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December 26, 2003

Front Page Photo - Our Troops...

Person of the Year for 2003: The American Soldier
Time has named the American Soldier as Person of the Year for 2003...
Top Row Left to Right: Sgt. Jason Landstrom United States Army; Brian Pyles United States Air Force; Lance Cpl. Margret Collins United States Marine Corps; LT James Thompson United States Navy - Middle Row Left to Right: Keith E. Thomas, Jr. United States Navy; SPC Michael Moniak United States Army; PFC Latseen Benson United States Army; Sgt. Jeremy Mutart United States Army - Bottom Row Left to Right: Sgt. Zack Pilcher United States Marine Corps; SSgt. Trevor Sayer United States Marine Corps; P.F.C. Ryan Pickrell United States Marine Corps; Sgt. Nick Charrier United States
Marine Corps... Read more about Our Troops...
photo graphic created by MC Kauffman - Friday - December 26, 2003 - 12:50 am

December 2003
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Alaska: Forster arraigned for death of Kenai Police officer - An 18-year veteran of the Kenai Police Department was fatally shot while on duty Christmas night. - Read this story...
Kenai Peninsula Online - Friday - December 26, 2003 - linked at 6:53 pm

Ketchikan & Satewide: Unemployment Rate Rises In November; Ketchikan's Unemployment Rate 8.4 percent, up from October's 8.0 percent - Alaska's unemployment rate rose five-tenths of a percentage point in November to 7.3 percent. According to the Alaska Department of Labor, the increase in unemployment was an expected seasonal change as Alaska moves toward the low employment months of winter. The comparable national rate (not seasonally adjusted) was unchanged at 5.6 percent. Dan Robinson, an economist with the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, reported the numbers.

The number of unemployed Alaskans climbed from 23,419 in October to 25,093 in November, an increase of 7.1 percent. The change was slightly higher that last year's November unemployment increase of 5.0 percent, but smaller than two years ago when the increase was 7.6 percent.

The number of unemployed in Ketchikan climbed from 581 in October to 597 in November. November's unemployment rate in Ketchikan was reported to be 8.4 percent - an increase from 8.0 percent in October. In November of 2002, Ketchikan's unemployment rate was 10.1 percent with 691 unemployed reported. - Read more and view reports...
Friday - December 26, 2003 - 12:50 am

Alaska: SE Alaska Native Retires From Forest Service After 30 Years - A long-time Sitka resident is retiring Jan. 2 after more than 30 years of service on the Tongass National Forest.

Marti Barker, who's lived in Sitka for 51 years, is the purchasing agent for the north end of the Tongass. She started working for the Forest Service in Sitka Jan. 11, 1981.

"I commend Marti for her hard work and more than 30 years of dedicated service," said Tongass National Forest Supervisor Forrest Cole. "I hate to see her go. She is an integral part of the Tongass team and will be missed. We wish her all the best."

Barker said it's the people in the Forest Service who have made her career a memorable one.

"I really enjoyed meeting people from all over due to the diversity of the Forest Service," said Barker. "I've learned you never really say bye to anyone because in a few years you see them back in a different capacity or as a visitor." - Read more...
Friday - December 26, 2003 - 12:50 am

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Ketchikan: City's Christmas Lights Winners Announced - On behalf of the sponsors of the Christmas lighting contest, Ed Zastrow announced the winners of the Christmas home lighting decorations on Wednesday. The home Christmas lights within the city

were judged on Tuesday by judges who traveled the streets of Ketchikan. Winners will be awarded kilowatt hours which will be credited to their utility bills. - Read more - click here...
Thursday - December 25, 2003 - 12:30 am

Ketchikan's Holiday Lights
A Photo Feature
by Carl Thompson

photosFestive holiday lights are on display throughout the Ketchikan community. These colorful gifts of lights are provided by families for the enjoyment of all. Carl Thompson has traveled the community during the month to capture these creative amd colorful light displays to share with the Sitnews readers.

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