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December 22, 2004

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'Winter Solstice'
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jpg Sharon RandallSharon Randall: Just in time for Christmas, a story with a miracle ending - This is a Christmas story, partly because it takes place around Christmas. But it would be just as true any time of year. Love isn't limited to a season. - More...
Wednesday - December 22, 2004

jpg Dick MorrisDick Morris: Beware Of Changing Cloture - If Senate Republicans change the filibuster rule to permit closure on judicial nominations by a simple majority vote, they will be undermining their own president and their electoral fortunes for years to come. - More...
Wednesday - December 22, 2004


letter Early Christmas Gifts by Jerry Cegelske - Wednesday
letter Homesick Ktowners by Kara (McElroy) Steele - Wednesday
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Ketchikan: Winter Solstice by M.C. Kauffman - With the rising of the sun Tuesday morning, the shortest day of the year had arrived bringing with it the first official day of winter and the longest night of the year. To the ancients, on midwinter's day it appeared as if the Sun and Moon stopped in their flight across the sky. - More...
Wednesday - December 22, 2004

Alaska: New Poll Shows Americans Oppose Arctic Refuge Drilling - A new national poll released Tuesday finds that a majority of Americans from all walks of life oppose allowing oil companies to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. The poll, conducted by Zogby International for The Wilderness Society and other leading national conservation groups, found that 55 percent of Americans oppose drilling, while only 38 percent want to allow drilling in the Refuge. The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) has been off limits to drilling and other industrial development since it was set aside by President Eisenhower.

This new Zogby poll shows that Americans' opposition is even stronger, 59% - 25%, to a proposed "backdoor maneuver" that would use the annual Congressional budget process to let the oil industry into the Refuge. Nearly two out of three Independent voters (65%) say it is a back door maneuver. Even Republicans (by a 41% - 37% margin) and Bush voters (43% - 38%) say that drilling in the Refuge should not be included as part of the budget bill.

Conservation groups pointed to the new poll results as evidence of continued political support for protecting the Arctic Refuge, and reaffirmed their commitment to fight the drilling proposal at every turn. - More...
Wednesday - December 22, 2004

Alaska: Training will transfer salmon inspections from Seattle workers to resident Alaskans - Alaska labor officials have approved a $25,000 grant to train resident Alaskans to replace contractors previously brought up from Seattle to inspect premium-quality sockeye salmon harvested in the Aleutians East Borough and marketed under the "Aleutia" brand. - More...
Wednesday - December 22, 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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