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March 21, 2005

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Southeast Alaska: Coast Guard continues to assist Independence; 325-foot fish processing ship lost steering and began drifting - A Coast Guard C-130 is on scene this evening with the Independence and Coast Guard cutters are continuing to the vessel's position. The 325-foot fish processing ship lost steering and began drifting earlier today in the Gulf of Alaska. - More...
Monday - March 21, 2005 - 7:35 pm

Ketchikan: Man held for brutal assault and robbery - According to information released by Public Safety Director Rich Leipfert of the Ketchikan Police Department, a man is being held today at the Ketchikan Correctional Center on First Degree Robbery, First Degree Assault, Second Degree Theft and Violation of Conditions of Release. - More...
Monday - March 21, 2005 - 2:25 pm

Southeast Alaska: Coast Guard rushing to save hundreds aboard drifting ship - Crews aboard two Coast Guard cutters and a C-130 aircraft are rushing to assist 204 fishers aboard a 325-foot fish processing ship drifting aimlessly in the Gulf of Alaska at this hour. (1:00 pm AST)

The Coast Guard received a report earlier this morning from crewmembers aboard the Seattle-based processor Independence report an engineering problem with one of the ship's three rudders. - More...
Monday - March 21, 2005 - 1:05 pm

Alaska: Recent Consumer Information Theft at ChoicePoint  Prompts Bill to Protect Consumer Privacy - Today four Alaska legislators introduced legislation to require that companies notify consumers when their personal or financial information has been stolen. In February ChoicePoint, Inc., a Georgia-based financial database company admitted personal information affecting almost 150,000 consumers had been stolen. Recently, the company admitted it knew of this breach since the fall, and had delayed letting consumers, including 251 Alaskans, know about the breach until last month. - More...
Monday - March 21, 2005

Alaska: Stiffed Seafood Workers to Get Partial Paychecks; Processor Forfeits $10,000 Bond; Faces $178,000 Court Judgement - Alaska seafood processor workers cheated out of pay and travel expenses after their employer closed suddenly last summer will get partial payback this spring, thanks to the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development. - More...
Monday - March 21, 2005

National: Rubella no longer a major threat in U.S. By Lee Bowman - Federal officials declared Monday that the rubella virus, scourge of the baby boomers as the German measles, no longer poses a major public-health threat in the United States.

Still, this is no time to stop getting vaccinated, they warned. - More...
Monday - March 21, 2005

International: Water scarcity, contamination could become wave of the future - As the planet prepares to mark the 13th annual World Water Day on Tuesday, water scarcity and contamination are becoming both an increasing economic threat to industry and a growing business opportunity, experts said. - More...
Monday - March 21, 2005



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Star Parker: Social Security reform threatened by elitist liberals - President Bush's Social Security initiative has gotten off to a shaky start. However, polls indicate that voters are warming up to the idea of personal retirement accounts. It's time for the Bush administration to start making crystal clear the core principles that distinguish its approach on Social Security reform from that of Democrats.

Whereas Bush is selling his reform under the theme of an "ownership society," I would call the Democratic alternative the "plantation society." The "plantation society" is characterized by a wealthy class of owners who want to limit the choices, opportunities and freedom of working-class Americans.- More...
Monday - March 21, 2005

Linda Seebach: A compelling look at China today - In his new book "China Inc.," Ted Fishman explores the consequences of what he calls "the largest migration in human history " - the hundreds of millions of people from rural China flooding into the cities, and not incidentally away from subsistence farming and into the global economy.

Officially, China's gross domestic product in 2003 was $1.4 trillion, making it the seventh-largest economy in the world. But that figure is far too low, Fishman says. For one thing - a very big thing - it does not include the underground economy, whose size is by definition unknown but certain to be vast. Second, that number relies on the formal exchange rate, but the Chinese currency is pegged to the dollar and substantially undervalued. In terms of purchasing power, $1 spent in China buys "about what $4.70 does in Indianapolis." - More...
Monday - March 21, 2005

James K. Glassman: On the verge of a telecom revolution - At long last, 21 years after a judge broke up Ma Bell, Americans are on the brink of getting the telecommunications they deserve.

Exactly which technologies will dominate in the next few years, I have no idea. Voice Over Internet (VoIP), wireless broadband, superfast DSL, satellite, cable telephony? If all goes well, the choice, finally, will be in the hands of consumers, rather than regulators, judges and legislators who left the job half-done. Americans will benefit from fierce competition among serious, well-funded companies and choose for themselves the best products at the lowest cost. - More...
Monday - March 21, 2005

Bonnie Erbe: A last abandonment of principle - The next time you hear a Republican who voted in favor of the "Prolong the Schiavo" misery bill stumping for states' rights, one word and one word only should come to mind: "prevaricator." Of course, Democrats lie, too. But more often than not, they make the politically unacceptable mistake of sticking to partisan principles.

When I was coming of age, Republicans stood for two things that made the party appealing to me. The first issue was states' rights (to wit, giving local government control over local issues) and the second issue was a balanced budget. Since the rightward lurch of the GOP, members have dropped both stands with such wanton abandon as to make the party unrecognizable. - More...
Monday - March 21, 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

arrow Read more feature stories by June Allen...

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