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SitNews - Stories In The News - Ketchikan, Alaska

December 14, 2011

At Rest
This young Sitka Black-tailed deer is resting in the grandiose silence of the snow on Prince of Wales Island.
Front Page Photo By JACY PIERSON


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Ketchikan: TSA Installing Advanced Imaging Technology at Ketchikan International Airport - The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced this week that Ketchikan International Airport and Juneau International Airport are among 16 airports nationwide set to receive recently purchased millimeter wave Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) units. TSA plans to deploy the units to the airports in the coming weeks.

The machines will be deployed with new automated target recognition (ATR) software designed to enhance privacy by eliminating passenger-specific images. The generic is identical for all passengers. AIT is designed to enhance security by safely screening passengers for metallic and non-metallic threats - including weapons, explosives and other objects concealed under layers of clothing.

By eliminating the image of an actual passenger and replacing it with a generic outline of a person, passengers are able to view the same outline that the TSA officer sees. Further, a separate TSA officer is no longer required to view the image in a remotely located viewing room. By removing this step of the process, screening is more efficient and throughput capability of the technology is improved. - More...
Wednesday PM - December 14, 2011

Southeast Alaska: IFA General Manager Retires - Inter-Island Ferry Authority general manager Bruce Jones has given notice of his retirement effective January 31, 2012, announced board chair Dennis Watson. He will be available to assist in the transition to a new manager.

Jones joined the Inter-Island Ferry Authority in August, 2007 at a difficult time for the IFA, when the IFA was faced with having to discontinue service on the northern route between Coffman Cove, Wrangell and Petersburg, said Watson. After three summer seasons of service, traffic on that route did not come close to projections.

During the 4 ½ years Jones has been at the helm, the IFA has had to deal with large fuel cost increases and a declining Prince of Wales Island population. Apart from collecting a surcharge that fluctuates with the cost of fuel, IFA fares have not changed during the period that Jones has been on board, according to Watson. - More...
Wednesday PM - December 14, 2011

Ketchikan: Governor’s Budget Funds New State Ferry - Governor Sean Parnell announced today that his Fiscal Year 2013 budget includes $60 million for construction of the new Alaska Class Ferry. A total of $120 million is available to begin construction of the new ferry in the next fiscal year.

Earlier this year, the State of Alaska selected Alaska Ship & Drydock (ASD) in Ketchikan as the construction manager and general contractor for the new Alaska Class Ferry, and is working to finish the design of the new ferry. Once the design is complete, ASD will be given the first opportunity to submit a bid and negotiate a contract to build the ferry. - More...
Wednesday PM - December 14, 2011

Ketchikan: Tis the Season for the Audubon Christmas Bird Count - From Ketchikan to Prudhoe Bay to Shemya Island, every year Alaskans bundle up and gather together to celebrate the holiday season…by braving the elements for the Audubon Christmas Bird Count.

Groups of volunteers select a day between December 14, 2011 and January 5, 2012 to conduct a count. They have 24 hours to record as many birds as possible in a 15-mile diameter circle. Volunteers participate in counts in all 50 states, in all Canadian provinces, several Central and South American countries, and several Pacific and Caribbean islands. Last year there were 38 counts held across Alaska. Many counts end with a social gathering to tally lists and crow over the best birds. - More...
Wednesday PM - December 14, 2011

Alaska: Historic Eagle Cannonball Provides Excitement - It was Eastern Interior Field Office archeologist Robin Mills who received the memorable phone call. An Eagle, Alaska resident had an old cannonball at her residence, and she was concerned it might still be dangerous. Mills passed the information on to the Bureau of Land Management’s hazardous materials and safety specialists.

Historic Eagle Cannonball Provides Excitement

The 12-pound iron ball roughly five inches in diameter.
Photo courtesy BLM

A flurry of calls and emails ensued as the Alaska State Troopers, the National Park Service and an explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) team from Eielson Air Force Base were brought on board. Soon the EOD team set off on a 357–mile drive to Eagle to examine the cannonball.

What the team found upon their arrival was a 12-pound iron ball roughly five inches in diameter. The cannonball was apparently found many years ago near Fort Egbert, a historic Army outpost established in 1899 to impose law and order in the Fortymile region during the Klondike Gold Rush -- Interior Alaska's first gold rush. The BLM now manages the fort, decommissioned in the 1920s, as part of the Eagle Historic District National Historic Landmark.

Unsure whether the cannonball contained explosives, the EOD team moved it to a safe place and subjected it to a series of controlled tests, during which it exploded with no injuries or property damage. - More...
Wednesday PM - December 14, 2011

Alaska: Troopers Preparing for Anti-DUI Campaign for Upcoming Holidays - According to the Alaska Department of Public Safety, the Alaska State Troopers will be out conducting extra traffic enforcement efforts to ensure the safety of Alaskans while they celebrate the upcoming holidays and ring in the new year. Local law enforcement agencies across the state will also participate in the enhanced enforcement efforts from Dec. 16 to Jan 2.

As revelers hit the roads, the ramped up enforcement conducted by the Alaska State Troopers will mostly be focused on DUI enforcement for both alcohol and drugs. - More...
Wednesday PM - December 14, 2011

Ketchikan: Bob McClory Named School Counselor of the Year - Bob McClory, a Ketchikan High School counselor for the Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District, has been named the 2011 Alaska School Counselor of the Year. McClory was chosen for his exceptional leadership skills, work ethic, and enthusiasm for the profession.

“Yes, Bob counsels students, fixes schedules, writes recommendations, coordinates testing and accesses records, but he also developed the Alaska Junior Miss program for the state, has helped develop the community Wellness Coalition focusing on drugs and alcohol awareness, and created the application for the district to win the state and national honors for its Advanced Placement program,” said KGBSD's Director of Curriculum Linda Hardin. - More...
Wednesday PM - December 14, 2011

Alaska: Water and Sewer Task Force Proposed; Legislation Needed to Ensure All Alaskans Have Clean Water and Safe Sanitation - Senator Albert Kookesh (D- Angoon) sent a letter to Governor Parnell, legislators, and various community leaders concerning a Water and Sewer Task Force.  According to the Alaska Department of Conservation 6,028 homes across Alaska are without clean drinking water and safe sanitation.  

Senator Kookesh wants to remedy this situation, “We can no longer continue to do business as usual when so many of our neighbors are living in third world conditions.”  Senator Kookesh plans on submitting legislation in January for the upcoming legislative session. - More...
Wednesday PM - December 14, 2011

Alaska: Collection of Point Barrow Artifacts Returns to Alaska - A large collection of archaeological artifacts has returned to Alaska, nearly 60 years after the items were excavated near Point Barrow. The Birnirk collection represents a phase of prehistoric Eskimo culture dating back to 500 A.D.

“This collection has tremendous research significance,” said Jeff Rasic, acting curator of archaeology at the University of Alaska Museum of the North. “The Birnirk site is the ‘type site’ for the Birnirk culture, which occupies a key juncture in the branches of Eskimo prehistory and the first decidedly Eskimo phase of cultural development seen on the Alaska mainland.”

The collection was excavated in the early 1950s by a group of Harvard graduate students headed by Wilbert Carter. They completed a three-season program of archaeological work with the support of the Arctic Research Laboratory, established in Barrow by the Office of Naval Research. The collection is owned by the U.S. Navy and was housed for decades at the Harvard Peabody Museum. - More...
Wednesday PM - December 14, 2011


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letter Young people step forward By Cecelia Johnson - This year I willt not run for re-election to Tribal Council.  I would like to put my energy toward the Advisory Health Board.   - More...
Friday AM - December 09, 2011

letter Proposed Tonka Timber Sale Comment Deadline By Paul Olson & Carol Cairnes - The Tongass Conservation Society (TCS) and the Greater Southeast Alaska Conservation Community (GSACC) have several concerns about the Forest Service’s proposed Tonka Timber Sale (Tonka).  The project would cut 25 to 53 million board feet of old growth forest from the Lindenberg Peninsula near Petersburg.  This area is heavily used by the public and past logging has already removed too much winter deer habitat.  The Forest Service then proposes towing log rafts for storage in an important Dungeness crab fishing spot - the “Pothole” – despite significant risks to shellfish populations and habitat.  Proceeding with another sale here is unfair to deer hunters and crab fishermen as well as the taxpaying general public that must fund yet another deficit timber sale. - More...
Friday AM - December 09, 2011

letter A National Security Threat? By Donald A. Moskowitz - This letter liberally references Brig. Gen. Jim Cash’s article entitled “Another Government Cover-up” in the January 2011 edition of Military.  I agree with his assessment that the contrail observed off the coast of California in November 2010 resembled a missile launch contrail, not an aircraft contrail. - More...
Friday AM - December 09, 2011

letter 70th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor By U.S. Sen. Mark Begich - Today, 70 years later the ‘date that will live in infamy’ continues to remind each of us of the great sacrifices that our men and women in the military make for our country. - More...
Wednesday AM - December 07, 2011

letter The regulation invasion stifles job creation By Rep. Don Young - Our nation’s unemployment rate is hovering at a staggering 9 percent. After countless promises and pledges by Washington, out-of-work Americans across the nation are growing sick and tired of sound bites and handouts. They are tired of unemployment benefits instead of gainful employment. They are skeptical that the government actually knows how to get Americans back to work. They should be. - More...
Wednesday AM - December 07, 2011

letter Nomination of Caitlin Joan Halligan By A.M.Johnson - I know, I know, I've submitted several items for publication this month. Just so much crud and political corruption involved to not want to scream at the deterioration of this great nation at the hands of what must be a compromised Senator. - More...
Wednesday AM - December 07, 2011

letter Substance Abuse in Ketchikan Discussion By Lisa Scarborough - The Ketchikan Wellness Coalition (KWC) is currently surveying our community to reassess the needs and issues that were documented in the Compass II Survey performed by the United Way in 2006. We have sent around our survey over the last year and are now moving on to different forums for you to come and voice your opinion as well as participate in brainstorming solutions and needs in the area of Substance Abuse. We chose this topic for our first forum because it was the top issue and concern out of the 600+ surveys that were submitted by you the people of Ketchikan, Saxman and Ward Cove. - More...
Monday PM - December 05, 2011

letter Open Letter: "A letter to Lisa" By A. M. Johnson- I am submitting to you a sure fire way to save 1.5 trillion dollars from government waste. As stated, this took all of a few minutes to comprise and complete. And you wonder why Congress' approval rating is in single digits. - More...
Monday PM - December 05, 2011

letter Be seen, be safe By Cheryl Henley - This weekend there was an editorial about winter driving safety in town. Going North about 4:30 tonight, a school bus stopped, lights flashing, and 3 little children got off the bus at Densley Road. The walked across the street and up their road. Not one child had a reflective tape on their jackets, or a light source with them. - More...
Monday PM - December 05, 2011

letter NUTCRACKER 2011 By Kathy Flora - Ketchikan is in for a wonderful surprise. There's an alchemy that happens when you build something larger than yourself that measurably helps a community help itself. You feel different, because you made a difference you can see to people whose gratitude you can feel. - More...
Monday PM - December 05, 2011

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