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December 21, 2004

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'23rd Annual Boat Parade'
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Carrie Seidman: Mom's best lessons sprinkle these holiday cookies - It's that time of year when I buy flour in a 25-pound sack, replenish my supply of red food coloring (why don't the other colors ever run out?) and get out five yellowed and crusted recipe cards written in my mother's perfect slanting script. - More...
Monday - December 20, 2004

Dale McFeatters: A message from Osama - Osama bin Laden has been back in touch, this time with an hourlong audiotape.... More...
Monday - December 20, 2004


letter Our Economy is part of ALL of SE Alaska by Walt Bolling - Monday
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Ketchikan/ Statewide: November Unemployment Rises Slightly - Alaska's unemployment rate rose four-tenths of a percentage point in November to 7.0 percent. The increase is typical for this time of year according to Dan Robinson, an economist at the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Preliminary numbers suggest that the average monthly unemployment rate in 2004 will be at least slightly lower than in 2003.

Ketchikan's unemployment rate rose six-tenths of a percentage point to 8.6 percent. Anchorage's rate was unchanged at 4.8 percent and was the lowest in the state in November. Fairbanks' unemployment rate rose five-tenths of a percentage point to 5.6 percent and Juneau's rate fell one-tenth of a percentage point to 5.8 percent. Wade Hampton recorded the state's highest November unemployment rate at 23.8 percent.

In a comparison of Alaska's six economic regions throughout 2004, Anchorage/Mat-Su unemployment rates have been the state's lowest. The Interior region has also seen relatively healthy unemployment rates, consistently recording numbers below the statewide average. At the other end of the spectrum, unemployment rates in the Northern and Southwest regions have been more than twice the statewide average for much of 2004.

Preliminary November payroll estimates show a decline of 8,700 jobs from October. The biggest losses came from seasonal industries that typically shed employment as winter approaches according to Robinson. Construction jobs fell by 2,400, manufacturing by 2,900 (mostly seafood processing), and leisure and hospitality by 1,500.

Alaska has 3,300 more jobs than in November 2003, an over-the-year growth rate of 1.1 percent. Most industrial sectors have contributed, with education and health services leading the way with 1,600 new jobs. The trade, transportation, and utilities sector has added 1,100 and construction has added 700. Employment in the natural resources and mining sector is up 400 from a year ago, a notable change given that jobs in natural resources declined in both 2002 and 2003. These gains were slightly offset by small declines in government, other services, and manufacturing. - More...
Monday - December 20, 2004

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'Gifts of Light'
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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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