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Alaska: Budget issues, headlined by Arctic Refuge drilling By Richard Mauer - Opening the Arctic refuge to oil drilling was at the forefront of the Senate budget debate last month, but now it has been overshadowed by even more controversial items in the budget as Congress attempts to reconcile two very divergent spending plans in the weeks ahead. - More...
Sunday - April 03, 2005

Technology: Shoulder surfing as dangerous as online theft By Michael Woods - Mention online theft of personal information and people think of credit card numbers and passwords stolen during transactions over the Internet.

Over-the-shoulder theft of personal information, however, may be a bigger risk, according to computer security experts. They even have a term for this low-tech but highly effective ploy: "shoulder surfing." - More...
Sunday - April 03, 2005

Alaska: Governor: Pope John Paul II a Man of Unity - Alaska Governor Frank H. Murkowski said he was saddened to learn of the death of Pope John Paul II today at the age of 84. - More...
Saturday - April 02, 2005



letter Ketchikan Campus Director Resigns by Robert D. Warner - Saturday
letter Minimum wage and poverty by Mark Tollfeldt - Saturday
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David Yount: Amazing Grace - Living a thousand years - Two-thirds of human deaths can be attributed simply to the ravages of aging. In effect, over time, we wear out. Accordingly, we come to accept death as a fact of life. But need we?

British critic Bryan Appleyard asks us to imagine a fictional girl, age 11, who already enjoys the advantages of having survived childhood diseases, had grandparents who lived into their 80s, and whose own parents are happily married and can afford private medical insurance for her. Moreover, her Mom and Dad see to it that she maintains healthy habits. - More...
Sunday - April 03, 2005

Maureen Gilmer: Mo Plants - Growing from seed - "Seeds are wealth. They are beauty. They are a symbol - a symbol of beginnings. They are carriers of aid, of friendship, of good will."

Despite Victor Boswell's noble words in the 1961 Yearbook of Agriculture, I have suffered many dismal failures with growing from seed. In my maturity I look back upon these difficult seasons and conclude the fault is not always with the seed, but the seedbed. - More...
Sunday - April 03, 2005

Ben Grabow: THINLY READ -Taking breakfast to the land of extreme sports - The symptoms begin immediately: Loss of appetite, nausea, sweating, and painful bloating. A craving for orange juice may be present. - More...
Sunday - April 03, 2005

Steve Brewer: Speaking in public - Got fear? Odds are, if someone wants you to make a little speech, you're feeling anxious and afraid.

Fear of public speaking is the most common social phobia, experts say, affecting as much as 75 percent of the population. More people fear public speaking than fear spiders, snakes, scorpions, toddlers, you name it. Some people are so afraid of speaking in public that they get physical symptoms, such as nausea, stuttering or trouser dampness. - More...
Sunday - April 03, 2005

jpg Dave KifferDave Kiffer: Vox Populi #3 - For those of you playing along at home, I did misspell the word "crucifixion" in a recent column ("Talk About Multitasking"). Three alert (be alert, the world needs more lerts!) readers brought it to my attention. I could claim that the misspelling (crucifiction) was a Freudian slip but even my subconscious isn't that smart.

It has also been suggested that I should just run the danged computer spell checker more often. Really, how seriously can you take a device that insists I change SITNEWS to Sadness and Kiffer to Cipher?

Another reader wondered what I thought about the state of Alaska deciding to phase out the Chilkoot Trail license plates. Yes, I was a little peeved when the State of Alaska recently announced it was phasing out the Chilkoot Trail anniversary license plates ("License Plate Bingo."). Not because of any effect it would have on my ability to play "license plate bingo." It would actually make that easier. No more wondering from a distance if the Chilkoot mountain design might be a Colorado, Montana or Wyoming mountain design. - More...
Saturday - April 02, 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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