Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Big oil
The Alaska State Chamber of Commerce is converging on Juneau to lobby again in support of big oil issues.

AEL&P responds
The Empire’s recent article (“AEL&P pushes for Anchorage rate hearing,” Feb. 21) contained important factual errors.

Attack from the right
A return to the medieval Dark Ages of autocratic fiefdoms and a bigoted, economically-bifurcated, enslaved serfdom; this is the unwitting policy direction a right-wing, Republican leadership wishes to avail our democratic republic. Controlling those of us already matured beyond the immature, teenage impulses warned by the seven deadliest of sins (of which many rRight-wing leaders are guilty and so think all others are similarly tempted), is the entire extent of policy promoted by the new majority in the U.S. House. They are condemning us to misery by destroying everything that brought civil society out of the last dark-age. From decimating the only legislation this country has to retard the catastrophe of climate change and ecological disaster (defunding EPA laws!); defunding arable land and water securing consumer protection laws; and making theocratic, community health where counseling on “choice” is administered. They live in a Machiavellian reality of medieval times! National devolution began in the 1980s with Reagan’s Air Traffic Controller’s union busting and they’ll now stop at nothing to eradicate their only opposition to their maniacal drive to control ideas in our society; collective bargaining. Labor Unions will do nothing but reverse this drive to social immaturity that is destroying the quality of human existence.

Photos: President's Day rally for peace
Juneau People for Peace and Justice, together with the Juneau Chapter of Veterans for Peace, assembled to urge President Barack Obama to disentangle the United States from the ongoing conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Plea agreement reached in possession, conditions violation case
A Juneau man facing charges relating to cocaine possession and violating conditions of his release pleaded guilty to a pair of charges in Judge Patricia Collins’ Juneau Superior courtroom Tuesday.

Alaska unions gather in support of Wis. laborers
Solidarity was the name of the game Tuesday, as Alaska employee unions rallied across the street from the Capitol building in support of Wisconsin unions that are facing the loss of their collective bargaining power.

GCI launches prepaid smartphone service
General Communications, Inc. recently launched Alaska’s first prepaid smartphone option, allowing customers to use certain Android smartphones without a contract.

Photo: Hitting the slopes early
Sarah Flora nordic skis with her children, Rocco, 3, and Sidney, 5, Monday on the Lower Loop trails at Eaglecrest.

Photos: Getting ready for Fairbanks
Thunder Mountain High School hosted a practice robotics tournament Saturday. Teams from around Southeast Alaska gathered to prepare for the statewide FIRST Tech Challenge championship, a robotics tournament for high school students, in Fairbanks in early March.

Icy Strait welcomes two new directors for cruise season
Icy Strait Point will kick off its 2011 cruise season with two new directors in its operations. Stuart Campbell and Eleanor Davenport will lead the food and beverage department and retail department, respectively.

Walmart gives $35K to promote domestic violence, sexual assault prevention
The Walmart Foundation announced Monday a $35,000 grant to the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (ANDVSA) in support of the 2011 Lead On! For Peace and Equality Program.

Dietitian earns certification in renal nutrition
Nancy Duhaime, clinical dietitian at Bartlett Regional Hospital, has achieved board certification as a specialist in renal nutrition.

Police & Fire
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SEARHC offers free health screenings in Wrangell
The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium will host free health screenings for adults age 18 and older on Thursday in Wrangell.

Photo: A roundabout decoration
A snowman family decorates the Douglas roundabout Tuesday. The forecast is for this week is clear skies and cold weather.

Police & Fire
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Photo: Snowy outing
Ruger, a jubilant yellow lab puppy, excitedly leads owner Kathy Underwood on a Mendenhall Glacier outing early this week.

Russell Alan Southard
Russell Alan Southard died Feb. 7, 2011 in Desert Hot Springs, Calif.

Linda Rae Willis Kilgore
Linda Rae Willis Kilgore passed away Feb. 7, 2011 in Eugene, Ore. of complications from pulmonary fibrosis. She was 67.

Erma Grace Lawrence
Dr. Erma Grace (Baronovich) Lawrence passed away Feb. 21, 2011 in Seattle. She was born on Aug. 2, 1912 and was a longtime resident of Ketchikan. Her funeral will be held this week in Seattle. Her memorial service will be held in Ketchikan at a date to be announced. A full obituary will follow.

Commend Young for fighting the Patriot Act
Last week Congressman Don Young broke ranks with fellow Republicans by voting against extension of the Patriot Act. At a time when so many in our country are clamoring to fend off government control of our lives, it would seem Young and those of like mind would have prevailed. But a temporary extension was passed in both houses of Congress by wide margins. And missing from the shallows of their debate was a serious attempt to understand why America has been at war for nine years.

Outside editorial: Take tobacco out of the game
The following editorial first appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer:

My Turn: City addresses pool concerns
In response to the recent article and editorial in the paper, I want to inform the public of how CBJ management and the Parks and Recreation Department supervisory staff are addressing the concerns raised.

Outside editorial: Resettling the Uighurs
The following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

Texas governor's actions don't always match his rhetoric
Texas Gov. Rick Perry might run for president.

Iraqis view Egypt with admiration
Frustrated with high unemployment, poor public services and corruption, Iraqis have been transfixed by media coverage of the uprising in Cairo. But while many are filled with admiration for the Egyptian people’s efforts, most here appear reluctant to follow suit.

Kiana teacher charged with sexual abuse of minor
KIANA — A rural teacher has been accused of an inappropriate sexual relationship with a student under the age of 18.

Begich supports spending for science education
ANCHORAGE — Sen. Mark Begich says the nation should spend more on science, technology, engineering and math — known as STEM — education.

28 lawmakers set to attend Energy Council
JUNEAU — Nearly half the 60-member state Legislature plans to be in Washington, D.C., next week for an Energy Council conference.

Alaska community receives domestic violence grant
JUNEAU — The Bristol Bay town of Dillingham has been chosen to receive a $372,642 grant to fund a community domestic violence prevention program.

Parnell: Happy to return money if feds want it
JUNEAU — Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell hasn’t decided whether to return federal funds his state received to implement provisions of the federal health care overhaul he deems unconstitutional. But if the federal government asks for the money back, he says he’ll be happy to return it.

Bill would expand the age for school attendance
JUNEAU — Alaska children would have to attend school from age 6 to 18 under a measure approved by the Senate Education Committee.

Selawik fight club host charged
ANCHORAGE — A man who hosted “fight club” boxing in Selawik has been charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

NMFS plans hearings on proposed ice seal listings
ANCHORAGE — The National Marine Fisheries Service will conduct three public hearings on its proposal to list ringed and bearded seals as threatened species.

Bill would give DMV special plate oversight
JUNEAU — The Alaska Senate State Affairs Committee is considering a bill to move the responsibility for approving special license plates from the legislature to the Division of Motor Vehicles.

Park Service names Native liaison
ANCHORAGE — The National Park Services says a federal tribal programs manager has been tapped to serve as the federal agency’s Alaska regional native liaison.

September release set for McGinniss book on Palin
JUNEAU — A best-selling author accused of helping leak an unpublished tell-all on Sarah Palin is releasing his own book on the former Alaska governor this summer.

Alaska House proposes stronger control of UA regents
JUNEAU — The state House of Representatives has proposed a bill that would give the governor more authority over University of Alaska regents and allow him to fire a member when “good cause” exists.

Johnson's Chili products being recalled
Gold Star Sausage is recalling two varieties of Johnson’s Chili because they may contain soy, a known allergen, not declared on the label. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation has confirmed the recalled products have been distributed in Alaska.

Troopers charge 2 with disrupting village radio
SELAWIK — Two residents of Selawik have been charged with disorderly conduct for dominating a radio frequency with obscenities and challenges to fight.

Douglas woman victim of armed robbery
Two armed men forced a Douglas woman to open a lock box, then stole about $3,000 of property Monday afternoon, according to a release from the Juneau Police Department.

Former officer convicted of sexual assault
ANCHORAGE — A former Anchorage police officer has been found guilty of sexual assault.

Cross country's Kikkan Randall is ready for worlds
Kikkan Randall of Alaska is America’s best cross-country skier, and she’s ready and rested for this week’s world championships in Norway.

Josh Tupou talks Thunder Mountain, NBA hoops
Sophomore guard Josh Tupou is learning, along with his teammates, about the growing pains that come with being a young basketball team.

Kramp the first Falcon to commit to college football
The Falcons’ football season ended more abruptly than players and coaches had hoped, but word of the team’s undefeated regular season apparently piqued the interest of some college coaches down south.

Oil tax reductions might hit $2B annually
Gov. Sean Parnell said he still believes his oil tax cut proposal is good for the state, but there are new indications it may cost the state as much as $2 billion a year, more than first reported.

Alaskans react warily to federal budget cutting
Cutting the nation’s growing budget deficits may have hit Alaska’s budget, and may increase the state’s own deficit, legislative leaders say.

Legislators side with Cissna in airport screening incident
As Rep. Sharon Cissna travels back to Alaska on a state ferry instead of an airplane, Alaska’s elected officials are speaking out on her behalf.

Rep. Cissna objects to airport search demand
JUNEAU — An Alaska state lawmaker is making her way back to the state capital after refusing what she called an invasive pat-down search at a Seattle airport.

Senate finance subcommittee hears testimony on domestic violence funding
The Senate Finance Subcommittee on Tuesday heard testimony on funding for domestic violence programs in the state from the head of the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault and also from Department of Public Safety Commissioner Joseph Masters.

Ketchikan’s Wally Kubley remembered for contributions to state, region
Alaskans are remembering Walter “Wally” Kubley, who once represented his hometown of Ketchikan in the Alaska Legislature, but had an impact throughout the region and the state.

In Alaska, Constitution no cure for education woes
JUNEAU — Faced with low voter turnout and a student population perceived as constitutionally uneducated, two Alaska representatives believe civics is the solution.

Alaska DigiTel owner settles suit for $1.6M
ANCHORAGE — The owner of Alaska DigiTel has paid nearly $1.6 million to settle allegations that the company signed up subscribers who did not qualify for a low-income federal subsidy of telecommunications service.

Rival author accused of leaking Sarah Palin manuscript
JUNEAU — The writers of a former Sarah Palin aide’s unpublished memoir are alleging the author of a rival book helped leak copies of their manuscript, destroying its marketability.

Alaska commission proposes North Pole mayor fine
FAIRBANKS — An Alaska commission has recommended a fine against the mayor of North Pole, saying he used taxpayer money to influence the outcome of his recall election.

Natural gas reservoir not quite ready
ANCHORAGE — The decision to close the Kenai Peninsula liquefied natural gas export plant could make more gas available for heating homes and businesses in south-central Alaska, but not for a couple of years, the Anchorage Daily News reported Monday.

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