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March 19, 2005

Front Page Photo by Carl Thompson

'Revenge of the Bat'
Front Page Photo by Carl Thompson

Ketchikan: A Bat, a Ball and a Ketchikan Play; Ketchikan Community Chorus & Orchestra Adapts Die Fledermaus for Home-Run Fun as "Revenge of the Bat" by Sharon Lint - The Ketchikan Community Chorus & Orchestra mixed it up last night at Kayhi witha Bat, a Ball and a Ketchikan Play. And no, they weren't playing baseball. They were playing Opera. - More...
Saturday - March 19, 2005

Logging operations start in Bear Valley

Logging operations start in Bear Valley
Front Page Photo by Rick Watson

photosKetchikan: Recent Acquisitions: An Eclectic Exhibit - What do an ashtray from the Toot & Tell Drive In, a Sydney Laurence seascape painting, a 1920s-era electric meter, and a set of "brass knuckles" have in common? First, each of them is connected in some way to Ketchikan; second, all were added to the Museum's permanent collections during the last four years; and finally, they are all featured in Recent Acquisitions, the current exhibit at the Tongass Historical Museum. - More...
Saturday - March 19, 2005

photosKetchikan: Brown Bag Lunch Series Caps Exhibit - Lunchtime audiences have an opportunity for "up close and personal" conversations with artists whose work appears in the Recent Acquisitions exhibit with the Brown Bag Lunch series, held on Thursdays in the Museum's exhibit gallery. - More...
Saturday - March 19, 2005

Bar-tailed godwits

Two juvenile bar-tailed godwits with heavy loads of fat fly over the central Yukon River delta on September 8, 2004. The birds were soon to start a migration to New Zealand or Australia during which they might not land to feed during a five or six-day trip.
Photo by Bob Gill.

photosKetchikan: FUNDAY At The Museum - FUNDAY at the Museum, a new series of exhibit-related Saturday programs especially for kids, kicked off at the Tongass Historical Museum on January 22. Each event in the series will feature various interactive learning stations that relate to the current exhibit. - More...
Saturday - March 19, 2005

Alaska: The bar-tailed godwit's nonstop to New Zealand by Ned Rozell - A New Zealand biologist emailed his colleague in Anchorage in early March with news of creatures heading toward Alaska to start a 15,000-mile round trip.

"They're on their way," Phil Battley wrote from Auckland after watching a group of bar-tailed godwits leap into the air and head out over the South Pacific. Those birds will head to the shores of the Yellow Sea near Korea, fatten up for a few weeks, and fly to their breeding grounds on Alaska's tundra. After a summer of hatching and raising young godwits, the birds leave Alaska's west coast to begin fall migrations back to New Zealand and eastern Australia.

On the return trip, godwits probably don't make the pit stop in Asia. Some biologists think the birds stay airborne for almost one week, making a 6,800-mile beeline from Alaska to New Zealand or the coast of Australia. - More...
Saturday - March 19, 2005



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letter Barking up the wrong tree.. by Donna Hamilton Baptista - Sunday
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National: Some war critics rethink their position By David Westphal - The success of January's elections in Iraq, new flashes of democracy in Egypt and Saudi Arabia, and massive rallies in Lebanon are causing some critics of the Iraq war to reconsider their skepticism of President Bush's Middle East strategy.

A few are pondering a question they once would have found unthinkable: Could Bush have been right about the war? - More...
Saturday - March 19, 2005

National: Fight over Medicaid splits GOP support for budget By Lawrence M. O'Rourke - Congressional Republicans left Washington for their spring break Friday after offering a glimpse of their ideological divide triggered by a Senate rejection of President Bush's request to cut spending on health care for the poor.- More...
Saturday - March 19, 2005

National: The American dream is out of reach for many today By Mary Deibel and Lance Gay - In an earlier era, Americans who didn't strike it rich at home could take Horace Greeley's advice to "Go West" for new opportunities to reinvent their lives.

World War II gave way to another kind of mobility. The GI Bill and an end to legal segregation ushered in "a period when people from poor backgrounds were able to get a college education, buy a home and start a business," said New York University wealth expert Edward Wolff. - More...
Saturday - March 19, 2005

Columns - Commentary

jpg Dave KifferDave Kiffer: "Talk About Multitasking!" - Last week sitting in a Sea-Tac departure lounge I came to a shocking conclusion.

I was waiting for a flight to Oakland (yes, Gertrude, there is a "there" there) and it dawned on me that I was only person (amongst a whole herd of folks) that wasn't talking on a cell phone. - More...
Saturday - March 19, 2005

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photosKetchikan: A Personal Tribute to Tom Coyne on St. Patrick's Day - St. Patrick's Day makes me think of Ketchikan's city councilman Tom Coyne and of famous author Frank McCourt. They even look a lot alike -- faces like maps of Ireland! Of course I've never met Frank McCourt, author of Angela's Ashes, but his book lays bare the bittersweet memories of his childhood. And I've interviewed Tom Coyne on several occasions and I see some of the similarities in their impoverished early years.  And they both, like everyone in the Irish land of their bloodlines, are poets at heart. - Read the rest of this story by June Allen....
Thursday - March 17, 2005

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

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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