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December 30, 2003

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'Hoarfrost & Holly'
A deposit of interlocking ice crystals (hoar crystals) on a holly bush.
Front Page Photo by Carl Thompson

Movie Feature

Holiday Boat Parade Movie - RealPlayer

Holiday Boat Parade
RealPlayer Movie
Scenes from the boat parade...
Parade was Dec. 22, 2003
Movie published Dec. 29, 2003

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National: USDA Bans Processing of Downed Cattle for Human Consumption - Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman announced today that, "Effective immediately, USDA will ban all downer cattle from the human food chain."

This ban on the slaughter of downed cows is part of a government effort to quell public concerns in light of the recent discovery of mad cow disease in the United States. It is a historic victory for animal protection advocates, who have worked to end the inhumane marketing and slaughter of downed animals since the 1980s.

"We are delighted with Secretary Veneman's emphatic declaration that downed cattle are unfit for human consumption and will not be channeled into the human food supply," said Wayne Pacelle, a senior vice president at the Human Society of the United States, which is the nation's largest animal protection organization. - Read more...
Tuesday - December 30, 2003 - 3:00 pm

audioKetchikan: Listen to this story... About 30 pounds of beef have been removed from commerce in Alaska because it contained meat from a Washington cow infected with mad cow disease. But as Deanna Garrison reports, none of the meat appears to have ended up in Ketchikan.
KRBD - Ketchikan Public Radio - link published December 30, 2003 - 12:45 am

audioKetchikan & Statewide: Listen to this story... Full-time private school students who also enroll in public school correspondence programs are receiving state funding for things such as family travel and piano lessons without taking one academic class from a correspondence school. As Deanna Garrison reports, complaints about this and other practices are causing the state to take another look at its correspondence school regulations.
KRBD - Ketchikan Public Radio - link published December 30, 2003 - 12:45 am

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



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