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Thursday - Friday
September 29 -30, 2005

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Brown Mountain Road Slide...

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Ketchikan Road Blocked By Mud, Debris Slide
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News In Photos: Ketchikan Road Blocked By Mud, Debris Slide - A mud and debris slide has blocked a portion of Brown Mountain Road which is used primarily for recreation purposes, including access to hiking trails. Brown Mountain Road is a Forest Service Road located about 10 miles north of Ketchikan.

State Troopers notified the Forest Service's Ketchikan Ranger District about the slide near mile post 1.6 at approximately 8 a.m. Thursday.

Forest Service officials estimate that approximately 10,000 yards of debris is blocking the road and it will take nearly a week to clear the road and clean up the area. - More...
Friday - September 30, 2005

Ward Cove
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Ketchikan: Conservation Groups File Water Quality Suit; Suit Prompted by DEC's Authorization Allowing Additional Discharge Into Ward Cove - In a move to enforce the Department of Environmental Conservation's (DEC) legal responsibility to protect the designated uses of Alaska's waters, the Tongass Conservation Society (TCS), the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council (SEACC), and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) announced a suit was filed today against DEC's decision to authorize additional discharge of woody debris and bark into Ward Cove.

According to the conservation groups, Alaska's antidegradation regulation allows DEC to approve reductions in water quality only where the existing water quality exceeds levels necessary to support designated uses, including the growth and propagation of fish, shellfish, other aquatic life, and wildlife. The groups say... in Ward Cove, it does not. - More...
Thursday - September 29, 2005

Alaska: Lawyers find flaws with Alaska GOP's ethics gag order By SEAN COCKERHAM -  The Alaska Legislature's top lawyer says there could be big constitutional problems with the state Senate Republican push to fine people $5,000 if they say a word about filing an ethics complaint against a state legislator.

Tam Cook, the director of the Legislature's legal services division, said Tuesday that could conflict with the freedom of speech guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution. - More...
Thursday - September 29, 2005

PhotoNational: New and improved $10 bill is unveiled By MARY DEIBEL - The $10 bill is flush with new color as orange, yellow and red join the 10-spot's traditional green.

The revamped note, highlighted by images of the Statue of Liberty's torch and the Constitution's first words, "We the People," also has new security features for people to make sure their walking-around money is the real thing.

"The enhanced security features built into this new $10 note design - and into the $20 and $50 notes that preceded it in the new series - will help maintain global confidence in our currency going forward," Treasury Secretary John Snow said Wednesday in unveiling the new $10 on Ellis Island with Miss Liberty as his backdrop. - More...
Thursday - September 29, 2005

National: U.S. preparing for bird flu to arrive from eastern Asia By SABIN RUSSELL - As world health leaders step up their warnings about a dangerous strain of bird flu in Asia, U.S. scientists are warily scanning the skies to the far north for signs of the virus in migrating waterfowl that cross continents and make their seasonal trips to the southern reaches of the United States. - More...
Thursday - September 29, 2005

National: Borders drawing new kind of illegal immigrant By LISA HOFFMAN - The number of non-Mexicans who are illegally crossing America's southern border has more than tripled over the past three years and is on pace this year to soar even higher.- More...
Thursday - September 29, 2005

National: Returnees hurry up and wait - for gas By CHUCK SQUATRIGLIA - As people return home to this storm-battered corner of Texas, hot and tired and ready to rebuild, they're finding very little waiting for them.

There is no electricity. There is no food to buy. There is no potable water flowing. But most of all, there is no gasoline. - More...
Thursday - September 29, 2005

PhotoScience: Satellites Continue to See Decline In Arctic Sea Ice In 2005 - Researchers from NASA, the National Snow and Ice Data Center and others using satellite data have detected a significant loss in Arctic sea ice this year.- More...
Thursday - September 29, 2005



letter Open letter to Councilman Lybrand By Tracy Mettler- Thursday PM
letter Not on our borough assembly By Eric Muench- Thursday PM
letter Vote Sallee for Assembly By Frank Jacob- Thursday PM
letter Democracy through the art of voting By Rick Grams- Thursday PM
letter Borough Assembly Candidate: Mike Sallee By Jim Eakes- Thursday PM
letter An axe to grind? By Jay Jones- Thursday PM
letter Good-bye Ketchikan By Rob Glenn- Thursday PM
letter Walsh deserves our votes By Jill Bohr Jacob- Thursday PM
letter Bridge To Gravina Island By Ken Levy- Thursday PM
letter Katrina Skewers Young's Pork By Paul Hovik- Thursday PM
letter Consider Mike Sallee for Borough Assembly By Mark F. Murdock- Thursday PM
letter Garbage recycle plant By Robert McRoberts- Thursday PM
letterUse, abuse and effects of Meth By Janelle Hamilton- Thursday PM
letter Ketchikan's water By Rob Glenn- Thursday PM
letter What's in a Name? By Don Hoff Jr.- Thursday PM
letter Questions By Bob Allen - Thursday PM
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Fish Factor

Laine Welch: What's ahead for the seafood industry - Look 20 years into the future and here is what's ahead for the seafood industry: more "convenience" foods in more varied forms, more outsourcing of seafood processing to other countries, and more aquaculture competing with wild fisheries.

Those are the predictions of Dr. Jim Anderson, a leading resource economist at the University of Rhode Island. Anderson highlights several other interesting seafood trends - notably, the market is becoming less complex as it concentrates into few species. "The top five species in the U.S. ( shrimp, canned tuna, salmon, pollock and catfish) are accounting for a much bigger share of consumption than they did in the past, as much as 75 percent. That puts more pressure on those species while others are getting squeezed out," he said in a phone interview. - More...
Thursday - September 29, 2005

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Dave Kiffer: Being in the "right" mind has nothing to do with it - When you drive by the student parking lot at Kayhi these days, you won't see many motorcycles.

Who in their right mind would drive a motorcycle to school in this weather? Well, once a upon a time quite a few of us did. And since we were teenagers, being in our "right" minds had nothing to do with it!

It seems odd that motorcycles would have any popularity in a community that gets 12 feet of rain each year, but just look at the Harley Riders. On sunny summer days, there are quite a few folks enjoying the wind in their face and the bugs in their teeth. Still, you don't see many people making bikes their primary form of transportation. - More...
Thursday - September 29, 2005

Columns - Commentary

Preston MacDougall: Chemical Eye on Four Weedlings and a Floral Moral - Once upon a time - actually it was 15 years ago - I was invited to Marburg, Germany, in order to give a lecture and collaborate with a professor who was just getting his research group started. This was quite an honor since some of the most famous names in chemistry have called the quaint town of Marburg home: Bunsen's name burns ever brightly, and Hückel's "4n + 2" still rules.

But I was a young father at the time, just getting my family started, so the writings of two other Marburgers were more likely to have been among my nightly readings: Jacob and Wilhelm, better known as the Grimm Brothers. Just for fun, one day in der Waschraum at Philipps-Universität, I said to a reflection of myself: - More...
Thursday - September 29, 2005

Bob Ciminel: "Over the River and Through the Woods . . . ." - It seems a bit early to be talking about Christmas songs, but this one is appropriate to my story.

The rest of the line goes "to Grandmother's (or Grandfather's) house we go." I'll wager that Lydia Maria Child, who wrote the song in 1844, was not worried about grandparent gender. In most families grandmother ran the house.

The images that come to mind when I hear "Over the River" are a horse-drawn sleigh gliding over a covered bridge in rural Vermont. Big flakes of snow fall through the barren branches of sugar maples, adding to an already thick blanket of snow covering the countryside. Father holds the reins. Mother sits next to him wrapped in a warm woolen blanket. Two children sit in the back under another warm blanket, thinking about a glowing fire and hot cider awaiting them at Grandma's house. - More...
Thursday - September 29, 2005

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