First Bank - Ketchikan, Alaska

Davies-Barry Insurance

Haida Trading Company - Ketchikan, Alaska

Ketchikan Indian Community - Weatherization Program

Fish Creek Company - Ketchikan, Alaska

Ketchikan Veterinary Clinic

Southeast Alaska Building Association - Ketchikan, Alaska

Alaskan & Proud

Creek Side Family Health - Ketchikan, Alaska

Talbot's Building Supply - Ketchikan, Alaska

Gateway City Realty, Inc - Ketchikan, Alaska

Re/Max of Ketchikan

Water Tap - Ketchikan, Alaska

KPU - Ketchikan Webcam

Mike Gates Photography - Ketchikan, Alaska

arrow Contact
arrow Call 617-9696
arrow Webmail Lettersletter
arrow News Tips
arrow Copyright Info
arrow Archives

Quick News Search
arrow Alaska
arrow Ketchikan
arrow SE Alaska
arrow Alaska News Links

Columns - Articles
arrow Dave Kiffer
arrow Fish Factor

Historical Ketchikan
arrow June Allen
arrow Dave Kiffer
arrow Louise B. Harrington

Ketchikan Arts & Events
arrow Ketchikan Arts
arrow Ketchikan Museums
arrow KTN Public Library

arrow Ketchikan Links

Public Records
arrow FAA Accident Reports
arrow NTSB Accident Reports
arrow Court Calendar
arrow Court Records Search
arrow Wanted: Absconders
arrow Sex Offender Reg.
arrow Public Notices

Weather, Webcams
arrow Today's Forecast
arrow KTN Weather Data
arrow AK Weather Map
arrow AK Weathercams
arrow AK Earthquakes

TV Guide
arrow Ketchikan

Ketchikan Phone Book
arrow Yellow Pages
arrow White Pages

Government Links
arrow Local Government
arrow State & National


SitNews - Stories In The News - Ketchikan, Alaska
November 28, 2011

Front Page Photo By SUSAN HOYT

Saxman: Eagle's Nest
A family of two young eagles and two adults have been observed still frequenting & feeding in this nest in the Saxman area.
Front Page Photo By SUSAN HOYT


arrow Today's Forecast
arrow Weather Extremes
arrow Ketchikan Weather Data

Search the News

arrow Ketchikan
arrow Alaska
arrow Sitnews

Alaska: Murkowski Calls for Independent Investigation on Allen Case; Senator: 15 Months of 'Raising Hell' Has Not Brought Closure – Senator Lisa Murkowski announced today that she has contacted the US Department of Justice (DOJ), calling for an “objective, thorough and independent investigation” to determine why the federal government is declining to prosecute former VECO CEO Bill Allen over allegations he transported Paula Roberds across state lines for immoral and exploitive purposes. In a letter, Murkowski also asked two DOJ independent investigating offices to look into why the Justice Department halted the State of Alaska’s efforts to prosecute Allen for violations of Federal law.

In March 2011, Murkowski questioned Attorney General Eric Holder about the Allen matter when he appeared before a subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee. As he had done in the past, AG Holder declined to provide specifics but firmly asserted, “If a case can be made, a case will be brought.” (Video below) That statement conflicts with reports in the media from DOJ officials to the Alaska Attorney General’s office that Allen would not be prosecuted in the Roberds matter because he “had been convicted and sentenced on another crime.” Bill Allen was the government's key witness in the public corruption probe against the late U.S. Senator Ted Stevens and former Alaska legislators.

In a letter to the Acting Inspector General and the Counsel for Professional Responsibility, the Senator wrote she is “no longer able to defer to the Attorney General’s representation that the Justice Department’s decision not to prosecute Mr. Allen on charges involving Ms. Roberds was firmly rooted in the Principles of Federal Prosecution.” - More...
Monday PM - November 28, 2011

Southeast Alaska: Senator Stedman Named Builders & Contractors ‘Legislator of the Year’ - The Associated Builders & Contractors of Alaska (ABC) has named Senator Bert Stedman, R-Sitka, as its Legislator of the Year.  The award reflects Senator Stedman’s work to address the state’s infrastructure needs and ensure Alaska contractors have the work needed to keep the state’s economy moving forward.

“I’m honored by ABC’s award and look forward to continue working to develop Alaska’s infrastructure next session,” said Senator Stedman.  - More...
Monday PM - November 28, 2011

Columns - Commentary

COLIN A. HANNA: Congress Can't Restrain Itself - The failure of the congressional "supercommittee" to present a credible plan to reduce spending shows once again that Congress simply cannot restrain itself. Over the past 50 years, the federal budget has been balanced (or had a surplus) only five times. In other words, Congress has shown that it can't balance the federal budget 90 percent of the time.

A strong balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution is the only practical solution to this chronic problem. Survey after survey shows that American voters think Congress should be required to balance the federal budget just as they must balance theirs.

Unfortunately, though, a weak balanced-budget amendment failed to achieve the two-thirds support required in a House vote. The measure went down 265-165, with four Republicans opposed and 25 Democrats in favor. And even if the bill had gotten the required 290 votes, it was unlikely to get the 67 votes needed in the Senate.

President Obama opposes a balanced-budget amendment, and he comes by that opposition honestly. In his first three years in office, he hasn't even conceived a plan to balance a budget or achieve fiscal responsibility. And he has overseen massive government growth, increased domestic spending, presided over the three largest annual deficits in American history, and added more than $4 trillion to the nation's debt. Are we better off now than we were $4 trillion ago? Obama no doubt hopes his early pledge to halve the deficit by the end of his first term will be forgotten as that term nears its end.

If the supercommittee's failure to present a deficit-reduction plan triggers large automatic budget cuts, those cuts can still be undone by a new Congress. If Republicans attain majorities in both the House and Senate next fall, the defense portion of the automatic cuts would likely be at least partly restored.

Our entitlement programs, meanwhile, have $59 trillion or more in unfunded liabilities. And congressional Democrats maintain that nothing should be done to reform them.

Yet the debt keeps growing like a snowball rolling down a steep hill. Why isn't anyone doing anything to stop it? - More...
Monday PM - November 28, 2011

TOM PURCELL: Me vs. Mother Nature - Mother Nature is trying to kill me.

She's been after me for quite a while. She came at me when I was a kid with rainstorms and flooded creeks and trees that jumped in front of my bike.

I made it to adulthood, though, and bought my first house, a fixer-upper in the country. Boy, did she come after me then.

My first project was to tear off an old porch enclosure -- only to discover 80 hornet nests hidden in the walls. I got away with only several stings. I had to wait weeks for cold weather -- hornets move slowly in the cold -- to finally zap them with spray.

As winter came on, nature followed me indoors. One night I was awakened by a loud scratching noise inside the wall next to my bed. I discovered three mice had taken over my house. I set traps, put out poison and even rigged up an electronic device that was supposed to drive them away.

It took weeks to get rid of the freeloaders.

The closest I ever came to dying -- and I am not making this up -- was when I was attacked by ground bees nesting in a planter I had just built. These vicious buggers keep stinging you until you are 100 feet away from their nest.

Well, following the advice of a rural neighbor, I got a canister of gasoline and poured some into the nest. I set the canister on the ground, 4 feet away. I lit a match, but before I could throw it into the nest, I heard "Wooooooooooof!"

You see, "Wooooooooooof!" is the sound gasoline makes when it ignites. It ignites because it gives off fumes. And gasoline fumes -- I tend to learn things the hard way -- are flammable! - More...
Monday PM - November 28, 2011


Real Time U.S. Debt Clock

Public Service Announcements
Public Meetings & Info

Ketchikan Animal Control

arrow Adopt a Dog
arrow Adopt a Cat
arrow Adopt Another Animal

Ketchikan Borough Assembly

Live Video streamarrowLive video stream of current meeting
arrowArchived videos
arrow Agenda and Information Packets
arrowAssembly Meeting Minutes

arrow Borough Records
arrow Calendar

Ketchikan Planning Commission

Live Video stream arrowLive video stream of current meeting
arrowAgenda, Information Packets & Minutes

Ketchikan City Council

Video Stream

arrowView a Video of Meeting
arrowAgenda & Information Packets

Ketchikan School Board

Live Video streamarrowLive video stream of current meeting
arrowAgenda & Information Packets

Gravina Access Project SEIS Alternatives Development

arrow Gravina Access Website


arrow Jobs
arrow Ketchikan Police Reports
arrow AK Troopers Daily Dispatch
arrow Today's Forecast
arrow Satellite
arrow Today's Weather Images
arrow Marine Forecasts
arrow AK Weathercams
arrow Ketchikan Weather Data
arrow Current AK Weather Map


arrow Publish

Publish Your Ad
Click Here


arrow Announcements
arrow Help Wanted
arrow For Sale / Free Stuff
arrow Garage Sales
arrow Homes / Apts/ Property
arrow Pets
arrow Wanted
arrow Lost & Found
arrow Publish Your Ad

Front Page Archives
Letter Archives
Oct. - Nov. 2011
25 26 27 28 28 30 01
02 03 04 05 06 07 08
09 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 31 01 02 03 04 05
06 07 08 09 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26

arrow More Front Page Archives & Letters

Basic Rules &
Freedom of Speech

Questions, please contact the editor at or call 617-9696
Sitnews reserves the right to edit.

letter Good news, Good news!! By A. M. Johnson - Good news!! The announcement that BCHydro is under construction with a power line distribution system from Terrace B.C to an interior of B.C. point 100 miles East of Petersburg is confirmation to the long discussed option of connecting to lower energy cost through development of a commercial access point from the Bradfield Canal South of Wrangell. As understand , the potential of electrical cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $.04 per KW may be possible. - More...
Tuesday AM - November 29, 2011

letter Sexual Abuse Recovery By Sharron Huffman and Erica Schafer DeNorscia - Sexual abuse of children is disturbingly prevalent in our society. According to Briere and Eliot in the 2003 journal article, "Prevalence and Psychological Sequence of Self-Reported Childhood Physical and Sexual Abuse in General Population," as many as one in three girls and one in seven boys will be sexually abused at some point in their childhood. - More...
Tuesday AM - November 29, 2011

letter RE: Allegations & Shame on the Press By Sandra Rusin McCray - I have just finished reading the letters regarding Jack Shay and I agree with all but one. I'm addressing the letter written by Kelly Ludwig-Johnson. - More...
Tuesday AM - November 29, 2011

letter Alleged Charges By Dawn Luna - I myself have followed the news about this, listened to people talk about it, and so forth, this has hit our community hard. Jack Shay is a man we all knew and trusted. He was involved with so much in our community, there are not many who did not know him, which makes all of this even harder to swallow. - More...
Tuesday AM - November 29, 2011

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

letter Webmail your letter or
letter Email Your Letter To:

E-mail your news tips, news
releases & photos to:

Stories in the News
©1997 - 2011
Ketchikan, Alaska

In Memory of SitNews' editor
Richard (Dick) Kauffman


Mary Kauffman, Webmaster/Editor,
907 617 9696


Locally owned & operated.
Online since 1999

Created 1997

 Articles & photographs that appear in SitNews may be protected by copyright and may not be reprinted or redistributed without written permission from and payment of required fees to the proper sources.

Ketchikan H20 - Ketchikan, Alaska

Hometown Furnishings - Ketchikan, Alaska
Click here...

Ketchikan Curves

Ketchikan Public Utilities - Ketchikan, Alaska
Sneak peek this week:
Celebrity Chef Cookies with Santa & Mrs. Claus

Tongass Federal Credit Union

Lighthouse Services - Ketchikan, Alaska

Alaska Car Rental - Ketchikan, Alaska

Ketchikan Area Arts & Humanities Council - Ketchikan, Alaska

AAA Moving & Storage - Ketchikan, Alaska

PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center

Tatsuda's IGA - Ketchikan, Alaska

Madison Lumber & Hardware - Ketchikan, Alaska

Tongass Business Center

Tongass Forest Enterprises

McPherson Music - Ketchikan, Alaska

North Tongass Volunteer Fire Department

Visit our new
website at

The Home Office - The Local Paper; Ketchikan, Alaska



KPU - Salmon Landing webcam - Ketchikan, Alaska KPU Webcams - Ketchikan, Alaska