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Alaska: Governor Diagnosed With Prostate Cancer - Governor Bill Walker announced Friday he has been diagnosed with a treatable form of prostate cancer and will have surgery in December.

Standing with family and Lt. Governor Byron Mallott, Governor Walker makes a statement on his recent cancer diagnosis during a press conference Friday.
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Walker said, "This diagnosis has not and will not impair my ability to perform my duties as governor. I want to emphasize that I had no symptoms, and it was only through a regular checkup that this diagnosis was made."

In a prepared statement the Governor said, “Donna and I recently learned that I have prostate cancer. As my doctor has advised, I will have surgery in December to remove the cancer. It is anticipated I will need no further treatment post-surgery."

The Governor urged all Alaskans to make sure they schedule regular checkups so that early detection and treatment of health issues are possible.

According to the American Cancer Association, prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men (after skin cancer), but it can often be treated successfully. More than 2 million men in the U.S. count themselves as prostate cancer survivors. - More....
Friday PM - November 04, 2016

Fish Factor: Alaska halibut fishery could produce 20 million pounds if limit is reached By LAINE WELCH - As Alaska’s iconic halibut fishery wraps up this week, stakeholders are holding their breath to learn if catches might ratchet up slightly again in 2017. Meanwhile, prices for hard to get shares of the halibut catch are jaw-dropping.

The halibut fishery ends on Nov. 7 for nearly 2,000 longliners who hold IFQs (Individual Fishing Quotas) of halibut. The Alaska fishery will produce a catch of more than 20 million pounds if the limit is reached by the fleet. Last year, the halibut haul was worth nearly $110 million at the Alaska docks.

For the first time in several decades the coastwide Pacific halibut harvest numbers increased this year by 2.3 percent to nearly 30 million pounds. Along with Alaska, the eight-month fishery includes the Pacific coast states and British Columbia.

The feeling that the halibut resource is stabilizing and recovering after a long decline has upped the ante for shares of the catch. The fact that the dock price again hovered in the $6 to $7 a pound range all season at major ports also has fanned interest. It holds especially true for shares of Southeast Alaska fish.

“Fishermen say they’re seeing some of the best fishing they’ve ever seen in their lives there, bigger fish, better production and you see that reflected in IFQ prices,” said Doug Bowen of Alaska Boats and Permits in Homer.

The quota shares are sold in various categories, and the asking price for prime shares in Southeast waters has reached $70 per pound! IFQ asking prices for shares in the Central Gulf, the largest halibut fishing hole, also have increased to $60 a pound, according to several broker listings.

But the buying there is not as aggressive as in the Panhandle.

“They took a 5 percent cut – it’s the only area in the entire coast that didn’t stay the same or have an increase. There is still quite a bit of concern about the resource there,” he said. “And there’s still a lot of concern about other removals and possibly inaccurate accounting of bycatch.”

Halibut shares in the Western Gulf sold for a record $48, Bowen said. Shares in regions of the Bering Sea were listed mostly in the mid-$20 range.

The halibut fishery falls under the stewardship of the International Pacific Halibut Commission, which has set the annual coastwide catch limits based on surveys since 1923. Stakeholders will get a first glimpse of recommended catches at an upcoming IPHC meeting Nov. 29-30 in Seattle. Mum’s the word so far on any numbers for 2017.

“They won’t reveal any information about how their surveys went, for better or worse, and I give them a lot of credit for that,” Bowen said, “because it would only fan the flames of speculation in the IFQ market.”

On a related note: Linda Behnken of Sitka has received a presidential appointment as a Commissioner to the International Pacific Halibut Commission. Behnken has been a commercial fisherman for over 30 years, and since 1991 has been Executive Director of the Alaska Longline Fisherman’s Association. - More...
Friday PM - November 04, 2016

Alaska: Arctic Slope Regional Corporation Joins State Of Alaska And Alaska Native Groups File U.S. Supreme Court Petition - Arctic Slope Regional Corporation (ASRC) today filed a petition for writ of certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court in response to a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling earlier this year. The ruling designated approximately 187,000 square miles of Alaska coastline and adjacent waters as critical habitat for polar bears, an area larger than the state of California.


Arctic Slope Regional Corporation Joins State Of Alaska And Alaska Native Groups File U.S. Supreme Court Petition

Polar bear
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Joining ASRC in the petition are the State of Alaska, the North Slope Borough, the Inupiat Community of the Arctic Slope, Kaktovik Inupiat Corporation, Kuukpik Corporation, Ukpeagvik Inupiat Corporation, Olgoonik Corporation, Inc., Tikigaq Corporation, the Bering Straits Native Corporation, NANA Regional Corporation and Calista Corporation.

"We will not stand by and allow for our input and legitimate concerns to be ignored," said Rex A. Rock Sr., ASRC president and CEO. "For more than five years we have tirelessly fought this critical habitat designation, which threatens the economic viability of our communities and quality of life for our people. We are hopeful the Supreme Court will consider our argument and recognize the detrimental effects of the appellate court's extremely permissive decision."

"Designations of vast critical habitat areas makes it look like a lot is being done for polar bears, but in reality vast designations forsake meaningful, focused protections of truly important areas," said Bruce Dale, director of the State of Alaska's Division of Wildlife Conservation. "The designation of vast areas creates unneeded regulatory burdens without conservation benefit in areas rarely used by polar bears." - More...
Friday PM - November 04, 2016

Southeast Alaska: Accidental Shooting Results in Serious Leg Injury - A 29 year old female suffered serious leg trauma when the firearm she was removing from the rear seat area of a vehicle went off. The bullet struck the female in the leg.

According to information released by the Alaska State Troopers in Klawock, notification was received from the Thorne Bay Village Protection Safety Officer (VPSO)Wednesday of the gunshot wound victim while she was being transported via ambulance from the Sandy Beach area of Thorne Bay to the Alicia Roberts Clinic in Klawock. The female was treated at the Alicia Roberts Clinic and was expected to be medivaced with serious leg trauma. - More...
Friday PM - November 04, 2016

Ketchikan: Ketchikan Man Growing 38 Pot Plants Faces Possible Charges - The Alaska State Troopers' Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit in Ketchikan responded to a residence in Ketchikan noon Thursday to investigate a marijuana grow operation that was discovered by Alaska State Troopers from the Ketchikan Post during a domestic violence investigation.

A search warrant was obtained. Thirty-eight (38) growing marijuana plants weighing an aggregate weight of 53 ounces or 3.3 pounds and approximately four ounces of dried marijuana were seized. - More...
Friday PM - November 04, 2016


Ketchikan: Alaskan Roots of an Award-Winning Reporter By NICOLE RANDOCK - Sleeping in the cold Alaskan wilderness under the bright stars, Brandon Loomis was exactly where he wanted to be — swept up in the brush of nature with his family, watching his father fearlessly live life. The great outdoors, bordering Ketchikan, Alaska, had become his temporary home while his father was between jobs.

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Brandon Loomis
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Loomis' unique childhood made him gain much respect for the environment. As a national award-winning environmental reporter at the Arizona Republic, Loomis has had a job most people will never experience: exploring breathtaking places such as the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone National Park and writing about the pressing issues facing these natural wonders.

Ultimately, it was luck and his Alaskan roots that inspired Loomis to cover environmental issues. Migrating from Ketchikan to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1986, Loomis took a summer internship at a small newspaper in the ski town of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He quickly learned that the citizens of Jackson Hole were interested in a wide range of stories related to the environment such as his story about wolves reintroduced into Yellowstone Park. It was a combination of what the readers wanted and what topic he enjoyed covering most that led him to his position at the largest newspaper in Arizona. His skill for environmental reporting was innate, a passion only his father Greg could fully understand.

“He was doggedly bold when it came to dreams. And I listened only too well when he counseled living for them and not for money,” Loomis said in an article he wrote for the Arizona Republic after his father died.

Loomis became the writer his father had always dreamed of becoming himself. He delved into journalism initially to please his father but as time passed he realized his love for writing went far beyond that. During his time in Alaska, Loomis reported for the former Anchorage Daily News and he was the city editor of the Juneau Empire. Growing up in this area made him appreciate nature. He became attuned to the environment and learned how people interacted with the natural resources. - More...
Friday PM - November 04, 2016

Donna C. Johnson, FNP-BC
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Ketchikan: Johnson Joins Creekside Family Health Clinic - Creekside Family Health Clinic announced the recruitment of Donna C. Johnson, FNP-BC to the practice as a board certified family nurse practitioner (FNP). Johnson graduated from Winona State University in Rochester, MN in 2006 and served her residency in family practice at Mayo Clinic from 2005 to 2006. For the past three years, she has worked at Peace Health Ketchikan Medical Center as an FNP in their outpatient primary care clinic. At Creekside she will provide acute and primary health and medical care to children, adolescents, and adults.

After working in a variety of medical clinics in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and even Yakutat, Johnson has come to call Ketchikan home since moving here in 2013. "Ketchikan has become a special place for us" she said. "My family and I have made lifelong friendships here and truly feel part of many families and the community".

Her clinic philosophy is patient centered. "As a nurse practitioner, I try hard to work with people where they are at now and build on that. Patients need to feel supported and good health care builds upon patient strengths and motivations," she noted.

According to Johnson, Creekside offers her a new opportunity in her career. "As a medical professional, it's a pretty special chance to work for a practice owned and managed by nurse practitioners. The NP model really emphasizes the importance of adequate time to sit with patients and extend the conversation about how to achieve good health. Adequate time with patients is key to building partnerships with patients so that they can truly take control of their own health." She noted that change, while a good thing, can still be hard. "I will always be grateful to Peace Health for the opportunities they provided me. My colleagues there are top shelf, some of the best I've ever worked with", she said. - More...
Friday PM - November 04, 2016


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DICK POLMAN: Jefferson/Adams was the Clinton/Trump of It's Day - Politics are such a torment that I would advise everyone I love not to mix with them.

Wait, that's not me talking in 2016. That was Thomas Jefferson, writing to his daughter in 1800.

In other words - if it makes us feel any better, if perspective can perchance calm our nerves - the 1800 presidential campaign was just as vicious as what what we're seeing now.

Incumbent President John Adams and his surrogates slimed Jefferson as a God-hater who, if elected, would close the churches and import French revolutionaries to wreak violent havoc upon the land and foment "the insurrection of the Negroes in the southern states." Adams' surrogates called Jefferson "an open infidel" who, if elected, "will be a center of contagion to the whole continent." - More...
Saturday AM - November 05, 2016

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RICK JENSEN: Obama's Thoughts on Clinton are Revealing - "She is a fundamentally good and decent person."

You really need no further explanation as to why this is a laugh line.

Just know it was someone talking about Hillary Clinton.

That "someone" is President Obama, furiously trying to save Hillary's sliding campaign amid the FBI re-opening her criminal investigation.

One of the millions of Americans who would never be convinced of such a construct would be Democrat Dave Schippers.

Breitbart contributor Aaron Klein recently interviewed Schippers, once chief investigative counsel for the House Judiciary Committee investigating Bill Clinton for impeachable offenses. - More...
Saturday AM - November 05, 2016

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JOHN L. MICEK: Take a Deep Breath and Vote Hillary - On Tuesday, I'm going to get up bright and early, drop my daughter off at school and head to my local polling place to do something I haven't done for the whole of my adult life.

I'm going to vote for a Clinton for president.

In 1992, I voted for President George H.W. Bush, preferring his tweedy New England befuddlement, broad globalism and Ivy League manners to the arriviste, sax-playing former governor of Arkansas.

Back then, I thought all Republicans were like the ones I grew up with: Vaguely dissolute, well-read, amazingly funny and able to order from that season's L.L. Bean catalog without outside assistance. - More...
Saturday AM - November 05, 2016

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MICHAEL REAGAN: A Vote for Trump - Trump or Clinton?

No one has a clue who will win on Election Day.

The polls are narrowing, as they always do, but they're still all over the place or within the margin of error.

Maybe Wisconsin will flip to red.

Maybe millions of Colorado's potheads will vote for Trump.

Maybe this time enough socially conservative, union-worshipping Reagan Democrats in western and central Pennsylvania will vote Republican and offset the landslide that Philly and its suburbs gives the Democrat candidate every four years. - More...
Saturday AM - November 05, 2016

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Editorial Cartoon: Daylight- Savings Time Terrorism
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Don't Forget To FALL BACK.
Turn your clocks back 1 hour on Sunday morning - November 06, 2016.


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letter Please Vote for Bob Sivertsen By Dick Coose - I am voting for Bob Sivertsen for Alaska House District 36. I have known and worked with Bob for several years, while he was supervisor at the city solid waste facility, as a fellow member of the city council, and as the SEAPA board chairperson. Bob has always been knowledgeable, prepared, willing to listen and work with all involved. He offered solutions to difficult problems. Bob helped us make good decisions that were always in the best interest of Ketchikan and communities affected. Bob is involved with many organizations in the community, I remember him effectively coaching my grandson playing baseball, and Bob has worked with many youth groups. - More...
Saturday AM - November 05, 2016


letter Unlock Our Lands By Jennifer Fielder - Don’t we all we want healthy air, water and wildlife, abundant outdoor recreation, and safe, vibrant communities? Wouldn’t it be good to manage our public lands with these priorities at the forefront of every decision? - More...
Saturday AM - November 05, 2016

letter Bob Sivertsen for Alaska House By Tiffany Cook - As we all know, our state is facing some of its most difficult fiscal conditions in its history. The next few years will require important conversations about what is important to our state and what our priorities are, followed by significant and difficult decisions. Now, more than ever, it is important for Ketchikan and the entire Southeast region to have a seat at the table when those conversations take place. Being a member of the majority isn’t about political party, it’s about having that seat at the table. - More...
Saturday AM - November 05, 2016

letter RE: Vote Trump by Al Johnson By Mike Harpold - I'm really surprised Al Johnson is going to vote for Trump, Al. I don t know of anyone who is more unlike you or shares fewer of your values. He has no idea how the common man earns his livelihood and doesn t care: he lies, stiffs the people who work for him; stiffs small businesses who contract with him; repeatedly uses bankruptcy to build his personal wealth; pays no income taxes and brags about it; staffs his casinos with foreign workers because that s what businessmen do. - More...
Saturday AM - November 05, 2016

letter Thank You to KTN and KGB By Judith Green - Another great opportunity for live performance show-casting all local talent and skills and abilities and ages and cultures in The Little Mermaid. We are so privileged to live in a community where local people cooperate and build together. One could hardly put together a list of individuals, businesses, non profits, organizations - it would just go on too many pages. So suffice it for now to say THANK YOU to all who make this community a great place to live, from birth through our senior years. I'm so glad we do not stop providing for ourselves after high school graduation. - More...
Saturday AM - November 05, 2016

letter Re-elect Dan Ortiz By Mike Harpold - State politics is not the same as local, it is partisan. And like it or not, the legislature is also exempt from the Open Meetings Act, so most important decisions are made behind closed doors. Glen Thompson, Sitnews 11-2-16 - More....
Saturday AM - November 05, 2016

letter Vote Bob Sivertsen for Alaska House By Glen Thompson - Once again Ketchikan has two fine individuals seeking to represent us in Juneau. After their recent debate, it is clear they agree on many issues but there’s a major difference. - More...
Wednesday PM - November 02, 2016

letter Dan Ortiz for Alaska House By Peter Stanton - About 40% of Americans do not identify as either Republicans or Democrats. In Alaska, where we pride ourselves on our independence, a full 58% of us are not registered to either party. That's one of the highest rates of political independence of any state in the country. - More...
Wednesday PM - November 02, 2016

letter Sivertsen for House District 36 By Larissa Sivertsen - I am supporting Bob Sivertsen, for House District 36, because of who he is, not because of the party he is affiliated with or any political names or tags that might be applied. I have watched Bob's involvement and dedication to our community; he does not take his responsibilities lightly. Bob puts in endless hours with his obligations, yet takes opportunities to help others without sacrificing the important time with his family. - More...
Wednesday PM - November 02, 2016

letter Response to Trevor Shaw By Dan Ortiz - After teaching and coaching in the Ketchikan public school system for 32 years, I was astounded to read a public letter by our school board president and local Republican Party Chairman, Trevor Shaw, claiming I don't support education. - More...
Wednesday PM - November 02, 2016

letter Dan Ortiz By Peter Bolling - When I look at a candidate's qualifications I no longer consider whether he or she is an R or a D. I am much more interested in I, H, W.E. and S. With respect to Dan Ortiz he meets all of the important criteria: Integrity, Honor, Work Ethic, and Smarts. - More...
Wednesday PM - November 02, 2016

letter Worst Candidate Ever By Donald Moskowitz - I have voted for Democrats and Republicans for President of the U.S. in every election since 1960, but this year I cannot vote for Donald Trump. He has to be the most unqualified and worst candidate for President we have ever put forth in this country. He lacks knowledge of domestic and world affairs and matters of national security. I am ashamed of the Republican Party for giving us Donald Trump as a Presidential candidate when any one of the other Republican candidate;'/[s in the primary could have beaten Hillary Clinton. - More...
Wednesday PM - November 02, 2016

letter Matters of Trust By David Beebe - On December 12th 2005, the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, accompanied by a principal of Alcan Forest Products declared in the council chambers of Petersburg, their Best Interest Decision to log several miles of the steep, landslide-prone mountain slopes above Mitkof Highway. - More...
Monday PM - October 31, 2016

letter Ortiz Loyal to Outside Special Interests; Republican Bob Sivertsen committed to the citizens of District 36 By Trevor A. Shaw - Incumbent State Representative Dan Ortiz has been working hard to recruit outside special interest groups and individuals to support his vulnerable re-election campaign. So far, Rep. Ortiz has raised $34,206.00 from these outside special interest groups and individuals; a whopping 59% of his total campaign funds. These special interests include: big-labor organizations, Anchorage lawyers and union bosses, the Democratic Party, and liberal politicians. - More...
Monday PM - October 31, 2016

letter Response to Peggy Wilson's 'Factual Fair' By Dan Ortiz - In response to the 'Factual Fair' op-ed published int he Ketchikan Daily News and the Wrangell Sentinel by former Representative Peggy Wilson, I would like to address the real facts. - More...
Monday PM - October 31, 2016

letter Vote Dan Ortiz By Anne Lucas - I've known Dan Ortiz for over 30 years - as a colleague and friend; as a loving husband to Lori; as a caring and involved father to their three children; and as an exemplary high school teacher and coach. During my long teaching career in Ketchikan, I've witnessed his skill at negotiating through compromise. His integrity and willingness to listen to all sides of an issue are attributes that are much needed in our state legislature today. - More...
Monday PM - October 31, 2016

letter Vote for Trump By Joe O'Hara - The important question in the upcoming Presidential election is not who is the least disliked candidate but which candidate offers the best plan to strengthen America? - More...
Monday PM - October 31, 2016

letter Dan Ortiz: The Candidate for Southeast Alaska By Emma Scott - In the midst of this presidential election cycle, the nation has witnessed how partisan politics can fail the needs of its citizens. Personal attacks have become the norm, the issues facing our country are rarely discussed in depth, and it feels that we have come to focus on what divides us rather than what can bring us together. - More...
Monday PM - October 31, 2016

letter Vote for Dan Ortiz By Mike Cruise - I recently read that over 50% of Alaska voters are NOT registered with a political party. They are either “non-affiliated or undeclared”. It seems that almost 40% of registered voters nationwide are of the same mind. - More...
Monday PM - October 31, 2016

letter VOTE FOR RAY METCALFE FOR U.S. SENATE By David G Hanger - Six billion barrels of new oil reserves have been discovered off the coast of Alaska according to a recent and conveniently timed announcement from the oil industry, all of it paid for with your Permanent Fund Dividend and the massive increases in taxes and user fees all of us are about to experience. The costs of extracting that oil are currently scheduled to be paid for exclusively with your dimes, by giveaway credits to the oil companies sponsored by “Oil Company” Walker and the insanely corrupt bought and paid for Republican majority in the state legislature. - More...
Thursday PM - October 27, 2016

letter Vote Trump By A.M. Johnson - Have you noticed? There are no Trump/Pence signs among the many displays of Murkowski, Young, Stedman, Sivertsen settings along the highway and byways of Ketchikan. - More...
Thursday PM - October 27, 2016

letter Donald Trump By Hallie Engel - I recently read a letter on Sitnews comparing Donald Trump to a rowboat that will save America. Personally, I'd say he's more like the Titanic -- a giant behemoth racing toward certain doom, threatening to take everyone down with him in an epic disaster. - More...
Thursday PM - October 27, 2016

letter The People's Representative: Dan Ortiz By Evan Wick - I have known Representative Ortiz for twelve years. He is a dedicated teacher, coach, mentor and state representative. - More...
Thursday PM - October 27, 2016

letter Stop the Negative Campaigning By Kyle Johansen - Like many of you I’ve been disturbed by the influx of negative advertising in the race for House District 36. - More...
Wednesday AM - October 26, 2016

letter Watersheds By Rep. Dan Ortiz - The Stikine, Taku and Unuk watersheds are a major factor in the reliability of our seafood and tourism industries. Our fisheries, mariculture, and tourism industries rely on healthy watersheds, which replenish these resources and maintain our scenic reputation and seafood quality. If these rivers are not maintained for quality, our resources will diminish, as vital nutrients and safety conditions will lapse. - More...
Wednesday AM - October 26, 2016

letter Alaska’s Write-In Candidate for Congress By Stephen Wright - My name is Stephen Wright, and I was born in Anchorage, AK on Elmendorf AFB in 1969. I was only five years old when Don Young became Alaska’s 4th Congressman after campaigning twice. I would love to be the 5th Alaska Congressman to represent this great state. - More...
Wednesday AM - October 26, 2016

letter RE: PAC's Negative Campaigning By Jan Jorgensen - I would like to thank Bob Sivertsen for stating "I don't support and do not agree with the negative ads" sent out by The Accountability Project(TAP) regarding Dan Ortiz. - More...
Wednesday AM - October 26, 2016

letter Negative PAC Mailer By Bob Sivertsen - I would like to correct the statement that the mailer was from one candidate to the other. I, Bob Sivertsen, did not and would not produce such a mailer. It was not sent from my campaign and I don't support it. - More...
Monday PM - October 24, 2016

letter Response to Sivertsen By Dan Ortiz - In a recent letter to the editor, my opponent, Bob Sivertsen, wanted to 'clear the air' about negative advertising. He stated that he has non connection to PACs or any control over what an outside PAC may do. In fact, Bob does have the ability to denounce their misleading and negative attacks, but he has chosen not to do this. His argument for keeping silent is 'this is politics as usual' and uses the current presidential campaign as an example. I would hope that Southeast Alaska can set the bar higher than this year's presidential race! - More...
Monday PM - October 24, 2016

letter Why I Support Dan Ortiz By Eric Muench - I support Dan Ortiz as District 36 representative for three good reasons. First and foremost, he has been doing a good job representing local interests. He responds to local needs and to his constituents, and is reported to have good relations with other legislators of both parties. As an Independent, he is not bound to the bigwigs of either party and can make the best choices for his district. We need more independent politicians. - More...
Monday PM - October 24, 2016

letter Clinton calls Trump a "sore loser" By Jim Dornblaser - I think this the most dirty, mud slinging campaign I can remember in my 75 years. I wish our media in general was as interested in facts as they are: 1) name calling, 2) mud slinging and, 3) trying to get so much press from a loaded question (the reason for 'sore loser'). - More...
Monday PM - October 24, 2016

letter PACs' Negative Campaigning By Bob Sivertsen - I have read and heard a number of concerning comments regarding the negative advertising that is being used in this race for State House. I don’t personally believe in negative campaigning and I do not engage in negative campaigning. - More...
Sunday PM - October 23, 2016

letter Donald Trump By Betty Constuble - I would like to proclaim my full support of Donald Trump. I believe he is the warrior president this country needs now. He will stand up for us. He will make the decisions that our country so much must have. The current politicians have put us in the mess we are in. We need someone who will stand up and get us out of this and make America great again. - More...
Sunday PM - October 23, 2016

letter Very Little Style over Even Less Substance By Rod Landis - Dan Ortiz's opponent in the State House race this fall missed an opportunity to distance himself from the miserable (yet laughable) antics of those involved with the Accountability Project. This big-money political action committee is behind a series of smear ads that have recently flooded Ketchikan residents mail and P.O. boxes. Some significant cash seems to have been spent designing, producing, and distributing these ads, yet the result cannot be taken seriously. - More...
Sunday PM - October 23, 2016

letter Vote Stedman & Finkenbinder By Gary Paxton - Bert Stedman, not unlike Dick Eliason and Ben Grussendorf for Sitka, has been a statesman for our great state. He has always put the state, SE Regoin, and Ketchikan ahead of any political concerns. At this time, when our state has such complex and difficult decisions to make, Bert is exactly the kind of legislator we need and he needs all the help he can get. - More...
Sunday PM - October 23, 2016

letter What I learned from the Democrats By A. M. Johnson - I first wish to thank you and your publication for using Reuters and FOX news as your online National/ World news source over the Associated Press (AP). In part your publication, in conjunction with reliable online sources, presents news and opinions based on the more reliable news stories allowing me to express what the Democrats have taught me about politics and life particularly in this election: - More...
Sunday PM - October 23, 2016

letter House District 36 By Jan Jorgensen - I am not someone who is outspoken about anything political, in fact lately I have been less than eager to read, talk or listen to what politicians have to say but I do because I will be voting on November 8th. Recently I received a flyer where one Ketchikan candidate chose to speak negatively about another candidate. No where on this flyer did he tell me anything about himself, just two sides of negative words about someone else. - More...
Sunday PM - October 23, 2016

letter Thank You By Susan Coady - Thank you to the many people and businesses for supporting my friend Wendy Goyette and her son Johnathon Washburn. It's truly amazing how the people of this community come together in times of need. - More...
Sunday PM - October 23, 2016

letter Re: Two Untrustworthy Candidates By Joe O'Hara - In reference to Mr. Moskowitz' October 18th letter, I certainly agree with him that one must verify those facts before committing to them. - More...
Sunday PM - October 23, 2016

letter Dan Ortiz and The Accountability Project By Paul Seaton - I am the District 31 State House Representative for the lower Kenai Peninsula and have served in the legislature for 14 years. This year I was targeted by The Accountability Project(TAP) in the Republican Primary election with distortion ads and robocalls. Although 'independent expenditure groups' are legal - they are definitely not accountable. In fact, one of their chief donors wrote me an apology and sent a campaign contribution because the industry supported distortions were so unaccountable. - More...
Wednesday PM - October 19, 2016

letter No to Sivertsen By Douglas Thompson - If I got it wrong I would sure like to hear Bob Sivertsen tell me how he is going to protect the Permanent Fund Dividend. In his previous Sitnews announcement he stated that he wanted to join the Republicans in Juneau. The Republicans are headed by Governor Walker. They want to take our PFD and have already grabbed half of this year's. The plan as it stands is to take it all and give it to the oil companies. In short to pay them back every cent they have paid in taxes since the sixties and then some. You will get to pay taxes to make this happen. - More...
Wednesday PM - October 19, 2016

letter Disappointed - again By A. M. Johnson - With the continued barrage of Wikileaks data flooding the landscape via creditable blog sites it is becoming obvious why Establishment Republicans are struggling with Donald Trump's candidacy. Were he elected, then the Establishment members, who in my opinion include our own Senator Murkowski, personal friend with Senator Mitch McConnell, leader of the Establishment, and others will find their political terf at risk of exposures as the quite majority address RINO voting. - More...
Wednesday PM - October 19, 2016

letter I support Dan Ortiz By Janice Jackson - I support Dan Ortiz in his bid for re-election as our legislative representative for District 36. Representative Ortiz has demonstrated to me his willingness to meet with and listen to our concerns on important issues in our state. - More...
Wednesday PM - October 19, 2016

letter RE: THANK YOU By Judith Green - Kolby Elliot's THANK YOU note deserves in return a thank you. is a great place for the positive happenings in, on and about our Island Community and you have added a bright spot. - More...
Wednesday PM - October 19, 2016

letter Thank you, Ketchikan! By Michelle O'Brien - Once again, Ketchikan never ceases to amaze as a vibrant and welcoming community. The recent Open World Program delegation from Russia was greeted with open arms; from informative visits with local organizations, to a generosity that is unique to cemented the fact that Ketchikan is far and away a community unlike others. - More...
Tuesday AM - October 18, 2016

letter Bob Sivertson for State House By Tuckerman Babcock - The Alaska Republican Party stands in support of the positive change offered by Bob Sivertson for State House.- More...
Tuesday AM - October 18, 2016

letter Vote Dan Ortiz By Susan Bachant - I am writing to share my reasons why I support Dan Ortiz. Throughout the years there have been many people representing us in various political avenues. Only one has ever asked me how I wanted him to represent my voice and that is Dan Ortiz. I have seen him go from door to door, talked with him in the mall, and even filled out an online survey from him wanting to know what I and all of the other folks that he represents think on a particular subject. I find this absolutely refreshing. Ask yourself, how any of our representatives actually do this? How many want to know what the people they represent want? Usually they get in there and pitch their own personal agendas. - More...
Tuesday AM - October 18, 2016

letter Two Untrustworthy Candidates By Donald Moskowitz - We know that many politicians make promises they cannot keep and they typically use manipulative and ambiguous language to hide their true ideas and feelings. They hope the public will forget their false statements. - More...
Tuesday AM - October 18, 2016

letter Response to Political Attack Ads By Rep. Dan Ortiz - It has come to my attention in recent days that groups from outside our district and outside Alaska have started to send out negative ads against me. Judging from where this effort is coming from, I take it in stride. - More...
Sunday PM - October 16, 2016

letter Thank You By Kolby Elliot - On behalf of my teammates and myself, I would like to thank my family, coaches, community, and peers for all of their support contributing to a successful Schoenbar Middle School Cross Country season. Please publish this thank you as a token of gratitude to all those who participated. - More...
Sunday PM - October 16, 2016

letter School Board Replacement Pre-selected? By Carl Webb - I am embarrassed that we voters have failed to ask why School Board President Michelle O’Brien, who announced a long time ago that she would resign from the Board, chose to do it one week after the official election. She even announced the date. Because of that decision, the voters of Ketchikan were denied the right to select the new board member and the current Board will be making the choice. - More...
Sunday PM - October 16, 2016

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