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Friday the 13th wasn't a lucky day for this old building. Located at Thomas Basin, the building is being torn down according to one of the workers taking it down. The building was built in 1930. - Published Saturday, February 14, 2004

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Alaska: AK Education Department Announces Intent To Award Assessment Contract - The Department of Education & Early Development announced this week an "Intent to Award" a contract to a Minnesota firm to develop and administer Alaska's statewide student assessment program. The assessments covered under the contract will include tests in grades 3 through 9 plus the High School Graduation Qualifying Exam. - Read more...
Saturday - February 14, 2004 - 1:10 am

Alaska: State launches new online system for unemployment insurance tax accounting - Technicians in the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development have completed a three-year project to install a new computer system that is processing unemployment insurance quarterly tax reports more quickly and with fewer errors. - Read more...
Saturday - February 14, 2004 - 1:10 am

Ketchikan: Ketchikan water bottler starts shipments - A Ketchikan entrepreneur has expanded his water business and shipped the first large order under the Alaska Polar Water label. - Read this story...
Fairbanks Daily News Miner - linked Saturday - February 14, 2004


Dick Morris - Bush's State Of The Union Message Was Historic Failure - During Bill Clinton's eight years in the White House, State of the Union speeches were the pillars that held up his presidency. His popularity would soar in the weeks after the speech and sag as the year unfolded, only to be revivified by another speech in January. - Read more...
Saturday - February 14, 2004 - 1:10 am

Mike Reagan - Loyalty is a Two Way Street - Everybody is talking about the president's appearance on "Meet the Press" Sunday, and most agree that it was not one of the great moments of his presidency. And it doesn't matter who you ask, whether it's George Will or Peggy Noonan or some other Bush supporter, you'll be told President Bush's performance was less than stellar. - Read more...
Saturday - February 14, 2004 - 1:10 am

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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.
Credit: Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, courtesy NASA...

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...
Monday - February 02, 2004 - 1:00 am

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