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April 22, 2004


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letter RE: Keep Ketchikan's Alaskan Spirit by Dave Kiffer - Ketchikan - 04/22/04
letter Trash disposal - a different approach by Gigi Pilcher - Ketchikan - 04/22/04
letter US Oceans Commission Report Welcomed by Bob Thorstenson, Jr. and Mark Vinsel for the United Fishermen of Alaska - AK - 04/22/04
letter Open Letter: Keep Ketchikan's Alaskan Spirit by Kathy Graham - Ketchikan - 04/22/04
letter Thank goodness by Karen Ramsey - Ward Cove - 04/22/04
letter More on litter by Charlotte Glover - Ketchikan - 04/22/04
letter Looking for information by Barry Trudeau - Novato, CA - 04/22/04
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Alaska: Governor Signs 5 Crime Bills into Law; Will Strengthen Rights of Victims - Governor Frank Murkowski signed into law Wednesday a package of five House bills that will fix deficiencies in the state's criminal procedure laws, and pay special attention to crime victims. - Read more...
Thursday - April 22, 2004

Alaska: Knowles Challenges Kerry On ANWR; Faults Both Parties for Failure to Reach a National Energy Bill - U.S. Senate Candidate Tony Knowles took presumptive Democratic Presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry to task Tuesday for his opposition to responsible development within the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). Kerry is currently running a television advertisement that mentions his stance on ANWR. - Read more...
Thursday - April 22, 2004

National: U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy Releases Preliminary Report - Calling on Congress and President Bush to establish a new national ocean policy that balances use with sustainability, is based on sound science and educational excellence, and moves toward an ecosystem-based management approach is the centerpiece of the Preliminary Report released today by the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy. - Read more...
Thursday - April 22, 2004

Alaska: Conservation Group Welcomes Oceans Report; Seafood coalition praises findings of federal commission - The Marine Conservation Alliance (MCA) on Tuesday welcomed the release of the long-awaited report of the blue-ribbon U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy (USCOP). The USCOP, created by Congress in 2000, calls on the federal government to develop a comprehensive oceans policy and to place a higher priority on better understanding the oceans and climate, as well as highlighting the need to address environmental problems associated with dramatic increases in population and pollution along the nation's coastlines. - Read more...
Thursday - April 22, 2004

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Ketchikan: Listen to this story... A report on Ketchikan's emergency medical services released earlier this month recommends that a single entity be responsible for coordinating ambulance services throughout the Ketchikan Gateway Borough. As Deanna Garrison reports, the report stops short of recommending areawide EMS, but suggests that the Borough's three Fire Departments work together to provide more cost-effective and efficient ambulance services.
KRBD - Ketchikan Public Radio - linked Thursday - April 22, 2004

POW: Listen to this story... The Prince of Wales Island Marathon will get extra attention this year. For the first time in the race's five-year history, a professional film crew will document the event. The program is called "Destination Marathon". Nelson Peterson is the show's producer. He recently spoke with KRBD's Jay Marble.
KRBD - Ketchikan Public Radio - linked Thursday - April 22, 2004

POW: Listen to this story... Naukati residents on Prince of Wales Island have filed a petition for incorporation as a second class city with the State Local Boundary Commission. As Deanna Garrison reports, the LBC recently accepted the petition, Kicking off about a year long public process, which would culminate with a public vote on the issue.
KRBD - Ketchikan Public Radio - linked Thursday - April 22, 2004


Dick Morris: Dubya In Trouble - Both of the polling organizations that track the presidential race in daily surveys have concluded that the contest has settled into a stalemate. Scott Rasmussen reports that for eight of the last nine days, President Bush has gotten 45 to 46 percent of the vote, while Sen. John Kerry ranged from 44 to 46 percent. John Zogby shows Kerry ahead by three and reports little movement either way. - Read more...
Thursday - April 22, 2004

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photosKetchikan's Cruise Ship Industry; A light-hearted look at its origins - Tourists are nothing new to Ketchikan. These seasonal visitors have been spilling out onto the downtown docks for more than a century now. They share certain traits: They're thrilled to find themselves in distant, exotic Alaska; they find Ketchikan quaint and charming; and, they are wide-eyed and excited as they board charter fishing boats, or climb into sightseeing coaches to rumble off over the city's trestle streets. The basic awe most people feel when seeing our little town remains constant, even after a century. The things that have changed over the years are the much larger numbers of ships and visitors visiting each summer and the numbers of attractions available to them.

At the turn of the 20th century, brand new Ketchikan was even then being visited by tourists and journalists. In The Ladies World Magazine of March 1905, travel writer Myra Drake Moore described the Ketchikan she visited the summer of 1904: "[Ketchikan] is the port of entry into Alaska it and its sister towns of Juneau and Skagway are all very much alike in architecture, and seem to be 'happen-so's'. Ketchikan," she archly wrote, "has accumulated itself." - Read the rest of this story by June Allen...
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