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Alaska: Key Crime Legislation Package To Be Introduced - Getting an early start on the 2004 legislative session, four seasoned legislators have been working cooperatively over the last several weeks to draft key crime bills that will close loopholes in the criminal law and protect the rights of crime victims in Alaska. "Victims that should be at the center of our system of justice are too often left on the outside looking in. - Read more...
Friday - December 19, 2003 - 12:55 am

Alaska: Exxon Valdez oil spill impacts lasting far longer than expected, scientists say - Assuming that oil spills such as the one that devastated Alaska's Prince William Sound

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almost 15 years ago and other toxic insults to the environment have only short-term impacts on coastal marine ecosystems has been a big mistake, a new study shows. - Read more...
Friday - December 19, 2003 - 12:55 am

Alaska: State, Aleut Corp. Sign MOU on Oil & Gas Exploration; Will Hold Concurrent Lease Sales and Work Together on Infrastructure - Governor Frank H. Murkowski announced Thursday that the Department of Natural Resources has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Aleut Corporation to hold concurrent oil and gas lease sales on their adjacent lands, and to work to facilitate the construction of transportation infrastructure to support oil and gas development in the Aleut Corporation area. The MOU is similar to one entered into by DNR and the Bristol Bay Native Corporation last Fall and is consistent with the administration's policy of working with the people of the area to develop natural resources. - Read more...
Friday - December 19, 2003 - 12:55 am

Alaska: State Issues Permits for Pogo Gold Mine Project - The Murkowski administration on Thursday issued all the necessary authorizations required by the Department of Natural Resources for the development of the Pogo Gold Mine. All the major state authorizations necessary for Teck-Pogo, Incorporated to develop the Pogo gold project are now in place. All that remains is for the federal agencies to issue two critical authorizations, and then major construction can begin. - Read more...
Friday - December 19, 2003 - 12:55 am

Alaska: Watchdog Groups Criticize Sen. Ted Stevens After Reports Link His Investments, Legislation - The Senate's senior Republican is under fire from government watchdog groups following a newspaper report that he had grown wealthy from investments with people who benefited from legislation he helped write. - Read this story..
ABC News - link posted Friday - December 19, 2003

Alaska: Alaska's Sen. Stevens used power to build wealth - He wielded extraordinary power in Washington, D.C., for more than three decades, eventually holding sway over nearly $800 billion a year in federal spending. - Read this story...
Seattle Times - - link posted Friday - December 19, 2003

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Governor Frank H. Murkowski and Labor Commissioner Greg O'Claray show the packaging for a new wild Alaskan salmon product, pink salmon burgers.
Photo courtesy Office of the Gov.

Alaska: Alaska Salmon Marketing Grants Announced - Alaska Governor Frank Murkowski on Thursday announced the list of preliminary award winners for the 2003 Alaska Salmon Marketing Grant Program being administered by the Department of Community & Economic Development. The awards are part of the Governor's $50 million Fisheries Revitalization Strategy, a multi-year, multi-level plan that includes, among other things, an aggressive, international marketing program for wild Alaska salmon.

"This marketing grant program is designed to support the salmon industry's best thinking to expand existing markets and support emerging product forms," said Murkowski.

The matching grants were available to three categories of applicants. In the "major" category, the state is providing $7.4 million for projects to move large volumes of salmon, particularly pink salmon. In the "mini" category, the state will seek to provide $1.3 million. In the "micro" category, the state is proposing approximately $260,000 in projects funded. - Read more...
Friday - December 19, 2003 - 12:55 am

Ketchikan's Holiday Lights:
A Photo Feature by Carl Thompson


photosFestive 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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