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October 13, 2005

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'The Calm Before The Storm'
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Ketchikan: Comment Deadline Approaches in Federal Subsistence Board's Rural Review - The Federal Subsistence Board has narrowed the scope of its rural review process and is seeking public comments through Oct. 28, 2005 on a list of 10 communities and areas proposed for further analysis. In addition, the Board will hold a public meeting at the Anchorage Downtown Marriot on December 6, 2005 and will take additional comments on this issue at that meeting.

The Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act requires that rural Alaskans be given a priority for subsistence uses of fish and wildlife on Federal public lands. Only communities that are found to be rural are eligible for this subsistence priority. The Board initially determined which Alaska communities were rural when the Federal Subsistence Management Program began in 1990. Federal subsistence regulations require that rural/nonrural status be reviewed every 10 years, beginning with the availability of the 2000 census data. - More...
Thursday PM - October 13, 2005

Alaska: FOREST SERVICE LENDS HAND TO ALASKA BUSINESSES - The Forest Service Alaska Region recently provided over a half a million dollars to Alaska businesses to increase the value-added forest products produced within the state.

The Alaska Region's State & Private Forestry program provided $567,254 in financial assistance to eight Alaska businesses as part of a cost-share grant program designed to assist in creating new or upgrading existing kiln drying facilities in the state. - More...
Thursday PM - October 13, 2005

Alaska: Funding Secured for Statewide Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Prosecution Units - Alaska Attorney General David Márquez announced Wednesday that the Department of Law was awarded a federal grant to fund the creation of statewide sexual assault/domestic violence prosecution units.

In late September the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women notified the Attorney General's office that it would receive $3.6 million over the next three years to create special units to supplement statewide efforts to focus on prosecutions in sexual assault and domestic violence cases. The Alaska Legislature previously approved the budget plan that allowed the department to accept this money and integrate it into its existing budget. - More...
Thursday PM - October 13, 2005

National: Unexpected controversies keep thwarting Bush agenda By BILL STRAUB - President Bush frequently says he has "a lot of work to do" during his last three years in office, but a slew of unexpected controversies is keeping him from sticking with the agenda he had set.

Already confronted by the problematic aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita while maintaining focus on the war in Iraq, the White House now finds itself forced to devote more time than expected to promote the candidacy of Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers and to deal with the uproar over the outing of a CIA agent. - More...
Thursday PM - October 13, 2005

International: U.S. soldiers' aggressive tactics in Iraq 'risky business' By ANNA BADKHEN - It had been a frustrating morning for U.S. Army Lt. Jeff Halladay. He had already gone through three houses, searching in vain for a mustachioed man suspected of planting roadside bombs. Intelligence suggested the man lived in this neighborhood of neat stucco compounds.

So now, Halladay was resorting to a more urgent measure, one that U.S. military officers acknowledge can do more harm than good: trying to gather the needed information by intimidating the suspect's neighbors. - More...
Thursday PM - October 13, 2005

National: Donors may be tapped out after record outpouring By TODD WALLACK - When the tsunami hit South Asia last year, U.S. donors opened up their hearts and their wallets like never before.

They did it again after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast in August.

But now, charities fear that donors are tapped out, making it harder to collect contributions for survivors of Saturday's 7.6-magnitude earthquake in South Asia. They are seeing signs of that already. - More...
Thursday PM - October 13, 2005



letter Tapping into the Prince Rupert Port Expansion Pipeline and What This Could Mean for S.E. Alaska By Michael Round - Friday AM
letter Open Letter: To All Members of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly By James Guenther - Friday AM
letter Response To Alaska Airlines Questions By Amanda Tobin - Friday AM
letter Regarding Freedom of Speech and Expression By John Maki - Thursday PM
letter Broad and free voice communications... By Rick Grams - Thursday PM
letter Freedom of Speech! By Timothy Droke - Thursday PM
letter T-shirt & Freedom of Speech By Glenn A. Bell - Thursday PM
letter Why does everyone give President Bush a hard time? By Licha Kelley-King - Wednesday PM
letter Freedom of speech By Frances C. Natkong - Wednesday PM
letter Goodbye and Thank You Ketchikan By Richard S. Cropp - Tuesday PM
letter Offensive T-shirt beyond the limits By Neil Gray - Tuesday PM
letter Just live with it! By Tom Carlin - Tuesday PM
letter Open letter to Alaska Airlines By Michael Nelson - Tuesday PM
letter Salmon-Thirty-Salmon and Funding By Mark Vinsel - Monday PM
letter Airport name change? By Rick Grams- Monday PM
letter Open Letter to Rep. Young: Save the US Merchant Marine By Norbert Chaudhary - Monday PM
letter Maybe we should play the "Kurd card"? By Mark Neckameyer - Monday PM
letter Schoenbar By Diana Chaudhary - Monday PM
letter Salmon Thirty Salmon By Mark Gatti - Monday PM
letter Anti-Bush T-shirt Hits No-fly Zone By Morgan Doubleday - Monday PM
letter No-fly T-shirt By Carol Ann Faulkner - Monday PM
letterNaming public facilities By Samuel Bergeron - Saturday
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Preston MacDougall: Chemical Eye on WowyZowy Toys - To borrow an expression, if science isn't fun, then you're not doing it right.

No toy comes with a guaranteed smile as soon as a child opens the box. And while the words "batteries not included," or "some assembly required", usually elicit groans from parents, the key to putting a smile on a child's face is their own imagination. - More...
Thursday PM - October 13, 2005

Swanee Hunt: A nation at war: Reforming America's schools - America's at war. And not just in the craggy mountains of Afghanistan and windswept deserts of Iraq. Here at home, we're fighting an equally fierce war against destitution with our children on the front lines.

In 2004, almost 13 million American kids were living below the poverty line. To stop a mean cycle of need, we must create an education system that takes into account the obstacles in kids' everyday lives. We need schools that won't give up on them until they're on track to becoming full partners in the workforce. - More...
Thursday PM - October 13, 2005

Bob Ciminel: Weighty Questions - Do you start out with negative calories if you walk up eight flights of stairs to buy a package of Pop Tarts from the vending machine?

Do people who work on the 12th floor weigh less than people who work on the ground floor because they are farther from the Earth's center of gravity? - More...
Thursday PM - October 13, 2005

Michael Reagan: Whose Side Are We On? - If you listen to what we conservatives were saying about John Roberts or Judge Pickering or any of the other judicial nominees who were being blocked by the Democrat filibusters - or other methods of killing a presidential nomination to the federal bench - the argument we were making was that the president won the election and by virtue of that victory has the right to appoint judges of his own choosing. - More...
Thursday PM - October 13, 2005

Ann McFeatters: If a flu pandemic hits us, who will take charge? - President Bush told us at his last news conference to read John M. Barry's book, "The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History," published last year. So I did.

It is a masterfully done book, and it scares the reader's socks off. - More...
Thursday PM - October 13, 2005

Dick Morris: The Leaderless Left - The vast, inchoate pain of the deaths in Iraq has swelled the ranks of the anti-war movement to the dimensions of a politically viable force capable of capturing the Democratic Party. We briefly glimpsed their incipient power when Howard Dean, propelled by their outrage, almost upended John Kerry in the Democratic primaries of 2004. But now, fed by another year of a seemingly endless war and almost 2,000 American military deaths, the isolated pockets of anti-war activists are combining with mainstream voters, driven by the national angst over the war, to form a major political vanguard. - More...
Thursday PM - October 13, 2005

Betsy Hart: Another good reason to pitch in with the kids - OK, fellas, here's another reason to pitch in around the house and particularly with the kids: Studies on 10 different primate species, including humans, show that the "spouse" primarily responsible for taking care of offspring lives longer.

This is true regardless of gender. So, the study from researchers at the California Institute of Technology says, the "Titi monkey males of South America, for example, which take care of the baby after the mother has given birth, outlive their mates by 20 percent ..." - More...
Thursday PM - October 13, 2005

Dale McFeatters: Iraq's constitutional referendum - Braving all-too-credible threats of violence, Iraqis go to the polls Saturday to vote on a new constitution. The ballot will not be a definitive step toward American withdrawal, as the Bush administration hopes, but more likely one more step in a long process.

To draw Sunnis into the process, the majority Shiites and their Kurdish allies made the constitution easier to amend once parliamentary elections are held in December. Fine tuning the mechanism under which Iraq's ethnic and tribal groups are to coexist will take time, and this constitution should be considered a work in progress. - More...
Thursday PM - October 13, 2005

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