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SitNews - Stories in the News - Ketchikan, Alaska

Saturday - Sunday
April 23 - 24, 2005

Ketchikan Marine Recognized For Heroic Achievement
Sgt. Zack Pilcher while in Iraq
Front Page Photo Courtesy Gigi Pilcher

photosKetchikan: Ketchikan Marine Recognized For Heroic Achievement by M.C. Kauffman - Sergeant Zachary Pilcher, the son of Dan and Gigi Pilcher of Ketchikan, has recently been awarded the Combat Distinguishing Device for heroic achievement in the superior performance of his duties in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II. The award authorized by John F Sattler, LtGen, CG, I Marine Expeditionary Force stated the Combat Distinguish Device was awarded to Sergeant Pilcher for his actions which occurred while he was directly participating in combat and at risk of injury from direct enemy action. - More...
Sunday - April 24, 2005

National: War spending bills include other items, big and small By LAWRENCE M. O'ROURKE - There is growing bipartisan unease over the way they're doing it, but Congress is still giving President Bush and the Pentagon whatever they say they need for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. - More...
Sunday - April 24, 2005

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'Charlotte's Web Photo Gallery'
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National: Bush talks up enviro policies on Earth Day By BILL STRAUB - President Bush used Earth Day to promote his often-maligned environmental record, saying that America's skies and waters have improved over the past 35 years without inhibiting economic development.

Making a quick stop in Knoxville, Tenn., en route to his Texas ranch on Friday - a scheduled appearance at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was canceled due to weather concerns - Bush said the country has "a duty and an obligation to protect our environment" and urged Congress to embrace his "Clear Skies Initiative" aimed at further improving air quality. - More...
Sunday - April 24, 2005

National: Bad air, pests, man imperil Smokies national park By WADE RAWLINS - Great Smoky Mountain National Park - Spring wildflowers and dogwoods are just blooming in the Smokies. Yet nature guide Erik Plakanis already has warned hikers about exerting themselves at high elevations because of bad air.

Three days of unhealthy air so far this month equals the number of ozone alert days in the Smokies for all of last year. And ozone season has just begun. - More...
Sunday - April 24, 2005



letter Smart Tag Technology for "fresh" Alaska salmon by Rob Holston - Saturday
letter US labor force: Destined to rights and benefits of a third world economy? by R.K. Rice - Saturday
letter PIPS News by Gregory Fast - Saturday
letter Litter Bugs, Smile You Could Be On Camera! by Nancy Jensen - Saturday
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Washington Calling: Guard, Reserve bases ... Stiff Castro ... Other items By LANCE GAY - Expect prized National Guard and Reserve installations to be rolled into nearby military bases when the Pentagon unveils sweeping base-closing recommendations next month.

Lawmakers are already rehearsing their dying-swan acts, vowing to spend whatever political capital they have in Washington to save endangered units and the paychecks they bring to their home districts. - More...
Sunday - April 24, 2005

Science: A step toward a time-buying strategy to benefit humans By LEE BOWMAN - Scientists have taken a key step toward inducing "hibernation on demand" in humans at risk of injury or even death from insufficient blood supply and oxygen to vital organs and tissues.

Researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle report Friday in the journal Science that lab mice entered a "suspended animation-like state" when exposed to a low concentration of hydrogen sulfide. - More...
Sunday - April 24, 2005

Medical: Study offers hope for Alzheimer's victims By LEE BOWMAN - Tests done on a small group of patients suffering from Alzheimer's disease nearly two years after they received injections of nerve-growth factor deep into their brains show a reduction in the rate of mental decline and increased activity in key regions, according to a study published Sunday. - More...
Sunday - April 24, 2005

Columns - Commentary

Ketchikan: Worldwide PIPS scam hits Alaska by LEW WILLIAMS KDN - The state of Texas has issued a cease and desist order. The attorney general of the state of Hawaii is investigating, as are Alaska officials. And the Australian Securities and Investment Commission gives it the 2005 "Pie in the Sky" award. - Read this Juneau Empire Opinion...
Juneau Empire - Sunday - April 24, 2005

Dave Kiffer: "Our Lifestyle, Your Reward" - I jumped the gun in my last column ("Hearty Alaskan Haven") and confused two different parts of the visitor industry "branding" plan.

"Hearty Alaskan Haven" is the not the slogan of the new plan, it is the "brand core." The brand core is the "fabric" or composition of what Ketchikan has to offer visitors.

Next comes the "brand personality": Genuine Frontier Culture.

What this means, according to the "branding" folks is the "Ketchikan personality is analogous to the Australian personality: masculine, fun, rugged, exotic timeless and proud." - More...
Saturday - April 23, 2005

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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

arrow A Personal Tribute to Tom Coyne on St. Patrick's Day

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

arrow Read more feature stories by June Allen...

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