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SitNews - Stories in the News - Ketchikan, Alaska
January 27, 2006

Front Page Photo by Marie L. Monyak

Wreckage of Jet Removed From Crash Site
Power expected to be restored Friday
Front Page Photo By Marie L. Monyak

PhotosKetchikan: Wreckage of Jet Removed From Crash Site; Power expected to be restored Friday - By MARIE L. MONYAK - By Thursday night, Ketchikan Public Utilities (KPU) had still not turned the utilities back on at the Martin Street Mobile Home Park, the scene of a fatal jet crash and mobile home fire. According to Dave Martin, the incident Public Information Officer (PIO), KPU was expected to have the power restored by Thursday afternoon and the six displaced families returned to their dwellings.


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Ketchikan: Crash investigation By Matthew Simon, CBS 11 News Reporter - What caused yesterday's deadly Ketchikan plane crash? One side says if their pleas had been listened to, the pilot might still be alive. - Read this KTVA story
KTVA - CBS11 Anchorage - Friday - January 27, 2006

Waterman Trial: Teen had good relationship with the mother she allegedly had killed, witnesses say - The father of an honor student accused of inducing two former lovers to kill her mother claimed Wednesday that he saw no animosity between the teenager and his wife. - Read this CourtTV story & watch the trial... -

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The best of plans always have a tendency to go awry. In this case, waiting on the US Air Force EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) has changed the timetable by at least one day based on information obtained from Rich Leipfert, Ketchikan's Director of Public Safety. - More...
Friday AM - January 27, 2006

Alaska: GOP to renew push to drill for Arctic oil By ZACHARY COILE - Republican leaders, after losing a bitter fight over drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge late last year, plan to bring the contentious issue before Congress again this year.

Pro-drilling lawmakers now are making a new argument, saying rising oil prices and fears of an oil shock sparked by the escalating dispute over Iran's nuclear program provide more reasons to open the Alaskan refuge. - More...
Friday AM - January 27, 2006

National: Experts doubt expediency of attacking Iran By ANNA BADKHEN - If all else fails in the attempt to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear capability, would the United States, or perhaps Israel, as some have suggested, resort to military force? And would such an option succeed?

While European officials trying to find a diplomatic solution have said the military option is "off the table" and the United States has urged that the matter be taken up with the U.N. Security Council, both Vice President Dick Cheney and Israel's defense minister, Saul Mofaz, have said the possibility of a military strike should not be dismissed. - More...
Friday AM - January 27, 2006

National: Democrats unveil response to Bush's agenda By LUCIA GRAVES - Congressional Democrats on Thursday tried a preemptive strike against President Bush's upcoming State of the Union speech, even as the president began outlining his own strategy.

In what amounted to a practice run for Tuesday, the party leaders sketched out their competing agendas that they hope will sustain them during the 2006 election season.- More...
Friday AM - January 27, 2006

Alaska &National: Study reveals growth of income gap - The gap between rich and poor appears to be rising again because of globalization and other market forces that are limiting wage gains for low- and middle-income workers, according to a 50-state study released Thursday.

If trends continue, the report said, income inequality is likely to deepen beyond its growth of the 1980s and 1990s, when incomes of affluent Americans grew more than three times faster than those of the low-income.- More...
Friday AM - January 27, 2006

Tax Talk: The ABCs of college financial aid By MARY DEIBEL - January is the time for families with college students or children who are college-bound to study the ABCs of college financial aid, including tax breaks:

- Starting Jan. 1, students attending college next fall may submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, the starting point for most college grants, loans, scholarships and work-study program applications. Application forms are posted on the Web site of the U.S. Department of Education with help also available through and elsewhere online. - More...
Friday AM - January 27, 2006



letter The Consolidation Myth By Rodney Dial - Friday AM
letter A true Hero By Richard Wuensche - Friday AM
letter Disaster Ready By Cindy Taylor - Friday AM
letter Respectful Story By Chris Rose - Friday AM
letter Slow Down Folks By Wanda Pew - Friday AM
letter Passionate and compelling By Aftan Zink - Friday AM
letter Compliments By Diane Stittgen - Friday AM
letter Imagine By Susan White Hoff - Friday AM
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letter They were wearing their seatbelts By Susan Bachant - Friday AM
letter Seatbelts, please use them! By Chief Dave Hull - Wednesday
letter Thank you Coach Craig By Debra and Michael Dundas - Wednesday
letter Weaning ourselves from "feel good liberal" programs? By Charlotte Tanner - Wednesday
letter The children are watching By Susan Walsh - Wednesday
letter Finding ways to "reorganize" By Neil Gray - Wednesday
letterBudget Discipline Vital by Rep. Vic Kohring - Tuesday AM
letter Emerald Bay Appeal By Jacquelyne and Robert Hunley - Tuesday AM
letter Steelers fan By David M. Korkowski- Tuesday AM
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letter Thank You To The KIC Membershi By Rob Sanderson, Jr.- Tuesday AM
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letter Are we losing control? By Robert McRoberts - Tuesday AM
letterLoss of Alaska Guardsmen By Richard Heller - Monday AM
letter No justification By Dave Kiffer- Monday AM
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Dave Kiffer: Blue Monday - As usual, I was feeling a little depressed on Monday. The weather was dark and icky, the holiday season was passed, our trip to sunny California was over.

Mondays are always bad for me because I am not a morning person and Monday is the morning of the week. Life would just be a whole lot better if I could sleep in until Wednesday.

But little did I know that there is a reason for doldrums: A Welsh psychologist says that Monday, January 23rd is the most depressing day of the year. - More...
Friday AM - January 27. 2006


Kevin Sites: Syria on the brink -This is probably not what the Bush administration had in mind when it branded Syria a "rogue state:" young couples sipping cocktails in a crowded bar, watching others bump and grind on the dance floor to techno, house and funk music.

Damascus bills itself as the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world, with people living here as long ago as 5,000 B.C. And there's no doubt it's still very much alive today. - More...
Friday AM - January 27, 2006

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Dale McFeatters: Remembering the good old days of privacy - "Grandpa, what's 'privacy'?"

"Well, little Andy, back when I was a boy, people weren't allowed to read your mail, monitor your computer, see what you've Googled, tape your telephone, copy your medical and bank records, take your photo without your permission or sneak into your house." - More...
Friday AM - January 27, 2006  

Deroy Murdock: Could Patriot Act have prevented 9/11? - As the Senate prepares for a showdown vote to reauthorize the Patriot Act, members of the World's Greatest Deliberative Body should deliberate on this: Had it existed, could the Patriot Act have prevented the Sept. 11 massacre?

"I think if the Patriot Act were in place in the summer of 2001 ... connecting the dots would have been so basic and easy and fundamental," says Debra Burlingame, co-founder of 9/11 Families for a Safe and Strong America ( Her brother, Charles Burlingame, piloted American Airlines Flight 77 until al Qaeda hijackers murdered him, grabbed the controls, and smashed his Boeing 757 into the Pentagon, killing all 58 passengers and six crew members aboard and another 120 people at the Defense Department.- More...
Friday AM - January 27, 2006  

Ann McFeatters: Promises, promises - After five years in office, how well has President Bush kept his promises?

For many reasons, not the least of which is 9/11, the country is far different than it was at the end of January 2001. The White House has pages and pages of initiatives for which the administration takes credit. But most of them do not affect most Americans. - More...
Friday AM - January 27, 2006   

Michael Reagan: Driven to madness - Euripides said it first, and much later, Longfellow, and though they expressed it slightly differently, they were both right in proclaiming that those whom the gods would destroy they first drive mad.

In the film "Fatal Attraction" we see its truth when the character played by Glenn Close descends into sheer madness out of her frustration at being unable to have the man with whom she had a short and passionate weekend adulterous relationship. Wielding a knife against the lover who spurned her becomes her sole remedy. Her madness ends with her death at the hands of his wife. - More...
Friday AM - January 27, 2006

Jay Ambrose: Google sells out - Google sometimes seems like half my life. I start my days looking at Google News on the Internet, and often spend hours using the Google search engine to learn more about subjects I am going to write about. Little did I know I was dancing with the devil.

It's true, though. For the sake of this very rich company getting still richer, it has agreed to collaborate with China in subverting the promise of the Internet as an extraordinary means of liberation and in keeping the Chinese people in a state of abject subjugation. - More...
Friday AM - January 27, 2006  

Clifford May: AWOL in the war of ideas - It is one thing to tell the truth even when it damages your friends. It's another to tell untruths in order not to offend your enemies. It's one thing to give the devil his due. It's another to do the devil's public relations.

How else to explain a dispatch from the Associated Press referring to Osama bin Laden as "an exiled Saudi dissident"? Such spin may not be inaccurate, but it's like calling Jeffery Dahmer an "eccentric gourmet." It rather misses the point, don't you think? - More...
Friday AM - January 27, 2006  

Dick Morris: Why Dems Can't Sink Alito - The reason Democrats and liberals did not get more popular traction in their opposition to the appointment of Judge Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court is that their worldview of what constitutes a good nominee is sharply at variance with that of the American public at large.

To the likes of Sens. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) et al., the Supreme Court is a kind of super-Congress - nine special Senate seats - and the criterion for confirmation is agreement with the nominee on the key issues likely to come before the court. But to the American voters, the Supreme Court is above politics and ideology and confirmation should be awarded based on personal attributes such as integrity, intelligence, judgment, compassion, wisdom, maturity, fairness and temperament. - More...
Friday AM - January 27, 2006  

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