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photosKetchikan: Part II - At the Heart of Dancing Art; A Review of Ketchikan Theatre Ballet's Performance of "The Museum" By SHARON ALLEN - Theresa Somrak soloed as the third tourist.  Theresa began dancing at age seven and was cast in this year's Nutcracker as a flower in Waltz of the Flowers.  As evidenced by her choice of music by Brazilian singer/songwriter, Adriana Calcanhotto and her quick change of address from Alaska to Minnesota and back again, Theresa is a mover and shaker.  Willamette University in Salem, Oregon has made the wise decision to accept Theresa as a student next year and will aid her in her goal of obtaining a degree as a cultural anthropologist.  - More...
Wednesday - May 23, 2005


Alaska: Governor Praises Results of Special Session - Alaska Governor Frank H. Murkowski today praised the special session saying, "Alaskans should be proud of what this Legislature accomplished in this special session." He said the "Not so right" critics called this the "not-so-special session." He said the Legislature stepped up to the plate and made some very hard decisions. Murkowski said, "As we've seen in the past, winning passage of reform legislation is a challenge in any state, especially in Alaska and particularly in a special session. Special sessions are known more for their failures than their successes."- More...
Wednesday - May 23, 2005

photosAlaska: Internet Super Hero Award Presented to Alaska's own "Incredible Hulk" - While Marvel's Spiderman is known for casting webs to protect people from villains, it was Alaska's own "Incredible Hulk" who was honored for his work on protecting children on another kind of web. - More...
Wednesday - May 25, 2005

Alaska: Experts send out mayday over tree's spread in Alaska By DOUG O'HARRA - It's a tree that grows fast. In spring, it blooms with fragrant white flowers. Birds feast on its red berries. Moose won't chew it up. And the long dark cold of winter doesn't faze it.. - More...
Wednesday - May 23, 2005

National: McCain back in spotlight By BILL STRAUB - Sen. John McCain has been off center stage during recent political battles but he once again grabbed the spotlight to do what he does best - step on the toes of Republican Party leaders. And his actions have revived speculation about his presidential ambitions. - More...
Wednesday - May 23, 2005

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photosKetchikan:  Local March of Dimes' WalkAmerica Event Raises Over $26,000 - The March of Dimes' WalkAmerica held on May 7th had over 200 walkers with 75 of them coming from the Annette Island Joint Road Task Force, said co-chairperson Renee Schofield. "That group ran the route. It was great."

Schofield, who co-chaired the event along with Carl Webb, said Tuesday, "Right now, we are sitting at approximately $26,000 and are still waiting to hear about the visitor industry walk on Friday the 13th. They usually generate $2,000 to 3,000 more."

The Top team was IBEW and the Top Walker was long-time walker and teenager Sarah Eichner. - More & photo gallery...
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National: House passes stem cell research bill By LAWRENCE M. O'ROURKE - After an emotional debate on conflicting human values, the House on Tuesday approved expanding U.S. government support of embryonic stem cell research.

The Republican-controlled House approved the measure 238-194 despite President Bush's promise to cast the first veto of his more than 52 months in the White House against the legislation.

Some 187 Democrats, 50 Republicans and one independent voted for expansion of a small government program run by the National Institutes of Health. The legislation does not specify the amount of federal money to be spent on the research. - More...
Wednesday - May 25, 2005

National: House GOP leaders drop women-in-combat provision By JAMES W. BROSNAN - Facing likely defeat, House Republican leaders Wednesday retreated from an effort to write into law limits on the combat support missions of women in the military.

"We had the votes," said Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., an Air Force Academy graduate who joined with Democrats to back down the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif. - More...
Wednesday - May 25, 2005

National: Winners and losers in Senate filibuster fight By BILL STRAUB - A compromise by its very nature means each party to the agreement wins a little and loses a little. But occasionally, like in the deal hammered out late Monday to avoid a confrontation over Senate filibusters, one side wins more than the other.

The Senate seemed destined for a showdown this week over the efforts of Democrats to waylay a handful of President Bush's nominees to the federal bench via filibuster. Republicans, demanding a floor vote for all the president's nominees, threatened to unleash the "nuclear option" - a plan to change Senate rules to reduce from 60 to 50 the number of votes needed to end debate. - More...
Wednesday - May 25, 2005

National: Researchers find what makes plants grow By LEE BOWMAN - Researchers at several institutions have simultaneously answered a biological mystery that has been puzzling scientists going back to Charles Darwin - how plants know how to grow.

Using different approaches, two teams independently identified a receptor for the plant hormone auxin, a substance first reported to move within plants by Darwin himself in 1880. To date, no member of the plant family has been found that's unable to synthesize auxin, named after the Greek word for growth. - More...
Wednesday - May 25, 2005

Wallet Watch: How to calculate your retirement nest egg By MARY DEIBEL - Sizing up your retirement nest egg isn't easy these days with the Social Security overhaul in flux and traditional pension coverage shrinking for many people.

Compounding these uncertainties is the question of how much you'll need in retirement to last the rest of your life.

With Social Security officials predicting that Americans will live to their mid-80s by 2080, you'll likely need more money than your parents or grandparents to cover your retirement years. - More...
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