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April 11, 2005

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Ketchikan: Schulte to Offer National Science Foundation Chautaugua Course - Professor of Anthropology and Sociology Dr. Priscilla Schulte has been invited to teach a course as part of the 2005 National Chautaugua Short Course Program. The program is geared towards college teachers around the nation and is part of the Faculty Development Program of the University of Pittsburgh, Council of Chautauqua Field Centers which is supported by the National Science Foundation Division of Undergraduate Education. - More...
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Ketchikan: Summer Registration Opens at University of AK Southeast Ketchikan - Summer course registration opens on Monday, April 11 at the University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan Campus. Summer courses begin May 13 but starting dates may vary depending on the length of the class. Early registration is encouraged as classes fill quickly. - More...
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An ice jam in the lower Yukon backed the river into the village of Russian Mission in 1989. Floodwaters remained in the village for one week, when the only way in or out was by helicopter. Photo by Larry Rundquist, Alaska-Pacific River Forecast Center.

Alaska: Spring breakup milder in recent years by Ned Rozell - Spring breakup just ain't what it used to be, according to a long-time hydrologist at the Alaska-Pacific River Forecast Center in Anchorage.

Larry Rundquist has helped forecast the transition of Alaska's rivers from solid ice to liquid water for the past 18 years. The change can be damaging for villages as large pulses of snowmelt hit river channels or huge chunks of ice form dams that back rivers up, but the past few breakups have been mild ones.

"For the first decade that I worked here, we had watches or warnings for flooding going on at several locations every day for two or three weeks as the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers were going out," Rundquist said. "It was a given we'd have flooding somewhere. The only question was how much damage would be done to villages."

"In the last decade, there's almost been a complete reversal," he said. "The number of threats due to ice jamming and snowmelt have reduced to the point where during one year we put out no flood (warnings or watches) and several years we've put out just a handful." - More...
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Stone projectile points recovered from
On Your Knees Cave excavations.

Southeast Alaska: On Your Knees Cave; April is Alaska Archeology Month - Since its discovery in 1993 during planning for a proposed timber sale, the paleontological and archaeological site called On Your Knees Cave has yielded a wealth of information about the ecology and early human occupation of southeast Alaska.

Those discoveries included the bones of black and brown bear dated to over 40,000 years ago as well as lemming, heather vole, marmot, ringed seal and other species that no longer live on Prince of Wales Island.

This innocuous little cave, 500 feet above modern sea level gave us clues of the environment from before, during, and after the last Ice Age and told us that these islands were not completely covered by ice at the last glacial maximum as scientists had long believed. - More...
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photosAlaskan Chris Leding: 1886-1976; A Norwegian adventurer - By June Allen - Today's Ketchikan phone book includes a fair share of Scandinavian surnames. There are, however, relatively few Norse names among the records of the town's earliest settlers. Most of Ketchikan's Norwegian population originated later, during the early 1920s when the halibut fleet, its skippers, crewmen and families moved north from the Seattle area. An exception was the late Chris Leding, who wasn't yet a fisherman  when he settled down in Ketchikan the mid-1920s and who discovered commercial fishing much later in life. - More...
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