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February 26, 2005

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"Fish Worshiper Ray Troll"
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jpg Dave KifferDave Kiffer: AKA CLUELESS, PART 3 - Thanks to the generosity of Sitnews readers, the fun just never stops! Here are some more stories of folks from Ketchikan's history who were both foolish and felonious! - More...
Saturday - February 26, 2005

jpg Bob CiminelBob Ciminel: Bubba's Law - As spring approaches, tornado season begins in the southeastern United States. Although we normally don't experience tornados as frequently as the folks in the Midwest, ours are very sneaky.... More...
Saturday - February 26, 2005

Jim Boren: Tougher privacy laws could reduce cases of identity theft - If you're paranoid about being the victim of identity theft, you ought to be. ... - More...
Saturday - February 26, 2005


letter New Capitol Building by Chris Schelb - Sunday
letter My thoughts on various topics. by Robert McRoberts - Sunday
letter Trees do grow back by Mark Cowley - Sunday
letter American superiority does NOT equal American impunity by Iliya Pavlovich - Sunday
letter RE: Log Export by Eric Nichols - Saturday
letter Trees Don't Grow Back? by Ronald C. Currit - Saturday
letter New Capital Building Designs by Don Hoff, Jr. - Saturday
letter Shame on Alaska and all those that persecute and kill wolves! by Debra Grossman - Saturday
letterPETA seeks statewide King salmon ban by Steve Ripley - Saturday
letter Home Sick for Ketchikan! by Glenn A. Bell - Saturday

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Ketchikan: Friday Night Insight Series Host Ray Troll Defends the Practice of Fish Worship By Sharon Lint - Last night's Friday Night Insight was held at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center. It offered a presentation by Ray Troll entitled, "Fish Worship: Is it Wrong?" The residents of Ketchikan who are familiar with Ray's artwork expected an irreverent, humorous, divine production. They were not disappointed. - More...
Saturday - February 26, 2005

National: Defense spending increases to states uneven By Thomas Hargrove - The enormous boom in defense spending spurred by the war on terrorism has echoed unevenly in America as military contracts shrank in some states while doubling or even tripling in others.

The nation is undergoing one of the largest military buildups in history, according to White House figures, rising from $333 billion for defense and homeland security in 2001 to $492 billion last year. The Defense Department reports that it allocated $203 billion to hire military contractors in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., up from $135 billion in 2001, a 50 percent increase. - More...
Saturday - February 26, 2005

National: Social Security change not an easy sell by Margaret Talev - If President Bush is counting on Republicans like Rep. Shelley Moore Capito to sell his concept of Social Security reform to a skeptical public this year and to deliver a majority vote on Capitol Hill, he could be in trouble.

Capito was one of dozens of members of Congress spending this week's recess talking to voters in her district about how to retool the worker-funded program for retirees and the disabled. It's a major concern in West Virginia, where a higher than average proportion of adults receives Social Security benefits - more than one in four - and where an estimated two-thirds of elderly women rely on the program to stay out of poverty. - More...
Saturday - February 26, 2005

audioKetchikan: Listen to this story... The Natural Resources Defense Council is conducting a letter-writing campaign to dissuade a Washington state businessman from leasing the Ketchikan Gateway Borough-owned veneer mill in Ward Cove. As Deanna Garrison reports, T.F. Incorporated says it has been bombarded with faxes and letters asking it to abandon plans to operate the veneer mill.
KRBD - Ketchikan Public Radio - Saturday - February 26, 2005

audioKetchikan: Listen to this story... The U.S. Forest Service announced Friday that it plans to allow Ketchikan-based Alcan Forest Products to establish a staging area in the Ward Lake recreation area for helicopter logging operations nearby. Deanna Garrison has the story. 
KRBD - Ketchikan Public Radio - Saturday - February 26, 2005

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audioKetchikan: Listen to this story... Consultants have narrowed the options for expanding Ketchikan's ports down to two alternatives ranging in price from sixty-eight to around seventy-nine million dollars. As Deanna Garrison reports, the Ketchikan City Council took public testimony on the massive port expansion project Thursday night and is expected to select an alternative in the next couple of months.
KRBD - Ketchikan Public Radio - Saturday - February 26, 2005

audioThorne Bay: Listen to this story... Until the mid-90s, Thorne Bay was home to the world's largest log sorting yard. When the Forest Service's 50-year contract to supply logs to the Ketchikan Pulp Company was canceled, the sort yard was closed. Now, as Jay Marble reports, the log transfer facility at the old sort yard is being rebuilt and renamed.
KRBD - Ketchikan Public Radio - Saturday - February 26, 2005

audioCraig: Listen to this story... 70-year-old Gordon James Senior of Craig passed away Tuesday. James suffered an aneurism while in Craig. He was transported to Ketchikan where he was pronounced dead. Jay Marble has this remembrance of the respected native leader and well-know commercial fisherman.
KRBD - Ketchikan Public Radio - Saturday - February 26, 2005

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photosKetchikan's 'Rotary Wheel' Still Turning; Hardworking club celebrates a century By June Allen - Ketchikan's Rotary clubs celebrated at a Centennial gala held Saturday at the Ted Ferry Civic Center to observe the century mark of the founding of the Rotary movement, as well as the 80th anniversary of the first Rotary club in all of Alaska ­ Ketchikan's Rotary 2000. Every Ketchikan Rotarian of the past 80 years was honored, with singular  recognition extended to Judge Henry Clay Keene for his 42 years of dedicated service to the club and its goals. - Read the rest of this story by June Allen...
Wednesday - February 23, 2005

arrow Sitka's Pioneer Home Statue; Whose face is cast in bronze?

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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