Tax cut proposal reckless
You would think that any politician who wanted to turn Alaska’s near-balanced budget into a $2 billion deficit at the stroke of a pen would be run out of town on a rail. Yet this is exactly what Gov. Sean Parnell proposes to do with his oil company tax cuts. Cutting $2 billion from our oil income would immediately put our state in a budget emergency, drain our savings in five years and leave us in the same pathetic financial condition as states like Wisconsin and California. Our choices then will be to institute an income tax, break into the permanent fund or cut $2 billion worth of jobs from construction, infrastructure and all manner of other state services.

Speak more broadly, Sealaska
I am an original Sealaska shareholder. I just received a letter from Sealaska Corporation seeking my support as a southeast business owner for their revamped lands legislation, soon to be introduced in the US Congress by Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

Sealaska says it agrees
On Feb. 25, a letter to the editor by David Lubin, a small business owner from Sitka explained his opposition to the Sealaska land bill. After I read his letter I concluded that he is in principle supporting the legislation because it accomplishes Lubin’s stated goals, the protection of important watersheds, creating employment diversification, providing sustainable jobs, and protecting important fish producing systems in Southeast Alaska.

Auke Bay master plan
The Juneau Docks and Harbors Board is currently involved in moving forward with the Auke Bay Master Plan, which was initiated in 2005, and partially funded by Juneau voters in 2005 and 2007. The completion and approval of this plan is timely, as demands on the harbor have evolved significantly over the past decade.

Inmates hope for success outside after time inside
Tom Booth hears the basketball bounce — like heartbeat or an ancestral drum. He tugs at his uniform while sitting court side Saturday under a chipped white backboard with a broken rim attached.

Kokotovich changes plea in beating of 2-year-old
A Juneau man accused of beating his girlfriend’s 2-year daughter so badly she almost died pleaded guilty to assaulting the girl Monday, the day his trial was scheduled to begin in Juneau Superior Court.

Games celebrate 25 years of Alaskan Brewing
Juneau’s first-ever High Gravity Games competition was held on Sunday at Eaglecrest Ski Area in celebration of Alaskan Brewing Co.’s 25th anniversary. Brewery founders Marcy and Geoff Larson were in attendance along with hundreds of spectators, competitors and event staff members.

Photo: Perfect wind for snowkiting
Marc Scholten skies with a snowkite at Twin Lakes on Monday afternoon. Scholten said the winds were perfect Monday, unlike the last few weeks.

Conservation groups weigh in on 'Roadless' outcome
Conservation groups are weighing in on a federal ruling last week to end the Tongass National Forest’s exemption from the Roadless Rule. The rule protects such areas from logging and building.

Photo: Winning routine
The Juneau Douglas High School dance team performs its Region V tournament-winning routine during Saturday night’s final basketball games.

Photo: Above freezing … on Monday
Tara Torgerson skis past shrinking snowmen Monday on Twin Lakes. Temperatures on Monday broke the freezing mark but temperatures are forecast to stay under 30 degrees for the rest of the week.

Police & Fire
This report contains information provided to the Empire from law enforcement agencies. This report includes arrest and citation information, not conviction information. Anyone listed in this report is presumed innocent.

In a story that appeared on page A1 of Monday’s Empire, the winning team of the Start-Up Cup was misidentified. The correct team name is the Juneau Beer Drinkers Association.

SEARHC focuses on Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

Ethel Lund Medical Center hires new family physician
The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Ethel Lund Medical Center recently hired Dr. John K. “Kennon” Kirk as a family physician.

Police & Fire
This report contains information provided to the Empire from law enforcement agencies. This report includes arrest and citation information, not conviction information. Anyone listed in this report is presumed innocent.

Joan Marie Gorman Sutherland
Joan Marie Gorman Sutherland, a resident of Boise, Idaho for 31 years, died on Wednesday, March 2, 2011, at home with her husband and daughters. She was born Sept. 27, 1933, in Sioux City, Iowa, the daughter of Edward N. Gorman and Esther Beaulieu Gorman.

Raymond Paddock Sr.
Raymond Paddock Sr. was born on March 12, 1911, in Hoonah to William H. Paddock, an Irish man and Anna Tagcook Paddock, Ghajínt’, Lukaaxh.ádi Xhaak’w Hít from Yandeist’akhyé. He passed away March 3, 2011, just nine days prior to his 100th birthday. He was surrounded by his loving family at his home in Sitka where he witnessed a spectacular sunset over Mt. Edgecumbe the last evening of his life.

America can't be timid
Until now, Washington has reacted timidly to the extraordinary events convulsing the Middle East. The United States has behaved as a nervous bystander, afraid to make the wrong move, not as a self-assured country with much at stake — morally, strategically and economically — in the outcome of the pro-democracy uprisings.

A futile message to Pyongyang
South Korea’s air force has been dropping balloons with leaflets into North Korea describing the struggle to oust Moammar Gadhafi in Libya and calling on the North Koreans to rise up against their oppressors.

Outside editorial: Budget theatrics
The following editorial first appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

Governors regaining clout because of their deficit challenges
From the election of Jimmy Carter to the start of George W. Bush’s presidency, innovative governors largely drove the nation’s domestic discussion. Welfare reform. School accountability. Reinventing government. Those and other issues that drove the headlines flowed out of capitals like Little Rock, Austin, Sacramento and Atlanta.

Outside editorial: For-profit college rules must be implemented
The following editorial first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News:

Spat over man accused of killing 2 men reveals the arcane world of diplomatic immunity
Surely a screenplay is already in the works. An American diplomat guns down two men in broad daylight in Lahore, Pakistan. The diplomat, who secretly works for the CIA, is apprehended and turned over to the local police. In his car, according to news reports, is a Glock 9-millimeter handgun, 75 rounds of ammunition, a global positioning system device, a survival kit and a satellite phone. As U.S. officials from the president on down press for his release, he is held in a Pakistani jail, his food sniffed by dogs for fear he will be poisoned.

LAMP open forum workshop to be held
The public is welcome to join the Library Archives Museum Project design team and the State of Alaska for an open forum workshop at 6:30 p.m. on March 15. Hosts will facilitate a discussion of project-specific innovations in energy efficiency and sustainable design. Schematic drawings and narratives will be available for review and discussion. The workshop will be held upstairs at the Alaska State Museum, located at 395 Whittier St.

Public Works announces snow removal plan
Starting today the Public Works Street Division will post streets for snow removal until completion. Streets will be posted with yellow “No Parking” signs. Any vehicles left along the posted street during posted times will be ticketed and towed to the Yacht Club parking lot. The snow removal schedule can be viewed on the City & Borough of Juneau website at

JDHS cuts down on 'idlers'
Drivers dropping off students at Juneau-Douglas High School will have to shut their engines off whenever possible starting this week instead of letting vehicles idle for long periods of time. The Juneau chapter of Alaska Youth for Environmental Action (JAYEA) has established the Juneau-Douglas High School parking lots and surrounding areas as “Idle-Free Zones” and signs are being posted by the city, said chapter member Laurel Stark.

Earthquake shakes in Anchorage area
ANCHORAGE — Officials say a minor earthquake has rumbled in the Anchorage area but there were no reports of any damage.

Rondy snowball fight winner advances to world's
ANCHORAGE — A team called the Rum Runners beat the Big Test Icicles in the snowball fighting event Sunday at the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous.

Anchorage hospital opens Medicare clinic
ANCHORAGE — Providence Alaska Medical Center has opened a clinic in Anchorage that serves Medicare patients.

Raven who knocked out Anchorage power 'nevermore'
ANCHORAGE — A raven is to blame for an hour-long power outage Sunday afternoon in much of downtown Anchorage.

State says hard-drive with student data stolen
ANCHORAGE — Alaska state officials say a hard-drive with student data has been stolen from the Juneau headquarters of the state Department of Education.

Speaker: No talk of letting exiled lawmakers in
JUNEAU — With the legislative session half over, there’s been no talk of letting two exiled House Republican lawmakers back into the majority caucus.

Former pizza chain CEO mulling presidential run
DES MOINES, Iowa — Herman Cain has never held public office, but Iowa Republicans are expressing strong interest in the Georgia businessman who is edging toward a run for the White House.

Fishing crew rescues crew of grounded vessel
ANCHORAGE — The Coast Guard says a fishing crew has rescued five fishermen whose boat ran aground near Alaska’s King Cove.

Alaska teen recovering after crash kills father
FAIRBANKS — A 14-year-old Alaska boy is recovering from injuries suffered in a traffic accident that killed his father.

Alaskan wins 'Young Guns' Award
KIRKWOOD, California — Girdwood’s 21-year-old Callan Chythlook-Sifsof will have some explaining to do when she catches today’s flight home to Alaska.

Photo: Big win up north
The GSC took 39 swimmers — the largest group of swimmers club has ever traveled to the meet — and defeated the Aurora Swim Team by 35 points to win the meet for the first time ever with a combined team score of 582. GSC has been part of Southeast Alaska Swim Team, which has won the meet the last four years. SEAK was a combination of the swim teams from Craig, Ketchikan, Sitka and Juneau, but GSC chose to break off from SEAK this year for various reasons. There were two team records broken over the weekend. Kelly broke Jesie Lewis’ 1995 team record in the 13-14 girls’ 50 freestyle, and Mia Ruffin broke her own team record in the 11-12 girls’ 200 breastroke. GSC is two for two in state championship meets so far this season.

Southeast Hoops Awards
2011 Region V 3A/4A

'The Mushing Mortician' in the Iditarod
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Scott Janssen — “The Mushing Mortician” — is foregoing ice cream and cake this year to celebrate his 50th birthday on the Iditarod Trail, but some of his best friends are still going to sing him a birthday song.

Tarver's status up in the air for state
An MRI on Monday revealed Juneau-Douglas senior forward Sarah Tarver suffered two torn ligaments when she severely sprained her ankle just after tip-off in Friday’s Southeast Conference championship game win over Ketchikan.

Crimson Bears' Paul in the center of it all
With the soccer season right around the corner, the JDHS defending state champion boys’ team is set to travel to Spokane, Wash., to take on some of the best competition the state of Washington has to offer. Senior center midfielder Riley Paul realizes it’s time to get down to business. Paul, who was named to the All-State Tournament Team last season as a junior, said he likes to spend most of his free time outdoors, has an interest in both anatomy and law and is an avid Arsenal fan. He said after his prep career is over he intends to take his game to the next level and play soccer at a Division III college.

Braves edge Bears as last-second tip misses
Editor’s note: This story originally appeared in Sunday’s Empire sports section.

JDHS blasts 3A champion Craig
Editor’s note: This story originally appeared in Sunday’s Empire sports section

Police: Drinking preceded Russian roulette death
ANCHORAGE — An Alaska-based soldier told police a fellow soldier asked for a bullet to put in a gun’s empty cylinder before he fatally shot himself during a drunken game of Russian roulette, according to court documents filed Monday.

Board keeps status quo in sport fisheries
KENAI — As hundreds of people were watching the start of the Iditarod in downtown Anchorage, a few blocks away the Alaska Board of Fisheries finished up its decision-making on fish policy that affects thousands.

2011 Pioneers of Alaska regents both history fans
FAIRBANKS — The 2011 Pioneers of Alaska King and Queen Regents Jim Moody and Sharon Boko have been members of the Pioneers of Alaska for decades and both share a love of Alaska and Fairbanks history.

Alaska pipe project to miss deadline
JUNEAU — Another major natural gas pipeline project in Alaska is expected to miss a self-imposed deadline for securing agreements with shippers.

Iditarod mushers start for Nome
Veteran musher DeeDee Jonrowe was dressed in her signature hot pink parka trimmed with wolverine and wolf fur on Sunday as she crossed the start line in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race and pointed her dog team toward Nome.

Legislators, educators praise, resist scholarship plan
Legislators and educators are praising the goals of merit scholarship promoted by Gov. Sean Parnell, and endorsed by the Legislature last year.

Domestic violence grants expands rural services
JUNEAU — After 20 years of directing a domestic violence shelter in the Bristol Bay town of Dillingham, Ginger Baim has started seeing women she knew as children come into her shelter as battered adults, a sign of the cyclic nature of abuse in rural Alaska that Baim said she has not had the time or money to address.

Communities, state clash over coastal development
Coastal communities are asking the Legislature for more authority to decide what happens in their communities, but Gov. Sean Parnell and pro-development legislators say they’re afraid communities may try to stop projects the state needs.

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