorrhea in the first three quarters of 2011, compared to 1,005 in 2010.

The reduction occurred among all racial groups, with the most sizeable decreases occurring among white and Alaska Native populations. Reductions were seen statewide, with the exception of the Interior. - More...
Monday - November 19, 2011

Columns - Commentary

Martha Randolph Carr: Happy Thanksgiving - Thanksgiving is one of the simplest American holidays. There are no expensive presents, no elaborate decorations and no divisions based on religion or political ties. There are actually very few expectations of any kind. Sure, my family always had to have rice, whipped potatoes and stuffing or there would be hurt feelings. That’s a lot of carbs at one table but those are still all easy requests to fulfill.

Independence Day is fairly simple with cookouts and fireworks but it lacks the effort most people will put into gathering around the table with family and friends for Thanksgiving. This holiday is consistently the most traveled holiday of the year. Not Christmas or Mother’s Day.

Americans will drive hundreds of miles on the fourth Thursday in Thanksgiving to have one over-sized meal, watch some football and then drive home. All in an effort to stay connected.

However, Thanksgiving is also the holiday that takes the most ribbing from late night comedians. There are always plenty of potshots about the trials of hanging out with family for an entire day, much less a weekend.

The theme is along the lines of the verbal poking and prodding from well-intentioned relatives who want to know about the job, the spouse, the lack of a spouse that can leave some of us feeling a little less successful. Some of us can even leave feeling just like the turkey.

It doesn’t have to be that way. I may not be able to do a thing about the way my family behaves but I can show up differently. Instead of taking some sense of self worth from how well my life plan is received around the table I can take for granted that my self worth is doing okay. Then, I have a better shot at being grateful and maybe even being of service. There’s no contest going on to prove my standing in the family. - More...
Monday - November 21, 2011


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letter RE: Allegations & Shame on the Press By Elena James - In regards to the shame letter to the press: It is not the reporters who are to blame for bad news. Regardless of Shay's actions, there is freedom of the press and the public has the right to be informed. The shame is to be shouldered by guilty parties, not by the curious public or publishers. - More...
Tuesday AM - November 22, 2011

letter Honor not deserved By Bobbie McCreary- I for one, am very uncomfortable with Mr. Shay's photo appearing on the wall of our Borough Assembly room- when I looked at it I saw the same picture I viewed on an online news site when the story broke. - More...
Tuesday AM - November 22, 2011

letter Alleged Charges By Jacquie O'Sullivan - If you read the comments in the Anchorage [online] newspaper you will see diverse opinions on the article in their paper. There were over 250 comments. One of the comments was [said to be] from a grandmother in Juneau that had reported Mr. Shay of abuse of her grandchild in Juneau many years ago. Nothing was done. That is really a shame since his [alleged] actions continued for many more years. - More...
Tuesday AM - November 22, 2011

letter RE: Allegations & Shame on the Press By Marcia Hilley - George Hancock expressed my opinion completely, except for one thing. - More...
Tuesday AM - November 22, 2011

letter PARNELL'S GASLINE SHIFT IS A GOOD START By Bill Walker - Governor Parnell recently acknowledged that due to shale gas developments Alaska must change course and export its gas to the premium Asian markets. Owners of Lower 48 and West Coast Canadian liquefied natural gas (LNG) receiving terminals are likewise accepting market realities and converting their LNG receiving facilities into export terminals.  Consequently Parnell now agrees that it is time for Alaska to build a gasline to tidewater to export LNG to Asia. - More...
Saturday - November 19, 2011

letter Obama's Oil Abdication By U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski - Last week the Obama administration proposed a modest expansion of offshore oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico in its first concessions on offshore production since last year's Deepwater Horizon spill. The five-year plan would, however, keep Atlantic and Pacific sites off-limits in order to avoid a controversial decision before the 2012 election. - More...
Saturday - November 19, 2011

letter RE: Allegations & Shame on the Press By George Hancock - After reading Kelly Ludwig-Johnson's letter to SitNews, I have to say a few words regarding her letter. - More...
Saturday - November 19, 2011

letter RE: Allegations & Shame on the Press By Lynn Cochran - To error is Human? In my opinion, this man is not human. I would consider him to be a monster in disguise. If he is convicted of these allegations in the end, then my only hope will be that he is recongnized for who and what he's done to these children, NOT what he's done for the community of Ketchikan. - More...
Saturday - November 19, 2011

letter RE: Allegations & Shame on the Press By Renee Tacker - I respect Ms. Johnson's dismay at hearing about the horrible things that have alleged to have been done by Ketchikan resident, Mr. Shay. I have been struggling for days with a way to put into words my own point of view without somehow disrespecting hers. So, please, Ms. Johnson, please know that I respect what you're saying and I see what you mean, but at the same time I would like to express my own. - More...
Saturday - November 19, 2011

letter RE: Allegations & Shame on the Press By Marty West - I appreciate Kelly Ludwig-Johnson's compassion. It is commendable but I have none for Jack Shay. - More...
Saturday - November 19, 2011

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

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