Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Fishermen need more than statements
I have fished the Taku River for more than 40 years. After going to the initial Tulsequah Chief Mine meeting at Centennial Hall and talking with several other Taku River commercial fishermen, I feel I need to weigh in on the proposed hoverbarge issue.

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.

Would Palin move U.S. Capitol to Wasilla?
Concerning the talk of our fashionable governor as a possible U.S. vice president candidate, it makes me wonder if she is planning on moving the vice president's office to Wasilla. Sound familiar?

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.

People voted to keep sessions in Juneau
The Juneau Empire story, "Legislative hall bill advances," on Feb. 29, is pretty interesting.

Students and parents meet with TMHS staff
The Juneau School District served pizza and ice cream to about 60 parents, students and educators Monday night at Riverbend Elementary School while they discussed the high school that will open this fall in the Mendenhall Valley.

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.

City bus system discussed this week
Capital Transit buses were on time 47.7 percent of the time last year, and often they're early, not late, according to city-hired consultants.

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.

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

Correction
A letter to the editor in Monday's Juneau Empire incorrectly stated the percentage of Sealaska Corp. shareholders that live in Southeast Alaska. Of 19,000 shareholders, a little more than half live in Alaska. The author also wrote about board member bonuses in the letter, but the organization's board members do not receive bonuses, according to Sealaska officials.

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

Ohio, Texas must-wins for Clinton
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Democratic presidential campaign hits a turning point today, when voters in Ohio and Texas either will put Hillary Clinton back into the race after a dismal month or drive her out.

Michael Ray Edenshaw
Longtime Juneau resident Michael Ray Edenshaw died Feb. 29, 2008, at home in Juneau. He was 45.

James Thomas Peacock
Longtime Juneau resident James Thomas Peacock died Feb. 29, 2008, in Seattle. He was 58.

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.

My turn: Mrs. Clinton could be one of the finest presidents
The problem I have with Barack Obama's candidacy is the lack of evidence that he is qualified to be president. He was not a particularly distinguished member of the Illinois state Senate (where he voted "present" an inordinate number of times). His three years of service in the U. S. Senate have been entirely pedestrian. It mystifies me that so many bright, admirable people support him for the Democratic nomination.

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: Schools undermine what kids learn in church and at home
LOS ANGELES - As one group attempts to use California public schools as laboratories to assist children in "coming out" with their nontraditional sexual orientation, another is urging parents to come out from these schools and educate their children with their values at home or in private schools.

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

Alaska editorial: Wooing Hollywood
When you see a film whose story line is purportedly set in Boston, you'll notice folks in their sculls along the Charles River, perchance; or shoppers running through the market at Faneuil Hall. Maybe the Old North Church will be in the background.

Alaska editorial: EPA report no cause for alarm
Alaska regularly gets top billing when the Environmental Protection Agency releases results of its national Toxic Release Inventory Report.

Fur Rondy makes comeback in 2008
ANCHORAGE - Organizers of Anchorage's Fur Rendezvous said the late winter festival has made a strong comeback.

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.

United Way officially launches Alaska 211
JUNEAU - The United Way of Southeast Alaska joined with other United Way agencies across Alaska to create Alaska 211, a health and social services help line that enables Alaskans statewide to get help easily and reliably.

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

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.

World Trade Center Alaska director to give presentation
JUNEAU - Greg Wolf, executive director of World Trade Center Alaska, will present "Alaska's International Trade Economy" at 5:30 p.m. March 12 at the Assembly Chambers downtown.

Police make 7th arrest in check scam case
JUNEAU - A seventh person has been arrested in connection with a string of citywide burglaries, fraudulent checks and forgeries that police say could have been part of an organized crime ring supporting drug activity in Juneau.

Education funding passes Senate
JUNEAU - The state Senate passed an education funding bill Monday that will funnel more than $250 million dollars into K-12 education over the next five years.

Game Board weighs pros, cons of air boats
FAIRBANKS - The pros and cons of air boats are being debated at the state Board of Game in Fairbanks.

Crew prepares to open Denali Park road
ANCHORAGE - The National Park Service said a road crew will clear and prepare the Denali National Park Road beyond park headquarters at Mile 3 for vehicle access by park visitors.

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.

Oregon doctor chases dream
Cliff Roberson straggled into this tent checkpoint early Monday afternoon, exhausted and running 70th in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

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

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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.

Clark pleads guilty to conspiracy
Jim Clark, a former top aide to former Gov. Frank Murkowski, has pleaded guilty to a felony conspiracy charge in the widening federal corruption investigation in Alaska.

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.

Senate mulls head tax change
Alaska senators are considering a bill that would alter a cruise ship head tax citizens approved in 2006.

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.

Supplemental budget contains savings plan for surplus
The first comprehensive savings plan for the state's multibillion-dollar glut of oil money rolled out of the Senate Finance Committee on Monday as part of a proposed $4.3 billion supplemental budget.

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.

Money managers resist bill to dump stock in Sudan
A bill before the Legislature would force managers of the Alaska Permanent Fund to dump stocks of companies doing business in Sudan, whose government has been blamed for genocidal killings in Darfur.

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Cowdery returns to Capitol
Embattled Republican state Sen. John Cowdery was back in the Capitol on Monday after missing the first half of the Legislative session.

Alaska health officials express concern over lead levels
ANCHORAGE - Blood tests of more than 2,700 Alaska workers tested for lead showed amounts that federal health officials consider unhealthy.

Photo: Paw-per-view
One of Tim Osmar's sled dogs looks out of its pen Sunday before the start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Willow. A record field of 96 mushers are running the 1,100-mile sled dog race to Nome.

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