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January 05, 2007
Lake Harriet Hunt
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works to secure long-term public access to Coast Guard and South
Point Higgins Beaches - Carrie Dolwick coordinator of the
Ketchikan Beaches Assocation in a recent letter to SitNews said
the grant to complete the trail from Point Higgins School to
the Coast Guard Base, is no longer pending. "The news that
the grant is held up is a huge disappointment for the Borough,
who invested financially to complete and submit the grant, and
to many community members who have invested time, energy and
resources into the trail and the important public recreation
opportunities it gives to community members," wrote Dolwick.
Dolwick said in November 2006, the Ketchikan Borough Assembly
unanimously passed resolution 2012 that authorized the submittal
of a grant application and 2013 that authorized the Borough manager
to request an update and extension of a Revocable License for
Land Use between the Mental Health Land Trust and the KGB to
allow the trail on the Alaska Mental Health Land Trust land.
The second half of the trail traverses MHLT property."
"The Alaska State Parks grant was stalled when the Alaska
Mental Health Land Trust would [not] allow the pursuit of necessary
permits necessary for the grant award and placed stipulations
on the Revocable License," wrote Dolwick. "During the
process to update the license, the MHLT stated in the final grant
application the that the extension of the land use license authorized
in Resolution 2013, would Authorize use of the trail by the general
public and will not authorize trail construction, reconstruction
or maintenance until such time as rezone and subdivision of Trust
land, USS 3762, also local known as Coast Guard Beach, is complete
and a permanent trail location has been determined," said
Dolwick. - More...
Read the Updated Story - Friday PM - January 05, 2007
Alaska's Military Casualties of 2006 - Alaska Governor Sarah
Palin today expressed sorrow for the loss of Alaskans, and soldiers
based in Alaska, in the war on terror during 2006. According
to the Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, 11
Alaskans and 35 active duty service members stationed in Alaska
died in operations related to the war on terror during 2006.
"Every life is precious and each death tragic," said
Governor Palin. "This past year, many of our brave troops
made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom. Words cannot
express the grief and gratitude I feel for the men and women
of our military who have died. They will forever be remembered
for their sense of duty and honor."
The Alaska National Guard has more than 700 soldiers and airmen
deployed overseas in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and
Enduring Freedom. Alaska has more than 540 soldiers in Kuwait
and 140 soldiers and 60 airmen in Afghanistan. -
Friday PM - January 05, 2007
may rise as you fill out college loan forms By JEAN COWDEN
MOORE - As college costs rise, so does parents' anxiety over
how they're going to pay for it.
In the past year, the cost
of tuition and fees at a four-year public university rose by
6 percent. And if your kid wants to attend a private school,
you're looking at roughly $35,085 a year - enough to buy a sporty
For some parents - those whose
kids are seniors this year - anxiety will increase this month
as they start to fill out the long, sometimes mind-numbing financial
aid applications required at most universities.
These days, even affluent families
often need help paying for college because they haven't saved
enough to cover the full cost. For lower-income families, the
cost of a university education can be truly daunting.
Even so, parents should not
give up on the idea of college just because they think they can't
afford it, college financial aid directors say. Help is available
in the form of grants, scholarships and loans that, for the neediest
students, can cover the entire cost of a college education.
Even wealthier families can
take out loans guaranteed by the federal government.
"You have to be realistic,"
said Janet Lockhart, director of financial assistance at Pepperdine
University. "Realize you're going to have to borrow and
your child is going to have to borrow. You have to be willing
to help yourself in this situation." - More...
Friday PM - January 05, 2007
developments in Pacific Rim this year By DAVID ARMSTRONG
- Extrapolating from trends in the year just past, here
are some possible scenarios in the Pacific Rim for the year ahead:
- China's explosive growth
and its impact. China's gross domestic product grew 10.5 percent
in 2006, after GDP growth of 10.2 percent in 2005, according
to Chinese government statistics. China's efforts to cool its
economy are falling short, in part because provincial officials
simply ignore go-slow edicts from Beijing.
With breakneck growth likely
to continue, China's voracious demand for oil, cement, steel
and other goods - not to mention foreign direct investment, banking,
lawyering and other professional services - is likely to keep
exercising gravitational pull on the planet's providers.
Only a few years ago, China
was a land of backyard kilns and neighborhood bicycle factories;
now it boasts the world's fourth-largest economy. With this dramatic
growth come breathtaking business opportunities - and heart-stopping
devastation of China's air and water, with the inevitable toxic
spillover for its East Asian neighbors. This shows no signs of
abating soon, either.
- The trade deficit and other
dilemmas. China racked up a trade surplus of $202 billion with
the United States in 2005, and the number for 2006 is expected
to be even bigger. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and many
others say the deficit is driven at least in part by China's
currency, the yuan, which Washington considers undervalued by
25 percent to 40 percent. - More...
Friday PM - January 05, 2007
The week in review By THOMAS HARGROVE - Democrats retake
Ending a dozen years in the
political wilderness, Democrats regained control of both houses
of Congress this week. San Francisco Democrat Nancy Pelosi was
sworn in as the nation's first female House speaker Thursday,
the most powerful political post ever held by a woman in the
United States. "We have made history, now let us make progress
for the American people," she said. Nevada Democratic Sen.
Harry Reid became Senate majority leader. "The voters want
change. Together, we must deliver that change," Reid told
his colleagues. Democrats in both houses promised improved bipartisanship
Bush reshuffles national security
President Bush, who is considering
an escalation in the numbers of U.S. troops in Iraq, Friday began
reshuffling his national security team. He nominated former National
Security Agency Director Mike McConnell to be national intelligence
director, replacing John Negroponte, who was nominated to be
deputy secretary of state. The president is also expected soon
to announce replacements for Gen. George Casey, top commander
of U.S. forces in Iraq, and Gen. John Abizaid, head of the U.S.
Central Command, according to published reports.
First Muslim sworn into Congress
Minnesota Democrat Keith Ellison
was sworn in Thursday as the first Muslim member of the House
of Representatives, taking the oath of office with his hand on
a copy of the Quran once owned by President Thomas Jefferson.
Officials at the Library of Congress agreed to Ellison's request
that he briefly borrow the two-volume set for the ceremony. Some
conservatives expressed outrage that the oath was not taken using
a Christian Bible. Ellison said he wants to put the controversy
behind him. "It was good, we did it, it's over. Now it's
time to get down to business," he said.
Gerald Ford buried with full
Gerald Ford, the 38th president
of the United States, was buried in his hometown of Grand Rapids,
Mich., Wednesday after receiving a state funeral at the Washington
National Cathedral Tuesday. "In President Ford, the world
saw the best of America and America found a man whose character
and leadership would bring calm and healing to one of the most
divisive moments in our nation's history," President Bush
said in his eulogy. Thousands braved cold temperatures to attend
visitations in Washington and Grand Rapids before the interment
on a picturesque hillside. Ford died at age 93 on Dec. 26.
Iraq reports 12,000 civilian
deaths last year
Iraqi officials issued a grim
report Tuesday that more than 12,000 civilians were killed in
sectarian violence last year, three years since the U.S.-led
occupation. There was a dramatic increase in the killings during
the last three months when 5,000 died. A total of 1,539 Iraqi
security forces were killed, nearly double the 823 U.S. troops
who died last year. The number of civilian deaths in Iraq is
under dispute. An estimate by the United Nations has a much higher
toll, but has been discounted by Iraqi officials. - More...
Friday PM - January 05, 2007
Washington Calling: Another
uniformed intell chief?... Saddam carded ... More By LISA
HOFFMAN - he naming of retired Navy Adm. John McConnell to the
nation's top spy post is not sitting well with those who already
see too many uniforms at the helms of U.S. intelligence agencies.
President Bush picked McConnell
on Friday to be the next director of national intelligence, a
relatively new position that rides herd on the 16 large and small
intelligence agencies in official American spookdom. He would
succeed John Negroponte.
McConnell would join Gen. Michael
Hayden, who took over the CIA last spring, and retired Vice Adm.
John Redd, who heads the National Counterterrorism Center. The
National Security Agency is led by Lt. Gen. Keith Alexander,
while the Defense Intelligence Agency is run by Lt. Gen. Michael
Critics - including Rep. Peter
Hoekstra, R-Mich., former chairman of the House intelligence
committee - say the military men might tilt too much toward the
operational bent of intelligence gathering, focusing more on
information geared at military missions as opposed to the more
general and global perspective a civilian director might favor.
Look for this issue to be raised
at McConnell's upcoming Senate confirmation hearing.
A little-noticed detail from
the hanging of Iraqi strongman Saddam Hussein:
During his murderous reign,
Saddam decreed that those he doomed to die be handed red cards
bearing the official order for execution. These were a sardonic,
if grisly, play on the use of red cards in soccer games to oust
players or coaches from a match for penalties.
In a gesture both symbolic
and decidedly ironic, Saddam himself was given such a red card
as he stood on the gallows waiting to die.
March 17 looks likely to be
particularly notable this year, and not just for St. Patrick's
The anti-war group ANSWER is
gearing up for a major demonstration to mark the fourth anniversary
of the start of the Iraq war, which began in late March 2003.
Act Now to Stop War and End
Racism - which is closely affiliated with Ramsey Clark, a former
U.S. attorney general and more recently one of Saddam Hussein's
attorneys - says the march on the Pentagon will also pay tribute
to the 40th anniversary of that seminal anti-war march on the
seat of military might, a 1967 event that actually occurred in
October. - More...
Friday PM - January 05, 2007