Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Executions implicate all in a democracy
The Alaska Peace Center is committed to nonviolent conflict resolution and working for peace within ourselves, our community and our world. As citizens of the state of Alaska, we cannot have peace within ourselves if we are responsible for the death of another human being by use of the death penalty. We cannot have peace in our communities absent the internal peace of the members of our communities.

Stimulus rejection a quality-of-life issue
Treatments for a patient who is terminally ill is a quality-of-life issue. Some treatments to extend their lives by months or years can result in significant and uncomfortable side effects. Many chose quality of life, for however much longer that may be, over the treatments.

Juneau's stimulus money not wasted
To the taxpayers of Juneau, thanks for the stimulus money. I thought you'd like to know how it is being used in Bloomington, Ind.

Fritz Cove Road has a dog problem
I am writing this letter as a concerned person who walks in Fritz Cove. People are not being responsible with their dogs on Fritz Cove Road.

Exxon continues to set a bad example
It's the 20-year anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill (March 24, 1989). Even after 20 years, the $507 million award, a fraction of the original federal jury judgement of $5 billion, has yet to be paid. A portion has been distributed but a significant amount is still mired in the court system with no end in sight.

AIG should exercise ingenuity of insurers
In a recent letter to Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, Edward Liddy, the new head of the AIG, defended the company's paying out extraordinary bonuses in the amount of more than $200 million because of prior contractual arrangements with those who received these windfalls. Liddy wrote, "Honoring contractual commitments is at the heart of what we do in the insurance business."

Juneau's carbon footprint measured
Juneau has taken a first step in creating a program for reducing its carbon footprint - measuring it.

Governor says she won't block stimulus funds
Some legislators fear Gov. Sarah Palin is more interested in winning kudos from national Republicans for her anti-stimulus spending stance. Others, however, are taking a more conciliatory tone, saying that as long as they can get as much money as possible for Alaska, they don't care who gets the credit.

Southeast town seeks students to fill school
In an effort to save their school, the residents of Tenakee Springs have launched an Internet marketing campaign. The item for sale: Tenakee Springs.

The show must go on, Circus resumes today
Alaska Airlines on Monday canceled passenger flights in and out of Fairbanks, Bethell, Prudhoe Bay, Nome, Kotzebue and Barrow due to continued volcanic ash caused by Monday's eruption of Mount Redoubt.

Four dogs suspected in doe attack found, owners cited
All four dogs who allegedly attacked a young doe on March 15 on the Mendenhall Valley wetlands were recently found and their owners were issued citations, Gastineau Humane Society Executive Director Chava Lee said Monday.

Herring roe-deo kicks off in Sitka
Schools of silvery herring arrived this week in Sitka. "It's really quite a lovely day," said fisherman Scott McAllister. "I'm enjoying my last few minutes of peace and quiet before we do battle."

Crash closure a long time coming
Retired Army Col. Meredith Townsend III has been to war, but until last week he was too afraid to come to Juneau.

District studies later high school start times
Juneau School District officials are looking into the possibility of flipping elementary and high school start times, giving high schoolers an extra hour and 15 minutes before classes begin in the morning.

Photos: Clowning around
Olexandr Kartukov, left, balances a stack of boxes next to Ringmaster Cornell "Tuffy" Nicholas during a Tuesday afternoon performance of the International All-Star Circus at Centennial Hall.

Photo: Catching up on practice
Malyssa Roche throws a softball to her friend, Jack Clark, on Tuesday in the parking lot at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. Roche signed up for a recreational team and said she was getting some preseason practice in.

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

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

Around Town
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Around Town
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Correction
Juneau Empire columnist Ben Brown is co-chair of the Capital City Republicans. His title was not included in his last My Turn column that appeared in the Empire earlier this month. We regret the error.

Minnie Stevens
Minnie Ellen (Brown) Stevens died March 19, 2009, in Ketchikan. She was 92.

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

Patricia 'PJ' Gingras
The remains of Patricia "PJ" Gingras, 54, who died Feb. 24, 2007, at Anchorage Regional Hospital after a brief struggle with cancer, will be interred at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 4, in the Columbarium at the Shrine of St. Therese.

My turn: Are special interests killing Alaska's wildlife?
Alaska is a dream whose grandeur is in the grip of special interests who increasingly favor exploitation over preservation. The regions of Alaska under state control are irreplaceable links in America's last great intact ecosystems. We entrust the health of this world treasure to a cabal of state agencies, including Gov. Sarah Palin, the Legislature, Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the Board of Game.

Outside editorial: America's children deserve a better fate
It's hard to remember a president who inherited a worse budget fix than Barack Obama - with the economy reeling, federal revenues falling and the government obligated to spend huge sums to avert even worse. For the most part, it is not Obama's fault that the deficit, according to Friday's projection from the Congressional Budget Office, will reach a staggering $1.8 trillion this fiscal year and $1.4 trillion next year.

Outside editorial: You can depend on Detroit
Quick, which car brand do you suppose buyers report as being the most dependable after three years of ownership?

My turn: Democrats clear up misconceptions
I would like to correct some misconceptions about actions recently taken by the Greater Juneau Democratic District regarding the vacancy created in the Alaska Senate when Sen. Kim Elton resigned his seat to take a job with the Department of the Interior. Some of these misconceptions were perpetuated by Ben Brown in a recent Alaska Observer column.

Outside editorial: More fairness for troops in combat
The Defense Department isn't known for its family-friendly policies, though the "modern" Army understands better today that families play an important role in a soldier's overall performance. One of the Pentagon's most unpopular policies implemented after 9/11 has had a devastating effect on military families. It's called stop-loss.

My turn: Juneau residents can help stop stormwater pollution
Since we typically see more rain than sun here in Juneau, stormwater and stormwater pollution are a major threat to our clean water. Stormwater is all of the rain and melted snow that runs off our paved streets, sidewalks, buildings, lawns, and construction and industrial sites. Everything dumped on our streets and into our stormdrains ends up in our salmon streams, wetlands and lakes, and eventually flows out into the ocean. Stormwater can include things like used motor oil, dog poop, antifreeze, herbicides, cigarette butts and other garbage.

Outside editorial; At some point, auto business has to start growing again
It would make no sense to lend billions to companies that build cars and trucks while letting the companies that make the parts they put together go under.

Despite nation's strides, hate groups growing in number
There are now 926 hate groups in this country. Take a second and consider that number. It represents an increase of more than 50 percent since 2000. And by "hate groups," I don't mean guys in their bathrobes who go online and pretend their followers are legion. No, I mean actual Klan cells, Neo-Nazi sects, gay-bashing "churches," cliques of black separatists, white nationalists, nativists, racist skinheads and other merchants of venom who meet, plot and recruit in all 48 contiguous states. (Alaska and Hawaii have no known hate groups.) Nine hundred twenty-six of them. The number is a record.

Juneau hunting guide sentenced to jail
ANCHORAGE - A 70-year-old Juneau man has been given a jail sentence and a hefty fine for illegal guiding of brown bears on Admiralty Island.

Juneau man dies after crash in Hawaii
HONOLULU - A 67-year-old Juneau man who was visiting the Big Island in Hawaii died Friday after being involved in a two-vehicle collision on Akoni Pule Highway, the Honolulu Advertiser reported.

Body found in Anchorage identified
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police say a body found last week has been identified as a 47-year-old man last seen after he jumped nude from the third floor of a hotel.

Sixth Iditarod dog dies en route to Nome
ANCHORAGE - A sixth dog in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race has died.

20 inches of snow falls on Kodiak
KODIAK - A major snowstorm essentially shut down Kodiak.

Chamber backs tax cap proposition
ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce is backing a tax cap proposition that's on next month's municipal ballot.

Preowned home sales climb in February
SEATTLE - Sales of previously occupied homes in the western United States climbed in February, as low mortgage rates and cheap foreclosed properties drew in many first-time buyers and investors, according to two reports released Monday.

Felon sentenced for possessing a firearm
ANCHORAGE - A 22-year-old Anchorage man has been sentenced for illegally possessing a firearm.

Man's body found in Ketchikan basin
KETCHIKAN - The body of a man was found floating between two boats in Ketchikan's Thomas Basin.

Final Iditarod musher reaches Nome finish
NOME - The last musher has reached the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race finish line.

Alaska Airlines resumes flights
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Airlines said it will resume flights to and from Alaska after ash clouds cleared from the most recent eruption of Mount Redoubt.

Denali Park road could open early
FAIRBANKS - Workers at Denali National Park have begun clearing the park road and could have it open to Mile 15 earlier than usual.

Man gets 15 months on drug charge
FAIRBANKS - A 49-year-old Barrow man has been sentenced to serve 15 years in a federal prison for attempting to possess and distribute marijuana.

3 people charged in Anchorage stabbing
ANCHORAGE - Three men have been charged with assault in the stabbing of a man outside a downtown Anchorage club.

Oil removed from grounded vessel
ANCHORAGE - The Coast Guard has completed the removal of nearly 19,000 gallons of oil from a Seattle-based trawler aground on a Bering Sea island.

NAPA takes Angoon into OT
A Juneau NAPA team made of replacement players took Angoon into overtime Tuesday in the C Bracket of the Gold Medal Tournament.

Green Team nets victory in physical battle
The Juneau Green Team chalked up a 90-70 victory against the Yakutat Old Timers by playing hard physical basketball and taking advantage of stamina reaped from a long season of local leagues.

Green advances to face Klawock
Juneau Green Team's Kevin Casperson and Klukwan's Rob Hotch-Larose faced off in a long distance shoot-out, as the Green Team on Tuesday defeated Klukwan 87-52 in the Gold Medal Masters Bracket.

Kake rolls into C Bracket semifinals
Before Monday's C Bracket semifinal game, Juneau Filipino Community's player-coach Mike Lim said he wanted to control the tempo of the game by utilizing the team's size advantage. But the Kake Oldtimers had different plans and cruised into the semifinals with a 100-67 win Monday at the 63rd Gold Medal Basketball Tournament.

Huna tips Sitka 69-65 in seesaw game
Huna prevailed over Sitka 69-65 in Monday morning's C-Bracket matchup in a classic Gold Medal seesaw battle.

Gold medal roundup
Klawock 73, Huna 68

Eruption disrupts life across state
The overnight eruption of Mount Redoubt spewed ash up to 60,000 feet in the air, snarling air travel Monday and stranding small groups of people in remote, sparsely populated parts of the state.

Oil terminal a concern as volcano rumbles
ANCHORAGE - An Alaska volcano continued to rumble Tuesday amid new concerns that eruptions and mud flows will damage a nearby oil terminal where about 6 million gallons of crude are stored.

Alaskans still mourning Exxon Valdez
ANCHORAGE - For Steve Smith, the 20-year anniversary of the nation's worst oil spill is like flowers at a loved one's grave, the mourner contemplating a heartbreaking loss alone and without fanfare.

Governor backs off stance on stimulus
Gov. Sarah Palin appears to be backing off her aggressive stance against accepting some of the federal stimulus money for Alaska, and some lawmakers are disputing whether she "rejected" any money at all.

Alaskans wonder: Can Exxon Valdez happen again?
ANCHORAGE - It was 20 years ago Tuesday, just after midnight in the calm waters of Prince William Sound, an oil tanker plowed over charted rocks known as Bligh Reef.

Feds delay an ESA listing for rare loon
ANCHORAGE - Environmental groups chastised the Obama administration after federal wildlife officials relegated a rare Alaska loon to what the groups call "administrative purgatory."

PETA asks for investigation into dog deaths
ANCHORAGE - An animal rights group wants Alaska State Troopers to open a criminal investigation into the deaths this year of five Iditarod dogs, including two on the team of a musher who says they froze to death.

Poet Sylvia Plath's son commits suicide in Fairbanks
When Nicholas Hughes was in his early 20s, his father, poet Ted Hughes, advised him on the importance of living bravely.

Photo: Getting around OK
Sen. Lisa Murkowski is wheeled into a meeting Tuesday on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Earlier this month, Murkowski suffered a serious injury while skiing.

Grounded vessel likely to remain in Cook Inlet
KENAI - The 166-foot supply vessel Monarch is likely to remain in Cook Inlet after its sinking near Nikiski.

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