Sunday, January 20, 2008

Reaction to Stevens and bears
It's funny thinking the "honorable" Ted Stevens would oppose listing Alaska's polar bears as a threatened species. If anyone is a threatened Alaska species, it is definitely Stevens!

State employees association is a Mickey Mouse club
Michael Lavering, in his Juneau Empire letter, "State workers should take back the union," on Jan. 13, has once again pointed out the obvious to General Government Workers. Unfortunately, without also clearing the decks of current staff nothing will change.

Opposing Empire's stance on bear issue
It was a good discussion about polar bears, but that is what it is - a discussion. The only evidence I have seen shows there really is no evidence.

Chilkat reflection

Around Town
Today, Jan. 20

Renters balance life on the edge
Dianne Slater is hopeful she'll get an apartment next month. If a subsidized rental opens, as she suspects, she is most excited about laying her head on a pillow and feeling safe. Until then, when not working, she will continue to live in her van or stay at the Glory Hole.

Struggle over cab fare sends suspect, officer to hospital
Two Juneau residents were arrested Friday after an altercation with a police officer sent one suspect and the officer to Bartlett Regional Hospital.

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

Correction
The headline on a Living and Growing column in Friday's Neighbors section incorrectly characterized the pastor in the column. The headline should have stated that Larry Rorem is a "retired pastor."

Winter critters and their eye-catching tracks
When there is snow at sea level, it's a good time to go exploring for animal tracks and signs, and the area between the Back Loop and the Mendenhall Glacier is a fine place to do it. Recent forays into this area by ski or hiking boot discovered evidence of animal activity, even though we didn't usually see the critters themselves.

Eaglecrest Ski Patrol: Clearing the way
Ski Patroller Jason Kohlhase walked into work Thursday morning with a question. "Any sign of naturals?" A two-day storm left 19 inches of snow covering the runs at Eaglecrest Ski Area, creating the possibility of unstable snow conditions on ski runs. From the base of the ski area, there was no sign or word of avalanche activity inbounds.

Exciting projects on the way at ski area
Welcome to the first edition of Slopeside, a regular column providing news and information about Eaglecrest Ski Area. With this column we hope to inform skiers, borders and others about all that's happening on the mountain. It's an exciting time at Eaglecrest, with some big projects underway. We also have some interesting ski area management and operations issues to talk about in future editions of Slopeside.

When it comes to keeping the ocean healthy, we can be part of the solution
Most of us are unaware that the health of the ocean underlies all life - even a cactus can't live without the ocean. And almost everyone is unaware that this basis of life on earth is dying. Many marine biologists now call their work "documenting the decline."

Out & About
Out & About

Bears enjoy breakthrough
The Juneau-Douglas High School hockey team took a giant leap forward in its development on Friday and Saturday at Treadwell Arena.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU
UPCOMING EVENTS

JDHS girls rout Sitka to open Southeast play
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team opened Southeast Conference play in impressive fashion in Sitka.

Sentenced in old murder
John Carlin III sits Friday in an Anchorage courtroom during his sentencing for the 1996 slaying of Kent Leppink. Carlin was sentenced to 99 years in prison for being the trigger man in a plot with former stripper Mechele Linehan to kill Leppink for a $1 million life insurance policy.

Lawmaker reignites oil tax debate
An influential state senator introduced a bill Friday that would undo key parts of the multi-billion dollar tax increases for oil producers enacted by the Legislature during a recent special session.

Alaska Digest Boy accused of pulling knife on school bus
JUNEAU - A 13-year-old boy was arrested and accused of holding a knife to a younger boy's throat on a school bus.

Sen. Elton seeks increase in Alaska's minimum wage
Alaska's workers at the lowest end of the pay scale will be getting a raise next year. The question is: How much?

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

Commission cuts halibut catch limits 28 percent
The International Pacific Halibut Commission announced Friday that Southeast Alaska's commercial halibut catch limits would drop for the second year in a row.

Prominent Democrat steps in to fill Senate leadership post
Sen. Johnny Ellis, an Anchorage Democrat, is the new majority leader of the Alaska Senate and the first member of his party to hold that position in a decade or more.

Kuskokwim group asks state for permission to kill wolf pups in dens
ANCHORAGE - Residents along the Kuskokwim River want state game managers to allow them to kill wolf pups in their dens.

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