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November 05, 2003


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'Pennock Island'
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Ketchikan: Front Page Photo 'Pennock Island' - This photograph of Pennock Island and mist rising from the Tongass was taken Tuesday morning just past Forest Park Drive heading into Ketchikan...
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Alaska: Dramatic reduction in tobacco sales to minors; Separate survey shows nearly a 50% decrease in high school student smoking since 1995 - The Alaska Department of Health & Social Services on Tuesday released survey results, which show that efforts to decrease tobacco use by Alaska youth are working. In 2003, illegal tobacco sales to youth decreased from 30 percent to 10 percent, one of the lowest levels in the nation. The rate refers to the percent of illegal tobacco sales that tobacco vendors make to a statewide team of undercover youth during the annual Synar survey. The 2003 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) shows a nearly 62 percent decrease in heavy smoking from 1995 to 2003. - Read more...
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ADFY Members Receive Goldie Award
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Ketchikan: ADFY Members Receive Award For Creative Ad - ADFY Director Marya Tyler said Alaskans for Drug Free Youth (ADFY) members are interested in saving lives, not winning awards. Nevertheless, they were awarded the highest radio broadcast award in the state - the Goldie Award - at the recent Alaska Broadcasters Association convention. - Read more...
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Alaska: North Pacific Fishery Management Council Praised for Solving $40 Million Dilemma - At its October meeting in Anchorage, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council adopted a new system of setting Total Allowable Catch (TAC), the overall limit of how much seafood commercial fisheries can harvest each year.

Ron Clarke, Executive Director of the Marine Conservation Alliance, praised the Council's action in the face of a thorny dilemma."The law directs the Council to use the best available science, but a Court order based on another law prohibited them from doing so," Clarke said. "It seemed like an unsolvable puzzle." - Read more...
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Alaska: Anchorage Man Sentenced for Criminal Non-Support; Judge Orders Man to Pay for Grown Children - Christopher Rogers, 47, of Anchorage, was convicted of criminal non-support on October 30, 2003 for failure to pay more than $60,000 in back child support. Rogers' children are now adults. - Read more...
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Alaska: Alaska Game Board Approves Aerial Killing of Wolves, Says Defenders of Wildlife - Tuesday the Alaska Board of Game approved permits that will allow the shooting of large numbers of wolves either directly from airplanes or after chasing the animals to the point of exhaustion and then landing the aircraft to kill the them on foot. The Board's decision came despite the fact that twice Alaskans have voted to ban the practice (1996 and 2000) in statewide referenda. - Read more...
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Alaska - Forest Service Announces Greens Creek Mine Tailings Decision - The Tongass National Forest has announced publication of the Record of Decision concerning the Greens Creek Mine Tailings Disposal Environmental Impact Statement. The underground metals mine is located near Hawk Inlet on northern Admiralty Island approximately 18 miles southwest of Juneau. The mine, which has been in operation for more than 15 years, produces silver, zinc and lead, as well as other base metals. - Read more...
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Alaska: Conservation Groups Intervene to Protect Alaska's National Parks - On Tuesday the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), Alaska Center for the Environment (ACE), and The Wilderness Society (TWS) came to the defense of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park in Alaska, intervening on behalf of the National Park Service in a lawsuit filed by a family who have illegally bulldozed a road through the park. The conservation groups are represented in the case by Trustees for Alaska. - Read more...
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Red Sea Urchin
Photo by Richard Strathmann,
Friday Harbor Laboratory

Science: Red Sea Urchin Discovered To Be One Of Earth's Oldest Animals - A new study has concluded that the red sea urchin, a small spiny invertebrate that lives in shallow coastal waters, is among the longest living animals on Earth - they can live to be 100 years old, and some may reach 200 years or more in good health with few signs of age.

In other words, an individual red sea urchin that hatched on the day in 1805 that Lewis and Clark arrived in Oregon may still be thriving - and even breeding. The research was just published in a professional journal, the U.S. Fishery Bulletin, by scientists from Oregon State University and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. It may have important implications for management of a commercial fishery and our understanding of marine biology, as well as challenge some erroneous assumptions about the life cycle of this never-say-die marine species. - Read more...
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National: John F. Kennedy New Frontier Awards to Honor Young Americans for Exceptional Public Service - Harvard University's Institute of Politics and the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation announced on Tuesday the creation of the John F. Kennedy New Frontier Awards to recognize young Americans who have changed their communities and their country through their commitment to public service. The New Frontier Awards celebrate President John F. Kennedy's legacy of promoting young Americans' political involvement. - Read more...
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