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SitNews - Stories In The News - Ketchikan, Alaska
December 22, 2011

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Ketchikan resident and Little Sister Jaylyn wants Santa to lean his ear her way; and maybe she said... 'Whisper what you'll bring to me, tell me if you can.'
Santa recently visited with Big Brothers Big Sisters at the Ketchikan Library.
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Our Troops: ‘Brilliance in the basics’ - Marines and sailors of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit Command Element again focused on ‘brilliance in the basics’ when they headed out to the field at Camp Pendleton for the second iteration of Command Post Exercise, Nov. 28 – Dec. 2. Among those marines and sailors was Sgt. Chester P. Ginter from Ketchikan, Alaska.

Brilliance in the basics’

Sgt. Chester P. Ginter, motor transportation mechanic, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit Command Element, secures the camouflage netting for the tents used as the Command Operations Center, during Command Post Exercise II at Camp Pendleton, Nov. 28. Ginter, 22, is from Ketchikan, Alaska.
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The exercise focused on the unit’s ability to stand up an entire Command Operations Center quickly in the event the MEU is called to shore. Although the exercise included training for this specific event, CPEX II brought the Marines and sailors together by encouraging them to work as a team and build camaraderie among each other. - More...
Thursday PM - December 22, 2011

Alaska: Coastal Zone Initiative Could Set Records; Sponsors launch energetic campaign to gather signatures in record time - The grassroots Alaska Sea Party launched what it hopes will be the fastest, most effective petition signature gathering drive in Alaska’s history. Its citizens’ initiative, launched Wednesday, is the culmination of community efforts to restore Alaskans’ voice in managing their coastal resources after the legislature allowed Alaska’s coastal management program to lapse this summer.

“We’ve been planning for months for this day, and now that we have the booklets, we’re ready to make history and get back Alaskans’ voice in managing our coastlines,” Bruce Botelho, a lead sponsor of the initiative, said. 

The sponsors’ goal is to gather 26,000 signatures statewide before the start of the upcoming legislative session to ensure that Alaskans can vote to restore the program at the next statewide election. Collecting that many signatures in such short time would be unprecedented, but with so many Alaskans affected by the loss of the program, sponsors say that it is not only possible, but necessary. - More...
Thursday PM - December 22, 2011

Ketchikan: Ketchikan Medical Center Honors Employees With Service Awards - Each year PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center acknowledges its caregivers when they reach five year employment milestones. Seventy six employees of the Medical Center were honored for their years of service at a recent luncheon at the Sunny Point conference room. This year thirty one people reached the twenty year and up mark.

Ketchikan Medical Center Honors Employees With Service Awards

Pictured: Bev Crum, Emergency Department Manager, 35 years; Maria Carr, Manager of Fiscal Services, Finance and Admitting, 36 years; and, Bonnie Olson, Regional Analyst Community Health Record, 30 years.
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Twenty years of service: Lina Lastimosa, Food Service; Nettie Miller RN, Home Health; Kimm Schwartz RN, Manager Surgical Services; Kim Kondzela, PeaceHealth Medical Group Pediatrics; and, Lanetta Lundberg, Vice President of Culture and People.

Twenty one years: Oscar Lorenzo, Environmental Services; Gwen Hubert, PHMG Orthopedics and Sports Medicine; Ken Tonjes, Chief Financial Officer; Angelina Seville, Home Health; Kelli Peura New Horizons Transitional Care Unit. - More...
Thursday PM - December 22, 2011

Ketchikan: Seven Graduate From UAA Nursing Program - A formal pinning ceremony for Ketchikan graduates of the University of Alaska Anchorage Associate Degree Nursing Program was held on Saturday, December 17, 2011, at the North Tongass Community Club. Seven registered nursing students received their pins. The pinning is a long-held traditional nursing ceremony. Speakers included Tiffany Valentine, UAA School of Nursing Assistant Professor, and keynote speaker Rita Kittoe, UAA School of Nursing Assistant Professor.  

Maia Aspinwall, Charlene Burns, Anastasia Connolly, Lauren Ernst, Kirsten Henrickson, Janelle Hyatt and Hilary Vincent spent two years training in clinical settings in Ketchikan and Anchorage. They also completed college course work which qualifies them to graduate with an Associate of Applied Science, Nursing degree. Graduates are now able to sit for the national licensing exam (NCLEX-RN), and practice as registered nurses. - More...
Thursday PM - December 22, 2011

Alaska Science: The Alaska porcupine’s winter in slow-motion By NED ROZELL - While running through Bicentennial Park in Anchorage, biologist Jessy Coltrane spotted a porcupine in a birch tree. On her runs on days following, she saw it again and again, in good weather and bad. Over time, she knew which Alaska creature she wanted to study.

The Alaska porcupine’s winter in slow-motion

Jessy Coltrane and the subject of her doctoral research, the porcupine.
Photo courtesy of Jessy Coltrane.

“I thought, ‘Oh my god, how does he do it? How does this animal make it through winter?’” Coltrane said during the December defense of her doctoral thesis in Fairbanks. “It would be 20 below out and he’s there eating (bark).”

Coltrane’s study has cast some midwinter light on the Alaska porcupine, perhaps the least-studied mammal in the state. She at first wanted to learn about what porcupines did in winter, but switched to studying the physiology of the quilled creature after the porcupines she watched hardly moved on their tree-limb perches. Winter porcupine behavior “doesn’t happen,” she joked at her defense.

But that lack of activity in a subarctic winter made porcupines more intriguing to her. The porcupine doesn’t avoid winter by hibernating like a bear, nor does it curl up in an earthen womb like the beaver (the only larger rodent in Alaska). She saw porcupines most often in trees, with no protection from the elements. - More...
Thursday PM - December 22, 2011


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letter "Over the Top Route Minimizes Natural Gas Benefits to Alaskans" By Bill Walker - Article VIII, Sections 1 and 2 of Alaska's Constitution mandate that "Alaska's resources are to be developed to the maximum use and benefit of its people." - More...
Tuesday - December 20, 2011

letter Re: Tonka timber sale By Alan R. McGillvray - Well folks the eco-communists are at it again, doing every thing they are able to keep people from gainful employment. To make us import our building supplies at greater expense than otherwise needed. Thereby increasing our "carbon footprint" on the planet, but that's probably OK with them, they drive around in their fancy cars, write big checks from money that doesn't come from local sources, just so they can have a pristine playground. - More...
Tuesday AM - December 20, 2011

letter RE: Biometric Scanning By Ken Leland - Why does this not surprise me? We already have "Big Brother" looking over our shoulder and examining our private lives. George Orwell was a true visionary, way ahead of his time.I have always said that 1984 authored by him should be mandatory reading for our students at least by middle school. - More...
Tuesday AM - December 20, 2011

letter RE: Biometric scanning By April Harper - I totally agree with Charlanne Thomas. I was also appalled when I received a letter from my child's school stating that they had their fingers scanned!! What makes them think they have the right to do something of that nature and level of privacy of a minor without the consent of their parents? - More...
Tuesday AM - December 20, 2011

letter The Gravina Island Cleanup By Jerry Cegelske - The Gravina Island Cleanup began on July 1, 2006 after the Borough was notified that the grant request for a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Grant for Coastal Marine Habitat Restoration had been approved.  The cleanup activities ended on October 31, of this year with a last load of marine debris placed in the dumpster near the Harbormaster’s office. - More...
Saturday - December 17, 2011

letter Biometric Scanning By Charlanne Thomas - First of all, I would like to make it very clear that I am in no way criticizing the staff of Point Higgins School. I realize they have a difficult job and I appreciate their dedication to our children. My complaint is with technology that is implemented without my consent. Biometric scanning has been implemented at Point Higgins school in an attempt to alleviate manual input of student lunch records and supposedly the library. While I understand that we live in an age where technology is expected, this process was completed on my child without my approval. When I discovered that his finger had been scanned and stored as a "10-digit binary code", it was too late. His unique code has been stored and is available, whether it is deleted or not. I'm sure the School District backs up their systems on a nightly basis, and once something is in a system, it's there for years. - More...
Saturday - December 17, 2011

letter RESPONSIBLITY By Pamela Graff - Just before noon today [Thursday] I received a phone call from Houghtaling the school my daughter attends 2nd grade, stated that while waiting for the bus at Ketchikan Lakes Road and Deer Mount around 8am a dog had jumped up on her and broken her front tooth. She was in pain after eating lunch when the food hit her nerve. - More...
Saturday - December 17, 2011

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