Tuesday, February 19, 2008

High school students need a place to park
I am writing this letter representing probably most of the student body that drives a vehicle to the Juneau-Douglas High School.

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.

Use funds for ferry, not Lynn Canal road
To the surprise of many of us in Southeast Alaska, Gov. Sarah Palin has paid attention to the interests of all Alaskans in making policy decisions and has fulfilled her pledge of transparency in conducting state business. I am optimistic that she will address two controversial issues of great concern to Southeast Alaskans: the Lynn Canal "Road to Nowhere" and the aging Alaska Marine Highway System, both of which compete for diminishing federal transportation funds. A hopeful sign was her cancellation, shortly after assuming office as governor, of state orders for construction materials for the Lynn Canal road.

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.

Clean Elections stops special interest money
While Dick Randolph's Jan. 28 opinion piece, "A better way to fix Alaska," said little about the so-called anti-corruption initiative he is supporting, he did manage to get quite a few things wrong about the Clean Elections initiative.

Institutionalized corruption in Alaska
Corruption in Alaska involves more than just a few bad apples. It's as institutionalized as the Jim Crow laws of the 1940s.

Alaska should take a stand on Darfur
I attended the hearing of House Bill 287, to divest Alaska Permanent Fund investments from companies that are supporting and giving money to further the genocide in Darfur, a region of Sudan. I did not speak at the hearing, but this is what I would have said.

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.

Native community welcomes Stevens
Under fire in Congress and under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice, Alaska's senior U.S. senator, Republican Ted Stevens, came to Juneau on Monday to be among friends.

Seafood marketing budget shrinks
The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, which promotes Alaska fishermen's catch around the world, projects it will run on savings for the next couple of years.

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.

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.

Photo: Parking lot vigil
A juvenile bald eagle perches Monday on a street light above the Alaskan & Proud market parking lot. It takes about five years for the bald eagle's head and tail feathers to turn white.

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

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

Superdelegates have to decide: Lead or follow?
WASHINGTON - First-term Rep. Carol Shea-Porter supports Sen. Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination, even though her New Hampshire constituents voted for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Jacqueline Denning
Lifelong Juneau resident Jacqueline M. Denning died Feb. 15, 2008, in Juneau. She was 35.

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

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

Karen Louise Schanz
Juneau resident Karen Louise Schanz died Feb. 12, 2008, at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. She was 55.

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

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

Patricia Jayne Nelson
Juneau resident Patricia Jayne Nelson died Feb. 1 2008, in her home. She was 50.

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

Robert Ritter
Juneau resident Robert "Bob" Ritter died Feb. 13, 2008, following a two-week fight with cancer in Albuquerque, N.M. He was 63.

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:

My Turn: Marie Drake a good option for Montessori
At noon today in the downtown fire hall, the Juneau School District Facilities Committee will be considering four possible options for placement of the Montessori program. There is only one option that keeps the program intact and does not require the relocation of students currently attending neighborhood elementary schools - the fourth option recently presented by the Juneau School District.

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

Outside editorial: Iraq finally sees a political surge
It has taken nine bloody and difficult months, but the deployment of 30,000 additional U.S. troops appears at last to have brought not just a lull in the sectarian fighting in Iraq, but the first tangible steps toward genuine political reconciliation.

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

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.

Heating fuel stolen from Fairbanks church
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks police are investigating the theft of heating fuel from a downtown Fairbanks church.

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.

Mat-Su population gets statistical twist
ANCHORAGE - Statistics-wise, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough has dropped out of the running as the region with Alaska's fastest-growing population.

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.

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.

Juneau Skating Club hosts its third skills challenge
The Juneau Skating Club hosted one of its biggest events of the season Sunday at Treadwell Arena.

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.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

Alaska lawmakers debate protections from identity theft
Alaska lags behind most other states when it comes to protecting its citizens against identity theft, but it could surge to the forefront under bipartisan legislation moving through the House.

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.

State's largest city grows up
ANCHORAGE - In a city where fashion sense has always played a distant second to staying warm, a cluster of boutiques in the budding "SoNo" district, south of Nordstrom, does a surprisingly brisk business in $50 body lotions and $180 designer jeans.

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.

UAF picks bobbleheads to spread school spirit
FAIRBANKS - The University of Alaska has a new army of boosters.

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

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