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Ketchikan: Guardian Flight Opening Aero-Medical Transport Service In Ketchikan - Ketchikan, Alaska - Guardian Flight of Fairbanks announced that it is opening a dedicated Learjet 35 aero-medical transport service that will serve Southeast Alaska. The service will be based in Ketchikan and is a total care aero-medical transport Air Ambulance.

Additionally, Guardian Flight will be working with local helicopter, float planes, and Ketchikan Search and Rescue to add additional resources to serve Native Americans, citizens and the many tourists that vacation in Southeast Alaska. Guardian Flight's team is compromised of area healthcare professionals with a combined experience level of over 100 years in medicine. - More...
Monday - April 04, 2005

U.S. Coast Guard cutter Anthony Petit, home ported in Ketchikan, will be participating in the joint US - Canadian exercise.
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Ketchikan: U.S. Coast Guard and Canada to participate in combined exercise - The U.S. Coast Guard and Canadian Coast Guard are scheduled to participate in a joint exercise to assess their ability to respond to a maritime distress scenario at the Dixon Entrance, the shared International Boundary between the United States and Canada, Tuesday and Wednesday.

The exercise is described by the USCG as a realistic simulation of a maritime incident that could reasonably occur on the waters bordering the Rescue Coordination Center in Juneau and Joint Rescue Coordination Center Victoria's area of responsibility. The exercise is designed to increase the awareness of each countries capabilities, resources, and provide cross training in responding to a search and rescue mission in shared waters. - More...
Monday - April 04, 2005

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Alaska: Oil revenue forecast: prices high, production declines - Alaska Revenue Commissioner Bill Corbus today released a spring revenue forecast confirming high prices being paid for Alaska North Slope crude oil but recognizing a decline in ANS production that has continued since 1988.

Corbus said ANS production peaked in Fiscal Year 1988 at slightly more than 2 million barrels per day and has steadily declined over the intervening 17 years. - More...
Monday - April 04, 2005

Alaska: Croft Moves To Cut Class Sizes; Bill would allow districts to phase in 15 pupil K-3 classes - Rep. Eric Croft, D-Anchorage, moved today to dramatically cut the size of classes from kindergarten through third grade. His bill to do that, House Bill 247, was introduced today in the state House.

"Smaller class sizes for children are a priority for parents in this state," Representative Croft said. "This bill gives teachers time to teach, students time to learn, and schools the funding they need to support real education in Alaska." - More...
Monday - April 04, 2005



letter Where does our oil go? by Ronald C. Currit - Monday
letter Sludge Plant At Ward Cove? by Robert McRoberts - Monday
letter Farming Alder by Donna Hamilton Baptista - Monday
letter Using time more efficiently... by Dave Timmerman - Monday
letter Minimum Wage: How much? by Tom Ferry - Monday
letter Ketchikan Community College by Travis Kirkland - Monday
letter Minimum Wage: Misguided rhetoric by Vera Plumb - Monday
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National: GOP loyalist in firestorm over DeLay By Les Blumenthal - During his 10 years in Congress, Rep. Doc Hastings has earned a reputation as a low-key Republican loyalist who has fought to preserve funding for cleaning up the Hanford nuclear reservation and to protect agricultural interests in his sprawling central Washington district.

But Hastings now finds himself in the middle of the political firestorm surrounding House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and allegations that the Texas Republican's fundraising and travel activities have violated House ethics rules. - More...
Monday - April 04, 2005

National: Volunteer border guards defend Minuteman Project By Margaret Talev - They gathered for their assignments on Saturday, at 9 a.m., noon and 4 p.m., off a desert highway, in the parking lot of a mom-and-pop computer repair store with a hand-made sign.

In four-member teams, they rode out caravan-style for several miles along red-dirt roads flanked by rocks and prickly brush. They fanned out hundreds of yards apart along a skimpy barbed wire fence at the Mexico border, eager to catch men and women trying to sneak into the United States. - More...
Monday - April 04, 2005

Columns - Commentary

George Weigel: Pope John Paul's many accomplishments - When Pope John Paul II was hospitalized in February, evangelist Billy Graham praised John Paul as the greatest Christian witness of the second half of the 20th century. It was a generous comment from a man whom some might consider a contender for the title he bestowed on the pope - and it captured the truth of John Paul II's life in a singular way.

For whatever else he was - priest and bishop, teacher and author, intellectual and athlete, mystic and media star - Karol Wojtyla, whom the world knew after 1978 as Pope John Paul II, was first and foremost a radically committed Christian disciple. Everything else he did was an expression of his Christian conviction. - More...
Monday - April 04, 2005

James GlassmanJames K. Glassman: Time for Congress to get serious about WHO's excesses - Paul Volcker's report last week on the oil-for-food scandal uncovered shocking incompetence and venality at the United Nations. But if Congress really wants to reform the agency, the place to start is the World Health Organization (WHO), which, in the latest absurdity, has embarked on a campaign to drive baby formula underground - and, eventually, off the face of the earth. The big losers if the WHO is successful will, of course, be the world's poor - the same victims of WHO blunders in fighting HIV/AIDS and malaria.

With AIDS, the WHO got a black eye for placing 18 Indian-made ripoff medicines on its list of approved drugs. Those medicines turned out to be uncertified copies of the patented HIV drugs from which they were copied. - More...
Monday - April 04, 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

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arrow Sitka's Pioneer Home Statue; Whose face is cast in bronze?

arrow L. Ron Hubbard's Alaska Adventure; His long winter in Ketchikan

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arrow Harold Gillam: A Tragic Final Flight; Ketchikan remembers the search

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