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Alaska: Governor Signs Rat Racing Bill - Governor Frank Murkowski signed into law legislation sponsored by Representative Bill Stoltze (R-Chugiak/Mat-Su) to allow charitable gaming events to continue in Alaska. The signing ceremony for HB 366, better known as the Rat Race Bill, took place at the Governor's picnic on Saturday, July 24, 2004. - Read more...
Thursday - July 29, 2004

Alaska: - Lower 48 development footprint larger than Southeast Alaska by Ned Rozell - Researchers added up all the concrete, paved roads, buildings and other manmade hard surfaces in the Lower 48 and found a combined area of nearly 44,000 square miles, about the size of Ohio. That's enough pavement, concrete and shingles to cover the combined areas of Southeast Alaska and Kodiak Island.

"I was surprised it was as big as Ohio, but a lot of people thought it'd be the size of Texas," said Chris Elvidge, the main author of the study and manager of the Nighttime Lights Lab at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Geographic Data Center in Boulder, Colorado.

Elvidge and his coworkers use satellite data to produce maps of lights across North America, which is one of the inputs that helped them determine the "impervious surface area" of the Lower 48 states. The scientists didn't include Alaska or Hawaii in their study, but will in a project they are now working on-a map of the developed areas of the entire world. - Read more...
Thursday - July 29, 2004

Zoo offers polar seabird refuge

Chris Edelen of the Cincinnati Zoo in Ohio exchanges greetings with a Blue-eyed Shag as a Black-faced Ibis looks on from its perch on Chris' shoulder. Both birds occur in sub-Antarctic Patagonia and the Blue-eyed Shag also breeds along the Antarctic Peninsula. Zoo researchers are studying polar seabirds in captivity to learn more about how to protect them in the wild. Photo courtesy Hector Douglas...

Alaska: Zoo Offers Polar Seabird Refuge - When zoos first opened in America during the mid-1870s, they were merely exhibits of exotic animals from faraway lands. As natural habitats became fragmented, zoos increasingly have become stewards not only of their own collections but also of nature itself. A zoo in Cincinnati, Ohio, focuses on protecting polar seabirds. - Read more...
Thursday - July 29, 2004


photo Michael ReaganMichael Reagan: The Sesame Street Convention - Desperate to look like sensible, middle-of-the-road moderates, the Democrats have managed to put on one of the most boring political conventions in history.

Why anyone would bother to watch it is a puzzle - there's no fire, there's no brimstone, there's no fireworks, just a lot of far-out liberals trying to convince the voters that deep down inside they're really moderate conservatives who share the values of the majority of the American people. - Read more...
Thursday - July 29, 2004

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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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