Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Leave oil for future generations
Sen. Ted Stevens says time is of the essence to build a pipeline to sell off our natural gas and send it elsewhere. I disagree. Leave it in the ground 30-50 years as a legacy for our children and grandchildren. It will only be more valuable then, after our oil resources have been depleted.

It's time we started getting along
You gotta hand it to Sen. Ted Stevens, he doesn't equivocate.

Zoning change won't benefit neighborhood
We are writing to alert concerned community members and homeowners throughout the Casey Shattuck subdivision to a proposed rezoning which would create a "light commercial" area out of an entire block in this subdivision.

Proposed bridge needs better process
The concept of a road through Juneau's showcase wetlands wildlife refuge to connect Douglas Island with our main street - Egan Drive - appears to be driven by special interests. The primary objective seems to be encouraging urban sprawl on the private lands of North Douglas.

Mother reunited with her runaway daughter
Betty Brown spent most of the month looking for her daughter. She drove around town, put up more than 250 fliers, and knocked on doors hoping to find her 15-year-old daughter.

A fighter remembered
Juneau resident Troy Kahklen, whose unusual kidney transplant gained national attention, died Sunday at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

Assembly skirts smoking ban
A barrage of bar owners told Assembly members Monday night that the smoking ban is ruining the bar business in Juneau.

Photo: A snowy stroll
Waughnita James walks with her daughters, Aiyana, 4, and Kellie, 6, on Sunday along Renninger Drive as it starts to snow.

Art Rotch named new artistic director at Perseverance
Stage designer Art Rotch has been named artistic director of Perseverance Theatre.

Around Town
Today, Feb. 25

Madsen set to run for valley House seat
A second Juneau Republican, Stephanie Madsen, has filed to run for state House District 4, promising a contested Republican primary for the seat now held by Democratic Rep. Andrea Doll, D-Juneau.

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

City manager pulls labor ordinance
The city manager pulled an ordinance Monday night requiring Project Labor Agreements on all city construction projects over $4 million before the Assembly considered it.

Photo: Slush sweeper
A front-end loader clears snow Tuesday from Glacier Avenue. Snow and rain are forecast for the rest of the week.

Around Town
Today, Feb. 26

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

Correction
A story on the proposed hoverbarge for the Tulsequah Chief Mine in Sunday's Juneau Empire incorrectly identified Errol Champion. He owns a cabin on the Taku River.

Governors offer a pool of would-be veep picks
WASHINGTON - The Republican and Democratic nominees are certain to come from the Senate. Thus, the nation's governors seem a ready pool of would-be vice presidential candidates who could provide management experience lacking at the top of each ticket.

Hannah Marie Wheaton
Hannah Marie Wheaton, originally of Juneau, died on Jan. 23, 2008, in Portland, Ore. She was 39.

Petra 'Peaches' Conrad
Longtime Juneau resident Petra "Peaches" Conrad died peacefully on Feb. 22, 2008, at the Juneau Pioneers' Home. She was 82.

Duane Louis Price
Former Juneau resident Duane Louis Price died Feb. 23, 2008, at his home in Burlington, Wash., after battling lung cancer for several years. He was 74.

Alaska editorial: The state should think now about energy alternatives
We've been talking about getting new energy supplies for Southcentral Alaska. But it's been just that: Talk.

My Turn: ATV proposal needs review
I am a new resident to Juneau, and I attended the city-run public information session regarding the proposed Douglas Island all-terrain vehicle park.

My Turn: Redfern proposal would boost Southeast economy
I am writing to voice my support for Redfern Resources' proposed barging operations. There are several reasons that motivate me to back this project.

My Turn: Preying on the homeless
There is a troubling nationwide trend of beating up homeless people, not to rob them but for "the mere sport of it."

My Turn: City has tied its neck in a noose with smoking ban
The intention of Juneau's smoking ordinance was to give nonsmokers a chance to enjoy public places without having to endure noxious tobacco fumes. The trouble with the ordinance is that it gave no alternative for those who smoke. As predicted, nonprofit organizations and smokers in general have been successfully finding loopholes in the present ordinance or simply breaking the new law.

Outside editorial: A dangerous spy caper
In recent days, authorities in Spain arrested several terror suspects, mostly Pakistanis, who allegedly planned a wave of attacks across Europe. American officials acknowledged that they had monitored some of the suspects' phone calls to Pakistan. Michael McConnell, director of national intelligence, pointed to the case as a reason that the U.S. must maintain its strong electronic surveillance capabilities.

Report shows confusion before fatal shoot-out
ANCHORAGE - Alaska State Troopers have released a report on a fatal shoot-out at the Homer Airport two years ago that left the gunman dead and his 2-year-old son permanently brain-damaged.

Authorities investigate shooting in Kotlik
KOTLIK - Alaska State Troopers are investigating a shooting death in the town of Kotlik.

Search continues for missing boaters
JUNEAU - A search for two men who went missing while traveling from Juneau to Ketchikan continued Sunday with air and ocean missions, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

Animal shelter scores a victory, of sorts
KENAI - The Kenai Animal Shelter scored a victory of sorts.

Cheese purchase bucks up dairy industry
WASILLA - Three gold mining companies have purchased $75,000 worth of cheese from dairy farmers in the Matanuska Susitna region.

Woman killed in crash on Parks Highway
WASILLA - A Wasilla woman was killed Saturday night in a three-vehicle crash on the Parks Highway.

State launches effort to aid eroding villages
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sarah Palin's administration has developed a plan for tackling several erosion problems in a half dozen Alaska villages because of global warming.

Study to examine Fairbanks air pollution
FAIRBANKS - A study will be looking at air pollution in Alaska's second largest city, specifically where the mixture of dust, soot, dirt and other airborne particles comes from in Fairbanks.

JDHS boys sweep Kayhi
Both the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball junior varsity and 'C' teams defeated visiting Ketchikan on Friday and Saturday.

Island Pub blanks Doc Water's
In the battle of the pubs, Dave Anderson and Dan Fremgen scored two goals each as the Island Pub routed Doc Water's Pub 5-0 in a Juneau Adult Hockey Association Tier A game Sunday at Treadwell Arena.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

Photo: Locked in
Blue goaltender Kami Bartness focuses on a faceoff in front of her during a 1-1 tie with Victorious Secret in Juneau Adult Hockey Association Women's A action Sunday at Treadwell Arena. See Page B7 for a rundown of last week's action.

Lawmakers go to work on state budget
State lawmakers on the House Finance Committee are poised to tackle a state operating budget that's about three weeks early this year, but leaves open some of the Legislature's toughest questions and myriad loose ends.

Union, state contract heads to supervisors
The Palin administration has reached a labor agreement with its largest union without a contract, the Alaska Public Employee's Association's Supervisory Unit, possibly staving off a strike.

Bush official doesn't apologize for timber policies
He overhauled federal forest policy to cut more trees - and became a lightning rod for environmentalists who say he is intent on logging every tree in his reach.

Fishing town braces for Exxon Valdez spill decision
For many in this coastal town, the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster was an event so crushing that hard-bitten fishermen still get teary-eyed recalling ruined livelihoods, broken marriages and suicides.

Anchorage hosts first reindeer run
From sausages to stews, reindeer are usually a main dish in Alaska.

Natives in Aniak claim racial profiling
Tribal leaders in Aniak say Alaska Natives are being unfairly targeted by law enforcement officers in the western Alaska village, a claim that Alaska State Troopers deny.

Yukon Quest's Mackey honored at banquet
Bill Pinkham proposed marriage, Hugh Neff offered to pay a Native musher's entry fee and Lance Mackey nearly broke down after winning an award he's long coveted at the finish of the 25th Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

Parents: The gods were with skier who survived Alaska avalanche
His parents say Ian Wilson did the right things to survive an avalanche in Alaska, but he could have died anyway.

U.S. district judge in Oregon orders Columbia dam operations extension
PORTLAND, Ore. - To avoid more legal battles until a May 5 deadline for a new salmon recovery plan for the Northwest, a federal judge has ordered that Columbia River dams be operated under last year's guidelines.

Wainwright unit steps up care for wounded soldiers
Fort Wainwright officials have unveiled their latest Warrior Transition Unit facilities.

This Day in History
In Alaska

Pioneer, ConocoPhillips agree to boost North Slope production
ConocoPhillips agreed to process and transport oil that Pioneer Natural Resources Co. expects to begin producing within four months, the companies announced Monday.

Lawmakers pass hike in education spending
JUNEAU - The Alaska House on Monday overwhelmingly approved a $230 million increase in education spending over the next three years under a plan that some describe as historic and others warn can't be sustained.

This Day in History
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