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November 06, 2004

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jpg Dave KifferDave Kiffer: "Spring Ahead, Fall Down" - In all the hoopla over the Nov. 2 elections, I almost forgot to "Spring Ahead, Fall Back."

It really wasn't my fault. Beginning Friday afternoon, I was subjected to 39 hours of consecutive telephone solicitations from groups for and against either ballot propositions or political candidates....- More...
Saturday - November 06, 2004


letter RE: Roundlog Export by Chris Wilhelm - Sunday
letter Loring: Once a Serious Rival to Ketchikan by Roger Wall - Sunday
letterCapping Medical Malpractice Awards by Jane Marshall - Sunday
letter RE: Roundlog export from Gravina by Eric Nichols - Saturday
letter To the parents who supported the Jackson Street Halloween Faire by Jan Sande and Stephanie Rainwater-Sande - Saturday
letter Roundlog export from Gravina by Mike Sallee - Saturday
letter Questions about wolves... by Dave Person - Saturday
letter Re: Wolf Hunting by Mike Dunning - Saturday
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Alaska: Governor Proposes $208 Million Increase in K-12 Education Funding - Governor Frank H. Murkowski will ask the Legislature for a $208 million increase in K-12 education funding over the next two years, he announced Friday to the Association of Alaska School Boards at their annual meeting in Anchorage.

The governor's proposal would fund education for the next two years and include increases to help absorb the rising costs of retirement systems, as well as other day-to-day increases such as insurance and fuel. Murkowski will ask the Legislature for early funding of the proposal.

"Our schools and our students deserve a predictable level of state funding so that good teachers are rewarded with a 'thank you' at the end of the year instead of a pink slip," said the governor. "Early, stable funding will let our school districts focus on teaching rather than on money."

School districts have seen dramatic increases in retirement system costs, personnel costs due to new labor contracts, fuel expenses, insurance expenses, and other day-to-day costs. Many districts have been forced to reduce staff, trim programs, and increase class size to compensate for the budget increases. - More...
Saturday - November 06, 2004

Alaska: Democratic Senators Organize for the 24th Legislature - The Alaska Senate Democratic caucus held its formal organization meeting in Anchorage on November 3 in preparation for the 24th Legislature, which convenes in Juneau on January 10, 2005. The number of lawmakers in the caucus held steady at eight, with members returning to the Senate from each corner of the state. Leadership positions were reaffirmed. - More...
Saturday - November 06, 2004

Alaska: Alaska's Mineral Industry Value Stays Above $1 Billion Mark for 8th Straight Year - Alaska's mineral industry showed some ups and downs during calendar year 2003. Although the cumulative value of Alaska's mining industry for the year remained above the $1 billion mark for the eighth consecutive year, it fell about $6 million from the $1.073 billion reported in 2002. - More...
Saturday - November 06, 2004

Alaska: Governor's Emergency Medical Service Awards Announced - The Governor's Annual Awards for Emergency Medical Services (EMS), sponsored by the Alaska Council on Emergency Medical Services, were announced at the opening session of the annual State EMS Symposium on Friday, November 5, and will be presented the evening of November 6 at the 27th Annual Alaska EMS Awards Banquet at the Egan Convention Center in Anchorage. - More...
Saturday - November 06, 2004

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Health: New brain cells develop during alcohol abstinence by Leslie H. Lang - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill scientists have reported - for the first time - a burst in new brain cell development during abstinence from chronic alcohol consumption.

The UNC findings, from research at UNC's Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies, were based on an animal model of chronic alcohol dependence, in which adult rats were given alcohol over four days in amounts that produced alcohol dependency. The study is in the Nov. 3 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience. - More...
Saturday - November 06, 2004

Health: Feeling Sluggish and Gloomy? - As winter approaches, some will begin to feel sluggish and gloomy. Winter depression accounts for about 10% of cases of major depression. The November issue of the Harvard Mental Health Letter examines this condition, referred to as seasonal affective disorder, and explores whether a little bright light can alter this dark mood. - More...
Saturday - November 06, 2004

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photosThe State Capitol and Its Marble and keeping the capital in Juneau - A recent news item in the Anchorage daily paper mentioned that a group of Juneau boosters, chaired by Mayor Bruce Botelho, hope to build a new Alaska Capitol building to be leased to the state at completion. They call themselves the Capitol Planning Commission and expect to announce a nationwide design competition in November. A new Capitol building would replace Juneau's present six-story Art Deco treasure. The old six-story building, its imposing façade featuring four gracious marble columns quarried in Southeastern Alaska, is a stately structure matching the grandeur of the setting that is home to picturesque downtown Juneau. - Read the rest of this story by June Allen...
Wednesday - October 20, 2004

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arrow John Koel, Baker to Banker; An eccentric philanthropist

arrow Harold Gillam: A Tragic Final Flight; Ketchikan remembers the search

arrow Ketchikan's 'Fish House Tessie'; She was proud of the nickname

arrow Fairbanks: Golden Heart City; A story of its founding

arrow Remembering 'Swede' Risland (1915-1991);The town's most memorable logger

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