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November 12, 2003


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Sgt. Zack Pilcher

Ketchikan: Marine Sgt. Pilcher Receives Medal for Heroic Service In Iraq - Major General J.N. Mattis, Commanding General of the 1st Marine Division of the United States Marine Corps, notified Sergeant Zachary M. Pilcher that he was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (Gold Star In Lieu Of Second Award With Combat Distinguishing Device) by the Secretary of the Department of the Navy.

The Marine Corps Achievement Medal is awarded for meritorious service or achievement in either combat or non-combat based on sustained performance or specific achievement of a superlative nature.

Sergeant Pilcher was recently awarded the Marine Corps Achievement Medal (Gold Star In Lieu Of Second Award With Combat Distinguishing Device) for "heroic achievement while serving as 2D squad leader, 3D platoon, Company B, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 1, 1st Marine Division in support of operation Iraqi Freedom on 8 April 2003." - Read more...
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Alaska: Gaming Alternatives Catching Attention of AK Lawmakers - A recent telephone poll indicating public receptivity to additional gaming activities in Alaska, conducted by the Alaska Cabaret, Hotel and Restaurant Retailers, is catching the attention of Alaskan lawmakers exploring possible solutions to fixing the state's fiscal gap.

"This poll underscores the importance of the gaming issue receiving a full and fair hearing before the legislature next session," said Rep. Mike Hawker (R- Eagle River/Anchorage). "The issue is both controversial and complex, and it will require a thorough examination of the alternatives." - Read more...
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Ketchikan: New UAS Ketchikan Scholarship Opens - The University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan announced that the Ketchikan Bridge Club 1975-2000 Scholarship is now open and accepting applications. The club ceased operations in 2000 and dedicated their club's fund to supporting education in Ketchikan. The Spring 2004 award of $500 will be the first award for the endowment. - Read more...
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photosKetchikan: Yonker Named KGH Employee of the Month - Mike Yonker, a 6 year employee of Ketchikan General Hospital, has been named Employee of the Month for November by a committee of his co-workers. Yonker is a member of the Maintenance Department, with a wide variety of skills required to keep a diverse plant such as a hospital and clinics operational. Yonker has life-long training as a carpenter, having grown up working with his parents in their painting and decorating business. He has completed many remodeling projects for KGH, as new technology continuously requires changes in room configurations. - Read more...
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Alaska: Forest Service issues decision for Woodpecker Project Area - The Forest Service recently approved the harvest of timber in the Woodpecker Project Area within the Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska. The area is located on the Petersburg Ranger District, Mitkof Island, about 27 miles south of Petersburg, Alaska.

Tongass National Forest Supervisor Forrest Cole has approved the harvest of approximately 10.9 million board feet of timber and the construction of approximately 4.8 miles of classified road and approximately 1.3 miles of temporary road to facilitate the harvest. An earlier decision in December 2002, on the same project area, approved approximately 5.4 million board feet of timber harvest along the existing road system. Options at that time were limited due to a since-lifted federal district court injunction. - Read more...
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Alaska: $3.5 million grant will help DHSS treat persons with co-occurring substance abuse and mental disorders - The Alaska Department of Health & Social Services was awarded on Monday a grant of nearly $3.5 million, which will be disbursed over five years, for co-occurring substance abuse and mental health problems. Health and Human Services SAMHSA Administrator Charles Curie presented the award to Governor Frank H. Murkowski today at the governor's office in Juneau. - Read more...
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Dick Morris: The Clark Collapse - Old soldiers who run for president, to paraphrase MacArthur, never die, they just fade away. Wesley Clark has just faded.

The latest Marist Poll taken at the end of October shows the former general fading from a tie for first place to fifth in the Democratic primary field, dropping to 8 percent of the Democratic vote nationwide, well behind Howard Dean who led at 16 percent of the likely Democratic primary voters.

Other recent polls confirm the same trend. The ABC/Washington Post poll last week shows Clark fading to fourth place and the Fox News/Opinion Dynamics poll records a drop in his favorable/unfavorable ratio from 24-11 at the end of September to 25-19 at the end of October.- Read more...
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