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February 11, 2005

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'Rain Dancer'
Pictured: Mr. P. Kaku; A Ketchikan Peacock
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Ketchikan: SCHOOL BOARD MOVES TO ADOPT POLICY CHANGES By Sharon Lint - Wednesday night the Ketchikan School Board unanimously passed two motions to modify board policies at their Regular Meeting in Council Chambers. The first change was in regard to Charter Schools and the second, to adjust the age requirements for kindergarten and first-grade students. Both were approved in first readings.

Charter schools have gained in popularity on the national level over the years. At present, 37 states, excluding Puerto Rico, have charter schools in operation, and according to The National Charter School Directory 2003, Center for Education Reform (CER), more than 2,696 charter schools are in operation within those states with approximately 685,000 students enrolled. That's an increase of 15% over the past school year. The law allowing Alaska to form charter schools was passed in 1995 and as of August of 2004, twenty such schools are reportedly in operation with 2,682 students registered. - More...
Friday - February 11, 2005

Front Page Photo by Paul Perry

'High Water'
Front Page Photo by Paul Perry

Ketchikan: 'High Water' - According to a Federal Aviation Administration Flight Service staff person, 2.97 inches of rain has been recorded at the Ketchikan airport from midnight Thursday through 11:05 Friday morning. More rain is expected throughout the day. - More...
Friday - February 11, 2005

audioSE Alaska: Listen to this KRBD story... The Alaska Division of Forestry has released its proposed five-year schedule of timber sales for southern southeast Alaska. The proposed schedule calls for increased sales, especially in 2005 and 2006. Jay Marble bring us this survey of the proposed sales.
KRBD - Ketchikan Public Radio - Friday - February 11, 2005

audioKetchikan: Listen to this KRBD story... The Ketchikan Indian Community and Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority have received funding for a new low-income housing development in Ketchikan. As Deanna Garrison reports, construction on the project is expected to begin this year.
KRBD - Ketchikan Public Radio - Friday - February 11, 2005

Ketchikan: Read to this KRBD story... Alaska Congressman and House Transportation Committee Chairman Don Young on Wednesday reintroduced a massive highway funding bill in the U.S. House of Representatives. - Read the rest of this story...
KRBD - Ketchikan Public Radio - Friday - February 11, 2005

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photosSitka's Pioneer Home Statue; Whose face is cast in bronze? By June Allen - The little town of Sitka, the capital of Russian Alaska until the U.S. Purchase in 1867, is home to the first of Alaska's modern Pioneer Homes. Built in 1934, it is situated on the old Russian parade grounds. The earlier and comparatively ramshackle "pioneer homes" quarters in the gentler climate of Sitka were founded especially for down-on-their-luck Gold Rush veterans who decided to remain in Alaska after the glory days were over. They were largely a tough and grizzled lot, tobacco-chewing and fond of a good stiff drink or two. - Read the rest of this feature story by June Allen...
Thursday - February 10, 2005

arrow L. Ron Hubbard's Alaska Adventure; His long winter in Ketchikan

arrow ACS Bids for KPU Telecom: ACS a longtime presence

arrow Betty King the Dog Lady; Ketchikan's one-woman humane society

arrow Ketchikan, Alaska - Let There Be Light! -- Citizens Light & Power and then KPU

arrow The State Capitol and Its Marble and keeping the capital in Juneau

arrow A Legendary Mountain of Jade; Just one of Alaska's Arctic Wonders

arrow John Koel, Baker to Banker; An eccentric philanthropist

arrow Harold Gillam: A Tragic Final Flight; Ketchikan remembers the search

arrow Ketchikan's 'Fish House Tessie'; She was proud of the nickname

arrow Fairbanks: Golden Heart City; A story of its founding

arrow Remembering 'Swede' Risland (1915-1991);The town's most memorable logger

arrow Read more feature stories by June Allen...

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