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Ketchikan: BBBS Treated To 'Duck Boat' Cruise - Participants in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program of Ketchikan were provided a 'Duck Boat' cruise on Sunday courtesy of Alaska Amphibious Tours. According to information provided Gretchen Klein, the 'Duck Boat' was at full capacity and several people had to be turned away. Klein is the program coordinator of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ketchikan program. - Read more...
Monday - September 22, 2003 - 12:05 am

Ketchikan & Statewide: Unemployment down slightly in August - Alaska's unemployment rate fell two-tenths of a percentage point in August to 6.7 percent. The comparable national rate (not seasonally adjusted) fell three-tenths of a percentage point to 6.0 percent.

According to Dan Robinson, a labor economist with the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the August unemployment data conform to a long-running pattern. "For more than twenty-five years Alaska has always recorded a decline in unemployment from July to August," Robinson said. "Despite Alaska's heavily seasonal labor market, which can show big monthly swings, certain annual patterns have held remarkably constant."

Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, and Ketchikan all recorded slightly lower rates in August. Ketchikan's unemployment rate was reported at 5.9 percent in August - a drop from July's unemployment rate of 6.6 percent. Last year, Ketchikan's unemployment rate for August of 2002 was reported at 8.3 percent. - Read more...
Monday - September 22, 2003 - 12:05 am

Alaska: Scientists explain formation of stone circles and other strange patterns in northern regions - Perfect circles of stones cover the ground in parts of Alaska and the Norwegian islands of Spitsbergen. Elsewhere in the far north, stones form other striking patterns on the ground: polygons, stripes, islands, and labyrinths. No, pranksters are not at work in these remote areas, nor are aliens, elves, or any other outside forces moving the stones around. According to scientists who have studied the phenomenon, cyclic freezing and thawing of the ground drives simple feedback mechanisms that generate these remarkable patterns. - Read more...
Monday - September 22, 2003 - 12:05 am



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