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March 25, 2005

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audioAlaska: On 16th Anniversary of Exxon Valdez Oil Spill, Governor Calls On Parties of Ligation To Resolve Differences - March 24th marked the 16th Anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill where 11 million gallons of oil was spilled into Prince William Sound. Two years later the state and federal government entered into a settlement agreement to recover damages for injury to natural resources. Since that time, the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council has directed spending more than $800 million in executing its plan to restore the affected environment. - More...
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photosScience: Dinosaur Hunters Discover Soft Tissue in Dinosaur Bones - Conventional wisdom among paleontologists states that when dinosaurs died and became fossilized, soft tissues didn't preserve - the bones were essentially transformed into "rocks" through a gradual replacement of all organic material by minerals. New research by a North Carolina State University paleontologist, however, could literally turn that theory inside out. - More...
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letter Capitol: A Better Place? by June Allen - Friday
letter Bear Valley's War Zone by Cheryl Haven - Friday
letter PIPS: Ponzi Scam of Interest to FBI by David G. Hanger - Friday
letter Oppose One-Party Rule by Myrna Gardner - Friday
letter "Nuclear option" by Geri Brady Kelly - Friday
letter Lip service only to "Pro Life" values by Leslie Katz - Friday
letter How many bridge builders live in Ketchikan? by Dave Rettke - Thursday
letter Hardships tough for minimum wage earners by Ralph Mirsky - Thursday
letterCapitol: A Better Place? by Carl Gatto - Thursday
letter Social Security? by P. J. Travis - Thursday
letter Alaska's rural kids deserve a fair crack at a quality education by Albert Kookesh & Woodie Salmon - Thursday
letter The PERS/TRS Debate Rages by Mike Kelly - Thursday
letter PIPS-burst! by Charlotte Glover - Thursday
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National: U.S. senator seeking some answers during Iraq visit By John E. Mulligan - Army Gen. John Abizaid, the top U.S. military commander in the Persian Gulf, is in Iraq to spend Easter weekend touring bases to see firsthand how the war is going.- More..
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Washington Calling: First-responders' equipment shortage ... Meet Market... Revenge ... More By Lance Gay - Remember those post-9/11 days when politicians rallied around the valiant first-responders, the emergency personnel found they couldn't talk to one another over radio phones because police, fire and other local government agencies broadcast on different frequencies? - More...
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National: News items from here and there... The mystery of how a human finger found its way into a bowl of fast-food chili has sparked a series of investigations that hope to trace the finger back from a San Jose, Calif., restaurant to the hand it was detached from. - More...
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National: 'Phoods' are only beginning of drug-altered products By Lance Gay - A new generation of "phoods" is beginning to appear on supermarket shelves, with pharmaceuticals added to the calories to improve vision, lower cholesterol or add bone-strengthening calcium. - More...
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National: Family: Teen had 'good relationship' with grandfather he killed By Chuck Haga - Jeff Weise had "a good relationship" with the grandfather he shot and killed as prelude to his deadly assault on students and others at Red Lake High School, according to relatives who are struggling to understand what might have pushed the teenager from sometimes bizarre behavior to mass murder and suicide. - More...
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photosNational: "Back to the future": countdown to Shuttle return to flight - Launch pad 39B at Kennedy Space Center in Florida will soon see the Shuttle blasting off again for a new exciting mission in space. According to NASA's current schedule, this will be between 15 May and 3 June (the precise date will be set once the flight readiness review process has been completed at the end of April). - More...
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Alaska: Introduced foxes transformed vegetation on Aleutian Islands from lush grasslands to tundra - Huge colonies of seabirds accustomed to nesting on islands free of predators began disappearing when fur traders started introducing foxes onto islands in the Aleutian archipelago in the 18th century. The ground-nesting birds made easy meals for the foxes. A study published this week in the journal Science now shows that the effects of the introduced foxes rippled through entire island ecosystems, transforming the vegetation from lush grasslands to scrubby, low-growing tundra. - More...
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Alaska: Cruise Tax Again Proposed - Representative Carl Gatto (R-Palmer) of the 24th Alaska Legislature has pioneered a new method to propose his legislation - a web site. - More...
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photosKetchikan: Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet To Visit Ketchikan - Stephen Dunn, Pulitzer Prize winning poet, will read from his body of work on Sunday, April 3 at 7:30pm at the Saxman Tribal House. This event is free and open to the public. The event is co-sponsored by the Ketchikan Writers Forum, a program of the Ketchikan Area Arts & Humanities Council and the University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan and is a celebration of National Poetry Month. - More...
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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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