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March 08, 2005

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'Approach for Landing'
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photosAlaska: State, unions sign labor agreement for Fairweather; Fairweather could be back in service on or before March 24th - State labor negotiators have reached an agreement with the two remaining labor unions involved in operations of the MV Fairweather, approving a contract to return the state's first fast-ferry to regular operations in time for the summer tourism season. - More...
Tuesday - March 08, 2005



letter Berth Options by Glen Thompson - Tuesday
letter New Berths by Tom LeCompte - Tuesday
letter Berths Need To Accomodate New, Larger Ships by Thomas Ferry - Tuesday
letter Two words... Speed bumps! by Ken Lewis - Monday
letter North vs South? by Glen Thompson - Monday
letter Fundamental and Temporary Reasons for the changes in the oil prices by Bahman Aghai Diba - Monday
letter New Berths: North or South? by Thomas Ferry - Sunday
letter Just another week in paradise by Robert McRoberts - Sunday
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National: 'Nuclear option' holds peril for both sides in Senate by Margaret Talev - Given U.S. tensions with Iran and North Korea, "nuclear option" might not have been Republicans' most diplomatic choice of a nickname for the procedure they're considering unleashing on Capitol Hill next month. In fact, many are cringing at the moniker, preferring the phrase "constitutional option." - More...
Tuesday - March 08, 2005

Ketchikan: Study Planned To Determine Wood Quality of Second-growth Trees - With an eye to the future, the Tongass National Forest plans to conduct a study to determine the wood quality of second-growth trees.

The Wood Quality Cooperative Study will involve Pacific Northwest Research Station and Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, Wisc. The aim of the study is to gather information about the volume and quality of lumber products that could be manufactured from young-growth western hemlock and Sitka spruce. - More...
Tuesday - March 08, 2005

Alaska: Alaskans debate future of bear refuges by Tom Kizzia - Rod Arno remembers guiding bear hunters in the country south of Kamishak Bay. It was the only place in his career where he led a client to a coastal brown bear and then, the next day, returned with another client to shoot a second trophy feeding on the unsalvaged remains of the first one. - More...
Tuesday - March 08, 2005

Alaska: Elkins Proposes Tax Reimbursement to Communities - Representative Jim Elkins (R-Ketchikan) introduced House Bill 195, a bill that will reimburse over $29 million to communities for losses from the Senior Citizen and Disabled Veteran Property Tax Exemption. - More...
Tuesday - March 08, 2005

Alaska: Unemployed Workers to Get Extended Benefits - A seasonal rise in Alaska's unemployment rate will trigger up to 13 weeks of extended benefits for unemployed Alaskans starting March 12, Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Greg O'Claray said Monday. - More...
Tuesday - March 08, 2005

Alaska: ADF&G Declines to Issue Permit for Export of Evansville Wolf - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) announced Monday that it will not issue a permit to capture a wolf seen around the village of Evansville, Alaska and relocate it to the state of Washington. - More...
Tuesday - March 08, 2005

Alaska: Inmates Volunteer To Help Iditarod; Provide Care for Dropped Dogs - Staff and inmates at Hiland Mountain/Meadow Creek Correctional Centers in Eagle River have again volunteered to care for sled dogs dropped from teams competing in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, Superintendent Dean Marshall said. - More...
Tuesday - March 08, 2005

Columns - Commentary

jpg Jay AmbroseJay Ambrose: The McCarthyism of political correctness - As the just-resigned president of the University of Colorado said, there's a "new McCarthyism" alive in America. But it's hardly what was gnawing at her. - More...
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Martin Schram: An impressive plan to halt nuclear proliferation - When it comes to stopping terrorists and rogue nations from getting nuclear weapons, government officials always promise they will go the extra mile to keep us safe. - More...
Tuesday - March 08, 2005

jpg Dale McFeattersDale McFeatters: It's not propaganda if it's true - The Bush administration has been visibly frustrated at the inability of the United States to get its message through to the Arab world in a positive light. One manifestation of this is the occasionally expressed belief that everything would be all right if the Arab cable news channel, al-Jazeera, could be bought, bullied or browbeaten into seeing things our way. - More...
Tuesday - March 08, 2005

jpg Paul CamposPaul Campos: Health hysteria vs. reality - Two new reports illustrate how cultural hysteria can remain immune to the moderating influence of reality.

The first compiles government statistics for the year 2003, which reveal that life expectancy in America continues to improve steadily, and that rates of the nation's biggest killers - heart disease and cancer - continue to decline.- More...
Tuesday - March 08, 2005

jpg Bob CiminelBob Ciminel: Blowin' in the Wind - With Germany set to phase out its nuclear power plants by 2020 (although there are rumors they may be changing their minds about that ill-advised decision), the Social Democrats and their partners, the Green Party, are still trying to push through a plan to have 20% of the country's electrical power generated by wind no later than 2015. - More...
Tuesday - March 08, 2005

jpg Preston MacDougallPreston MacDougall: Chemical Eye on Skull and Boneheads: What the Yale is going on? - It must be rooted deep in our human nature, because despite the fact that, by definition, they do not beckon, secret societies continue to lure us.

During the 2004 general election, we knew that both John Kerry and George Bush were members of the Skull and Bones secret society at Yale University. But that's all we knew. The rest was rumor and speculation.- More...
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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

arrow Ketchikan's 'Rotary Wheel' Still Turning; Hardworking club celebrates a century

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

arrow Read more feature stories by June Allen...

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