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Newtown, Over A Century Old
Newtown from Captain's Hill, 1909
Photographer: Harriet Hunt; Donor: Forest J. Hunt
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Alaska: Alaska orders fines against PIPS securities violators - The State of Alaska's Administrator of Securities, Mark Davis, of the Division of Banking and Securities, issued a final order against People In Profit System or "PIPS" (also commonly known as Private Investment Profit System).

The final order issued on August 5th imposes a $75,000 fine against each of the nine respondents names in the original order, which was issued in May. Respondents are, Bryand Marsden, PIPS Inc., PIC Trust Limited, Westoby Works, Team JollyPIPSter,LLC, Gary R. Westoby, Deborah M. Westoby, and Torben Ole Jolnaes. - More...
Thursday pm - August 18, 2005

audioKetchikan: Listen to this KRBD story... The Ketchikan School Board Wednesday batted around options for housing Schoenbar Middle School students this Fall. As Deanna Garrison reports, district staff presented the school board with a variety of options to accommodate some 320 middle school students.
KRBD - Ketchikan Public Radio - - August 18, 2005

audioKetchikan: Listen to this KRBD story... City of Ketchikan residents Tuesday rejected a bond proposition to increase the number of city cruise ship berths in downtown Ketchikan. As Deanna Garrison reports, the city had hoped to expand its port capacity to accommodate more and larger cruise ships.
KRBD - Ketchikan Public Radio - - August 18, 2005


photosHistorical Ketchikan: Newtown, Over A Century Old By DAVE KIFFER - In the mid 1890s, Ketchikan was still a collection of rough shacks gathered around Clark and Martin's mercantile store just north of the Ketchikan Creek mudflats. The town population was somewhere between 100 and 200 people, but less than half of that were year round residents.

Most of the people living in Ketchikan were there because of the nearby salmon stream or because there were numerous small mines in the area.

But the Klondike Gold rush of 1897-98, changed all that. Suddenly, the infant city became a stopping point for the many steamers heading north to the goldfields. It also began to absorb more miners as prospectors either returned unsuccessful from up north or decided not to press further on after reaching Alaska.

By 1898, the available land around the Creek mouth was gone and the town began to spread northward.

History has lost track of the first Ketchikan resident to locate north of the bluff that now holds Ketchikan's famous tunnel. But photos from 1900 show cabins and stores already sprouting in the area that it now called Newtown. - More...
Thursday - August 18, 2005


photosMetlakatla: Metlakatla oysters debut in Fairbanks - The Southeast Alaska Indian community of Metlakatla has begun shellfish farming, thanks to the help of Alaska Sea Grant and a federal grant aimed at diversifying the region's economy.

Oysters grown from seed in a pilot project launched two years ago made their public debut August 4 in Fairbanks during the annual Military Appreciation Day hosted by Alaska Senator Ted Stevens. - More...
Thursday - August 18, 2005

Alaska: State, UAF test for avian influenza - University of Alaska Fairbanks scientists and the state veterinarian have joined forces at state agricultural fairs to test domestic animals for avian influenza, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation announced today.

Since 2003, highly pathogenic Avian Influenza (AI) H5N1 has become endemic in Southeast Asia with recent outbreaks among poultry in China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, and Thailand. The disease continues to spread, carried by wild waterfowl, which could potentially reach Alaska and Western Europe. - More...
Thursday - August 18, 2005

Alaska: Alaska Correctional Farm To Shelter Abandoned Horses - The Point Mackenzie Correctional Farm will begin sheltering and caring for horses turned over to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. The agreement was approved by the Matanuska-Susitna borough assembly at its Tuesday meeting.

Under the agreement, the Point Mackenzie Correctional Farm will care for neglected or abandoned horses turned over to the borough's animal control officer. Superintendent Joe Schmidt called it "a great partnership. We have homegrown hay and oats to spare, a round corral (under construction) and inmate labor for exercising and caring for these rescued or abandoned horses." The Matanuska-Susitna borough will provide veterinary care and feed supplements. - More...
Thursday - August 18, 2005



letter Schoenbar By Dave Lieben - Thursday
letter Local governments should take on social issues By Bob Allen - Thursday
letter Ketchikan Football By Dinah Pearson - Thursday
letter Taxing My Cigarettes! By Patricia Long - Thursday
letter Parking By Samantha Kuzakin - Thursday
letter Ads Paid By Port Revenue Fund By Marty West - Thursday
letter Downtown Ketchikan in the 50s & 60s By Doug Barry - Thursday
letter Re: A Sad Day By Carroll A Mackie - Thursday
letter Your corner of the World By Bill Nelson - Thursday
letter The US attack against Islamic Republic of Iran is inevitable By Bahman Aghai Diba - Thursday
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The Ketchikan City Council is scheduled to meet Thursday, August, 18, 2005. The meeting begins a 7:00 pm in the City Council Chambers. Agenda & Information Packets.

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National: Young people should be aware of club drug dangers By MICHAEL WOODS - The girl found her boyfriend and his pal unconscious during a college party with plenty of alcohol. Instead of letting them sleep it off, she called 911.

"Drunk," was the EMTs first thought. En route to the hospital, however, the boys slipped into a coma, and by arrival they didn't even respond to pain.

The boys looked healthy. Blood and urine tests showed no common drugs or large amounts of alcohol. Then they stopped breathing, and were put on respirators. If the girlfriend had left them to "sleep," they would have been brain dead in about 6 minutes. - More...
Thursday - August 18, 2005

National: Wasted food remains significant problem By LANCE GAY - America's food industry is still throwing useful food in the garbage despite federal and state laws aimed at encouraging contributions to food banks, according to lawmakers and operators of food banks.

Some promoters of "Good Samaritan" laws adopted by Congress in 1996 are disappointed that eliminating the threat of liability suits for companies donating edible foods to food banks has not resulted in more food channeled to the poor and hungry. - More...
Thursday - August 18, 2005

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Preston MacDougall: Chemical Eye on Fiscal Science - Bill Frist graduated with honors from Harvard Medical School, and received several additional years of surgical training at world-class hospitals in Boston, England and California. So, when he was on the faculty at Vanderbilt University, and performed the first successful combined heart-lung transplant in the Southeast, it wasn't unexpected.

"Physician, heal thyself" recently took on a whole new meaning when, this time unexpectedly, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist changed his own heart regarding his support for President Bush's policy restricting federal funding of research on embryonic stem cells. - More...
Thursday - August 18, 2005

Bob Ciminel: Ultimate Job Security - In case you've never heard of Yucca Mountain, Nevada, it is the proposed location of a national repository for spent fuel from commercial nuclear power plants and high level waste from government production facilities.

Construction of a national waste repository was mandated by Congress after the Three Mile Island Accident in March 1979. Along with the creation of the repository, Congress also tasked the Department of Energy to take possession of the spent nuclear fuel stored at the various power plant sites throughout the United States. - More...
Thursday - August 18, 2005

Ann McFeatters: Bush must do more than draw lines in the sand - President Bush is in the perfect place to keep drawing lines in the dirt - his barren Texas ranch.

For all the criticism of his decision to take a nearly five-week vacation during a nasty war, he at least has something in common with the long-suffering U.S. troops in Iraq. Heat.

The lawmakers who have deserted Washington in this abnormally humid and miserable August also are feeling the heat. About Iraq. - More...
Thursday - August 18, 2005

Jay Ambrose: The most humanitarian president? - Few of the critics so constantly beating up on him will ever admit it, but the White House occupant they like to call a heartless, stupid, fascist-minded, rights-denying, war-mongering incompetent could well go down in history as the most humanitarian of all American presidents.

"A generation from now, when historians analyze the turning point in Africa's development," wrote the chief of a charitable group in the Washington Post, "they may have to credit George W. Bush with playing a surprisingly important role in the continent's progress." - More...
Thursday - August 18, 2005

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