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October 18, 2004

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Tlingit canoe in front of government buildings, Sitka, Alaska, 1914 - Photographer Asahel Curtis, 1874-1941
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What We're Commemorating

By June Allen

OCTOBER 18 is Alaska Day, a day that commemorates an afternoon in 1867 when Southeastern's October rains held off long enough for Russia's imperial double eagle flag to be lowered and the Stars and Stripes raised to flap wildly in the autumn winds atop a 90-foot flagpole on Castle Hill in Sitka. The United States was consummating its Purchase of Alaska. Few or none of either nation's dignitaries and troops standing at attention below during the ceremony were particularly happy about the event. Neither were the Tlingits from the nearby village, who were not allowed to attend. - More...
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gif Jason LoveJason Love: The Vege-nazis - Not too long ago, I had the pleasure -- and I say so with crossed fingers -- of opening my door to a couple of old friends travelling in this part of the universe. They were a couple, and we were a couple, and wouldn't it be great if they could save some money on hotel accommodations.

We exchanged pleasantries and discussed the weather like meteorologists before the conversation turned to eating. It was time for dinner and, yea, the crux of my tale. - More...
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jpg Bob CiminelBob Ciminel: And Then a Hero Comes Along - On March 12, 1904, Andrew Carnegie, founder of the United States Steel Corporation, established the Carnegie Hero Fund, endowing it with $5 million in US Steel bonds bearing 5 percent interest. That initial investment has allowed the Fund to award over 8,800 medals and more than $24 million in grants and scholarships over its 100-year history. Recipients of the Carnegie Hero Award are people like you and I who suddenly find themselves in situations where someone needs help. Often, these awards are given posthumously, as was the case for the award's first two recipients. Carnegie's intent in establishing the Hero Fund was not to reward heroism. In describing the Fund, Carnegie said, "I do not expect to stimulate or create heroism by this fund, knowing well that heroic action is impulsive; but I do believe that, if the hero is injured in his bold attempt to serve or save his fellows, he and those dependent upon him should not suffer pecuniarily." - More...
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jpg CrabcakesDear Crabby: SUPER SIZED - I have been gaining weight steadily for a few years now. My husband doesn't criticize me, but it's obvious that he preferred me thinner. I think he's trying to be supportive, because he doesn't eat chips and dessert in front of me anymore, but I can still smell the popcorn in the house when I get home, and I see the ice cream bar wrappers in the car. - More...
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photosA Legendary Mountain of Jade; Just one of Alaska's Arctic Wonders - Alaska is a state of superlatives. It is the nation's largest state. We drive past or fly over  America's highest mountain. We can visit the nation's deepest cave on Prince of Wales Island, admire the waters of our state's longest coastline and enjoy the  midnight sun's longest days. Most of us, however, will never see our superlative example of the Alaska State Gem - jade. That's because Jade Mountain, an entire mountain made of beautiful dark green jade, is far from any Alaska road system. - More...
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arrow Ketchikan's 'Fish House Tessie'; She was proud of the nickname

arrow Fairbanks: Golden Heart City; A story of its founding

arrow Remembering 'Swede' Risland (1915-1991);The town's most memorable logger

arrow Alaska's Deepwater Highway; A part of Alaska history

arrow Ketchikan's American Legionnaires; Here's to 'the boys' of Post #3 -

arrow Ketchikan's Cruise Ship Industry; A light-hearted look at its origins

arrow Ketchikan's First City Players; Did you hear that applause?

arrow A biography of Alaska's herring: A little fish of huge importance...

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