Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Youth detention center ignores concerns
I am writing to address concerns about a juvenile detention facility in Anchorage. My now-21-year-old son spent some time there. He told me that when the resident youths tried to address grievances, the paperwork would just disappear. It seemed that just because they were locked up, the staff felt all they wanted was attention. I've heard similar complaints about adult correctional centers as well.

Ignoring the tragedy on Seward Street
It broke my heart to read the story in Monday's Empire about the break-in at Art Sutch's photography and digital imaging business on Seward Street. Why in the world is this kind of criminal activity taking place on an historical street, in an historical building in our state capital? Someone (and it's not the owner) is not paying attention.

Charters could make use of bycatch
On Jan. 5, the Juneau Empire carried an article on limits that are being put on the halibut charter fleet. In 2009, its allowable catch was 788,000 pounds but it caught 1.3 million.

Board OKs shortened school days
Juneau students will get out of school one hour early on the second and fourth Monday of most months during the 2010-11 school year, according to changes the School Board approved unanimously at its Tuesday meeting.

Coast Guard cutter marks anniversary
The captain and crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Liberty marked the patrol boat's 20th year in service recently with a small ceremony and tours in downtown at Station Juneau.

Bills would put muzzle on state ethics complaints
Two legislators, one Democratic and one Republican, are proposing bills to make ethics complaints confidential. The push comes after former Gov. Sarah Palin said the state's ethics process was used to hound her from offices last year.

AEL&P expects surplus energy sales this summer
The Alaska Electric Light & Power Co. is projecting that it will be able to drain its Bart Lake reservoir to fix leaks this spring while still meeting summer power needs.

Two women arrested after armed robbery
Two women were arrested on felony charges Sunday night in connection with an armed robbery in a parking lot near the Mendenhall Valley.

Photo: Cutting through
Chris Quinto, of the state of Alaska's General Services department, plows through a large snow berm Tuesday in front of Alaska Fish & Game offices in Douglas.

Photo: 'Alaska Grown'
Brad Street, 18, shows off his tolerance to Monday's wintery mix of weather as he walks to the Mendenhall Mall.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Photo: String rehearsal
Tyrel Kramp, 17, right, and Tatsu Monkman, 16, play their cellos while practicing with Ursa Major, the advance chamber music group of the Juneau Strings Ensembles conducted by Gou Hua Xia, Sunday evening at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. About 70 music students ranging from age 5 to 18 will hold their annual performance on Jan. 23 at Northern Light United Church.

Mentor Appreciation Month: Big Sister Amy McCormick, Big Brother Bob McCormick and Little Brother Malcolm
Amy, Big Sister

Around Town
Today, Jan. 13

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Photo: Shoveling out
Bill Kramer cleans snow off his 32-foot Nordic tug boat named Morning Wings II on Tuesday in Aurora Harbor.

Around Town
Today, Jan. 12

Howard "Howie" Knudson
Hoonah resident Howard "Howie" Harold Knudson died Jan. 5, 2010, in Hoonah. He was 52.

Lewis Patrick Brooks
Juneau resident Lewis Patrick Brooks died of pancreatic cancer on Jan. 8, 2010, at Wildflower Court. Family and friends were at his side through his last days. He was 57.

Outside editorial: Jobs first, then talk about health care
The following editorial appeared in The Seattle Times:

Outside editorial: Reid's belittling remarks
The following editorial appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

Stopping sexual abuse of youths in detention
The following editorial appeared in the Washington Post:

My turn: In health care vote, Begich turned back on Alaskans
I was disgusted by Sen. Mark Begich's feeble excuses for why he voted for the Senate health care bill ("Deciding health care reform," published in the Jan. 3 Empire).

Telling the sun's story
"I think of all my adventures

History of local energy system should inform biomass debate
The ongoing biomass discussion could lead to wise decisions and practices within a sustainability approach if we understand all the component parts, understand how these parts fit together, and plan for the long-term, with history as a guide.

Body image issues get new meaning
I haven't worn anything sleeveless since 1999, and two years ago my daughter told me, politely but firmly, that it was no longer appropriate for me to wear anything above the knee, so you can imagine how I feel about full-body scans in airports.

New travel directive is a step in wrong direction
The new travel directive from the Transportation Security Administration won't make us safer. And it may make tracking down criminals more complicated than ever.

Canada continues carry-on ban for U.S.-bound flights
SEATTLE - If you're planning a ski trip or other travel to Canada soon, be aware that the Canadian government continues to restrict carry-on luggage on flights into the United States.

Alaska agencies to discuss suicide prevention
ANCHORAGE - State agencies are convening in Anchorage this week for three-day summit on suicide prevention.

Alcohol involved in death of Upper Kalskag man
ANCHORAGE - Alaska state troopers said there was no sign of a crime in the death of a 65-year-old Upper Kalskag man whose body was found Sunday outdoors.

Girl steps in when man snatches mom's purse
KENAI - A 26-year-old man accused of snatching a woman's purse, then fighting off her 11-year-old daughter who tried to stop him, has been arraigned in Kenai District Court.

McCain rebuffs questions on Palin vetting process
WASHINGTON - Sen. John McCain said he's content with his life in the Senate and happy he picked Sarah Palin as his running mate last year.

Alaska man gets 189 years for dad's machete murder
PALMER - An Alaska man who killed his father with a machete and attacked his dad's fiancee was given a 189-year sentence for murder and attempted murder.

Man sought in shooting arrested on warrant
JUNEAU - A 39-year-old man sought in connection with a Dec. 30 shooting in Lemon Creek was arrested early Monday morning on an outstanding warrant.

Clam Gulch reports assault, suicide
KENAI - Alaska State Troopers said a man committed suicide hours after he assaulted a woman with a knife at a Clam Gulch cabin.

Fort Richardson soldier killed in combat in Afghanistan
ANCHORAGE - The U.S. Department of Defense announced that a soldier assigned to Fort Richardson has been killed in Afghanistan.

Airbus wins more orders, but Boeing nets more cash
SEATTLE - Airbus topped Boeing both in the number of planes produced and in the total of new orders last year, but the U.S. company prevailed in perhaps the most important tally: the actual money received for airplanes delivered to customers.

Former VECO head goes to prison
ANCHORAGE - A key player in Alaska's political corruption cases has reported to a federal prison in California.

Fort Wainwright MP company deploys to Iraq Monday
FORT WAINWRIGHT - Members of the 472nd Military Police Company from Fort Wainwright said their goodbyes Monday to relatives and friends.

Rape investigation of Copperfield closed
SEATTLE - Federal prosecutors closed a two-year investigation into rape allegations against magician David Copperfield on Tuesday without filing charges.

Seattle officers to help in shooting case
ANCHORAGE - Two Seattle police detectives have arrived in Anchorage to help authorities investigate a shooting that left an officer with serious injuries.

Wash. lawmaker wants to banish negative language
SEATTLE - Decades ago, poor children became known as "disadvantaged" to soften the stigma of poverty. Then they were "at-risk." Now, a Washington lawmaker wants to replace those euphemisms with a new one, "at hope."

Man arrested in marijuana bust
KETCHIKAN - A 49-year-old Craig man was arrested after Alaska State Troopers in Ketchikan said they found 40 pounds of marijuana in the spare tires of his pickup.

Ex-Sitka resident accused in 1988 murder
SITKA - The state has issued a warrant for the arrest of a former Sitka woman accused of killing her husband more than two decades ago.

Running recognition
Geoff Roes of Douglas has been voted the 2009 UltraRunning Magazine North American ultra-marathoner of the year.

Sports in Juneau
• Beginning Jan. 1, Sports In Juneau information must be submitted online at http://calendar.juneauempire.com. Submissions via e-mail, phone, fax or other will no longer be accepted. For more information e-mail webteam@juneauempire.com

Sarah Palin takes Fox News commentator job
NEW YORK - When Sarah Palin abruptly stepped down as Alaska governor in July before the end of her first term, many questioned how she could maintain a national presence without the platform of elected office.

Groups sue over timber sale in Tongass
ANCHORAGE - Three environmental groups are going to court to try and stop a particularly contentious timber sale of old-growth trees in the country's largest national forest.

Palin makes debut as Fox contributor
NEW YORK - Sarah Palin accounts for the controversy she attracts by saying her opponents don't like the "commonsense, conservative solutions" she represents.

Police get help with officer shooting investigation
ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage Police Department is getting help with its investigation into the shooting of a police officer.

Kenai biologists watch for eagle in trap
KENAI - Biologists from the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge are keeping an eagle-eye out for a possibly injured raptor that has been spotted several times in the Soldotna and Sterling areas with a trap dangling from one talon, and local residents are assisting with their observational efforts.

Fairbanks guardsman keeps Sherpas flying
FAIRBANKS - It was a war in Iraq that first drew Staff Sgt. William Powell to the Army National Guard.

Low snow hampers wolf control
FAIRBANKS - The state's aerial predator control program has gotten off to a slow start this winter because of the lack of snow in the Interior.

Judge rules against state in Point Thomson dispute
ANCHORAGE - A judge has ruled that the state improperly terminated ExxonMobil's leases to develop the Point Thomson gas fields on the North Slope.

Ramras proposes limit on gas line taxes
FAIRBANKS - State Rep. Jay Ramras has proposed a constitutional amendment that would hold taxes constant for the life of a major natural gas pipeline from the North Slope.

142,800 gallons of fuel spilled on Aleutian island
ANCHORAGE - An estimated 142,800 gallons of diesel fuel spilled from a storage tank on an island in Alaska's remote Aleutian chain.

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