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January 23, 2004

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SE Alaska: Coast Guard continuing search in SE waters for fisherman, dog - Coast Guard air and sea rescue crews are scouring Southeast Alaska waters for a second day, searching for a 48-year-old Portland, Ore. fisherman and his dog after the man radioed a maritime distress call Thursday afternoon from his 32-foot boat. - Read more...
Friday - January 23, 2004 - 3:00 pm

Ketchikan & Statewide: Unemployment Rate Climbs In December - Alaska's unemployment rate rose seven-tenths of a percentage point in December to 8.0 percent. Although unemployment typically rises in December, the 2003 increase was slightly larger than in recent years. The comparable national rate (not seasonally adjusted) fell two-tenths of a percentage point to 5.4 percent. Dan Robinson, an economist with the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development reported the numbers.

Ketchikan's unemployment rate rose from 8.4 percent in November to 9.2 percent in December. - Read more...
Friday - January 23, 2004 - 12:55 am

Ketchikan & Statewide: Labor Department Estimates Alaska's 2003 Population; Ketchikan Gateway Borough experienced an out-migration - Alaska's statewide population increased by 3.5% or 21,887 persons for the period April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2003, according to new population estimates released Thursday by the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development. - Read more...
Friday - January 23, 2004 - 12:55 am

Alaska: Group seeks to build Alaska gas pipeline - A group of gas pipeline operating companies and Alaska Native corporations has applied to the state to build a natural gas pipeline that would bring Alaska's known 35 trillion cubic feet of natural gas reserves from Prudhoe Bay to the Lower 48, Gov. Frank Murkowski announced Thursday afternoon. - Read this story...
Juneau Empire - Friday - January 23, 2004

Alaska: 9 million acres to open to drilling - Interior Secretary Gale Norton signed off on a plan Thursday to open 8.8 million acres of Alaska's North Slope to oil and gas development, some in areas important for migratory birds, whales and wildlife. - Read this story...
Juneau Empire - Friday - January 23, 2004

Alaska: Senator Murkowski Praises NPR-A Planning Process; Pleased That Area Will Be Opened To Drilling, Plus Protected For Wildlife - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski on Thursday praised the Bureau of Land Management for finalizing its record of decision that will permit a sizable oil and gas lease sale to proceed in the National Petroleum Reserve Alaska, while protecting key wildlife habitat in portions of the 23.3-million-acre petroleum reserve. - Read more...
Friday - January 23, 2004 - 12:55 am

Alaska: Proposed budget offers less than UA wants - The University of Alaska would receive far less than it's seeking under the governor's proposed budget. - Read this story..
Anchorage Daily News - Friday, January 23, 2004

Ketchikan: Platinum prospect near Ketchikan encouraging - Results of platinum prospecting last summer near Ketchikan are encouraging, according to Vancouver, British Columbia-based Pacific North West Capital. - Read this story...
Anchorage Daily News - Friday, January 23, 2004

Alaska & National: Senators send huge budget bill to Bush - 820 BILLION: Measure includes nearly $500 million for Alaska. The Senate passed a major national spending bill Thursday, and with it created a new quota system for the Bering Sea crab industry and funded nearly $500 million in projects specifically for Alaska. - Read this story...
Anchorage Daily News - Friday, January 23, 2004

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Ketchikan Volunteer Fire Department
circa 1905 - Photographer: Harriet Hunt
Donor: Bertha Hunt Wells,
Courtesy Tongass Historical Society

June Allen Column

Ketchikan's Volunteer Legacy; Buckets to hydrants to hi-tech

photosA fire department in any community, large or small, commands citizen respect. When fire sirens blare, traffic obediently tries to pull over and people hold their breaths - hoping it's not their house, their business, their school or anyone they know. Fire has been a frightening scourge in history from Nero in Rome to Chicago's Mrs. O'Leary to Ketchikan's Bill Mitchell. As new American communities sprang up in the "Go west, young man" spirit of the nineteenth century, one of the first things responsible pioneers did was establish fire departments. When the westward-ho movement reached the Pacific coast and the settlement-surge angled north, fire departments were among the very first organizations founded in Alaska. - Read the rest of this story...
Thursday - January 15, 2004 - 12:50 am

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