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April 14, 2004


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'Fishin' Bridge Sunset'
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audioKetchikan: Listen to this story... It appears unlikely that the West Behm Canal herring fishery will take place as planned. That's the word from a State Fish and Game Biologist, who says the herring spawning in the area are too small and too few. As Deanna Garrison reports, many of the gillnetters who were looking to participate in the controversial fishery have now left the area.
KRBD - Ketchikan Public Radio - linked Wednesday, April 14, 2004 PM

audioThorne Bay: Listen to this story... A Thorne Bay man was arraigned in U.S. District Court Monday on two felony counts of timber theft. As Deanna Garrison reports, the man is accused of taking red cedar trees from a federally designated wilderness area on South Prince of Wales Island.
KRBD - Ketchikan Public Radio - linked Wednesday, April 14, 2004 PM

Alaska: Governor directs priority job help for 66 Chevron workers facing layoff with sale of service stations - Tuesday Governor Frank Murkowski directed state labor officials to provide a full range of employment assistance services to 66 Chevron employees scheduled for layoffs as part of an agreement to sell eight company-owned service stations in metro Anchorage and Palmer. - Read more...
Wednesday - April 14, 2004

Southeast AK: Coast Guard releases fishing vessel collision findings; Aggressive actions and Rules of the Road violations by all three operators caused the collision - Coast Guard Marine Safety Office Juneau and Marine Safety Detachment Sitka completed an investigation into the collisions between the fishing vessels Lovey Joann, Commander, and Hi-Tech that occurred on March 27, 2004 during the Sitka Sound herring sac roe fishery opening.

Coast Guard investigators conducted approximately two dozen interviews during the investigation, which revealed that the collisions occurred when the fishing vessel (F/V) Lovey Joann's operator attempted to maneuver into a desirable fishing area where the F/V Commander, F/V Hi-Tech, F/V Leading Lady and F/V Aleutian Spirit were already positioned. The operators of F/V Commander and F/V Hi-Tech apparently cooperated in an aggressive attempt to deny the F/V Lovey Joann access to the area by deliberately maneuvering their vessels to block the F/V Lovey Joann. During the maneuvering, the F/V Lovey Joann, F/V Commander and F/V Hi-Tech collided. - Read more...
Wednesday - April 14, 2004

Ketchikan: Ketchikan Herring Fishery Aerial Surveys Continue; Fishery Not On A 2-Hour Notice - An aerial survey conducted Tuesday morning showed approximately 1 mile of active spawn observed between Smugglers Bay and Bond Bay. Two commercial gillnet samples were obtained from this spawn. - Read more...
Wednesday - April 14, 2004

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Governor Frank Murkowski joins teens, anti-tobacco activitists, and concerned citizens on the capitol steps to call for legislators to pass an increase in tobacco tax. Signs said "If you must smoke, smoke fish." Local smokeries donated smoked Alaska salmon to the festivities.
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Alaska: Tobacco Rally: If You Must Smoke, Smoke Fish; Governor Murkowski Joins Teens Against Tobacco Use - Governor Murkowski shared the microphone with members of Teens Against Tobacco Use (TATU), a politically-active group of high school students whose aim is to increase awareness of the dangers of teen smoking, during a Capitol steps rally at noon Tuesday.

According to information provided by the Office of the Governor, the rally was to support the Governor's proposed $1.00 per pack tobacco tax increase-HB 538 and SB 368. High school student and TATU member Kate Conway emceed the rally - and plugged the theme, "If You Must Smoke, Smoke Fish." - Read more...
Wednesday - April 14, 2004

Ketchikan: Senate Finance Committee To Take Testimony On Operating Budget - The operating budget, House Bill 375, includes funding for critical state programs, such as K-12 education, the university, Medicaid programs, public broadcasting, the Alaska Public Offices Commission, and state grants for organizations such as Alaska Legal Services. - Read more...
Wednesday - April 14, 2004

Alaska: House Hearing On Oil Tax Bill Wednesday Morning; AK Democrats Say Bill would Raise Approx. $400 - $500 million in Additional Revenue at Current FY Oil Prices - Wednesday at 7 a.m. the House Ways and Means Committee will hear HB 441, which would adjust the state's oil tax structure.- Read more..
Wednesday - April 14, 2004

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PhotosKetchikan's First City Players; Did you hear that applause? - The 40th anniversary of the founding of Ketchikan's renowned First City Players is fast approaching. That community theater of volunteer actors, directors and stage hands laid the foundation of a tradition that has become the city's longest-lived, continuously active thespian society. It began when a small group of amateur actors with a little theater experience got together and said, "Let's put on a show!" And did so, and then put together another show, and another to become in time Ketchikan's first long-term little theater group as well as one of Alaska's most respected amateur theater organizations. In the larger picture and looking back to the town's beginnings, the First City Players added their talents to a long tradition of drama and comedy in the story of the small town on the shores of Tongass Narrows. - Read the rest of this story by June Allen...
Tuesday - March 30, 2004

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