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SitNews - Stories in the News - Ketchikan, Alaska

November 04, 2005

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'Winter's On The Way'
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Ketchikan: Forest Service Issues Citations for 'Spotlighting' POW Deer - Forest Service law enforcement officers issued citations to several people recently for "spotlighting" deer on Prince of Wales Island.

The Forest Service issued 16 citations between Oct. 28 and Oct.30 to six people for three separate incidents of illegal spotlighting. Attempting to take game with the aid of an artificial light, also known as "spotlighting" or "jack lighting," is illegal under both state and federal statutes. - More...
Friday - November 04, 2005

Police Sergeants...

Top Row: Sergeant John Alguire and
Sergeant Joe White.
Bottom Row: Sergeant Josh Dossett and
Sergeant Howard Townsend.
Photographs courtesy Ketchikan City Police
Ketchikan: Police Sergeants Attend Premier Supervisory Training Courses - Four sergeants of the Ketchikan Police Department flew to Dallas, Texas, on October 2nd to participate in an extensive four week course in the School of Police Supervision at the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration.

The Institute in Plano, Texas, offers the course which is one of the premier supervisory law enforcement training courses in the United States. Topics included Change and Organization, Legal Aspects of Supervision, Motivation, Legal Liability, Police Community Relations and Creating a Strong Ethical Environment. Extensive testing and a research paper were required in the course. - More...
Friday - November 04, 2005

National: Bush's immigration reform plan drawing more fire By BILL STRAUB - President Bush is trying to return to the good graces of conservatives after the forced withdrawal of Supreme Court candidate Harriet Miers, but a dispute over immigration policy could render that task more difficult than scaling a border fence.

Foes of Bush's immigration reform plan - which would create a temporary worker program to permit some of the 9 million unregistered aliens to remain in this country - say it would not only rob Americans of jobs, but also jeopardize the nation's security. - More...
Friday - November 04, 2005

National: 'Gang of 14' says it's still united By M.E. SPRENGELMEYER - The "Gang of 14" senators scoffed Thursday at reports that their fragile coalition is breaking apart over the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court.

The seven Democrats and seven Republicans hold the key votes to determine whether the nomination devolves into a contentious fight over judicial filibusters.

They signed an agreement earlier this year pledging to block Democrats' use of filibuster delaying tactics on judges except in "extraordinary circumstances." If the 14 senators stay united, they also could prevent Republicans from retaliating with a so-called "nuclear option" by eliminating judicial filibusters altogether. - More...
Friday - November 04, 2005

National: Drug plans are being assigned By VICTORIA COLLIVER - With the starting date for the federal government's new Medicare prescription drug plan approaching, the program has begun randomly enrolling beneficiaries who are also on Medicaid into approved drug plans.

Medicare this week began sending beneficiaries letters telling them which plans they have been assigned to effective Jan. 1. The action affects about 5.5 million people who are eligible for both Medicare and for Medicaid, the federal health care program for low-income individuals. - More...
Friday - November 04, 2005

Tax Talk: Tax plan would create winers, losers By MARY DEIBEL - George W. Bush's handpicked advisory panel has offered options for overhauling the tax code that the White House hopes will help cement Bush's legacy as a president who delivered on his low-tax pledge.

The Advisory Panel on Tax Reform's final report, delivered Tuesday, only kicks off a debate that raises more questions than it answers, starting with Treasury Secretary John Snow's silence on which, if any, ideas he might recommend to the president.

For taxpayers, however, the panel report poses one question only: Do I win or lose under the panel's options and what the president eventually proposes? - More...
Friday - November 04, 2005



letter A road and bridge needed, but not to Gravina By David Rettke - Friday am
letter Access is the problem By Valerie Brooks - Friday am
letter TRICK-OR-TREAT By Marie Monyak - Friday am
letter Leaders in the managment of fisheries By David Rettke - Friday am
letter Consider yourself lucky By Alisa Gubatayao - Friday am
letter Questions for Cheney By Rick Fiori - Friday am
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letter Eat Wild Salmon By Chasina Worman - Thursday am
letter Mr. Incredible By Chris Elliott - Thursday am
letter Lucky To Live In Ketchikan By Dawna Vigil - Thursday am
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International: Chevron, Shell questioned about clashes in Nigeria By DAVID R. BAKER - Amnesty International, an influential human rights group, is calling on oil giants Chevron and Shell to examine their possible connections to deadly violence in Nigeria.

In a new report, Amnesty asks San Ramon's Chevron to investigate an incident at the company's Escravos oil terminal in February that left at least one protester dead, according to news reports.

On Feb. 4, Nigerian soldiers reportedly fired on protesters at Escravos, some of whom were carrying signs asking for jobs. The protesters had cut through the security fence guarding the compound and smashed windows and helicopter windscreens. One protester reportedly died of a gunshot wound. - More...
Friday - November 04, 2005

National: Bald eagles can go it alone, lawsuit says By LESLI A. MAXWELL - A conservative legal foundation is questioning whether one of America's most beloved national symbols - the bald eagle - still deserves the special protection that some environmentalists, scientists and government regulators credit for reviving the treasured bird.

In a lawsuit filed this week in Minnesota federal court, the Pacific Legal Foundation is seeking to force the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to make a final decision on whether to remove the bird from the endangered species list. - More...
Friday - November 04, 2005

National: Bawdy T-shirts set off 'girlcott' by teens By MONICA HAYNES - Perhaps the T-shirt could read: "Who needs demeaning apparel when you have the brains to turn a local protest into a national cause celebre?"

That's just a suggestion to a group of girls who have created a news media maelstrom with their campaign against Abercrombie & Fitch's "attitude T-shirts," which the girls say are demeaning to young women. - More...
Friday - November 04, 2005

National: Enriched uranium removed from vulnerable site By JAMES W. BROSNAN - The government said Thursday all weapons-grade plutonium and highly enriched uranium is now out of an area of Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico that was vulnerable to terrorist attacks.

The National Nuclear Security Administration announced that the last of the special nuclear material that could be used for nuclear bombs has been removed from the lab's Technical Area 18 five years after the move was ordered by then-Energy Secretary Bill Richardson. - More...
Friday - November 04, 2005

National: Mortician at Army base charged with demanding kickbacks By MICHAEL GILBERT - A longtime mortician at Fort Lewis is charged with demanding kickbacks from a local funeral-home director under contract to perform embalming, cremation and other services with the remains of soldiers.

Rolf G. Evans, 60, took payments from the unidentified funeral operator for as long as five years before investigators uncovered the scheme in September, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. - More...
Friday - November 04, 2005

National: Denver's pot vote prompts worldwide attention By ALAN GATHRIGHT - The city's voters may have legalized adult marijuana possession this week, but the political fuming, fighting and "Mile High" fun-poking is just firing up.

Passage of Initiative 100 by 53 percent of voters ostensibly changed city law to legalize private adult possession of 1 ounce or less of pot. - More...
Friday - November 04, 2005

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