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December 04, 2003


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'Dawn's Early Light'
The USCG Cutter Naushon Wednesday morning at 7:45 am.
Front Page Photo by Carl Thompson

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Ketchikan: Judge orders tracking device added to boat that fished illegally - Two Ketchikan fishermen who pleaded no contest to charges of illegal commercial fishing will be required to install a global positioning system on their boat so authorities can keep track of their activities. - Read this story...
Fairbanks Daily News Miner - link posted Thursday - December 04, 2003 - 11:00 pm

Alaska: Alaska Most Active Seasonal Market for Cruise Travel; Seattle Shows Dramatic Growth - Alaska was by far the most active seasonal destination market for passenger cruise travel, the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) reported last week. Alaska accounted for the largest number of cruises among the fifteen destination categories reported by MARAD, and more than one of every five North American cruise passengers during the third quarter. MARAD collects data on North American cruise passenger travel. - Read more...
Thursday - December 04, 2003 - 12:50 am

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...
Juneau Empire - link posted Thursday - December 04, 2003 - 12:50 am

Alaska: Juneau Woman Awarded Gold Medal by Commerce Department; Julia Ruthford awarded Gold Medal for rescuing three young men - The U.S. Department of Commerce has awarded its Gold Medal to Julia Ruthford of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Juneau National Weather Service (NWS) Weather Forecast Office. She earned the prestigious award for rescuing three young men Dec. 27, 2002, in Puget Sound, Wash., after strong winds capsized their catamaran and spilled them into the chilly, rough waters of Henderson Bay.

Ruthford, who serves as a meteorologist in the Juneau Weather Forecast Office, will be presented the award by Commerce Secretary Donald L. Evans on Dec. 5, 2003, in Washington, D.C. It is the Department of Commerce's most distinguished annual employee award.

The rescued men - ages 19, 19, and 20 - were wearing only t-shirts and shorts at the time of the accident. They were later taken to a local hospital and treated for hypothermia. A Pierce County, Wash., Sheriff spokesman told the Tacoma News Tribune, "They were lucky they had life jackets on or else they wouldn't be alive." - Read more...
Thursday - December 04, 2003 - 12:50 am

'Holiday Lights of Ketchikan'
photos by Carl Thompson

Photo Gallery: The festive holiday lights in Ketchikan are again appearing throughout the community. These creative public displays provided by citizens for the enjoyment of all are cheerfully lighting up the nights.

Alaska: Holiday welcome at the Governor's House; More than 2,100 turn out for the governor's annual open house - Gov. Frank Murk-owski, first lady Nancy Murkowski and 2,192 of their closest friends gathered Wednesday night at the governor's home for the annual open house to ring in the holiday season. - Read this story...
Juneau Empire - link posted Thursday - December 04, 2003 - 12:50 am

Alaska: Governor Appoints Stepovich to Fill Vacant District 10 House Seat - Governor Frank H. Murkowski has appointed Nick Stepovich to the State House seat for District 10, vacated in October when Representative Jim Whitaker was elected Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor.

"As a lifelong Fairbanksan, Nick Stepovich has the confidence of the people of District 10 to do an excellent job representing them in Juneau," Murkowski said. "As a business owner, he has contended with the day-to-day challenges of operating profitable businesses and making payroll everyday. Nick will bring a good Interior perspective to the Capitol, he's a leader, and we're happy to have him on board."- Read more...
Thursday - December 04, 2003 - 12:50 am

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Mike Reagan Column

A Tale of Two Visits - To listen to the more demented segments of the media and the Democrats, President Bush's Thanksgiving day visit to the troops in Baghdad was a cynical "stunt." But Hillary Clinton's visit to the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, however, was an act of the "compassion" for which the woman the American Spectator's Bob Tyrrell used to call "Bruno," is so famous. - Read more...
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