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January 04, 2005

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'Deer Mountain'
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jpg James DerkJames Derk - Computer Central: Ranting about computer companies - Permit a New Year rant?... Thousands of you likely got flat-panel monitors for Christmas and most of you likely have them hooked up incorrectly... - More...
Tuesday - January 04, 2004

jpg Bonnie ErbeBonnie Erbe: Here we go again - ere we go again! It's "let's demoralize career women" time. Only in this latest version, the criticism (disguised as social research) is coming from the other side of the Atlantic. - More...
Tuesday - January 04, 2004

jpg James GlassmanJames Glassman: Here's what's wrong with Social Security - "We have tried to frame a law which will give some measure of protection to the average citizen and his family against ... poverty-ridden old age," said Franklin Roosevelt as he signed the Social Security Act on Aug. 14, 1935. - More...
Tuesday - January 04, 2004

jpg Dan ThomassonDan Thomasson: The next chief justice - At dinner not long ago with a group of Washington insiders, a mixture of conservative Republicans and moderate Democrats, I was astounded to hear several of my companions predict that either Antonin Scalia or Clarence Thomas might be picked to succeed William Rehnquist as chief justice of the United States. - More...
Tuesday - January 04, 2004


letterNot enough recreation for 18+ age group by Tyrell Rettke - Tuesday
letterMore recreation options needed by Rick Grams - Tuesday
letterIn the real world by Sara Griffin - Tuesday
letter Milosovic by Peter J. Children - Tuesday
letter At a "Key Decision Point" on Iran by Mark Neckameyer - Tuesday
letter Likening Al Jazeera to the New York Times and CNN? by Lilian Filanis - Tuesday
letter Nothing to Do in Ketchikan by Joseph Branco - Tuesday
letterPride in America by Rick Grams - Tuesday
letter Power of absurd thinking by Iliya Pavlovich - Tuesday
letter Here you go again... by Dr. Simo Jovic - Tuesday
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Ketchikan: Veneer plant expected to add 50-100 new jobs in Ketchikan - Governor Frank Murkowski applauded the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly's proposal to restart the veneer plant at the Ward Cove industrial site. The new plant is expected to generate up to 50 new jobs, Murkowski said.

"My administration has committed two years of hard work toward reinvigorating Southeast Alaska's timber industry and a project of this nature moves us closer to our goal," Murkowski said Tuesday. - More...
Tuesday - January 04, 2005

photosKetchikan: Borough Green-Lights Veneer Mill - In a unanimous decision Monday night, the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly agreed to lease six acres of Ward Cove property and its veneer mill to Ted Falconer and his company, New Veneer Corp. The agreement includes a $10,000 a month rent payment plus utilities and $500,000 for the purchase of veneer mill equipment. Following several weeks of negotiation and contract discussions, the Borough Assembly has launched the community of Ketchikan into the New Year with the first of many landmark decisions aimed at improving the financial stability of Ketchikan.

Under the leadership and vision of Washington businessman Ted Falconer, the new veneer mill operation is expected to create fifty new jobs in the community and an additional forty within two years. The target date for production at the veneer mill has been set for May of this year. The total cash revenue from the agreement is approximately 2.6 million. In the interest of providing sufficient support for the new venture, the Borough Assembly has allowed 90 days for the $500,000 equipment payment and four months from the agreement date before rent payments begin. The Borough Assembly is optimistic about the agreement and the positive impact it will have for our local economy. - More...
Tuesday - January 04, 2005

Ketchikan: Group Calls for Greater Protection of Forests; Moratorium on large-scale industrial logging and road-building in all forests administered by the USFS and BLM sought - The rainforest of Southeast Alaska was named on Monday as one of the nation's 11 "Keystone Forests" by the environmental group Greenpeace. In a new report released by Greenpeace, America's Keystone Forests: Mapping the Next 100 Years of Forest Protection, the environmental group identifies the biggest forest areas left in the United States that provide the best habitat for the most diverse species. - More...
Tuesday - January 04, 2005

Alaska: State Declares Impasse in Fairweather Negotiations; ALRA asked to mediate labor agreement to keep fast vehicle ferry operating beyond January 25 - After nearly a year of bargaining described as fruitless by the state for a labor agreement to cover workers on the state's new fast vehicle ferry, the state has declared negotiations to be at an impasse, and has petitioned the Alaska Labor Relations Agency (ALRA) to order mediation. Since voluntary mediation failed on October 1, state labor negotiators have met 17 times with representatives of the three maritime unions that represent ferry workers - the Inland Boatmens' Union (IBU), the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association (MEBA), and the Masters, Mates and Pilots (MM&P). - More...

Alaska: Murkowski Orders Flags Lowered to Half-Staff for Tsunami Victims - Governor Frank H. Murkowski on Monday ordered state flags to be flown at half staff this week, in conformance with President George W. Bush's order to lower U.S. flags as a mark of respect for the victims of the Indian Ocean earthquake and resulting tsunamis. - More...
Tuesday - January 04, 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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