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March 04, 2005

Front Page Photo Courtesy Library of Congress

It's Iditarod Race Year 33! a ghost story of
the southern route

By June Allen
Photo courtesy the Library of Congress Prints and
Photographs Division Washington, D.C.

Excitement has built to a feverish pitch among mushers and fans as they ready for the 33rd running of Alaska's world famous Iditarod dogsled race, scheduled to start March 5.  A "false spring" several weeks ago rained away a little too much of the Wasilla area's snow cover, so the start of the race has been moved about thirty miles up the Parks  highway to the small town of Willow, always just a little colder and more dependably snow-covered.- Read the rest of this story by June Allen....
Friday - March 04, 2005

Front Page Photo by Tracy Mettler

1256 Water Street Fire
Front Page Photo by Tracy Mettler

Ketchikan: Home on Water Street Burns - The Ketchikan Fire Department received a 911 call at 10:25 Thursday morning reporting a house fire at 1256 Water Street.

The first units arriving reported heavy smoke coming from the second floor window. According to Public Safety Director Rich Leipfert, initial attack teams entered the home and found a fire in the main living area and in the attic spaced. Leipfert said the initial fire attack contained the fire to the attic and second floor living area.

While fighting the fire, four firefighter received chemical burns from chemicals that were stored in the home. Leipfert said the injured firefighters were treated and released from Ketchikan General Hospital. No other injuries were reported. - More...
Friday - March 04, 2005

Front Page Photo courtesy Richard Hoover

Richard Hoover of NASA takes ice samples from the permafrost tunnel in Fox, Alaska. In these samples, he found bacteria not known to science that began moving when he thawed the ice sample. Photo courtesy Richard Hoover.

Alaska: Mammoth-age bacteria wriggle again by Ned Rozell - In a Fairbanks lab not too long ago, a man squinted through a microscope at a slide of melting ice from the Fox permafrost tunnel. Richard Hoover knew he was looking at organisms that were alive when the wooly mammoth and saber-toothed cat roamed Alaska, but he didn't expect to see them born again.

"When they thawed out, they immediately started swimming," said Hoover, an astrobiologist with NASA's National Space Science and Technology Center in Huntsville, Alabama. "These guys had been frozen since the Pleistocene, and here they were swimming around." - More...
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Alaska: Notorious Ponzi Schemes Are at the Top of the List Reflecting Back on the Notorious Charles Ponzi - Annually NASAA, the North American Securities Administrators Association, compiles a list of the top ten scams, schemes and scandals. This list is developed from a survey of state securities enforcement officers and regulators. Number one on the 2004 list is the Ponzi Scheme.

Here in Alaska we have seen more than our share of Ponzi Schemes that resulted in lost of millions of dollars. The most notorious being RaeJean Bonham of Fairbanks, an operator of a $50 million scheme. Another Ponzi case with an Alaska connection was Mutual Benefits Corporation, where in Florida, a federal judged ordered the Fort Lauderdale-based Corporation to return $105 million to investors.

The Ponzi name came from swindler Charles Ponzi who was born on March 3, 1882. Ponzi took investors for million by promising high percent returns.

Ponzi Schemes are a perennial favorite among con artists. The premise is simple, promise high returns to investors and use money from new investors to pay previous investors. Inevitably, the schemes collapse and the only people who consistently make money are the promoters who set the Ponzi in motion. - 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...
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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