Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Don't swallow agency-speak
In the article titled "Sealaska criticizes planned timber sale" on Jan. 23, the reader is left with the following closing line:

Questioning ethics in 'Bong Hits' case
If I'm not mistaken, Doug Mertz's wife, Margo Waring, is on the Juneau School Board. I know they are both professional, but I don't think it is ethical for her to sit in on any School Board meeting that pertains to the "Bong Hits" issue.

Support the fight against poverty
As a voter and a member of a local chapter of the poverty fighting group, ONE, I have been working with the more than 2.4 million ONE members nationally to make the fight against extreme poverty and global disease an issue in the 2008 presidential election.

Nonsmoker says smoking stinks
I see Robert Dorian, in his letter on Jan. 18, finds it "quite mundane" that people who may or may not have lived in California have the nerve to shoulder against his "ideals" by not liking smokers blowing their stink at us.

Say no to cutbacks, update ferry system
Do not cut back the Alaska Marine Highway System services to and from Bellingham, Wash.!

Resident thankful for city bus service
Recently I've read several letters about Capital Transit that don't match my experience. I have ridden Capital Transit for 10 years now, and I've been pleased with the service for the entire time.

Botelho's comments were hypocritical
The Juneau Empire on Jan. 22 reported on a ceremony to honor Martin Luther King and all the meaning behind "all being equal." I found Mayor Bruce Botelho's comments to be some of the most hypocritical I have ever seen. He was quoted as saying that "Alaska Natives were not allowed to make a claim on land or gold, and education was separate but equal. Thank God it is our past, we cannot forget these things."

Human life begins at conception
This is regarding the letter "In support of Planned Parenthood" by Dr. Emily A. Kane, on Jan. 20.

Alaska fishermen push for Farm Bill benefits
Just this once, wild-harvest fishermen in Alaska and nationwide want to be lumped in with fish farmers.

Presentation to pay tribute to Juneau pioneer
It might seem like Mark Whitman is trying to bury a ghost.

Photo: Ice piling up
Ice and snow coat the high-tide line on pilings Sunday at the Treadwell Mine ventilator shaft building at Sandy Beach. A wind advisory remains in effect through 2 p.m. today, with a high temperature of about 10.

Winds knock over 11,000-pound shipping containers in Juneau
Wind and frigid temperatures wreaked havoc on the Alaska Marine Highway System this weekend and toppled more than two dozen shipping containers at Alaska Marine Lines near downtown.

Photo: Windy ski
Emily Ferry, left, Demian Schane and John Parent ski through a tree-protected section of the Steep Creek Trail on Sunday at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center as high winds blow snow off Mount Bullard in the background.

Ordinance would limit time frame for tax exemption
The Juneau Assembly introduced an ordinance Monday that would impose a one-year time limit on property tax exemptions for senior citizens and veterans.

Around Town

Photo: Early morning avalanche
An avalanche comes down Mount Roberts toward Thane Road at about 8:20 a.m. Monday. The avalanche, reportedly caused by high winds, did not block the road.

Photo: World of ice
A cross-country skier accompanied by a dog glides across frozen Mendenhall Lake on Monday in front of the Mendenhall Glacier. Clear but cold weather will continue today with a high of 14.

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

Around Town

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

Hannah Wheaton
Hannah Marie Wheaton, originally of Juneau, died on Jan. 23, 2008, in Portland, Ore. She was 38. A full obituary will follow.

Outside editorial: The enemy within
Last week, Israel closed border crossings into Gaza and blockaded some supplies of fuel and food, a response to rocket fire into Israel from the Palestinian territory. Electricity was reported to be in short supply in some places. Hospitals were warning of tragic consequences if power lapsed or medical supplies ran low. The Red Cross and United Nations issued warnings of a potential humanitarian crisis.

My Turn: Danger with zinc-based inhalers
I recently purchased a zinc-based inhaler with sinus relief medication from one of our local merchants. It was located on the shelf in between the Food and Drug Administration approved over-the-counter medications. However, I learned the hard way that it is not.

Outside editorial: Europe's proposal
The European Union announced a new plan last week to combat global warming that would set firm caps on emissions by 27 countries. The initiative might be seen as widening the gap on climate change between Europe and the United States, given the Bush administration's refusal to consider such binding measures. But that's premature: In fact, the proposal in many ways mirrors initiatives under discussion in Congress and could be the beginning of a harmonization of climate change policy between Brussels and Washington.

Arguing themselves to death
Democrats are so well positioned to take the White House and even win additional seats in Congress this year that it raises an intriguing question: How will they manage to blow it this time?

My turn: A better way to fix Alaska
In a political environment where "reformer's zeal" seems to know no partisan or ideological bounds, the good news is that some form of long-overdue ethics reform is finally moving from hope to reality here in Alaska.

Lawmaker urges Susan Butcher Day
FAIRBANKS - State Representative David Guttenberg said he's optimistic his bill honoring champion sled dog musher Susan Butcher will pass this session.

Senators want delay in ID requirements
WASHINGTON - Nineteen senators, including five from Washington state, Idaho and Alaska, asked the Department of Homeland Security on Monday to delay new border-crossing rules that will mean longer lines and stiffer demands for identification for people entering the United States from Canada.

Road rage puts one man in hospital
ANCHORAGE - A road rage incident on the Glenn Highway landed one man in an Anchorage hospital and another behind bars.

Anchorage firefighters find body in rubble
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage firefighters said they found the body of an unidentified person in the rubble of a fire this weekend.

Snowmobiles allowed at Hatcher Pass
ANCHORAGE - State parks officials have opened up the east side of Hatcher Pass to snowmobiles.

Alaska Airlines makes emergency landing
KETCHIKAN - For the second time in a week, an Alaska Airlines jet had to make an emergency landing at Ketchikan International Airport.

Samaritans chase down robbery suspect
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage robbery suspect is under arrest after a group of citizens chased him and held him until officers arrived.

City to consider airport improvements
JUNEAU - The Assembly voted Monday to introduce an ordinance at its next regular meeting appropriating $8.1 million for improvements at Juneau International Airport.

South Franklin Street upgrades approved
JUNEAU - The Assembly voted during its regular meeting Monday to transfer $183,000 into the South Franklin Street Capital Improvement Project.

Eagle residents decry dust control project
FAIRBANKS - A $1.3 million dust control project in the town of Eagle has been approved by the city council, but many residents say they don't want it.

Police investigate parking lot shooting
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police said a man was shot and wounded in the parking lot of a bar Sunday morning.

Palin calls for aviation technology loans
JUNEAU - Governor Sarah Palin says she wants Alaska's pilots to have the best aviation safety equipment possible.

Mayors to meet in Anchorage next year
ANCHORAGE - An international group of northern mayors will meeting in Anchorage next year to discuss global warming.

Weather delays efforts to clean up fuel spill
SELAWIK - Weather is delaying clean up efforts of a fuel spill at the tank farm in the village of Selawik.

JDHS tops Colony in 2 OTs
Nicole Fenumiai's free throws with 4.4 seconds left seals win for Bears.

Climbers, fans come out for competition
A free bouldering and speed-climbing competition officially christened the new Balance Climbing store on Friday at the Rock Dump Indoor Climbing Gym.

Colony boys knock off Juneau-Douglas
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team wanted to expunge some of the memories of last year's playoff loss to Colony with a solid showing this weekend. Instead, the Crimson Bears experienced a painful instant replay Sunday.

Photo: Pushing the action
D.K. Mining Co.'s Ian Fisk battles for the puck with the Orange's Justine Emerson during their Juneau Adult Hockey Association Tier B game on Sunday. Turn to Page B8 for results and standings from JAHA.

Juneau boys, girls JV teams sweep Colony at home
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball junior varsity team had four people score in double figures in a 56-54 win over Colony on Sunday.

Johnson's goal propels D.K. Mining Co. to win
Arne Johnson broke a 3-3 tie with 5:21 left in the game to lift D.K. Mining Co. past the Orange 4-3 in a Juneau Adult Hockey Association Tier A game on Sunday at Treadwell Arena.

Sports Digest

As gold prices climb, prospectors head for Alaska
New snow, knee-high, conceals the tumbled boulders lining the banks of Crow Creek. The water temperature hovers near freezing and the air is several degrees colder. For the men crouching up to their chests in the glacier-fed stream, it is an ideal day to search for gold.

Groups sue for info in petroleum lease sale
Conservation groups on Monday sued the federal agency responsible for the upcoming offshore petroleum lease sale in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska's northwest coast, claiming the federal government has not disclosed documents that could show harmful effects to polar bears and other marine mammals.

Alaska 'bear man' ready for his international close-up
Alaska could have a new international celebrity: a nearly 70-year-old retired school teacher who has spent the past two decades hiding from the public eye in an effort to conceal his intimate love affair with a large gang of black and grizzly bears.

State keeps quiet about victory in settlement
The Alaska Department of Revenue won a big settlement for state workers and retirees, but agreed to keep quiet about its victory.

Majority leader urges Anchorage mayor to file for Senate campaign
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich has not made up his mind about running for higher office, but pressure is mounting from within his own party.

Federal coordinator says Alaska's gas line plan must keep momentum
Federal gas pipeline coordinator Drue Pearce said Monday she believes Gov. Sarah Palin's gas line plan is working - so far.

Mushers' supplies becoming more compact in Yukon Quest sled dog race
A single moving van awaited hundreds of woven plastic bags Saturday that contain mushers' supplies for the 25th Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

Judge rules in favor of Stevens in ethics case
Former state Senate president Ben Stevens, who has been embroiled in political scandal over the past year, has won a small victory in a dispute with the state's legislative watchdog over financial disclosure laws.

Fort Wainwright sculpture honors combat medics
Artist James Grant Sr. hopes his latest sculpture will buoy the spirits of wounded soldiers at Fort Wainwright.

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