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July 28, 2004

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Alaska: Governor Signs Education, Railroad, Other Bills into Law - Governor Frank Murkowski signed 11 bills into law Tuesday, including legislation aimed at improving state-federal cooperation on efforts to improve Alaska's schools and to maintain Alaska Railroad tracks at intersections with state roads.

Senate Bill 358 allows the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities to work more freely with the Alaska Railroad Corporation in cases in which railroad construction work must be done at the intersections of railroad tracks and state roads. The bill, sponsored by the Senate Transportation Committee, lets the department and railroad enter into agreements granting the railroad the right to do track work at such locations.

"The Alaska Railroad is an important economic and infrastructure link," the Governor said. "Everyone benefits from the railroad having state assistance in maintaining and repairing its tracks."

House Bill 405, sponsored by Representative Carl Gatto of Palmer, modifies the terminology used in state law to describe how well schools are performing compared to the descriptions used in the federal "No Child Left Behind Act." The bill also requires the state Department of Education and Early Development to provide information, by school district, about how much schools spend and how well they perform. - Read more...
Wednesday - July 28, 2004

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Alaska: NOAA Scientists Sight Blue Whales in Alaska; Critically Endangered Blue Whales Rarely Seen in Alaska Waters - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Fisheries Service announced Tuesday, that NOAA scientists made a rare sighting this month in Alaskan waters. From the deck of the NOAA research vessel McArthur II, they spotted and positively identified rare and endangered blue whales, Balaenoptera musculus, the largest animals known to live on Earth.

"For whale researchers, this is huge," said Dr. Jay Barlow, NOAA's chief scientist on the research cruise. "There have been many marine mammal surveys in Alaska by ship and aircraft, and countless years of small boat research on humpback whales in Alaska, and yet, these are the first fully documented sightings of blue whales here in the past three decades." - Read more...
Wednesday - July 28, 2004


photo Dick MorrisDick Morris: Masterpiece - The master returned to center stage Monday night as Bill Clinton showed how to address a convention and use issues to win elections.

Facing a national consensus that terror, Iraq and homeland security are the key issues, Bill Clinton dragged America back to the domestic issues on which Democrats retain a strong edge. Long after Clinton's recitation of his own achievements has faded, his effort to reinject health care, Social Security, Medicare, drug prices, education and crime into the national debate may endure. - Read more...
Wednesday - July 28, 2004

gif CrabcakesDear Crabby: - BORING GUY - I'm a 36-year-old man, and the problem is that I'm boring. I've never had many friends, and right now I only have two. Both are more or less casual friendships. I'm not good at beginning conversations with strangers, and when someone talks to me, I don't know what to say. My voice is unexpressive, but my therapist said it is because of a sleep disorder. That might be why I'm tired all the time too. I'm not real energetic. - Read more...
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photosFairbanks: Golden Heart City; A story of its founding - In the summer of 1901, bustling, one-year-old Ketchikan was building its first schoolhouse and had set a hefty tax rate of 7.5 mills to pay for it. Juneau was busily producing gold and had just been named the new capital city of Seward's Ice Box, snatching that honor away from beautiful little Sitka, once the Russian capital of Alaska. - Read the rest of this story by June Allen...
Tuesday - July 13, 2004

arrow Remembering 'Swede' Risland (1915-1991);The town's most memorable logger

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

arrow Ketchikan's American Legionnaires; Here's to 'the boys' of Post #3 -

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

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

arrow A biography of Alaska's herring: A little fish of huge importance...

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