Monday, March 17, 2008

Simulated point
I have a question for President Bush and those who support his views on torture: Sometimes a prisoner subjected to the "simulated drowning" of water-boarding dies. Is this a "simulated death?"

Give oil revenue to rural Alaska
On a recent evening, I was listening to an Anchorage legislator expounding on why the state of Alaska cannot go on sharing so much state revenue with the smaller, more rural communities.

City on the Edge
A year after a record snowfall and weeks of high-danger forecasts in Juneau's urban avalanche zones, neighborhoods have returned to the way they were before the city's avalanche warning system existed: No forecaster is watching for slides that could hit 62 homes and one hotel.

Ringing in statehood: Juneau man recalls Alaska's early years as 'revolutionary days'
Looking back nearly 50 years later, Romer Derr sees parallels between Alaska's fight for statehood and the founding of the United States of America.

Photo: Double the fun
Stefan Milkowski cycles up Fish Creek Road on Saturday to telemark ski at Eaglecrest Ski Area. Although he used pedal power to access the ski area, he confessed that he planned to buy a lift ticket for a ride to the top of the mountain.

Photo: Volunteer honored
Dixie Belcher, right, hugs Rep. Beth Kerttula, D-Juneau, at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum after receiving an official proclamation in recognition of her volunteer efforts in Juneau and around the state. The proclamation said Belcher was honored "for her belief in the power of music to dissolve barriers, sideline anger and help people to envision and build a better life."

U.S. fisheries agents search Doc Water's
A downtown pub and restaurant was searched by federal fisheries agents this week.

Photo: Rev 'em up
Eade Vanderhoof, 2, runs between two Suzuki 150-horsepower outboard engines at the Allen Marine Sales and Service display Sunday at the 29th Annual Boat and Sports Show at Centennial Hall. The three-day boat show is sponsored by the Glacier Valley Rotary Club.

Photo: Moving poetry
Richard Stokes reads his poem, "Currents," on Friday as part of the Poetry on Wheels event while touring downtown on a city bus. The event is part of the Cabin Fever Arts Festival sponsored by the Juneau Arts and Humanities. Thirty-two new poems have been selected for display on 16 Capital Transit buses during the next year.

Around Town
Today

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

Around Town
Today

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

Correction
A Juneau Empire editorial in Sunday's paper misidentified the school associated with certain consequences related to locating a consolidated Montessori at that site. The editorial should have read: "Placing all the Montessori classrooms at Riverbend Elementary School, for example, would require reconstruction at the school and take away classrooms, including those for special-needs and disadvantaged kids."

Barbara Jean Dodson
Former Juneau resident Barbara Jean Dodson died March 10, 2008, in Fordyce, Ark. She was 59.

Darian Lee Richards
Juneau resident Darian Lee Richards died Jan. 26, 2008, at Children's Hospital in Seattle, Wash., after a long fight with acute myeloid leukemia. He was 2½ years old.

Arthur E. Crostick
Former Juneau resident Arthur E. Crostick died suddenly on March 4, 2008, at his winter home in Oro Valley, Ariz. He was 58.

My turn: Let's stand up together and do the right thing
It's not often that we Alaskans can be leaders on the global stage. Most of the time, we feel - no matter our political stripe - powerless on both the national and international stage. Even though our caucuses were lively and our governor is getting some press, how Alaskans vote for our nation's top spot doesn't really matter - our three puny electoral votes don't give us much political clout. We unfortunately are spectators - not meaningful participants - in our own political system.

My turn: Reduce fossil fuel dependence
Oil just passed $109 per barrel and is trending higher. While our state coffers balloon with money, Alaska families struggle with high heating fuel and gas prices. Our Southeast Alaska economic growth has stagnated. Worse, our energy costs have created a migration of energy refugees from Kake, Angoon and Hoonah.

My Turn: Time to reconsider nuclear power
There is a great deal of discussion these days about the energy crisis. The time is approaching when common sense may force another look at nuclear power. It is the obvious replacement for fossil fuels and environmentally superior.

Empire editorial: Don't take away from majority of students just to benefit a few
You wouldn't think that a school program aimed at nurturing children could raise so many hackles.

Big risks present in CBR makeover
A constitutional amendment that would radically transform the state's finances has been quietly moving through the state House of Representatives. The measure is the bipartisan brainchild of Republican Ralph Samuels and Democrat Mike Doogan, both from Anchorage. It could come to a vote in the House as soon as Monday. If approved, it would abolish the constitutional budget reserve in all but name, and replace it with an endowment. The sole purpose of new endowment would be to provide long-term support for state spending.

My turn: Repetition that deepens learning
High school writers Cameron Brocket and Zoey Wilson (Empire, March 7) express frustration with the repetition in their learning while acknowledging teacher support for it. I'd like to explain how to resolve the conflict so that students feel stimulated and challenged instead of bored, and teachers can deepen learning.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

Outside editorial: Food crisis
The following editorial first appeared in the Washington Post:

Cycling on the ghost trail to McGrath
When I felt the shutdown coming, I knew I was worse than lost.

Filmmaker captures excitement of sea kayaking
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - "Pacific Horizons" isn't the kind of sea kayaking film where kayakers make like Superman and perform superhuman feats on water, and that's all they do. It is the kind of adventure film where Everyman - and Everywoman - paddle through stunning Pacific Northwest scenery, talk about their love of kayaking and do things that will make your jaw drop.

Late winter walks reveal snowy owls
One gloriously sunny day in late February, a group of hikers set out for Spaulding Meadow. Although the lower part of the trail had some patches of flare ice, the rest of the trail, all the way up to Third Meadow, was hard-packed snow and easy walking. The forest was quiet, except for a couple of flocks of talkative chickadees, a jay calling, and a woodpecker tap-tapping.

Spring means restless, hungry bears
KENAI - As the daylight hours grow longer and the snow melts, bears begin to emerge from their dens. Some are content to sit outside their den and soak up the sun, others have cubs in tow, but generally all bears are in search of one thing: easy food.

Out & About
Today: Snowmobile Club and Juneau Nordic Ski Club 10K, 5K or 2.5K classic loop, 8 a.m., Spaulding Meadows. Call to reserve a ride up or down. Details: Ray, 321-6800 or imel@gci.net.

Ketchikan company has lowest school bid
JUNEAU - A Ketchikan company presented the lowest bid to renovate Glacier Valley Elementary School, according to city Engineering Director Roger Healy.

Ruedrich pleased to remain head of GOP
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Republican Party Chairman Randy Ruedrich said he is happy to retain his position after surviving an ouster attempt over the weekend during the party's annual convention.

Officials capture orphan cougar kitten
JACKSON, Wyo. - Wildlife managers have captured the last of three mountain lion kittens that became orphaned when their mother died in northwest Wyoming.

New Old Faithful visitor center planned
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. - Groundbreaking for a new, $27 million Old Faithful Visitor Education Center at Yellowstone National Park is set for May.

Tanana Chiefs re-elect Jerry Isaac
FAIRBANKS - Directors at the Tanana Chiefs Conference have re-elected Jerry Isaac as the Native consortium's president.

Two plead guilty to selling cocaine
FAIRBANKS - A man and woman from Fairbanks have pleaded guilty to federal charges of conspiring to distribute cocaine.

Woman, 3 children killed in house fire
KENAI - A mother and her three children were killed Saturday in a fire that engulfed their trailer home in flames, according to the Peninsula Clarion newspaper.

Canadian man pleads guilty in pipeline plot
SANTA FE - A Canadian man pleaded guilty in federal court on Thursday to a terrorism charge for plotting to blow up the trans-Alaska oil pipeline at the 2000 millennium.

Alaska's revenue continues to climb
JUNEAU - The state's preliminary spring revenue forecast is out, and it's very rosy.

Coast Guard conducts Sitka dockside exams
JUNEAU - The Coast Guard will offer courtesy dockside examinations of commercial fishing vessels in Sitka starting today.

Former vice principal fined for poker parlor
ANCHORAGE - A former high school administrator avoided jail time but was fined for operating a poker parlor.

Blind musher bows out from Iditarod
ANCHORAGE - Rachael Scdoris, the legally blind musher who was running the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, scratched over concerns for the health of her dog team.

Shootout linked to $100,000 burglary
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police said a shootout between two cars was linked to a $100,000 burglary.

TransCanada lobbies in Washington
ANCHORAGE - Canadian company TransCanada is doing some lobbying in Washington, D.C.

Speedy Angoon runs to Mighty B opening win
In the second half, about the only thing that could slow down Angoon in its 89-69 win over Metlakatla was Stan Johnson Jr. losing a contact lens on the court.

Team Alaska wins gold medal in hockey
Team Alaska knocked off Team Yukon 3-2 on Friday in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, to win the gold medal in midget hockey.

Juneau Bowling Center wins annual city championship
The Juneau Bowling Center team of Jeff Jones, Tim Powers Sr., Tim Powers Jr. and Kathy Powers won the division one team championship of the third annual Juneau USBC City Championships last month at the Juneau Bowling Center.

Local running results: Flanagans Run

SPORTS IN JUNEAU

Kake rolls to a first-round victory
The defending champion Kake Oldtimers proved it will again be the team to beat in the Legendary C Bracket with a dominating 104-85 win over Angoon Sunday at the 62nd annual Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament.

Sunday's schedule for Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament
Mighty B Bracket games:

Renewing friendships, familiar seats
With a sigh of relief, Sharon Lee counted down the seconds before the clock turned to 10 a.m. Sunday, signifying the opening tip-off of the 62nd annual Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament.

Klukwan holds off Hoonah in Legendary C Bracket
Klukwan's Dave Buss drained five 3-point shots en route to 27 points in a 84-75 win over Hoonah in the Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament Legendary C Bracket game at Juneau-Douglas High School.

For fans, Gold Medal is more than hoops
Gold Medal time is here again in Juneau. For many years now, basketball fans from all over Southeast Alaska have been attending the Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament.

Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament
Today's schedule

Juneau Squirts place second at state
The Juneau Douglas Ice Association Black Bears placed second overall at the Alaska State Hockey Association Squirt Tier D Tournament in Anchorage on March 7-9.

Juneau Mites play in Haines Junction
The Juneau Douglas Ice Association Mites took third place at the Yukon Amateur Hockey Association Novice Championships on Feb. 29-March 1 in Haines Junction, Yukon.

Photo: Mites skate in Canada
The Juneau Douglas Ice Association Mites pose with a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police after their tournament on March 1 in Haines Junction, Yukon. Top from left, Nikki Box, Kris Derr, Jack Harvey, Annika Pearson. Middle row, Sophia Kaelke, Corey Box, Simon Marks, Michael White, Quin Geist, Emma Kaelke, Kasey Watts, Jakob O'Brien, Koen Schultz. Front row, Kane Ginter, Nikko Hebert. Not pictured are James Harvey, Steve Box and Mark Kaelke.

Parnell's challenge adds spice to GOP rift
The best political fight in Alaska right now isn't between the Democrats and Republicans.

Unions get settlements after ferry grounding
The ferry system's response after the 2004 grounding of the ferry LeConte has cost the state an additional $480,000 in payments to ferry unions, stemming from grievances they filed after a private company was hired to provide replacement ferries.

Delegation wants notice before jobs move away
Juneau should have a heads up before any state job leaves town, according to members of the city's legislative delegation.

Birding in Yup'ik Country
You can say it in six words. Spectacled eider. Emperor goose. Sabine's gull.

Judge: Aerial wolf control invalid in some areas
ANCHORAGE - A judge on Friday invalidated the aerial killing of wolves in several small areas of Alaska while issuing a ruling upholding the state predator control program.

Professor helps find pliosaur skeleton
Patrick Druckenmiller spent three weeks last summer on the remote Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, working in freezing temperatures and looking out for polar bears.

State to take responsibility for retirement shortfall
The House and Senate are wrapping up a much-vaunted three-pronged effort to funnel state revenues back to Alaska schools and communities.

This Day in History
In Alaska and in the Nation

Begich scopes possible challenge in senate race
FAIRBANKS - Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich made a stop in Fairbanks as part of a trip to scope out a possible run against U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens.

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