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October 18, 2005

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Biker Enthusiasts Show Off Rides At 14th Annual Bike Show
2005 People's Choice Award & 2005 Custom Class Award
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PhotosKetchikan: Biker Enthusiasts Show Off Rides At 14th Annual Bike Show By M.C. KAUFFMAN - Some days are better than others but there is nothing that a ride - or showing off a ride - can't cure. And showing off rides is what the Ketchikan Harley Riders Association's 14th Annual Bike Show was all about.

During the exhibit held at the Plaza Mall on October 8th-9th, the public was provided an opportunity to not only view the chrome and pipes of the bikes up close, but also an opportunity to learn more about this local organization.

Jen Brewer, Vice-President of the Ketchikan Harley Riders Association, said there were 32 motorcycle entrants in this year's show. According to Brewer all makes and models of motorcycles were welcome in the show. She said the public was invited to vote for the "People's Choice" bike, and for the first time kids voted on the "Kid's Choice" bike. - More...
Tuesday AM - October 18, 2005

Alaska: Governor Vows to Fight Glacier Bay Entry Decision - Alaska Governor Frank H. Murkowski said he was deeply disappointed by the National Park Service decision to disregard the state's request to increase vessel entries into Glacier Bay National Park.

The National Park Service decided not to allow additional cruise ship entries into the park in 2006 and only 14 cruise ship entries in 2007. The National Park Service plan makes no provisions for Alaska Marine Highway System ferries to enter Glacier Bay.

"It is time for Alaskans to have a voice in this process. Imagine the reaction from Californians or Montanans if the Park Service refused to allow their residents access into Yosemite or Yellowstone. - More...
Tuesday AM - October 18, 2005

National: As Republicans stumble, Democrats bumble By MARC SANDALOW - Listen to Democrats and it is easy to say what they are not.

They are not the party that led America to war in Iraq. They are not the party trying to privatize Social Security, cut taxes to the rich or add to the deficit. They are not the party responsible for the slow federal response to Hurricane Katrina, whose top leaders in the House and Senate are under investigation, whose White House is being scrutinized by a special prosecutor, or whose members are up in arms over their president's latest Supreme Court selection.- More...
Tuesday AM - October 18, 2005

National: Supercomputer forecasts effects of climate change By LEE BOWMAN - A new fine-scale supercomputer model of climate change calculates that the continental United States is in for longer heat waves, milder winters and exaggerated extremes of precipitation over the next 100 years.

The new model, run on supercomputers at Purdue University, breaks the 48 states down to blocks of about 10 square miles each, about twice the resolution of other models that have sought to project how a warming climate might impact weather patterns. - More...
Tuesday AM - October 18, 2005



letter BRAVO By Dave Kiffer - Tuesday
letter Harley Riders By June Allen - Tuesday
letter Things don't always change for the good, do they? By Don Hoff Jr. - Tuesday
letter America's Rain Forests By Rhonda Erickson - Saturday PM
letter Prince Rupert Project By Randy Williams - Saturday PM
letter Schoenbar: We Need Action By Cindy Moody - Saturday PM
letter When you get that urge to express yourself inappropriately... By Susan Bachant - Saturday PM
letter Final Results of Katrina Fundraising By Rob Holston - Saturday PM
letter Free Voice Communications By Jay Jones - Saturday PM
letter Domestic Violence Awareness Month By Martha J. Gallagher - Saturday PM
letter Freedom of Speech By Frances C. Natkong - Saturday PM
letter Be Bold By Bill Thomas Sr. - Saturday PM
letter Looking for information By Svenn Inge Ingebrigtsen - Saturday PM
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
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Jason Love: Camping - It was time for a real, live, actual two-day weekend. I had been working too hard and, as remarkably, grumbling in answer to questions.

It was time for a real, live, actual two-day weekend. I had been working too hard and, as remarkably, grumbling in answer to questions.

"We need an adventure," said my wife.

And what made more sense than overnight camping, just the two of us alone in the woods without a drip of experience between us. Yahaira had never touched a tent, and I had camped only as a teenager when I was condemned, like Christ, to carry my own bedding. So it goes.

We borrowed supplies from over-trusting neighbors and hit the road, two madcap married people floating on a whim. We arrived at the campground shortly before ten ... p.m. - More...
Tuesday AM - October 18, 2005

Steve Brewer: "Go ask your mother" leaves TV time for dads - Dads of America, repeat after me: "Go ask your mother."

This useful phrase should be practiced regularly - until it becomes your standard reply to every question. When a child comes seeking permission or wanting something, send him right out the door again by saying, "Go ask your mother." Then go back to watching the football game on TV.

Kids' demands never stop. If you work up a decision every time, you eventually will wear out the neurons in your brain and you'll end up one of those gibbering old men with gravy on his cardigan. - More...
Tuesday AM - October 18, 2005

Will Durst: The Stealth Judge - Can someone please have the simple common human decency to help me understand why all the usual suspects on both sides of the aisle are on such a high twitch concerning the Harriet Miers nomination to the Supreme Court? As a liberal hearing that Charles Krauthammer has contempt for her appointment, my first reaction would be "hey, sign her on, she's my kind of woman."

Besides, isn't it kind of "neat" the president picked someone who thought he was "cool?" That's what Ms. Miers called the president. She also said; "He is the smartest man I've ever met," which is, admittedly, a bit disquieting. Makes you wonder just how many gentlemen the lady has actually met in her life. I'm guessing a number in the low double digits. Thirty tops. A majority of whom must have been encountered at bus shelters on the way to Rocky Mountain Oyster eating competitions. - More...
Tuesday AM - October 18, 2005

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Dale McFeatters: A constitution is what they make of it - The Iraqis now have a constitution, but not a consensus.

The early returns show that Sunni opponents of the constitution did not carry the three provinces necessary to kill it, but a 97 percent no vote in one Sunni-dominated province showed the depth of their disapproval.

The good news for the Bush administration is that the Sunnis did turn out to vote. The hope is, as expressed by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, that as Iraqis, especially the Sunnis, increasingly participate in the political process support for the insurgency will be undermined. At the moment this seems like a faint hope. - More...
Tuesday AM - October 18, 2005

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