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January 27, 2005

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Ketchikan: Schoenbar/White Cliff Shuffle Approved By School Board - The Ketchikan School Board approved motions regarding the proposed moves for both White Cliff and Schoenbar students with little opposition or discussion in Wednesday night's meeting. - More...
Thursday - January 27, 2005

Ketchikan: Local Talent Shines in Seventh Year Jazz-Cab by Sharon Lint - Every winter for the past seven years, FirstCityPlayer's Annual Evening of Jazz and Cabaret has filled the air in-between our drizzling raindrops with syncopated hits. It has become a true signature event here in Ketchikan that brightens days and allows local talent to shine. - More...
Thursday - January 27, 2005



jpg Michael ReaganMichael Reagan: Where's The Excitement? - While Iraqis rejoice over their opportunity to vote to decide the future of their nation, there is a surprising lack of enthusiasm here in the United States over this unprecedented world-shaking event. I cannot understand why what is going to happen this weekend in Iraq hasn't stirred my fellow Americans as it has stirred the Iraqi people. - More...
Thursday - January 27, 2005

jpg Dick MorrisDick Morris: Bush's Speech Even Beat Mine - President Bush's second inaugural address was, in my opinion, not only the greatest since JFK's but the best single speech I have heard in the past 40 years. And since that tally includes some I have written, it is heartfelt praise indeed! - More...
Thursday - January 27, 2005

jpg Dale McFeattersDale McFeatters: One way or another, you're losing your shoes - The Transportation Security Administration cannot get its story straight on the question of shoes.- More...
Thursday - January 27, 2005

jpg Joseph BrancoJoseph Branco: True Heroes - America loves an underdog. A great comeback story is entertaining to and warmly embraced by the American people. - More...
Thursday - January 27, 2005


letter Major Renovation of White Cliff Contemplated by Dave Kiffer - Thursday
letter Facing the facts? by Jay Jones - Thursday
letter Any White Cliff Occupancy Without Renovation Questioned by Tom LeCompte - Thursday
letter For the record by Ted Wright - Thursday
letter Private enterprise businesses by Rick Grams - Thursday
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National: Bush urges Iraqis to vote, pushes Social Security reform - President Bush said Wednesday that he remains "optimistic about the advance of freedom" in Iraq despite setbacks and urged people in that war-torn nation to head for the polls on Sunday to participate in "a grand moment in Iraqi history."

During a hastily called press conference in a crowded White House press room, Bush rejected any notion that the United States is failing to make progress in Iraq and warned that calls for troop withdrawals will lead the Iraqi people to begin "wondering whether or not this nation has the will necessary to stand with them as a democracy evolves." - More...
Thursday - January 27, 2005

National: Wednesday was most deadly day for U.S. forces in Iraq - The crash of a Marine helicopter in Iraq Wednesday came at the end of a month that has so far seen more U.S. troops killed by accidents than by enemy attack.

The CH-53E Super Stallion crashed at night during a sandstorm near the Iraq-Jordan border, Marine and other military officials said. Those conditions are among the most perilous for helicopters. - More...
Thursday - January 27, 2005

National: Senate confirms Rice; judiciary panel OKs Gonzales - Sweeping aside charges by a group of Democrats that Condoleezza Rice had lied in building a case for going to war against Iraq, the Senate voted 85-13 on Wednesday to confirm her as U.S. secretary of state. - More...
Thursday - January 27, 2005

National: Transportation Department classifies many public documents - Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta is giving broad new authority to agency officials to classify previously public documents and withhold them from any public scrutiny.

Mineta's directive went into effect when it was signed Jan. 5. But it was not publicized by the department until it was published in the Jan. 18 issue of the Federal Register. It says information that agency officials regard as being sensitive involving "all modes of transportation" will be exempted from release under the Freedom of Information Act, or during court proceedings on civil suits. - More...
Thursday - January 27, 2005

Alaska: Repeals of Rural Airplane Ticket, Floatplane Tax Sought - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski on Wednesday introduced two provisions to repeal a rural airplane ticket tax that has been discriminatory to rural Alaskans for several years and a similar ticket tax on floatplane passengers.

Murkowski, who last year won approval of the two provision as part of the Senate-approved version of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible and Efficient Transportation Equity Act of 2003 (SAFETEA), reintroduced the measures Wednesday as her third and fourth bills of the 109th Congress in hopes that the reintroduction will speed efforts to win passage of the measures this year. - More...
Thursday - January 27, 2005

Alaska: Interested in Being A Correctional Officer? Department of Corrections Recruiting Alaskans For Positions - The Alaska Department of Corrections is looking to hire dozens of new Correctional Officers in 2005. With a focus on Alaska hire and increased government efficiency - key objectives of the administration of Governor Frank H. Murkowski - the Department of Corrections is implementing a more efficient, effective and 'user friendly' process for recruiting Alaskans with the skills to be successful Correctional Officers. - More...
Thursday - January 27, 2005

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Children's Hands-on Exhibit
Sun Prints: Shelley Stallings and Matthew Wilhelm...
Photo by Chris Wilhelm

Ketchikan: Children's Hands-on Exhibit - The Ketchikan Museums hosted a hands-on exhibit for children Saturday, January 22 from 10am - 2 pm. Kids were able to visit the Glow Booth with Richard Van Cleave and have a lasting shadow made on a wall covered with phosphorous using a black light. Program Coordinator Sharon Thompson demonstrated bending light with positive and negative lenses. - More...
Thursday - January 27, 2005

Ketchikan: Tongass Releases Annual Monitoring Report - The Tongass National Forest recently released its annual Monitoring and Evaluation Report for fiscal 2003. The report is a summary of forest-wide monitoring programs.

Tongass resource specialists annually gather results of monitoring efforts throughout the forest into a report which addresses areas such as air quality, biodiversity, fish habitat, heritage resources, recreation and tourism, scenery resource, wildlife, soil and water, and much more.

"This report is an excellent way for the public to see how we are doing managing their lands," said Tongass National Forest Supervisor Forrest Cole. - More...
Thursday - January 27, 2005

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photosL. Ron Hubbard's Alaska Adventure; His long winter in Ketchikan - For such a small city in such a remote location, Ketchikan has had its fair share of experience in welcoming the rich and famous. Names that come to mind are Bing Crosby, John Wayne, Cary Grant, as well as Olivia Newton-John, Bill Gates, and Chubby Checker - plus many, many others! Unlike today's notables who arrive by cruise ship for brief visits, earlier celebrity visitors usually came in on their own or someone else's yacht. Most enjoyed Ketchikan's sights, sounds and attractions for at most a few days. But one unexpected visitor found himself stranded for the winter! - Read the rest of this story by June Allen...
Wednesday - January 19, 2005

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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

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

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