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November 08, 2005

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Ketchikan: Forest Service Issues Emerald Bay Decision - Tongass National Forest Supervisor Forrest Cole recently signed the Emerald Bay Record of Decision, approving the harvest of approximately 16 million board feet of timber from 600 acres on the Cleveland Peninsula to provide nearly 90 jobs in Southeast Alaska. The proposed project area is located approximately 40 air miles north of Ketchikan within the Ketchikan-Misty Fiords Ranger District.

The Emerald Bay project includes the construction of approximately 6 miles of new low-impact road within the Cleveland Inventoried Roadless Area. About 2 miles of the road construction would occur in a medium old-growth reserve along with the construction of a new log transfer facility. After harvest, the entire road and transfer facility would be put in storage and allowed to re-vegetate. The project would affect less than 2 percent of the Cleveland Inventoried Roadless Area's 191,477 acres. - More...
Tuesday - November 08, 2005

Alaska: Linking Arctic drilling to budget may backfire By LIZ RUSKIN - Proposals to allow drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge have sailed through the House in recent years, only to die in the Senate. Ironically, now that the Senate has finally passed a drilling bill, it looks like it's in trouble in the House.

"Sure, I'm worried about the House," Alaska Gov. Frank Murkowski, a Republican, acknowledged. He pushed ANWR drilling for 22 years as a senator. "I think we all had certain assumptions that the House wasn't going to be a problem," he said. - More...
Tuesday - November 08, 2005

Alaska: Alaska Recovers Millions in Settlement of WorldCom Bond Litigation - Alaska Attorney General David Márquez announced Friday that the state will receive $14.2 million as a result of a settlement reached in the WorldCom bond litigation, as compensation for losses the state incurred on purchases of WorldCom bonds and stocks from 1998-2001.

In 2002, WorldCom filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy. At the time the company was the nation's second largest long-distance provider and operated the world's largest Internet network. With the assistance of outside counsel, the Department of Law commenced this litigation in April 2003 against the underwriters and investment bankers involved in the issuance of WorldCom bonds purchased by some of the state's investment funds. - More...
Tuesday - November 08, 2005

National: Bill would divide 9th Circuit court By MICHAEL DOYLE - Western conservatives this week could come a crucial step closer to splitting up the nation's most talked-about bunch of appellate judges.

Carving up the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals excites lawmakers who consider the San Francisco-based court too liberal and too big. Though the odds are still against them, the conservatives may now have their best shot in years, by including the court-cleaving measure in a budget bill set for House approval as early as Thursday.

"If other states don't want to be affiliated with radical judges in California, I don't blame them," California Republican Rep. Devin Nunes said Monday. "California has put itself way to the left." - More...
Tuesday - November 08, 2005

National: Privacy advocates fight proposed medical-records network By LANCE GAY - Privacy advocates are battling moves in Congress to create an electronic network so physicians can obtain the medical histories of patients no matter where they are in the country.

The Department of Health and Human Services says that almost $87 billion could be saved each year if physicians were able to retrieve medical records easily. Proponents of such networks say that giving doctors the ability to retrieve standardized records electronically would avoid duplicative medical tests, reduce errors in prescribing medicine and give physicians a complete history of patients who fall sick while on vacation or on business trips. - More...
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letter Fuel Prices By John Fraley - Tuesday pm
letter Weigh Gas Line Deal on its Merits by Ralph Samuels - Tuesday pm
letter Jackson Street Closure By Diana Amundson - Tuesday pm
letter Sense of humor? By Bob Ciminel - Tuesday pm
letter Ease the burden By Connie Williams - Tuesday pm
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letterSerious questions raised By Sen. Hollis French - Monday am
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letter Support Wildlife... By David Anderson - Monday am
letter We Were All Kids Once; Halloween on Jackson/Monroe Street By Robert D. Warner - Monday am
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National: Unethical revenge by Rove would not surprise his poli-sci prof By MATT CANHAM and THOMAS BURR - When the dean of Utah political scientists, J.D. Williams, retired from the classroom, he received a note from his most famous student - Karl Rove.

In the 1992 letter to the die-hard Democrat, Rove wrote, "My career has been to fight for causes and candidates I'm certain you disapprove of, but I am equally confident that you approve of my being in the fight." Rove, who considers Williams to be one of his first political mentors, may have been a little overly confident.

Williams believes President Bush's top adviser and famed GOP mastermind failed to grasp one of the two key lessons he was taught at the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics.

One: Participate in politics. Two: Do so in a decent and honorable way. - More...
Tuesday - November 08, 2005

National: Earth ready for viewing of Red Planet By ALISON GLASS - Dan Overcash encourages people to go outdoors in the next few weeks, look at Mars in the night sky and dream about whether Martians exist.

The University of South Carolina astronomy instructor said Mars would be very visible in the night sky for about the coming month. - More...
Tuesday - November 08, 2005

Technology: American teens devour and feed Web's content By TIMOTHY MCNULTY - American teenagers are doing more than just passively surfing the Web: More than half are adding their own content to the Internet, through blogs and other interactive means, according to a new survey.

Teens share the content - which includes personal writings, artwork and photos - far more than their parents do. They also use the Net to download a lot more music than adults and are divided over whether they should pay for it. - More...
Tuesday - November 08, 2005

International: Blogs of war: troops' online journals multiply By ERIKA CHAVEZ - Immediate and intimate, revealing and raw: For firsthand, unflinching accounts of life in a war zone, look no further than milblogs.

Short for military blogs, milblogs are personal online journals being kept by hundreds, if not thousands of soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"Milblogs have proliferated in a massive way," said Christopher Michel, president of, the nation's largest military membership organization at 4 million strong. - More...
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