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October 17, 2005
Yvonne Denise Returns Home
Front Page Photo By Denise P. Gray
Referendum a "Hopeful Day For Peace," Bush Says; President
also says condemned Bulgarian nurses in Libya should be released
- President Bush praised Iraq's October 15 constitutional referendum
for its increased turnout, including Sunni participation, and
the low level of violence accompanying the vote.
Speaking October 17 at the
White House with Bulgarian President Georgi Purvanov, Bush said
the vote was "a very hopeful day for peace," and was
a sign that the Iraqi people "are strongly in favor of settling
disputes in a peaceful way."
"The idea of deciding
to go into a ballot box is a positive development. The idea that
people are willing to try to work out their political differences
through a process, a peaceful process, stands in stark contrast
to the al-Qaida types and the terrorists," he said.
Monday - October 17, 2005
Says Iraqi Voters Took "Another Really Important Step Forward"
- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says the Iraqi people have
taken "another really important step forward" toward
the goal of a stable and democratic Iraq through their participation
in a constitutional referendum October 15.
"As a matter of political
process for the Iraqi people, this is another really important
step forward. They just keep moving inexorably toward permanent
elections in December, when they'll have a permanent government,"
Rice said in a briefing for reporters in London October 16.
Rice said that early indications
showed that about 63 or 64 percent of Iraqi voters went to the
polls to cast ballots, with the most significant rise taking
place among Iraqi Sunnis, many of whom boycotted the elections
for a transitional government in January. - More...
Monday - October 17, 2005
Harrison's start boat and swimmers at the start of the race.
The swimmers were off when start boat's horn sounded at 12:10
Photo by Lisa Thompson ©2005
Island's Eight-mile Challenge, More Than An Adventure By
NANCY COGGINS - And they all jumped in!
Into the 57° F. open waters
of the Tongass Narrows dove 24 enthusiastic swimmers, who, on
August 28, 2005, were accepting a challenge. They had chosen
the demanding task of swimming in a pre-organized eight-mile
race around Pennock Island for the American Diabetes Association
(ADA) benefit. The circuit took those trained swimmers from 2
hours 36 minutes 2 seconds to 4 hours 16 minutes 4 seconds to
complete the Pennock Island Challenge.
Sixteen of the 24 swimmers
kicked off the event by eagerly plunging from Greg Harrison's
36' start boat. Lined up side-by-side in the water, these first
16 contestants -- 12 solos and four relay-team members -- were
ready to start swimming south around Pennock Island counterclockwise
from its northwest-corner reef marker. Greg gave the "Go"
signal: "On your mark, get set" and the sound of his
boat horn served to announce the start of the race at 12:10 PM.
The swimmers immediately started stroking their way down the
west channel of Tongass Narrows between Pennock and Gravina Islands.
The race was on to get back to the Pennock reef marker! - More...
Monday aM - October 17, 2005
A beaming Glorianne
"Glo" DeBoer accepted the Ambassador's Award 2005 presented
to her by the Ambassador of Norway, Knut Vollebaek, at the US-Norway
Forum in Washington, DC, in October.
Photograph courtesy Norway.org
Resident Recieves Special Award From Norwegian Ambassador
By ANITA HALES, KFMJ News - Petersburg resident, Glorianne "Glo"
DeBoer, received special recognition from the Norwegian Ambassador
to the U.S. last week in Washington, D.C. DeBoer received the
"Ambassador's Award 2005" for her work as chairperson
of the "Little Norway" festival held annually in Petersburg.
DeBoer has been chairperson for the last eight years.
Glo DeBoer is the daughter
of John and Lois DeBoer of Petersburg and grand-niece of Ketchikan
resident James Sande, retired State Ferry Captain and Wes Sande,
former Ellis Airline pilot. Her grandparents were Pete and Eileen
DeBoer. Pete was manager of Standard Oil Company in Ketchikan
for many years.
The Little Norway Festival
has been held in Petersburg for about 50 years. It is a four
day event taking place every 17th of May. It is a main attraction
for Petersburg drawing out-of town visitors from all over
the world to have a taste of Norway in Alaska. Traditional foods
and games mark the event as well as a Norwegian folk fashion
show. There is also a parade held on the 17th of May.
Norwegian Ambassador Vollebaek
gave DeBoer the award at the U.S.-Norway forum citing DeBoer's
"drive, determination, vision, volunteer spirit and willingness
to the traditions and history of Norway in this country alive
and strong." Vollebaek and his wife, Ellen were guests at
the Little Norway event this May and were impressed by the people
and celebration. Vollebaek said, "what they have done in
their little festival has had vibrations far beyond their village
in Southeast Alaska to all of Alaska and the United States."
Monday AM - October 17, 2005
U.S. Coast Guard Rescue" New Discovery Channel Series
- Discovery Channel film crews braved crab fishing in the Bering
sea with their huge hit series "Deadliest Catch." Now
they are taking viewers along with rescue missions by the U.S.
Coast Guard - including teams from Kodiak.
A new series called "SOS:
U.S. Coast Guard Rescue" has just begun which features members
of the USCG at work "24/7" all across the country.
"We have our crews embedded with the Coast Guard with cameras
mounted on helmets, boats and helicopters we use the sound
systems onboard to make viewers fell like they are a part of
the rescues taking place," said Discovery spokesperson Jill
The film crews captured all
parts of the USCG's diverse missions, ranging from rescues
of swimmers and boaters in distress to boardings and border patrols.
Bondurant said the ten episode SOS series begins with harrowing
rescues following Hurricane Katrina, where victims were plucked
from roof tops and windows. Later programs will feature USCG
teams and rescue missions from Kodiak operating in the Gulf of
Alaska and Bering Sea. "Every region has its own challenges,
but the vastness of the area the Coast Guard is protecting based
out of Kodiak left us in awe. There's a lot of water out there,"
Bondurant said. - More...
Monday AM - October 17, 2005
a Jungle Out There" - When I was a child, my mother
insisted that I take as many trips off island as possible. And
she didn't mean Gravina and Pennock.
Just about every year we went
to Washington, Oregon or California. The main reason was to visit
relatives, but the subtext was clearly "there's greater
world outside the soggy biosphere between Settlers and Herring
She was right to do that. I
remember going on a band trip in high school to Washington and
Oregon and being amazed that some of my classmates had never
seen real cows and sheep before. Having a strong sense of place
and love of your native land is one thing, but that level of
never straying from your native turf is pretty incestuous.
As I get older though, it seems
as though I often leave the rock simply to reconfirm the fact
that it's really not so bad after all in our fair Salmon City.
Recent family travels to Seattle, Portland and Albuquerque have
just reinforced that.
Followers of this column have
no doubt concluded that I am not the biggest fan of Alaska's
"national" air carrier, "Elastic" Airlines.
In general, I love the folks who work for the airline, but there
are some corporate policies that I have issues with.
I have never understood how
it could cost less to fly from Seattle to Denver (1,026 miles)
, New York (2,413 miles) or Miami (2,713 miles) than it does
to fly from Ketchikan to Seattle (667 miles). I also get irritated
when month after month the only Ketchikan web special is to Yakutat!
And don't get me started on how the once vaunted "Golden
Samovar" service devolved into plastic peanuts and particle-board
pretzels. - More...
Monday - October 17, 2005