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SitNews - Stories In The News - Ketchikan, Alaska
November 20, 2012

Front Page Photograph by GARY COX

Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve: Photographers
Not only do eagles migrate to the area, but so do photographers who are serious about getting that "photo of a lifetime" at the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve along the Chilkat River. November 14th-18th was the 18th Annual Alaska Bald Eagle Festival in Haines, Alaska. The photographer from Horn Lake, Mississippi,
has also been a visitor to Ketchikan.
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Ketchikan: Child struck after exiting school bus By Mary Kauffman - A 68-year old Ketchikan woman has been been charged with Assault in the Third Degree, Reckless Endangerment, Reckless Driving, and Failure to Stop for School Bus with Flashing Red Lights after a child was struck by her car last Thursday morning.

Investigation by Ketchikan Police Officers learned the child had just exited a school bus which was stopped on Baranof to unload students.  The bus had its red lights flashing and stop sign extended.  According to information provided by the Ketchikan Police Department, the vehicle being driven by Doris Loeser drove up from behind the school bus passing its red lights and the stop sign and struck the child.  - More...
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Ketchikan: Two fatalities in one-car crash, two injured By MARY KAUFFMAN - Ketchikan Police responded to a single car accident in the 1500 block of South Tongass Highway Monday evening which resulted in the death of the driver and one teenage girl. Two other teenage passengers survived the crash and were rushed to the hospital.The accident report was received at approximately 9:05 PM.

According to information provided by Lt. Joseph White of the Ketchikan Police Department, two people in the car were ejected and pronounced dead at the scene.  The deceased were April Arland, 31 years of age of Ketchikan and a 16 year old female whose name has not been released. The deceased will be transported to the Alaska Medical Examiner’s Officer in Anchorage for autopsy. 

Two passengers were transported by ambulance to the PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center.  The passengers, whose names have not been released, were a 16 year old female and a 14 year old male.  - More...
Tuesday PM - November 20, 2012

Ketchikan: Annual Winter Arts Faire Kicks Off With Gala Reception - It's time to get in the holiday spirit this weekend and enjoy a fabulous shopping experience at the Art Council's annual Winter Arts Faire. Newly added this year is one more event, a gala opening reception on Friday at the Ted Ferry Civic Center and Cape Fox Lodge.

The annual Winter Arts Faire presents an exclusive shopping experience for the whole family. Over 80 local artisans will participate in the Faire and will be offering new and unique creations - everything from wreaths to pottery, from jewelry to photography, from tie-dye to metalwork, and from quilted treasures to vintage replica toys. - More...
Tuesday AM - November 20, 2012

Ketchikan: Accidental shooting leads to arrest - Friday afternoon, the Alaska State Troopers received a report of an accidental discharge of a firearm. Troopers responded to the scene near Mahoney Lake seven miles to the northeast of Ketchikan. Upon arriving the Troopers found that 62-year-old Ketchikan resident John Alley had accidentally discharged a firearm causing minor damage to his hand.

Further investigation by the troopers revealed that 35-year-old Ketchikan resident Robert James was present at the time of the accident. Investigation reveled that James is a convicted felon in the state and was in the possession of a handgun. Further investigation reveled that James is also a convicted sex offender and out of compliance with registering. - More...
Tuesday AM - November 20, 2012

Alaska: Troopers Preparing for Anti-DUI Campaign for Thanksgiving Holiday - According to the Alaska Department of Public Safety, Alaska State Troopers will be out conducting extra traffic enforcement efforts to ensure the safety of Alaskans while they celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday.

While patrols will be somewhat focused on DUI enforcement, troopers will also be watching for speeding, aggressive driving, distracted driving and people not wearing their seatbelts. The intention of the focused enforcement is to bring the number of major-injury or fatal collisions on Alaska's roads down to zero. - More...
Tuesday AM - November 20, 2012

Alaska: Alaska’s Network of Fish Habitat Partnerships: Working for Healthy, Sustainable Fisheries; Southeast Alaska Partnership will also hold symposia next year - Each year, after the shovels have been put away and waders stowed, a broad cross-section of individuals and organizations interested in salmon and involved in on-the-ground efforts to ensure that important habitats are identified, safeguarded, and restored in the Mat-Su region gather for the Mat-Su Salmon Science and Conservation Symposium. This 2-day event, organized by the Mat-Su Basin Salmon Habitat Partnership, provides a forum for the sharing of information and lessons learned, celebrating of successes, and planning for the future of salmon and their habitat in this region.

Over 120 participants representing dozens of private, non-profit, governmental, and tribal entities met in Wasilla November 7-8 for the 5th annual symposium. Dr. Bob Lackey from Oregon State University kicked off this year’s event and generated lively discussion with lessons learned from the Pacific Northwest with a presentation titled “Straight Talk about the Future of Salmon.”

The 2012 Keynote Speaker was Dr. Bob Lackey, from Oregon State University, where he is a professor of fisheries and political sciences. In his book Salmon 2100: The Future of Wild Pacific Salmon, Dr. Lackey creates an anthology of policy prescriptions to keep salmon in the Pacific Northwest into the next 100 years.

Topics addressed by discussion groups at the Salmon Science & Conservation Symposium included: - More...
Tuesday AM - November 20, 2012

Alaska Science: Ancient skeletons of McGrath raise questions By NED ROZELL - The room smelled of a smoked moosehide covering a table that held birch-bark baskets and a white box rimmed with beadwork flowers. Inside the box were the smooth bones of an adult man, a teenager and a child dug up within sight of the McGrath School.

Ancient skeletons of McGrath raise questions

The bones from three ancient people in temporary storage at the MTNT, Limited offices in McGrath.
Photo by Kevin Whitworth, MTNT, Limited

The discovery, recently announced in the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center in Fairbanks, is unique because bones often don’t last long when buried in the acidic soil of the boreal forest, and because the Native Athabaskans of the region have traditionally cremated their dead.

“This in an archaeologist’s dream,” said Vicke Otte of MTNT, Limited, the local village corporation and the owner of the land in McGrath that held the remains. “They’ve hit the jackpot.”

In October 2012, a worker on an erosion-control, ground-clearing project was walking over the site in his off-duty time and saw a human skull. He told his boss and the stripping of soil from the site stopped. Some locals thought the skull was probably from a female Native elder who had disappeared 30 years earlier. But when an archaeologist came to the site with an Alaska State Trooper, they unearthed three skeletons huddled together in the sandy soil along with two stone artifacts and no modern clothing. - More...
Tuesday AM - November 20, 2012

Southeast Alaska: Annual Coat and Blanket Drive - The Coat and Blanket Drive, co-sponsored by the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers Association and the Coast Guard Officer's Association, for Southeast Alaska began Friday in Juneau and Petersburg.

Bins donated by Taku Fisheries will be placed in Juneau at the following locations: Fred Meyers, Wal-Mart, Safeway, IGA Foodland, Super Bear Supermarket, Nugget Mall, and the Juneau Federal Building. Gently-used coats and blankets will be accepted Nov. 16 though Nov. 30.

Additionally, association participants in Petersburg are collecting coats and blankets this year. Their donation sites will be at the Coast Guard building on Dock Street and the Petersburg Parks and Recreation Center. Donations will be accepted between Nov. 16 and Nov. 30, however, only between the hours of 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. at the Coast Guard building. - More...
Tuesday AM - November 20, 2012

Alaska: Nome Celebrates Opening of New State-of-the-Art Hospital, Hundreds Turn Out for Grand Opening – The Norton Sound Health Corp. opened the doors to its new, state-of-the-art hospital last Wednesday. The Norton Sound Regional Hospital, a 150,000-square-foot facility, is triple the size of the old hospital. It brings primary care, ambulatory surgery services, a pharmacy, diagnostic imaging, an emergency room as well as public health nursing, dental and laboratory services under one roof.

“This is a huge benefit for the nearly 10,000 residents who live in the Bering Straits region,” said Angie Gorn, Interim President and CEO of the Norton Sound Health Corp., the tribal-owned nonprofit that owns and operates the hospital. “This is a state-of-the-art facility that people of the region will make their health care provider of choice. It also helps them avoid the high cost of having to fly to Anchorage.” - More...
Tuesday AM - November 20, 2012

Alaska: Use of Recycled Glass in Construction Projects Approved by DOT - The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (ADOT&PF) approved a new highway specification allowing crushed glass to be recycled into the gravel used to strengthen roads. The new specification, initiated by Alaskans for Litter Prevention and Recycling (ALPAR) and ADOT&PF’s Materials Engineer Committee, focused on identifying how to process household waste glass into a durable and long lasting construction material.  

“ADOT&PF’s new specification for using crushed container glass as a construction aggregate will help foster changes to the way we think about and use recycled products across Alaska," ALPAR Executive Director Mary Fisher said. "It will help spur local manufacturing of more green products, create jobs and reduce landfill waste."- More...
Tuesday - November 20, 2012

Alaska: Onboard marine refrigeration training coming to Bristol Bay - Most Alaska fishermen know that top-quality seafood - and top prices for their catch - begins with properly chilling their harvest aboard their vessels while at sea.

As the number of commercial fishermen who refrigerate their catch at sea continues to increase, so too has the need for fishermen to troubleshoot and maintain their onboard refrigeration systems, especially when fishermen are far from port.

Since 2005, the Alaska Sea Grant Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program has partnered with integrated Marine Systems to provide marine refrigeration training workshops aimed at helping fishermen understand, troubleshoot and maintain their onboard refrigeration systems. - More...
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letter The old swimming hole By A.M.(Al) Johnson - Back in the days of yore, prior to 'Indoor Swimming', a young lad grew up living on the south side of Ketchikan in the area of "Buggy Beach" a tidal pool, now referred to as "Rotary Beach'. For the first toddling years of living near this location, mother would take me wading, allowing me to chase beach crab, throw rocks and enjoy the feel of water. As I grew, the time to learn to swim was nearing and one day, while treading water behind a floating log, I slipped off in water at deep end of the tidal pool. Not knowing how to swim, and near the third time down, a local Boy Scout, Harry Johannsen saved my live. - More...
Tuesday AM - November 20, 2012

letter Re: Open letter to the Ketchikan Borough Manager By Agnes Moran - Thank you for voicing you concerns about the Gateway Aquatic Center (GAC). The issues you raise have been previously identified by GAC staff and they are actively working with the contractor to resolve them. - More...
Tuesday AM - November 20, 2012

letter Reproduction & Responsibilities By Shari Irizarry - With all due respect and without expressing any opinion on abortion per se, I thought condoms, and "whatever else is available to men" were the answer to unwanted pregnancies. If you can't be bothered to use contraception, maybe you should consider the cost of child support for the next 18 years. Perhaps that would stick in your mind and make you a little more careful. - More...
Tuesday AM - November 20, 2012

letter Once again my point... By Paul Jarvi - I think Ms Elliott missed the point of my letter. Contraception is legal and the law of the land. Mr. Holston seems not to understand this point. - More...
Tuesday PM - November 20, 2012

letter Israel Will Strike Iran By Donald A. Moskowitz - According to various intelligence agencies Iran could have nuclear armaments ready for use against Israel by early 2013.  The devices could be nuclear bombs, or more likely, nuclear warheads on missiles. - More...
Tuesday PM - November 20, 2012

letter FIX IT RIGHT By David Boone - I have been an appliance repairman for 40 years.  My natural inclination is to fix things.  As I look at the state of national affairs today, nothing seems to be working right.  One hardly knows where to begin the repair.  May I suggest tax reform? - More...
Tuesday AM - November 20, 2012

letter Stifling our economy By John S. Fellows - I am a retired foreman from the Dow Chemical Co. My political affiliation is independent. - More...
Tuesday AM - November 20, 2012

letter Open Letter to the Ketchikan Borough Manager By Peg Travis and Dave Hirchert - We are writing with our concerns of the “new” Gateway Aquatic Center. We are disappointed in the design and construction of the facility and feel the citizens are paying for a building of inferior design and workmanship. - More...
Friday PM - November 16, 2012

letter Stopping the Use of Cigarettes By Alan R. McGillvray - I had been wanting to stop smoking cigarettes for some time. In my desire, I finally figured out that it was the first light-up in the morning that set the day. The idea that since it was that first cigarette that set me up for smoking for the day, why not just not light it up and set a whole different tone on the day. Well I tried that, and it WORKED. I still have not lit up that first cigarette of the day. That was some 3 & 1/2 years ago. - More...
Friday PM - November 16, 2012

letter RE: Abortion By Chris Elliott - Regarding Mr. Jarvi's letter: "...convince the males of our great land to not start the problem..." ? With all due respect and without expressing any opinion on abortion per se, I thought birth control pills and IUDs and whatever else is available to women were the answer to unwanted pregnancies. Unless a woman is raped or her contraception fails her, she will not become pregnant. Let's convince the females to take advantage of what's available. - More...
Friday PM - November 16, 2012

letter Ketchikan Homeless Shelter Food Drive By Gary Boatwright - The Ketchikan Homeless Shelter (PATH) is conducting its annual food drive. Collection boxes will be at local grocery stores or donations can be dropped off at the Shelter at 628 Park Avenue (across from the American Legion). - More...
Tuesday PM - November 13, 2012

letter RE: Issue of Abortion By Paul Jarvi - You have good points my good friend about the fetus, however Roe V. Wade is the law of the land. It is not a question of how to get across Ketchikan Creek. - More...
Tuesday PM - November 13, 2012

letter Fair Tax Needed By Roy T Newsom - The income tax creates a stagnant economy for the United States.  Companies have moved overseas to give their investors a tax advamtage.  They will not return to the U.S. until our system gives them an advantage in the world market. - More...
Tuesday PM - November 13, 2012

letter Col. Archie Van Winkle Is Missed By Stephen C. McGowan - On Veteran's Day we missed Col. Van Winkle, Alaska's favorite son. To his daughter for thanking me, for the Letter, you are most certainly welcome. The sad thing is that a lot of Americans only remember those who served, and those who are serving, on this Day. I asked a stranger when she mentioned the Marine Corp Patch on my sleeve if she had served our country in the military, she replied "no". I asked why not? She hesitated, and said, "That's why we have people like you". - More...
Tuesday PM - November 13, 2012

letter RE: Gas price relief By Paul Jarvi - Ms Ramsey, I just sold my beloved Ford F150. Think about an electric car. - More...
Tuesday PM - November 13, 2012

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