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December 03, 2003


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'Golden Morning Light'
Mill Street - Ketchikan, Alaska
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Ketchikan: Ketchikan mourns loss of Tlingit elder - A Tlingit elder is being remembered for her contributions in teaching her language and culture. - Read this story...
Fairbanks Daily News Miner - link posted Wednesday - December 03, 2003 - 7:50 pm

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Alaska: Governor Marks First Year in Office - Alaska Governor Frank Murkowski and First Lady Nancy Murkowski celebrated the Governor's first year in office with a half-hour "look-back" television show, broadcast Tuesday evening on public television. - Read more...
Wednesday - December 03, 2003 - 1:00 am

Alaska: Salmonella Outbreak Prompts Alfalfa Sprouts Recall - The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation is alerting consumers to a recall of alfalfa sprouts produced and sold under the brand name "Harmony Farms of Auburn, Washington." The sprouts have been linked to at least six cases of salmonellosis in Oregon. - Read more...
Wednesday - December 03, 2003 - 1:00 am

Alaska: EED Selects Yukon/Koyukuk School District To Operate Alyeska School - The Alaska Department of Education & Early Development has selected Yukon/Koyukuk School District to assume the operations of Alyeska Central School, the State of Alaska's centralized correspondence school, beginning July 1, 2004. The school has operated under Alaska state government since 1939. - Read this story...
Wednesday - December 03, 2003 - 1:00 am

Alaska: Governor Says Leave the Cows Alone - Alaska Governor Frank Murkowski on Tuesday directed the Alaska Department of Law to look into the state's options to help the cattle of Chirikof Island. The federal permit issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove the cattle expired on September 30, 2003, and has been renewed repeatedly without a public hearing process or announcement. Murkowski made the statement Tuesday before leaving for Fairbanks to attend former Alaska first lady Matilda Stepovich's memorial service. - Read more...
Wednesday - December 03, 2003 - 1:00 am

Alaska: ConocoPhillips, BP To Contribute $3.4 Million to UA Foundation - ConocoPhillips Alaska, Inc., and BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc., will present the University of Alaska Foundation with checks totaling more than $3.4 million, the fourth annual contribution under the terms of the companies' charter agreement with the State of Alaska. - Read more...
Wednesday - December 03, 2003 - 1:00 am

Alaska: Waiver rules for exit exams adopted; Exemptions: Others denied high school diploma can appeal to state board - The State Board of Education on Tuesday adopted rules that will allow some students who fail the High School Graduation Qualifying Exam to still get a diploma. - Read this story...
Anchorage Daily News - link posted Wednesday - December 03, 2003 - 1:00 am

Alaska: 411th Engineer Battalion called up - After spending a week on alert, roughly 100 Alaska-based Army Reserve soldiers received the official word Friday to prepare for what could become a yearlong activation and deployment to Iraq. - Read this story...
Fairbanks Daily News Miner - link posted Wednesday - December 03, 2003 - 1:00 am

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Sequoia: General Grant Tree,
Nation's Living Christmas Tree

Courtesy National Park Service

Holiday: The Spirit of the Season Seen in the General Grant Sequoia, the Nation's Living Christmas Tree - There is science and there is spirit. Sometimes the two twine at apt times. So it is that, in the spirit of an ancient, but ageless Santa Claus, the General Grant Tree-- officially designated in 1926 as the Nation's Christmas tree by President Calvin Coolidge -- just keeps getting younger.

At one time, biologists estimated that the General Grant Tree, a giant sequoia in Kings Canyon National Park in California, was as old as 3,500 years, but recent U.S. Geological Survey research shows that the tree is a youthful 1,650 years old, plus or minus a few centuries.

But to the visitors and residents who trek to the tree, the tree is ancient and full of spirit - after all, what's a thousand years or so when you can live to three thousand years? It was the symbolism of the tree - its spirit if you will - that counted. Every year, on the second Sunday in December, the annual "Trek to the Tree" takes place. At the tree, as part of a living memorial ceremony, National Park Service rangers place a giant wreath to commemorate those lost in service to their country. - Read more...
Wednesday - December 03, 2003 - 1:00 am

Holiday: Christmas Trees - When President Bush lights the National Christmas Tree in early December, he continues a long-standing tradition that began with a gift from American Forests in 1924. That gift, accepted by President and Mrs. Coolidge, was a 40-year-old, 35-foot Norway spruce, and it became the first living symbol of Christmas for the entire nation-the National Community Christmas Tree. Today, officials predict 30 million to 35 million families will bring home a cut Christmas tree this year. In addition, Christmas trees also provide benefits from the time they are planted until after the holiday season when they can be recycled. - Read more...
Wednesday - December 03, 2003 - 1:00 am

Dick Morris Column

Hillary's Badwill Tour - Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton has just returned from a badwill tour of Iraq, seeking to use the façade of saluting the troops and sharing their Thanksgiving to undermine the political support for their mission. - Read more...
Wednesday - December 03, 2003 - 1:00 am




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