Monday, April 7, 2008

District must confront substance abuse
After reading the paper on Sunday, March 30, I am most concerned about the suicide rate of the youth in Juneau. In previous letters to the editor, I have stated that by the students' own admission, close to 80 percent of the high school is getting high on alcohol and drugs.

Juneau kids need help
This letter is in connection with the My Turn "Prescription Drug letter."

Palin blocks right to vote on hunting
Alaska residents are about to lose their right to vote on Alaska issues in which Gov. Sarah Palin has a special interest.

Abbott's cry for help
Jason Abbott's documented history of violent and aggressive behavior merited some form of medical intervention long before he was arrested and charged with killing four people, according to medical experts interviewed last week.

Photo: Behind the Folk Fest scene
Val Synder poses for a picture Sunday in front of the stage for the 34th annual Alaska Folk Festival at Centennial Hall.

Photo: Feeding frenzy
Seagulls swarm to feed on small fish Sunday in front of Taku Smokeries.

Begich explores support in Juneau
Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich is promising to be a new kind of senator from Alaska. That is, of course, if he decides to run for the Senate at all.

Photo: Going for the rebound
Isaiah Gomez, 5, pulls in a rebound while playing basketball with his father, David, on Sunday at Harborview Elementary School.

Trail users seek path to icefield
Snowmachiners, hikers and skiers are invited Tuesday evening to discuss a possible multi-use trail in Lemon Creek that would lead up to the meadows below Blackerby Ridge, perhaps all the way to the Juneau Icefield.

Why was Abbott released after an alleged assault?
About 25 hours after a magistrate released Jason Abbott - who was charged with assaulting his mother - police said Abbott went on a killing spree that sent four people to their graves and one to the hospital.

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

Abbott gets new lawyer
Jason Abbott on Friday was assigned a new lawyer, one with experience in high-profile murder cases.

Study ranks Juneau the city least vulnerable to terrorism
SEATTLE - In a study funded by the Homeland Security Department, Juneau was ranked the least vulnerable to terrorism in the United States.

Photo: Remembering Thomas Stewart
Caleb Stewart, son of the late Judge Thomas Stewart, introduces family members during a memorial and celebration of Thomas Stewart's life Saturday at Centennial Hall. The Master of Ceremonies, Alaska Supreme Court Justice Walter Carpeneti, is in the background. Thomas Stewart, a framer of the Alaska Constitution, died Dec. 12, 2007.

Around Town
Today

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

Controversial strategist leaves Clinton campaign
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Mark Penn, the pollster and senior strategist for Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential bid, left the campaign Sunday after it was disclosed he met with representatives of the Colombian government to help promote a free trade agreement Clinton opposes.

John W. Koschmann
Former Juneau resident John W. Koschmann died March 31, 2008, at his residence in Anchorage. He was 51.

John Cashen
Former Douglas resident John Cashen died March 27, 2008, in Everett, Wash. He was 96.

Harry D. Sturrock
Lifelong Juneau resident Harry D. "Hub" Sturrock died April 2, 2008, at the Juneau Pioneers Home. He was 89.

My turn: District's numbers not 'questionable'
A March editorial urged the Juneau School District to give voice to the "disadvantaged" students.

Empire editorial: The next steps in addressing suicide
Last week, we challenged the community - both kids and adults - to start a conversation about teen suicide in an effort to prevent it. But breaking the silence about suicide is only one step in addressing this complex problem.

Alaska editorial: Don't let greed cut into common sense
The following editorial first appeared in the Alaska Journal of Commerce:

Outside editorial: Fighting disease in Africa
President Bush is going partway toward atoning for his sins in the Middle East by rebuilding Africa. His leadership in fighting disease and poverty on the continent culminated Wednesday with a breathtaking gesture from the House of Representatives, which took the president's generous proposal to spend $30 billion over five years fighting AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis around the world and upped it by $20 billion.

Should Alaska's oil windfall be shared with citizens?
A n untold story of this Legislature is how a weird coalition of lawmakers derailed the proposed $500 special oil windfall dividend.

Outside editorial: Democracy has become a dirty word in much of the world
F reedom, President Bush likes to say, "is a gift of the almighty." But much of the world now believes America's true view is that democracy should be imposed with the muzzle of a gun.

Outside editorial: King and Kerner: An unfinished agenda
A merica has had much to reflect upon during the approach of the interrelated 40th anniversaries of the final report of the Kerner Commission, the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and the round of riots that followed in Washington, Baltimore, Chicago and well over 100 other cities across the nation. We have heard Sen. Barack Obama's insightful speech on race and the reactions it provoked. Today, unfortunately, Dr. King's dream remains deferred.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

Flying down glacier country
At least four feet of fresh Alaska powder from back-to-back storms stuck to every slope, spire and ridgeline in sight - including the 40-degree headwall leading into the glacier far below riders strapped to big powder boards. The snow was mind-bogglingly stable.

A retrospective on Juneau skiing
Ever wonder what Juneau skiers did before Eaglecrest?

2008 salmon forecast predicts 18th largest harvest since 1960
ANCHORAGE - State fisheries biologists are forecasting a total run of 137 million salmon during the upcoming commercial harvest season, which would make 2008 the 18th largest harvest on record since 1960.

Insects become specialized to make a meal out of a variety of plants
Plants have many defenses against animals that want to eat them, but no plant defense remains entirely impregnable. Eventually, some animal consumer finds a way to deal with the defense and consume the plant tissues.

Alcohol suspected in rollover accident
JUNEAU - Alcohol is a possible factor in a Thursday evening rollover accident on South Franklin Street that sent a 22-year-old man to Bartlett Regional Hospital with head injuries, police said.

Legislator recovering from operation
ANCHORAGE - State Rep. Lindsey Holmes is recovering from surgery to remove her gallbladder.

Eaglecrest to close despite lots of snow
JUNEAU - The Eaglecrest Ski Area in Juneau will end its season April 13, despite plenty of snow.

Earthquakes shake up Aleutian Islands
ANCHORAGE - Several earthquakes jolted various sections of Alaska's remote Aleutian Islands Sunday.

Fairbanks fuel costs double in four years
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks residents are paying more than twice as much on energy bills as they did four years ago.

State lowers quota on Southeast chinook
JUNEAU - Southeast Alaska commercial fishermen will have fewer king salmon to harvest this year.

Board of Game seeks wildlife protection
FAIRBANKS - The state Board of Game is calling for stronger wildlife protection measures in the Tangle Lakes region west of Paxson.

Biologist euthanizes well-known moose
ANCHORAGE - A well-known Anchorage moose has been euthanized.

Fatal hit and run followed drug deal
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police say the man killed in a hit and run a week ago apparently tried to hang onto a pickup during a drug sale gone wrong.

National Guard has new wing commander
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Air National Guard has a new commander for its 168th Air Refueling wing.

Supreme Court upholds CIRI ruling
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Supreme Court has upheld a lower court ruling on payments the Cook Inlet Region Incorporated issues to older shareholders.

Kenai delays action on use of Conex boxes
KENAI - The Kenai City Council has backed off on a plan to regulate the look of storage sheds and the use of Conex boxes.

Photo: Sliding on the ice
Ice Pirates' Brian Drew goes for the puck during a Juneau Adult Hockey Association game against Island Pub.

JDHS girls roll past Colony
It may not have been perfect, but the Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer team exhibited plenty of its talent and skill in two home wins over Colony on Friday and Saturday.

JDHS boys undefeated in Washington
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team left Spokane, Wash., without a loss on Saturday after three games.

Cable company won't show all Mariners games
Juneau resident Matthew Monagle checked the cable TV Guide channel last weekend, the Seattle Mariners' opening weekend. He found his game, flipped to Channel 36 and got a rude surprise: a news feed.

Glacier 10K and 1 mile results
Saturday

SPORTS IN JUNEAU
UPCOMING EVENTS

Lawmakers expect a quiet end to session
The Alaska Legislature may find itself in an unfamiliar situation come midnight April 13, one in which spats over the budget are minimal.

Ketchikan lawmaker seeks bond for bridge
ANCHORAGE - Ketchikan's nationally derided "bridge to nowhere" project might be on the road to new life in the state Capitol.

Gov. Palin to ask lawmakers for funds to update in-state gas pipeline study
Gov. Sarah Palin plans to ask lawmakers for $6 million to $8 million to study the economic prospects of an in-state natural gas pipeline.

Some legislators say more work is needed on ethics
Two ethics bills inched closer toward becoming law Saturday, as a legislative session that some lawmakers and other political watchers say has been too light on ethical reform draws to a close.

Ethics bill passes with 'bad seed'
A bill to modify the state's ethics laws passed the Alaska House Saturday despite containing what its sponsor called "a bad seed in an otherwise good bill."

Photo: Helicopter crew testifies in death
Lt. Timothy Schmitz, commander of the rescue helicopter from the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Monroe, left, talks Saturday with Capt. Mike Rand, chief investigator for the U.S. Coast Guard, after a break in testimony in Anchorage. They are part of a federal investigation into the sinking of the Seattle-based Alaska Ranger. Five people died and 42 crewmen were rescued when the fishing boat sank off of the Aleutian Islands. Coast Guard Petty Officer Alfred Musgrave told a Marine Board of Investigation that victim Byron Carrillo fell from a rescue basket as he tried to pull him into a helicopter. Carrillo was hypothermic and his survival suit had filled with water, making it extremely heavy. He slipped from Musgrave's grasp and fell about 40 feet into the sea.

House passes bill to require parental consent before abortions
The Alaska House has passed legislation that would require underage girls to obtain a parent's consent before having an abortion.

$3 million allocated for Southeast seine permits
KETCHIKAN - Southeast Alaska's commercial purse seine salmon fishing fleet is expected to shrink soon under a multimillion dollar permit buyback program.

This Day in History
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Biologist who works for Pebble prospect's critics raises concerns
ANCHORAGE - A former federal fisheries biologist is raising concerns about the state's regulatory oversight of exploration at the copper and gold Pebble prospect.

Bill would require governor to submit long-range fiscal plan
Alaska's governor would have to submit an annual long-range fiscal plan under legislation that passed the House and Senate unanimously.

Changes in climate could open Arctic fishing areas
WASHINGTON - For Arctic nations, one of the so-called "benefits" of global warming has been the promise of opening up new fisheries in a remote part of the world choked by ice much of the year.

Young raises more for campaign in first quarter
ANCHORAGE - U.S. Rep. Don Young raised more funds for his re-election campaign during the first quarter of this year than he did in the last quarter of 2007.

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