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Ketchikan: Willard Awarded "Best of the Division" - Diane Willard was awarded both "Best of the Division" and 1st place at the prestigious Santa Fe Indian Market juried art show in New Mexico in August for her woven clam basket. The basket was woven with both red and yellow cedar and the tattoo design was woven with grass. Willard said it took her between 50 to 60 hours to weave the basket.

Diane Douglas Willard (Haida/Raven-Owl), daughter of Julius Douglas of Hydaburg and Georgianna Young Douglas (Haida) of Craig, started weaving baskets about 19 years ago during a summer visit to Hydaburg. Willard said she was visiting with her family when Delores Churchill (Haida) came to Hydaburg to teach a basket class. Willard, an accomplished bead artist, was encouraged by her friend Vicky Le Cornu, to try her hand at basket weaving. "It was kind of cool, my Nana Elsie Douglas loved to come and sit and watch me and everyone in the class weave. Nana would talk to Delores in Haida," said Willard. - Read more...
Saturday - October 04, 2003 - 1:00 pm

Ketchikan: Ketchikan Doctors Train for Advanced Trauma Life Support - Ketchikan General Hospital (KGH) is the site of an Advanced Trauma Life Support training course for doctors - a program of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma. The two-day course instructed by trauma surgeons from Harborview Medical Center of Seattle who are famous in their field began on Friday and will continue Saturday. - Read more...
Saturday - October 04, 2003 - 1:00 pm

Alaska: Democratic Lawmakers Threaten To Sue State Over Senate Vacancy Initiative Review - The Alaska Attorney General's office received a letter Friday from Anchorage based Aschenbrenner Law Offices, Inc. on behalf of Democratic Representatives Eric Croft, Harry T. Crawford, and David S. Guttenberg threatening to sue the Department of Law if it does not complete or abandon the review of their initiative by 5 p.m. on Monday, October 6. - Read more...
Saturday - October 04, 2003 - 1:00 pm

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Alaska: AK Democrats Say Opposition by Governor and Legislature threaten voter-approved gas line - According to a news release from the Alaska Democrats, the State of Alaska may be missing the economic opportunity of a generation. While the Murkowski administration and the GOP's legislative leaders wait on energy legislation from Washington D.C. to provide incentives for an Alaska Highway natural gas pipeline through Canada, Alaska's natural gas has yet another offer for purchase in the form of liquefied natural gas. - Read more...
Saturday - October 04, 2003 - 1:00 pm

Alaska: Forest Health Bill Compromise Big Benefit For AK Says Murkowski - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski on Friday said Alaska forests and Alaskans who live in and near them will be among the biggest beneficiaries as a result of a compromise she helped negotiate over terms for a new forest health bill. The terms of the compromise, which according to Murkowski likely will win final congressional approval later this fall, formally were unveiled Friday.

The bill is designed to help expedite hazardous fuel reduction projects on national forest lands to protect communities and watersheds from catastrophic wildfires and to promote other efforts to improve forest and rangeland health, such as combating insect infestations. - Read more...
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