Monday, February 4, 2008

Deep-six the Juneau access road project
A state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities' Web page describes our transportation situation like this:

Helped elect first woman president
The New York Times on Jan. 25 endorsed the candidacy of Hillary Clinton for president. The Times editorial stated that "We know that she is capable of uniting and leading. We saw her going town by town through New York in 2000, including places where Clinton-bashing was a popular sport (in her Senate race). She won over skeptical voters and then delivered on her promises and handily won re-election in 2006."

Don't be scared away from Clinton
In a political campaign season, we hear lots of silly ideas. When we have two people in the Democratic primary, each with strong credentials to be the nominee, things can get sillier than usual. So it is with the Clinton-Obama contest.

Address global poverty during the election
I am a voter and I do not subscribe to the "one person can't do anything" approach to politics that allows us to sit back and do nothing. So I am a member of a 2.4-million-member group called ONE, working to make the fight against extreme poverty and global disease in the 2008 presidential election.

Gaining a Voice
A perfect combination of candidates and timing has made Alaska a player in presidential politics like never before.

Tlingit classes draw outside interest
It's Friday morning at Harborview Elementary and the kids in Ms. Eddy's class are sitting together on the floor learning a song.

Enrollment in schools continues to decrease
Public school enrollment in the Juneau School District continued to slide for the fifth consecutive year to reach the lowest student population since 1990, according to a recently released tally compiled by a state agency.

Photo: Attaining balance
Takeshi Toma, of Arlington, Va., teaches a Yang style Tai-Chi class attended by about a dozen people Sunday at Centennial Hall. Toma, a master Tai-Chi instructor in Arlington's wellness program, held the one-day workshop to gauge interest in Juneau for the possibility of future classes.

Groups want more details on hoverbarges
Redfern Resources Ltd. has offered new information on the hoverbarge it wants to use on the Taku River for the Tulsequah Chief Mine.

Around Town

Juneau 'superdelegate' receives a personal call from Bill Clinton
When former President Bill Clinton called the Alaska Public Employees Association on Jan. 19, he was looking for Juneau resident Cindy Spanyers. Instead he got a receptionist who didn't believe the guy with the Arkansas accent was really the two-term president.

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

A Ripple of Peace
Juneau resident Libia Jones has felt the violence that's shaken South America.

New commercial dock nears final approval from city
After eight years of work, the Juneau Docks and Harbors Board voted Thursday to award a $7 million contract to Trucano Construction to build a new Auke Bay loading dock complex for commercial fishing and transportation.

Children flock to arts celebration
"Pull towards your belly button," Hillary Buck told children as they attempted to shape a lump of clay she placed on a wheel Saturday during the Community Arts Celebration.

Around Town
Today

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

Clyde Waldrip
Juneau resident Clyde Anderson Waldrip died Jan. 29, 2008, at Bartlett Regional Hospital, after an extensive battle with Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's. He was 84.

Walter Ormasen
Walter Anson Ormasen, 81, died peacefully in his sleep Dec. 30, 2007. He was fit and active to the end. His portrait in "Between Friends," a Canadian coffee table book published in honor of the United States bicentennial in 1976, could have been taken last year, friends said.

Outside editorial: What's the beef?
This editorial first appeared in the Washington Post:

My turn: Redfern not trying to shut out the public at Monday meeting
Many recent letters about Redfern Resources' Tulsequah Chief Mine Project have expressed concerns, some unfounded but understandable, about our proposed transportation plan. I'd like to clarify the facts and invite everyone to a public meeting Monday at Centennial Hall from 7 to 9:30 p.m. to learn firsthand what we are proposing, what benefits our operations will bring to Juneau, and to have the opportunity to ask questions.

Outside editorial" Pre-Olympic games
This editorial first appeared in the Washington Post:

Empire editorial: Republicans should support John McCain
To read the Juneau Empire's stand on Democratic presidential candidates, published Friday, please go to the opinion section at www.juneauempire.com.

Check out Activote election coverage
The Empire has added a potent, powerful, innovative new feature to its Web site for all you political junkies who can't get enough of your daily habit from CNN, MSN, talk radio, blog sites and other sources. It's also a cool tool for those of us who see politics as less than a life-and-death proposition, at least on a daily basis.

My turn: Obituary of a language
On Jan. 23, the Juneau Empire reported the death of Chief Marie Smith Jones, the last fluent speaker of Eyak. Since my first linguistics class six years ago, I have often heard that half of the world's nearly 7,000 languages will die within the next century, but until last week, I had never read an obituary of a language.

My turn: Pro-choice, pro-woman
I am writing to comment on the recent "pro-life" demonstrations and proposed developments in regards to women's human rights here in Alaska. As a woman I am very concerned that the focus regarding a woman's "right to choose" has been taken off of the health, safety and reproductive rights of the woman and has been shifted to religious opinions, biases and a focus on the fetus' "rights."

Alaska is entitled
A few years ago, 131 earmarks in the federal budget for Alaska caused a national fuss because of Ketchikan's and Anchorage's so-called bridges to nowhere.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

Nome beckons Bicknell
Juneau resident Deborah Bicknell is not your average 62-year-old woman. While many sexagenarians are pursuing their Alaska adventures aboard cruise ships or RVs, Bicknell is living her dream as a competitive sled dog racer.

Climbers relish new ice from thaw-freeze alternation
ANCHORAGE - Joe Stock knows all too well the dangers of climbing ice when it's too warm out. During a climbing trip many years ago, the day warmed up to the 40s and a chunk of ice fell away from the ice face, breaking his leg.

Upgrades would make hatchery near Anchorage a world-class facility
ANCHORAGE - There are days in the summer when a tour bus - sometimes two - will drop off upward of 200 visitors to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's Elmendorf Hatchery, a four-man operation that is in charge of rearing the bulk of Anchorage's salmon population on a small parcel of land off Post Road and Reeve Boulevard.

Demand from China buoying copper theft
Folks calling the Oregon Caves National Monument will have to be content with leaving a message for a while.

Feds to join appeal on tailings decision
JUNEAU - The federal agency in charge of Coeur Alaska's tailings permit for the Kensington gold mine will join in an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court asking to have permits for a previous tailings plan reinstated.

Bill calls for ban on legal hallucinogen
State Sen. Gene Therriault wants to impose a ban on a naturally growing hallucinogen that's sold legally.

Man plowing driveway struck on highway
JUNEAU - A man plowing his driveway with an all-terrain vehicle near Glacier Highway and Lena Point on Friday suffered injuries when the ATV was struck by an SUV.

Heavy snow warning in effect today
JUNEAU - As many as 16 inches of snow were predicted to fall in the Juneau area between Saturday night and today, according to the National Weather Service.

Mice blamed for equipment damage
Chewed wires and rodent droppings found by an equipment repairman could only mean one thing: the Anchorage Assembly's copy machine was the victim of mice.

Mayor of Houston extends his leave
The mayor of the Mat-Su town of Houston said he is extending a personal leave.

DeHarts Boat Yard to switch hands
JUNEAU - The Juneau Docks and Harbors Board on Thursday picked Juneau Marine Services to take over DeHarts boat yard lease.

Villages task force releases findings
A task force set up to look at Alaska's Village Public Safety Officer program submitted its findings and recommendations to the state Senate.

370,000 apply for PFD direct deposit
JUNEAU - About 370,000 Alaskans applied online last month for their share of the state's oil wealth, officials said.

Man accused in death appears in court
A 38-year-old Anchorage man accused of fatally shooting his brother has appeared in court on murder charges.

Body found in debris near Delta Junction
FAIRBANKS - The state medical examiner will try to identify a body found in a burned home near Delta Junction.

Murkowski endorses Romney for president
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski is endorsing Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney.

Palin replaces two on Board of Game
FAIRBANKS - Gov. Sarah Palin has appointed a former president of the Alaska Outdoors Council to the state Board of Game.

Oil thieves strike in Ketchikan
KETCHIKAN - Ketchikan police are warning residents to be on the lookout for thieves targeting stove oil.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

JDHS girls split with Kayhi
It's been more than a five-year wait, but the Ketchikan High School girls basketball team finally got the best of its Southeast Conference rivals.

Juneau-Douglas boys split on the road
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team learned from its errors Saturday to secure a key split in Ketchikan.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU
UPCOMING EVENTS

Lawmakers mull rolling back some oil tax increases
JUNEAU - Lawmakers started discussions on stripping key provisions from an oil tax increase and returning more than $800 million to the North Slope producers - just hours after one major producer posted record profits.

Pebble Mine questions state Habitat Division move
The Pebble Mine's would-be developers are concerned about the state Habitat Division's current home in the Department of Natural Resources, according to a letter they wrote to Gov. Sarah Palin.

Gas line divide crosses party, regional lines
Lines are being drawn in the battle over the state's gas pipeline, but they're not following typical party or regional divisions.

Coast Guard searches for missing hot-air balloonist
ANCHORAGE - The U.S. Coast Guard was continuing its search Saturday for a Japanese hot-air balloonist who disappeared over the Pacific Ocean south of the Aleutian Islands.

Allen sex crime probe reopened
Anchorage police have reopened a case over alleged sex crimes by Bill Allen, the former head of the oil services company VECO and the federal government's key witness in an ongoing political corruption probe.

Two Alaskans carving into top U.S. snowboarding ranks
With his legs attached to the snowboard, 15-year-old Ryan Stassel took a penguin-like running start, launching himself toward the first ramp in the terrain park. A light-blue cap covered his curly black hair and he squatted low in baggy brown board pants to gain speed for the jump.

Judge says Fairbanks diocese liable in layman's sex abuse case
FAIRBANKS - A Superior Court judge has ruled against the Fairbanks Catholic diocese in the case of now-deceased lay volunteer Joseph Lundowski, who was accused in the sexual abuse of scores of western Alaska children.

Oregon neurosurgeon prepares for Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race
From his comfortable chair by the fire, Cliff Roberson recalled another night. He spent it with his sled dogs, huddled against a blizzard above the tree line on an Alaska mountainside.

Guardsman wants to become first Tennessean to finish the Iditarod
Tennessee National Guardsman Master Sgt. Rodney Whaley's choice of transportation looks out of place among the manicured green lawns and brick homes in his suburban neighborhood.

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