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Ketchikan: New Members Elected to Ketchikan Lions Club - The Ketchikan Lions Club welcomed newly elected members Bryce Timm, Cheryl Fultz, Steve Sherva, Tony Azure, and Rebecca Harsh into the Service Club during a May 11th meeting held at the Landing. - More...
Saturday - May 14, 2005

Alaska: Heavy Oil Potential Key to Alaskan North Slope Oil Future By David Anna - Alaska's North Slope boasts a massive heavy oil resource that someday could underpin the survival of one of the Nation's most critical oil-producing provinces-and research funded by the Department of Energy may provide the key to unlocking this vast but, to date, largely intractable oil resource. - More...
Saturday - May 14, 2005

National: Social Security not in peril as President Bush suggests, expert says By Mark Reutter - Social Security is not "in crisis," "unsustainable," or even "bankrupt" - words that President George W. Bush has used to rally support behind his campaign to alter the retirement and insurance program - according to an article by a law professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. - More...
Saturday - May 14, 2005

Alaskan boulder at Schenectady, N.Y
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Alaska: Alaskan boulder to honor Seward at Union College, NY - A boulder from near Seward Highway in Alaska recently traveled to Seward Place in Schenectady, N.Y., where it now rests in honor of William Henry Seward.

An 1820 graduate of Union College, William H. Seward is perhaps best known for engineering the $7.2 million United States purchase of Alaska from Russia in 1867. As a parting gift to the college and the city of Schenectady, the Class of 2000 set out to honor Union's most prominent alumnus. Five years in the making, the project will be completed in time for the 204th anniversary of Seward's birth this May 16. - More...
Saturday - May 14, 2005

Washington Calling: Heat on Annan ... Disney Bear ... Other items By LANCE GAY - The United Nations' oil-for-food scandal is about to go nuclear.

Three congressional committees are hot on the trail of leaked documents from the world agency that U.S. investigators believe will implicate U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan in both the scandal and subsequent efforts to cover up lucrative contracts awarded to a Swiss company connected to Annan's son Kojo. - More...
Saturday - May 14, 2005



letter Pennock Island Graves By Albert K. White - Sunday
letter Boro Bus Plan Overhaul By Rob Holston - Sunday
letter The Pennock Island Graves By June Allen - Sunday
letter "Class in America: Shadowy Lines That Still Divide." By Karen Pitcher - Sunday
letterRetirement Security by Alan Lidstone - Saturday
letter Gravina Island Bridge By Lonnie Guthrie - Saturday
letter Re: Desecration Bridge Retort By Rick Grams - Saturday
letter Pennock Island Graves By Robert McRoberts - Saturday
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Dave Kiffer: "Hits and Misses" - Now that my son Liam is 4 1/2 , he is starting to show interest in sports. He gets excited when we drive by the ball park and he sees the big kids playing baseball. He gets really excited when we see one team that has red uniforms. I suspect he thinks they are cool because they dress like Spider Man.

Since he still looks up to me - at least for this week - it leaves me in a delicate situation. It's not like this is one of those "what did you do in the war, daddy" conundrums, but I hate having to admit to him that - unlike everyone else's Dad - I wasn't that great at sports.

We're at the stage where you want to encourage your child with all those "try, try again" platitudes about hard work and persistence getting results. My sporting career is the perfect example of the opposite. - More...
Saturday - May 14, 2005

Ben Grabow: An eggplant epiphany - Call it an eggplant epiphany.

It is a Saturday night and I am rolling strips of eggplant in egg and dredging them in bread crumbs and basil to bake on a greased pan, and it occurs to me that this is a very grown up thing to do.

But for all the import of spending a Saturday night in the kitchen with a simmering pan of tomato sauce, I can't help but feel that I am playing house rather than actually living in one. Every seemingly adult action I take doesn't truly seem "adult" to me. Everything I do, from going to work in the office to paying my bills to weighing produce in the grocery, seems like I am pretending. I feel like I'm filling a role rather than living a life. - More...
Saturday - May 14, 2005

Steve Brewer: How to translate the language of real estate - As summer approaches, many Americans look to the real estate market, planning to move to new houses while the kids are out of school.

To these folks, we offer our condolences. Buying a house is an ordeal of decision-making and nail-biting and check-writing and endless paperwork. Some homebuyers simply snap and wind up crazed on street corners, signing any passing document and handing out checks to anyone who looks like a home inspector.

Throughout the process, buyers have the sneaking suspicion that they're somehow getting scammed. Everybody's putting the best face on the transaction, but is an earthquake fault line going unmentioned? Sure, that's a low interest rate, but does a leg-breaker named Vinnie show up at your door if your payment is late?

This lack of trust begins with marketing. Real estate has its own advertising language, designed to talk up the best aspects of a property while playing down the drawbacks. Homebuyers sometimes are surprised when the truth is revealed: The "in-ground pool" turns out to be a "flooded basement." - More...
Saturday - May 14, 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

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