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November 21, 2003

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'Ketchikan's Night Lights'
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photosKetchikan: Front Page Photo - Ketchikan's Night Lights - The Matanuska at the Ketchikan shipyard Thursday night.... - More...
Friday - November 21, 2003

Ketchikan: Murkowski: State can't afford $20 million intertie project - Gov. Frank Murkowski told a group working to establish a Southeast Alaska electrical intertie not to count on state funding.- Read more...
Fairbanks Daily News Miner - link posted Friday - November 21, 2003 - 8:30 pm

National: Agreement on Historic Anti-SPAM Bill Announced - Following months of intensive negotiations, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Billy Tauzin (R-LA) today announced an agreement on historic legislation that will allow millions of Americans the ability to block unwanted and unsolicited commercial e-mail. - Read more...
Friday - November 21, 2003 - 2:50 pm

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Alaska: Taylor's new job created too fast? - CONSTITUTION: Job formed while he was serving in Legislature - Gov. Frank Murkowski might have violated the Alaska Constitution with his creation of a state transportation job for then-Wrangell state Sen. Robin Taylor. - Read more...
Anchorage Daily News - Friday - November 21, 2003

Ketchikan: Bert Stedman Sworn In As Alaska's Newest Senator - Thursday afternoon, Lieutenant Governor Loren Leman administered the oath of office to Bert Stedman in a ceremony at Centennial Hall in Sitka, Alaska. Stedman is now the Senator for District A, which encompasses the communities of Sitka, Wrangell, Petersburg, Ketchikan, as well as a handful of coastal villages in the Southeast archipelago. - Read more...
Friday - November 21, 2003 - 1:00 am

audioKetchikan: Listen to this story... One of the four partner organizations in the proposed Ketchikan Center For The Arts Project has pulled out. The KRBD Board of Directors on Tuesday voted to withdraw from the project. Deanna Garrison reports.
KRBD - Ketchikan Public Radio - link posted Friday - November 21, 2003 - 1:00 am

audioKetchikan: Listen to this story... Thorne Bay has hired a new City Administrator. Chris Velteema briefly worked for the Ketchikan Gateway Borough as the Public Works Director. Velteema was fired after less than a month. Jay Marble reports.
KRBD - Ketchikan Public Radio - link posted Friday - November 21, 2003 - 1:00 am

Alaska: Panel recommends privatizing parts of ferry system - Big changes in Alaska's ferry system, including turning over some duties to the private sector, may be in store if the state Department of Transportation follows an advisory board's recommendation to run it more like a business. - Read more...
Juneau Empire - Friday - November 21, 2003 - 1:00 am

Ketchikan: Senior Citizen & Disabled Veteran Property Tax Exemption Forms Mailed Today - Senior Citizen and Disabled Veteran property tax exemption application forms will be mailed today - November 21. Qualified applicants include senior citizens who turn 65 on or before January 1, 2004; widows or widowers age 60 - 64 of previously qualified applicants; and veterans with a documented, 50% or more, service related disability. - Read more...
Friday - November 21, 2003 - 1:00 am

Alaska: World War II Servicemen's Remains Buried At Arlington; Seven MIA Navy Aircrew Based On Attu Island, Alaska - The remains of seven American servicemen missing in action from World War II have been found in Russia, identified and returned to their families for burial with full military honors.  A group burial of the remains was held at Arlington National Cemetery on Thursday, November 20th. - Read more...
Friday - November 21, 2003 - 1:00 am

Alaska: Interior Dept. to Open Alaska North Slope; Interior Department to Open Almost 9 Million Acres in Alaska's North Slope to Drilling - The Bush administration intends to open 8.8 million acres of Alaska's North Slope to oil and gas development, including areas considered environmentally sensitive. - Read more...
ABC News - Friday - November 21, 2003 - 1:00 am

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A Compton tortoiseshell butterfly suns itself in the Bonanza Creek Experimental Forest near Fairbanks.
Photo by Ken Philip
Alaska: The Compton Tortoiseshell Flutters Northward - During the past 20 years, Ken Philip has driven 240,000 miles in his 1984 GMC pickup in search of the northern butterfly. From Hyder to Inuvik, he has chased down most of the 85 species that live up here, but the Compton tortoiseshell came to him.

The Compton tortoiseshell is a palm-sized butterfly that people had long reported seeing in Haines and southcentral Alaska but never north of the Alaska Range. In July 2002, Fairbanks entomologist Jim Kruse saw and collected a Compton tortoiseshell at the Bonanza Creek Experimental Forest southwest of Fairbanks. Intrigued, Philip "hotfooted down there" and captured a few with his wooden-handled net. He returned to Bonanza Creek again in 2003 and saw dozens of Compton tortoiseshells. - Read more...
Friday - November 21, 2003 - 1:00 am

Alaska: Bank mailings target seniors ; AARP holds statewide forums to educate senior citizens on reverse mortgages - When Mary Lou Knickerbocker, 83, of Juneau, lost her monthly $250 Longevity Bonus payments in August, she, like many older Alaskans, began looking for a way to supplement her income. - Read more...
Juneau Empire - Friday - November 21, 2003 - 1:00 am

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Alaska: Young unveils $375 billion transportation measure - Rep. Don Young released his proposal to spend $375 billion over the next six years on highways and mass transit projects, but the bill doesn't propose ways to pay for it. - Read more...
Fairbanks Daily News Miner - Friday - November 21, 2003 - 1:00 am

Alaska: Governor Speaks in Houston to Natural Gas Summit - Alaska Governor Frank Murkowski on Wednesday afternoon spoke to a summit of natural gas producers and transportation system operators in Houston about Alaska natural gas and efforts to get it to market. Alaska has known reserves of at least 32 trillion cubic feet of natural gas on the North Slope, with another 100 million tcf estimated. - Read more...
Friday - November 21, 2003 - 1:00 am

Alaska: DEC Preliminary findings point to boats as the primary cause of Kenai River pollution - Results from a Department of Environmental Conservation water quality study of the Kenai River show a direct correlation between boat traffic and elevated levels of petroleum hydrocarbons. - Read more...
Friday - November 21, 2003 - 1:00 am

Health: Fighting cigarette addiction with help from a surprising ally - It makes sense if you think about it for a minute: addiction to cigarettes is actually addiction to the drug nicotine, so your local pharmacist, who already knows about a lot of medications, might logically be able to give you some good advice on how to quit smoking. Smoking is a disease state that pharmacists can help manage, says Cindi Brennan, assistant director of Harborview Medical Center Ambulatory Pharmacy Services in Seattle. - Read more...
Friday - November 21, 2003 - 1:00 am

Northwest: 1700 Japan tsunami linked to massive North American quake - Guided by Japanese writings from an era of shoguns, an international team of scientists today reported new evidence that an earthquake of magnitude 9 struck the northwestern United States and southwestern Canada three centuries ago. The findings are likely to affect the region's precautions against future earthquakes and tsunamis. - Read more...
Friday - November 21, 2003 - 1:00 am

Men panning for gold - Nome, AK
[between ca. 1900 and 1927]
Library of Congress

June Allen Column

photosTHERE'S NO PLACE LIKE NOME; Visit someday if you possibly can - The story of Nome's first century rivals or exceeds in drama that of any Alaska community in tales of gold-mad highs and the tragic lows of storms, fire, flood and epidemic. With no road connections beyond the confines of the all-but-barren peninsula on which it sits, it suffers - or enjoys - the same isolation as so many Alaska towns. The countryside is beautiful in its own way, but particularly after the black-and-white sameness of winter changes to vivid colors of summer. - Read the rest of this story...
Thursday - November 06, 2003 - 12:50 am

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