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December 17, 2004

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Governor Frank H. Murkowski displays a copy of a proposal from BP, ConocoPhillips and Exxon, delivered to the state Wednesday, to construct a gas pipeline from the North Slope to southern markets.

Alaska: Producers Make Proposal To Build Gas Pipeline; Negotiations ongoing with several other groups - Governor Frank H. Murkowski announced Thursday that the three major North Slope oil producers have submitted a unified, joint proposal to Exxon to construct a gas pipeline from the North Slope to southern markets.  While the details remain confidential by mutual agreement, the governor said both the state and the producers agreed that Alaskans should know that the two sides had reached a significant milepost in the long-sought project.  Governor Murkowski said the state received a proposal from BP, ConocoPhillips and Exxon to construct a gas pipeline from the North Slope to southern markets.

Acknowledging the very significant employment opportunities that a gasline project would provide for Alaskans, Murkowski made his announcement during a press conference at Anchorage's Gambell Job Center, highlighting administration efforts to prepare Alaskans for good-paying jobs.

"This state has been talking about marketing Alaska's gas for nearly 50 years. And for the first time ever, we now have a detailed and specific offer from a group to actually build the pipeline," Murkowski said.- More...
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Alaska: Alaska TANF program helps Alaskans move from welfare to work; Bonus award funds to be designated for new employment and family-centered services. - The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program in the Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Assistance, continues to excel at helping needy Alaskans find jobs. At an event today at the Gambell Job Center to help launch the state's Jobs for Alaska's Future campaign, Health and Social Services Commissioner Joel Gilbertson discussed the TANF program's success over the past three years.

"The Temporary Assistance caseload dropped by nine percent from FY03 to FY04, resulting in $4 million in savings," said Gilbertson. "In recognition of its performance, the TANF program is receiving its third Federal TANF High Performance Bonus Award."

This year's bonus award of more than $3.18 million recognizes improved performance in moving welfare recipients from public assistance to the workforce. It is in addition to performance bonuses received for the two previous years amounting to $6.36 million, for a total of $9.54 million over three years.

"We're getting Alaskans back to work," said Gilbertson. "And once they get back to work, we're giving them the services they need to help them stay there."- More...
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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...
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