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October 03, 2005

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Alaska: Alaska Airlines Lands World's Largest King Salmon - "This is one really big salmon", said Alaska Governor Frank H. Murkowski speaking at the unveiling ceremony Sunday of Alaska Airlines' newest aircraft, the "Salmon Thirty Salmon," a Boeing 737 painted in the likeness of an Alaska Wild Salmon.


Sporting the glimmering image of a
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The "Salmon-Thirty-Salmon," sporting the glimmering image of a wild Alaska king salmon, is among the world's most intricately painted commercial airplanes. Complete with shiny scales, a dorsal fin and gills, the livery on the Alaska Airlines 737-400 passenger aircraft is the result of a dedicated team of 30 painters working nearly nonstop for 24 days.

The airplane symbolizes the critical role Alaska Airlines plays in transporting fresh Alaska seafood to the continental United States and beyond. The aircraft features the most elaborate design ever painted on a commercial jet and its art came about from a unique partnership between Alaska Airlines, Alaska Fisheries Marketing Board and the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute.

In his remarks at the maintenance hanger at Ted Stevens International Airport in Anchorage, Gov. Murkowski said the aircraft serves as a fitting symbol to the state's important fisheries resource and Alaska Airlines' role in getting the resource to markets. - More...
Monday - October 03, 2005

National: Roberts court confronts life-and-death issues By MICHAEL DOYLE - Chief Justice John Roberts, meet party girl Anna Nicole Smith.

Life-and-death issues, literally, will captivate the Supreme Court during its 2005-2006 term, which began Monday.

While the Senate considers President Bush's nomination of White House counsel Harriet Miers to replace Sandra Day O'Connor on the court, the justices will tackle the death penalty, DNA, physician-assisted suicide and impediments to abortion. They will review law schools that resist Pentagon recruiting, and states that lure businesses with tax breaks. - More...
Monday - October 03, 2005

National: Head Start program embroiled in religious-rights debate By LISA HOFFMAN - Another scuffle in the debate over religious rights and public money is under way, and the venue this time is the schoolrooms of some of the nation's low-income youngsters.

At issue is a last-minute provision tacked on last week to the House reauthorization of the federal Head Start educational program for disadvantaged kids who need a boost before starting elementary school.

Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, crafted an amendment that would allow faith-based groups that take Head Start money to consider the religious beliefs of potential employees when deciding who to hire. - More...
Monday - October 03, 2005

Science: Many theories on root of strong hurricanes By KEAY DAVIDSON - Scientists are confident that an era of super-hurricanes is unfolding in the Atlantic, and has been at least since the mid-1990s. It has been particularly evident since last year, when repeated hurricane disasters in Florida set the stage for this year's cataclysm in New Orleans and the recent mayhem along the Texas and Louisiana coasts.

They just can't agree on one thing: why it's happening. - More...
Monday - October 03, 2005

Technology: Hip cell phones will have it all By CLINT SWETT - If you carry a cellular phone, consider yourself a target audience.

Entertainment companies - ranging from MTV to Napster and Disney to ESPN - are revving up to sell music, videos, news clips, games and even movie tickets to the world's nearly 2 billion cellular subscribers. - More...
Monday - October 03, 2005

Fish Factor

Laine Welch: Fish Aid Concert Aids Fishing Industry Relief - Long after the world's eye turns away from the immediate drama of devastation caused by natural disasters, the people left behind face the toughest task of rebuilding their lives. That reality has spawned a long term effort by Alaska's fishing industry to help their hurricane ravaged counterparts in the Gulf of Mexico get back out on the water.

A Fish Aid concert and auction in Juneau on September 30 kicked off fund raising efforts with all proceeds going to the Alaska Fishing Industry Relief Mission (AFIRM), a new non-profit group formed at the urging of Senator Lisa Murkowski. "Where do you start when your whole life has been blown away? This is something that will provide funds directly to fishermen and their families," said Scott McAllister, a Southeast fisherman who helped launch the grass roots effort. - More...
Monday - October 03, 2005



letterDeep respect those seeking office By Bill Thomas Sr. - Monday
letter VOTE! and If You Don't Vote, Don't Complain about the Results of the Election By Cathy Geer - Monday
letter Vote for Joe Williams By Penny Penderson - Monday
letter Recent history of Gravina By Mike Sallee - Monday
letter VOTE FOR THE OTHER GUY By Jos "Gus" Govaars VI - Monday
letter West and Sallee Solid, Effective Leadership By Penny Penderson - Monday
letter Progress is not a bad thing By Randy Williams - Monday
letter Ketchikan's Water By Rob Glenn - Monday
letter Election Day is upon us Ketchikan By Patrick Jirschele - Saturday PM
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letter Could Ketchikan attract Google? By Rick Grams - Saturday PM
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letter Good old boys club By Rob Holston - Saturday PM
letter Time to Rethink the Gravina Bridge Issue By Robert D. Warner - Saturday PM
letter Will Diabetes Bring Papa Pilgrim Justice? By Julie Smithson - Saturday PM
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Dave Kiffer: "Totem Land Tinsel Town" - A few weeks ago, there was an interesting item on EBAY. It was a 16 mm movie reel, the type of movie reel you only used to see in movie theaters and high school science classes.

The movie was Moby Dick and it was narrated by George C. Scott, but the interesting thing was that it was modern day retelling and was filmed along the Inside Passage. According to the item description several scenes were filmed at the docks in Ketchikan in the mid 1960s. - More...
Monday - October 03, 2005

Columns - Commentary

Michael Reagan: Stop The Spending - Stop it Now - On Monday, January 21, 1985, during his second inaugural address, my father - President Ronald Reagan - gave the nation some very sound advice when he said, "We must act now to protect future generations from government's desire to spend its citizens' money and tax them into servitude when the bills come due. Let us make it unconstitutional for the Federal Government to spend more than the Federal Government takes in."

Tragically we did not take that advice, and the United States government continues on a wild spending spree the likes of which has never before been seen in the nation. - More...
Monday - October 03, 2005

Dick Morris: The Real Sin Of Tom DeLay - The question is not whether Tom DeLay is guilty or not guilty of the specific, bookkeeping offense for which he has been indicted. That is for the lawyers and the accountants to figure out. What is crucial is that DeLay managed to do something that is very, very wrong and highly injurious to our democracy - to fix the elections for the House of Representatives, in effect to take the ballot out of our hands.

Gerrymandering has been with us since the earliest days of the republic, when Massachusetts Gov. Elbridge Gerry drew a legislative district that looked like a salamander to get his allies elected, and the press dubbed it a Gerry-mander. But DeLay carried this pernicious practice to new lows. - More...
Monday - October 03, 2005

Star Parker: Thoughts on public education - In ninth-grade science classes in Dover, a little town in Pennsylvania, teachers are required to read a statement to their students that Intelligent Design should be considered as an alternative view to evolution as an explanation for life as we know it. Eleven parents have sued the school board and the school district, claiming that Intelligent Design is not science but religion and hence constitutionally off-limits in public schools.

The consensus seems to be that this case will wind up in the U.S. Supreme Court. Yet accounts of this issue are missing the real problem. - More...
Monday - October 03, 2005

James Derk: All Google all the time - Google, you may have read in this spot before, is going to take over the world. I know, it's just a modest search engine, but give it a couple of more years and it will be a Google world and we'll just be living on top of it.

To those who aren't fully plugged in to the computing world, Google may seem like an almost blank white search page. And on some level, it is. What has been compelling about Google when compared to MSN, AltaVista and other search competitors, is the lack of ads on its home page. - More...
Monday - October 03, 2005

Betsy Hart: Children's bad behavior a reflection of the heart - Here's what is so predictable about parenting magazines: every single month their covers are filled with promises for desperate moms and dads, like: "Stop Tantrums in 60 Seconds," "Raise a Child Who's Not Spoiled," and "End Sibling Rivalry."

Wow. Talk about answers to life's big questions. - More...
Monday - October 03, 2005

John Hall: Iran rattles its bombs and its oil - One of the great ironies of the war in Iraq was that its next door neighbor, Iran, emerged as a big regional winner, at least temporarily. Its oil wealth has also made it a world economic power as prices soared.

So now, Iran has started to shove people around. This week, it served notice to Britain, France and Germany - the biggest European states - that it might cut off their oil and gas. - More...
Monday - October 03, 2005

Will Durst: Put The Hammer Down - The old adage is, any halfway-decent prosecutor can convince a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich. And that old saw may just be true because this week a grand jury in Travis County, Texas indicted a hammer.

Not just any hammer but "The Hammer." House Majority Leader Tom DeLay was indicted on a single count of criminal conspiracy and multiple counts of "cranky old man" and "doesn't work well with others." To say he's not happy now is like saying barium enemas are not highlighted on many resort spa menus. And ironically enough, when I speak of a barium enema I think of Tom DeLay. - More...
Monday - October 03, 2005

Dale McFeatters: The Hammer is laid aside - Tom DeLay's fellow House Republicans were hardly surprised by the majority leader's indictment on charges of conspiracy to violate the campaign finance laws back home in Texas.

In fact, they tried to plan for this eventuality early in the year by rescinding a rule that indicted congressional Republicans could retain their leadership positions. The negative reaction from the public and their own rank-and-file forced the party leaders to reinstate that rule, and, accordingly, on Wednesday DeLay stepped aside. - More...
Monday - October 03, 2005

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