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Wednesday, February 20, 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.

Put polar bears on list
We will soon know if science or politics prevails when the Interior Department lists or does not list polar bears as threatened because global warming is destroying their sea ice habitat. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Geological Survey, with decades of polar bear research and management experience, have made a comprehensive, science-driven case for Endangered Species Act listing.

What's the hurry?
There is something about all this oil revenue talk that I don't get.

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.

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.

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.

Lawmakers push capital move plans
Efforts to move the state capital to Anchorage have ramped up this week, with proposals to hold all special sessions outside Juneau and build a new legislative hall in the Anchorage area.

Juneau asks state to pick bridge routes
Juneau Mayor Bruce Botelho recently asked the state to identify two routes through the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge for a second bridge to Douglas Island.

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.

Marie Drake building may house Montessori
The Juneau School District's Montessori program may have found a new home.

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
Today

Photo: Protesting Stevens' positions
Members of Veterans for Peace rally Tuesday in front of the Capitol to protest U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens' positions on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and ask him to stop the United States' use of interrogation techniques many consider torture. The protest coincided with Stevens' annual address to the Alaska Legislature.

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:

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.

'Les Misérables' gets rave reviews
Theatre professionals Michaela Moore and Lucas Hoiland have organized close to 100 high school students in producing a cohesive, visually exciting and vibrant rendition of one of the favorite musicals of all time, "Les Misérables."

REACH reaches out to help families in need
My son turned 3 last week. To help him celebrate, I baked and decorated some car-shaped cupcakes and took them to his Two's Learning Class (TLC) group at REACH, where he shared them with eight other toddlers.

Thanks to the cast of 'Les Misérables'
JDHS's production of Les Misérables is one of the best performances ever delivered on the Juneau stage. It is a quick paced, well-executed musical that engages the talents of scores of students. Don't miss it this next weekend. It was simply delightful.

Photo: Blanket donation

Feeling the beauty within the Valentine
I have not seen any studies correlating beauty and heart disease, but I venture to propose that there is a correlation. In order to find beauty in anything or anybody, we need to open our hearts a little to the beauty of ourselves, even for a moment, just to connect deeply with beauty.

Juneau celebrates Eating Disorders Awareness Week
JUNEAU - Feb. 24 through March 1 will mark the 21st annual National Eating Disorders Awareness Week.

Rotary clubs hold 'Pre-Spring Cleaning' 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.

High school to host second Sour Dough Pancake Cook-Off
JUNEAU - Mark your calendar, clean out the garage, feed your sour dough starter and join Juneau-Douglas High School for their second annual Flea Market and Sour Dough Pancake Cook-Off from 9 a.m. to noon on April 5.

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD)
Retreat VISTA: Rebecca Clark

Katzeek, Phillips wed
Jennifer Lynn Phillips and Aaron Joshua Katzeek, both of Juneau, were married on Jan. 18, 2008, in Oahu, Hawaii. A reception will be at4 p.m. March 9 at Centennial Hall. Visit www.mywedding.com/jenniferandaaronkatzeek to RSVP.

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

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

Robyn Raye (Gee) Rehbein
Former Juneau resident Robyn Raye (Gee) Rehbein died Feb. 16, 2008. She was 39.

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.

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: A two-party system compared to what?
Rick Moniak's lament about our two-party system (My Turn, Feb. 15) assumes there is a conspiracy between the Democrats and Republicans to suppress other parties: " ... one common goal of the Democrats and Republicans is to beat back challenges to their role as the primary rulers of our government."

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.

My Turn: Chukchi Sea leases a risky fix for nation's oil addiction
Beyond the ritualistic pageantry of the Chukchi Sea oil and gas lease sale on Feb. 6 in Anchorage, the event exposed a worrisome new phase in our addiction to oil. We are at the desperate stage where we are accepting more and more risk to get the next fix.

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: Burden of proof on domestic surveillance
It's probably too late for President George W. Bush to learn any new tricks, but it must be said that "the terrorists will win unless ..." ploy is getting pretty old.

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

Students choose JDHS at higher rate
JUNEAU - Juneau's students have chosen the city's old high school over the new one by a higher ratio than earlier reported, according to one school board member.

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.

Police: Alcohol may be factor in accident
JUNEAU - Alcohol could have been a contributing factor in Sunday night's single-car rollover accident on Egan Drive, according to the Juneau Police Department.

Weather hampers avalanche recovery
ANCHORAGE - Alaska State Troopers said Tuesday's poor weather continued to prevent the recovery of the bodies of two avalanche victims.

Police investigate shooting death
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police are investigating the shooting death of a woman this week.

Mayor Begich vetoes alcohol for strip club
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich has vetoed a vote of the Assembly to allow a strip club to start serving alcohol.

Doyon in dispute over naming rights
FAIRBANKS - Doyon, the Alaska Native regional corporation in the state's interior, is in a dispute with a group of shareholders over naming rights.

Boozer joins Hall of Fame
Carlos Boozer, a 1999 Juneau-Douglas High School graduate, was among five athletes inducted into the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame on Tuesday in Anchorage.

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.

Elijah Lee claims prestigious, emotional award in freeskiing
In a sport renowned for big air, scary descent lines and young athletes, an old man in freeskiing terms captured an award for effort memorialized in his younger brother's name.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

Photo: Pushing ahead
The Maroon's Kris Erikson pushes the puck while D.K. Mining's Jason Ginter chases during their Juneau Adult Hockey Association Tier B game Sunday at Treadwell Arena. For more on the week's action in JAHA, turn to Page B3.

McAdoo seals shutout for Capital City Fire and Rescue
Jason McAdoo turned back all seven shots he faced in Capital City Fire and Rescue's 3-0 shutout win over the Green in Juneau Adult Hockey Association Tier C action Sunday at Treadwell Arena.

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.

Exxon submits plan for Point Thomson
Exxon Mobil Corp. says it's ready to produce natural gas from disputed North Slope leases considered vital to a successful natural gas pipeline project.

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.

Stevens implores lawmakers to act quickly on gas pipeline
U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens minced no words with Alaska's Legislature. Get moving on the natural gas pipeline project, he told the 60-member group Tuesday.

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

Shell plans one rig program
ANCHORAGE - Even if the U.S. Court of Appeals gives Shell approval to drill oil exploration wells in Alaska's Beaufort Sea this year, the company has decided not to do any "critical" drilling in 2008, Shell's Alaska operations manager Susan Moore said Thursday.

Kodiak man seeks state funding to study sterile black-tailed deer
KODIAK - A Kodiak man is asking the borough to get state money to look into an increasingly prevalent birth defect in male black-tailed deer.

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