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April 15, 2005

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Bowl For Kids' Sake
ReMax Teams: Two teams of Remax Bigs and Littles
Front Page Photo courtesy Gretchen Klein

Ketchikan: Bowl For Kids' Sake Event Raises Approximately $15,000; Money raised benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters Program by M.C. Kauffman - Bowl For Kids' Sake is one of Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) biggest annual community-wide fund raising campaigns. Although this fundraising program has been around for decades, this was only the second year "Bowl For Kids' Sake" was held in Ketchikan. - More...
Friday - April 15, 2005

National: Bush again pushes energy plan By BILL STRAUB - President Bush, increasingly apprehensive over the affect of rising oil prices, again touted his energy policy Thursday as the most effective means of addressing the problem and urged Congress to move quickly.- More...
Friday - April 15, 2005

National: Bush backs off new passport requirements By MICHAEL DOYLE - President Bush distanced himself Thursday from his own administration's proposal to require passports for U.S. residents re-entering the country from Canada or Mexico.- More...
Friday - April 15, 2005

National: Congress OKs bill toughening bankruptcy rules By ROB HOTAKAINEN - Thousands of Americans will be prevented from erasing their debts under a landmark bankruptcy bill approved Thursday by Congress.- More...
Friday - April 15, 2005

Science: The biggest family tree ever - Ever wondered where your family's ancestors roamed 60,000 years ago?

Now you can find out by participating in the world's most ambitious project tracing the genetic and migratory history of the human race.- More...
Friday - April 15, 2005

National: Feds eyeing more databases containing info on you By LANCE GAY - The federal government wants to build massive databases containing information on you, insisting that it's in your best interests. But privacy advocates are concerned about the potential for abuse.- More...
Friday - April 15, 2005

National: Reps negotiate rules for investigating DeLay By LAWRENCE M. O'ROURKE - Fighting Democratic allegations that he broke House ethics rules and is blocking an investigation, Majority Leader Tom DeLay declared on the House floor Thursday that negotiations are underway that could clear the way for a probe of his conduct.- More...
Friday - April 15, 2005

A fairly typical bentwood box showing carving and painting on the sides.

Alaska: Know Before You Go; April is Alaska Archeology Month - Hiking through the lush forest of western Baranof Island, south of Sitka, Alaska, three visitors literally stumbled on a cave that Tlingit people used perhaps thousands of years ago. The cave, with nearly vertical walls, runs deep and faces the salt spray of the mighty Pacific Ocean. Inside, the hikers noticed parts of a cedar box and the apparent skeletal remains of a person. - More...
Friday - April 15, 2005

Alaska: State Supports Alaska National Guardsmen Deployed to Combat Zones; Legislation Pays Life Insurance Premiums - Legislation aimed at alleviating some of the financial burdens of national guardsmen deployed in a combat zone passed the Alaska House of Representatives Thursday. The Committee Substitute for HB 122, sponsored by Representative Nancy Dahlstrom (R-Anchorage/Eagle River), passed unanimously.

At a time when the federal government is considering action to better serve our military men and women in foreign countries, Alaska's guardsmen deserve the state's support as well. Passage of HB 122 allows the state to pay life insurance premiums for our guardsmen deployed to a combat zone. - More...
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National: Growing changes in gardening due to warmer conditions By JOAN LOWY - Gardening isn't like it used to be.

Changes are mostly subtle, but thanks to global warming, blooming and leafing dates are getting earlier and the range of some plants and trees is changing. - More...
Friday - April 15, 2005

Washington Calling: Whiz-bang weapons ... Bush Bug ... More By LANCE GAY - The military is mum on the subject, but the number of secret programs developing whiz-bang weapons is soaring.

The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, which tracks secret weapons programs, estimates that the brass are seeking some $28 billion for so-called "black" programs next year - representing the largest increase since 1988, near the end of the Cold War. - More...
Friday - April 15, 2005

Columns - Commentary

Betsy Hart: Raising fear - Spring has sprung - sort of - and one thing that means is that my kids are back to riding their bikes to school (as opposed to walking). I do on occasion drive them the few blocks - if there is at least 6 inches of snow, or a monsoon. Pretty much other than that and they are on their own, or rather with the crowd of all the other kids in our community doing the same thing. - More...
Friday - April 15, 2005

Dan K. Thomasson: The new DNI's daunting task - Good luck, Ambassador Negroponte. You will need all you can get if you are to succeed in resolving the turf wars and breaking down the barriers that have led to so many failures in national intelligence gathering.

But as a veteran federal agent who as a young man was assigned to Latin America in the 1980s put it, "if anyone can bring some order out of the chaos, it is this guy." He went on to explain that the soon-to-be-confirmed director of national intelligence was ambassador to Honduras at the time and "he was an integral part of our efforts to keep communism from spreading from Nicaragua and Salvador throughout the area. This was, after all, the last great battle of the Cold War." - More....
Friday - April 15, 2005

James K. Glassman: Going after the 'IP Axis of Evil' - More and more, America's economic future is tied, not to what we manufacture, but to what we invent, create, discover and think up.

In general, this is a very good thing. The value that's added through intellectual property - a formula for a new medicine, for example, or the script of a movie or a program for software - is far greater than what's added through making products that other countries can make as well, often at lower cost. - More...
Friday - April 15, 2005

Bill Johnson: Mail a lifeline amid quiet off-hours - Downtime.

You can tell when it arrives inside First Platoon barracks. The thin walls throb with the bass notes of rap music or shiver from the twang of the occasional country-western tune that only the toughest of sergeants seem interested in playing.

After 11 days of being in-country, of daily patrols and seemingly never-ending vehicle maintenance checks, the soldiers of Fort Carson's 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment are beginning to retreat into themselves during off-hours. - More...
Friday - April 15, 2005

Dale McFeatters: The hidden menace of H2O - It's an old story. One study says coffee is bad for you; another it's not. A couple of drinks a day is good for your heart, a researcher says; no, no, says someone else equally as distinguished, it's the first step toward alcoholism.

Take aspirin; don't take aspirin. Fast food is bad for you; not if you're careful about what you eat. You're not taking enough vitamin X; too much vitamin X and your ears fall off. - More...
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photosAlaskan Chris Leding: 1886-1975; 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

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

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