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Marna Schwartz joins medical center staff, Patriot Express Loan initiative launched, Forest Service makes timber sale decision, Seafood exports up in Eastern Europe
JEDC group makes progress on top 10 initiatives

Champions of Juneau Economic Development Council's 10 action initiatives for its ocean products working group reported progress and opportunities at a recent teleconference. The Development Council was contracted by the U.S.
Timber task force seeks 2M U.S. acres

A recent report by the governor-appointed Alaska Timber Jobs Task Force calls for the construction of more logging roads, the expansion and extension of state forests and the transfer of 2 million acres from federal to state hands.
Juneau Federal Employee Association honors five at annual awards luncheon

The Juneau Federal Employee Association held their annual awards luncheon on May 6. The awards luncheon recognized Juneau area federal employees for outstanding work in volunteer service, administrative support, team project and top federal employee of the year for accomplishments in 2008.
Garlic mustard eradication continues

For the last eight years, members of the Juneau community have been fighting to keep garlic mustard from spreading across Juneau and into other communities across the state. Juneau's two infestation sites are the only known populations of garlic mustard in all of Alaska.
New federal timber sales approved for land near Wrangell Island, Ketchikan

The Forest Service has approved the harvest of about 44 million board feet of timber in sales near Wrangell Island and Ketchikan. The Madan timber sale would allow the harvest of 26.5 million board feet from about 2,100 acres on the mainland near Wrangell Island. The four-year sale is scheduled to be offered in fall of 2005.
My Turn: $700 billion and counting

Much of last week, I couldn't sleep at night. I spent all of the dark hours tossing and turning, worried to death about the Wall Street bankers. Would $700 billion or $1 trillion be enough to save them, I thought. How can I do my part to bail them out?
Philip Edward Fishel near Quinault, Wash. He graduated from Quinault High School in 1960 and began working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service in Quinault in 1962. He retired on Jan. 2, 1998, in Juneau. Family members said he spent his...
Invasive plant surveys reveal problem in plants throughout Southeast

It has become evident that invasive species are capable of truly altering our Alaska ecosystems. Invasive species cost the world economy of $1.4 trillion in 2006 and we must acknowledge that there is no invisible bubble deflecting invasive species from entering the state of Alaska. New species are reported in Alaska each year and the plants that are already here are spreading and colonizing more area each and every year. It is impossible to say when these plants are going to start seriously impacting Alaska's economy but it is understood that this will happen if Alaskan's don't prevent the spread in their state.


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