September 03, 2004
Front Page Photo by Carl Thompson
West Nile virus is
spread by mosquitoes such as this one, Culex pipiens,
also known as the northern house mosquito. -- Photo courtesy Iowa State University Entomology
Alaska the Next Stop for West Nile Virus? by Hector Douglas
- As Alaska's mosquito season winds down with the onset of colder
temperatures, state health officials are breathing a sigh of
relief. After a summer of testing suspect birds for the presence
of West Nile virus, none were found to be carrying the disease,
which is transmitted in the wild through infected mosquitoes.
But will the virus, which so far this year has killed more 28
people and sickened more than 1,000 people in the United States,
ever make it to Alaska?
In less than six years West
Nile virus has reached all the way across the United States from
New York City to Los Angeles. West Nile virus, also known as
WNV, has showed up in all but a few states. But can West Nile
virus travel north to Alaska? The answer depends on the biology
of birds and mosquitoes, says James Kruse, an entomologist with
the U.S. Forest Service in Fairbanks. - Read
Friday - September 03, 2004
Blue King Crab,
Photo by Scott
Van Sant, courtesy NOAA
Studying Blue King Crab - NOAA Fisheries researchers are
busy in their Kodiak, Alaska laboratory becoming world experts
on blue king crabs.
In 2003, the North Pacific
Research Board funded the first of three years year of blue king
crab research by Dr. Bradley Stevens, Sara Persselin, and Julie
Matweyou at NOAA's Kodiak Fishery Research Center.
The project, titled "Essential
Habitat for Blue King Crab: Development of Cultivation Techniques
for Blue King Crab Larvae," began in July 2003. In October
of 2003, 18 egg-bearing female blue king crabs (Lithodes platypus)
were collected near the Pribilof Islands and transferred to holding
tanks at the Kodiak Fishery Research Center. The female crabs
were kept in chilled seawater at temperatures between 3 and 5
degrees Celsius until they began releasing larvae in March, 2004.
The larvae were collected 24 hours after hatching and placed
in glass beakers. By the following month, researchers had started
experiments in blue king crab rearing. - More...
Friday - September 03, 2004
Ketchikan Regular Election
Tuesday - Oct. 5th
Filing for local office
began August 10th and ends Sept. 7th at 5:00 pm.
City Election Info
City Council: Two 3-year seats & One 1-year
Tom Coyne filed 08/10/04: Council 3-Year Term
Lew Williams filed 08/16/04: Council 3-Year Term
George Lybrand filed 08/17/04: Council 1-Year Term
KGB Election Info
Assembly - Two three-year terms
Mike Painter filed 08/10/04: Assembly 3-Year Term
John A. Harrington filed 08/30/04: Assembly 3-Year Term
Glen Thompson filed 08/31/04: Assembly 3-Year Term
School Board -
Two three-year terms & One 1-year term
Joel W. Jackson filed 09/02/04: School Board - 3-Year
Dave Lieben filed 09/3/04: School Board - 3-Year
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Gillam: A Tragic Final Flight; Ketchikan remembers the search
- Harold Gillam was among the boldest of those gutsy pioneer
bush pilots who painted Alaska's early aviation history on an
enormous canvas of rugged and unforgiving wilderness often cradled
in the foulest, most extreme weather on the planet.
Oldtime pilots said that there
were three kinds of Alaska weather: clear and unlimited, called
Pan Am weather; then ordinary weather, and lastly, there was
"Gillam weather." While more prudent pilots sat out
the worst days, the quiet-loner Gillam would shake his head and
say, "The weather's never as bad as it looks." - Read
the rest of this story by June Allen...
Tuesday - August 17, 2004
'Fish House Tessie'; She was proud of the nickname
Golden Heart City; A story of its founding
'Swede' Risland (1915-1991);The town's most memorable logger
Deepwater Highway; A part of Alaska history
American Legionnaires; Here's to 'the boys' of Post #3 -
Cruise Ship Industry; A light-hearted look at its origins
First City Players; Did you hear that applause?
biography of Alaska's herring: A little fish of huge importance...
Read more stories by June Allen...
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