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Ketchikan: Spirits Merry At Annual Christmas Celebration by Tracy Arce - It was a typical Ketchikan day. It was windy with a touch of mist last Friday afternoon. However, the gray skies did not dampen the spirits of all attending the fabulous Christmas luncheon held at the Ketchikan Senior Center. - More...
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National: New forest regulations would eliminate environmental reviews - The Bush administration unveiled new management regulations Wednesday that could open the national forests to increased logging and other commercial activities without the lengthy environmental reviews now required.

Administration officials said the final rules will improve "performance and accountability" in a system that has become mired in lawsuits and environmental challenges. They would give forest managers more flexibility in developing their management plans, the officials said.

Environmental groups say the new rules closely track recommendations from the timber industry and will dismantle wildlife protections on 191 million acres of federal forests that have been in place since the Reagan administration. - More...
Thursday - December 23, 2004

Alaska: Alaska's Air Gets Clean Bill of Health - On December 17th, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Leavitt confirmed what many Alaskans already know - our air is clean.  Alaska meets federal clean air standards for fine particle or PM 2.5 pollution.  "We welcome EPA's announcement.  Alaskans can be proud of our clean, healthy air." said Acting Commissioner Kurt Fredriksson of the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). - More...
Thursday - December 23, 2004

jgp Diving for signs of nuclear contamination

University of Alaska diver Shawn Harper takes a water sample from the ocean off Amchitka Island in summer 2004. Amchitka, one of the Aleutian Islands, was the site of three nuclear blasts in the 1960s and 1970s.
Photo courtesy Steve Jewett.

Alaska: Diving for signs of nuclear contamination by Ned Rozell - After Stephen Jewett and his diving partners emerged from the chilly waters of the Aleutians last summer, crewmembers of the Ocean Explorer scanned their bodies with Geiger counters. Checking for nuclear contamination isn't standard diving protocol, but they were working off Amchitka Island, the site of three atomic blasts in the late 1960s and 1970s. - More...
Thursday - December 23, 2004

Technology: Hackers turning devious, greedy - The sleuths who track Internet viruses predict hackers will turn cyberspace into a very nasty, money-grabbing place in 2005.

In the Internet's infancy a decade ago, the major threat came from novice hackers experimenting with ways of breaking into someone else's computer for fun. But today's hackers are more malicious and driven to make money from their Internet expertise. - More...
Thursday - December 23, 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

arrow Read more feature stories by June Allen...

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