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March 05, 2005

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The Joy of 'Hotfeats'
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National: AARP at it again -- this time, causing fits for Bush By Lawrence M. O'Rourke - Long simultaneously hailed and reviled as one of Washington's most effective and self-centered special-interest groups, AARP is at it again - causing fits for President Bush and congressional Republicans after, ironically, handing them a big political victory.- More...
Saturday - March 05, 2005

National: Stevens Comments On High Cost of Energy; Encourages Drilling on Arctic Coastal Plain - Friday Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) went to the floor of the United States Senate to comment on his concern over the high cost of energy and about the lack of development of U.S. domestic resources, particularly that of Alaska's Arctic coastal plain. - More...
Saturday - March 05, 2005

jpg Scientists Predict Arctic Ozone Loss

Polar stratospheric clouds, like these are linked to the destruction of ozone over the Arctic.
Photo Courtesy NASA

Alaska: Scientists Predict Arctic Ozone Loss by Doug Schneider - Record cold temperatures in the Arctic's upper atmosphere have scientists predicting the loss of ozone over the Arctic as spring approaches.

It can get really cold in the Arctic, especially in the layer of the upper Arctic atmosphere called the stratosphere. That's the relatively thin layer about 36 to 50 miles above the earth that contains ozone. Ozone is important because it blocks the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays from reaching the earth where they can cause skin cancer and other ailments. - More...
Saturday - March 05, 2005

National: New pollution rules would preempt 'Clear Skies' By Joan Lowy - With President Bush's air pollution plan stalled in Congress, administration officials are preparing to impose new reductions on emissions from power plants that would undercut much of the impetus for the legislation. - More...
Saturday - March 05, 2005

National: On the hustings, Bush, Democrats debate Social Security By Bill Straub - President Bush began Friday what promises to be a two-month public-relations blitz in behalf of his proposal to overhaul Social Security, calling data implying the giant federal retirement system is in financial trouble "irrefutable" and maintaining the time has arrived to "get rid of all that deadlock in Washington" to do something about it. - More...
Saturday - March 05, 2005

jpg Alaskan High Schoolers Help NASA Record, Share Earth Music

The aurora borealis, or "northern lights"

Alaska: Alaskan High Schoolers Help NASA Record, Share 'Earth Music' by Steve Roy - In the tiny town of North Pole, Alaska, the sun currently creeps into view for just three or four hours a day. Temperatures typically crash in February to minus-30 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. And bears aren't uncommon in these parts -- mother grizzlies have on occasion sheltered their cubs in the woods near the local high school.

But none of that can chill the enthusiasm of North Pole High School math teacher Dr. Curt Szuberla and his student team of aspiring scientists and engineers, who braved the elements this winter on NASA's behalf to scout locations for and build a very-low-frequency radio receiver, or VLF. - More...
Saturday - March 05, 2005

jpg Irene Mojica

Irene Mojica
Photo courtesy KGH

Ketchikan: Mojica Named KGH Employee of the Month - Irene Mojica, Admitting Customer Service Lead at Ketchikan General Hospital (KGH), has been named Employee of the Month by a committee of her peers.

Mojica has been an employee of the hospital for eight years. As the lead person in the Admitting Department, she trains new employees in the process of patient registration in the computerized medical record. She performs registration audits, operates the switchboard, and serves a wide variety of customer service needs. - More...
Saturday - March 05, 2005

Ketchikan: Two more city directors placed on leave - Harbormaster Lori Kolanko and Gateway Human Services Director Kevin Murphy have been placed on paid administrative leave pending a review by the city's human resources department, City Manager Karl Amylon said Friday. The two actions are unrelated. ...
Ketchikan Daily News - Saturday - March 05, 2005



letter New Berths: North or South? by Thomas Ferry - Sunday
letter Just another week in paradise by Robert McRoberts - Sunday 
letter Why is it Always our Fault? by Bob Ciminel - Saturday
letter The 1980 Kayhi team that beat Juneau... by Brad Groghan - Friday
letter Fed up with bureaucratic sinkhole by David Hanger - Friday
letter New Teacher Evaluation Would Be Fair by Roger Sampson - Thursday
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Dave Kiffer: Big honking "egg" design - Judging by the "design" competition just completed for the new Capitol building in Juneau. I am absolutely, positively, 100 percent sure the following conversation MUST have taken place earlier this week. - More...
Saturday - March 05, 2005

jpg Jason LoveJason Love: The Real Estate Agent - When I got out of college, I embarked on a mission to find a job doing nothing. It didn't matter what the job entailed, so long as it didn't entail responsibility.

I stood outside jewelry stores holding jumbo signs. Look at me. Look at me. If I jumped up and down, the owner would slip me a twenty. I felt like the guy who drives the Weinermobile, only without the prestige.- More...
Saturday - March 05, 2005

jpg Dale McFeattersDale McFeatters: Let the sun shine in - The federal government's basic sunshine law is the Freedom of Information Act, passed in 1974 to ensure public access to the inner workings of government. But over the years, often through inattention or inertia but on occasion by intent, the effectiveness of the law has been diminished. - More...
Saturday - March 05, 2005

Ann McFeatters: Gazing into the crystal ball ... I have just received news about the future. Some of it's good. Some of it, sadly, is not.

Futurists Marvin Cetron, president of Forecasting International, and Owen Davies, who have collaborated on many books, have come up with a forecast of trends the World Future Society thinks everyone should consider. - More....
Saturday - March 05, 2005

jpg Steve BrewerSteve Brewer: Let's meet 'Desperate Househusbands' - Suburban life has never seemed so mysterious as it does on the surprise hit of the TV season, the dark comedy "Desperate Househusbands."

Hysteria Lane appears to be an idyllic suburban street where the lawns are manicured and the vinyl siding never needs painting. But dark secrets exist behind the facades of those ranch-style homes. - More....
Saturday - March 05, 2005

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

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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

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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

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