Month: February 2009

Murkowski brightens (a little) on stimulus bill

Senator Lisa Murkowski says she's trying to become more optimistic about the economic stimulus package. The Alaska Republican delivered a sharp rebuttal to President Obama's weekend radio address (2-14-09). But the following Wednesday, she told the Sitka Chamber of Commerce that she was trying to cheer up:

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Ben Gordon's Inauguration Journal

When most of us were twelve years old, we spent our Saturday afternoons doing what twelve-year-olds do: hanging out or doing chores.
But one seventh-grader in Sitka, inspired by Barack Obama’s clinching the democratic nomination last summer, decided to use his free time to volunteer for the future president’s campaign.
Ben Gordon didn’t stuff envelopes, and he was too young to drive voters to the polls. Instead, he canvassed door-to-door for Obama and other democratic candidates. His last stop was the door of the US Capitol, one month ago today (2-20-09).
KCAW asked him to record some of his experiences in Washington DC: This is Ben Gordon’s Inauguration journal.

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Huge crowd gives testimony before the State Fish Board

Fisheries are a huge part of SE Alaska’s economy, and here as in other areas around the country people are more concerned than ever about their livelihood. That’s been the prevailing message this week in Sitka as more than 200 people supplied testimony to the Board of Fish, on over 160 proposals related to managing Sport, Charter, Commercial, and Subsistence fisheries.

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"Alaska's Fisheries, Fifty Years of Statehood"

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game released a new book on the history of
Alaska's fisheries at this week's Board of fisheries meeting in Sitka. The book, called Sustaining
Alaska's Fisheries: Fifty Years of Statehood, was written by Historian Bob King, who is now working as legislative assistant to Senator Mark Begich in Washington DC.

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Sitkan fights internet "spoof" with education

FBI statistics show that Alaskans are no more or less vulnerable to certain kinds of internet scams than Americans in more populated areas of the country.
Virtual criminals make no distinction about where their victims live, whether it’s an apartment in Manhattan, or an island in Southeast Alaska.
But one Sitka resident has decided that a good offense is the best defense against online identity theft. She’s decided to go public in the hope that others can take a lesson from her story.

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