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January 01, 2005

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'Harriet Hunt Lake'
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jpg Dave KifferDave Kiffer: Happy New Year - When I think about New Year's Eve in Ketchikan, I think about Annette Funicello.

No, I wasn't one of those early baby-boomers who matured watching her mature on the Mickey Mouse Club Show. I was a late baby boomer.... More
Saturday - January 01, 2005

jpg Ray TrollRay Troll: Ray Troll's' Top 5 CDs (+ 2) for 2004 - This was the year that dad Troll fell behind the curve and the teenagers in the house finally eclipsed the old man in music consumption and trend setting. - More...
Saturday - January 01, 2005

jpg Preston MacDougallPreston MacDougall: Chemical Eye on Frankincense and Myrrh - Imagine that you are at a baby shower, and three Persian priests, or Magi, mysteriously appear, each offering a gift for the newborn child. (Hey, it could happen, I've heard of flash mobs doing stranger things.) - More...
Saturday - January 01, 2005

Linda Seebach: Mysteries of the crossword-puzzle mind - Since today's a holiday, you probably don't want to read about anything Important but Boring, and that's even if you're not nursing a hangover. So I hope you'll indulge my writing about something a bit lighter: Crossword puzzles. - More
Saturday - January 01, 2005


letter Asking For Your Vote by Samuel Bergeron - Sunday
letter Drilling In ANWR by Kara Steele - Sunday
letter Off-road vehicles by Tyrell Rettke - Sunday
letter Get Your Facts Right by Dr. Simo Jovic - Sunday
letter Thank you to the USCG by Shauna Lee - Saturday
letter 4-wheelers by Vicki Campbell - Saturday
letter US response to the Tsumani disaster by Charlotte Glover - Saturday
letter No Drilling In the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge by Don Hoff Jr. - Saturday
letter Main point missed by Emily Katz - Saturday
letter New Year's "Takebacks" by Joseph Branco - Saturday
letter Our nation will rise to the occasion by Kelli Carlin-Auger - Saturday
letter TSUNAMI HELP, COMPASSION AND HEALING by Lynne Miller - Saturday
letter Let's split Iraq up to save it! by Mark Neckameyer - Saturday
letter President's Initial Reaction Inadequate by Neil Gray - Saturday
letter Let's go Ketchikan!! by Robert Sanderson Jr. - Saturday
letter Tsunami Numbers by Bob Ciminel - Saturday
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2005: Predictions for 2005 - Two Supreme Court vacancies touch off bitter fights on Capitol Hill ... a 41-cent stamp for first-class mail ... Osama remains at large ... Social Security reform stalls .... no al Qaeda attacks in the United States.

Those are the highlights of what our crystal ball sees ahead in 2005. Here are the details... - More...
Saturday - January 01, 2005

National: Medicare dwarfs Social Security as long-term issue - President Bush speaks with evident pride about his willingness to give top priority this year to Social Security reform - a topic that for decades has been synonymous with political peril.

But Bush could have picked an even more difficult challenge. He could have taken on Medicare.

Experts say Social Security will be a relatively easy problem to solve stacked up against the financial difficulties already beginning to plague the Medicare system, which provides health coverage for 40 million elderly and disabled. - More...
Saturday - January 01, 2005

National: Next intelligence challenge: Congress itself - The expertise, political ties, clout and ego of many members of the House may be tossed into turmoil as congressional Republican leaders prepare this weekend to shake up Capitol Hill's oversight of the U.S. intelligence system.

"Reorganization will be very tough on some House members. They'll have to make sacrifices," said Stephen Hess, a Congress watcher at the Brookings Institution.

Despite certain opposition, though, major changes - probably pulling several members into national attention for the first time - are in the works as Congress convenes for the start of its 109th session. - More...
Saturday - January 01, 2005

Alaska: Reform Initiative Clears Legal Hurdle; Alaskans will vote on measure in 2006 - The Campaign Finance Reform Again (CFRA) initiative which supporters say is designed to limit the influence of special interests on Alaska legislators was upheld in a decision issued by the Superior Court on Wednesday. Under the ruling, the initiative sponsored by Representatives Eric Croft (D), Harry Crawford (D), and David Guttenberg (D), will be placed on the primary 2006 ballot.

Refuting a challenge by the Alaska Libertarian Party that the reforms proposed were too sweeping to be contained in a single initiative, Judge John Suddock ruled Wednesday that all aspects of the initiative fall under the single subject of ensuring that special interests do not unduly influence elected officials. - More...
Saturday - January 01, 2005

Sitka: Rescuers rush to pluck crew of capsized vessel from icy waters - Two men forcibly kicked their way out of their boat's pilothouse to free themselves from their vessel after it capsized a quarter mile south of Povorotni Island at approximately 4:50 p.m. Thursday. 

Tom Young and John Bell, both of Sitka, located a handheld radio as they departed the vessel and used it to broadcast their Mayday alert. The Coast Guard received this alert and issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast before directing Coast Guard Air Station Sitka to dispatch a rescue helicopter and crew to the scene.

The fishing vessel Fishtales, four miles away, arrived shortly before the Coast Guard helicopter.

Once on scene, the Coast Guard helicopter crew illuminated the debris field, shedding light on the vessel's former occupants, one of whom appeared face down in the water. The other could only wave an arm to attract the attention of rescuers. The Fishtale's crew pulled the two distressed persons free from the icy waters and beached their own vessel nearby to offload and transfer them to the waiting Coast Guard helicopter.  - More...
Saturday - January 01, 2005

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photosBetty King the Dog Lady; Ketchikan's one-woman humane society - There is an alley in downtown Ketchikan named Betty King Alley. It's a very narrow little mid-block lane that begins on Dock Street and cuts through to Mission and then to Mill Street. Mill is a comparatively new (1972) street named for the sprawling and now-gone Ketchikan Spruce Mill that buzzed and rumbled with activity at the site for some eighty years. A few years back, the previously anonymous alley was finally named. The name chosen was Daly Alley, chosen to honor one of the Spruce Mills pioneer families. It was a dubious honor, actually. And at least one member of that family may not have been delighted with the tribute. - Read the rest of this feature story by June Allen...
Wednesday - December 01, 2004

arrow Ketchikan, Alaska - Let There Be Light! -- Citizens Light & Power and then KPU

arrow The State Capitol and Its Marble and keeping the capital in Juneau

arrow A Legendary Mountain of Jade; Just one of Alaska's Arctic Wonders

arrow John Koel, Baker to Banker; An eccentric philanthropist

arrow Harold Gillam: A Tragic Final Flight; Ketchikan remembers the search

arrow Ketchikan's 'Fish House Tessie'; She was proud of the nickname

arrow Fairbanks: Golden Heart City; A story of its founding

arrow Remembering 'Swede' Risland (1915-1991);The town's most memorable logger

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