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March 30, 2005

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National: Fight over judicial nominees heats up By Margaret Talev - Many Americans are more interested in the movies than in the inner workings of Congress, so when television producer Norman Lear set out to turn public opinion against a Republican plan to block Democrats from filibustering President Bush's judicial nominees, Lear looked to the silver screen. - More...
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National: Report: Quality of life improves for U.S. kids By Lawrence M. O'Rourke - With teenage violence and pregnancies down, American children are enjoying their best quality of life in more than a quarter century, but they're playing video games for too long and getting too fat, a study released Wednesday reports.- More...
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National: Title IX law shields whistleblowers, court rules By James W. Brosnan - Coaches of girls' athletic teams at schools can now complain about substandard practice facilities, lack of funding and other unequal treatment without fear of losing their jobs. - More...
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International: The future of Iraq is a mixed picture now By John E. Mulligan - The commander of the Marine force that drove Iraqi insurgents from Fallujah last fall declared this week that the town will become a model for how democracy can take hold in Iraq. - More...
Wednesday - March 30, 2005

International: Report: Humans changing environment faster than ever By Joan Lowy - Over the past 50 years, mankind has changed the natural environment of the planet faster and more extensively than at any other time in human history, according to the first comprehensive evaluation of the world's major ecosystems. - More...
Wednesday - March 30, 2005

Alaska: Stevens Proposes To Move Alaska Forward By Investing in Education Infrastructure - Legislation introduced Tuesday by Alaska Senate President Ben Stevens, R- Anchorage, would provide $337 million to address critical maintenance and construction needs of education facilities across Alaska and move Alaska forward into the next decade by investing in Alaska's education infrastructure. - More...
Wednesday - March 30, 2005

Alaska: Elkins Introduces Legislation to Reduce In-State Long Distance Phone Rates - Representative Jim Elkins (R-Ketchikan) introduced House Bill 221, legislation to reduce in-state long distance telephone rates. - More...
Wednesday - March 30, 2005

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Ketchikan: FUTURE LEADERS: Tyler Dean Mortensen a feature by Joseph Branco - I recently had the opportunity to interview another rising star in our community who just happens to be in Ecuador during our interview! Tyler's name was brought to my attention by numerous people including many of his peers and community leaders in our community. I was informed of Tyler's great leadership skills, amazing potential, and fondness for political debate - often finding comfort on the "right" side of certain issues - already making him an instant success in my eyes! So I am pleased to share my interview with one of Ketchikan's brightest young leaders - Tyler Mortensen. - More...
Wednesday - March 30, 2005

Alaska: Settlement with Blockbuster Over Advertising For "No Late Fee" Program Announced - Acting Attorney General Scott Nordstrand announced Tuesday that he and the Attorneys General of 46 other states plus the District of Columbia reached agreement with Blockbuster Inc., to settle allegations that it misled consumers in the advertising of its "No Late Fee" program. - More...
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Ketchikan: Seiner's voyage terminated following collision - The Coast Guard received a report of a collision between the Ketchikan fishing vessels Star Shadow and Lovey Joann in Sitka Sound during the herring fishery opener Friday. - More...
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letter Clarification of Decision on Kayhi User Fees by Anna Annicelli - Wednesday
letter Squandered Inheritance: A Challenge by Larry Jackson - Wednesday
letter A Word of Warning From a Twelve Year Old! by Jerry Cegelske - Wednesday
letter Re: Super vs Simple Majority by Doug Gosnell - Wednesday
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Richard D. Lamm - The High Cost Of Cheap Labor - It is easy to see why illegal immigrants are attractive to employers. These are generally good, hard working people who will quietly accept minimum wage (or less), who don't generally get health or other benefits, and if they complain, they can be easily fired. For some employers it is an abused form of labor. Even minimum wage is attractive to workers from countries whose standard of living is a fraction of ours. - More...
Wednesday - March 30, 2005

Sharon Randall: Letting Go - She thinks she's hiding it, but any fool can see it. The only fool she's fooling is herself.

She keeps trying to figure out why he left her - and when exactly is he coming back.

She doesn't talk about it, but she doesn't have to tell me.

Loss is a universal language and it has no need for words. - More...
Wednesday - March 30, 2005

Timothy M. Rivinus: A tragedy down to the core - According to Aristotle, a resigned wisdom often emerges from tragedy. Whether Terri Schiavo's life ended functionally 15 years ago or will end soon (possibly by the time this is published) doesn't mitigate the tragedy for her and those who love her. Even if we peel away the layered melodrama formed around her plight, tragedy remains at the core. - More...
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Dick Morris: Designer Social Security - President Bush's job-approval rate is slipping again. One reason is likely his failure to sell his Social Security reform.

The problem has always been that the president only tells us half the story. He warns us that the system is failing and trumpets the virtues of privatization, but doesn't propose any solution to the core question: the shortfall in the system's revenues. - More...
Wednesday - March 30, 2005

Dale McFeatters: Social Security solution: Have more babies - Out there on a smile and a shoeshine, President Bush is trying with Willy Loman-like doggedness to sell his plans for Social Security reform. But even his audiences of carefully screened true believers don't seem to be buying it.

The president needs a Plan B and, curiously, out of Australia comes a plan that would save Social Security. It's more circuitous than the president's, but lots more fun. - More...
Wednesday - March 30, 2005

Timm Herdt: Social Security debate about people, not numbers - After a certain report landed in my e-mail inbox Friday, there was something I just couldn't keep myself from doing over the weekend.

I went to church on Easter Sunday, looked around the pews and counted the Social Security checks.

Frankly, after all the sound and fury this winter over Social Security and its future, I needed a different perspective from which to look at the issue. - More...
Wednesday - March 30, 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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