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July 25, 2005

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New Troopers Headquarters Dedicated

Shelly Dunn (center) was among four Troopers and Civilians Employees honored. Dunn (center) was recognized as the 2004 "A" Detachment Civilian Employee of the Year. Also pictured is Major Howard Starbard and Colonel Julia P. Grimes...
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Ketchikan: New Troopers Headquarters Dedicated & Employees Honored by DICK KAUFFMAN - Among those attending the open house and official building dedication ceremony for the new "A" Detachment Trooper Headquarters and Post in Ketchikan last Wednesday, was Alaska Governor Frank H. Murkowski.

Occupied since March 2005, the new 5900 square foot Ward Cove facility will serve the Southeast Alaska Troopers Posts in Haines, Juneau, Klawock, Petersburg, and Ketchikan. This new facility replaces the previous 1800 square foot Ketchikan State Trooper building that was located at 5150 North Tongass Highway. - More...
Monday - July 25, 2005

Ketchikan: Rash of Vehicle Thefts and Break-ins - According to the Ketchikan Police Department, since the beginning of July, six motor vehicles have been stolen in Ketchikan and fourteen other vehicles have been entered and have had valuables stolen. - More...
Monday - July 25, 2005

Alaska: Governor Signs Historic University Lands Bill - Alaska Governor Frank H. Murkowski signed into law legislation to transfer 250,000 acres of state land to the University of Alaska, a measure that will improve the financial and academic standing of the state's higher education system and ultimately put more lands in private hands.

"With this transfer, the University of Alaska will more than double the land it owns and manages for income-producing and educational purposes. This will provide a financially secure and academically strong state university system," Murkowski said at a ceremony at the University of Alaska Fairbanks today. - More...
Monday - July 25, 2005

Alaska: Weak salmon industry gains some vigor By WESLEY LOY - Three years ago, Alaska's commercial salmon industry was barely clinging to life.

The total dockside value for the state's catch in 2002 was $163 million, a 73 percent plunge from the tally a decade earlier. Hundreds of fishermen were dropping out of the business. Packing plants were closing. A bedrock Alaska industry with more than a century of colorful history was wobbling under heavy debt and poor prospects for profit.

The industry faced two demons. First, foreign fish farmers had conquered markets Alaska's wild-caught salmon once owned. Second, the Alaska industry - with all its expensive boats, nets, canneries and intricate regulations - found it hard to compete. - More...
Monday - July 25, 2005

Alaska: Fishing tournament brings lots of VIPs to Alaska By LIZ RUSKIN - The postmaster general of the United States doesn't usually come to cut the ribbon when a new post office opens in a place like Girdwood, Alaska, pop. 1,850.

Nor does the secretary of labor fly in to announce every grant of $7 million her department makes.

And when the secretary of transportation wants to say something about intercity Amtrak service, it's not obvious he'd make his point in Anchorage, or by standing at a train station that city residents can't use.

Yet this high-level attention was bestowed on south-central Alaska this month, all within 24 hours. That's because it was early July, and every year around Independence Day, Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, and a herd of very important people converge on the Kenai River for the Kenai River Classic fishing tournament. - More...
Monday - July 25, 2005

International: Experts offer pessimistic outlooks on Iraq By MARA LEE - During more than seven hours of testimony this week, a Senate committee heard that Iraq is in a low-grade civil war, that there are no additional U.S. or allied troops to help and that Iraqi soldiers are far from ready to take over.

From experts on the war in Iraq, senators heard that a new constitution could make things worse, and wouldn't quiet the insurgency. - More...
Monday - July 25, 2005



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International: Experts say more attacks are likely By JONATHAN CURIEL - Muslim extremists may be planning even more bombings like the ones that hit London for a second time last week - a pattern that would show they can strike at Western targets whenever they want to, terrorism experts say.

The latest blasts occurred two weeks after the July 7 bombings that killed and injured scores of people. Though no one was killed in Thursday's attacks, in which some of the bombs failed to detonate, the assault was, as the earlier lethal one, coordinated and aimed at London's bus and train system, considered "a soft target" by terrorism experts. In the weeks and months ahead, those experts say, more London attacks are likely.

"It is the next logical level of terror," said Michael Swetnam, a counterterrorism specialist at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies in Arlington, Va., who has co-authored a book on Osama bin Laden. "If they're able to do another wave (of attacks), that's stepping up to another level, to really frighten us. If you can demonstrate that you can come back week after week, you raise the fear level to another notch, and that would be a significant accomplishment." - More...
Monday - July 25, 2005

National: Crackdown planned on fake Indian art By JAMES W. BROSNAN - An effort is under way in Congress to help stop the sale of fake American Indian arts and crafts.

At shops throughout the West, a customer will ask why a necklace or pot costs three times what a similar item costs down the street. The other piece is usually a cheap knockoff made by non-natives with non-native materials, most likely by machine in a foreign country.

"It looks the same, but the materials aren't as fine, and it's not made in the traditional way," said NaNa Ping, who makes inlay jewelry in New Mexico. - More...
Monday - July 25, 2005

National: Roberts' reserve keeps senators on both sides guessing By MARGARET TALEV AND LAWRENCE M. O'ROURKE - As a schoolboy in Indiana, one of his former teachers recalls, John Roberts staked out his seat in the back row at the far corner of the room.

Teddy Liddell is now retired and living not far from where Roberts and his three sisters were raised by their parents in the town of Long Beach on the edge of Lake Michigan. She remembered the young man, in a telephone interview, as "a quick learner who was very humble about how bright he was." Roberts preferred observing his peers to being observed. His instinct, Liddell said, was to excel quietly, out of the center of attention. When she would put a math problem on the board, she said, Roberts never offered up his hand. But if she called on him, he knew the answer. - More...
Monday - July 25, 2005

National: Roberts' record defies simple analysis By MICHAEL DOYLE - Lake Tahoe planners had a problem. Their solution: John Roberts.

Roberts, at the time, was a Washington-based attorney and one of the nation's premier Supreme Court practitioners. He had racked up an impressive won-loss record in dozens of Supreme Court appearances by the time the Tahoe (Calif.) Regional Planning Agency hired him in late 2002.

Roberts then proceeded to win one for the Tahoe regulatory agency, even as he dismayed the conservative private property advocates who were on the other side of the high-profile case. - More...
Monday - July 25, 2005

National: Walking from sea to sea By PAUL EDWARD PARKER - Andrew Skurka stood at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean at Cape Gaspe, Quebec, last August and dipped a small flask into the seawater. Then, he turned to the west and started walking.

For the next 339 days, the 2.8-ounce flask would serve as inspiration. During quiet times, he could hear the tiny bit of the Atlantic sloshing around in his backpack. "It was at least a daily reminder of where I was going and what the ultimate objective was." - More...
Monday - July 25, 2005

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