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SitNews - Stories In The News - Ketchikan, Alaska
December 27, 2010

Front Page Photo by JIM LEWIS

Cedar Waxwing
This Cedar Waxwing was observed during the Christmas Bird Count (Dec. 18th). Cedar Waxwings should have been long gone from the Ketchikan area by now and is considered a really rare sighting for this time of year.
Front Page Photos By JIM LEWIS

Alaska: Miller Will Not Oppose Certification of U.S. Senate Race; However, Miller Decides to Move Federal Case Forward - Joe Miller, Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, announced yesterday that he will not oppose state certification of the U.S. Senate race in Alaska. However, Miller said for the sake of the integrity of the election, he will go forward with the federal suit, which was filed last month, but required a final determination by the Alaska state court to proceed further. Miller will be filing a motion in federal court today to stay the post certification election contest timeline until after the federal case has concluded.

The Alaska Supreme Court issued a ruling last Wednesday denying both Joe Miller's appeal and Lisa Murkowski's cross-appeal, affirming various decisions of the Division of Elections that the candidates had challenged.   The Alaska Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the decision of Superior Court Judge William Carey of Ketchikan, rejecting the election lawsuit of candidate Joe Miller on every count. The ruling confirms that “voter intent” is paramount in the write-in ballot process, and confirming the Alaska Division of Elections determination that Senator Lisa Murkowski won the election by more than 10,000 votes. In its conclusion, the Supreme Court said "There are no remaining issues raised by Miller that prevent this election from being certified.”

Alaska Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell welcomed the Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling on all counts supporting actions by the Division of Elections in Alaska’s U.S. Senate race.

Treadwell said Wednesday, “We are pleased with the unanimous decision of the Supreme Court.” The Lieutenant Governor said, “We will now return to federal court and seek to have the injunction lifted so that the U.S. Senate election can be certified.”

Miller said of Wednesday's ruling, "We disagree with the court's intrepretation of the election code, but respect both the rule of law and the court's place in the judicial system," Miller said. "We are studying the opinion and carefully considering our options." 

The U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska also issued an order Wednesday, inviting Miller to submit a brief regarding his federal claims by today, December 27, and directed the State to file a response by Wednesday. - More...
Monday - December 27, 2010

Ketchikan: Ketchikan Cab Driver Arrested for Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance - The Ketchikan Police Department announced today that after receiving a complaint of illegal drugs being sold by Ketchikan cab drivers while they were working, investigators from the Drug Unit initiated an investigation.

During the course of that investigation, undercover officers obtained suspected marijuana on two occasions from 28-year old Richard V. Wetherill of Ketchikan while he was operating his taxicab on Mission Street and Main Street. - More...
Monday - December 27, 2010

Fish Factor: Gifts From the Sea By LAINE WELCH - During the season of gift-giving, don’t overlook the gifts from the sea.   

Sponge Bob, for example, is set to be the next rage in fiber optics. Researchers at Bell Labs have found that the sponge euplectella grows glass fiber networks that are far more advanced than any found in today’s telecommunications industry.     

Wild salmon sperm is the first bio-material ever used for light emitting diodes (LEDs) which light up the numbers in digital clocks and all kinds of electronic equipment. photonics experts can  insert light emitting molecules into pure fibers made from salmon sperm DNA to create  superior  lighting devices.    The bio-material could someday reduce the need for heavy metals and other hazardous materials commonly used in lighting.

For hundreds of years Asian cultures have used jellyfish to treat arthritis, high blood pressure and back pain. Some jellyfish have a special bio-luminescence that has proven useful in medical research.      

Chitin, a substance found in the shells of crab, shrimp and other crustaceans, is packed with medical miracles. Chitin is made of carbohydrates that bond with red blood cells to form artificial clots, and seal massive bleeding wounds in just 30 seconds. Shrimp-based bandages are now being used by our troops in Afghanistan.  Ground up shrimp shells are also being tested in a nasal spray by British researchers as a treatment for allergies and hay fever. 

A new product called enzycol has been created by Russian researchers using enzymes in king crab shells that help heal severe burns.  The researchers also claim that sea urchin pigment is remarkable for its anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. 

From sea cucumbers comes the basis of a new immunity enhancing drug; another made from brown seaweed reduces damage from radiation exposure. - More...
Monday - December 27, 2010



Alaska Science: Finding a midwinter night’s roost By NED ROZELL - During the darkest days of Alaska’s winter, black-capped chickadees stuff themselves with enough seeds and frozen insects to survive 18-hour nights. Where the chickadees spend those long nights was a mystery until a biologist tracked them.

Finding a midwinter night's roost

A black-capped chickadee.
Photo by Donna Dewhurst, US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Susan Sharbaugh has spent many winter nights trying to find out how a creature as light as a handful of paperclips survives temperatures of 40 degrees below zero. Sharbaugh is a biologist with the Alaska Bird Observatory and an unabashed fan of the black-capped chickadee, one of the most unlikely residents of the north because of the difficulty of keeping a tiny body warm in a cold place.

In her past studies, Sharbaugh has found that black-capped chickadees gain an additional 10 percent of their body weight each day by stuffing themselves. The birds then use that fat to shiver all night, which keeps them warm. The human equivalent would be a 165-pound man who spent a frigid night outside and emerged 15 pounds lighter by the next morning.

Sharbaugh wondered where black-capped chickadees performed their amazing acts of nighttime survival until a company developed a radio transmitter tiny enough to ride on the bird’s back. Weighing .5 grams, the radio transmitter is about the size of an M&M, with a whip antenna approximately five inches long. Sharbaugh attaches the transmitter to captured chickadees with two elastic loops that fit over their legs like a climbing harness. - More...
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letter Keeping Us Safe -- NOT! By Diana Chaudhary - I would like to thank the Alaska State Troopers for fearlessly and selflessly doing their duty - NOT!!  On Sunday afternoon, like many other Ketchikan locals, my daughters and I decided to take a drive out to Ward Lake and get some fresh air while taking the dog for a walk around the lake.  It was a bit drizzly and the temperature was 42 degrees in Ketchikan. - More...
Monday - December 27, 2010

letter The –isms By David G. Hanger - Were Abraham Lincoln alive today he would be a Democrat. Nor is that primarily because of his attitude on civil rights; he was somewhat ambivalent about that; but in combination with the issue of “states rights” it is unquestionable which direction old Abe would fall. “To preserve the Union” against a reactionary, conservative revolution was the mission Lincoln set for himself. In 1860 the Democrats were the conservatives, the Republicans, in effect, the radicals. One hundred fifty years later the roles have been completely reversed. - More...
Monday - December 27, 2010

letterNEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS By Dale O'Neal - Time once again for your annual new year's resolutions. Typical resolutions include weight loss, quitting tobacco, or maybe more time with family. Honorable goals all, but why not aim a bit higher for this next year? - More...
Monday - December 27, 2010

letterRE: Cape Fox Corp bidding troubles By Cara Wallace - Many people confuse ANCSA Corporations, both regional and village, with Tribes (and this is further complicated when regional corporations like Sealaska refer to their own shareholders as "tribal member shareholders"). Cape Fox Corporation is a village CORPORATION and its members are SHAREHOLDERS. Tribes, or more specifically federally-recognized tribes, have a unique trust relationship with the federal government based on their inherent sovereignty. Its members are considered Tribal Citizens. Cape Fox Corporation is not a Tribe and does not possess sovereignty, nor does it engage in government-to-government consultation with the federal government. The federally-recognized Tribe in Saxman is the Organized Village of Saxman which is governed by the Saxman I.R.A. Council. - More...
Wednesday AM - December 22, 2010

letter Response to Dream Act letter By Nicole Arias - Byron Whitesides wrote a derogatory letter that disgusted me. He claims that it would be a threat to the country if the Dream Act was passed. That's not true. It would only be a threat to you, Byron, if you didn't do what you had to when you were in school to ensure that your job was secure. We are always going to be competing for jobs in this world. Will you blame the illegal immigrants on the poor status of the economy? - More...
Wednesday AM - December 22, 2010

letterDREAM Act By Gloria Torres - I think this is a horrible letter. It's a shame that Mr. Whitesides wrote this without any sort of correct information. It is extremely bias. No where near good or okay. - More...
Wednesday AM - December 22, 2010

letterOpen Letter: DREAM Act By Byron Whitesides - It is reprehensible that the Senate leadership wants to force the DREAM Act amnesty on the American people during a jobs depression.  Not only is Sen. Reid ignoring the 9.8 percent unemployment rate, he is asking you to risk your own political neck in the process! - More...
Monday - December 20, 2010

letter TSA pat-down, security & health-risk By Virginia (Ginny) E. Atkinson - TSA is going a bit overboard with security at airports. Is America getting that paranoid that passengers need to be embarrassed in front of total strangers? How much further will TSA go before they draw the line on people's privacy, or what's left of privacy in this country. Pilots get a free pass just because they operate the plane, a real genius idea. A pilot would be a terrorist's prime target when it comes to disguising themselves. How else can airlines make it easier for terrorist to board a plane when pilots can go pass security without a pat-down, and certain passengers are being singled-out and treated like criminals. What's the point of pat-downs and screening passengers when pilots get by Scott-free, is that being fair to everyone else that have to go through the process? - More...
Monday - December 20, 2010

letter Correction: Cape Fox Corp bidding troubles By A. M. Johnson - I have been advised that Scott Bowling did indeed make note of the Cape Fox bidding situation in the weekend edition of the Ketchikan Daily News of October 2/3, 2010. - Page...
Monday - December 20, 2010

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