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January 07, 2005

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Ketchikan: City Passes Duty-Free Ordinance - In a unanimous decision Thursday night, the Ketchikan City Council passed legislation requiring duty-free business to have a vendor's agreement with the City for use of City docks. Vendors and cruise ships that use City docks have agreements for the use of the property and are subject to concession and/or moorage fees. Prior to the ordinance, duty-free businesses were largely operating on City docks without concession agreements and without contributing to the Ketchikan economy. - More...
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National: Bush certified as election winner after a protest - Concerns over voting irregularities in Ohio spilled over into Congress on Thursday when a small group of Democrats formally challenged the state's election results, temporarily delaying certification of President Bush's win over Sen. John Kerry.

In a scene reminiscent of the 2000 presidential election, Democrats led by Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones of Ohio charged that Election Day problems denied hundreds of thousands of eligible voters in Ohio the right to cast a ballot. - More...
Friday - January 07, 2005

National: New tax season ushers in some changes - The Internal Revenue Service is banking on more than half the nation's 133 million taxpayers to file their 2004 taxes electronically during the tax season that kicked off Monday.

It would mark the first time that more than 50 percent of individual taxpayers filed taxes by computer or touch-tone phone, moving the IRS closer to Congress' mandate that 80 percent of U.S. taxpayers e-file returns by 2007 to save money. Some 47 percent e-filed last year. - More...
Friday - January 07, 2005

International: Here's how Iraq's election will work - Iraq's first multi-party parliamentary election in 50 years will take place in 5,900 schools and other public buildings where 150,000 new poll workers will pass out poster-size paper ballots and then dip voters' fingers into a pot of indelible ink to prevent fraud.

Less certain, however, is how many of the nation's 13.9 million eligible adults will show up Jan. 30 amid death threats by militant insurgents who have vowed to shut down the U.S.-backed vote. - More...
Friday - January 07, 2005

Alaska: Flu Vaccine Restrictions Lifted; Vaccination Now Available for All Alaskans - The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Division of Public Health announced Thursday that influenza vaccine remaining in the state may be used for any person 6 months of age or older who wishes to receive the vaccine. - More...
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photosACS Bids for KPU Telecom: ACS a longtime presence - It was big news in little Ketchikan recently when giant Alaska Communications System (ACS) expressed interest in buying the citizen-owned KPU Telecom division. Because the Ketchikan's utility systems are owned by the municipality, such a sale would require a vote of the residents of the isolated island town of 8,000 located on the shores of Southeastern Alaska's Inside Passage. - Read the rest of this story by June Allen...
Wednesday - January 05, 2005

arrow Betty King the Dog Lady; Ketchikan's one-woman humane society

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

arrow Read more feature stories by June Allen...

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