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National: Senate takes up budget bill By Lawrence M. O'Rourke - The Republican majority approved cuts in U.S. government spending on education Monday as the Senate opened a week-long debate on a $2.6 trillion federal spending and tax blueprint for next year. - More...
Tuesday - March 15, 2005

National: White House shifts approach to private accounts By Bill Straub - The tepid public response accorded President Bush's plan to overhaul Social Security has the White House searching for new ways to sell the message to the public.

During the most recent addresses in what the president has billed as his "60 stops in 60 days" tour, Bush has emphasized that his proposal - centered on the creation of private accounts - won't affect the Social Security benefits of those who are retired or are soon to be retired. - More...
Tuesday - March 15, 2005

National: Bill takes hard line on bankruptcy By Barrie McKenna - The title seems innocuous enough: The Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005.

But experts complain that the first overhaul of U.S. bankruptcy laws in nearly two decades accomplishes neither. Instead, it targets a "non-existent" abuse crisis, while keeping tens of thousands of the most vulnerable Americans from escaping crushing medical bills, and enriching a clutch of highly profitable banks, credit card companies and major retailers. - More...
Tuesday - March 15, 2005

National: New book says Indian movement now on an upward path By Kim Castleberry - When University of Colorado law professor Charles Wilkinson began working on legal issues affecting American Indians 34 years ago, he said it was unfathomable that tribes would one day operate vital self-governments.

But that's exactly what happened, said Wilkinson, who documents the advancement in a new book, "Blood Struggle: The Rise of Modern Indian Nations." Specifically, he writes about the progress Native Americans have made since 1953, when Congress voted to sell all tribal lands. - More...
Tuesday - March 15, 2005

photosNational: 'Tree-Power' Could be Future Energy Source By Robert Burns - A wood-fueled electricity generating plant may be in your future.

In fact, the future is 'now' in some Scandinavian countries, said Dr. Darwin Foster, Texas Cooperative Extension forestry program leader. "In Sweden, they're already bundling up what we're leaving in the forest after a timber harvest and using it as bio-fuel," Foster said. - More...
Tuesday - March 15, 2005

Alaska: PFD Application Period Ends March 31 - The filing period for the 24th annual payment of the Permanent Fund Dividend closes on March 31, 2005. In order to receive the annual dividend from the earnings of the Alaska Permanent Fund, Alaskans must apply each year. Payments will be made in October to eligible applicants.

The Permanent Fund Dividend Division projects approximately 635,000 Alaskans will file for the 2005 dividend. With less than three weeks to go, over 205,000 have yet to apply. - More...
Tuesday - March 15, 2005

Alaska: Retirement Security Act Introduced in State Senate - Monday the Senate Finance Committee introduced the Retirement Security Act. The legislation is said would instill fiscal responsibility and stability in the state's public employee and teacher retirement systems, create an attractive retirement plan for future generations of public employees and maintain current benefits for existing public employees.

Sen. Bert Stedman (R - Sitka) and Sen. Lyda Green (R- Wasilla) are leading the Senate's effort to address what they say is a retirement crisis. "This is a multifaceted problem. We have a five billion dollar unfunded liability, systemic problems that created it, and the need for predictability into the future," said Sen. Stedman. - More...
Tuesday - March 15, 2005

Alaska: Network TV show triggers big jump in tracing unclaimed Alaska property - Alaska Department of Revenue officials said Monday national television coverage has triggered a major increase in inquiries to a state Internet website to determine eligibility to secure title to unclaimed property in Alaska. - More...
Tuesday - March 15, 2005

Alaska: Alaska Delegation Announces Nearly $55 Million in Grants - Senator Lisa Murkowski, Senator Ted Stevens and Congressman Don Young announced that Federal agencies have awarded a series of grants to the State of Alaska and to Alaska programs. - More...
Tuesday - March 15, 2005

Alaska: Mecum elected Executive Man of the Year - The United Fishermen of Alaska (UFA) Board of Directors has elected Doug Mecum as its second UFA "EXECUTIVE MAN OF THE YEAR." - More...
Tuesday - March 15, 2005


Ketchikan: Hot Air, Cold Nights First City Toastmasters Proves Speechmaking Can Be a Breeze! Part II By Sharon Lint - The Review of "Hot Air, Cold Nights" continues . . . after Jeff and Gerry brought everyone's attention back to the podium, Gerry gave everyone a chuckle with a little story about age. . .

"There is a story about two elderly gentlemen sitting on a bench and one says, 'Oh, for heaven's sake, every bone in my body aches. I just feel awful. . . I feel bad all the time . . . how are you feeling?' And his friend says, 'I feel like a newborn babe!' . . . [the first says] 'WHAT?' . . . 'Sure,' he says, 'no hair, no teeth, and I think I just wet my pants!'"

Gerry laughed with everyone else and then turned back to the business of introductions. "Our next speaker was raised on Gravina Island and he has some . . . stories about his adventures there and of his mother's adventures, particularly when a petite mom shot a bear. . . but now he's going to talk about an adventure of his own. From his Original Speech called, "Sitting Pretty," please help me welcome Mike Salee." - More...
Tuesday - March 15, 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

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

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