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December 10, 2003


Front Page Photo by Les Cronk...

Katie Chappell (standing) and Katie Cronk while performing in the dance "Arabian" during Ketchikan Theater Ballet's 2003 "Nutcracker".
Photo by Les Cronk ©2003

An Annual Tradition

Eighty-two Ketchikan Theatre Ballet Students Featured

photosKetchikan: Those attending the "Nutcracker" were the recipients of a magnificent and enchanting performance. "Nutcracker", an annual tradition, featured eighty-two Ketchikan Theatre Ballet students ages 8 to 18 and nineteen "guys" - everyone one from "Fritz" to "Drosselmeyer". Over 100 volunteers helped out before the performances and backstage. "Nutcracker" was performed Friday and Saturday evening at Ketchikan High School Auditorium.

Bryan Williams was this year's "Prince". Williams currently lives in Chicago where he dances with Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Company. He is the Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Company's youngest member ever at the age of 19. The Ketchikan Theatre Ballet hired the "Prince" because KTB did not currently have any male dancers of the right age to perform the part.

The Ketchikan Theatre Ballet, started by Virginia Klepser, has been in business for over 40 years and is the oldest dance studio in the state of Alaska. In the late 1960's Klepser sold the dance studio to a board of directors and it became a non-profit organization known as the Ketchikan Theatre Ballet. - Read more and view the photo gallery...
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Alaska: Commissioner says no cuts for elderly; Governor plans to keep paying $120/month to low-income seniors, according to Gilbertson - State Health and Social Services Commissioner Joel Gilbertson reassured Ketchikan residents that the Murkowski administration is not planning budget cuts for the elderly. - Read this story...
Juneau Empire - link posted Wednesday - December 10, 2003

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Alaska: Governor Meets With Independent Oil & Gas Producers; Asks What the State Can Do to Make Alaska More Attractive - Alaska Governor Frank Murkowski Tuesday afternoon met with a group representing more than a dozen independent oil and gas producers interested in exploration in Alaska. His main purpose in convening the meeting was to identify issues to work on to make Alaska more attractive for investment by independents.

"We are looking to find out what we can do better to make Alaska's oil and gas province more attractive for investment of your exploration dollars," Murkowski said. "During the last session of the legislature, we embarked on a process to help make Alaska more competitive, through enhanced exploration incentives, and streamlining and reform of the permitting process, for example. We are willing to do more. This is not business as usual anymore." - Read more...
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National: 10 Reasons Why Many Seniors Won't Like Medicare Reforms - Once they take a closer look, senior citizens probably will find changes to Medicare signed into law on Dec. 8 are no panacea, says a Saint Louis University professor who has studied healthcare reform for about a dozen years.

"If the elderly voters focus on the deficiencies in the bill, they won't consider it to be much of a step forward," says Timothy McBride, Ph.D., professor of health management and policy at Saint Louis University School of Public Health. - Read more...
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Ketchikan's Holiday Lights
photos by Carl Thompson

Festive holiday lights are appearing daily throughout the Ketchikan community. These colorful gifts of lights are provided by families for the enjoyment of all. Carl Thompson is traveling the community to capture these colorful light displays to share with the Sitnews readers.

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Dick Morris Column

Why Gore's Backing Dean - It's payback time for Al Gore.

Dissatisfied at how thoroughly forgotten he is among active Democrats and resentful of all the attention Sen. Hillary Clinton, his White House rival, is getting, Al has reportedly decided to flank the Clintons by backing Howard Dean for president.

Forget the November election. The fight we are witnessing is a battle for control of the Democratic Party.

In one corner stand the Clintons, sending contender after contender out to center ring in an effort to stop Dean from taking over their party. First Joe Lieberman came limping back. Then Wesley Clark ran away from the early primaries and forfeited the match. And now John Kerry is so far behind in New Hampshire that he is down for the count.

In the other corner is Dean, backed by Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and now Gore, battling to take the party away from Hillary and craft a new Democratic left. Rejecting Clintonian, Democratic Leadership Council-style moderation, Dean and Gore are letting their liberalism hang out as they garner popularity on the left. - Read more...
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