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May 19, 2005

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photosKetchikan: KIDS OF NOTE - Ketchikan Theatre Ballet's Younger Dancers Perform "Our Symphony" By SHARON ALLEN, Arts and Entertainment Columnist - I have NEVER before seen so many dancing youngsters.

Three performances over two days brought 110 kids to dance in the Kayhi auditorium this past weekend. The Ketchikan Theatre Ballet produced two separate shows for their Spring Gala; "The Museum" which took place on Friday and Saturday night and spotlighted graduating senior students and "Our Symphony" which featured the younger dancers and was performed on Saturday afternoon. - More...
Thursday - May 19, 2005


Ketchikan: Coast Guard rescuers save three missing fishermen - A Coast Guard rescue team found three missing people, after they were reported overdue from a day fishing trip near Mary Island, south of Ketchikan, Wednesday night.

The Coast Guard received a call at 7:50 p.m. from the wife of Jim Williams reporting her husband, and son, Michael Williams and a friend Wayne Guthrie overdue from a fishing trip. The three were aboard a 16-foot bayliner. The group departed Ketchikan around 8 a.m. heading toward Mary Island to fish for Halibut and were due back that day at 2 p.m. - More...
Thursday - May 19, 2005

photosAlaska: Malcolm Menzies to Head Up SE Region at DOT; Gary Paxton Retiring, Returning to Sitka - Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Commissioner Mike Barton announced Wednesday that Southeast Region Director Gary Paxton is retiring from state service on June 17 to return to Sitka. He will be replaced as SE director by long-time Juneau consulting engineer Malcolm Menzies, co-founder of R&M Engineering, Inc. - More...
Thursday - May 19, 2005

National: Senate begins debate on judges, filibuster By LAWRENCE M. O'ROURKE - The Senate began debate Wednesday on one of President Bush's most controversial judicial nominations, with the Senate's use of the 214-year-old filibuster hanging in the balance.

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., said that unless Democrats agree to an up-or-down vote on the nomination of Priscilla Owen of Texas to a federal appeals judgeship, he would initiate an extraordinary step that would ban the use of the filibuster in judicial nominations, including any openings on the U.S. Supreme Court. - More...
Thursday - May 19, 2005

National: Earth still rattled in aftermath of quake and tsunami By LEE BOWMAN - Nearly six months after the massive Indian Ocean earthquake that generated a deadly tsunami, the planet is still "ringing like a bell," scientists say.

The worst devastation and more than 300,000 deaths occurred in parts of Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Thailand closest to the 800-mile-long crust rupture. But the event was so powerful that no point on Earth was left undisturbed, according to new reports on the quake and its aftermath published online Thursday by the journal Science. - More...
Thursday - May 19, 2005

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Merrick Johnston on a boulder in Boulder, Colorado.
Photo courtesy of Merrick Johnston.

Alaska: Mountaineer samples northwest Alaska snow by ski By NED ROZELL - The difference between Merrick Johnston and most scientists who study the atmosphere is that she's walked a lot higher into it.

A decade ago, Johnston became the youngest female to reach the summit of Denali when at age 12 she and her mother Jennifer Johnston climbed the mountain. Now 22, Johnston is a senior at Dartmouth College and a mountain guide in the Tetons during the summer. This May she'll present at a conference the results of her unique undergraduate project ­ a 400-mile ski traverse in northwest Alaska during which she scooped up snow samples to test for pollutants. - More...
Thursday - May 19, 2005



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photosNational: Hydrogen cars still decades off By JOAN LOWY - Critics of President Bush's energy policies are urging Congress to scale back his much-touted hydrogen-car research program in favor of existing technologies that can reduce U.S. energy dependence and cut global-warming pollution now.

Two years ago, Bush launched a five-year, $1.2 billion program to develop a commercially viable hydrogen fuel-cell car "so that the first car driven by a child born today could be powered by hydrogen and pollution-free." He's now asking Congress to increase funding for the program by $500 million. - More...
Thursday - May 19, 2005

Alaska: Permanent Foreign Labor Certification Application Change - As of March 28, 2005, employers filing permanent labor certification applications must now file directly with the United States Department of Labor (USDOL) under the new Program Electronic Review Management (PERM) system. - More...
Thursday - May 19, 2005

National: Sports figures get more questions about drugs By BILL STRAUB - Steroid use by professional athletes "sends a harmful and potentially destructive message to countless young fans," in the view of NBA Commissioner David Stern, and an effort is under way to boost penalties against violators of league drug policies.

But Stern, testifying Wednesday before the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection, said the NBA could undertake its own reforms through the usual collective bargaining process, without governmental interference. - More...
Thursday - May 19, 2005

National: NFL chief OK with government-mandated testing policy By BILL STRAUB - NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue joined Major League Baseball counterpart Bud Selig in agreeing Thursday that he could live with a government-mandated steroids-testing policy for professional sports if some concessions are made. - More...
Thursday - May 19, 2005

National: British lawmaker spars with Senate panel over oil trading By KEVIN DIAZ - A member of the British Parliament on Tuesday called a Senate inquiry "the mother of all smokescreens," denying accusations he had profited from a United Nations oil-for-food scheme in Iraq.

The British lawmaker, George Galloway, was met with skepticism from Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., the chairman of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, as well as from Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan, the ranking Democrat. - More...
Thursday - May 19, 2005

National: After 35 years, TV thief to be free By MATTHEW EISLEY - An elderly man sentenced to life in prison for stealing a $140 television is being paroled after 35 years behind bars. - More...
Thursday - May 19, 2005

National: South Koreans report major development in stem-cell research By LEE BOWMAN -South Korean scientists reported Thursday that they've generated the first human embryonic stem-cell lines carrying genes that match the DNA of patients suffering from disease or spinal-cord injury. - More...
Thursday - May 19, 2005

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