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SitNews - Stories in the News - Ketchikan, Alaska

April 27, 2005

Front Page Photo by Carl Thompson

Front Page Photo by Carl Thompson

Racing Season Begins...

New to the racing fleet, Ariel
Photo by Mary Lynne Dahl

photosKetchikan: Ketchikan Yacht Club Racing Season Begins by Mary Lynne Dahl - Wednesday night sailboat racing in Ketchikan's downtown harbor officially begins on May 4. In preparation, on Sunday April 24, 2005, three race boats were lifted by the city-owned crane at Madison Hardware and gently set down into the water. - More...
Wednesday - April 27, 2005

audioKetchikan: Listen to this KRBD story... Around 900,000 cruise ship passengers are projected to visit Southeast Alaska this summer. Of those, about 877,000 are expected to stop in Ketchikan. Deanna Garrison has this report.
KRBD - Ketchikan Public Radio - Linked Wednesday - April 27, 2005

Alaska: "Blue Ribbon" Panel to Review CDQ Program; After 13 years, Governor says it's time for a thorough review - Alaska Governor Frank H. Murkowski announced today the appointment of a "Blue Ribbon" Community Development Quota Program Review Panel. - More...
Wednesday - April 27, 2005

National: Bipartisan reform of Social Security unlikely, senators say By LAWRENCE M. O'ROURKE - Social Security's long-term financial problems are serious and getting worse, senators said Tuesday as the Senate Finance Committee opened hearings. But they also said sharp divisions over President Bush's proposed creation of private retirement accounts might rule out a solution in the near future.- More...
Wednesday - April 27, 2005

National: Bush hanging tough on Social Security overhaul By MARY DEIBEL - By extending his 60-day, 60-stop tour stumping for private Social Security accounts, President Bush hopes to rekindle support for a plan that's steadily lost steam during his barnstorming: - More...
Wednesday - April 27, 2005

National: Why not to count on your pension By PAMELA GAYNOR - American workers with traditional pension plans are lucky to have them - only one of every five of the nation's employees currently does, about half the percentage of two decades ago.

But even the lucky few with pensions have reason to wonder about their safety. - More...
Wednesday - April 27, 2005

National: Congress to take up Abortion Notification Act By MARGARET TALEV - With 23 states requiring pregnant teens who want abortions to first tell their parents and in some cases get their permission, some of these girls have chosen the obvious alternative: driving to the nearest state where no such law applies. - More...
Wednesday - April 27, 2005

National: Washington state high-tech workers top nation in average salary By LES BLUMENTHAL - Washington state's high-tech workers are the best paid in the nation with salaries averaging $94,600 a year, according to an annual cyber survey.

That's $10,000 more than high-tech workers in California, $13,000 more than those in Massachusetts and $16,000 more than those in New Jersey, according to the survey of all 50 states by the American Electronics Association. - More...
Wednesday - April 27, 2005



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Human Interest: Stranded skier crawls to survival By FELIX DOLIGOSA JR. - A cross-country skier crippled by a broken leg and weakened and dehydrated by eight days alone in the backcountry near Steamboat Springs, Colo., summoned the strength he needed Monday for the act that saved his life: blowing a whistle. - More...
Wednesday - April 27, 2005

Human Interest: Army Chief Recalls 'Desert One' 25 Years Later by Lt. Col. Michael Negard - Twenty-five years ago this week, then-Capt. Peter Schoomaker stood in the Iranian desert on a moonlit night at a place called Desert One.

After nearly five months of preparation to rescue 53 Americans taken hostage by Iranian militants, an aborted mission turned worse, and eight servicemen lost their lives in what would become a "watershed" event for the U.S. military. - More...
Wednesday - April 27, 2005

Columns - Commentary

John Hall: They feud, we stay - Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid was telling some of us Monday about listening to returning troops at a Democratic policy luncheon. One sergeant summed up the mood by recalling how he would get a thumbs-up from American troops on his first tour of duty in Iraq. Now, the sergeant told Reid, when he passes by, "They don't even let you know they're there."- More...
Wednesday - April 27, 2005

Dale McFeatters: And still no WMDs - It's official. The Iraq Survey Group filed its final formal report this week having found no weapons of mass destruction and little in the way of credible programs to build them.

Most of the report - whose more than 1,000 pages are online - was made public last fall, but a new 92-page addendum says the ISG found no evidence that any Iraqi WMDs were sent to Syria before the war for safekeeping. - More...
Wednesday - April 27, 2005

Clifford May: The Dining Room Test - For 20 years I have kept my silence. I will do so no longer. In the debate over John Bolton's nomination to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, it finally has been made clear to me that a human being who yells at another human being does not deserve to hold high office. It's what Sen. George Voinovich calls "the Kitchen Test."

And so, it's time I finally told the painful truth: Ted Kennedy yelled at me. He hurt my feelings. Therefore, those who believe John Bolton does not deserve to be confirmed must surely also agree that Sen. Kennedy must step down. Here is the never-before-told story: - More...
Wednesday - April 27, 2005

Mike Berman: New products help stop junk e-mail - How safe is your e-mail inbox?

Most Internet service providers are now offering protection against spam. E-mail programs such as Microsoft Outlook and Eudora include junk mail filters. But let's face it, none of them do a decent job of keeping these invasive e-mails from getting to us. - More...
Wednesday - April 27, 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

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