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Alaska: Education Funding, Viability of Rural Communities at Risk; Governor Murkowski: Fiscal Solution Not Just About Dividends - Governor Frank Murkowski on Tuesday welcomed legislators back to Juneau, but made clear the need to resolve the state's fiscal shortfall by modernizing management of the Permanent Fund and using 5 percent of the value of the Permanent Fund to guarantee a dividend of at least $1,000 and to pay for education and local communities. - Read more...
Wednesday - June 23, 2004

Alaska: Governor Introduces Legislation for Special Session; Includes Spending Limit, Endowment for PF, Tobacco Tax, Workers' Comp - On this first day of the special session of the Legislature Tuesday, Governor Frank Murkowski introduced eight bills and resolutions for the consideration of legislators. The main issue of the special session is to find a solution to the state's long-term fiscal shortfall, including modernizing management of the Permanent Fund to an endowment model, use of some of the Permanent Fund's income, and a constitutional spending limit. The other issues are an increase in the tobacco tax from $1 per pack of cigarettes to $2 per pack, and reform of the workers' compensation claims appeal process.- Read more...
Wednesday - June 23, 2004

audioKetchikan: Listen to this KRBD story... Temperature records across much of Southeast Alaska have been shattered over the past week and a half. Deanna Garrison spoke with Chris Maier, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Juneau, about the recent heat wave.
KRBD - Ketchikan Public Radio - linked Wednesday - June 23, 2004

audioKetchikan: Listen to this KRBD story... Sales and property taxes will increase and schools will be funded to the cap under the Fiscal Year 2005 budget adopted by the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly Monday night. As Deanna Garrison reports, the final day of budget discussions focused primarily on Borough grants to non-profit organizations.
KRBD - Ketchikan Public Radio - linked Wednesday - June 23, 2004


photo Dick MorrisDick Morris: Kerry's Stealth Strategy - Senator John Kerry is becoming the first modern dark-horse candidate - in an old sense of the term.

The phrase was used to describe 19th century presidential candidates whose principle virtue was their absence of a national image. And that's been the key to Kerry's success so far. - Read more...
Wednesday - June 23, 2004

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photosRemembering 'Swede' Risland (1915-1991);The town's most memorable logger - People still remember Swede Risland and chuckle when telling stories about him or about his incredible generosity. In his prime he made big money in the woods and all his life he gave it away as easily as he made it! The old logger was no fashion plate and in his later years he had to coax his battered old smoking and coughing yellow pickup all the way up Main Street until it gratefully reached the summit and rolled down Grant Street toward the tunnel - its cargo of salvaged miscellany rattling as it slid forward to clatter against the cab. Swede loved to clean out and organize long-neglected old warehouses and storage sheds and found many a rusty but still-good treasure waiting to be shared and recycled. - Read the rest of this story by June Allen...
Saturday - June 19, 2004

arrow Alaska's Deepwater Highway; A part of Alaska history

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arrow Ketchikan's Cruise Ship Industry; A light-hearted look at its origins

arrow Ketchikan's First City Players; Did you hear that applause?

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