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December 02, 2004

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Alaska: International Exports Increase Nearly $400 Million; Experts say numbers are at record highs and Alaska seafood exports lead the way - International export of products from Alaska increased dramatically in the first nine months of 2004. Overall, sales have climbed $384 million or 18% above and beyond the strong growth at this time last year. - More...
Thursday - December 02, 2004

Alaska: The Skinny on Humans and the Cold by Ned Rozell - I've heard that Alaska mountain-climbing legend John Waterman prepared for a solo winter ascent of Denali by lying in a tub filled with ice water. Whether Waterman's chilly soak is fact or embellishment, the ice bath nonetheless inspired me to research the cold tolerance of humans.

Over the years, many people have shed their clothes for the sake of human cold-tolerance research. Many of those people were in the Army or the Air Force. Military leaders were interested in ways to prepare infantryman for cold-weather warfare in the Arctic. Other studies were performed out of pure interest, such as several by the late Laurence Irving, a well-known Alaska scientist. - More...
Thursday - December 02, 2004

Alaska: Say goodbye to Rudolph and other reindeer if global warming continues - With increasing global warming Rudolph and the rest of Santa Claus' reindeer will disappear from large portions of their current range and be under severe environmental stress by the end of the century. - More...
Thursday - December 02, 2004

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Kanayama from Boyama Mountain
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Kanayama Korner

Daniel Patton: School Is A Serious Matter - Ohayoo Gozaimasu Citizens of Ketchikan!

This is Dan Patton, the 2004-2005 Kanayama exchange English teacher, checking in from our beautiful sister city, Kanayama, Japan. Lately, the weather here has been absolutely gorgeous: crisp, cold nights give rise to a thick blanket of fog that by 9:00-10:00am has been burnt off by a bright sun, which in turn warms the air into the mid to upper 50's by noon. The fall colors peaked a few weeks ago in this part of Japan (the Japanese Maples and Gingko trees were absolutely radiant), but there in the lower lying areas there is still quite a bit of beautiful foliage to be seen. Like most good things, however, this weather won't last long and I'm constantly being reminded by the locals that winter is very cold in these parts. I try to explain that I spent my college years in interior Alaska and am accustomed to subzero temperatures, but they will have none of it. Fairbanks winters did have one distinct advantage over Japanese ones the tendency towards central heating in buildings. In Japan, central heating is the exception rather than the rule. There's a logical reason for this (it has to do with earthquake safe architecture), but regardless, Kanayama's cement-block schools have been feeling more like giant walk-in refrigerators lately! - More...
Thursday - December 02, 2004

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photosBetty King the Dog Lady; Ketchikan's one-woman humane society - There is an alley in downtown Ketchikan named Betty King Alley. It's a very narrow little mid-block lane that begins on Dock Street and cuts through to Mission and then to Mill Street. Mill is a comparatively new (1972) street named for the sprawling and now-gone Ketchikan Spruce Mill that buzzed and rumbled with activity at the site for some eighty years. A few years back, the previously anonymous alley was finally named. The name chosen was Daly Alley, chosen to honor one of the Spruce Mills pioneer families. It was a dubious honor, actually. And at least one member of that family may not have been delighted with the tribute. - Read the rest of this feature story by June Allen...
Wednesday - December 01, 2004

arrow Ketchikan, Alaska - Let There Be Light! -- Citizens Light & Power and then KPU

arrow The State Capitol and Its Marble and keeping the capital in Juneau

arrow A Legendary Mountain of Jade; Just one of Alaska's Arctic Wonders

arrow John Koel, Baker to Banker; An eccentric philanthropist

arrow Harold Gillam: A Tragic Final Flight; Ketchikan remembers the search

arrow Ketchikan's 'Fish House Tessie'; She was proud of the nickname

arrow Fairbanks: Golden Heart City; A story of its founding

arrow Remembering 'Swede' Risland (1915-1991);The town's most memorable logger

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