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Alaska- National: Final State Petitions for Inventoried Roadless Area Management Rule Announced - Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns announced Thursday a final rule that invites input from state governors in the conservation and management direction for inventoried roadless areas within national forests. This rule will provide environmental benefits and help to ensure that the needs of local communities are considered in roadless area conservation. - More...
Friday - May 06, 2005

audioKetchikan: Listen to this KRBD story... The Bush Administration Thursday came out with its final rule for management of national forest roadless areas. As Deanna Garrison reports, the new rule calls for more state involvement in the conservation and management of roadless portions of the forest system.
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National: Immigration ... Lynndie in limbo ... Blair squeaks by By BILL STRAUB - President Bush hit the road Tuesday, visiting the politically friendly venue of Mississippi in an effort to sell his troubled Social Security initiative. The visit marked the president's first venture outside of Washington after he expressed support for a funding plan that would keep retirement benefits for low-wage workers at anticipated levels while reducing the government check for all others. "The American people now understand we have a problem," Bush said. "And our leaders must choose _ do nothing and guarantee a massive tax hike, or a 30 percent benefit cut, or act now to keep the promises of Social Security for the 21st century." - More...
Friday - May 06, 2005

National: Congress takes a crack at Social Security reform By MARY DEIBEL - President Bush is about to yield the Social Security spotlight to Congress after endorsing private accounts and a change in inflation adjustments that would cut guaranteed benefits for most workers in the future.

Bush has made plain his priorities. Meanwhile the two Republican lawmakers charged with drafting Social Security legislation have offered other ideas, based on their political preferences. - More...
Friday - May 06, 2005



letter Preserve Naha Bay by Lisa Grogan - Friday
letter They're Baaaaack!" (helicopters) by Cheryl Haven - Friday
letter Days of Appreciation by Gov. Frank H. Murkowski - Friday
letter What sort of democracy is this anyway? by Dan Trail - Thursday
letter Honoring Nurses by Rebecca Bolling - Thursday
letter Every month should be Foster Parent Appreciation Month by Tammy Sandoval - Wednesday
letter On V-E Day May 8th, help enlarge Holocausts Museums by Rex Curry - Wednesday
letter Deny request to rezone Baranof by Sharon & Timothy Clepper - Monday
letter Baranof rezone request by Alaire Stanton - Monday
letterRe-zone of Baranof a bad idea by Tom LeCompte - Monday
letter Deny request to rezone Baranof by Bill Thomas Sr. - Monday
letter Arctic Power Salaries Questioned by Carl Gatto and Bruce Weyhrauch - Monday
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National: Bush heads to Moscow for war comemmoration, Putin parley By BILL STRAUB - President Bush heads overseas Friday to celebrate the end of the war in Europe 60 years ago and, perhaps, bolster his relationship with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

Bush will start his latest diplomatic tour in Riga, Latvia, before traveling to the Netherlands, Russia and Georgia and returning to Washington late Tuesday. - More...
Friday - May 06, 2005

National: Panel criticizes Pentagon plan to shutter overseas bases By LISA HOFFMAN - An advisory commission blasted the Pentagon Thursday for putting the caisson before the horse in its plan to shut military bases in Europe and South Korea. - More...
Friday - May 06, 2005

Alaska: Governor Signs Bill To Encourage Mariculture Industry - intended to foster the growth of Alaska's mariculture industry. The bill responds to a recent Alaska Supreme Court decision regarding the allocation of shellfish to shellfish farmers.

"As a strong supporter of Alaska's mariculture industry, I am pleased to see that we've found a way to move this industry forward," said Governor Murkowski. "This is an industry that provides promising economic development opportunities for Alaska's fishermen and coastal communities. This bill will help turn these opportunities into realities." - More...
Friday - May 06, 2005

Alaska: BOF Enacts Changes to the Chignik Cooperative Fishery for the 2005 Season - The Alaska Board of Fisheries held an emergency teleconference on Wednesday, May 4, 2005 to respond to a recent Alaska Supreme Court ruling that required changes to the Chignik cooperative purse seine salmon fishery to meet the intent of the Limited Entry Act.  - More...
Friday - May 06, 2005

Alaska: Governor Signs Bill to Improve DNA Database Collection - Alaska Governor Frank H. Murkowski on Thursday signed into law HB124, a bill to strengthen the state's DNA registry maintained by the Department of Public Safety.

The legislation permits corrections officers, probation or parole officers and law enforcement officials the authority to use reasonable force to collect DNA samples from eligible convicts who refuse to voluntarily submit samples to the registry. - More...
Friday - May 06, 2005

Ketchikan - Statewide: Rasmuson Foundation Announces Individual Artist Project Awards - Printmaker Evon Zerbetz of Ketchikan was among the fourteen Alaskan artists that are the most recent recipients of Project Awards offered through the Rasmuson Foundation's Individual Artist Award Program.  These awards provide Alaskan artists, at any stage in their artistic career, funds to support specific, short-term projects that have a clear benefit to their growth as an artist and creative development of their art. - More...
Friday - May 06, 2005

Alaska: Monies now available to Small, Alaska Municipalities for Purchase of Fuel - As promised by Alaska Governor Frank H. Murkowski in October 2004 during the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention, funding for the Small Municipality Energy Assistance Program is now available. Governor Murkowski, along with the Bush Caucus and the rest of the Alaska Legislature, approved $6.5 million in an emergency supplemental appropriation for the grant program. The grants are to address high fuel costs that have created a significant financial hardship on small municipalities and their residents. - More...
Friday - May 06, 2005

Coffman Cove: Coast Guard helicopter crew transports injured logger - A Coast Guard helicopter crew airlifted a man from Coffman Cove ball field on Prince of Wales Island Thursday night.

The Coast Guard received a call at 6 p.m. from an emergency medical technician who requested a medevac of a 25-year-old man knocked unconscious after a falling log struck him in the back of the head. Brian Carter (hometown unavailable) complained of tingling in the hands and feet, headache, severe neck pain and showed signs of a possible concussion. Air Station Sitka dispatched a helicopter crew to the scene. - More...
Friday - May 06, 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

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