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April 12, 2005

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National: A look at America's orange alerts By LISA HOFFMAN - It has been more than eight months since an "orange alert" has been imposed in America - the longest the nation has gone without being under a high terror threat since the color-code system began in 2002.

The last time came Aug. 2, 2004, when a partial elevation from "yellow" to "orange" was ordered for selected East Coast financial institutions.

On Tuesday, three men were indicted in connection with that threat, which was based on years-old information that they allegedly had scouted for attack the New York Stock Exchange; the International Monetary Fund and World Bank in Washington; the Citicorp Building in New York; and the Prudential Building in Newark, N.J. - More...
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International: Bush, Sharon discuss Mideast road map By BILL STRAUB - Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon asserted Monday that his country "would like the Palestinians to govern themselves," but he is reluctant to move boldly while the threat of terrorism continues to engulf the region.

Speaking to reporters after a high-level meeting with President Bush in Crawford, Texas, on Monday, Sharon credited Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas with "taking some steps against terror" since replacing the late Yasser Arafat as the authority's head last year. But he said threats to Israel's security persist. - More...
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Alaska: Governor Files State Action; Lawsuit to Quiet Title to Brooks Range Area Right-of-Way Announced - Governor Frank H. Murkowski announced Monday the filing of a lawsuit against the United States and Gale Norton, in her capacity as Secretary for the Department of the Interior, to quiet title to the state's rights-of-way for the Coldfoot-Chandalar Lake Trail and Caro to Coldfoot trail. Several other non-federal stakeholders with claims to land adjoining or surrounding the trails were named as defendants in this lawsuit.

"As far back as 1906 this trail was used to access gold in the Chandalar area," said Murkowski. "As such, the trail is one of many rights-of-way under federal law located within Alaska. Establishing clear title to these historical routes, including the Coldfoot-Chandalar trail, is key to preserving our statehood rights and critical to this administration's priority to open access across the state." - More...
Tuesday - April 12, 2005

Alaska: Alaska Senate Passes Retirement Security Act; Said To Deliver Fiscal Certainty to Public Employee Retirement Systems - Monday the state Senate passed the Retirement Security Act (SB 141) that reforms and strengthens the state's public employee and teacher retirement systems. The legislation addresses the $5.7 billion dollar shortfall in the retirement systems and gives future public employees more control over their retirement accounts.

Sen. Bert Stedman (R - Sitka) and Sen. Lyda Green (R - Wasilla) introduced the Retirement Security Act after months of research and hard work by the senators and their staffs. "This bill is designed to protect the benefit structure for existing retirees and current public employees while creating a more attractive retirement plan for future workers by giving them greater control over investment decisions," said Sen. Stedman.

SB 141 creates a new defined contribution plan for future public employees, similar to the 401-K plans currently used by millions of American workers. The defined contribution plan gives employees greater control over their investment choices. It also gives them the ability to take their retirement account with them if they choose to leave state service before reaching retirement age. - More...
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Medical: Possible insight into what causes insomnia and obesity By LEE BOWMAN - Unconventional wiring that leaves brain circuits governing sleep and wakefulness overly active may explain the prevalence of both insomnia and obesity in many people, according to a new study.

Insomnia, a chronic inability to fall asleep or stay asleep, is estimated to affect as many as one in eight Americans. Other recent research has found that the less people sleep, the more likely they are to gain weight, apparently because the lack of sleep triggers hormone imbalances that boost the desire to eat.

Now, in a study using mice and human cells, researchers at Yale University's School of Medicine found that specialized brain cells called hypocretin neurons are particularly susceptible to over-stimulation and lack the ability of most other neurons to filter out signals from other regions of the brain that aren't meant for them. - 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...
Thursday - April 07, 2005

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arrow It's Iditarod Race Year 33! a ghost story of the southern route

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

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arrow ACS Bids for KPU Telecom: ACS a longtime presence

arrow Betty King the Dog Lady; Ketchikan's one-woman humane society

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arrow The State Capitol and Its Marble and keeping the capital in Juneau

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