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June 28, 2005

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audioKetchikan: Listen to this KRBD story... Despite concerns over poor evaluation scores, the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly Monday night voted down a motion to fire Borough Manager Roy Eckert. As Deanna Garrison reports, the Assembly decided instead to form a committee to develop a plan for improvement for the manager.
KRBD - Ketchikan Public Radio - Web posted Tuesday PM - June 28, 2005

audioKetchikan: Listen to this KRBD story... The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly Monday night voted to proceed with plans to expand the Borough. As Deanna Garrison reports, the Assembly opted in favor of an incremental approach to annexing the communities of Meyers Chuck and Hyder.
KRBD - Ketchikan Public Radio - Web posted Tuesday PM - June 28, 2005

National: Senate Passes Energy Bill Far Different from House Version; Fuel-additive liability, Alaska refuge drilling among issues to be decided By BRUCE ODESSEY- The United States Senate has passed an energy bill - a longstanding objective of the Bush administration - but because of substantial differences with the House of Representatives' bill, final congressional passage faces obstacles.

After two weeks of debate senators voted 85-12 June 28 to pass a bill aimed at increasing domestic production of oil and reducing dependence on foreign sources. They declined to consider some issues that had previously stalled attempts to pass a bill over four years. - More...
Tuesday - June 28, 2005

National: Murkowski praises final passage of Senate energy bill - Sen. Lisa Murkowski today praised final passage of a comprehensive Senate energy bill, H.R. 6, saying the provisions will help the nation both gain more domestic energy and develop renewable energy and alternative fuels, while advancing energy efficiency and helping the environment.

She added that the bill includes a host of provisions of specific importance to Alaska that will help Alaska produce more energy and lower-cost electricity in the state. - More...
Tuesday - June 28, 2005

National: U.S. image declines worldwide, poll says By LAWRENCE M. O'ROURKE - U.S. emergency aid to Asian nations battered by a tsunami has boosted the United States' image abroad, but the war in Iraq, with blame placed on President Bush, has cast Americans into a unfavorable light around the world, according to a new poll.

In the view of Europeans, Americans are hardworking, honest and inventive, but also greedy and violent, said Andrew Kohut, president of the Pew Research Center, a non-partisan think tank in Washington. A majority of Canadians regard Americans as rude, but only 35 percent of Americans see their countrymen as rude, the poll found. - More...
Tuesday - June 28, 2005

International: Optimism fades, but war goes on By ANNA BADKHEN - At Saddam Hussein's vast palace complex that is now the U.S. Forward Operating Base Danger in Tikrit, Army Maj. Gen. Joseph Taluto contemplates the war American soldiers under his command are now waging.

"The enemy is intrinsic," said Taluto, who heads the 42nd Infantry Division and the Army units attached to it in Iraq. "They're infiltrating the Iraqi security forces as we speak. I don't know how big (the insurgency) is, but I think their capability is constantly replenished."

National: Social Security overhaul still moving, but barely By LAWRENCE M. O'ROURKE - Overhaul of Social Security is a work in progress. But it is caught in a lollapalooza of a traffic jam.

A few Republican members of Congress have put forth proposals, but the main players - including President Bush - have yet to put detailed plans on the bargaining table.- More...
Tuesday - June 28, 2005



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National: Older Americans less protected from health-care costs, survey finds By LEE BOWMAN - Older Americans are increasingly reaching their Medicare years already in the hole from medical costs, and many more are concerned that they won't be able to handle the widening gap between what Medicare pays and what's left to seniors.

A new national survey of 2,000 Americans aged 50 to 70 done for The Commonwealth Fund found that they are "becoming much less protected from rapidly rising health costs," said Sara Collins, a program officer with the New York-based foundation that sponsors research on health and social issues. - More...
Tuesday - June 28, 2005

National: Most family docs believe annual exams are useful By LEE BOWMAN - Professional guidelines don't endorse them, but a new survey of family doctors shows that most still see value in adults getting an annual checkup even if the patients have no specific symptoms.

The survey, published Monday in the Archives of Internal Medicine, showed that 65 percent of respondents believe an annual physical examination is necessary, and 88 percent said they do them for at least some patients. - More...
Tuesday - June 28, 2005

Ketchikan: Legislation introduced to grant land to five communities in Southeast Alaska - Sen. Lisa Murkowski announced Monday that she has introduced legislation to grant land to five communities in Southeast Alaska that were not included as land recipients under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.

The bill, S.1306, the Unrecognized Southeast Alaska Native Communities Recognition and Compensation Act, would enable the Alaska natives of Haines, Ketchikan, Petersburg, Tenakee and Wrangell to organize five "urban corporations,'' and accept the surface estate to approximately 23,000 acres of land. Sealaska Corporation, the regional Alaska Native Corporation for Southeast Alaska would receive title to the subsurface estate to the designated lands. - More...
Tuesday - June 28, 2005

photoKetchikan: No injuries in boat fire - Monday afternoon the Ketchikan Fire Department responded to a 911 call reporting a boat fire at Thomas Basin. Initial arriving units reported heavy smoke and flames coming from the cabin of a boat. - More...
Tuesday - June 28, 2005

Alaska: Alaska Hire Job Determinations Announced - Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Greg O'Claray announced Friday the renewal of the resident hire job determinations for publicly funded construction projects in Alaska. Alaska resident hire requirements apply to job categories with high unemployment rates. Based on an analysis of the most recent employment data, the Alaska resident hiring preference shall apply in 16 out of 22 potential occupational categories. - More...
Tuesday - June 28, 2005

Alaska: Young Votes To Restore Funding For PBS - Alaska Congressman Don Young voted in support of the Obey Amendment to restore funding to Public Broadcasting Systems (PBS). This amendment stays cuts to Alaska's public broadcasting that would amount to over $2 million. The Amendment passed by a vote of 284 to 140 last Thursday. - More...
Tuesday - June 28, 2005

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