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Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Margo Waring was not in legal sessions
As president of the Juneau School Board, I appreciate the opportunity to provide clarification on some points that recently appeared in the Juneau Empire.

House Bill 256 threatens wildlife
Imagine Alaska's wildlife regulations being based on a hunch rather than biological findings. Now imagine those same regulations being exempt from legal challenge. House Bill 256, now being considered by state legislators, would "accomplish" these things.

Cottage housing not so quaint
Coming to a residential neighborhood near you - cottage homes. The very term "cottage home" brings to mind bucolic little houses in a beautifully landscaped wooded setting. Unfortunately, the reality for Juneau reads more like high-priced density tract housing. The cottage housing ordinance allows for up to 12 homes per development, but due to a flaw in the ordinance as written, developers have found a way around this limit by phasing and grouping multiple developments together as one.

Fix ferry system, not break it further
The Alaska Marine Highway System really presents some challenges. For those of us who have followed and worked for the system since 1963, the present situation is very disappointing. The presence and answers of staff before the Alaska Legislature were ill-prepared, inadequate and embarrassing for all.

Use 'Bong Hits' money for teachers
I find it interesting that the Juneau School Board is so intent on continuing the "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" case, when they lost money from special education for mismanagement of funds.

Scores weigh in on plan for hoverbarges
State permitters and Tulsequah Chief Mine developers submitted to a barrage of public questions Monday night on the mine company's plan to use a hoverbarge on the Taku River.

Juneau boosts Obama, Romney
An overwhelming turnout of Juneau Democrats gave Sen. Barack Obama an overwhelming win in party caucuses Tuesday evening.

Citizens complain about snow berms
Riverside Drive residents Larry Buzzell and Kurt Dzinich Sr. are fed up with the city plows pushing snow berms across their driveways.

Romney takes 55 percent, Huckabee a distant second in Republican primary
Ken Kreitzer found a new fix this year.

Woman is arrested for alleged involvement in stolen check case
Juneau resident Roberta Jean White, 32, was arrested for her alleged involvement with a ring of people who stole checks and other property, police announced Monday.

Man with alleged ties to burglaries arrested on drug charge
The alleged ringleader behind a string of citywide burglaries, fraudulent checks and forgeries was arraigned Tuesday in Juneau Superior Court on a charge of possessing cocaine.

Photo: Buried in snow
Kevin Nye clears snow Monday under the watchful eye of a bonze brown bear sculpture in front of the Macaulay Salmon Hatchery. Juneau received about 7 inches of snow in 24 hours, and a heavy snow warning was issued for Monday night.

Photo: Clearing the way
A tug boat breaks up and pushes ice Monday in Gastineau Channel near Channel Drive. The crew of the tug cleared the ice for the Northland Services barge service. More cold weather is on the way, with highs in the teens forecasted for today and Thursday.

Photo: Protesting guerrilla violence in Colombia
A group of demonstrators rally against Colombia's largest rebel group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, on Monday in Marine Park. The event, sponsored by the Juneau Hispanic Organization, was held in unison with similar events worldwide to protest the FARC and its violent methods. For a story about events around the world, see Page A5.

Photo: Preparing for crab season
Juneau fisherman Norval Nelson, owner and skipper of the Star of the Sea, de-ices his crab pots and deck Tuesday aboard his fishing boat. Nelson was at the Taku Smokeries dock to pick up crab bait in preparation for the tanner and brown king crab opening, slated for Feb. 12.

Around Town

Around Town

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

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

Correction
An Around Town item in the Monday Juneau Empire incorrectly stated the time for the "Optimizing Wellness for Business and Personal Success" class. The class is from noon to 1 p.m. at the Juneau Empire building, in the third-floor conference room.

Southeast residents win prizes for referring 'Bigs'
JUNEAU - Four lucky Southeast Alaskans were prize winners in the recent "Refer-a-BIG Contest" sponsored by Big Brothers Big Sisters. They became eligible for prize drawings in their communities by referring one or more people who qualified to be Big Brothers or Big Sisters by the deadline of Dec. 15.

Ask Auntie Emo: Emo calls for 'Sweetheart' recipes
Calling all cooks! Do you have a favorite "Sweetheart" recipe you would like to share with our readers?

Juneau Employee Wellness Coalition honors university
JUNEAU - The Juneau Employee Wellness Coalition has honored the University of Alaska Southeast-Juneau Campus with its Well Workplace of the Month Award for January. The monthly award recognizes the efforts of Juneau organizations that promote employee wellness within their worksites.

Lent isn't just for Catholics and fasting is a matter of heart
The great Baptist preacher, Charles Haddon Spurgeon wrote, "Hold a true Lent in your souls, while you sorrow over your hardness of heart. Do not stop at sorrow! Remember where you first received salvation. Go at once to the cross...this will bring back to us our first love; this willrestore the simplicity of our faith, and the tenderness of our heart."

Traveler tells of posh Valentine's party in England
In early January 2006, I was surprised to see an ad in the Juneau Empire announcing "Europe From $498" plus $225 for fuel costs. Tickets had to be purchased by Jan. 31, and travel had to be completed by Feb. 28, 2006. I called my friend in England and asked Alison if she had a mid-term school holiday. She had a break in February.

Dorothy Sturrock
Lifelong Juneau resident Dorothy Sturrock died Jan. 29, 2008, with family by her side. She was 87.

Michael R. Allen
Juneau resident Michael R. Allen died peacefully Feb. 2, 2008, at home in Juneau, with family at his side. He was 62.

John Anthony Clark
Petersburg resident John Anthony Clark died Feb. 3, 2008, in Juneau. He was 74.

Elizabeth C. Israelson
Sitka resident Elizabeth "Betty" Israelson died Jan. 28, 2008, at Sitka Community Hospital after a long struggle with ovarian cancer. She was 86.

My Turn: Let's not forget our aging vets
One only has to pick up a newspaper, tune into a television station for a few seconds, or listen to the news on the radio for a minute or two before we hear about the work today's veterans are valiantly doing, at home and abroad. They deserve all of our prayers, respect and wishes for their well being.

Outside editorial: McCain, Obama are clear about torture
Military leaders testifying before Congress have been crystal clear in saying that waterboarding - controlled drowning - is torture, inhumane, illegal and against U.S. values. Why can't the attorney general say the same thing?

My Turn: We're having a party
"Vote for the man, not the party." "I don't want to be told what to do by a party."

My Turn: Election security is our democracy's cornerstone
A faded black-and-white photograph taken 60 years ago in South Texas shows some good ol' boys posed around the front end of a car and a ballot box marked with the words, "Precinct 13." Precinct 13 changed the course of history, according to author Robert Caro, who says that those in the picture were up to no good.

Outside editorial: Safety can't wait
Politicians long ago moved from talking about downsizing the federal government to doing something about it. We're starting to see the awful consequences.

My Turn: Juneau should seize Redfern opportunity
Juneau needs a shot in its economic arm. We need new creative ideas. Mining is a part of Juneau's history, and we have an opportunity for an economic boost from the reopening of Redfern Resources' Tulsequah Chief Mine in British Columbia, 40 miles northeast of Juneau.

Wasilla man held on arson charges
A 28-year-old Wasilla man has been charged with setting a fire that burned down his family's house, Alaska State Troopers said.

Federal judge rejects federal pension appeal
A federal judge has rejected an appeal by federal workers in Hawaii and Alaska to increase their pension benefits.

Susan Butcher Day passes in the Senate
The first day of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race will honor a four-time race champion under a bill approved by the Alaska Legislature.

Groups plan protest at Chukchi lease sale
Conservation and Native Alaska groups said they will protest the Chukchi Sea lease sale planned for Wednesday morning in Anchorage.

Judge sentences man in crack cocaine case
A federal court judge has sentenced an Anchorage man to five years in prison for manufacturing or distributing crack cocaine.

Breast Cancer Focus seeks grant proposals
Breast Cancer Focus, an Alaska fundraising organization, is soliciting grant proposals from Alaska organizations and individuals seeking funding for projects, services and events that support the mission of the organization.

Avalanche control slated for Thane Road
With heavy snow over the last few days and high winds expected, the state will conduct avalanche control today on the road that runs south out of downtown Juneau.

Man robs bank just outside Fairbanks
The FBI has taken over an investigation of the robbery of a bank just west of the Fairbanks city limits.

Lindner mushes to victory in Quest race
A young musher with a famous name has captured the Junior Yukon Quest sled dog race.

Governor names Juneau appointments
Gov. Sarah Palin Tuesday announced the appointment of several Juneau residents to state boards and commissions, in time to meet the deadline for legislative confirmation in the current session.

Jury finds man guilty of sex, drug trafficking
A man has been convicted of numerous counts of sex and drug trafficking crimes.

Dairy sells cheese for delivery in spring
A dairy under construction near Wasilla is trying to sell cheese for delivery in the spring.

Chiniak Gully now available to trawlers
Federal fisheries researchers say the Chiniak Gully research area off Kodiak Island will be available to trawl fishermen this year.

Photo: Golden flash
Svensson's Boatworks player John Kajdan pushes past a Kensington Goldminers defender during their Juneau Adult Hockey Association Tier A game on Sunday at Treadwell Arena. Turn to Page B3 for a full rundown of last week's JAHA action.

Juneau Pee Wees pick up valuable experience in Whitehorse, Yukon
The Juneau Douglas Ice Association Pee Wee Tier III team went winless but gained valuable experience at the Whitehorse Warriors Invitational Tournament on Jan. 17-21 in Whitehorse, Yukon.

Goldminers dig out a victory
James Feldman's goal with 2:15 left broke a 3-3 tie and gave Kensington Goldminers a 4-3 victory over Svensson's Boatworks on Sunday at Treadwell Arena in a Juneau Adult Hockey Association Tier A game.

Sports Digest

SPORTS IN JUNEAU
UPCOMING EVENTS

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

Alaskans ready for Super Tuesday
Politically inclined Alaskans are able to have their say in the presidential primary process today, as Juneau Democrats gather at Centennial Hall for a caucus, and Repubilcans vote in a preference poll at the Hangar on the Wharf.

Obama wins Alaska Democratic caucus as Mitt Romney takes Republican vote
ANCHORAGE - Barack Obama and Mitt Romney easily won Alaska's caucuses on Tuesday in a state where voting was marked by subzero temperatures and overflowing crowds.

State Habitat Division changes houses again
Gov. Sarah Palin announced Tuesday she will move the state Division of Habitat back into the Department of Fish and Game.

Prosecutors urge five-year sentence for Vic Kohring
Federal prosecutors are recommending former state Rep. Vic Kohring, R-Wasilla, be sentenced to five years in federal prison, after his recent conviction on corruption charges.

Alaska Native soldiers to be honored with cultural tribute
ANCHORAGE - Military veterans are working with Alaska Natives to welcome dozens of Eskimo soldiers back from Iraq and other war zones with a huge celebration incorporating their Yupik culture.

Alaskans seek counseling for foreclosure problems
Alaskans have not been spared the financial problems spurred by risky home loans, according to a group that provides counseling to people delinquent on their mortgages.

Lawmaker urges tax credits to promote filmmaking in state
Alaska should be getting a bigger piece of Hollywood's money pie, according to a state lawmaker.

Search for missing balloonist could go on for several weeks
A Japanese balloonist who vanished above the North Pacific Ocean last week has a pod-like life raft and enough food to keep him alive for at least three weeks, meaning the search could continue for at least that long, authorities said.

Federal agency proposes keeping state bowhead whale hunt at current levels
Villages along Alaska's western coastline where residents hunt bowhead whales would see no reduction in their subsistence hunt quota under a plan preferred by a federal agency.

Jim Hayes denies fraud charges in testimony
FAIRBANKS - Former Fairbanks Mayor Jim Hayes denied diverting funds from federal grants to his church and his bank account.

Mud keeps Maggie from joining herd in California
ANCHORAGE - The only thing keeping Alaska's former elephant from joining the crowd at a northern California sanctuary is mud.

This Day in History
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Judge rejects Anchorage rezone for Wal-Mart
ANCHORAGE - A Superior Court judge had rejected rezoning approved for a proposed Wal-Mart Supercenter and Sam's Club in east Anchorage.

This Day in History
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