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SitNews - Stories in the News - Ketchikan, Alaska

July 18, 2005

Front Page Photo by Melva Olson

'Misty Morning Catch at Lucky Cove'
Front Page Photo by Melva Olson


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Ketchikan: Eagle parts returned - Juneau Empire -

Ketchikan: Playing Tarzan in Alaska's rainforest - Anchorage Daily News -

Ketchikan: No injuries in Myers Chuck fire - Ketchikan Daily News -

Ketchikan: Ward Cove sludge facility up and running- Ketchikan Daily News -


National: Rehnquist decision raises questions on judges, age By MICHAEL DOYLE - Chief Justice William Rehnquist will celebrate his 81st birthday on Oct. 1, a noteworthy achievement that he can crown two days later by convening the next term of the U.S. Supreme Court.

By ruling out an imminent retirement last week, Rehnquist momentarily calmed feverish inside-the-Beltway speculation. His declaration raised the curtain, though, on the delicate question of how age and infirmity can shape justice, and on how much power judges enjoy to decide their own futures.

"I think they find it almost impossible to give up the job, for some very basic, human reasons," Bruce Allen Murphy, a Supreme Court biographer and professor at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania, said in an interview. "There's this very human impulse that you're dealing with the end of your life; plus, giving up that kind of authority and attention has got to be hard." - More...
Monday - July 18, 2005

National: Conservatives pin hopes, fears on court pick By ROB HOTAKAINEN - Lloyd Bork, 74, figures the Supreme Court justices are "off their rockers." The Paynesville, Minn., man says they made their very worst decision in 1973, when they legalized abortion, and he hopes President Bush is ready to improve things.

"I think maybe God's still got his hands in what's going on," said Bork, a retired teacher who has been voting for Republicans since the 1950s.

As Bush prepares to nominate a replacement for the retiring Sandra Day O'Connor, it's feeling a bit like Christmas Eve for social conservatives. After decades of activism, many of them are delighted at the prospect of momentous change coming to the nation's highest court.

But there's plenty of anxiety among Republicans, too. Some fear that interest groups will push the issue too hard, alienating centrist-minded Americans. - More...
Monday - July 18, 2005

National: Mayors fight global warming at local level By JUDY FAHYS - Low-energy traffic signals and hybrid cars hardly seem the stuff of revolution. But signal-by-signal and hybrid-by-hybrid is exactly how some exasperated mayors of U.S. cities appear to be upending environmental politics.

At a Utah conference called the Sundance Summit last week, 46 of them gathered for three days to swap ideas about tackling global warming. In doing so, they turned a cold shoulder on Washington, where Congress, the White House and the federal courts have driven environmental policy for decades. - More...
Monday - July 18, 2005

International: Suicide blasts suggest al Qaeda thriving in Iraq By BARRIE MCKENNA - They are young, often Saudi, and they've come to Iraq by the hundreds to die as human killing machines.

An upsurge of suicide attacks in recent days has claimed nearly 200 lives - part of what al Qaeda's Iraq wing says is a major offensive to seize Baghdad.

Since early Friday, at least 15 suicide bombers have struck in the capital and along the major roads leading south. The attacks have killed at least 156 people, mainly civilians, and have left hundreds more injured.

Front Page Photo by Tammy Earnest

'Squid Archi'
Tommy White and his 10.5 foot squid - More
Front Page Photo courtesy Tammy Earnest

The bloodiest attack happened Saturday in the town of Musayyib, south of Baghdad, when a man drove a fuel truck into the center of a crowded market and blew it up beside a Shia mosque, killing at least 98 people along with himself. - More...
Monday - July 18, 2005

Ketchikan: Heart Attack Victim On Outlying Island Saved With Clot Busting Drug - Guardian Flight of Ketchikan reports they successfully used a "heart clot buster" drug and saved a patient from one of the outlying islands from "certain death of a heart attack".  The patient, whose name has not been release, had complained of severe chest pain at 3 a.m. over the weekend.  "By the time that Guardian Flight arrived via float plane, he was very near the end of his life," said Ed Fry, the responding paramedic.  - More...
Monday - July 18, 2005



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Fish Factor

Laine Welch: Alaska is the model in how to manage a fishery - "I want to tell the people of Alaska that they can be proud of their fishermen, their fishery management council, and their scientists. In my view, Alaska is the model for the rest of the country in how to manage a fishery."

That was the predominant feeling shared by Representative Wayne Gilchrest (R- Maryland) shortly after hearings last week in Kodiak and Ketchikan held by the House Resources Subcommittee on Fisheries and Oceans. Information from the hearings will be used to shape the law that governs our nation's fisheries- the Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA), which is being reauthorized by Congress this year. The law applies to fisheries from three to 200 miles from shore. - More...
Monday - July 18, 2005

Ketchikan Humor Columnist

Dave Kiffer: Pent up demand - One of the first rules in marketing is to find the pent up demand and then supply it.

Over time, it would be harder to find a place with more pent up demand than Ketchikan. As an example, just about every time a new retail or dining opportunity arises, it is swamped by local interest.

That is not to imply that every new venture succeeds. The history of Ketchikan is littered with failed restaurants and stores. But that is usually because bad management that ends up turning off the potential customers. In Ketchikan early "bad buzz" is almost never overcome. - More...
Monday - July 18, 2005

Humor Columnist

Will Durst: Roving Target - "Hello, this is the President of the United States. Yeah, I find it hard to believe too, but go ahead and leave a message and either Dick or Karl or my Dad or Laura will get back to you. BEEEEEEP!"

"Yeah, boss? This is me, Scott. McClellan. You know, your press secretary? You remember, kind of balding? The one who always falls for your finger on my chest, then I look down and you hit me on the nose trick? - More...
Monday - July 18, 2005


Dick Morris: Memo To Rehnquist: Give Bush A Break - If President Bush has to find a Supreme Court nominee who will appease the religious right on the one hand and be confirmed by a majority of the Senate without a filibuster on the other, he's sunk.

There is no such person. Even the most obscure, Janus-faced among the possible court appointees could not thread that particular needle. - More...
Monday - July 18, 2005

Bill Steigerwald: Separating news and state; David Boaz of Cato Institute on defunding PBS/NPR - Conservatives and Republicans frequently threaten to cut or eliminate federal funding for PBS and NPR, but it never happens. David Boaz, a veteran libertarian commentator, book author and key executive at the Cato Institute, is a regular consumer of both public radio and public TV, but he still wants to see their taxpayer subsidies abolished. On Monday in Washington, D.C., he made his best argument for the separation of news and state to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services. I talked to him Wednesday by phone from his offices at Cato. - More...
Monday - July 18, 2005

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