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December 12, 2003

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'Christmas Tree'
Ketchikan's newly decorated Christmas tree brightens up the night with its colorful lights. The tree, photographed Thursday night, was donated by the Cape Fox Corporation.
Front Page Photo by Carl Thompson

Alaska & Western US: Plate Boundary Observatory will map seismic processes across North America - To some, the $100 million, five-year effort to sprinkle seismic sensors in Alaska and throughout the western United States is known as the Plate Boundary

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Observatory (PBO).

But to geophysicist Paul Segall it is something more.

''This kind of thing happens once in a career,'' says Segall, a professor of geophysics at Stanford University who chairs the PBO advisory board that determined just how this sprinkling should occur. - Read more...
Friday - December 11, 2003 - 1:00 am

audioKetchikan: Listen to this story... The Federal government announced Thursday that it is looking to unload the Guard Island Lighthouse. As Deanna Garrison reports, the government is seeking a non-profit organization or governmental entity to take over the historic lighthouse.
KRBD - Ketchikan Public Radio - link posted Friday - December 11, 2003 - 1:00 am

audioKetchikan:Listen to this story... The Sealaska Heritage Institute is opening a Haida language office in Ketchikan soon. As Deanna Garrison reports, the Institute is also developing a Haida language immersion program for the Hydaburg School District.
KRBD - Ketchikan Public Radio - link posted Friday - December 11, 2003 - 1:00 am

Lifestyles: Making Holidays Fire Safe - The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Fire Administration urge the nation's families to take steps to make their holidays "Fire Safe" this year. Satatistics show that the incidence of house fires increases during the winter holiday season - fueled in part by holiday decorations, candles, and Christams trees. - Read more...
Friday - December 11, 2003 - 1:00 am

National: NOAA Fisheries Seeing Public Comment On Essential Fish Habitat Guidelines - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) has opened a public comment period through an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) addressing potential revisions to the essential fish habitat (EFH) guidelines. Those who wish to comment on the potential revisions have until January 26, 2004 to do so. NOAA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce. - Read more...
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Donald Charles is the rowboat skipper...
Photo by Chris Wilhelm

Alaska Science: An Ancestor of the Denali Fault Earthquake by Ned Rozell - A huge earthquake similar to the November 2002 Denali fault earthquake probably ripped along the same path in the last 650 years, said a scientist who searches for signs of ancient earthquakes. David Schwartz of the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park, California announced results from summer 2003 fieldwork on the Denali fault in Alaska at the annual American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco. More than 9,000 scientists who study Earth and space attended the meeting, held Dec. 8-12, 2003.

Schwartz was part of a USGS team that spent 11 days last summer exploring different segments of the 215-mile scar left behind by Earth's largest earthquake in the year 2002. The researchers were looking for better detail of the earthquake's "fault trace," the torn pathway left behind on the ground surface after a large earthquake. The Denali fault earthquake left a dramatic path of cracks through glaciers, and the warmth of summer exposed many jagged lines torn through tundra and forest. - Read more...
Friday - December 11, 2003 - 1:00 am

Ketchikan's Holiday Lights

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Ketchikan's Holiday Lights: A Photo Feature 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.

Mike Reagan Column

Free Speech is Now Unconstitutional - If my father didn't have Alzheimer's disease and was aware of what's happening in Washington, he'd be cursing himself for having appointed Sandra Day O'Connor to the United States Supreme Court.

In the Court's latest outrageous ruling, it was O'Connor's swing vote that created a 5-to-4 majority that decided that free speech as protected under the First Amendment isn't all that important after all.

In that ruling Wednesday O'Connor and her colleagues just went ahead and simply emasculated the First Amendment, deciding Congress in its wisdom is free to pass laws abridging freedom of speech, as long as its motives are as pure as the driven snow. - Read more...
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