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February 12, 2005

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'Rainy Day Quilters'
The 14th Annual Quilting in the Rain Show: Feb. 12th- 13th
Upstairs Plaza Mall - Ketchikan
Front Page Photo by Carl Thompson



jpg Dave KifferDave Kiffer: License plate "bingo"- I saw a Rhode Island license plate this week on Dock Street.

That probably doesn't mean much to you, but since I am an aficionado of License Plate Bingo it is akin to finding The Holy Grail. Actually, there are two "holy grails" in license plate bingo. ...- More...
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jpg Preston MacDougallPreston MacDougall: Chemical Eye on Aesthetics - Judging from the decorating of offices and cubicles, one can readily observe that parenthood changes a person's definition of art. Take my office, for instance. One of the recent additions to my personal art collection is an origami-style cube of many colors made by my then 10 year-old daughter Aurora Claire. - More...
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letter Promises Promises by Wayne Weihing - Sunday
letter Cold Storage by Robert Fruehan - Sunday
letter Move the State's Capital Away from Juneau by Senator Charlie Huggins - Saturday
letter Cold Storage by Bill Tatsuda - Saturday
letter Cold Storage by Robert McRoberts - Saturday
letter Cold Storage by Don Hoff Jr. - Saturday
letter Cold Storage Interest Survey? by Frances Field - Saturday
letter Cold Storage by Robert Fruehan - Saturday
letter Who Benefits? by David Schulz - Saturday
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Alaska: Listen to Governor Murkowski's Radio Message: This week's installment includes the governor talking about the changing attitudes toward opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to development. He also talks about the prospects of opening ANWR this year.

Alaska: Education Funding Bill Passes Out of First Committee; House Special Committee Increases Basic Student Allocation - The Alaska House Special Committee on Education passed out its first piece of legislation earlier this week. HB 1, a bill to raise the foundation formula for K-12 education by 7% moved out of the committee on Thursday.

HB 1 will raise the basic student allocation to $4896, an increase over Governor Murkowski's request. Representative Mark Neuman (R-Mat-Su) who chairs the Committee was pleased with this result. "I am delighted that the first bill to pass my committee be one that raises the foundation formula in Alaska. As a legislator I believe I have no greater calling than to provide for Alaska's future." - More...
Saturday - February 12, 2005

Alaska: Alaska's Commercial Salmon Fisheries to be Assessed for Recertification - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) announced Friday that Scientific Certifications Systems (SCS) of Emeryville, California has been awarded the contract to conduct the recertification of the Alaska commercial salmon fishery.  The fishery was originally certified as sustainably managed by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) in 2000, as the first fishery in North America to be certified.  Under MSC rules, all certified fisheries must be fully re-assessed by an independent certification body every five years.

"I look forward to the successful recertification of Alaska's commercial salmon fisheries by the Marine Stewardship Council," said ADF&G's Director of Commercial Fisheries, Doug Mecum."  Alaska's salmon populations are healthy and vibrant and even better managed today than they were when the fisheries were originally certified." - More...
Saturday - February 12, 2005

Alaska: North Pacific Fishery Management Council Action to Protect Habitat Praised - The Marine Conservation Alliance (MCA) priased the action taken by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) Thursday to protect fish habitat in the waters off the coast of Alaska.

"We may not agree with all the steps taken by the Council," said David Benton, Executive Director of the MCA, "but we applaud the Council for taking action to protect essential fish habitat in Alaska."

At its meeting in Seattle this week, the Council adopted measures to close roughly 375,000 square nautical miles to bottom trawling in federal waters off Alaska. This includes 103,000 square nautical miles already closed by the Council previously. The majority of the new closures were established to protect coral habitats in the Aleutian Islands. - More....
Saturday - February 12, 2005

Elizabeth Peratrovich Day

Elizabeth Peratrovich

Ketchikan: Elizabeth Peratrovich Day Celebration in Ketchikan - The local Elizabeth Peratrovich Day Committee is hosting a three-day celebration in honor of Alaska's civil rights leader, Elizabeth Peratrovich, in Ketchikan, beginning Saturday, February 12, 2005.

Elizabeth Peratrovich made history, along with the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Alaska Native Sisterhood and Alaska's Territorial Governor Ernest Gruening, by successfully advocating for the Anti-Discrimination Act of 1945 in Alaska's Legislature. - More...
Saturday - February 12, 2005

Alaska: Alaska State Pension Investment Board Nominated For Top Public Pension Plan in the U.S. - Institutional Investor announced in their Money Management Letter that the Alaska State Pension Investment Board is one of three nominees for top large public (pension) plan in the United States for 2004. The other nominees are the Pennsylvania State Employee Retirement System and the State Universities Retirement System of Illinois.- More...
Saturday - February 12, 2005

Shedding light on Arctic Dinosaurs

Scientists work at the Kikak-Tegoseak dinosaur bone quarry on Alaska's North Slope in 2002. This site has yielded a large amount of horned dinosaur bones and
bones from other dinosaurs, such
as hadrosaurs and theropods.
Photograph by Tony Fiorillo

Alaska: Shedding light on Arctic dinosaurs by Ned Rozell - Seventy million years ago, northern Alaska was farther north than it is today. How then, did the locals-northern dinosaurs-survive, and what might they tell us about the future?

A team of scientists from Texas and Fairbanks will try to answer those questions this summer on Alaska's North Slope, the treeless plain north of the Brooks Range. There, protruding from banks of the Colville River, are some of the richest fossils beds of northern dinosaurs.

Paul McCarthy will be one of the scientists heading north. McCarthy, a geologist and assistant professor at the University of Alaska's Geophysical Institute and College of Natural Sciences and Math, studies ancient soils to see what the climate might have been like in the time of the dinosaurs. - More...
Saturday - February 12, 2005

Tsunami Mystery

Scotch Cap lighthouse after tsunami
The Scotch Cap lighthouse on Alaska's Unimak Island was destroyed by a tsunami in 1946.
Photo Courtesy U.S. Coast Guard & NOAA - National Geophysical Data Center

Alaska: Tsunami Mystery - Scientists know that a massive undersea earthquake spawned the cataclysmic tsunami that devastated south Asia and killed more than 200,000 people just as last year came to a close.

But some 60 years ago, one of the 20th Century's worst tsunamis swept from Alaska through the Pacific, killing more than 150 people. Scientists today still can't agree on just what caused it. Was it an earthquake, an undersea landslide, or both? The answer may change how scientists study tsunamis and how people prepare for them.

University of Hawaii researcher Gerard Fryer says he knows exactly how the 1946 tsunami occurred. He's absolutely convinced that an earthquake triggered a gargantuan undersea landslide in Alaska's Aleutian Islands. Like a boulder dropped into a bathtub, Fryer says the landslide sent a tsunami racing at jetliner speeds across the Pacific Ocean. - More...
Saturday - February 12, 2005

Rogelio Calderon

Rogelio Calderon
Photo courtesy KGH

Ketchikan: Calderon Named KGH Employee of the Month - Rogelio Calderon, Environmental Services Technician, has been named Employee of the Month at Ketchikan General Hospital (KGH) by a committee of his peers.

Calderon began working for KGH in 1996 and worked for seven years in the Laundry/Linen Services Department. His current position is in Environmental Services, where among other areas, he has primary responsibility for housekeeping within the Emergency Department. - More...
Saturday - February 12, 2005

Ketchikan: UAS Ketchikan Campus Gets Grant To Fund Training For Welding Students - The Ketchikan Campus of the University of Alaska Southeast has been awarded a State Training and Employment Program (STEP) grant to fund welding students. Qualified applicants will be enrolled in the 600 hour American Welding Society Entry Level Welder class. Successful completion can lead to an elevated level in apprenticeship programs with the Piledrivers and Divers Union. - More...
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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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