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March 05, 2004


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China Cove
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Ketchikan: Ferry jobs may move by summer; Department won't disclose savings gained from relocation - Alaska Marine Highway System employees in Juneau worry they'll have to look for new jobs or move to Ketchikan as early as this summer, though no one has said just why it makes sense to relocate the ferry system's administration. - Read this story...
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Ketchikan: Governor Gives Support to Moving Marine Highway Headquarters to Ketchikan; Administration Will Work Toward Late March Decision - In responding to a question asked at a press conference Thursday at the Juneau Senior Center, Governor Frank Murkowski said he is in favor of moving the Alaska Marine Highway System headquarters from Juneau to Ketchikan, but that there is a process that will be followed to get to a decision on it. - Read more...
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Ketchikan: Rep. Williams Works to Help Bring Marine Highway Jobs to Ketchikan - Representative Bill Williams (R-Saxman) on Thursday applauded the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly for its vote earlier this week to offer office space in Ketchikan to the Alaska Marine Highway System. The Borough and the State Department of Transportation are negotiating a deal that would move as many as 40 Ferry System administrative jobs to the former Ketchikan Pulp Company site in Ward Cove. "In recent years, Ketchikan has lost too many jobs," said Williams. "I have been working closely with the D.O.T. and the Borough to help facilitate moving some jobs to Ketchikan." - Read more...
Friday - March 05, 2004 - 12:50 am

PhotosAlaska: Governor Signs SeniorCare Bill; Thanks Legislature for taking prompt action to help seniors with drug costs - Governor Frank Murkowski on Thursday signed into law HB374, which creates the SeniorCare program. This legislation is a high priority of this administration, which the Governor asked the Legislature to pass within the first 60 days of the session. The Governor thanked the Alaska Legislature for its quick action in passing SeniorCare, a program that will help nearly 11,0000 Alaskan seniors with drug subsidies of up to $1,600 a year to assist in the purchase of needed medications. - Read more...
Friday - March 05, 2004 - 12:50 am

Alaska: Lena Point Research Facility Contract Awarded - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has awarded a contract to Southeast Earthmovers, Inc. of Sitka, Alaska for site preparation for the new marine research facility at Lena Point in Juneau.

According to NOAA Fisheries' Alaska Regional Administrator, Dr. James Balsiger, site preparation will start in late March and change the contours of the old gravel pit to accommodate new fisheries research facilities. - Read more...
Friday - March 05, 2004 - 12:50 am

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'Eagle on the Roof'
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Alaska: Senate Finance Seeks $88 Million Education Increase; FY05 Retirement Systems Funding Included - Culminating two weeks of hearings and fact-finding, Senate Finance Committee co-chairs Sen. Lyda Green and Sen. Gary Wilken Thursday forwarded legislation to increase funding for education. - Read more...
Friday - March 05, 2004 - 12:50 am

Alaska: Democrats Stand for Long-Term Education Fix ; Senate Bill 35 may leave school districts saying, Thanks, but what comes next? - Alaska Senate Democrats say they welcome a first-step proposal that can help schools, but question Senate Republican ethics and challenge them to do better. - Read more...
Friday - March 05, 2004 - 12:50 am

Alaska: House Passes Legislation On Peace Officer Retirement Benefits - The Alaska House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday, sponsored by Representative Tom Anderson (R-Anchorage), to provide medical benefits to retired peace officers who have completed their 20 years of service. HB 91 removes the additional requirements that peace officers currently have to meet in order to be eligible for medical benefits.- Read more...
Friday - March 05, 2004 - 12:50 am

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Wood chopper's station with fuel for steamers on the Upper Yukon... [between ca. 1900 and ca. 1930]
Forms part of: Frank and Frances Carpenter collection (Library of Congress). Gift; Mrs. W. Chapin Huntington; 1951. Courtesy Library of Congress

June Allen Column

Nulato AK: a small village
but big in history

PhotosNulato, Alaska 99765 is little known beyond the state's Interior except perhaps during the running of the world famous Iditarod dogsled races. In even number years the race follows a northern route to Nome and mushers pass through Nulato. The name of the Athabaskan Indian village on the Yukon River means "dog salmon camp," modified to express "in the shelter of the bluff." It is home today to a population of about 340, almost wholly Athabaskan. For such a small town, Nulato has some fascinating stories to tell!

Not only was Nulato an important fish camp along that stretch of the Yukon River for centuries before the arrival of Western explorers and traders, Nulato was also an ancient trading center for commerce between Alaska's Athabaskan Indians and the Inupiat Eskimos. So its location was a natural for a Russian fur-trading post during the years that the Tsar owned Alaska. It is also one of only two of Alaska's villages - Kaltag being the other - that celebrates the ancient Stick Dance, a ceremony also important among the tribes in the Southwestern United States... - Read the rest of this story by June Allen...
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