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SitNews - Stories in the News - Ketchikan, Alaska

August 03, 2005

Front Page Photo by Carl Thompson

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Ketchikan - Iraq: Alaskans Half-Way Home By ED IRIZARRY - It has been a long journey for the Alaskan soldiers of Alpha Company, 3rd Bn, 297th Infantry. Now we find ourselves halfway around the world combating terrorism in Iraq. I can't speak for all of us, but I will say... Iraq was the last place I expected to be! Natiional Guard soldiers from the Great State of Alaska - from cities such as Ketchikan - just accepted that we had not deployed to a combat zone since WWII. Well what do you know, here we are - deployed to Iraq! - More...
Wednesday am - August 03, 2005

National: Bush heads to the ranch not yet a lame duck By BILL STRAUB - President Bush left for his traditional midsummer break Tuesday having accomplished the first goal of his second term - ensuring he wouldn't spend four years as a lame duck.

Before heading to the ranch in Crawford, Texas, the president celebrated congressional passage of his long-stalled energy bill - a goal he has sought since moving into the White House - and approval of the Central American Free Trade Agreement. - More...
Wednesday am - August 03, 2005

Alaska: Climate change draws senators north to Alaska By RICHARD MAUER - Two senators with presidential ambitions are planning a trip to Alaska in two weeks to see the consequences of global climate change in the high latitudes, Alaska's two senators told reporters Monday.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., the co-author of a bill to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases blamed for global warming, and Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., are expected to tour Alaska and northwestern Canada, where permafrost is melting, glaciers are in rapid retreat and coastal villages are threatened with increasing erosion. Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., are also slated to make the trip, tentatively scheduled for Aug. 16 to 19. - More...
Wednesday am - August 03, 2005

 KGH receives accreditation...

(KGH) Clinical Laboratory and Pathology director, Isabell E. Speer, MD, Pathologist
Photo courtesy KGH

Ketchikan: Ketchikan General Hospital Lab receives accreditation from College of American Pathologists - Ketchikan General Hospital (KGH) Clinical Laboratory and Pathology Services has been awarded an accreditation by the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation of the College of American Pathologists (CAP), based on results of a recent on-site inspection. - More...
Wednesday am - August 03, 2005

Ketchikan: PeaceHealth again named one of "Most Wired" health systems - PeaceHealth has once again been named one of the "100 Most Wired" health systems in the nation. - More...
Wednesday am - August 03, 2005

Ketchikan: JCAHO accreditation confirmed - As a result of the on-site survey conducted in January by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Facilities (JCAHO) Ketchikan General Hospital has received written notice officially granting it as "accredited for all services" including Hospital, Home Health, and Long Term Care. The accreditation is in effect until the end of 2008. - More...
Wednesday am - August 03, 2005


National: Hurricane prediction ramped up By LEE BOWMAN - As many as 14 more tropical storms will form in the Atlantic before the end of November and up to five of them will strengthen into major hurricanes, government forecasters warned Tuesday. - More...
Wednesday am - August 03, 2005

National: Bush vows to veto stem cell bill By KEVIN DIAZ - President Bush said Tuesday he would veto legislation by Republicans lawmakers who want to relax his 2001 restrictions on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. - More...
Wednesday am - August 03, 2005

National: Recess appointment is logical but risky By MARC SANDALOW - here has always been an in-your-face element to John Bolton's nomination to represent the United States at the United Nations. - More...
Wednesday am - August 03, 2005

International: The birth of nuclear warfare and the legacy of the bomb By JAMES STERNGOLD - The atomic bombing of Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, was to change the course of history, but as Harold Agnew witnessed the flash that is estimated to have killed more than 100,000 people, he thought of just one thing - destroying the enemy.

Agnew, then a frightened 24-year-old physicist flying in a plane alongside the Enola Gay bomber, was in charge of measuring the yield of a blast that burned hotter than the sun. He had helped design the atomic bomb at Los Alamos, N.M. But for all the impact this unique new weapon would have on science, military planning and geopolitical rivalries, Agnew, now 84, said he and his colleagues saw the bomb in simpler terms, as an instrument of their anger at Japan for launching the war, and as a way of stopping the war. - More...
Wednesday am - August 03, 2005

International: Saudi rift feared with death of king By MARK MACKINNON AND ALAN FREEMAN - World leaders converged on Riyadh for Tuesday's funeral of King Fahd of Saudi Arabia as oil prices rose to record levels amid concerns over the political future of the world's largest petroleum exporter and the impact of the royal succession on stability in the Middle East. - More...
Wednesday am - August 03, 2005

Technology: From early Web visions, they spun gold By SIMON AVERY - Ten years ago, they had just come out of the garage. They were New Age entrepreneurs opening the gates on what a leading venture capitalist termed "the largest legal creation of wealth in the history of the planet." - More...
Wednesday am - August 03, 2005

Technology: His vision became the World Wide Web By SIMON AVERY - There was never a eureka moment for Tim Berners-Lee as he worked to create one of the greatest communication tools in history.

The son of mathematicians had a vision as a teenager of linking computers to share information. Years after he graduated from Oxford University with a degree in physics, that vision gradually turned into the World Wide Web. - More...
Wednesday am - August 03, 2005



letter Vote No on cruise ship dock bond issue By M.L. Dahl - Wednesday am
letter Vote Yes By Thomas Ferry- Wednesday am
letter VOTE NO By Chris J. Herby- Wednesday am
letter Ketchikan's Bridge By Rob Glenn- Wednesday am
letter Naming The Bridge By Robert D. Warner- Wednesday am
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Bob Ciminel: Thanks, Carl! - As an amateur photographer, I've always been impressed by the Carl Thompson's photos that grace the homepage on And now that I think of it, Lisa Thompson's photographs aren't bad either. Living in such a beautiful part of the country helps, but as most photographers know, the camera only takes the picture; it's the photographer who composes it.

Inspired by Carl - he even called me one afternoon from Alaska to answer a question - I embarked on our annual vacation to Pawleys Island, South Carolina determined to take a lot of photos, and hoping that at least one of them would be good enough to make the front page. - More...
Wednesday - August 03, 2005

Martin Schram: Where's the official outrage over Exxon Mobil's profits? - Today's lesson on How Washington Really Works, But Too Often Doesn't focuses upon an outrage that affects every American - yet is being ignored as if by a vast Federal City conspiracy.

It is an outrage that surfaced July 29, in the form of major news: Exxon Mobil, the world's largest publicly traded oil company, announced a huge 32 percent boost in second-quarter profits, the third-largest increase in company history. The Big Oil bonanza came at a time when Americans are paying record-high prices at the gas pumps. - More...
Wednesday - August 03, 2005

Paul Campos: Forbes' working stiff and his millions - The good people at have just produced an estimate of how much money an American family of four needs to live a "comfortably affluent" lifestyle.

The authors of this story emphasize they're not addressing the needs of the truly rich, who can't get through life without necessities such as hundred-acre manors, private jets, exclusive vacation retreats scattered around the world and so forth.

Forbes says it is merely trying to determine what's required these days for what it characterizes as a comfortable "upper-middle-class" lifestyle. This lifestyle is assumed to include, among other things, a spacious home, a vacation residence, two late-model luxury cars, private schools for both children and eating out at a fancy restaurant once a week. - More...
Wednesday - August 03, 2005

Jay Ambrose: Muslims must win over Muslims - I picked up my local paper the other day and read that a Muslim cleric had given sermons to 5,000 of the faithful in two services in a Denver mosque, telling them that Islam prohibits terrorism. He was underlining a fatwa - a religious ruling - made by the Fiqh Council of North America, a group of leading Islamic scholars in this country.

Terrorists, the council said, were "criminals, not martyrs," and this, it seems to me, is precisely the message and the language we need from Muslim leadership.

In the past, as a Muslim journalist has been quoted as saying, Muslim condemnations of terrorist acts have quickly been followed by a review of Western policies seen as having prompted the carnage, and so the message is mixed: The terrorists were wrong, but no more wrong than government policymakers. - More...
Wednesday - August 03, 2005

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