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April 06, 2005

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Ketchikan: Trust set to log Ketchikan parcel; Opponents are working to stop plan By Paula Dobbyn - Anchorage Daily News - The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority is getting out of the logging business in Southeast with a final push near Ketchikan. - Read this story...
Anchorage Daily News - Wednesday - April 6, 2005

Ketchikan: Municipal Bond Bank Approves $22.9 Million Loan for Ketchikan - The Alaska Municipal Bond Bank Authority (Juneau) ­ The second bond issue of the Alaska Municipal Bond Bank Authority in 2005 will fund a loan to the Ketchikan Gateway Borough in the amount of $22.9 million.

The Ketchikan Gateway Borough will use their $22.9 million loan to fund $9 million in major renovation of Schoenbar Middle School and construction of Fawn Mountain Elementary School, with the balance of the loan to be used for refinancing outstanding bonds of the Borough. Savings to the Borough as a result of borrowing through the Bond Bank are estimated at $549,000. - More...
Wednesday - April 06, 2005

Alaska: 2005 Chinook Salmon Quota for Southeast Alaska Announced - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced Tuesday afternoon that this year's Southeast Alaska Chinook harvest quota will be slightly higher than last year.  As a result, catch opportunities for Southeast Chinook harvesters will be somewhat better.

The Pacific Salmon Commission's Chinook Technical Committee recently determined that the 2005 Abundance Index for Chinook salmon in Southeast Alaska is 2.05.  According to the June 30, 1999, Pacific Salmon Treaty Agreement, this translates into an all-gear catch for Southeast Alaska of 416,400 treaty Chinook salmon, up from last year by about 33,000 fish.  Most Chinook salmon produced in Alaska hatcheries are not factored into the Abundance Index, and may be caught by harvesters in addition to the Treaty limit.  - More...
Wednesday - April 06, 2005

Forest Service archeologist Jane Smith and two volunteers excavate at Giant Spruce Midden on Etolin Island. -- USFS Photo

Alaska: The Rich Prehistory of Etolin Island - Etolin Island's buried history is deep enough to keep archeologists busy for decades. Island sites represent thousands of years of use and hold details about the Alaska Native people who lived in the area.

Wrangell Ranger District archeologist Jane Smith recently hosted a Passport In Time (PIT) project that allowed volunteers a chance to help record a bit of Etolin Island history. Working in remote areas, archaeologists and PIT volunteers visited a variety of sites including wood stake and stone fish traps, camps, villages, cabins, and an abandoned cannery.

The most common archaeology sites on Etolin Island are well-disguised ancient camps and villages buried below the forest floor. We know of 22 shell midden sites on the island, ranging in size from small, limited use camps to large villages. Shell middens are an accumulation of shell, bone, ash, and charcoal that represent the discarded byproducts of a traditional subsistence lifestyle. - More...
Wednesday - April 06, 2005



letter Thoughts on the PERS/TRS Funding Issue by Mike Kelly - Wednesday
letter Industrial tourism invasion by Angela Clark - Wednesday
letter KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK! by Marie L Monyak - Wednesday
letter Fair starting wage? by Thomas Ferry - Wednesday
letter Land of opportunity not the land of entitlement by Joseph Branco - Wednesday
letter Time for Congress to get serious about WHO's excesses! by Colin Knau - Wednesday
letter Uninformed about breastfeeding by Bunny Divine - Wednesday
letter Breastfeeding is the biological norm by Jami McLean - Wednesday
letter Health implications of not breastfeeding by Nicole Carver - Wednesday
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National: Americans will need passports to return from Mexico, Canada By Michael Doyle and Emily Bazar - Americans returning home from Mexico and Canada will have to start presenting passports or their equivalent starting in 2008, the Bush administration declared Tuesday.

The crackdown along borders that have long cultivated openness could complicate casual tourism and heavy commerce alike, officials acknowledge. In the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Congress and the White House have been emphasizing security over convenience.

"We recognize the implications this might have for industry, business and the general public," Assistant Secretary of State Maura Harty conceded Tuesday.

But Harty, who oversees consular affairs, added "the overarching need is to implement this . . . in a way that strengthens security while facilitating the movement of persons and goods." - More...
Wednesday - April 06, 2005

National: 1 in 4 ballots from soldiers, overseas voters uncounted By Lisa Hoffman - The votes of at least 1 in 4 U.S. soldiers and overseas voters in last fall's election never were counted.

That's the conclusion of a recent report by the National Defense Committee, a private, pro-military organization that surveyed local election offices across the country about the number of absentee votes cast and counted in the Nov. 3 election.

In all, more than 30,000 of the 131,000 absentee ballots sent by troops and expatriates to 760 local elections offices around the country were not counted, the report found. Those offices represent about 10 percent of the 7,800 offices nationwide. - More...
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Dale McFeatters: Don't make travel tougher - he departments of State and Homeland Security are mulling a plan to require Americans returning from Canada, Mexico and certain other countries where travel has traditionally required a minimum of paperwork to show a U.S. passport to get back into the country.

As of now, all that is required is a government-issued photo ID like a driver's license.

The reasons given are increased security and a reduction in the traffic in stolen and forged driver's licenses. The security threat is not an idle one. Still vivid in the authorities' memory is the December 1999 arrest of an Algerian crossing into the state of Washington from Canada with a carload of explosives intended for millennium terror bombings. - More...
Wednesday - April 06, 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 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

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