Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Auto shop was good
After reading about the closure of the Juneau-Douglas High School auto shop program, I cannot help but think of the Juneau School District's inability to look out for the best interest of the children of Juneau.

Constitution forbids states to keep troops
In his report about Supreme Court deliberations concerning the Washington D.C. Second Amendment case (Empire, March 18), Associated Press reporter Mark Sherman repeats a misleading concept supporting a "collective right" interpretation of that amendment. He says, "The local Washington (D.C.) government ... reads the amendment as intended to allow states to have armed forces."

Capitol move bills don't show representative government
There are peculiar defects in the capital/legislative session move bills now being considered by Alaska's Legislature.

Moving the capital makes no sense
I received a 98 percent on my states and capitals test in the sixth grade. (I misspelled Honolulu). But I can't for the life of me understand the arguments that some put forth for moving the capital from Juneau to Anchorage.

Girls should have played
I don't think they should have taken the girls out of Gold Medal. I mean, a lot of young female basketball players kind of look up to the female basketball players who play in Gold Medal.

Disputing claims about free ferry rides
I agree with the title of Wallace Williams' letter to the editor, "Improve transportation and save money," but after that my agreement ends. His stated claim of ridership by Alaska Marine Highway System employees and the travel benefits received by working for AMHS are not accurate.

Sad thoughts on Iraq
I spent my lunch hour standing in the sun in front of the Capitol building listening to the name of each American killed in Iraq called out in honor of their service. There are almost 4,000 of them.

Build the road, keep the capital
I read Pat Kemp's My Turn on Juneau road access versus the current and projected ferry system. I believe his figures and professional analysis to be right on the money.

Paying not to fish
In the last 10 years, the fishing quotas for commercial and sport fishing have declined significantly. We are told that this is necessary because of the decline in the amount of fish in Southeast.

Forest ranger recommends approval of plan for Kensington
The Juneau district ranger for the U.S. Forest Service is recommending approval of the latest Kensington gold mine plan without further study of its environmental impacts.

Nursing overtime spurs safety concerns
Lawmakers in the Senate Finance Committee heard continued testimony Friday on a bill that would outlaw mandatory overtime for nurses except in a few cases.

Photos: Re-enacting an important moment in Alaska history
The one-hour documentary, "For the Rights of All," follows the civil-rights movement inAlaska. The final project willinclude re-enactments, historic footage, photographs andinterviews with Native elders. Funding for the project came from The Rasmuson Foundation and Native American Public Telecommunications.

Jury indicts two in drug smuggling case
Police say they have busted a cocaine smuggling operation in Juneau with the indictments of two men by a grand jury.

Photo: Silent reflection on grim milestone
Members of Veterans for Peace and Juneau People for Peace and Justice hold a silent vigil Monday at the Dimond Courthouse Square.

Around Town
Today

Allen Marine negotiating deal to buy Four Seasons tour boats
Sitka-based Allen Marine, a day-cruise tour company, is working on a deal to buy tour boats from its competitor, Four Seasons Marine Services Corp.

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:

My turn: Access road would save fuel cost
After returning to town and catching up on the local news, I was reading the letters to the editor from former Rep. Mike Miller, Sen. Kim Elton and Pat Kemp. In Elton's letter, he refers to lamp posts leaned on by pro-roaders and misleading statistics presented by transportation department officials.

My turn: Monstrous parking garage plan echoes past mistake
Shades of belle blue! Blue who? (Boo hoo! is what I say.) Echoes of the past. A monstrous construction project is being proposed for the waterfront gateway to Juneau's downtown, with questionable process and undue speed.

State needs a truth squad
With Panhandle neighbors like the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council, Capitol-movers don't need advocates like Anchorage's Voice of the Times.

Outside editorial: Fix the CPSC, fast
This editorial appeared in the Chicago Tribune:

Alaska Editorial: Keeping party chair leaves Alaska GOP tied to corruption
This editorial appeared in the Anchorage Daily News:

Alaska Editorial: Focus on gas line right now and not ANWR
This editorial appeared in the Anchorage Daily News

Royal Dutch Shell, UA share Arctic research
ANCHORAGE - Representatives with Royal Dutch Shell met with officials at the University of Alaska to learn more about research the university is conducting.

Ice Alaska could move into new area
FAIRBANKS - A tentative agreement has been reached that could move the annual World Ice Art Championships to a new location.

UAF Chancellor to announce resignation
FAIRBANKS - The chancellor of the University of Alaska Fairbanks is planning to formally announce that he is leaving his post.

Man accused of trying to destroy plane
MEDFORD, Ore. - An Ashland, Ore., man appeared in federal court Wednesday to face charges of attempted destruction of an Alaska Airlines aircraft and interference with a flight crew.

Usibelli Coala Mine buys Healy preschool
HEALY - Usibelli Coal Mine will buy the Denali Pre-School and Learning Center.

Soderlund wins Alaska Junior Miss
KETCHIKAN - Johanna Soderlund of Fairbanks was named Alaska Junior Miss.

NANA announces special dividends
ANCHORAGE - The board of directors at NANA Regional Corp. says its giving out a special one-time dividend of $9 per share to commemorate its 35th anniversary.

Man hurt in rollover on Glenn Highway
ANCHORAGE - A 56-year-old Ninilchik man was injured when his pickup truck plowed through 80 feet of guardrail on the Glenn Highway and then rolled, Alaska State Troopers said.

Anchorage robbery suspect found dead
ANCHORAGE - A man sought by police in connection with a spree of armed robberies and a carjacking was found dead Monday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to Anchorage police.

Shageluk man faces assault charges
ANCHORAGE - A 55-year-old man is accused of choking and beating his girlfriend in the western Alaska village of Shageluk.

Couple takes the plunge in Nikiski
NIKISKI - Mark Confer and Joanne Wainwright took the plunge. Literally.

Canadian gets two years on drug charge
ANCHORAGE - A man from Canada received a two-year sentence for bringing drugs into Alaska.

Whitehorse dominates ski event
Guy Thibodeau took the highest marks for Juneau athletes this past weekend as he pushed Marcus Wattereus of Whitehorse to the limit in the annual Buckwheat Classic in Skagway.

Photos: Gross, Fenumiai make All-Star tournament teams
Juneau's Nicole Fenumiai, shown scoring over South Anchorage's Julie Stark (23) and Sylvia Bullock (34) on Saturday at the State 4A girls basketball tournament, was selected to the 4A Girls All-State Tournament team.

JAHA standings
Tier A standings

Four dead after boat sinks off Dutch Harbor
A fishing boat sank off Alaska's Aleutian Islands on Sunday, leaving four crew members including the captain dead and another missing, the Coast Guard said.

Lawmakers spur Real ID opposition
Alaska legislators are balking at joining the federal government's Real ID plan, and don't want to allow state dollars to be used to support the controversial identification requirements some see as an invasion of privacy.

Child's message in a bottle ends up in Alaska 21 years later
Merle Brandell and his black lab Slapsey were beachcombing along the Bering Sea when he spied a plastic bottle among the Japanese glass floats he often finds along the shore of his tiny Alaskan fishing village.

Historic sweepstakes sled dog race revived
A century after the birth of long-distance sled dog racing, 16 mushers are set to retrace a historic run in western Alaska and compete for a $100,000 winner-take-all purse.

Senate passes state operating budget
It would have been unthinkable two years ago: lawmakers arguing over whether to pad the state savings account with $1 billion or $3 billion on top of several billion already proposed.

Barring blizzards, tax preparers help in Bush Alaska
On the island of St. Paul, winter is marked by the opening of the opilio crab fishery, the start of high school basketball and the annual arrival of the tax preparers.

Rescuers continue search for missing fisherman in sinking
The Coast Guard scanned the icy Bering Sea on Monday for a fisherman who may have been dropped from a rescue basket after the vessel he was on sank, killing four people and leaving survivors bobbing across a mile of ocean.

University museum director announces retirement
The director of the University of Alaska Museum of the North is retiring after 15 years on the job and an era of growth for the facility.

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

Interpreting Native speech requires more than words
BARROW - For years, Alaska Native language speakers have relied on family and friends to help them with bureaucratic red tape, medical appointments, voting and even just getting a driver's license.

Sides line up on Anchorage taxi proposal
ANCHORAGE - Supporters and opponents are lining up on Proposition 8, a voter initiative that that would deregulate taxi cabs in Anchorage.

Photo: Junior Miss Alaska crowned
Johanna Soderlund of Fairbanks, holding bouquet of roses, is surrounded by fellow contestants Saturday shortly after being named Junior Miss Alaska at Ketchikan High School auditorium. The other pageant contestants, from left, are Stacey Chiu and Kezia Mandregan, both of Fairbanks, Katie Connor of Homer, Billie Rae Parrish of Nikiski, Mara Burley of North Pole, Melissa Rawson of Kenai and first runner-up Caitlyn Lewis of Ketchikan.

This Day in History
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