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February 17, 2004

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'Ketchikan Masters'
Pictured are some of the members of the Ketchikan Masters Swim Club. From Left to right: Amanda Welsh; Dawn Allen-Herron; Angie Taggart; Norm Herron; Fred Jorgensen; Laurie Elberson; Scott Cornelius and son; Bill Elberson and Chris Wilhelm...
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Ketchikan: 2004 Alaska Masters Short Course Yards Swim Meet Held In Anchorage - The Ketchikan Masters Swim Club traveled to Anchorage to participate in the 2004 Alaska Masters Short Course Yards swim meet held at the Bartlett High School pool. The Ketchikan team made a respectable showing and Fred Jorgensen posted two new state

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records in his age category for the 100 Fly (1:37.29) and 200 Fly (3:57.6). Teams from around the state, from Nome to Ketchikan, participated. - More...
Tuesday - February 17, 2004 - 12:55 am

audioAlaska: Stevens Addresses Joint Session of 24th State Legislature - Monday Senator Stevens addressed a joint session of the Alaska State Legislature. This address is the 36th of Senator Stevens' career.

Of particular note at this year's address was that Senator Stevens' son, Senator Ben Stevens, President Pro Tempore of the Alaska State Senate presided over the joint session of the Alaska State Legislature. - More...
Tuesday - February 17, 2004 - 12:55 am

Science: Global warming to squeeze western mountains dry by 2050; Global warming will diminish the amount of water stored as snow in the Western United States by up to 70 percent - Global warming will diminish the amount of water stored as snow in the Western United States by up to 70 percent in the coastal mountains over the next 50 years, according to a new climate change model released in Seattle Monday.

The reduction in Western mountain snow cover, from the Sierra Nevada range that feeds California in the south to the snowcapped volcanic peaks of the Cascades in the Pacific Northwest, will lead to increased fall and winter flooding, severe spring and summer drought that will play havoc with the West's agriculture, fisheries and hydropower industry. - More...
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Sea Otter
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Alaska: Norton Announces Proposal To List Southwest Alaska Sea Otters As "Threatened" Under Endangered Species Act - Interior Secretary Gale Norton announced last week the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to list sea otters in Southwest Alaska as threatened under the Endangered Species Act because of a precipitous decline in their population in recent years.

"Almost half the world's sea otters used to live in Southwest Alaska, but we've seen as much as a 68 percent drop in their numbers since the mid-1980s," Norton said. "No one is certain yet what is causing this, but listing this population as threatened under the Endangered Species Act will be an important step in discovering the reasons and reversing the decline." - More...
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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...
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