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Monday, February 11, 2008

Wildlife not managed by scientific principles
Our Board of Game is dominated by the Alaska Outdoors Council. The council membership is only around 3,000, but there are roughly 90,000 registered hunters and more than 600,000 Alaskans. Our state constitution says resources such as wildlife are owned equally by all Alaskans, yet as is obvious from the past two votes banning aerial hunting, the council considers nonmembers secondary owners. The Board of Game adheres strictly to council guidelines in its decisions.

Not me, thank you
My name is Nikki R. Richert, and I would like to take this opportunity to clarify that I am not the same Nicole D. Richert who was recently arrested and accused of involvement in the check fraud scam printed in the Juneau Empire on Jan. 31.

Thanks to Palin for Habitat move
I'd like to thank Gov. Sarah Palin for her wise decision to move the Habitat Division back to the Department of Fish and Game. With the move, Fish and Game will once again be able to fully carry out its constitutional mandate of protecting our fish and wildlife resources, provided that the state can both retain and also reacquire qualified professionals whose jobs were eliminated in 2003.

Remember your snow etiquette
Recently I moved into a nice home in a nice part of town that I'm very fond of. Everything has been great until recently when we started getting a lot of snow.

Blaze destroys Auke Bay store
Fire destroyed much of a fishing, food and liquor store in Auke Bay early Saturday morning.

Students bring news broadcast to city
The city's newest TV news program is scheduled to start airing this week on Juneau's television sets.

Choice in Education
The deadline for picking a high school is this Wednesday and some of Juneau's high school students are feeling overwhelmed.

Despite storms, Juneau snowfall is still average
February's nonstop storms might make it seem like Juneau is headed for another record snow year, but snowfall is close to average so far this winter.

Goldbelt debates plans for future of corporation
After plans to build a dock for the Kensington Mine were foiled, Goldbelt is brainstorming about what to do with its property at Cascade Point.

Photos: Mechanical Marvels
Color and creativity once again entertained a crowd at the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council annual fashion event that this year invited local artists to design wearable art under the theme "Mechanical Marvels."

Photos: Harbor snowed in
Boats are surrounded by ice and snow as a worker plows snow Sunday at the Harris Harbor dock.

Photo: SEARHC honors president emeritus
SEARHC President Emeritus Ethel Lund, left, speaks during a recent celebration in which the SEARHC Juneau Medical Center was renamed the SEARHC Ethel Lund Medical Center. In the background are SEARHC Board of Directors, Chairperson Jan Hill and SEARHC President and CEO Roald Helgesen.

Around Town
Today

Choices for high school students
Incoming 10th-, 11th- and 12th-graders will choose between four programs for their high school studies.

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

Around Town
Today

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

James Kookash Demmert Jr.
Juneau resident James Kookash Demmert Jr. died Feb. 3, 2008, in Juneau. He was 68.

Schuyler J. Stevens
Juneau resident Schuyler J. Stevens died Feb. 6, 2008, following surgery in Phoenix, Ariz. He was 75.

My Turn: Work on issues, not capital move
History looks favorably on those people with vision, like former Gov. Jay Hammond, the "Father of the Alaska Permanent Fund." The permanent fund is by far the most unifying legislation in the history of our state and benefits all Alaskans. With this act, Hammond raised the bar on good ideas.

My turn: Reinstate Gold Medal tourney's women, intermediate divisions
I, and many others in this community, read with some dismay that the Gold Medal Tournament Committee has decided to take actions which would eliminate the women's and intermediate divisions in this year's tournament. The committee will also add teams to the C, B and masters divisions. I think the direction of the committee is a mistake.

Juneau weathered well during Great Depression
Tough economic times loom for Juneau. As I explained in this space two weeks ago, America is headed for a recession, and Alaskans won't be spared the belt-tightening that is to come.

Outside editorial: A president who tortured
"We do not torture."

Outside editorial: Go with the floe?
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is nearly a month overdue in making a decision on whether to list the polar bear as a threatened species. Though there's reason to view the delay with cynicism - it gave the government time to lease prime polar-bear habitat for oil exploration - this is a decision with far-reaching and potentially unintended consequences.

Let American ingenuity solve the power crunch
Maryland's Allegheny Energy recently mailed two compact fluorescent light bulbs to each of its customers. Imagine the indignation when those customers noticed a $12 charge for the unsolicited mailing.

Outside editorial: Romney bowed out gracelessly
It would have been better for the nation if Mitt Romney had said he just wanted to spend more time with his family.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

The snowshoe shuffle
Digging out one's parking space every day can make a person start to resent the snow. That's when it's time to slap on the snowshoes and head out into the Great Beyond.

Are ski conditions too hairy? Try grooming
We hear frequently from our users about grooming practices at Eaglecrest Ski Area - not personal grooming, no problem there - but about grooming the slopes. Some of our more advanced skiers would like to see a little less grooming. Some of our new skiers and intermediate skiers would like to see more grooming.

Eagles on the prowl for wild snacks
On a recent trip to a commercial center in the Mendenhall Valley, I stopped to watch a group of about 15 ravens, all clustered around some chunks of bread strewn on the snow. They were soon joined by a gang of immature, gray glaucous-winged gulls, raucous and pushy, as usual.

Out & About
Today: Public trap shoot, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Juneau Gun Club.

Fairbanks respiratory ills blamed on cold
FAIRBANKS - The severe cold in Fairbanks is behind a hike in respiratory viruses.

Saturday Wearable Art tickets valid Sunday
JUNEAU - Due to the heavy snow and high wind warnings for Saturday, the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council will honor Saturday Wearable Art Show tickets on Sunday as well.

Metlakatla mayor vows to fight ouster
KETCHIKAN - Metlakatla's mayor plans to fight a vote by village leaders to remove him from office.

SEARHC renames clinic to honor Lund
JUNEAU - The Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium honored President Emeritus Ethel Lund by renaming the Juneau Medical Center for her.

Five teens arrested on marijuana charges
FAIRBANKS - Five students from schools in Fairbanks have been arrested on marijuana charges.

Mt. Sima passholders offered free skiing
JUNEAU - Eaglecrest Ski Area is offering free skiing and snowboarding to Mt. Sima pass-holders for the remainder of the season at Eaglecrest. Mt. Sima, located in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, announced it would not open for the season due to low snowfall and other issues.

University offers financial help today
JUNEAU - The University of Alaska Southeast invites students who are planning to attend college next year, and their parents, to attend College Goal Sunday at 2 p.m. today at the UAS Student Recreation Center, off the Back Loop Road.

Teacher to speak on indigenous education
JUNEAU - Maria Offer will present "Indigenous Education in Southern Mexico" at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the University of Alaska Southeast Egan Lecture Hall (downstairs in the library).

Group mulls merger of Southcentral utilities
ANCHORAGE - An advisory group is calling for the two largest electric utilities in Southcentral Alaska to join forces.

Juneau-Douglas JV upends Sitka girls twice over weekend
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls junior varsity basketball team received two balanced scoring efforts to defeat visiting Sitka on Friday and Saturday.

JDHS girls topple Sitka, take conference lead
One rough shooting night couldn't deter the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team from securing a series sweep of Sitka on Saturday.

Juneau Parks and Recreation Ordway Basketball Tournament Results

Frigid temps don't deter cross-country skiers
Cold weather Saturday didn't stop Eaglecrest Ski Area from hosting its first competitive Nordic race in two years, but it diminished the number of entrants.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU

Floyd Dryden wrestling
Floyd Dryden Middle School wrestling coach Geoff Harben addresses his team prior to Thursday's meet with Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School. Visit spotted.juneauempire.com for pictures.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU
UPCOMING EVENTS

McCain likely faces uphill battle in Alaska
If Sen. John McCain cannot win over Alaska Republicans who voted overwhelmingly against him as a presidential nominee on Super Tuesday, it could give Democrats the best chance they've had in decades to win Alaska's three electoral votes in November.

Former Stevens aide benefits from earmark
Newly uncovered documents show a generous earmark in 2005 by Sen. Ted Stevens was manipulated to lead to the purchase of property owned by his former aide, Trevor McCabe, now an Anchorage fisheries lobbyist.

Sniper convicted of killing Iraqi
A military jury on Sunday convicted an Army sniper of murder and sentenced him to 10 years in prison for killing an Iraqi civilian who wandered into the hiding place where six soldiers were sleeping.

Palin appoints Native to Board of Game
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sarah Palin moved rapidly Friday to make a new appointment to the Board of Game, and in doing so quieted a storm of protest from Native leaders and lawmakers.

House committee reworks statute of limitations bill
A bill that would give the state's watchdog agencies more time to receive complaints and investigate alleged violations is going through the legislative sausage maker.

Craig plans to use Tongass waste wood to heat buildings
The small community of Craig is proud of its big swimming pool.

Snowmobile racers prepare for start of Tesoro Iron Dog
FAIRBANKS - Alaska's First Gentleman will be among the favorites when the world's longest snowmobile race begins Sunday.

Rural residents wary of rickety bridges in Alaska
TRAPPER CREEK - Buried under a few feet of snow, the one-lane bridge over Cottonwood Creek on Oilwell Road looks safe, but for the signs warning of a three-ton weight limit.

Victim in Kodiak boating accident identified as part of Russian community
ANCHORAGE - Authorities on Sunday said a man who died in a capsized fishing boat off the island of Kodiak was a member of a Russian religious community that was still mourning the loss of five members in a fatal plane crash five weeks ago.

Quotation posted by students draws ire
ANCHORAGE - A quotation posted by black students at an Anchorage high school has stirred debate and outrage.

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