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November 07, 2003


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'Ketchikan At Sunrise'
front page photo by Carl Thompson

Ketchikan: Front Page Photo 'Ketchikan at Sunrise' - This photograph was taken looking towards Ketchikan from the walking path along the road between the Coast Guard Base and Saxman at approximately 7:20 am Thursday. The Coast Guard Cutter is the Acushnet. View 'Annette Island at Sunrise' photo by Carl Thompson...
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audioKetchikan: Listen to this story... Governor Frank Murkowski on Thursday evening withdrew the nomination of Ketchikan resident Jim Elkins to fill State Senate District Seat A. In response, Elkins says he has hired a lawyer. Deanna Garrison reports...
KRBD - Ketchikan Public Radio - Friday - November 07, 2003 - 12:55 pm

audio Hydaburg: Listen to this story... It has been over two weeks since Hydaburg laid off its city employees. Jay Marble recently spent the day in Hydabug and files this report...
KRBD - Ketchikan Public Radio - Friday - November 07, 2003 - 12:55 pm

Ketchikan/Alaska: Elkins' comments sink nomination; Name yanked once governor hears boast of buying state Senate seat - Governor Frank Murkowski has dumped Jim Elkins, the Ketchikan Republican he earlier appointed to the state Senate seat vacated by Robin Taylor. - Read more...
Anchorage Daily News - - link posted: Friday - November 07, 2003 - 12:30 am

Ketchikan/Alaska: Murkowski changes mind on Senate appointment - Former Ketchikan bar owner Jim Elkins is apparently out as a new state senator. - Read more...
Fairbanks Daily News Miner - link posted: Friday - November 07, 2003 - 12:30 am

Alaska: Salmon harvest report: 173 million fish caught for an ex-vessel value of $195 million; Salmon season was the eighth-highest fish harvest since 1975 - This year's commercial salmon season was the eighth-highest fish harvest since 1975, but ranked 25th in value to fishermen, according to the state Department of Fish and Game. - Read more...
Juneau Empire - link posted: Friday - November 07, 2003 - 12:30 am

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Lunar Eclipse
courtesy ESA

Alaska: Lunar eclipse Saturday - On Saturday, Nov. 8th, the full moon will glide through our earth's shadow producing a total lunar eclipse for skywatchers throughout North America, Europe and Africa.

A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Sun, Earth and Moon form a near-straight line in space, so that the full Moon passes through Earth's shadow. Unlike a solar eclipse, which requires special equipment to observe safely, you can watch a lunar eclipse with unaided eyes.

The most impressive part starts when the Moon's leading edge first enters the main shadow, or umbra, and the partial eclipse begins. Over the next hour or so, the Moon will slip into darkness. The total eclipse begins when the Moon is fully inside the umbra, but it won't be completely blacked out.

The totally eclipsed Moon should still be visible as a dark gray or brown-red disk in the sky, and this colour is caused by sunlight scattered in our atmosphere. Its brightness depends on the amount of dust in the Earth's upper atmosphere at the time, which influences how much sunlight filters through. - Read more....
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Todd Parris, a graduate student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, took this photo of solar-flare induced red aurora over the Geophysical Institute on the UAF campus the evening of Oct. 28, 2003 at about 10:15 p.m. Todd Parris photo.

Alaska Science: Black Spot on the Sun Creates a Show by Ned Rozell - While driving in a dense fog a few days ago, Matt Barkdull was able to look directly at the sun as it hung like a disc in the shaded portion of his windshield. While taking the rare opportunity to look at our closest star, he noticed a dark blotch on the sun's face. A computer network manager at the International Arctic Research Center, Barkdull later described the spot to Syun-Ichi Akasofu, the director of the research center and one of the world's foremost experts on the aurora.

Akasofu told Barkdull that he had seen a large sunspot, one that spits out solar flares resulting in auroras overhead in Germany, rare red auroras throughout the northern hemisphere, and disruption of high-frequency radio communications in the north. The solar flares that erupted from the sunspot included three of the largest flares scientists have seen in this new era of satellites. - Read more...
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