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April 15, 2004


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Autrey New Tribal Relations Specialist
John Autrey, new tribal government relations specialist for the Tongass National Forest, paddles a kayak in Seal Cove near Ketchikan.
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Ketchikan: Autrey New Tribal Relations Specialist - A long-time Southeast Alaska resident and member of the Alaska Native Brotherhood, Camp 14, in Ketchikan, has been selected as the new Alaska tribal government relations specialist for the Tongass National Forest. - Read more...
Thursday - April 15, 2004

Alaska: Governor Urges Legislative Action on Fiscal Problem; Endorses Constitutional Protection for Dividend & Education - Alaska Governor Frank Murkowski announced Wednesday that he would support a resolution to the state's fiscal problem that protects the Permanent Fund dividend and education funding in the Constitution. The Governor said he supports the concepts that are contained in HJR47, being heard in the House Finance committee Wednesday. - Read more...
Thursday - April 15, 2004

Alaska: Proposed Legislation Could Assist Fishing Communities In the Gulf and SE Alaska - Governor Frank Murkowski has introduced legislation that would allow non-profit groups to purchase halibut and sablefish (black cod) shares, to be fished by eligible residents along Southeast coastal communities and the Gulf of Alaska. - Read more...
Thursday - April 15, 2004

Thorne Bay: Federal Charges Filed in Wilderness Timber Theft Investigation - U.S. Forest Service law enforcement officers arrested one man and seized a tug boat Friday, April 9 as part of a continuing investigation of timber theft on Prince of Wales Island, according to Tongass National Forest Supervisor Forrest Cole. "We take protection of the Tongass National Forest very seriously," the Supervisor noted. "This case is just one example of the hard work of our Law Enforcement and Investigations Unit to protect the Forest." - Read more...
Thursday - April 15, 2004

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A whalebone dwelling on Bathhurst Island in Canada's high arctic, with researcher Allen McCartney standing nearby. - Photo by J.M. Savelle

Alaska Science: Ancient whalers leave their mark on the north - John Smol of Queen's University in Ontario is a frequent visitor to Canada's high arctic, a treeless world of tundra, lakes, and constant winds. The Thule people-descendents of the Native whalers of northern Alaska-lived in the area from about A.D. 1200 to A.D. 1600,making homes out of rocks, peat, and whalebones. Though the Thule people left the area about 400 years ago, Smol and his colleagues found that the ancient people have changed the water chemistry of local lakes and Thule homesites are still affecting lakes today. - Read more...
Thursday - April 15, 2004

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


Dick Morris: Iraq Could Doom Bush - President Bush had a narrow brush with disaster last week as the casualties mounted amid escalating Iraqi violence. The daily tracking polls of Scott Rasmussen show that 10 days ago Bush was three points ahead of Kerry. His attack ads had the Democrat reeling. Then, from April 3-7, Bush fell by nine points and ended his crash trailing Kerry by six. - Read more...
Thursday - April 15, 2004

Michael Reagan: The Shame Game - Just when I think the Democrats have descended as deep as possible into the slime pit where they customarily wallow, they manage to sink even deeper as they have during these farcical hearings into the 9/11 tragedy where the Democrat members of that panel are trying to pin the blame for the terrorist attacks that day on President Bush. - Read more...
Thursday - April 15, 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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