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Monday, February 18, 2008

Thanks for restoring Habitat to Fish & Game
It happens too often that a letter to the editor is critical of some event or issue. So, it is such a pleasure to be able to write a message of thanks to Gov. Sarah Palin for her wise decision to move the Habitat Division and its permitting authority back to the Department of Fish and Game.

Don't let Alaska fund genocide in Darfur
If we knew the Alaska Permanent Fund was invested in companies that support the militia in Sudan that is responsible for the genocide in Darfur, we'd be outraged. About 400,000 people have been killed so far and 2.5 million are without homes and are in fear for their lives every single day.

Make it easier to give Alaskans a voice
Like many people, I was eager to vote in this year's presidential primary, and then I remembered - we don't have a presidential primary. We have caucuses. Or at least that's what the Democrats have. I'm still confused about what the Republicans have.

Doll urges online monitoring of sex offenders
Last month, Juneau resident Richard Bailey pleaded guilty to trying to seduce what he thought was a 13-year-old girl online.

Students opt for JDHS over new school
Students picked the current high school over the much-vaunted new one by a ratio of 2:1, according to data released by the Juneau School District on Friday.

Paving the way to Statehood
George Rogers had dreams of becoming an architect while growing up in San Francisco. He had no idea that one day he would be helping construct the Constitution of the State of Alaska instead of designing buildings.

Surviving Home Depot
Eight months after Home Depot opened a store in Lemon Creek, its competitors say they're surviving the arrival of the big box store.

Native community remembers civil rights leader
Juneau's Native community celebrated a historic milestone in civil rights Friday at the ANB Hall downtown with speeches, performances by children in dance and song, as well as fellowship and food.

Photo: Lighting up the night
Juneau residents watch the Winter Fireworks Spectacular on Sunday evening at Eaglecrest Ski Area. Fire on McGinnis played music in the lodge and a crowd enjoyed a bonfire in the upper parking lot during the event.

Manager: National chain store growing, but needs more staff
Juneau has posed some special challenges for the national chain Home Depot in the last eight months, according to the store manager.

Around Town
Today

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

City joins 'Bong Hits' mediation before next round of litigation
The city recently became involved in the "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" litigation by appearing on behalf of the Juneau School District in settlement mediation required by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

State halts Taku permit process, delays end of comment period
State regulators at the Department of Natural Resources asked Redfern Resources Ltd. this week for more information about its transportation plans for the Tulsequah Chief Mine, delaying the end of the public comment period.

AroundTown
Today

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

McCain works to soften reputation about temper
WASHINGTON - Temper, temper. Republican John McCain is known for his.

Robert Abram Welsh Sr.
Former Juneau resident Robert "Bob" Abram Welsh Sr. died Feb. 8, 2008, at the Arbor Rose Home in Mesa, Ariz. He was 80.

Michael Millican
Former Juneau resident Michael Patrick Millican died Jan. 26, 2008. He was 43.

Angle Rock Peterson
Lifelong Juneau resident Angle Rock Peterson Jr. died Feb. 10, 2008, in Juneau. He was 58.

Pauline Skinner
Juneau pioneer Pauline Redwine Skinner died Feb. 9, 2008, at her home in Summerfield, Ore., of natural causes. She was 102.

Mae Manning
Former Juneau resident Mae Manning died Feb. 11, 2008, in Bakersfield, Calif., after a long battle with lymphoma. She was 77.

Philip Edward Fishel
Former Juneau resident Philip Edward Fishel died Jan. 18, 2008, in Coos Bay, Ore. He was 65.

Empire editorial: Capital move bill ignores the will of Alaska voters
Native civil rights leader Elizabeth Peratrovich once scolded the political leaders of her day for ignoring the rights of Alaskans.

MY TURN: Get facts straight on abortion and rights
OK, I've had enough with the liberal left's lie about separating "church from state." The liberal left has repeated this statement so often the majority of the American people believe the words actually appear in our Constitution. They don't. That phrase is not mentioned in our Constitution, Bill of Rights or Declaration of Independence. The phrase actually appeared in a private letter Thomas Jefferson wrote on Jan. 1, 1802. That letter was written 11 years after the First Amendment was ratified. Here is what the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights of our Constitution says:

Empire's dilemma with online reader forums
The World Wide Web has given readers a role in the news business like never before.

Outside editorial: Chavez vs. Exxon
The following editorial appeared in the Chicago Tribune:

Outside editorial: 'Sick Man' checkup
This editorial appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

Which political activists do you trust?
It's old news of questionable accuracy but some political activists recycle it ad nauseam. That is what Citizens Against Government Waste did when they nominated Alaska Congressman Don Young as Porker of the Year for 2007.

The economy tanks, but oil companies make bank
I still can't get over the fact that ExxonMobil made $40.6 billion in profits in 2007.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

The quick and the sled: A downhill guide to Juneau
The time-honored activity of sledding on Juneau hillsides is the cheapest and wildest wintertime entertainment available, many riders say.

On the trails: Searching for food, winter dippers survive
Not long ago, after a wonderful snowfall that left more than a foot of gorgeous, soft snow in all the open areas, I snowshoed along Switzer Creek, rediscovering just how old my legs really are. Fortunately, there was no hurry - indeed, there was good reason to plod slowly along with frequent stops. The lower part of the creek was lively with American dippers, which nest along mountain streams but can be found near many kinds of aquatic habitats in winter.

Photo: Icy marker
Dan Kaduce and his wife, Jodie Bailey, of Chatanika, ride the runners of Kaduce's dogsled together as they pass an ice Inukshuk Saturday on the Yukon River. They were on their way to a Dawson City, Yukon Territory, campground after checking in at the halfway point during the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race, a 1,000-mile race between Fairbanks and Whitehorse, Yukon Territory.

Safety training offered for fishermen and boaters
JUNEAU - Alaska Marine Safety Education Association will offer a 10-hour fishing vessel safety and drill conductor course in Juneau on Saturday, March 1 at U.S. Coast Guard Sector Juneau, 2760 Sherwood Lane. This course is approved by the US Coast Guard and meets the training requirements for commercial fishing vessels.

Out & About
sToday: Juneau Gold Miners' Posse Cowboy Action Shoot, 9 a.m. registration, Hank Harmon Rifle Range.

Investigation into store fire continues
JUNEAU - The Juneau Fire Department on Friday finished its on-site investigation into what caused a fire that destroyed Fisherman's Bend general store early Saturday morning.

Rotary clubs to hold food drive Saturday
JUNEAU - The Rotary clubs of Juneau will hold a "Pre-Spring Cleaning" food drive Saturday to help replenish stocks at the Southeast Alaska Food Bank.

UAF offers dental hygiene degree
FAIRBANKS - The University of Alaska Fairbanks is offering a new degree in dental hygiene to build up the number of local people licensed in teeth care.

State may cover cuts to Alaska fisheries
JUNEAU - Gov. Sarah Palin has offered amendments to the state budget that give an additional $7.2 million to state fisheries management programs. The amendments are intended to cover for $7.5 million in recent congressional cuts to Alaska fisheries programs.

Officers elected to Territorial Sportsmen
JUNEAU - Territorial Sportsmen of Juneau has elected new board of directors and officers.

Navy petty officer receives Bronze Star
ANCHORAGE - The Navy awarded the Bronze Star to a Wasilla naval officer for service beyond the call of duty in Iraq.

McKenna and Quam win Iron Dog race
ANCHORAGE - Marc McKenna of Anchorage and Eric Quam of Eagle River won the 25th Tesoro Iron Dog snowmobile race. The team crossed the Fairbanks finish line of the 2,000-mile race shortly after 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

Lawson gets 99 years in woman's slaying
ANCHORAGE - A judge has sentenced a man to 99 years in prison for murdering Bethany Correira, a young woman who was missing for a year before her body was found.

Exxon to get extra time before court
ANCHORAGE - Attorneys for Exxon Mobil Corp. and the plaintiffs in the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill case will have more time to present their points Feb. 27 before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Man charged in bear spray assault at bar
KODIAK - A Kodiak man faces assault charges after allegedly twice spraying bar patrons with bear spray.

Former basketball player convicted
FAIRBANKS - A former basketball player with the University of Alaska Fairbanks was convicted on drug charges.

Josh Lehauli remains undefeated
Josh "The Tongan Warrior" Lehauli remained undefeated after he stopped Ryan Wong in the main event of Roughhouse Friday boxing at Marlintini's Lounge.

JDHS boys run past Sitka
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team started fast and refused to yield in Saturday's 87-63 rout of host Sitka.

Juneau-Douglas girls close northern trip with two wins
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team concluded its trip north with two wins over the weekend.

Glacier Swim Club boys and girls roll to Southeast titles
Juneau's Glacier Swim Club rolled to boys and girls titles at the Mike Smithers Southeast Alaska Swimming Championships on Sunday at the Augustus Brown Swimming Pool.

Juneau leads Southeast Alaska swim championships
There was quite a commotion going on at the Augustus Brown Swimming Pool on Saturday for the Mike Smithers Southeast Alaska Swimming Championships.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU
UPCOMING EVENTS

Correction
There were two misspellings and two omissions in Thursday's article about Juneau's contingent in the Arctic Winter Games on Page B1. The names of hockey player Albert Svensson and boys indoor soccer player Andrew Lawson were both misspelled. Also, the story accidentally omitted the names of Juneau's Logan Miller, who will play on Team Alaska's midget hockey team, and Rebekka Ord, Juneau's lone gymnast on Team Alaska. For a corrected version of the story, please click here. Also, a list of everyone on Team Alaska can be seen at http://awg.teamalaska.org/.

Two killed in avalanche while riding snowmobiles
ANCHORAGE - Two snowmobile drivers were killed Friday when they triggered an avalanche and were buried in the snow for nearly an hour, Alaska State Troopers said.

Oil companies spend big on advertising
ANCHORAGE - Oil companies have spent more than $1.4 million in recent months on advertising in a bid to win voter support for their views on oil taxes and a natural gas pipeline.

Despite broken arm, First Dude crosses Iron Dog finish in fourth
FAIRBANKS - Not only is he the First Dude, but Todd Palin is one tough dude.

Photo: Top dogs
Teammates Eric Quam, right, and Marc McKenna embrace each other Saturday at the finish line of the Tesoro Iron Dog snowmobile race as Gov. Sarah Palin approaches at left to congratulate the winners, who completed the nearly 2,000-mile race from Big Lake to Nome to Fairbanks.

Family remembers snowmachiners as elite thrill seekers
ANCHORAGE - Jeremy Stark had snowflake tattoos on his neck.

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