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Sunday, January 13, 2008

'Business as usual' will not solve Arctic, energy concerns
An article in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer about Gov. Sarah Palin's reluctance to see the polar bear listed on the endangered species list misses some very important points.

State workers should take back the union
Did my fellow General Government Unit members read the administration's latest offer to its supervisors? The offer is basically the same offer that our union, Alaska State Employees Association, accepted, except for two very significant points.

Photo: Frigid rescue
Capital City Fire and Rescue firefighters Kim Mahar, left, and Roy Johnston demonstrate an ice rescue Saturday at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

Coffee warehouse sustains light damage in Friday fire
A former firefighter who recognized signs of a problem at a downtown business Friday night called police and then alerted an employee inside the building to get out because of a fire.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:

Senator: Data shows state jobs are leaving Juneau
Juneau's state senator said he has the numbers to prove what many in town already suspect: State jobs are drifting away from the capital city at a pretty fast clip.

Check scam may cost city $48,000
During his 15 years as Juneau finance director, Craig Duncan had never seen a counterfeit scheme like it: a city check manufactured and cashed in Mumbai, India, that was drawn on the Juneau School District account.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Repercussions from new 90-day legislative session may ripple through Juneau
In 2006, Alaska voters decided it would be a good idea to limit the Legislature to a 90-day regular session, down from the 120 days previously called for.

Helen Magill Smith
Lifelong Alaskan Helen Magill Smith died Jan. 4, 2008, at Bartlett Regional Hospital, with family by her side. She was 91.

Consider families-first fiscal plan
T he burning issue for legislators in 2008 seems to be what they should do with the billions in excess money sluicing into the state treasury due to high oil prices and newly beefed up oil taxes.

Chavez gets far better treatment in U.S. media than he accords his opponents
H ugo Chavez got where he is by identifying with the plight and grievances of Venezuela's poorest citizens. To stay there, he regularly uses self-pity to play upon the sympathy of his supporters. He demonizes "Uncle Sam," "the gringos," and George W. Bush and tells his audiences they are all out to topple him, with the American news media as willing tools.

Empire editorial: Fearing both sides of housing market
We can almost always find a good subject for mass hysteria.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

Turn the tides in your house
In April 2002, Martin Cullen, then Ireland's Minister for the Environment, saw a need to curb litter. A tax on plastic bags in the Republic of Ireland has since cut their use by more than 90 percent and raised millions of euros in revenue for large environmental clean-up projects.

Animal collection available for viewing
A warthog wades into a watering hole off Fritz Cove Road. It's a scene from Tanzania, recreated in Juneau by hunter Fred Koken and taxidermist Bob Scherf.

Out & About
Out & About is a listing of recreational activities.

Juneau gun club aims for diversity
Last Thursday night at the Juneau Gun Club, Lindsay Birk walked up to the clubhouse carrying a large rectangular case. Seen on the street, the high school senior might have passed as a band student lugging around an instrument - such as a trombone her music teacher insisted she take home to practice.

Birders score some rare finds during Fairbanks' Bird Count
We were idling down a back road above Farmer's Loop on Saturday when I noticed a small bird light in a small chokecherry tree in the yard of one of the many affluent homes that lined the road.

JDHS sweeps Su Valley
The Juneau-Douglas High School hockey team had three goals heading into Saturday's game against Susitna Valley - high intensity, good forecheck, play the body.

JDHS takes third at Lady T-Bird Classic
The Juneau-Douglas High School team rebounded from a Friday loss to beat host East Anchorage 57-44 on Saturday in the third-place game of the Lady T-Bird Classic in Anchorage.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU
UPCOMING EVENTS

Juneau-Douglas closes road trip with a win over East
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team ended a difficult trip in Anchorage on a positive note Saturday.

Port Authority looks to revive its bid for gas pipeline contract
The Alaska Gasline Port Authority wants to resurrect its natural gas pipeline proposal, which was rejected by Gov. Sarah Palin's administration.

At least 19 bald eagles die in Kodiak fish waste mishap
At least 19 eagles died Friday afternoon when 50 of the birds gorged themselves in a truck full of fish waste outside of the Ocean Beauty Seafoods processing plant in Kodiak.

Lawsuit seeks millions for two children abused in foster care
The two boys were born into families messed up by drinking and drug abuse, by violence and neglect.

Alaska Digest
SEARHC programoffers health grants; State seeks comments on transportation plan; Anchorage murder trial ends in hung jury; Most-wanted man arrested in Girdwood

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

Reduced calendar could become a race against the clock in Legislature
It took lawmakers nearly every minute the state constitution affords them to get their work done last year - and that took 121 days.

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