Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Against abortion
Anyone who read the Juneau Empire article of January 20 concerning an abortion clinic’s doctor being charged with killing seven babies with scissors, has got to be shocked. Recently on the locally transmitted FM 96.7 was an account of the experience of a woman living out the shame and pain of an abortion. Her depiction of the termination of her unborn would turn anyone’s stomach.

Juneau's schools can lead the nation with graduation standards
In Monday’s Empire, I read with great hope and encouragement, “JSD may change graduation requirements” - Jan. 24, 2011.

Some men, also, are battered partners
In response to domestic violence and the victimization of women, I would like to discuss how domestic violence affects men. The rates for domestic violence of men are grossly under-reported. Why? Because who do they talk to? Sometimes the police aren’t empathic, their friends might tell them they are a coward or worse laugh at their injuries, work isn’t concerned that they have been assaulted and can’t perform on the job, there are no shelters for men, usually no anger management courses for women and little counseling/prevention services directed at the verbal and physical abuse of men.

Air Force wants your opinions
Recently, there has been a great deal of commentary in area newspapers, on radio air waves, and on various Web sites regarding the military’s proposed changes to the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex (JPARC). This commentary is critical to the Environmental Impact Statement and is an integral and important part of deciding if the proposed changes to JPARC are reasonable. As neighbors and fellow state residents, your Alaska military members are committed to trying to find a way to improve military training to keep up with current technology and lessons from combat with the least possible impact on Alaska’s public lands, wildlife, recreational opportunities, and expressed concerns of its citizens.

Helping hands, all in one hall
Centennial Hall seemed like a good, welcoming spot for Michael Johnson on Monday afternoon. He walked in, met with several friends and found some information he said he wouldn’t have gotten otherwise.

Attempted burglary at Western Auto thwarted
The Juneau Police Department responded to an alarm from Western Auto-Marine at 5:52 a.m. Tuesday morning, arriving within one minute to apprehend 27-year-old Juneau resident Derik Wythe inside the store.

Photo: Adding to the snow dump
Dump trucks drop their load Tuesday at the growing snow dump near the Mendenhall Glacier Visitors Center.

Juneau aviation to be featured in PBS series
Aviation technology in Juneau will be featured in a PBS segment on transportation networks.

JSD nutrition program to improve, breakfast initiatives lacking
Nutrition in meals served at Juneau schools could be improving under a proposal by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, meanwhile other initiatives, like the School Breakfast Program, are slow to gain a following.

Public: New grad requirements would kill electives, drive up drop out rate
A proposal for new graduation requirements that would require Juneau School District high school students to take more math, science and foreign language classes in lieu of free elective classes was met with more criticism than optimism at a public meeting Tuesday night.

AJ Mine Advisory Committee created
Research on whether the AJ Mine could be developed will move forward as seven people have been appointed to the newly formed AJ Mine Advisory Committee.

Photo: Performing at 'Tuxes to Xtratufs'
Members of the Thunder Mountain Big Band perform at the Inaugural Gala on Saturday at Centennial Hall.

Federal Subsistence Board OKs year-round sockeye fishing in Klawock River
The Federal Subsistence Board met over four days in Anchorage last week to take action on proposed changes to federal subsistence fishing programs, some of which applied to Southeast Alaska.

Police & Fire
This report contains information provided to the Empire from law enforcement agencies. This report includes arrest and citation information, not conviction information. Anyone listed in this report is presumed innocent.

Police & Fire
This report contains information provided to the Empire from law enforcement agencies. This report includes arrest and citation information, not conviction information. Anyone listed in this report is presumed innocent.

Roadless rule proving successful, conservation group says
The non-profit conservation group The Wilderness Society states the Roadless Area Conservation Rule, a federal mandate protecting certain wildlife areas in the country, is proving to be a success a decade after being adopted by the U.S. Forest Service. Senior Resource Analyst Mike Anderson said only 75 roads have been constructed in roadless areas since 2001, with a large portion of them in the Tongass National Forest, which is exempt from the rule.

James Russell Osborne Jr.
James Russell Osborne Jr. died Jan. 14, 2011, at his home in Hoonah.

Jose Santos Rodriguez
Jose Santos Rodriguez of Juneau passed away Dec. 19, 2010, after a very brief battle with cancer. He is known to his family as “Coqui” and “Cookie.” He was born June 28, 1947, in Queens, N.Y., son of Joseph Santos Rodriguez and Anna Rodriguez. Jose served in Vietnam and then made Juneau his home after his service in the U.S. Army.

Lucrecia Margarita Eldemar
Services for Lucrecia Margarita Eldemar will be held 5 p.m. Thursday at the Tlingit and Haida Community Hall, 3235 Hospital Dr. in Juneau.

Desdia Neva McKittrick Egan
Desdia Neva McKittrick Egan passed away Jan. 19, 2011; she was 96 years old. She was born Oct. 3, 1914 in Wilson, Kan. to Martha Desdia Alderson McKittrick and Joseph Leland McKittrick. She moved to Alaska in 1937 and never left.

Why can't we keep our National Guard home?
Earlier this month, 53 members of Alaska’s Air National Guard returned from a five-week deployment in Qatar. They had been called up to support America’s war in Afghanistan and the occupation of Iraq. Unlike many past homecomings though, these reservists weren’t greeted with any media fanfare. It’s as if we’ve forgotten America is still at war. But another question lurks behind the general public’s apparent indifference. Why is it necessary for the National Guard to support these missions in the first place?

Outside editorial: Pushing China, quietly
The following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

Obama, pragmatic liberal or Democratic modernizer?
When President Barack Obama addresses the nation from the U.S. House on Tuesday, he will do more than report on the state of the union. He also will signal the type of Democrat he will be for the rest of his term.

The gulf gap
Twenty years ago this week, despite fears of “another Vietnam,” the House and Senate voted to authorize the use of force against Iraqi troops occupying Kuwait.

Outside editorial: The union's slow recovery
The following editorial first appeared in the Miami Herald:

Wear Red Day reminds women of heart disease risk
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer for women in Alaska and the United States. To help women take better care of their hearts, the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium WISEWOMAN Women’s Health, Diabetes and Lifestyle Balance programs are joining millions of Americans in the celebration of National Wear Red Day on Feb. 4.

Dick appointed employment security director
Paul Dick of Juneau has been named director of the Employment Security Division by Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Click Bishop.

Prosecutor says Waterman knew of murder plot
ANCHORAGE — Prosecutor Stephen West claims he has evidence that Rachelle Waterman knew a plan was in place to kill her mother.

Murkowski, Begich legislative addresses set
JUNEAU — The dates have been set for Sens. Mark Begich and Lisa Murkowski to give their annual addresses to Alaska lawmakers.

House leaders cast doubt on gas tax suspension
JUNEAU — House Republican leaders are casting doubt on the prospects for the state motor fuels tax being suspended, as the governor has requested.

About 1,400 at Palin, school fundraiser in Lubbock
LUBBOCK, Texas — Ex-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin compared her home state to Texas when it comes to freedom and work ethics.

Bicknell claims Employer of Excellence Award from construction association
Bicknell Inc. in Juneau is one of the five statewide winners of the 2011 “Employer of Excellence Award” from the Alaska Construction Academics.

Ad-waving worker likes job — even at 40 below
FAIRBANKS — Even in temperatures hovering near 40 below, Deshaun Wilson dances on Fairbanks’ sidewalks, both to earn some money and to keep warm.

Police: death of man accidental
ANCHORAGE — Anchorage police say an accidental cause of death has been determined for a 48-year-old man whose body was found on an outdoor stairway on New Year’s Eve.

Public hearings on proposed road to Nome
ANCHORAGE — Public hearings are being held on a proposed 500-mile road to Nome that would cost more than $2.5 billion.

Statewide test of EAS system set for Wednesday
A statewide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, according to a release from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA.

Avalanche danger reduced, may move higher today
The City and Borough of Juneau reduced the avalanche danger faced by the city from “high” to “considerable” Monday morning, but that decrease may be short lived.

Alaska Airlines tops North American carriers in on-time arrivals
Alaska Airlines ranked high in FlightStats’ second annual On-time Performance Service Awards. These awards recognize airlines that deliver the highest percentage of flights to their arrival gates within 15 minutes of their scheduled arrival times.

Alaska fishing boat grounded to keep from sinking
KODIAK — The skipper of a fishing boat has run the vessel aground near Prince William Sound in Alaska to avoid sinking in deeper water.

4 UMaine finalists to visit campus
ORONO — Four finalists for the top job at the University of Maine will begin paying visits to the campus starting this week.

Close finish in the Kuskokwim 300 at Bethel
BETHEL — The winning margin in the Kuskokwim 300 was just one minute.

High winds strand Minn. climber on Mt. McKinley
GRAND MARAIS, Minn. — Brutal weather conditions have hampered the efforts of a Minnesota man who’s trying to become the first solo climber to reach the summit of Alaska’s Mount McKinley in January.

Virden named BIA's Alaska director
JUNEAU — Eugene R. Virden has been named regional director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs Alaska Regional Office in Juneau.

Man killed, wife wounded at Trapper Creek
TRAPPER CREEK — A man described by neighbors as a troublemaker is accused of shooting a couple — killing the man and wounding the woman — at Trapper Creek, a community near Talkeetna, about 80 miles north of Anchorage.

Alaska tries new technique to avoid trenching
FAIRBANKS — Alaska road crews are trying a new construction technique to replace culverts that avoids digging trenches and tying up traffic.

Alaska biologists may stun moose
FAIRBANKS — Alaska state biologists may use a stun gun to incapacitate a moose still wearing a rope from a river rescue three weeks ago.

FNB reports increases in year-over-year performance in fourth quarter
First National Bank Alaska announced updated fourth-quarter reports for 2010 Tuesday, after releasing initial reports Friday. Its net income was $10.6 million, or $32.04 per share, according to Chief Financial Officer Jason Roth. This compares to $7 million or $21.01 per share for fourth quarter 2009.

Flu cases showing up in Alaska
ANCHORAGE — Flu cases have started showing up in Alaska.

Kipnuk teen dies in 50-below weather
ANCHORAGE — Alaska State Troopers say a 14-year-old boy apparently died of exposure in 50-below temperatures while trying to walk home from a friend’s house Sunday in Kipnuk, about 100 miles southwest of Bethel.

Basketball tourney to raise money for charity
With the popularity of basketball so prevalent in Southeast Alaska, taking advantage of community support to benefit local charities through tournaments is a common practice by organizations around Juneau.

Photos: Senior night blowout
The Juneau-Douglas hockey team finished the 2010-11 season on Saturday with a 6-2 win over visiting Houston on senior night. Graduating this year are seniors Peyton Millay, Ben Peyton, Garret Cheeseman, Trever Held, Matthew Whistler, Cole Carnahan, Eric Verrelli and Taylor Lehnhart.

Crimson Bears come up big
Juneau-Douglas held Thunder Mountain without a field goal attempt for the first six-plus minutes Tuesday night and it was all Crimson Bears, 64-17 in a Southeast Conference girls’ basketball matchup at TMHS.

Parnell's definition of 'deficit' raises ire
Gov. Sean Parnell is denying the budget he presented to the Alaska Legislature relies on deficit spending, but he’s not disputing the state will have to dip into savings to balance the budget he presented.

Alaska Railroad challenges EPA on bridge plan
FAIRBANKS — The Alaska Railroad Corp. has asked federal engineers to reject a late environmental objection to its plan for a bridge across the Tanana River.

Poll finds baseline stats for domestic violence in Alaska
JUNEAU — A survey intended to provide a baseline for domestic violence and sexual assault rates in Alaska has found nearly 48 percent of women have been threatened or physically harmed by a partner during their lifetime.

Fire destroys Galena school shop building
GALENA — The entire village of Galena pitched in to help fight a fire that destroyed a school shop, even as temperatures plunged to 50 degrees below zero.

Witnesses: Woman blamed missing mother's drinking
ANCHORAGE — Witnesses at Rachelle Waterman’s second murder trial said Tuesday she told them after her slain mother went missing that the woman probably got drunk and crashed her vehicle somewhere.

Deadline nears for decision on walrus listing
ANCHORAGE — The federal Marine Mammal Commission has recommended Pacific walrus be listed as threatened or endangered, citing threats to the marine mammal from the loss of sea ice they rely on for foraging and giving birth.

Election review could be done soon
JUNEAU — An internal review of the 2010 election that left Alaska’s historic U.S. Senate race in limbo for nearly two months should be mostly completed within 45 days, Alaska Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell said Tuesday.

Yup'ik masks a highlight of Winter Antiques Show
NEW YORK — The design for the ceremonial Eskimo mask comes from a shaman’s dream. Fantastical, with a wide grin of pointed teeth and a halo of feathers, it is a highly expressive piece of Native American art — and had been tucked away in a private collection, unseen by the public for a half-century. Until now.

Parnell's gas tax suspension faces legislative opposition
Legislators appear reluctant to go along with Gov. Sean Parnell’s proposal to suspend the state gasoline tax, despite having overwhelmingly supported a similar measure from former Gov. Sarah Palin three years ago.

Alaska Air nearly triples profit, orders 15 planes
NEW YORK — Alaska Air Group, which operates Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, said Tuesday its fourth-quarter profit nearly tripled as traffic improved and it added routes. The company also said it will take delivery of an additional 15 Boeing 737s and will retire the Horizon name to fly all its planes under one banner.

Capital move fears stoked by bill, story
Juneau legislators are disputing an Anchorage Daily News story that states members of the city’s delegation have successfully killed a capital move effort.

Johansen says he'll fight recall
Rep. Kyle Johansen, R-Ketchikan, said Monday he’ll fight a recall campaign announced by a Ketchikan political leader last week.

Murkowski leaves address for son's surgery
ANCHORAGE — Sen. Lisa Murkowski said she watched President Obama’s State of the Union address from a hospital waiting room after receiving word that her younger son needed surgery.

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