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June 17, 2005

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2005 Kids' Fishing Derby
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Ketchikan: 2005 Kids' Fishing Derby - The Kids' All American Fishing Derby which took place last weekend at City Park was attended by approximately 200 young anglers. In addition to fishing, other activities included lure making, fish printing and casting competition. Balloons and over 100 prizes were given out. - More...
Friday - June 17, 2005

National: Congressmen seek timetable for withdrawal from Iraq By MARGARET TALEV - After a nearly weeklong buildup that has drawn international attention, a group of outsiders in Congress formally introduced bipartisan legislation Thursday to begin withdrawing U.S. forces from Iraq by the autumn of 2006.

The four co-sponsors - a conservative and a libertarian Republican, and a liberal and a moderate Democrat - acknowledged that the Republicans who control the House, Senate and White House do not support the idea of a timetable. But they predicted that, coming at a time of sinking public support for the war and growing discontent over U.S. casualties, their resolution would spur a public dialogue that could force President Bush to outline an exit strategy. - More...
Friday - June 17, 2005

National: Democrats press Bush for explanation of memo By LAWRENCE M. O'ROURKE - House Democrats opposed to the Iraq war came together Thursday to draw more public attention to the so-called "Downing Street Memo," the British government document that advised Prime Minister Tony Blair that President Bush was determined to invade Iraq nearly a year before the war was launched.

On the Senate side of the Capitol, Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., cited the memo Thursday in further holding up Bush's nominee for the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton. Reid and Senate Democrats have demanded a full accounting of whether Bolton exaggerated assessments of several countries' weapons programs. - More...
Friday - June 17, 2005

Washington Calling: Hillary v. Condi ... too many boys ... other items By LANCE GAY - Hillary versus Condi in 2008? What's up with those red, white and blue "Condi Rice 2008 - We Have A Dream" bumper stickers?

While Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has sought to bury the idea that she's running, that hasn't dampened enthusiasm among Republican insiders for the idea. Ohio Rep. Deborah Pryce, chair of the House Republican conference, told a Good Housekeeping magazine conference recently that moves by Democrats to put New York Sen. Hillary Clinton on the 2008 presidential ticket is prompting GOP leadership to review their political talent. - More...
Friday - July 17, 2005

Week in Review: Deaths in Iraq ... storms and earthquakes...acquittal By BILL STRAUB - The number of U.S. military deaths in Iraq shot over the 1,700 mark this week, the worst day coming on Thursday when five Marines were killed by insurgents in a bomb attack in the city of Ramadi. On Tuesday a suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowd of Iraqi retirees looking to collect their benefits, killing 22. - More...
Friday - July 17, 2005

National: Collegians' Caribbean revels long a concern for State Dept. By JAMES W. BROSNAN - Beaches, booze and sex may be the only things on the minds of thousands of underage Americans flocking to Caribbean countries for spring break and post-graduation trips.

And that's what worries State Department consular officials who respond when an American overseas turns up missing or in jail.

"Unfortunately, some people go abroad and think they are immune from whatever the local law is or they forget the circumstances in which they find themselves," said Daniel Smith, principal deputy assistant secretary for consular affairs, in an interview. - More...
Friday - June 17, 2005

Ketchikan: UAS Ketchikan Student Project Seeks Local Business Input - The University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan Campus in cooperation with the Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce is conducting an economic assessment of our local economy. Students in the Community Economic Development summer course are exploring how community economic development happens, various strategies to assess the current state of an economy and how to apply strategies for change.

"Any successful community development activity starts with an accurate assessment," UAS Ketchikan Assistant Professor of Business Tim Ewest says. The process of collecting surveys has begun. - More...
Friday - June 17, 2005



letter Another plea for fire safety By David Hull, Chief NTVFD - Friday
letter Quality of life should come before Industrial Welfare - By Michael Spence - Friday
letter U.S. Treasury Bonds and Worthless IOUs By Alan Lidstone - Friday
letter Retort: Pork Barrel? By Don Hoff Jr. - Friday
letter "Downing Street Memo Proves Nothing" By Jennifer Zilliac - Friday
letter Bridge to Gravina By Kathy McNulty - Friday
letter Disgusted with the lies By Melissa Shutta - Friday
letter Amen! By P. J. Travis - Friday
letter Gravina Island "Development" By Robert D. Warner - Thursday
letter Downing Street Memo proves nothing By Karen M. Lewis - Thursday
letter Nightmares and Despair By Don Hoff Jr. - Thursday
letter Pork barrel? By Jay Jones - Thursday
letter Selling the Crown Jewels By K.J. Metcalf - Wednesday
letter Bridge to Gravina By Rob Glenn - Wednesday
letterTrash in Sylvan Slums By Mike Sallee - Wednesday
letter Dreams realized . . .at what cost? By Roberta "Bobbie" McCreary - Wednesday
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Ann McFeatters: Senators flash their cash - It's that delicious week when we peek at the financial records of our senators, who make $162,100 a year but who - surprise, surprise - are worth much, much more.

For the most part, these people are hardworking. They spend their days fretting about the minutiae of government, learning about complicated issues such as biomass and actuarial tables and worrying about the evils perpetrated by foes across the aisle. - More...
Friday - June 17, 2005

Linda Seebach: Polish off an apple for alternative teaching certification - Alternative routes to teacher certification are providing an increasing share of the nation's new teachers, and most of them say they would never have gone into teaching if they had to do it the traditional way.

Compared with the profession as a whole, these new teachers are more likely to be men, more likely to be African-American or Hispanic, more likely to be teaching in high-demand fields such as mathematics and special education and more likely to be teaching in big cities. As all of these are things are broadly considered desirable, it's a welcome trend. - More...
Friday - June 17, 2005

Star Parker: School choice threatened - Thanks to an active school-choice movement, funded and staffed by dedicated and principled private citizens, an increasing number of American parents have the quintessentially American opportunity of choosing where to send their child to school. However, if the teacher unions, ACLU, People for the American Way and similar organizations have their way, a successful voucher program in Florida will cease operation. - More...
Friday - June 17, 2005

Scott Adamson: Of course, Tyson will fight again - For those of you who believe Mike Tyson has retired from the ring, you must also believe in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and think Paris Hilton is the finest living American actress.

Don't get me wrong - Tyson should've retired a long time ago. But he hasn't and he won't. I'm guessing there will be several more bouts prior to the completion of his devolution from one of the greatest heavyweights ever to a sick joke. - More...
Friday - June 17, 2005

Preston MacDougall: Chemical Eye on Kites and Darts - Long before the Rorschach inkblot test, civilizations communicated a lot about themselves by how they connected the twinkling dots in the night sky.

The constellation Crux is prominent in the night skies of the southern hemisphere, as well as on the flags of Australia and New Zealand. But long before Captain Cook sailed the seven seas, Aborigines used the stars for guidance on their long nomadic treks across their expansive island home. - More...
Friday - June 17, 2005

Barbara Bova: Parents can make the difference - Adam Smith, an Oxford philosopher, writes in his book "Unequal Chances": "What one's parents are like is entirely a matter of luck. What one's children are like is not."

There's been a long-running argument among scientists, philosophers, psychologists and others about whether children are more impacted by nature or nurture. Smith seems to side with nurture. Parents have a definite impact upon their children genetically, but a child's fate is usually tied to his parents' successes or failures. - More...
Friday - June 17, 2005

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