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2018 Daylight Saving Time ends

IMG_0011Alex Malouf
Staff Writer

For a task as painless as setting your clock back (or forward) an hour, Daylight Saving Time gets an unusual amount of attention.
Kayhi students have mixed emotions when it comes to DST.
“Daylight Savings doesn’t affect my daily routine much, if any,” said junior Devin Dalin. “When the clocks are set back, I just wake up earlier to take advantage of every bit of sunlight possible. There isn’t much late afternoon light available for outdoor activities.”
Students at Kayhi enjoy certain aspects of DST more than others. The biggest benefit being the extra hour of sleep available after clocks are set back an hour in November. Senior Chanell Browne believes dark mornings make it harder to wake up and get ready for the day.
“Waking up in the morning is difficult,” said Browne. “Trying to find the motivation to get myself out of bed when it’s still dark outside might possibly be one of the hardest things to do.”
Browne is a fan of DST for the morning sunlight benefits, but she is not impressed by early afternoon darkness.
“Overall in my opinion, I don’t like it,” she said. “I hate how dark it gets after school. It limits the window of opportunity for outdoor activities in the afternoon, which sucks.”

Facts about Daylight Savings
-Daylight Saving Time is practiced in the Navajo Nation, AZ.
-Daylight Saving Time will resume on March 11, 2019.
-Daylight Saving time (DST) takes place every year in over 70 countries and 48 states. -Clocks are set forward one hour in March, and set back in November. DST began on March 11, 2018 and will end this Sunday, Nov. 4.
-Arizona and Hawaii do not participate in DST. Hawaii has close to the same sunrise and sunset times year round, while Arizona residents simply do not participate.
-In Australia clocks are set either back or forward only 30 minutes. Compared to the 1 hour change in the US.


Low rain causes Ketchikan to rely on diesel power

IMG_0001Alex Malouf
Staff Writer

The City of Ketchikan is on continuous diesel generated power for the foreseeable future. Lack of summer rain produced low lake levels causing the city’s power plant to shut down hydroelectric power.
Stormy, wet days were a rare occurrence this summer. Many days had the potential to downpour, but instead clouds sprinkled some rain and dissipated. Local lakes need strings of rainy days in order to fill up and produce power for the city.
KPU Electric Division Manager Andy Donato said that diesel generators are currently supplying the majority of power to the city.
“Yes we have some hydro power,” said Donato. “But we’re augmenting the diesel with that hydro power. We do not have enough hydro power to meet the firm power requirement of Ketchikan.”
Ketchikan typically relies heavily on hydro power. 97% of all power comes from hydro power, while the other 3% comes from diesel generators. Off years requiring more diesel.
“Nothing is stopping us from going back and forth as we accumulate water,” he said. “As the reservoir level gets low, we go back to diesel.”
According to Donato, Swan Lake will need another 30-40 inches of rain in order to safely make the switch from diesel to continuous hydro power. When asked about the possibility of Swan Lake reaching its goal in the next few weeks, he said it would have to be “a biblical type of event” in order for that to take place.
Typically, diesel power is used in the spring. Lack of water on hillsides and frozen hillsides restrict the amount of water entering the reservoirs.
“Diesel power was needed last year in the spring,” he said. “We usually need extra power that time of the year, but to have this issue manifest itself in the summer and in the fall, that is very rare. Hopefully mother nature will turn around and produce the massive inflows we typically get.”
Donato predicts Ketchikan will continue to rely on diesel generated power as winter approaches, but he hopes the city can switch back to hydroelectric power for the holidays.
“As we get into December and January,” he said. “My suspicion is we will continue to be on diesel power.
Information regarding current lake reservoir levels can be found at the official City of Ketchikan website.

0-8 to 4th in State

Cody Kemble
Staff Writer

One year after finishing 0-8, the Kayhi Kings football team turned their program around. The year started with a three game win streak, where they defeated Redington, Valdez, and Nikiski.
After outscoring their opponents by a combined 190-38, Kayhi lost their 1st game of the year to the Houston Hawks 22-20.
They then went on another three game win streak playing Homer, Barrow, and Seward. The Kings outscored them all 106-58.
Their two closest games of the season came against Houston and Barrow, where both games were decided by two points.
Kayhi was the 1st team to beat Barrow in Barrow in the past two seasons.
“Barrow was definitely our toughest game,” said senior Crist Carlson. “The weather and the travel really got to us, and they were the 1st team that was bigger than us player to player.”
The Kings qualified for the Division III state football playoffs for the first time in program history. Kayhi lost to Eielson 55-0, which eliminated the team from the state championship. Eielson went on to play Barrow for the state title and won 35-0.  Kayhi finished the season 6-2, one of the best seasons Kayhi Footballs had in program history.
“I feel like it was a good season overall,” said senior quarterback Brendan Wong. “We had a lot of good games and a lot of big time plays. We played our hearts out and most importantly played as one.”
Stevie Byron, Crist Carlson, and Brendan Wong were all selected to the Senior Bowl.

Individual Season Stats

Brendan Wong: 1,562 passing yards, 27 passing touchdowns, 5 rushing touchdowns
Crist Carlson: 10 receiving touchdowns and 3 interceptions
Brandon Wieber: 11 receiving touchdowns
CJ Jasper: 12 touchdowns, 2 interception return touchdowns, and 2 punt return touchdowns.
Stevie Byron: 4 rushing touchdowns
Brendan Roof: 2 rushing touchdowns
AJ Morris: 2 touchdowns
AJ Malouf: 4 touchdowns and averaged 80 yards kicking
Jackson Kaye: 2 fumble recoveries
Kylar Charles: 4 interceptions



Wrestling Hosts Bill Weiss

Carter Thomas
Staff Writer

The Kayhi wrestling team will be hosting the Bill Weiss tournament this weekend, the only home meet of the year.
Seven seniors will be honored before the championship finals Saturday night.
“After two straight tournament wins this season, we are excited to compete at home,” said senior Brandon Wieber. “We want to show our friends and family our skills, and hopefully win our 3rd straight tournament.”

Thursday Oct. 25: Starts 5:15-8:30 p.m.
Friday Oct. 26: Starts 4:30 p.m.
Saturday Oct. 27: Starts 10:30 a.m.
Senior Night: before the Championship
Championship Finals: Starts 6:30 p.m.  

Brandon Wieber
Patrick Rauwolf
Brayden Linne
Matthew Rodriguez
Jaret Warstler
Richard Stuart
Gavin Bolshakoff

Last Hoorah

Olivia Kinunen
Staff Writer

Four seniors on the Kayhi football team have been selected to participate in ASAA’s annual All Alaska Shrine North South Football Classic, or Senior Bowl, in Anchorage this week. Stevie Byron, Brendan Wong, Chris Brown, and Crist Carlson will be traveling up to Anchorage along with 60 other elite Alaskan football players.
The boys will participate in a week of practices, and end with a game on Saturday. The athletes will be divided up into 2 teams of 32, North Alaskans vs South Alaskans. “This weekend is going to be a good learning experience,” said Byron. “It is going to be fun to be able to play at a higher level.”
Since the Kayhi boys will be playing with the best of the best Alaskan football players, it is important for them to stay focused.
“Going into this weekend I know that I have to be on top of my game,” said Carlson. “And to compete at a higher level in order to get playing time.”
The Kayhi football team ended their season, 3 weeks ago, after a successful season. The seniors thought that after their loss to the Eielson Ravens, they would never get a chance to play again in Alaska.
“I’m really excited about being able to compete one last time in Alaska,” said Carlson. “I didn’t think I’d have this opportunity. I thought my season was over.”


Red Ribbon Week


Tarrant Sasser
Staff Writer

Kayhi students had another reason to wear XtraTufs, Tuesday – to Give Drugs the Boot for Red Ribbon Week.
Red Ribbon Week is to raise awareness in the fight against using tobacco, alcohol, and drugs. For another year Kayhi is getting involved.
Vice Principal Cole Maxwell said Red Ribbon week is important. “We are bringing it back to mind, and letting people know that this is a problem and we want to help make the change.”
The National Red Ribbon Campaign was first started in 1985 by a handful of parents after a Drug Enforcement Administration Agent named Enrique Camarena who had his life taken by a drug cartel while at lunch. In Camarena’s memory people wore red to honor his battle against illegal drugs. Groups were formed and they adopted a symbol of Camarena’s memory, a red ribbon.
Kayhi and the Pep Club are getting students involved with a different activity and theme everyday this week to raise awareness.

Monday- we are bringing non-perishables for the Kayhi food pantry to help those in need.
Tuesday- wear boots, we are giving drugs the boot
Wednesday, wear your red to honor Camarena
Thursday- wear neon to represent our bright futures without drugs
Friday- wear schools colors because Kayhi chooses to come together and be drug free

Parent-teacher Conferences

Kayhi hosted parent-teacher conferences Monday and Tuesday. Two hundred and seventy-nine students were represented ora a total of 49% of the student body – down from 344 last year.
Principal Bob Marshall said the decrease might be a product of the grading program that allows students and parents to view grades from home.
“The system we use is kind of inadequate,” said Marshall. “You can access everything so people wonder why you need to wait in line and show up when you can just look online and find the one teacher you have a question for.”
Overall, Marshall said he was pretty happy about the turnout.
“A lot of good things happening out there,” said Marshall. “The teachers were really trying to keep positive.”