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March 29, 2005

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'The Goose Ballet'
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Alaska: Officials Test Alaska Tsunami Warning System for the First Time - NOAA's National Weather Service and Alaska's Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, in cooperation with local emergency management offices and the Alaska Broadcasters Association, will conduct the first-ever statewide test of the tsunami warning communications system on March 30 at 9:45 a.m. Alaska Standard Time. Live tsunami warning codes, rather than a test code, will be broadcast on television stations statewide. NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.- More...
Tuesday - March 29, 2005

Alaska: Package to Fund Airport Remodels - Alaska Governor Frank H. Murkowski announced in Anchorage today plans to introduce a bill authorizing the sale of up to $288 million in new international airport revenue bonds. The bonds will fund terminal remodels at the Anchorage and Fairbanks International Airports as well as provide state matching dollars for federal airport improvement projects and fund other smaller capital improvement projects.- More...
Tuesday - March 29, 2005

Technology: Hot spots for hackers: Wireless networks By Corilyn Shropshire - War drivers are people who ride in their cars with laptop computers and scout for wireless Internet, or WiFi, connections. War driver Rick Farina says he is doing good by identifying unsecured wireless networks and, for a starting price of $75, offering to help their owners protect them.- More...
Tuesday - March 29, 2005

Science: Scientists gain insight into search for life on other planets By Lee Bowman - Old stars can make new life possible on planets that have been left frozen for billions of years, an international team of astronomers has concluded after considering the "habitable zones" around various types of stars. - More...
Tuesday - March 29, 2005

Health: Vets see reemergence of dog-to-human disease By Lance Gay - When you get that friendly lick from your family dog, you may be sharing more than warm and wet feelings. - More...
Tuesday - March 29, 2005



letter Exporting of logs in the round by Forrest Mackie - Tuesday
letter Miminum Wage Increases: Who benefits? by Joseph Branco - Tuesday
letter Minimum wage workers by Linda Burger - Tuesday
"LOCAL PIPSTERS" by Anna Kinsman - Tuesday
letter Living wills by Kara McElroy Steele - Tuesday
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Tuesday - March 29th: There will be a School Board Budget WorkSession today at the City Council Chambers starting at 5:00pm.

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Jason Love - Me-Gulls - As someone who lives near the beach, I feel qualified to make the following observation: Seagulls are evil. No, you say. Not seagulls. Yes, seagulls. They dig through your garbage, dump on everything they see, serve only themselves -- they are the lawyers of marine vertebrates.

Contrary to myth, seagulls are not friendly. A seagull's opinion of you is based largely on whether or not you are holding food, which includes but is not limited to bread, items that look like bread, and small bread-like pets. Seagulls are timid individually but grow cocky in numbers until, worst case, they conspire to seize you Alfred Hitchcock style. - More...
Tuesday - March 29, 2005

Jay Ambrose: Misconstruing media - John Kerry says the media muffed the job in the last election, or at least that the people who voted against him paid attention to the wrong media outlets, which is why he lost the presidential election. There is just one thing wrong with this contention. It's silly.

He's concerned, for instance, that large numbers of Americans voting for George W. Bush believed incorrectly that Saddam Hussein played a part in the 9/11 attacks and seems to think this is because they were paying too much attention to a "sub-media" that aimed to entertain, not inform, and that undercut the valid reporting of mainstream outlets. - More...
Tuesday - March 29, 2005

Mark Patinkin: Some job ads to consider - The Labor Department announced that 260,000 jobs were created last month, which got me thinking about the more interesting new positions our economy is creating.

I came up with a speculative list and decided to devise my own want ads: - More...
Tuesday - March 29, 2005

Martin Schram: GOP sees truth about DeLay - Belatedly but undeniably, Washington's Republicans are beginning to see the light. They see it every time they look into a mirror - and see the unsmiling, unapologetic mug of Tom DeLay looking back at them.

The House Majority Hammer has become the face of Republican Ethics - and it is not a pretty face. Politically, it is a downright ugly face, and finally, Republicans are beginning to get it. First on Main Street, then on K Street and finally, last Monday, on Wall Street, Republicans have been saying things that show they understand what regular people understood before them. DeLay has made himself the poster-pol for Washington's standard ethical double standard: What is OK for me is attackable for you. Or, as I've said before: Ethics DeLayed is ethics denied. - More...
Tuesday - March 29, 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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