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February 16, 2005

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'Snowy Loggerville'
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Elizabeth Peratrovich Day

jpg Elizabeth PeratrovichToday in History: A Recollection of Civil Rights Leader Elizabeth Peratrovich 1911-1958

Ketchikan: Elizabeth Peratrovich Celebration - An Elizabeth Peratrovich Day celebration will be held at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center at 7:00 pm - Feb. 16th - Wednesday.


letter Moving the Capitol by Dave Kiffer - Wednesday
letter KIC Tribal Council - AKA The Good ole Boys' Club by Elroy Edenshaw Jr. - Wednesday
letter "Elizabeth Peratrovich Day" by Arlene Buxton - Wednesday
letter What a Week, So Far! by Bob Ciminel - Wednesday
letter How well do you know your dog? by Dave Person - Wednesday
letter Racism in the last Frontier by Carrie James - Wednesday

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Alaska: ADF&G Commissioner Candidates Selected for Interviews - The Joint Board of Fisheries and Game's Commissioner Selection Committee has selected candidates to interview for the position of Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. - More...
Wednesday - February 16, 2005

Alaska: Canine who helped inspire Iditarod is back in Alaska - He was a nothing dog. Maybe less than nothing, stuffed and mounted without a name and a history. A handsome white Siberian husky reduced to a curio in a roadside theme park in upstate New York.

When auctioned off last fall with other amusement-park items, he was called "Alaskan Husky Dog Mount in Glass Case."

But one person knew his name and his story, a heroic tale from across the decades.

The stuffed dog languishing in New York was Fritz, a key member of Leonhard Seppala's team that relayed serum for a diphtheria-ravaged Nome in 1925, the "great race for mercy" that inspired creation of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Fritz also was an important early sire for the Siberian husky line registered by the American Kennel Club.

Natalie Norris of Willow, member of a pioneer mushing family that helped launch the Fur Rendezvous sled dog races, brought Fritz back into the sunlight last month. Fritz, who left Alaska a champion racer in 1926, is back in Nome. - More...
Wednesday - February 16, 2005

Alaska: University Land Grant and Forest Bill, HB 130, needs some work; Resources Committee Will Work on Revisions - As he said at its introduction, Alaska House of Representatives' Resources Committee Co-Chair Jay Ramras (R-Fairbanks) has decided that the University Land Grant and Forest Bill, HB 130, needs some work.

"We have listened to and received verbal and written testimony in regard to the language and the locations of the proposed transfers. From that testimony, I have discussed many of the issues with both the Department of Natural Resources and the University, and we have agreed to go back and take a closer look at the overall plan before reopening public testimony," Representative Ramras said Tuesday. - More...
Wednesday - February 16, 2005

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Qilak is one of four captive harbor seals at the Alaska SeaLIfe Center taking part in a study to better understand the importance of a high-fat diet. (Courtesy Jason Wettsetin, ASLC)

Alaska: Harbor Seal Decline - Harbor seals were once a common sight along Alaska's rocky coast. But since the 1970s, they've all but disappeared in parts of the state. Researchers at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward have launched a new study aimed at helping seals recover.

Harbor seals Atuun, Qilak, Susitna, and Miki were barely two months old when they were brought to the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward last summer. Now more than six months old, they still turn up their noses when offered a meal of squid. Lori Polasek is a marine mammal biologist at the center.

Polasek said, "Squid to these seals is considered a vegetable...In fact one of them has only just started eating squid."

These seals don't know it, but they may hold the key to helping their species recover. - More...
Wednesday - February 16, 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

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