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October 17, 2003



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photosKetchikan & Statewide: Alaska's Unemployment Inches Upward; Ketchikan's September Unemployment Reported at 5.8% - While Ketchikan's unemployment rate inched down one-tenth of a percentage point in September to 5.8%, Alaska's unemployment rate inched up one-tenth of a percentage point in September to 6.8 percent. The comparable national rate (not seasonally adjusted) fell two-tenths of a percentage point to 5.8 percent. Dan Robinson, a labor economist with the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, reported the numbers. - Read more...
Friday - October 17, 2003 - 1:00 am

Alaska & Nationwide: NOAA Issues 2003-2004 Winter Outlook - Temperatures in Alaska, the far West, Southwest and Southern Plains are expected to be above normal for the 2003-04 winter. For other parts of the nation, the winter will bring equal chances of above-, below- or near-normal temperatures, according to forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). On Thursday the agency released its official winter outlook, which, unlike most of the last six winters, is not expected to be influenced by a strong El Niño or La Niña. Though weak El Niño conditions are possible by the end of November, NOAA forecasters expect a minimal impact on the United States. - Read more...
Friday - October 17, 2003 - 1:00 am

Alaska: Alaska Supreme Court Rejects Greenpeace Challenge - The Alaska Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a challenge by Greenpeace, Inc. to the State of Alaska's Coastal Management Program approval of the Northstar oil development project in February of 1999.

In upholding the state's determination that the project was consistent with the Alaska Coastal Management Program, the court rejected Greenpeace's argument that the state was required to conduct a rigorous "cumulative impact" analysis as required by the federal National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) environmental impact statement process. - Read more...
Friday - October 17, 2003 - 1:00 am

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EarthScope will use an array of permanent stations equipped with global positioning satellite receivers and strainmeters, extending along the western margin of North America from Mexico to Alaska to monitor the boundary of the North American plate.
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photosAlaska & Nationwide: NSF Awards $219 Million Over Five Years for Earthscope Project; Far-Reaching Geosciences Effort to Understand the North American Continent - When President Thomas Jefferson sent Lewis and Clark across the nation to explore the American West in 1803, the world knew little about western America. The discoveries the expedition made, many unprecedented, led us to appreciate our nation's natural resources, settle the West, and eventually, to establish national parks.

Now, exactly two centuries later, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has funded a latter-day Lewis and Clark expedition: EarthScope, a scientific exploration of the structure and evolution of the North American continent, and the physical processes controlling its earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. This time, however, instead of toting sextants and compasses to map the surface, scientists will bring seismometers, state-of-the-art drilling equipment, satellites and GPS receivers to map Earth's interior. - Read more...
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