Tuesday, March 18, 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?"

Calling for corporate comeuppance
One of comedienne Lily Tomlin's original acts featured a telephone operator and lines such as, "we're the telephone company, you can trust me." Well, that was then and this is now.

State should lease, not buy computers
There has been a good deal of discussion regarding recycling lately, as the growing landfill has become more apparent to all. In all recycling discussions, it is best to follow the reduce, reuse, recycle sequence which is provided often by experts in the field. In applying this to Juneau (and to other parts of the state) it always surprises me that state, city and federal entities are buying rather than leasing computers and peripheral computer equipment (printers, copiers, etc.).

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.

State backs decision to deny autopsy
The director of the state Division of Health said the State Medical Examiner's office made the right decision when it denied a second Juneau police request for an autopsy to be performed on 46-year-old Lori Jo Hall.

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.

Cheaper harbors lure Juneau fishermen
Juneau's moorage rates are the highest in Southeast Alaska. Some fishermen say they left town partly because of them, but port directors say the fees are as low as they can go.

Teachers unhappy with UAS autoshop decision
Automotive technology high school teacher Stephen Squires said he got a certificate of appreciation last week from the University of Alaska Southeast - on the same day he found out it had effectively ended his autoshop program.

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.

Around Town
Today

Photo: Head's up
Juneau-Douglas High School soccer player Sam Greely eyes the ball Monday at the school's field during the first day of outdoor practice for the JDHS soccer team. The team will travel to Spokane, Wash., in early April to start its season.

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

Committee recommends Marie Drake for Montessori
Most members of the Juneau School Board's Facilities Committee said Monday that the school district's entire Montessori program should be housed in the Marie Drake building next school year.

Around Town
Today

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."

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

Gordon Stockdale
Former longtime Juneau resident Gordon James Stockdale died Dec. 9, 2007, in Seattle of metastatic cancer. He was 65.

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

Sylvia Merrill Wright
Former Juneau resident Sylvia L. Merrill Wright died peacefully in her sleep on March 14, 2008, in Aurora, Colo., after returning from a vacation. She was 73.

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: Palin not abandoning earmarks altogether
With the coming of spring in the nation's capital, Congress has begun its annual ritual of producing a federal budget.

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.

My Turn: Saving a dream from becoming a nightmare
With commencement of the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act process, Alaska has finally begun to realize the long-held dream of building a pipeline to transport natural gas from the North Slope to markets in the Lower 48. Though we're off to a good start, we have much to do before the dream becomes a reality.

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.

Alaska Editorial: Subsidized flights essential for survival
Imagine life in rural Alaska without access to regular, dependable air travel.

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

Legislature waits to hear capital move bills
JUNEAU - A bill to promote the construction of a new legislative hall, likely outside Juneau, has not been heard in the Legislature since a controversial hearing last week, and no further hearings were scheduled as of Monday.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Bodies of Kenai fire victims removed
KENAI - Authorities recovered the bodies of a woman and three children Monday who died when a fire consumed their home this weekend.

Woman charged for theft from business
KENAI - An employee at a pull-tab business was arrested for stealing more than $53,000 to support an addiction to painkillers.

Leader of foreign offshoot church dies
JORDANVILLE, N.Y. - Metropolitan Laurus, who played a key role in healing an 80-year schism between the Russian Orthodox Church and an offshoot set up abroad following the Bolshevik Revolution, has died. He was 80.

Klukwan grabs opening win
The Klukwan Chilkats opened the Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament Master's Bracket with a 91-49 victory against the Legion 2008 Legends on Monday at the Juneau-Douglas High School gym.

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.

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.

Bean steals the show in Kake win over Filco 81-72
The Rudy Bean show was the evening flick at the Juneau-Douglas High School gym on Monday as Kake outlasted a scrappy Filipino Community team 81-72 in Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament Legendary C Bracket action.

Gold Medal special for the refs
The Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament isn't just a special event for fans and players, but for the referees as well.

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.

Angoon wins second straight Mighty B Bracket game
Angoon moved one step closer to playing for the Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament Mighty B Bracket title with a 103-70 win over Yakutat on Monday at the Juneau-Douglas High School gym.

Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament: Tuesday's schedule
Mighty B Bracket: Klukwan vs. Metlakatla, 3:30 p.m.Kake vs. Hoonah, 9 p.m.

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

Morgan tops Marrero in Roughhouse main event
Roughhouse Friday at Marlintini's Lounge featured a little bit of everything. It had the first all-female mixed martial arts bout held in Juneau along with fighters brawling for money to fix a car and for sushi.

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.

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.

Fate of capital projects still uncertain after vote
The House unanimously approved a $4.3 billion supplemental budget bill on Monday, but the biggest area of contention may be still in flux.

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

An uncommon ethics query: What's a good gift for Palin's baby?
What happens when a governor whose strong stand on ethics is an important part of her phenomenal popularity is having a baby, and suddenly everybody wants to give her gifts?

Coast Guard plans more Arctic surveillance flights
KODIAK - The U.S. Coast Guard has stepped up surveillance flights to the Arctic and plans to complete one every two weeks to familiarize crews with the terrain.

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.

This Day in History
In Alaska and in the Nation

Photo: Strutting their stuff
Pam Bushnell makes her rounds Thursday in downtown Ketchikan with her pink poodle, Milligan. Bushnell says her favorite color is pink. She dyed her dog's fur with cherry Kool Aid.

With VECO fall, a new name tops political donor list
ANCHORAGE - A real estate development company is now the biggest contributor to Alaska congressional campaigns, following the demise of VECO Corp. in an ongoing political corruption investigation.

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