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September 06, 2005

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'Fiddlin' Petey'
Carol Alley and Petey Hill "Fiddling Around" at Sweet Second Saturdays.
Front Page Photo by Ernie Meloche

Ketchikan: 'Fiddlin' Petey' - Another season of the popular dance event called Sweet Second Saturdays will kick off September 10th. The first dance of the season will feature music by Paddy's Leather Breeches and Ketchikan Dance Caller Dale Miller. - More...
Tuesday - September 06, 2005

National: Hurricane has potential to hurt Bush's presidency By MARGARET TALEV - In the days after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, President Bush's commanding response won him the trust and loyalty of many Americans and helped him build a mandate to invade Iraq and to win re-election.

Four years later, Hurricane Katrina could yield a larger number of deaths than the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and it is demanding the same sort of rapid and major response by the federal government. As he toured areas affected by the hurricane on Friday, the president even sought to link the two tragedies. "It's as if the entire Gulf Coast were obliterated by a - the worst kind of weapon you can imagine," he said. - More...
Tuesday - September 06, 2005

National: Most flood victims have to absorb losses By CARRIE KIRBY - As the humanitarian crisis recedes, financial ruin will step up to threaten many of Hurricane Katrina's victims, especially those whose homes are flooded. - More...
Tuesday - September 06, 2005

National: Investors bet on Katrina By KATHLEEN PENDER - Investors reacted to Hurricane Katrina in typical post-disaster fashion: Buy first, ask questions later.

Last week, investors piled into sectors that could benefit from the tragedy, including oil refining and marketing, oil field services, manufactured housing, construction/engineering services and building products. - More...
Tuesday - September 06, 2005

National: Officials knew levees were no match for major storm By GREG GORDON - Former officials of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers got a sick feeling last week as two levees collapsed and floodwaters from Hurricane Katrina surged across New Orleans.

Corps engineers had known for years that the mostly earthen levees holding back Lake Pontchartrain were designed to protect the city from a weak Category 3 hurricane - not a Category 4 with Katrina's punch. - More...
Tuesday - September 06, 2005

Washington Calling: Finger-pointing on Katrina ... Hastert's backpedaling ... More By LANCE GAY - Where's the Rudy Giuliani of the Hurricane Katrina disaster? The then-New York mayor got plaudits for the way he took command and handled the aftermath of the 9/11 catastrophe, but the debacle in New Orleans this week has resulted only in shameless political buck-passing and blame-shifting, and no obvious political winners. - More...
Tuesday - September 06, 2005

National: With Roberts, Bush picks path of least resistance By MARY DEIBEL - Beset by crises at home and abroad, President Bush chose the path of least resistance in deciding to promote Supreme Court nominee John Roberts to the vacancy created by the unexpected death of Chief Justice William Rehnquist. - More...
Tuesday - September 06, 2005

National: Roberts' paper trail gives glimpse into his views By MICHAEL DOYLE AND MARGARET TALEV - For more than two decades, John Roberts spoke for his clients: President Ronald Reagan and his Justice Department, the first Bush administration, and scores of individuals and corporations he represented in private practice.- More...
Tuesday - September 06, 2005

Memorial Bon-Fire Remembers Ketchikan Youth

Memorial Bon-Fire Remembers Ketchikan Youth
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PhotosKetchikan: Memorial Bon-Fire Remembers Ketchikan Youth - A Memorial Bon-Fire Friday night drew both the young and old in rememberance of Ketchikan youths that have died too young. According to John Seeds, "Participants simply desired to keep the love, memory, and lights burning in order to highlight the seriousness of the losses felt by several families who have lost children in the past few weeks and months."

Relationships, support for making better choices for life, and community spirit were top priorities for the event said Seeds.

According to one of the organizers Bobbie McCreary, the first gathering was held on Thursday afternoon. During this gathering adults and a few youth shared experiences and discussed the situation in the Ketchikan community and the community gathering planned for Friday night. - More...
Tuesday - September 06, 2005


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letter Ketchikan Youth By Kevin Murphy - Tuesday PM
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Ketchikan Borough Assembly Special Meeting/ Work Session Monday, September 06, 2005. The special meeting begins at 4:30 pm in the City Council Chambers.
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Alaska: How much oil in Arctic refuge is anybody's guess By ZACHARY COILE - No one knows how much oil sits beneath the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

In the political fight in Washington, with Congress expected to vote this month to allow drilling in the refuge, advocates on both sides cite the same source for their arguments: an assessment of oil in the refuge by the U.S. Geological Survey, first published in 1987 and updated in 1998. - More...
Tuesday - September 06, 2005

Alaska: 'Grizzly Man' explores a complex life and death By JOHN KRIST - It's easy to come away from a viewing of the new Werner Herzog documentary "Grizzly Man" merely persuaded that its subject was a delusional crackpot who deserved his fate: to be killed and eaten by a wild bear.

That certainly is the popular impression of Timothy Treadwell, whose gruesome death nearly two years ago at the claws and fangs of a creature whose protection he had championed - and toward which he displayed a foolhardy blend of arrogance and naivete - prompted sensational headlines and news coverage around the world. - More...
Tuesday - September 06, 2005

Fish Factor

Laine Welsh: Seafood pops, winner of the best new product - An award winning new seafood product got its inspiration from ice cream push ups, also known as rocket pops.

Marketed under the Seafood Naturals™ label, the cylinders of seafood come in seven authentic items - lobster, scallops, shrimp, haddock, salmon, crab and monkfish livers, which are a best seller at Japanese sushi bars. "They are 97 percent real seafood, and the rest is all natural additives. So they come out of the tube tasting exactly like the seafood itself," said inventor Monte Rome, co-owner and manager of Intershell International Corp. of Gloucester, Mass. "The materials are steamed and immediately chilled right in the package, so you have a pasteurized product with a shelf life of up to 90 days. You just cut off the top and a pusher disc slides the seafood out of the tube," Rome added. - More...
Tuesday - September 06, 2005

Columns - Commentary

Bonnie Erbe: Where's the outrage? - For years, we've been asking, "Where's the outrage?" Last week, it arrived with hurricane force. Outrage over the federal government's failed response to Katrina. Outrage over the President's initial indifference and belated concern for the plight of low income Americans stranded by Katrina's destruction and New Orleans' broken levees.

Outrage over renewed signs of race discrimination in federal policies.

Outrage over looting. Outrage over gas prices and price gouging.

Our question is: What took so long? It's hardly news the president's invasion of Iraq depleted the National Guard to skeletal status here at home. Ever since he pushed through his pet military project two years ago, we've watched armed forces recruitment levels dwindle to the point where guard troops are as scarce as clean water in the French Quarter. - More...
Tuesday - September 06, 2005

Dan K. Thomasson: A mess in New Orleans and Washington - In 1927 the apocalyptic floods in the Mississippi River Basin ravaged a huge swath of the South, stranding tens of thousands of impoverished people on levees as narrow as six feet wide for days. The devastation was enormous.

The response from the humorless, taciturn president, Republican Calvin Coolidge, was for the most part nonexistent. He barely acknowledged it, leaving relief efforts to his secretary of Commerce, Herbert Hoover, who did his best to find some way to bring solace and aid to the suffering throngs. Although Hoover was to win the presidency a year later, the negligence of the Coolidge White House and the disdain on the part of the president himself was the beginning of the end of black support for the Republican Party. Lincoln's legacy had finally succumbed.

That shameful affair, the subject of song and verse, seemed to play out again for five days at least while the world watched in utter horror as sluggish, confused and unresponsive government on all levels allowed tens of thousands of its citizens from New Orleans to Biloxi, Miss., huge numbers of them black, to suffer and often die in the most horrendous conditions. It was and is a national disgrace documented 24-7 by television and causing even the most hardened to weep in frustration, anger and sorrow. Watching became unbearable. - More...
Tuesday - September 06, 2005

Dale McFeatters: A timely chief justice - On Sunday morning, following the death of William Rehnquist, President Bush promised to choose a successor in "a timely manner."

"Timely" turned out to be 24 hours. On Monday morning, he nominated John Roberts, whom he had already named to the Supreme Court, to be its chief justice. It was a shrewd move on a number of counts and suggests that Bush had in the back of his mind plans to one day make Roberts the chief justice in any case.

Roberts was a known quantity within the Washington legal community even before July 19 when Bush named him to succeed Justice Sandra Day O'Connor who had announced plans to retire. He is the kind of conservative who doesn't scare liberals. Now that Roberts is in line to become chief justice, Senate Democrats may be a little tougher and more demanding but he is still on track to be on the bench in time for the opening of the high court's next term Oct. 3. - More...
Tuesday - September 06, 2005

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