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SitNews - Stories in the News - Ketchikan, Alaska

May 10, 2005

Front Page Photo by Marvin Davis

'Quaker Maid'
Front Page Photo by Marvin Davis

Alaska: Governor Calls Legislature into Special Session - With only one day left in the legislative session, Alaska Governor Frank H. Murkowski called the Legislature into special session to reach agreement on legislation addressing a shortfall in the state's PERS/TRS system and rising workers' compensation costs. More time may be needed to reach agreement, the governor said. - More...
Monday pm - May 09, 2005

audioKetchikan: Listen to this KRBD story.... Greenpeace Incorporated was found guilty on two counts of violating a state environmental law Monday afternoon in Ketchikan District Court. As Deanna Garrison reports, the state filed charges against the environmental group after it says Greenpeace did not comply with a state oil spill prevention law during a tour of Southeast Alaska last summer.
KRBD - Ketchikan Public Radio - Monday pm - May 09, 2005

People of Ketchikan

People of Ketchikan: Volunteers Cleanup Black Sands Story & Photos by Chris Wilhelm - Twenty-four people and Molly the dog came out on Mother's Day Sunday for the annual Black Sands beach cleanup. Transportation for the crew was provided by Gigi Pilcher's Awesome Adventures of Alaska aboard the M/V Mayflower Star. The weather was spectacular, reaching 70 degrees and with no wind the afternoon became a memorable one. Over twenty bags of beach trash, several automobile tires with rims, and even a plastic fish tote were hauled off the beach. - More...
Monday - May 09, 2005

Ketchikan: M/V Columbia Delayed in Ketchikan by Engine Problem - The Alaska Marine Highway System today announced that the M/V Columbia has been delayed in Ketchikan by an engine problem, and will not make its northbound schedule. In its place, the M/V Kennicott will pick up the Columbia's northbound passengers and car deck load. The Kennicott/is scheduled to leave Ketchikan tonight at 11:15, will depart Wrangell at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and Petersburg at 2 p.m., and arrive in Juneau on Tuesday at 10 p.m. It will then depart for a cross-Gulf voyage to Yakutat, Valdez, and Seward on Wednesday at 1:30 a.m. - More...
Monday pm - May 09, 2005

Alaska: Pay raises for lawmakers; workers compensation; more... A bill approved Sunday by the Alaska Senate Finance Committee would give state lawmakers and the governor pay raises and includes a provision that would let some legislative staff keep their past years' bonuses which total $80,000.

The governor's salary would increase from $81,648 to $125,000 a year and an amendment to the bill would also increase Alaska lawmakers' pay from $2,001 to $2,249 a month. Another change to the bill would give the speaker of the House of Representatives and the president of the Senate an annual raise of $500. - More...
Monday am - May 09, 2005



letter Baseball and bowling... by Jan Cadero - Monday
letter Victims of medical malpractice by Jane Marshall - Monday
letter Foot Note: Preserve Naha Bay by Lisa Grogan - Monday
letter Gravina Bridge by Wieslaw Czajkowski - Monday
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National: Congressman moves ahead with his Social Security plan By LAWRENCE M. O'ROURKE - Rep. Bill Thomas, one of Capitol Hill's most effective movers and shakers, has big ideas for revising the way Americans save for retirement. - More...
Monday am - May 09, 2005

National: Friday the 13th could be bad indeed for some military towns By TARA COPP and LISA HOFFMAN - Scores of communities across the country fretting over the fate of their military bases will likely have to keep their collective fingers crossed until Friday the 13th. - More...
Monday - May 09, 2005

National: Pressure mounts to open Holocaust records By GREG GORDON - Even as the German government unveils a memorial Tuesday to 6 million murdered Jews, the Federal Republic and 10 other nations are facing a new Holocaust-related embarrassment. - More...
Monday am - May 09, 2005

National: Strings attached to savings bonds By MARY DEIBEL - Savings bonds have been a favorite way to blend gift-giving, tax-wise investing and patriotism since FDR went on the radio 64 years ago to order one in advance of America's entry into World War II. - More...
Monday am - May 09, 2005

Washington Calling: Budget bloat ... Wooden bats vs. metal ... More By LANCE GAY - While government spending grew by a third during President Bush's first term don't look for this Congress to pull back on the reins anytime soon. - More...
Monday - May 09, 2005

Alaska: Ice dies, fire survives in Interior Alaska by Ned Rozell - Summer 2004 left its mark on millions of acres of Alaska now scorched by fire and also in a place where few people will notice it-the shrinking surface of an Alaska Range glacier.

Martin Truffer just returned from Black Rapids Glacier and found that it melted more in the summer of 2004 at five measurement points than it has since people began doing measurements on the glacier in 1973. - More...
Monday - May 09, 2005

Columns - Commentary

Sharon Allen: BECOMING MY MOTHER - There comes a time in every woman's life when she realizes that somehow, someway, she has turned into her mother.

It is a frightening moment. One day you are the rebellious daughter and the next you are the worried mom, staying up all night vacuuming, dusting, wiping, washing, drying, loading, unloading, shopping, cooking, driving, flushing, ironing, sweeping, picking up, changing sheets, changing diapers, bathing, helping with homework, paying bills, budgeting, clipping coupons, folding clothes, putting to bed, brushing, chasing, buckling, feeding, pushing trucks, cuddling dolls, coloring, crafting, jumping jacks, and waiting for your child to come home, not wanting to go to sleep until you know every member of your little family is safely home and in bed.

For me, the realization came suddenly. It was about fourteen years ago. My daughter was eleven and my son nine. As they were playing together inside on a rainy day, a fight broke out between them and I found myself becoming a WWW referee, pulling the two kicking, screaming tornados apart, yelling, "If you two don't straighten up, I'm going to knock both of you into next week!" - More...
Monday - May 09, 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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