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November 29, 2004

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jpg Howard DeanHoward Dean: $2 Million for a Presidential Yacht? - Immediately after Election Day, President Bush promised that he would use his political capital to bring unity back to America. Less than month later, he is about to sign a spending bill which voids all those nice words and promises. It is not what the President says that matters, it is what he does that counts. - More...
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jpg Jason LoveJason Love: Baseball Buddy - My wife Yahaira is learning baseball. She didn't take to football or hockey, but for some reason she likes baseball. Maybe it's because there are no cheerleaders -- or, now that we're here, maybe it's because a bunch of burly men are standing around grabbing their crotches... More
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Dear Crabby: Pregnant and Sorry - I'm a 15 year old girl in Ketchikan. I have just found out that I'm pregnant. The problem is that the guy who got me pregnant has a girlfriend. I don't know how to tell him that I'm pregnant. - More...
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Alaska: State Flags Lowered for Harvey Samuelson - Alaska Governor Frank H. Murkowski Saturday ordered state flags lowered to half-staff in honor of Alaska native leader Harvey Samuelson. Samuelson, 78, died Thursday after a short illness.

"I count myself lucky that I could call Harvey Samuelson my friend," said the governor. "Harvey was an exceptional man, a passionate advocate for the people of the Bristol Bay region, and a strong voice in many of the issues that shaped Alaska in the past several decades." - More...
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Ketchikan: Greater Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce Accepting Nominations For Annual Awards - The Greater Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce is currently accepting nominations for Citizen of the Year, Business of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Outstanding Youth Leader, and others.

To nominate someone who has greatly contributed to the economic or social wellbeing of Ketchikan, simply mail, fax, or e-mail a letter of nomination to the Chamber office stating the name and phone number of the nominee and detailing the reason for the nomination. - More...
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Holiday: While the family is gathered this holiday, why not plan to record a "video family history?" by Rob Huberman - The holiday season is quickly approaching-times when families traditionally gather together to celebrate Christmas and the New Year. With several generations often present, this can also be a perfect time to plan to ask the older individuals to tell about their lives, about growing up, and to record a "video family history."

What is a video family history? It's like a family "storybook" narrated by members of your family-parents and grandparents, brothers and sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins or even yourself. It's a way to document your family's heritage and experiences, featuring relatives who knew your ancestors and can recall the significant places and events that shaped their lives.

And it's all produced with your camcorder.

Such a difference today's video technology offers in documenting the sights and sounds of our lives-especially when compared to those old home movies-with no sound except for the hum of the projector.

Not so with today's camcorders, which produce superior images under average light conditions and even record sound in stereo. Almost everybody owns one or at least has access to one. - More...
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Old and new leaves
A 15-million-year-old fossil California Black Oak leaf, on loan from the Paleontological Museum Berkeley to the Field Museum, surrounded by modern California Black Oak leaves.
Photo by John Weinstein,
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Science: Holy Grail of geology found: Measuring elevation over geological eras; New method to measure ancient land elevation developed - A Field Museum scientist has developed a novel way to determine land elevation as continents moved around the Earth through geological ages. Knowing how high mountains and plateaus were in the past will help scientists to study how our climate system evolved. "Understanding the past elevation of land surfaces, also known as paleoelevation, has been one of geology's Holy Grails," said Jennifer McElwain, PhD, Associate Curator of Paleobotany at Chicago's Field Museum and sole author of the research to be published in Geology's December issue. "This is the first paleobotanical method that works globally and is independent of long-term climate change.

"The new method will help us to understand the rate at which some of the Earth's most important mountains have uplifted," she added. "It will also show how the process of mountain building influenced climatic patterns as well as plant and animal evolution." - More...
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photosKetchikan, Alaska - Let There Be Light! -- Citizens Light & Power and then KPU - At the Incorporation of the City of Ketchikan back in the summer of 1900, the little town on Tongass Narrows was powered largely by optimism and resolve. The Alaska Gold Rush of '98 had focused the eyes of the world on the nation's Last Frontier. The courageous and confident were among those who "rushed" north to participate not just in the search for gold but in the founding of a great new American territory. Ketchikan's pioneer founders moved quickly to develop such modern amenities as electric lights and indoor plumbing. - Read the rest of this story by June Allen....
Tuesday - November 16, 2004

arrow The State Capitol and Its Marble and keeping the capital in Juneau

arrow A Legendary Mountain of Jade; Just one of Alaska's Arctic Wonders

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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