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January 18, 2005

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Training Ketchikan's Firefighters
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National: Unprecedented security awaits inauguration - The first inauguration since Sept. 11, 2001, will be conducted under what appears to be the most sophisticated security in history.

Concerned by threats of bombs in limousines and other vehicles, police have announced they will close off most of downtown Washington on Thursday to anything other than emergency and official traffic during the events of President Bush's second inaugural.

Thousands of security agents are checking out buildings along the route that will take the president, members of the official party, and marchers from the Capitol to the White House.

Anyone with any possibility of even a long-range view of the inaugural stand, parade route or parade-reviewing stand in front of the White House will have to pass through metal detectors, and many will be behind wire mesh fences.

Closed-circuit television will constantly sweep the crowd and security agents in plain clothes will be on patrol, as will uniformed officers with bomb-sniffing dogs. - More...
Tuesday - January 18, 2005

National: Largest inaugural donors also big federal contractors - Many of President Bush's largest corporate contributors to this month's $40 million inaugural bash are also some of the nation's biggest government contractors, getting at least $2.9 billion from Uncle Sam last year.

Forty-four corporations, groups and individuals have each pledged $250,000 - the maximum under voluntary guidelines set by the White House - to defray costs for the most expensive inauguration ever held for a second-term president.

At least five are corporations that got $286 million or more in federal contracts last year, according to a Scripps Howard News Service study of the Federal Procurement Data System computer files maintained by the Office of Management and Budget.

"This is something the public ought to be looking at. It's a giant loophole because it's a way for special interests to maximize their clout with the administration," said Steven Weiss of the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. "They are hoping to extend their influence." - More...
Tuesday - January 18, 2005

Front Page Photo by Don Henderson

Front Page Photo by Don Henderson

National: Soldiers download war onto Web sites - During the November assault on Fallujah, tank platoon leader 1st Lt. Neil Prakash watched in awe as heavy U.S. artillery blew Iraqi fighters into the air.

"Each explosion sent three, four or five terrorists up into the sky. K-k- r-r-BOOM. K-k-r-r-BOOM. K-k-r-r-BOOM," Prakash wrote in his multimedia online diary, titled "Armor Geddon." "You never expect to see bodies do that. So when you see it, it feels surreal."

Prakash's unvarnished account on the Blogger Web site, which includes photographs of tanks and flares lighting up a night battle, highlights the sophisticated torrent of digital data that U.S. soldiers in Iraq are sending home via e-mail or posting on Internet hosting sites.

The visual displays have aroused debate over whether some of the images should be displayed publicly. The photographs range from travelogue-style shots showing soldiers posing in front of military equipment to graphic videos of mortal combat that have not been broadcast on mainstream television or printed in newspapers. - More...
Tuesday - January 18, 2005

Front Page Photo by Lisa Thompson

Front Page Photo by Lisa Thompson

Alaska: Alaska workers may be eligible for unemployment tax refunds - Alaska Labor Commissioner Greg O'Claray recently announced that some Alaska workers may be eligible for unemployment tax refunds if they worked for more than one employer last year.- More...
Tuesday - January 18, 2005

Alaska: Ranger Selected for Wrangell District - A new leader is set to take the reins of the Tongass National Forest's Wrangell Ranger District.

Jane Cropp, who is currently the Public Services Staff Officer for the Payette National Forest in Idaho, has been selected as the new Wrangell District Ranger. In her current position, Cropp is responsible for the Payette's Lands, Recreation, Minerals, Public Affairs and Rural Community Assistance programs. She is also concurrently serving as the Acting District Ranger for the Payette's McCall Ranger District. - More...
Tuesday - January 18, 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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