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August 29, 2003


'Summer Days & Fishing'
A young fellow being taught the art of fishing...
Photo by Weston Davis

Alaska: Murkowski's Administration Ready to Negotiate with Unions - Governor Frank Murkowski said his administration is ready to begin negotiations with the 12 labor unions that represent state employees. Most state employees are currently covered by one-year contracts that increased the state's contribution to employees' health insurance costs and extended the terms of previous contracts. Those contracts will expire at the end of the fiscal year on June 30, 2004. - Read more...
Friday - August 29, 2003 - 2:15 pm

Alaska: Alaska Marine Highway Opens Winter Bookings; Beginning October 1, all ticket components will include a four dollar ($4) revenue enhancement fee - Scheduling decisions, new tariffs, and ships in layup or repair, have delayed the opening of winter bookings on Alaska's Marine Highway, and the publication of its schedule; but according to Captain George Capacci, General Manager of the System, bookings officially opened Wednesday, August 27, 2003. - Read more...
Friday - August 29, 2003 - 12:20 am

Alaska: Marine Protected Areas Are Not Panaceas; Group urges "protection with a purpose," saying closed reserve areas must be warranted, defined, and monitored - The Marine Conservation Alliance (MCA) - a consortium of North Pacific coastal communities, fish harvesters, and seafood processors promoting responsible stewardship of marine resources - is urging caution in response to a report released today by the World Wildlife Fund, advocating nearly one-third of ocean habitat be placed in special status as Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). - Read more...
Friday - August 29, 2003 - 12:20 am

Alaska: NOAA Fisheries Releases Draft Document on Groundfish Management; Comments Accepted Online - Today, NOAA Fisheries is releasing a draft document that will guide future management of groundfish fisheries in the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea, the largest fisheries in U.S. waters. Officials are seeking public comment on the revised Draft Alaska Groundfish Fisheries Programmatic Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (PSEIS). Public comments on this document will be accepted until October 15, 2003, and may be submitted online. - Read more...
Friday - August 29, 2003 - 12:20 am

People of Ketchikan
Justin Carro and Clay Eldredge fishing
for silvers at Clover Pass Sunday...
Photo by Chris Wilhelm

Ketchikan: Woman accused of biting, soliciting assault - A woman who was in jail, accused of sending a co-worker to the hospital with a bite wound, is facing a new charge of trying to hire someone from jail to assault the same man. - Read more...
Fairbanks Daily News Miner - Thursday - 11:45 pm

Ketchikan: Utility whistleblower case headed for trial - A former Ketchikan utility employee who claims he was retaliated against for reporting a fuel spill and asbestos contamination will get his day in court next month. - Read more...
Fairbanks Daily News Miner - Thursday - 11:45 pm

Alaska: Alaska primary ballot ends up in court - Alaska's closed primary ballot system violates the constitutional rights of voters, candidates and political parties by restricting their right to associate, a lawyer said Thursday. - Read more...
Fairbanks Daily News Miner - Thursday - 11:45 pm



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