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February 28, 2005

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Log Exports

Logs being prepared for export at
Ward Cove north of Ketchikan, Alaska.
Photograph by Marya Tyler
Ketchikan: Trade Barrier Resolved for Alaska Log Exports - Governor Frank H. Murkowski today congratulated Alaska's log export industry on the establishment of a new processing zone in China's Fujian Province that will accept unfumigated Alaska logs.

"This designation is positive news for Alaska's timber exporters," said Murkowski. "It is a good outcome after several years of persistent negotiation between China and the U.S. The Division of Agriculture and the timber industry spearheaded this effort and successfully kept the pressure on both sides. It was a privilege to work alongside them on this issue and now to see success." The Division of Agriculture and the state's trade office worked closely with the timber industry to resolve the log fumigation issue. - More...
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National: Growth in the sea comes down to a struggle for iron - Scientists know that injecting iron into some major regions of the oceans can stimulate the growth of diatoms and other phytoplankton, but something odd occurs as these tiny marine plants continue to grow. They begin to starve in the midst of plenty, acting as though iron, an essential nutrient, still is in short supply. Why this happens is unclear, but the answer could be that iron sets off a kind of chemical warfare in the marine ecosystem, according to University of Maine oceanographer Mark Wells. And diatoms may not always come out on top.

In collaboration with a large Japanese research program, Wells and a team of scientists from UMaine and other universities are studying the fate of iron in marine waters. Their findings could help determine the fate of something else, a controversial proposal to address the threat of global warming. The National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy are providing financial support.

Field work got underway in July, 2004, when Wells served as chief scientist on the Kilo Moana, a research ship that left Hawaii, bound for the sub-Arctic waters of the western Pacific. Owned by the Office of Naval Research and operated by the University of Hawaii, the ship was loaded with equipment and supplies, ready for an extended stay at sea. Its subsurface pontoon hull give it more stability in choppy seas, a benefit to Wells who normally gets seasick on these voyages. - More...
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Ethan Cook & Governor Murkowski
Courtesy Office of the Governor

Thorne Bay: Thorne Bay Student Presents Gift to Governor - Alaska Governor Murkowski recently accepted a gift from Ethan Cook, a 14 year old student from Thorne Bay. Cook was invited by the White House to take part in the Presidential Inauguration as a result of his participation in the Presidential Youth Leadership Conference.

The conference organizer, LeadAmerica, forwarded Cook's name to the White House for consideration. Cook, pictured here at the Governors office, presented a poster to Governor Murkowski which he created using many of the photos he took while traveling in Washington D.C.

The governor's office provided financial support for boarding and per diem expenses while Cook was in Washington, D.C.

Cook is on track to complete all courses for high school graduation this year. He excels in math computation and is active as a volunteer in his community.
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jpg Jason LoveJason Love: The Magazine Rack - At the supermarket, we face the same dilemma a thousand times: Do I get the healthy version or go for taste? Being skilled in self-deception, I go for taste. "One cheesecake won't kill me." Times a thousand. - More...
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Michael Reagan: Legalized Murder Looms in Florida - Unless Florida courts or the U.S. Supreme Court reverse themselves, Michael Schiavo will be allowed to kill his wife, Terri, and do it in the most horrific way. - More...
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jpg Dick MorrisDick Morris: Behind The Winning Bush Road Trip - After a week of touring Western and Eastern Europe, it could not be more evident to me that the balance of power on this continent is shifting in President Bush's favor.... More...
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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...
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