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May 13, 2004


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Alaska: Legislature Did Good Work But Left Funding Gap ; Governor Pleased with Session's Results in General - Governor Frank H. Murkowski said Wednesday he was pleased with the volume of important bills passed by the Legislature before it adjourned late last night, but still expects a resolution to the state's fiscal gap.

"I would commend the Legislature for its many successes over the past 121 days," Murkowski said. "Overall, this has been a very productive session, in which quite a lot of good legislation has been enacted, meeting the needs of Alaskans. We saw a willingness to work together in a bipartisan approach, which shows that we can get more done when we set aside partisan differences and hold out the best interests of all Alaskans as our standard.

"However, I was disappointed that the Senate left town without working out a compromise solution on the Permanent Fund endowment and the use of the income for education, dividends, and local communities," Murkowski said. "I was also disappointed in the House's failure to pass two important measures, specifically the tobacco tax and workers' compensation revisions." - Read more...
Thursday - May 13, 2004

Alaska: U.S.Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska Receives First-Ever Public Radio Leadership Award - The Board of Directors of NPR (National Public Radio) presented United States Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) with its first-ever Public Radio Leadership Award Wednesday during an annual gathering of station and NPR representatives. - Read more...
Thursday - May 13, 2004

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Bush Legislator of the Year
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Ketchikan: Williams Named Bush Legislator of the Year - Members of the Alaska House of Representatives Bush Caucus have recognized Representative Bill Williams (R-Saxman), as their Bush Legislator of the Year. - Read more...
Thursday - May 13, 2004

Ketchikan: UAS Ketchikan Fisheries Technology Program Approved by Board of Regents - Fisheries Technology is a newly approved degree program at the University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan. Students can achieve a one year certificate and a two year associate of applied science degree in fisheries technology beginning fall 2004. The new program is the only two year program in the state focusing on broad fisheries technician training. The University of Alaska Board of Regents approved the Fisheries Technology Program at the April 15-16 board meeting in Sitka. - Read more...
Thursday - May 13, 2004

audioKetchikan: Listen to this story... District One Representative Bill Williams Tuesday was named Bush Legislator of the Year by the House of Representatives Bush Caucus. Williams is leaving the House after twelve years to run for the State Senate.
KRBD - Ketchikan Public Radio - Linked Thursday - May 13, 2004

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High-altitude ice core reveals secrets of Alaska's past
A helicopter pilot sling-loads supplies to a saddle between Mounts Bona and Churchill in eastern Alaska where Ohio State scientists pulled extracted a quarter-mile of ice.
Photo by Lonnie Thompson...

audioKetchikan: Listen to this story... About $258 million for District One projects made it into the State Capital Budget approved by the Legislature Tuesday. As Deanna Garrison reports, the fiscal year 2005 Budget includes funding for the Gravina Access project, upgrades to the Ketchikan Airport, The Coffman Cove Road and other big-ticket items.
KRBD - Ketchikan Public Radio - Linked Thursday - May 13, 2004

Alaska: High-altitude ice core reveals secrets of Alaska's past - China may be fertilizing Alaska; some of Alaska's high mountains might have been ice-free as recently as 1000 B.C.; Mount Churchill might not be the source of two immense volcanic eruptions that left blankets of ash over eastern Alaska.

These are some of the curiosities emerging from ice cores pulled from a high saddle in the St. Elias Mountains in eastern Alaska. In summer 2002, Lonnie Thompson of Ohio State University completed a mission to drill ice from a platform 14,500 feet above sea level in a pass between Mounts Bona and Churchill. - Read more...


Dick Morris: To Buck Up U.S. Morale, Let's Leave Iraq To The Iraqis - John Adams said it best. Quoted by David McCullough in his wonderful biography of our second president, as Adams defended the Redcoats in court against charges stemming from the Boston Massacre, Adams said: "Soldiers quartered in a populous town will always occasion two mobs where they prevent one. They are wretch-ed conservators of peace." - Read more...
Thursday - May 13, 2004

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photosKetchikan's American Legionnaires; Here's to 'the boys' of Post #3 - At the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month - Nov. 11, 1918 - the Armistice was signed that ended the Great War in Europe. Almost two years earlier the United States had declared war against Germany and set sail to join the already-fighting British in France. American forces sailed off across the Atlantic to rousing choruses of George M. Cohen's latest Tin-Pan Alley hit, "Over there! Over there! Send the word, send the word over there that the Yanks are comin'! the Yanks are comin'."

Those Yanks were from Maine to California as well as from the remotest regions of the Territory of Alaska! Once arrived in Europe, they jolted across the French countryside in careening trucks and marched to the front lines to join in the bloody trench warfare against the German Kaiser. - Read the rest of this story by June Allen...
Tuesday - May 11, 2004

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