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SitNews - Stories in the News - Ketchikan, Alaska

May 11, 2005

Front Page Photo by Lisa Thompson

'Big Ships'
Front Page Photo by Lisa Thompson

Alaska: Governor Expands Special Session Call - Alaska Governor Frank H. Murkowski today added to his special session call four issues still pending when the Legislature adjourned late Tuesday.

The amended special session proclamation will include a bill to add to the University of Alaska system up to 250,000 acres of land to fulfill its status as a land grant institution. Also included are bills on insurance regulation, an election reform bill and funding for a new virology lab in Fairbanks. - More...
Wednesday - May 11, 2005

Front Page Photo by Janet Spear

Twin Peaks
Front Page Photo by Janet Spear

National: Capital panic ends peacefully By BILL STRAUB - A single-engine plane breached restricted airspace over the capital and flew within three miles of the White House before veering west Wednesday, forcing the evacuation of several government buildings and sending the nation's capital into a tizzy.

Two men were taken into custody after the plane they were flying, a Cessna-150, was forced down by a military escort at a small airport in Frederick, Md. U.S. Capitol Police Chief Terrance Gainer told reporters that the incident apparently came about as the result of "errant pilots." - More...
Wednesday - May 11, 2005

Alaska: EPA releases Toxic Release Inventory; DEC puts it into perspective for Alaska - Today the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued their annual "Toxics Release Inventory," or list of the estimated weight of toxic chemicals that have been "released" to the nation's air, land and water. The Report compares the total weight in each state, then ranks the states from highest to lowest. This year's Report will again list Alaska as having the greatest weight of toxic "releases" in the nation. - More...
Wednesday - May 11, 2005

Alaska: Changes to Wildlife Regulations Approved By Federal Subsistence Board - The Federal Subsistence Board approved changes to Federal subsistence hunting and trapping regulations at its May 3-4 meeting in Anchorage, Alaska. The new regulations are effective July 1, 2005 through June 30, 2006. - More...
Wednesday - May 11, 2005

Front Page Photo by Paul Perry

'Mother Nature's Paint-By-Numbers'
Front Page Photo by Paul Perry

Ketchikan: We have all seen and heard about the rarely observed event of the large amounts of green tree pollen in the air; how about on the water? - More...
Wednesday - May 11, 2005

National: Frist says he's ready to pull trigger on 'nuclear option' By MARGARET TALEV - Under pressure to act by the White House and social conservatives, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said Tuesday he will start calling for up-or-down votes on President Bush's stalled judicial nominees as soon as next week. - More...
Wednesday - May 11, 2005

National: How bases changed after military left By BILL STRAUB - Communities are shelling out millions of dollars in an often-futile effort to keep nearby military facilities off the base-closure list, but there is growing evidence that those who have gone through the experience haven't suffered as much as feared. - More...
Wednesday - May 11, 2005

Alaska: Bill Solves The Conundrum Of Expired Gift Certificates - Have you ever wondered what happens to the money paid for gift certificates after they expire? Many people think that the business just gets to keep the cash; but, according to Alaska law, that money is considered to be unclaimed property and must be turned over to the state general fund for "safekeeping" and, if possible, returned to the rightful owner. - More...
Wednesday - May 11, 2005

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USCG crew prepares to board the
cruise ship Sun Princess during a
multi agency training response exercise..
Photo courtesy Ketchikan Fire Department

Ketchikan: Multi agency training response exercise; Exercise included procedures for security of a cruise vessel - A Coast Guard 25-foot boat crew prepares to board the cruise ship Sun Princess off the coast of Ketchikan during a multi agency training response exercise held here May 9 through today. - More...
Wednesday - May 11, 2005

Alaska: Major Internet Protection Bill Passes Legislature - Comprehensive Internet crime legislation passed the Alaska Legislature Tuesday. SB 140 tackles Internet related crime and privacy issues on several new fronts. Sen. Gene Therriault (R - North Pole) introduced the original bill.

SB 140 protects both children and computer users: Creates a felony for distributing pornography to children via the Internet; Mandates a felony for anyone who entices children via the Internet; Bans the placement of unsolicited computer pop-up ads that are placed using invasive Spyware. - More...
Wednesday - May 11, 2005



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Columns - Commentary

Will Durst: This Little PETA Did Not Eat Roast Chad - Please only bounce the waffle iron off my forehead a couple of times as I tentatively mock and scoff and taunt one of the liberals' most sacred of all cows.

Which is kind of a joke; although there's no reason you would know that yet. But before I launch into my superfluous onslaught, let me say that even though I don't agree with most of their missions or goals, I'm glad the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals are there. Just like Michael Moore is the hefty lefty answer to Rush Limbaugh, PETA acts as a wacky counter balance to the National Rifle Association in terms of embarrassing the two major parties on a fair and equal basis. - More...
Wednesday - May 11, 2005

James Derk: Stop the rebate scam madness - Is anyone else fed up with the whole rebate scam when it comes to computers and computer parts? This has to be one area where an aggressive attorney general someplace will make a killing (and a career) defending consumers from this terrible practice.

Somewhere in a newspaper, you can probably find an ad for a computer system that will read something like "$899 (minus $100 mail-in rebate, minus $150 mail-in bonus bucks, minus $50 check...etc) making the final cost about a buck ninety-five. - More...
Wednesday - May 11, 2005

Dale McFeatters: Paving the way to a veto - Unless the two sides manage to finesse it - and both would dearly love to do so - the coming showdown between the White House and Congress should be fascinating politically and with the added fillip that it's Republican versus Republican.

The White House likes to blame the Democrats when things go wrong in Congress - and they do have much to answer for - but the highway bill is an all-Republican show with Democrats in a purely supporting role. - More...

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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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