Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Presenting an assisted suicide on TV is simply wrong
How would you like to watch a murder or suicide on television? KTOO provided us with that opportunity this past week with the documentary, "the Suicide Tourist." This is the show of an individual's trip to Switzerland to take advantage of that country's legal environment which approves assisted suicide. The organization doing the killing calls itself Dignitas.

Board of Game ignoring majority
It's simple math.

Unwanted changes indeed going forward at Wickersham house
An odd thing happened the other day.

Names should be kept out of police reports
I've notice lately that the Juneau Empire, Juneau Police Department Web site and KINY radio have been making people's names public before they have been convicted or charged of a crime.

Kookesh apologizes to city
Sen. Albert Kookesh, D-Angoon, has apologized to the city of Craig, and both the senator's friends and critics say the ethics violations against him will be put to rest.

Juneau boy to participate in geographic bee in April
Glacier Valley Elementary School fifth grader Wyatt Nicholson is heading to Anchorage in April for the 2010 Alaska Geographic Bee.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Corrections
A story on improvements to the Peterson Lake trail that appeared in Friday's Empire identified the incorrect funding source for Dingell-Johnson Act. Money comes from federal taxes on sport fishing tackle and gear.

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

Correction
A photo package in Wednesday's Empire stated U.S. Coast Guard members were evaluating the site where the 369-foot Princess Kathleen sank in 1952. The ongoing operation is a joint venture between the Coast Guard and the state's Department of Environmental Conservation.

Renovated skate park vandalized despite upgrades
Ongoing attempts to revitalize Juneau's skate park hit a small snag Sunday morning when authorities discovered fresh graffiti spray-painted throughout the newly renovated park.

Popular new restaurant will close its doors
Tonight's last call at Troxel's Steak and Seafood will be the last for the couple that, in the course of a few months, turned the restaurant and bar on Juneau's waterfront into a local favorite.

School Board to discuss budget at meeting
The Juneau School board will consider approving its budget for the 2011 fiscal year at its meeting tonight.

CEO: Wait for plan before protesting the Pebble Mine
If you're going to protest, wait until there's at least a plan to protest, Pebble Limited Partnership CEO John Shively said Tuesday in a presentation on the proposed Pebble Mine at a Rotary Club of Juneau meeting.

Southeast Alaska Regional Science Fair
A total of 110 awards from 51 donors were given to 74 student competitors at the 2010 Southeast Alaska Regional Science Fair, held March 12 to 14 in Juneau.

Photos: Analyzing historic mess
A protective boom, above, is pulled in and a bargeanchors off Lena Point on Monday as the U.S. Coast Guard works to determine the extent of fuel leaking from the wreckage of the Princess Kathleen. The Coast Guard sent members from Global Offshore Divers to check on the vessel, which is lying at a depth from 52 to 134 feet.

Biologists plan saltwater shock treatment to knock weeds back
A series of saltwater shock treatments at Twin Lakes should reduce the amount of shoreline weeds crowding out recreational fishermen, Alaska Department of Fish and Game Area Management Biologist Dan Teske said.

Two UAS students honored by NSE
Last week, two former National Student Exchange students at the University of Alaska Southeast received Student Achievement Awards at an annual NSE conference in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Photo: Brilliant walk
Students from the Juneau Montessori School walk Tuesday among the old pilings at Sandy Beach.

Ida Maria Noreen
Longtime Douglas resident Ida Maria Noreen died March 15, 2010, in her home at the Juneau Pioneer Home where she ha resided for the past seven-plus years. She was surrounded by her family and the caregivers who have given her loving care during her long decline. She was 92.

John R. Charles
Former Juneau resident John R. Charles died Feb. 12, 2010, in Mount Vernon, Wash. He was 44.

Judson E. Paul
Former Sitka and Juneau resident Judson E. Paul died March 1, 2010, in Shoreline, Wash. He was 70.

Darin Eugene Knecht
Juneau resident Darin Eugene Knecht died peacefully March 1, 2010, at his parent's home in Juneau after a long time illness. He was 46.

Blaming Big Oil
The following editorial appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

Outside editorial: Whale - it's what shouldn't be for dinner
The following editorial appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

Earmark disarmament
The following editorial appeared in the Chicago Tribune:

Alaska editorial: Lawmakers should pass campaign finance laws
The following editorial first appeared in the Anchorage Daily News:

State should ensure students are prepared for college
There is a disconnect in our education system. Other countries are steadily pulling further ahead of us in terms of having an educated population. By the year 2025, it's estimated that 50 percent of all jobs in this country will require a college degree. According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, America and Germany are the only two OECD countries where the younger generation is actually less educated than the older generation.

What our recycling habits say about us
Question of the day: How do you recycle pornography without looking like a creeptacular pervball?

Privileged or hard-working?
More than 20 years ago, the distinguished educator and philosopher Mortimer Adler spoke in Juneau on the subject of public education. Using differently shaped water glasses as a metaphor, he argued that school educators should strive to fill each "glass" to its maximum capacity. He concluded that school administrators have a duty to fashion policies that offer each child the opportunity to reach his or her maximum potential.

An entire community hangs in balance of lands bill decision
I am only one individual, but please take a moment to consider my side of the Sealaska Corp. lands bill issue.

Deadline for tax exemption March 31
JUNEAU - The filing deadline for requesting a senior citizen or disabled veteran real property tax exemption is March 31. If you are a senior citizen or disabled veteran you may also be eligible for a real property hardship exemption. The annual filing deadline for the hardship exemption is April 30.

Warrant issued for pastor in dispute
FAIRBANKS - A $25,000 arrest warrant on child sexual abuse charges has been issued for a Fairbanks pastor ousted from his church in 2008.

House leader favors 'surgical' tax debate
JUNEAU - House Majority Leader Kyle Johansen says he's interested in the "surgical" approach to separating oil and gas production taxes.

Pilot dies in crash near Eklutna
ANCHORAGE - A pilot is dead after his home-built airplane crashed near Eklutna.

Lawmakers seek middle ground on snowmachine access
JUNEAU - A House subcommittee to meet Wednesday will seek middle ground on a proposal to open roughly 4,000 square miles of public land to snowmachining.

Initiative reform bill receives new life
JUNEAU - A bill that would set disclosure requirements for initiative drives has gained new life in the Legislature.

Judge orders rewrite of abortion initiative
JUNEAU - An Alaska judge has ordered the lieutenant governor to rewrite ballot language for a proposed abortion initiative.

Woman shoots, wounds ex-boyfriend
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police say a man upset by child custody issues was shot by his former girlfriend at her home.

Official: Crime lab is 'beyond shovel ready'
JUNEAU - A new crime lab project is "beyond shovel ready."

One win away!
ANCHORAGE - The capital city girls are one win away from state glory.

Bears blow by Kodiak
ANCHORAGE - Familiar formula, familiar finish.

Boys bow out in opener
ANCHORAGE - Juneau-Douglas was never able to get into an offensive groove against a tall and talented Wasilla squad Monday, and the Warriors cruised to a 69-46 boys' basketball 4A state tournament win over the Crimson Bears at Sullivan Arena.

Bear on the block
She's the Crimson Bears' monster - and muscle - in themiddle.

Photos: State cheer competition
The Thunder Mountain Falcons cheer team performs their competition routine Saturday after the co-ed teams and High School competition teams placed 2nd in the Medium, all-girl building division, a few points behind Ketchikan. The girls were unable to travel to Anchorage Friday due to weather conditions, but flew out Saturday and arrived just in time to compete.

Playing to the end
ANCHORAGE - Dimond closed with an 11-0 run to pull away from a gritty, determined Juneau-Douglas in Monday's 4A boys' basketball state tournament consolation round, ending the Crimson Bears' season 64-45 at Sullivan Arena.

Photos: State cheer competition part II
The Juneau-Douglas cheerleaders perform their state championship winning routine during the opening round of the state basketball tournament at Anchorage's Sullivan Arena on Monday. The Crimson Bears cheer/stunt team took first place at the 2010 ASAA State Cheer Competition Saturday only moments after their plane landed in Anchorage. Their original trip was planned for Friday, but the team was not able to travel due to weather conditions.

Arctic Winter Games
35 Juneau athletes, 7 adult coaches, 1 adult chap

Flannagan's Run results: Saturday, March 13
1 Mile - Male Results

Wildlife director leaving Juneau
Juneau's legislative delegation questioned a move by the Parnell administration to relocate the director of the Division of Wildlife Conservation from Juneau to Anchorage, and praised the work of the previous director, who was demoted.

Mackey wins Iditarod for fourth straight time
NOME - Lance Mackey won the 1,100-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday to become the first musher in the event's 38-year history to win four consecutive races.

Commercial 'caveman' receives key to Homer
At first glance, the guy hanging around the Time Bandit on March 11 with the shaggy hair, bushy beard, red turtleneck sweater and down vest might look like your average crab fisherman. There's something a bit odd about him, though. Maybe it's the heavy brow, the wide nose and the hairy hands. If he looks a bit Neanderthal, well, that's because he is.

Mackey cuts rest, extends Iditarod lead over King
NOME - Three-time defending champion Lance Mackey is poised to claim his fourth consecutive win in the 1,100-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race over a route beset by bitter cold.

Alaska 'beerdrinker' lauded for more than just chugging
KENAI - Bill Howell is this year's Miss America of beer.

Alaska Air CEO pay more than doubles
ATLANTA - The chairman and chief executive officer of Alaska Air Group Inc., William S. Ayer, saw his total compensation in 2009 more than double to $4.3 million, compared to the year before, thanks to a bigger performance-based bonus and much larger stock and option awards, according to a regulatory filing.

State chamber launches high school leadership program
FAIRBANKS - The Alaska State Chamber of Commerce launched the Alaska Business Week program at the Alaska Business Roundtable luncheon March 11 in Juneau.

Board of Regents picks Gamble as UA president
Pat Gamble, the president and chief executive of the Alaska Railroad Corp., has been chosen as the University of Alaska system's next president.

Percentage of female judges slips in Alaska
FAIRBANKS - The percentage of judges who are female in Alaska has slipped in the past decade, even as more women apply for the bench.

Lawmakers await pipeline open seasons
An Alaska lawmaker said Tuesday that upcoming open seasons for proposed gas pipeline projects could lead to a shift in the state's approach to oil and gas development.

Residents begin effort to recall mayor in Houston
HOUSTON - A mayor's trip to Fairbanks could drive him right out of office.

BP supports Alaska Business Week
BP has awarded a $60,000 grant to the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce, providing major support for the new Alaska Business Week program. Phil Cochrane, Vice President for External Affairs at BP, made the award presentation at the Alaska State Chamber Legislative Fly-In event in Juneau earlier this month.

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