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February 02, 2004

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'Four Clan Totem'
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Wrangel Island, which is located off the northern coast of Eastern Siberia and straddles the East Siberian Sea and the Chukchi Sea.
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June Allen Column

A Story of an Unfriendly Arctic Island
And the heroine who survived it

There is a desolate island in the Chukchi Sea on the frigid top of the planet. It is 83 miles north of the coast of Siberia and it is named Wrangel Island - Wrangel with one L. It is roughly kidney-shaped and said to be about 80 miles long and 18 to 30 miles across, with a cluster of low mountains at its center. During the warmth of its very brief summer, rivers flow north and south over rolling tundra to the sea. Along the frosty riverbanks are buried the bones of a race of woolly mammoths, evidence of dwarfed survivors of a larger race of Russian Steppe mammoths of perhaps 20,000 or 30,000 years ago. The island today is inhabited by a tiny Russian-Eskimo settlement and is largely visited by polar bears, seals, foxes, ducks and geese and the occasional scientist from around the world. - Read the rest of this story...
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Alaska: Natives wary of new rural commission; FUNDING: Sovereignty issues also might be at stake as legal system is revamped. Alaska Native groups, wary of past congressional efforts to force consolidation of tribes and federal funding for Native programs, are gearing up to respond to the latest initiative: a law setting up a commission to draw up a new legal and governmental system for rural Alaska. - Read this story...
Anchorage Daily News - Monday - February 02, 2004

Alaska: Highway bill hits snag over tax hike - Alaska Rep. Don Young pushes for 5-cent per gallon increase in federal gas tax - Read this story...
Juneau Empire - Monday - February 02, 2004

Alaska: Ads hawk new way to figure out dividends; Permafund watchdog group gives $1.6 million campaign thumbs down - The Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. is planning to spend up to $1.6 million on television and radio advertisements promoting a new method of calculating dividends, and a newly formed citizens' group says it's a misuse of public money. - Read this story...
Juneau Empire - Monday - February 02, 2004

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Ketchikan: The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly will hold a regular meeting Feb. 2nd in the City Council Chambers. This public meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:30 pm
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