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SitNews - Stories in the News - Ketchikan, Alaska

May 13, 2005

Front Page Photo by Carl Thompson

Front Page Photo by Carl Thompson

Alaska: Governor Acts to Respond to BRAC Recommendations - Governor Frank H. Murkowski will create a 15-member task force to respond to the Department of Defense's Base Realignment and Closure recommendation to realign Eielson Air Force Base.

Governor Murkowski flew to Fairbanks today when the BRAC recommendations were made public to convene a meeting with local leaders. Under the recommendations, Fairbanks is the community that would feel the greatest economic impact in Alaska. - More...
Friday - May 13, 2005

photosAlaska: BRAC Recommendations Affect Bases in Alaska; Kulis, Eielson, Elmendorf and Fort Richardson On List - Today, Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), reacted to the announcement by the Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC) that Alaska's Air Force bases would be realigned, that Kulis Air Guard Station will be closed and the Fort Richardson Army Post in Anchorage will be realigned. - More...
Friday - May 13, 2005

photosNational: BRAC Recommendations Expected to Save Nearly $50 Billion Says DoD; Bases in Alaska on recommended close or realign list - Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld announced today that the department's recommendations to close or realign military facilities in the United States will better position U.S. forces to confront this century's threats. The recommendation, if fully implemented, will generate an estimated net savings of nearly $50 billion over the next two decades. When combined with the anticipated savings from overseas basing realignments around the world, the projected net savings increases to $64.2 billion. - More...
Friday - May 13, 2005

photosAlaska: Cope Thunder Wraps In Alaska - Cope Thunder participants used Eielson Air Force Base's 62,000 square miles of training airspace and met their objective: to fly, fight and win during Pacific Air Force's premier combat airpower exercise that ended May 6th. Eielson Air Force Base is located in Fairbanks, Alaska.

The two-week exercise, Cope Thunder, was the largest air combat training exercise, involving about 1,000 active-duty and Air National Guard Airmen and 50 aircraft. - More...
Friday - May 13, 2005

audioKetchikan: Listen to this KRBD story.... Houghtaling Elementary School will have a new principal next year. The Ketchikan School Board Wednesday night voted down a request by Superintendent Harry Martin to renew an administrative contract for Principal Les McCormick.
KRBD - Ketchikan Public Radio - Friday - May 13, 2005

audioKetchikan: Listen to this KRBD story... Southeast Conference could shelve plans for a regional landfill if an ethanol plant is constructed in Ketchikan. That's according to Southeast Conference Executive Director Rollo Pool, who spoke before a Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce luncheon Wednesday.
KRBD - Ketchikan Public Radio - Friday - May 13, 2005

audioKetchikan: Listen to this KRBD story... A Ketchikan man who lost his sight is using his passion for music to help him rejoin the world of work. Former mill employee Willie Smith has figured out a system that allows him to host music on KRBD. Coast Alaska's Ed Schoenfeld sat in on one of Smith's shows and filed this report.
KRBD - Ketchikan Public Radio - Friday - May 13, 2005

Week In Review: A capital scare ... Base closings ... Bush, Putin parley By BILL STRAUB - Flyover causes panic: An off-course, single-engine aircraft briefly violated Washington airspace on Wednesday, flying within three miles of the White House and causing the evacuation of several government buildings. Order was restored and the pilot will not be criminally charged. - More...
Friday - May 13, 2005

National: Congressman floats idea of national savings program By MARGARET TALEV - A leading congressman in the Republican effort to overhaul Social Security said Thursday he is intrigued with the idea of creating a nationalized system through which Americans automatically would be enrolled in a personal savings program, unless they opt out. - More...
Friday - May 13, 2005

National: Committee sends Bolton vote to Senate By LAWRENCE M. O'ROURKE - The Senate Foreign Relations Committee sent President Bush's nomination of John Bolton as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations to the Senate floor Thursday, but deleted a recommendation that he be confirmed.

After a grueling and bitter five-hour hearing, the committee voted along party lines, 10 Republicans for and eight Democrats against, for the unusual motion that fell short of what the White House fought to achieve. - More...
Friday - May 13, 2005



letter Desecration Bridge Retort By Don Hoff Jr. - Friday
letter Burial site on Pennock Island By Julia Guthrie - Friday
letter Native headstones on Pennock Island By Marya and Kip Tyler - Friday
letter Pennock Island Burial Sites By Penny Eubanks - Friday
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Ketchikan Arts & Entertainment Column

Sharon Allen: SHIPS AND SALSA - Salsa Fever Hits The Crow's Nest This Saturday! - The temperature is rising in Ketchikan and the reason is clear: Salsa Fever has arrived!

If you're among those infected with a love for this anything-goes-sexy-style of music and dance, there's good news.   There will be a Salsa Dance this coming Saturday night, May 14th.  It will be held at the Crow's Nest, which is located at the Coast Guard's Upper Base.  The dancing begins at 8:00 pm.  Chips and Salsa will be served free of charge, there's a great view of the Narrows and the Coast Guard Ships free for the looking, other food and drinks will be available for purchase and the cost is a mere $5.00 at the door!

If you have two left feet or you're not sure if Salsa is right for you, don't automatically dismiss the opportunity to check it out.   Dance instruction will be available at the party and no experience is necessary to begin learning.  You don't even have to have a partner to attend! - More...
Friday - May 13, 2005

Commentary - Columns

Ron Leone: Don't put new regulations on cable programs - I spent a recent morning speaking to high-school juniors and seniors about media literacy. I had planned on talking about images in advertising, a reliable topic to which everyone can relate. But then I read Time magazine's recent cover story "Has TV Gone Too Far?," and changed my mind. I wanted to know what 16- and 17-year-olds thought about efforts to treat them - and all of us - like adolescents. - More...
Friday - May 13, 2005

Dale McFeatters: Today's threat level: Confused - One artifact from 9/11 is the Department of Homeland Security's color-coded threat-alert system. Code Green for low risk; Blue for guarded; Yellow for elevated; Orange for high; and Red for severe.

The thermometer-like advisory on the department's Web site has been mostly stuck at Code Yellow, although nationally it has been raised to Code Orange six times, most recently in December 2003. Locally, a Code Orange was issued for financial institutions in New York, northern New Jersey and Washington, D.C. - More...
Friday - May 13, 2005

M.J. Wilde: Leashed today, oppressed tomorrow - So I'm at the mall the other day to buy a book. That's a bunch of pages bound together containing a variety of ideas and human thought and imagination. Heh-heh.

Anyway, I'm coming out of the store, and I see a woman ... well the only way to describe it is ... she was walking her kid. - More...
Friday - Mary 13, 2005

Preston McDougall: Chemical Eye on Jazz89 - Solid. Solid. Solid.

When I applied for tenure here at Middle Tennessee State University, those were the grades given to me by my chemistry colleagues in the three areas that professors are evaluated in: teaching, research or creative activity, and public service. - More...
Friday - Mary 13, 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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