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October 21, 2003


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'Monthly Grind Startup Band'
photo by Chris Wilhelm

Ketchikan: Front Page Photo - Monthly Grind Startup Band - Ketchikan - Some of the members of the October 18th Monthly Grind startup band are Peggy Hovik, Paul Hovik, Janel Pyle, Tom LeCompte and Ryan Miller. The next Monthly Grind will be November 15th...
Tuesday - October 21, 2003 - 12:15 am

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Ketchikan: Coast Guard rescues three fishermen - A Coast Guard helicopter rescue crew airlifted three fishermen after their boat lost steering forcing them to anchor just south of Windy Point approximately 30 miles southwest of Ketchikan early this morning. - Read more...
Tuesday - October 21, 2003 - 7:50 pm

Alaska: New web site works to promote Alaska Native artists - An Alaska Native nonprofit group has launched a Web site that promotes Native artists and markets their work. Sealaska Heritage Institute created the site in response to Native artists' complaints that Alaska merchants are selling cheap replicas of Alaska Native art made by non-Natives. - Read more...
Fairbanks Daily News Miner - Tuesday - October 21, 2003 - link posted 7:30 pm

Alaska: Attorney General Will Seek To Uphold Alaska Parental Consent Act In Appeal to State Supreme Court - Attorney General Gregg Renkes announced Monday that he will appeal to the Alaska Supreme Court the recent decision by Superior Court Judge Tan, which found the Alaska Parental Consent Act unconstitutional. - Read more...
Tuesday - October 21, 2003 - 12:15 am

Alaska: State Will Not Appeal Marijuana Initiative Ruling; Division of Elections Will Count Petition Booklet Signatures - Lieutenant Governor Loren Leman announced Monday morning that the State will not appeal Judge John Suddock's ruling in Hinterberger, et al v. State of Alaska. The case involves an initiative petition entitled: "An Initiative requiring the State of Alaska to vote on an Act to decriminalize and regulate cannabis (hemp including marijuana)." - Read more...
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Education: States' benchmarks vary for school-improvement law - Challenged to get top teachers in all core classes, states are reporting widely varying starting points, from a low in Alaska to near perfection in Wisconsin. - Read more...
The Philadelphia Inquirer - Tuesday - October 21, 2003

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A RADARSAT satellite image of a crack that developed in the Ward Hunt ice shelf...
Image courtesy of Canadian Space Agency
and Alaska Satellite Facility

Alaska Science: The Splitting of the North's Largest Ice Shelf by Ned Rozell - Off the northern coast of Canada, a chunk of ice larger than Chicago has fractured for the first time in several thousand years.

The Ward Hunt ice shelf, the largest of its kind in the Arctic, broke in two and developed many other cracks within the last three years. Scientists including Martin Jeffries of the University of Alaska's Geophysical Institute made this discovery during visits to the mass of ice and by reviewing satellite images received at the Geophysical Institute's Alaska Satellite Facility.

The crackup of the ice shelf has attracted comparisons to the drastic calving of ice shelves in Antarctica, which many scientists believe is compelling evidence of global warming. - Read more...
Tuesday - October 21, 2003 - 12:15 am

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Polar Ice Sheets
Credit: NASA

Polar Ice Sheets: ICESAT's Lasers Measure Ice, Clouds & Land Elevations - NASA's Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite (ICESat) has resumed measurements of the Earth's polar ice sheets, clouds, mountains and forests with the second of its three lasers. Crisscrossing the globe at nearly 17,000 miles per hour, this new space mission is providing data with unprecedented accuracy on the critical third dimension of the Earth, its vertical characteristics.

"The first set of laser measurements is revealing features of the polar ice sheets with details never seen before, and is detecting dust storms, cloud heights, tree heights and smoke from forest fires in new and exciting ways," said Jay Zwally, ICESat Project Scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. - Read more...
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