Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Determining what time it is in Alaska
House Bill 19 seeks to repeal Daylight Savings Time.

Maybe Palin is right about Senate seat
I think we should acknowledge (if not applaud) the appropriateness of Gov. Sarah Palin's decision to not accept the recommendation of Beth Kerttula to replace Kim Elton. The Democrats only put forward Kerttula's name, because, as Kim Metcalfe notes, Kerttula is "the one person who had the experience and knowledge to do the job."

Shut down commercial sac roe fishery
The herring have not been managed for sustainability. Just look at the Lynn Canal and Kah Sheets herring. They certainly haven't been managed for subsistence. We have not gotten our "amount necessary for subsistence" of herring eggs for three out of the last four years.

Palin must pick best qualified candidate
The Alaska Constitution provides that a "vacancy in the Legislature shall be filled for the unexpired term as provided by law." The law provides that "the governor, within 30 days, shall appoint a qualified person to fill the vacancy." It doesn't get much clearer than that.

Fired Juneau officer sues city
A Hoonah police officer who was fired from the Juneau Police Department in 2006 is suing the city for $2 million.

City revisits trash incineration
A single new incinerator facility for all of Juneau's trash and sewage sludge could offer an economical answer to landfilling.

Palin challenges local Democrats' choice for Senate
Juneau will go without representation in the Alaska Senate for at least another week, in what appears to be a battle of wills between Republican Gov. Sarah Palin and Juneau Democrats.

Charges expected in Valley stabbing
A dispute over a cell phone between two young women in the Mendenhall Valley on Monday resulted in one woman receiving treatment for stab wounds, police said.

Masked man nabs $800 from Girl Scouts
Two 10-year-old girls were left in hysterics after a masked man brazenly stole nearly $800 in cookie sale proceeds from a local Girl Scout troop at Fred Meyer on Sunday night.

Photo: Snowy stroll
Annette Pahl takes an afternoon walk Tuesday through Marine Park through the falling snow. More snow and rain are expected this week. Today's forecast calls for snow accumulation of 2 to 3 inches and highs around 32.

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

Photo: Mailbox greeting
A decoration on a North Douglas mailbox greets mail carriers with a smile.

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

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Clarification
A photo caption on page A1 of Monday's Juneau Empire failed to identify two students participating in a sing-along at Gastineau Elementary School. The students are Helena Reed, 8, and Nacy Barnes, 10.

Ruth Ann Ramsey
Longtime Juneau resident Ruth Ramsey died Feb. 22, 2009, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage, following a prolonged illness. She was 62.

Joseph Sonneman
Longtime Juneau political activist Dr. Joseph Sonneman died early March 8, 2009, at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Wash., after a three-year struggle with ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. He was 64.

Outside editorial: Questions about stem cell research
President Obama did the right thing this week when he reversed President George W. Bush's limitations on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. The potential for cures and treatments of debilitating diseases with these versatile cells is enormous. But this type of experimentation is thick with ethical and moral questions, many of which Obama put off answering.

Alaska editorial: Gun control should be a state decision
Too often we see one-size-fits-all legislation and the latest effort to reign in guns - H.R. 45 (Blair Holt's Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009) is an example.

Outside editorial: Tough times for grads
As the stock market continues to tumble and layoffs persist, college students are facing bleak prospects.

Outside editorial: Cholera on the move
The World Health Organization recently announced that more than 80,000 people have been infected with cholera in Zimbabwe. The 6-month-old outbreak there has claimed 3,700 lives.

Scene: a newsroom, just before the lights go out
The last two journalists in America sat at a card table in the middle of their empty newsroom. They faced each other, about to flip a coin.

Listening to our last hour
House Speaker Mike Chenault says he doesn't expect the Legislature to reinstate the death penalty during this session. But by holding hearings on House Bill 9, he's begun a discussion about one of the most controversial issues of a civilized society. And if we're going to have this conversation, we should include examining it from the point of view of the condemned.

Hard lessons in helping homeowners
For many months, because of federal inaction, the states acted alone to combat the rising tide of foreclosures across our nation. The plan recently announced by President Obama is a welcome effort that will help keep families in their homes. As critical details are worked out, it would be useful for federal leaders to look to the experience of states in crafting solutions.

Abuse case is all too familiar
Dear Robyn Rihanna Fenty:

Barbie, it's not our little secret anymore
Barbie. Happy 50th. You haven't had it easy, serving as both the template for idealized female beauty and a lightning rod for controversy. So, congrats on weathering the storm. And since we're talking: I need to tell you something.

French fined nearly $1,400 by APOC
JUNEAU - State Sen. Hollis French has been fined nearly $1,400 by the Alaska Public Offices Commission for not reporting donations.

Housing First Board of Directors to meet
JUNEAU - Housing First Inc.'s board of directors will hold an annual meeting from 5:30 to 7 p.m. March 31 at the Mendenhall Valley library. The public is invited to attend.

Borough targets tardy taxpayers
FAIRBANKS - The Fairbanks North Star Borough is eyeing the liquor licenses of several bars and restaurants for late payment of property taxes.

Scientists lower alert level for volcano
ANCHORAGE - Scientists have lowered the alert level for Mount Redoubt, but warn that the volcano a hundred miles southwest of Anchorage remains restless.

Bomb-sniffing dog prompts road closure
ANCHORAGE - A bomb-sniffing dog at Eielson Air Force Base prompted the temporary closure of the Richardson Highway.

Man convicted of beating veteran
ANCHORAGE - A 25-year-old man was convicted of robbery and assault in the beating of a disabled veteran in Anchorage last year.

Feds get another 45 days on Wade decision
ANCHORAGE - Federal prosecutors have been given an additional 45 days to decide whether to seek the death penalty in a murder case.

Man gets nearly 11 years on drug charge
ANCHORAGE - A 27-year-old Anchorage man will serve nearly 11 years in a federal prison on a felony drug charge.

Soldier charged in teen's drug death
SEATTLE - Military prosecutors Tuesday filed involuntary manslaughter charges against a Fort Lewis soldier in the late-night, drug-related death of a 16-year-old girl - a case that has prompted strict new policies on civilian access to the base.

Alaska-based soldier dies in Afghanistan
FORT RICHARDSON - The father of an Alaska-based soldier from Auburn, N.Y., who's been killed in Afghanistan said his son loved adventure.

Soldotna council mulls smoking ban
SOLDOTNA - The Soldotna City Council will consider introducing a ban on smoking in the workplace and all public places.

Group files to back Palin for president
WATERBURY, Conn. - A Connecticut group said it is the first in the nation to register to raise money to draft Sarah Palin for president.

DK Miners blast Bleu Chunks
DK Miners' Dawn Momblow finally found the net to break a scoreless tie midway through the second period Sunday and provided enough for her team to skate away with a 2-0 Men's Tier B win in Juneau Adult Hockey Association action at Treadwell Ice Arena.

Iditarod's leaders off to speedy pace
NIKOLAI, Alaska - Sebastian Schnuelle was the first musher to reach the Alaska Native village of Nikolai in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Adult league standings
JAHA STANDINGS

Committee to hear parental consent bill
An Alaska House committee on Monday renewed debate on a bill requiring girls under 17 years of age to obtain parental consent to have an abortion after a similar bill last year passed the House but stalled in the state Senate.

Threat of special session looms
With work barely begun on major issues facing the Alaska Legislature this year, some lawmakers are already mentioning the possibility of a special session.

Proposed task force would help nonprofits find grants
Alaska lawmakers are considering legislation that would create a task force to help nonprofit organizations and even communities figure out if they could cash in on the federal stimulus package.

Soy fuel tested in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - Discarded restaurant frying oil, put through a process no more difficult than a high school chemistry experiment, can be used to heat buildings and fuel pickup trucks.

Cowdery sentenced to six months home confinement, $25,000 fine
ANCHORAGE - Former state Sen. John Cowdery has been sentenced to six months home confinement and fined $25,000 on federal bribery charges.

Mackey, Schnuelle in early jostle
ANCHORAGE - Two-time defending champion Lance Mackey and Canadian musher Sebastian Schnuelle were exchanging the lead Monday in the early going of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

More charges filed in Palin e-mail account hacking case
KNOXVILLE - A University of Tennessee student charged with hacking into the personal e-mail account of Sarah Palin, the Alaska governor and former Republican vice presidential nominee, pleaded not guilty Monday to three more charges in the case.

Senator injured in skiing accident
ANCHORAGE - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski suffered a serious knee injury while skiing and will be confined to a wheelchair for several days, her aide said Tuesday.

Alaska Air defends its petition against rival Virgin America
ATLANTA - Alaska Air Group Inc. isn't questioning Virgin America's ownership status because of its rivalry with the privately held carrier, but because it wants fairness, an executive said Tuesday.

Game Board expands predator control program
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Board of Game has expanded the predator control program to include new tactics to kill bears and wolves.

Craig man gets three years in prison for wildlife violations
ANCHORAGE - A 41-year-old Craig man will serve more than three years in prison for violating the Lacey and the Marine Mammal Protection acts.

Photo: Tripod teamwork
Nenana residents and visitors combine their strength Sunday afternoon to heave up the tripod for the 93rd annual Nenana Ice Classic on the Tanana River. The tripod is connected to a clock on shore, which is set to stop when the ice gives out. Whoever guesses closest to the time the clock stops will win the Classic.

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