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December 16, 2004

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jpg Steve BrewerSteve Brewer: Creative dieting tips for the holiday eating season - The annual Holiday Eating Season - which runs from Thanksgiving to Valentine's Day - has officially begun, and that means trouble for those of us trying to lose weight. - More...
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Preston MacDougall: Chemical Eye on scientific literacy - Dihydrogen monoxide, or DHMO, if inhaled, will cause death in a matter of minutes.... More...
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Alaska: Governor Murkowski Unveils FY06 Budget Proposal; Calls for spending some of FY05 windfall on education, roads to jobs, other programs - Alaska Governor Frank H. Murkowski Wednesday proposed a Fiscal Year 2006 budget that makes significant investments in Alaska schools while focusing state spending on the essential infrastructure that will create jobs for Alaskans.

"My vision for Alaska is that by developing our resources and providing good jobs for Alaskans, we can raise the quality of life for all of our citizens," Murkowski said. "These are the values reflected within the pages of this budget."

The spending package includes a K-12 education proposal that provides two years of increased funding for schools at a cost of $127 million. The education proposal also makes permanent an $82 million increase approved by the Legislature in the 2003 session and provides for a record 23 percent increase in overall K-12 spending.

In addition to schools, the budget provides for a $145 million roads package that supports resource development statewide and makes significant transportation improvements for many Alaskans.

Murkowski proposes a $31 million increase over two years for the University of Alaska, providing necessary energy assistance to small communities and providing $27.1 million for gas pipeline work in the next fiscal year. The governor's spending plan also proposes extending and expanding the current SeniorCare program. - More...
Thursday - December 16, 2004

Alaska: State Protests 2005 Trans-Alaska Pipeline Oil Transportation Tariffs - The state on Wednesday filed a protest with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, objecting that the proposed 2005 interstate oil transportation tariffs for the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System are too high. The state's protest also challenges certain aspects of the pipeline owners' 2003 and 2004 tariffs. - More...
Thursday - December 16, 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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