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October 24, 2003

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'At Work in the Narrows'
photo by Chris Wilhelm

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Front Page Photo: 'At Work in the Narrows' - This photograph of Fabry Construction's barge in the Tongass Narrows was taken on Thursday by Chris Wilhelm. Fabry Construction is conducting a survey for the Army Corp of Engineers...
Friday - October 24, 2003 - 1:00 am

POW: Conservation groups sue Forest Service; Groups take issue with 10-year timber sale on Prince of Wales Island - Conservation groups that have vocally opposed timber sales in the Tongass National Forest are filing suit against the U.S. Forest Service over a 10-year timber contract being offered for bid on Prince of Wales Island. - Read more...
Juneau Empire - link posted Friday - October 24, 2003 - 1:00 am

Alaska: Stevens defends stance on tribes - Sen. Ted Stevens said he will ask federal agencies to give him a list of Alaska Native tribes to which they send money so he can look more closely at whether they are eligible for the grants. - Read more...
Fairbanks Daily News Miner - link posted Friday - October 24, 2003 - 1:00 am

Ketchikan: Senate Majority Meets Governor's District A Appointee; Jim Elkins Gets Senate Leader's Support - Senate Majority Caucus members met Wednesday with Jim Elkins of Ketchikan. Governor Frank Murkowski appointed Elkins to replace Sen. Robin Taylor (R-Wrangell) who resigned in September.

According to the Alaska Republicans, Majority Leaders will circulate a letter of support for Caucus members to sign before Elkins is sworn into office. No date has been set for the Swearing In Ceremony, which is expected to be in Ketchikan. - Page...
Friday - October 24, 2003 - 1:00 am

Ketchikan & Southeast - Forest Service accepting bids for excess government property - If you need a boat, truck, computer, or maybe even a woodstove, now's the time to make an offer. The Forest Service is currently accepting sealed bids as part of a Tongass-wide excess government property sale. - Read more...
Friday - October 24, 2003 - 1:00 am

Sea Ice 1979
Credit: NASA

Sea Ice 2003
Credit: NASA

Science News

photosRecent Warming of Arctic May Affect Worldwide Climate - Recently observed change in Arctic temperatures and sea ice cover may be a harbinger of global climate changes to come, according to a recent NASA study. Satellite data -- the unique view from space -- are allowing researchers to more clearly see Arctic changes and develop an improved understanding of the possible effect on climate worldwide.

The Arctic warming study, appearing in the November 1 issue of the American Meteorological Society's Journal of Climate, shows that compared to the 1980s, most of the Arctic warmed significantly over the last decade, with the biggest temperature increases occurring over North America. - Read more...
Friday - October 24, 2003 - 1:00 am

photosHow many fish in the sea?; Census of Marine Life launches first report - An estimated 5,000 previously unknown ocean fish species and hundreds of thousands of other marine life forms are yet to be discovered, according to scientists engaged in a massive global scientific collaboration to identify and catalog life in the oceans.

The new marine fish species, being identified at an average rate of 160 per year (roughly three new species per week since year 2000), are being catalogued and mapped by the Census of Marine Life (CoML), an unprecedented cooperative initiative involving leading marine scientists from every world region. The Census issued its first report after three years of work Oct. 23 at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. - Read more...
Friday - October 24, 2003 - 1:00 am


Mike Reagan: The Heart of Ronald Reagan - Ronald Reagan, about to be portrayed as an unfeeling, forgetful conservative, had the biggest heart of any President in America's history - so big that CBS had no trouble finding it when they decided to plunge a dagger into it.

The liberal network had the gall to allow a scriptwriter to put words in my father's mouth he never spoke - words that pictured him as having no sympathy for AIDS victims. - Read more...
Friday - October 24, 2003 - 1:00 am


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