Monday, March 3, 2008

'Dictators' should focus on feces, not smoke
This letter is regarding the debate over the smoking ban that went into effect in Juneau's bars on Jan. 2.

Ensure diversity between two schools
As a high school parent and educator, I was disturbed to read that students who did not make a high school choice will be assigned, for the most part, to Thunder Mountain High School. A large proportion of these were poor and minority students.

Missing men experienced seafarers
This letter is in response to Wednesday's article, "Search still on for two men and boat," regarding the vessel Transition.

Ketchikan Borough has a hidden agenda
Sen. Albert Kookesh, D-Angoon, is fighting the proposed annexation by the Ketchikan Gateway Borough of more than 4,000 square miles of uninhabited land lying outside its boundaries. Kookesh is sponsoring Senate Joint Resolution 15, which calls for the annexation to be stopped.

Sealaska shareholders should have more say
I am one of many Sealaska shareholders who wonder why in the world Sealaska will have its annual meeting in San Francisco, when 90 percent of the shareholders live in Southeast Alaska.

It's easy being green (and sometimes cheaper)
In the course of trying to turn the Alaskan Hotel & Bar into a green business, general manager Joshua Adams has learned more about plastic bag chemical composition than one would reasonably want to hear over a beer at the bar.

Coast Guard ends search for mariners
The U.S. Coast Guard said Friday morning it had suspended its search for two mariners who were reported missing on Feb. 22. The agency and one of the missing men's brother said they assumed the men were dead.

Is 90 days enough?
Halfway through the first voter-mandated 90-day legislative session, lawmakers say the shortened sessions are doing what both supporters and critics promised.

Photo: Shaping a work of art
Doug Chilton checks the warmth of a 26-foot carved spruce canoe on Sunday near the North Douglas Boat Ramp.

Photo: Art setup
Colleen Jones and her daughter, Rosie, 12, volunteer to hang artwork Friday for the Juneau School District's Elementary Art Program's annual Elementary Art Show at the Nugget Mall. The show is on display during mall hours through Sunday.

School bonds not likely this year
The city won't likely be asking voters to approve any big-ticket school projects this year, according to Juneau Mayor Bruce Botelho.

Photo: At the Home Show
Steve Cosgrove of Alaska Hearth Products shows off a wood burning stove to Scott and Kristie Balovich during the Home Show at Centennial Hall on Saturday. The show continues today from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Around Town
Today

Around Town
Today

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

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

Correction
The Feb. 28 Hooligan Spotlight "Alaska's beer pricing puzzle" gave incorrect information on Alaskan Brewing Company exports. Alaskan Brewing sells 95 percent of its product outside of Juneau, not outside of Alaska.

Helen Finney
Alaska Women in Timber, former Ketchikan City Council member and a co-founder of Alaska Cruise Lecturers Helen Finney died Feb. 25, 2008, in Ketchikan. She was 79.

My turn: Parallel Lynn Canal highway makes no sense
The Department of Transportation has been drilled by legislators for the past few weeks over the expected decline in federal money for transportation in Alaska and the ferry schedule. I don't understand how the DOT can constantly use the entire troubled ferry system's financial problems to support their own agenda - building a ridiculously expensive dead-end road to a new ferry terminal.

My Turn: Alaska salmon need protection from the mixing zone loophole
Gov. Sarah Palin should be applauded for moving Alaska's habitat biologists from the Department of Natural Resources to their rightful place in the Department of Fish and Game.

Outside editorial: Olympic speech
The following editorial appeared in the Washington Post:

My Turn: Two-phase gas pipeline project the way to go
There are easy things to do and there are hard things to do. Going to the moon was hard. Building a gas pipeline is easy. In July 1961, President John F. Kennedy stood before a joint session of Congress and declared, "First, I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth."

Outside editorial: Unfenced
This editorial appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

Outside editorial: More safeguards
The following editorial appeared in the Washington Post:

Anyone look at the facts, figures?
Alaska Marine Highway System management juggled schedules to increase ferry service to Southeast communities where traffic and population are dropping, while reducing service to areas where population and traffic are growing.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by Local Artist Toe

Snowmachine group aims to boost good will
When the U.S. Forest Service granted access to parts of Spaulding Meadows to snowmachiners in the '60s, cross-country skier Bob Armstrong said he and other skiers were incensed.

Feathered invaders make a stop in Juneau
Thousands of redpolls - tiny northern finches - descended on Juneau in recent weeks.

Tundra trail project earns national award
HOOOPER BAY - A Hooper Bay resident and others who fought to keep four-wheelers from destroying important bird nests and berry patches have won a national award.

Butterfly makes early appearance in Alaska
FAIRBANKS - A colorful harbinger of summer made an early appearance in Delta Junction last month.

Photo: Circular corona
The Aurora Borealis spins above the Talkeetna Range and a hay field Friday on Farm Loop Road near Palmer. The center of the circular corona, usually near Earth's north pole, sometimes fluctuates further south and can be seen from a lower latitude as in this instance.

Out & About
Today: Public trap shoot, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Juneau Gun Club.

Drought, growth have Western states studying dams again
SPOKANE, Wash. - The era of massive dam construction in the West - which tamed rivers, swallowed towns, and created irrigated agriculture, cheap hydropower and persistent environmental problems - effectively ended in 1966 with the completion of Glen Canyon Dam.

Juneau man arrested on burglary charge
JUNEAU - Juneau police arrested Hersey Detron Mitchell, 22, Friday morning on a felony charge of second-degree burglary.

Isolated roadhouse outside Anchorage for sale, no takers
WASILLA - The Skwentna Roadhouse is on the market but so far, there are no takers.

School activities task force submits final report
JUNEAU - A task force assigned to come up with how the city and schools could best finance high school sports and activities submitted its formal proposal Friday.

Apparent drunken driver causes multiple accidents
JUNEAU - Police arrested a Juneau woman Saturday night after she allegedly left a downtown bar and drove drunk, causing two accidents on Egan Drive and nearly running a mother and her two children off the road.

Iditarod festivities start with salute to late champion
ANCHORAGE - Festivities at the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race included a salute to the late Susan Butcher, a four-time champion.

Man indicted for shaking and sexually abusing baby daughter
WASILLA - A Wasilla man is in jail after being indicted last week for shaking and sexually abusing his infant daughter, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Mushers take off from Willow for official start of the Iditarod
WILLOW - Lance Mackey set off Sunday on the competitive portion of the 1,100-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race armed with a serious mission - to repeat history by again winning two grueling back-to-back races.

Bears to play for region championship
With a regular season conference title on the line, the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team made sure no upset would occur Saturday.

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MEETINGS / CLINICS / ANNOUNCEMENTS

Bears finish season with sweep
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys junior varsity basketball team ended its season Saturday by sweeping visiting Sitka.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU
UPCOMING EVENTS

Judge declares clean-water initiative unconstitutional
A Superior Court judge in Fairbanks has ruled a clean-water ballot initiative is unconstitutional because it usurps the Legislature's duty of allocating state resources.

Abortion issue heats up in Legislature
A legal battle over a parent's right to decide if their child can have an abortion could rekindle under a bill moving through the Alaska House.

Drug company battles Alaska in court case
Eli Lilly and Co. finally heads to court next week to fight the long-standing accusation that it failed to warn doctors and patients about complications tied to its top-selling drug Zyprexa.

Photo: Off and running
Aliy Zirkle, of Two Rivers drives her team Saturday down 4th Ave. in Anchorage, during the ceremonial start of the Iditarod. A record field of 96 mushers are running the 1,100 mile sled dog race to Nome.

Lawmakers weigh surplus to offset heating bills
It seems like a contradiction: oil rich Alaska is suffering from an energy crisis. But while the state is awash in oil wealth, many residents of remote villages are struggling to heat their homes because of fuel bills that are two or three times the national average.

War volunteers abound at Kulis Air National Guard Base
ANCHORAGE - All the members of the 176th Wing out of Kulis Air National Guard Base volunteered to serve their country. Some of them can't seem to stop.

Game board gets an earful from public
The Board of Game faced a packed room Saturday as it took public testimony on hunting and game issues affecting Interior Alaska.

Priests seek removal of Russian Orthodox bishop
ANCHORAGE - Priests in Alaska's Russian Orthodox Church have called for the removal of their top official in the state, Bishop Nikolai Soraich, claiming he has hurt the church and ruled by intimidation.

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