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June 15, 2005

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American Legion Post #3 First Vice Commander Jim Marmon of Ketchikan presents his father Richard Marmon with the official medal for combat wounded given by the American Legion
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Ketchikan: Son Presents American Legion Medal for Combat Wounded to Father by M.C. Kauffman - At first glance, 81-year old Richard Marmon wouldn't fit today's typecast of a hero. However there is something special that sets Marmon off and confirms that he in fact fills a hero's shoes.

The story began when Marmon joined the Army Air Corp approximately 62 years ago. Marmon, born and raised on the Laguna Indian Reservation, entered the Army Air Corp. when he was 18-years old.

Marmon's son Jim Marmon of Ketchikan said his dad flew his first mission when he was 19-years old on a "B-17 Flying Fortress". The oldest person on Marmon's crew was the engineer/Radio Operator who was 23 - thus the name of the plane,"Baby Buggy". - More...
Wednesday - June 15, 2005

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Boyd Porter gives Joel Galli shooting pointers...
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Ketchikan: New & Seasoned Hunters Participate In Hunters' Safety Course by M.C. Kauffman - A hunters' safety course sponsored by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) was recently held at the Ketchikan Rod & Gun Club. Boyd Porter and Mike Younker of ADFG presented the class for approximately a dozen hunters, both young and old.

The two day class began with four hours of indoor course review work. Porter and Younker covered subjects ranging from firearm safety to wildlife conservation, first aid and survival skills.  - More...
Wednesday - June 15, 2005

Alaska: Tongass Approves Kensington Plan of Operations - The Tongass National Forest announced approval today of the plan of operations for the Kensington Gold Project.

The Kensington Gold Project is an underground gold mine approximately 45 miles north-northwest of Juneau. Development of its proposed facilities by Coeur Alaska, Inc., will fall on both private lands and National Forest System lands.

Tongass National Forest Supervisor Forrest Cole directed the Juneau Ranger District to proceed with implementation of Coeur Alaska, Inc.'s modified Plan of Operations. Coeur Alaska submitted the modified plan of operations to take into account the decisions reached in the Record of Decision for the Kensington Gold Project in December 2004.- More...
Wednesday - June 15, 2005

National: Bush renews call for action on energy By BILL STRAUB - With crude oil prices inching toward $56 a barrel and the Senate debating national energy policy, President Bush urged immediate action Wednesday, warning that America needs "an affordable, reliable supply of energy" to fuel economic growth.

Appearing before the 16th Annual Energy Efficiency Forum, Bush acknowledged that the United States has been slow in responding to its energy needs and asserted that quick steps are necessary "for the sake of national security and for the sake of economic security." - More...
Wednesday - June 15, 2005

National: Young eyes chairmanship of homeland security panel By LIZ RUSKIN - Alaska Rep. Don Young, once a prominent critic of the House Homeland Security Committee, would love to take over as its chairman.

"We would more than gladly be excited about assuming that chairmanship," his spokesman, Grant Thompson, said.

The permanent committee, born just this year, oversees the far-reaching Homeland Security Department and its budget of about $50 billion. - More...
Wednesday - June 15, 2005

National: Bipartisan group of senators targets manufacturing losses By MARGARET TALEV - Is America's vanishing manufacturing sector a big and bipartisan enough concern to bring together two politicians with very different politics and a nasty history over a little something called impeachment?

Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York, who has topped polls among potential Democratic presidential candidates for 2008 although she has not said she will run, and Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a conservative Republican who in the House of Representatives helped manage the impeachment proceedings against Clinton's husband when he was president, think so. - More...
Wednesday - June 15, 2005

International: Benedict XVI less conservative, more pastoral than expected By ANN RODGERS - Two months into the papacy of Pope Benedict XVI, crowds are pouring into St. Peter's Square in near record numbers to see and hear him.

"The pope is here!" a man shouted in Italian one morning last week. Cheers rose from 35,000 as Benedict appeared, standing in a white Jeep-like popemobile. It circled the square, moving slowly as the 78-year-old pope, whose mane of white hair matched his vestments, waved to the faithful.

Bishop Donald Wuerl of Pittsburgh, who attended a recent audience, was astonished to see the aged pope reach down from the moving vehicle to touch pilgrims' hands and pat the heads of children. He had always admired the former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, but knew him to be reserved and self-effacing. - More...
Wednesday - June 15, 2005



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Alaska: Anchorage wildlife a blend of beauty, danger By ANNE AURAND - John Cooper and his family grew attached to the moose cow and new calf that had been munching in their backyard for almost a week. So when the calf wedged its hind end between planks of a picket fence and struggled desperately to get free, Cooper removed a slat and lifted out the little animal, all while the mother moose watched.

"I had hoped for the best," said Cooper. - More...
Wednesday - June 15, 2005

Alaska: Students Encouraged to "Make the Right Choice" to Prevent Underage Drinking and Driving - A young man whose life was turned upside down as a teenager due to drinking and driving had a strong message for students at the Alaska Military Youth Academy.

As a high school student, Brandon Silveria had a few drinks at a party and made the choice to drive home. He fell asleep at the wheel, crossed the centerline, and crashed into a tree. He was in a coma for nearly three months and spent several years in rehabilitation. Brandon had to relearn how to walk, talk and swallow. He suffers permanent brain damage and suffers from dangerous seizures. - More...
Wednesday - June 15, 2005

Ketchikan: UAS Ketchikan Students Make Chancellor & Dean List - University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan campus students have made the UAS Chancellor and Dean's list for the Spring 2005 Semester.

LaLine Angus, Dollee Enright, Thomas Grass, Mary Hasibar, Sherity Kelly and Trina Sullivan were named to the Chancellor's List for the Spring 2005 semester.

To be eligible for the Chancellor's List, a student must earn a 4.00 grade point average, be admitted to a program and complete at least 12 credit hours during the semester. - More...
Wednesday - June 15, 2005

Ketchikan: Grand Worthy President Visits Ketchikan's Fraternal Order of Eagles - Grand Worthy President Sonny Crawford and his wife Sue, recently visited The Fraternal Order of Eagles #162 in Ketchikan. - More....
Wednesday - June 15, 2005

Southeast Alaska: Hoonah Ranger District Approves EA - The Hoonah Ranger District recently approved the "Big Bear, Dry Stream and Low Ridge Environmental Assessment." The small-scale timber project will involve the harvest of about 426 thousand board feet of timber from less than 100 acres on Chichagof Island.

According to Hoonah District Ranger John Baldwin, the project will help provide wood products to local, family-owned businesses.

Baldwin said he chose the action alternative because "local-area people would like to see the Forest Service increase the supply of small amounts of wood for possible 'value-added wood processing.'" - More...
Wednesday - June 15, 2005

Ketchikan - Statewide: Governor Announces Boards and Commissions Appointments - Alaska Governor Frank H. Murkowski announced the appointment of members to several boards and commissions, including the Commission on Postsecondary Education, the AIDEA and ANGDA boards, the State Commemorative Coin Commission and the Statehood Celebration Commission.

Alaska Commemorative Coin Commission: This commission will serve as an advisory committee to conduct a selection process and will provide at least 3 narrative design concepts for the Alaska quarter to be printed by the U.S. Mint in 2008. - More...
Wednesday - June 15, 2005

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