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September 07, 2005

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Mahoney Heights in winter - the future Deermount Street
Photographer: David Nicoll; Donor: Irene McGillvray
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Ketchikan: MAHONEY HEIGHTS, TODAY'S DEERMOUNT By DAVE KIFFER - Only the truly old-timers remember when the neighborhood now called Deermount was known as Mahoney Heights.

Joe Mahoney was a local miner and soda works operator who built one of the first homes in the area and helped develop this early Ketchikan subdivision just north of the Fidalgo Island Packing Cannery south of Ketchikan. - More...
Wednesday - September 07, 2005


National: Bush, Congress vow probes of Katrina response By MARGARET TALEV - President Bush and congressional leaders on Tuesday pledged separate investigations into the much-criticized shortcomings of the federal response to Hurricane Katrina.

As Congress returned from a five-week summer recess to face a far different agenda than when it left, one estimate of the government's share of relief and recovery topped $150 billion. - More...
Wednesday - September 07, 2005

National: Grim work of recovering dead begins on Gulf Coast By LEE BOWMAN - As rescuers bring the last of thousands stranded by Hurricane Katrina to safety, officials in Louisiana and Mississippi face different challenges in recovering the dead.

In Mississippi, the collection of the dead has been an ongoing operation since the day after the storm as survivors, response teams and local officials have scrabbled through wreckage in search of the living. - More...
Wednesday - September 07, 2005

National: Crisis after Katrina: Supply chain woes mount By JON ORTIZ - Middle America's main artery is blocked, and everyone is about to feel some of the pain.

The mighty Mississippi River - the main transportation artery for Midwest commerce - is clogged by shutdowns at Gulf Coast ports from Louisiana to Alabama. - More...
Wednesday - September 07, 2005

National: Frustrated: Fire crews to hand out fliers for FEMA - Not long after some 1,000 firefighters sat down for eight hours of training, the whispering began: "What are we doing here?"

As New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin pleaded on national television for firefighters - his own are exhausted after working around the clock for a week - a battalion of highly trained men and women sat idle Sunday in a muggy Sheraton Hotel conference room in Atlanta. - More...
Wednesday - September 07, 2005

International: The Iranian factor in Iraq insurgency By ANNA BADKHEN - For 29 months, U.S. troops in Iraq have battled an elusive and increasingly violent insurgency that has eroded domestic support for America's involvement there.

Now the United States says it faces another enemy in Iraq: Iran, the country's Shiite neighbor, which President Bush once called part of an "axis of evil." - More...
Wednesday - September 07, 2005

National: Senate plans response to high gas prices By JAMES W. BROSNAN - Gasoline prices should shortly return to pre-Katrina levels, but will continue to range around $2.50 a gallon, predict federal officials.

The average nationwide should "ease off" from more than $3 a gallon currently to about $2.60 a gallon before the end of the year and down to $2.40 a gallon in 2006, Guy Caruso, administrator of the Energy Information Administration, told a Senate Energy Committee hearing Tuesday. - More...
Wednesday - September 07, 2005

National: Chief justice has powers beyond just a single vote By BOB EGELKO - The chief justice has only one of nine votes on the U.S. Supreme Court. But the numbers don't express the power or importance of the position. - More...
Wednesday - September 07, 2005

Alaska: Alaska Attorney General's Office on Lookout for Gasoline Price Gouging - Alaska Attorney General David W. Márquez said Friday that his office has not received any reports of dramatic increases in gasoline prices in Alaska in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

"If consumers observe unwarranted price increases for fuel, we ask you to file a complaint with the Department of Law, Consumer Protection Unit," said Márquez. "Setting unconscionably high prices may constitute an unfair trade practice in violation of our consumer protection laws." - More...
Wednesday - September 07, 2005


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Alaska: More Alaska Oil Will Aid in Katrina Response - Alaska will do its part to help restore the nation's energy security in the wake of the Hurricane Katrina crisis by working to increase production of its available oil resources to replace lost production from the Gulf Coast, Governor Frank H. Murkowski said Tuesday.

The governor has spoken with representatives of BP Exploration, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Anadarko, and the Alyeska Pipeline Service Corp. to ask them to increase production as much as possible beyond current production levels. Alaska currently supplies approximately 17 percent of the nation's domestic oil production. - More...
Wednesday - September 07, 2005

Alaska: Oil is the lifeblood of Alaska, with residents ready to drill By ZACHARY COILE - When Alaska Gov. Frank Murkowski took office in 2003 facing a $1 billion budget deficit, he made clear how he would pull this resource-rich state out of its fiscal crisis.

"What is our plan for increasing revenue?" Murkowski said in his first address to the state Legislature. "In a single word - oil." - More...
Wednesday - September 07, 2005

Ketchikan/Craig: UAS Ketchikan Educational Support Center Hours Set - Ketchikan, Alaska - The University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan Educational Support Center in Craig, Alaska officially opened this week. To begin the semester, the center will be staffed part-time by Instructional Technician Lily Chenhall.

The Educational Support Center is located in Room 103 of the Craig Community Association Building, 3330 Craig-Klawock Highway. The hours the center will be open starting this week are Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays from 4:00pm to 8:00pm and Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10:00am to 2:00pm. - More...
Wednesday - September 07, 2005

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Will Durst: A Speck In Katrina's Eye - Hard to fathom the chaos I'm seeing on my TV, soggy but safely ensconced here at my Dad's house in Milwaukee.

A wrung out speck of comic detritus lucky to have dodged the wrath of Katrina's eye. And a mite sheepish. Always told anyone who bothered to listen I wanted to experience a hurricane; but then, when the chance finally came, I hiked up my skirts and ran like a little school girl. And am extremely glad I did. - More...
Wednesday - September 07, 2005

Paul Campos: Bush way ahead on spin By PAUL C. CAMPOS - The Bush administration may not be good at fighting wars or balancing budgets or putting even marginally competent persons in important positions, but it is admittedly brilliant at one thing: spinning the news.

"Spinning," which in less fastidious times was known as "lying," works like this: Sometime this past weekend, the White House decided that the party line in regard to the federal government's catastrophically poor response to Hurricane Katrina would be that local officials had failed to ask for help soon enough. - More...
Wednesday - September 07, 2005

Dale McFeatters: Yes, let's finger-point and blame - President Bush insists that now is not the time for finger-pointing and blame, but it certainly is and most of the finger-pointing and blame for the slow-motion federal response to Hurricane Katrina is being directed at Michael Brown, the hapless head of FEMA whose only apparent qualification for the job was a wise choice of college roommate.

Editorialized an outraged New Orleans Times-Picayune, "Every official at the Federal Emergency Management Agency should be fired, Director Michael Brown especially." - More...
Wednesday - September 07, 2005

Martin Schram: Finger-pointing by the Bush White House - The eye of Hurricane Katrina apparently is still swirling 1,088 miles north-northeast of New Orleans. According to the latest Rove Radar Report warning, it is stalled ominously above 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

Which explains why President Bush's top brass and brain trust shifted belatedly but swiftly into damage-control mode in recent days - seeking to control and shift the political damage away from the boss for what even stalwart Republicans now angrily call a catastrophically failed federal disaster response. - More...
Wednesday - September 07, 2005

Dick Morris: Bush Will Rebound From Katrina Missteps - Normally, disasters such as floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and such are chances for the president to gain popularity and for his administration to shine. It was the unique and inexplicable inability of the Bush people to understand the magnitude of what they confronted and to respond to it quickly that managed to transform this chance for a big political gain into a monstrous liability.

Americans will want to know why the trucks didn't start rolling when the winds started blowing. And when they quieted, where were the airlifts and evacuations that could have fed and watered thousands and prevented many deaths and much psychic and physical harm? - More...
Wednesday - September 07, 2005

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