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SitNews - Stories in the News - Ketchikan, Alaska

July 03, 2005

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National: Bush Honors Troops Protecting Principles of Independence Day - President Bush, in his July 2 weekly radio address, wished his fellow citizens "a happy Fourth of July weekend" and saluted the United States' past defenders with a reminder that "a new generation is defending our freedom against determined enemies."

"At posts in Afghanistan, Iraq, and around the world, our men and women in uniform are taking the fight to the terrorists overseas," Bush stated, and upholding a universal principle of the Declaration of Independence of July 4, 1776, " that all are created equal, and all are meant to be free." - More...
Sunday - July 03, 2005

National: Bush Explains U.S. Positions on Kyoto Protocol, Iraq War - Implementing the Kyoto Protocol on climate change would have "wrecked" the U.S. economy, President Bush told the Danish Broadcasting Corporation in an interview June 29.

"I couldn't in good faith sign Kyoto," Bush said, adding that the U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly against ratification of the treaty. He also pointed out that China and India, countries he referred to as "big polluters," were not included in the treaty. - More...
Sunday - July 03, 2005

National: U.S. Intends To Preserve Security of Internet Domain System - The U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) issued a new statement of policy Thursday, expressing the U.S. intent to maintain its oversight of the operation of the Internet's Domain Name and Addressing System (DNS).

DNS is the system that allows online users to name Web pages and e-mail boxes and allows Internet applications to read and recognize those names so users can reliably navigate online. - More...
Sunday - July 03, 2005

International: Ten Nations Join U.S. in Internet Piracy Crackdown; Authorities say groups distribute pirated software, other media on Internet - The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and law enforcement authorities from 10 other nations conducted more than 90 searches starting June 29, intending to dismantle criminal groups engaged in illegal acquisition, sale and distribution of copyrighted software, movies, music and games.

U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales announced June 30 an effort the department has labeled "Operation Site Down." A Justice Department press release describes the operation as an attempt to disrupt the top tier in the copyright piracy supply chain. - More...
Sunday - July 03, 2005

photoKetchikan: Timber fair no place for ax act, woman told - Ax thrower Kristen Thweatt is looking for another venue to showcase her skills after being turned down by the Ketchikan Timber Carnival to perform this Fourth of July. - Read this ADN story...
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Dave Kiffer: Pyro-leeryia - My wife and I have a running disagreement when it comes to candles. She - of solid New Mexican stock - loves to have burning objects scattered hither and yon around the house. New Mexicans love their candles so much that they even string lighted grocery bags around their property at Christmas timeand, no, the bags are not Gore Tex. What do you expect from a place that measures rainfall in millimeters rather than cubic meters?  

I don't have anything against candles per se or other burning flames. Without burning candles or other forms of fire, we would be sitting in dark caves, shivering under smelly animal pelts and chewing on raw meat. It's just that candles involve an open flame. And open flame is such an uncontrollable sort of thing. It tends to ignite nearby flammables and!

Anyone who grew up in Ketchikan prior to the 1970s probably has what I have, a fire phobia. I don't suppose it is full blown pyrophobia, maybe just a little pyro-leeryia. - More...
Sunday - July 03, 2005

Fish Factor  

Laine Welch: Tinkering begins with biggest fish law on the books - Kodiak and Ketchikan are preparing to roll out the red carpet as some of the most notable names in fisheries converge on those communities later this week. The business at hand is a big deal - what visiting law makers hear will be used to shape U.S. fisheries policy for years to come.

The impetus comes from Congress as it begins to tinker with the biggest fish law on the books - the Maguson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA). The law was adopted by Congress in 1976 with the aim of protecting the American fishing industry and the species off its coasts within a rapidly changing, global legal scene. The Act created a 200 mile U.S. exclusive economic zone; it also created the National Marine Fisheries Service and eight regional councils to manage and preserve the nation's fish stocks.

The MSA was last rewritten in 1996, before new management schemes dubbed   "rationalization" and "restructuring" were a part of the fishing industry's daily reality. Alaska industry members and communities want to make sure their interests are heard as the Act is retooled to reflect today's changes and challenges. - More...
Sunday - July 03, 2005


Preston MacDougall: Chemical Eye on the Fourth of July - All that glitters is not gold. On the 4th of July, if it is glittering in the sky, and it is gold in color, then it almost certainly isn't made of gold. Plain old iron would be my guess.

Although it was the Chinese who invented fireworks, eons ago, many Western countries now have at least one day on their calendar that children refer to as "firecracker day."

When I was growing up in Canada, firecracker day was May 24th. The grown-ups called it "victorious day", but I had no idea who had beaten whom. I recall one year in particular, this was in the sixties, before Trudeau and stepped-up gun control, when my Dad and a few other fathers in our Toronto neighborhood decided that sparklers and single-color Roman candles weren't exciting enough for "victorious day." - More...
Sunday - July 03, 2005

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