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jpg Howard DeanHoward Dean: Keep The Election On Track - The Bush administration is strongly encouraging elections in Iraq to take place on January 30, and I believe that is the right course to take.... - More...
Tuesday - January 11, 2005

jpg Dan ThomassonDan K. Thomasson: Inaugural too gaudy for the times - Somehow it just seems a bad time to be spending $40 million on an inauguration - not counting extra millions spent on security - even if most of it is private money. Is this really the image America needs to be projecting right now?... More...
Tuesday - January 11, 2005

jpg Joseph BrancoJoseph Branco: Peaceland - I love most of my well-intentioned liberal friends whose opinions, however flawed and idealistic, stem from a genuine care for human life and the desire to protect others.... More...
Tuesday - January 11, 2005

jpg Bob CiminelBob Ciminel: A Mighty Wind - With the world focused on the catastrophe that befell Southeast Asia, we tend to forget that people in this country are also dealing with the lingering effects of a natural disaster. ... More...
Tuesday - January 11, 2005

Preston MacDougall: Chemical Eye on the Empress's New Dress - In 1837, Hans Christian Andersen weaved a clever tale about an imaginary emperor who strutted among his subjects wearing nothing but an imaginary new suit.... More...
Tuesday - January 11, 2005


letter Bypass and phone company by Marty West - Tuesday
letter Bypass the Bypass by Dave Timmerman - Tuesday
letterSell KPU Telecommunications to ACS! by Richard R. Watson - Tuesday
letter MORE TRASH and GARBAGE by Jerry Cegelske - Tuesday
letter Off season "voluntary" practice by Neil Gray - Tuesday
letter Retort: Live the life by Don Hoff Jr. - Tuesday
letter RE: Live the life by Rick Grams - Tuesday
letter Social Security Debate by Steve Morris - Tuesday
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Ketchikan: Mid-term Review of Tongass Forest Plan Completed - The Tongass National Forest revised its forest plan in 1997, and a recently completed comprehensive review shows that the plan is working well and the Forest is in good shape, Tongass officials report. "Forest Service policy directs forest supervisors to review overall conditions on the ground every five years to see how well our management plans are working," Forest Supervisor Forrest Cole said. "I've completed my mid-term review, and it shows that our plan is pretty much on track." - More...
Tuesday - January 11, 2005

Ketchikan: Driver loses control due to snow accumulation; Two injured in Two-Vehicle Accident - Two were injured Monday afternoon in an accident at the intersection of South Tongass Highway and Martin Bugge Road. Alaska State Troopers along with ABWE and the South Tongass Fire Department (STFD) responded to the accident at approximately 2:20 pm. - More...
Tuesday - January 11, 2005

Ketchikan: KCC Inmate dies of unknown causes; Foul play is not suspected - Alaska State Troopers along with the Ketchikan Fire Department (KFD) responded Saturday morning to the Ketchikan Correctional Center (KCC) following a report that an inmate was unconscious and was not breathing. - More...
Tuesday - January 11, 2005

National: Unusually tight security this time around - The nation's 55th presidential inauguration, the first to be held since 9/11, will take place this month under perhaps the heaviest security of any in U.S. history.

Dozens of federal and local law enforcement agencies and military commands are planning what they describe as the heaviest possible security. Virtually everyone who gets within eyesight of the president either during the Jan. 20 inauguration ceremony at the U.S. Capitol or the inaugural parade down Pennsylvania Avenue later in the day will first go through a metal detector or receive a body pat-down. - More...
Tuesday - January 11, 2005

National: Previous security incidents during inaugurals - Inaugural security precautions may be at a new height, but protecting presidents from real or symbolic threats has been part of the ritual since 1789, when members of the Continental Army escorted George Washington to his swearing-in ceremony at Federal Hall in New York City. - More...
Tuesday - January 11, 2005

Alaska: State battles non-resident hire with tax investigation, subpoenas records - Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Greg O'Claray announced Friday that the Employment Security Division unemployment tax section is conducting audits of Alaska oil producers for compliance with Alaska law.

The department served major Alaska producers with subpoenas last Monday and Tuesday requiring companies to turn over employment and accounting records to the department by January 24.

"We're putting the teeth in Governor Frank Murkowski's Alaska Hire initiative," O'Claray said. "All indications are that this industry has entirely too many non-resident workers in the high-paying jobs."

The audits will allow the department to determine if work performed is properly classified as employment or subcontractor services. It also allows the state to determine if companies are properly reporting all wages paid for services performed in Alaska even if workers live outside the state. - More...
Tuesday - January 11, 2005

Alaska: Democrats announce session goals; Better jobs, schools top the list - Alaska's Democratic legislators said Monday they will use this session to keep working toward their goals of better jobs for Alaskans and better schools for Alaska's students. - - More...
Tuesday - January 11, 2005

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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

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