Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Mining the source of modern life
I am writing in response to Mr. Velazquez' letter of Wednesday, March 26, in which he proclaims "Stop the Mines." It is unfortunate that everyone does not learn in school where "stuff" comes from. Milk does not come from a jug, and electricity does not come from a wall socket. Perhaps, because these things are not known as well as they should be, we should "Stop the schools?"

Biologist, whistleblower would have prevailed
U.S. Forest Service biologist Glen Ith, a Petersburg resident, was a whistleblower. It was my great privilege to advocate on Glen's behalf prior to his passing recently of sudden cardiac death.

City planners suggest parking garage revisions
City planners are not convinced a downtown parking shortage exists, but if Juneau is to build a parking garage and transit center it should include a mix of uses, according to a staff report to the Planning Commission.

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.

Photos: Time for folk
The 34th Annual Folk Festival continues all week, with afternoon and evening concerts and dances at Centennial Hall and Juneau Arts & Culture Center. The featured band is Les Amis Creole, which will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday. The festival ends Sunday.

West valley sewer contract awarded to Sitka company
The Juneau Assembly awarded Southeast Earthmovers Inc. of Sitka a $1.6 million contract Monday to extend municipal sewer service to the west Mendenhall Valley industrial area.

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.

Photos: Eyes Wide Open at war memorial
Eyes Wide Open was created by the American Friends Service Committee, Juneau Friends Meeting, Juneau Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Juneau Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Veterans for Peace Chapter 100 and Northern Light United Church.

Around Town
Today

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

Photo: Police officer promoted
Juneau Police Sgt. Chris Burke's wife, Monica, pins a new badge on her husband's uniform to mark his promotion to sergeant Monday, during a ceremony at the Juneau Police Department.

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

My turn: The past and future of the Tongass
When I was born in Killisnoo, in 1908, the Tongass National Forest had just celebrated its first birthday. President Theodore Roosevelt set aside this land and water when Killisnoo was a bustling, productive community which produced much wealth. We processed everything from herring to whales and used everything from blueberries to Sitka Spruce. Nearby Angoon provided labor to Killisnoo, to canneries in Hood Bay, Hawk Inlet and the mines in Juneau. A coal mine was worked in Angoon as trees were cut to provide for buildings, heating and docks. We utilized our resources.

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

My turn: Take an interest in Juneau harbors
Take back the harbors? It would help if people would just take an interest in them. Only the state - as the former owner - could "take back the harbors." Given the decades of neglect Juneau's small boat harbors suffered under state ownership, no serious person can suggest a return to that system.

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

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: Nuclear insecurity
The following editorial appeared in the Chicago Tribune:

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.

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

Palin confirms fifth child will be a boy
JUNEAU - It's a boy.

Juneau residents appointed to boards
JUNEAU - Two Juneau residents have been appointed to state positions by Gov. Sarah Palin.

Palin orders flags lowered for Linck
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sarah Palin ordered flags lowered to half-staff in memory of Alaska Stewart Linck.

Man indicted on criminal tax charges
ANCHORAGE - A federal grand jury has indicted an Anchorage man on charges he filed false tax return claims.

Lawmakers seek to entice filmmakers
JUNEAU - Alaska is one step closer to getting in the film business.

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

Cruise industry says it can't meet standards
KETCHIKAN - Alaska's cruise industry said it can't meet certain wastewater discharge standards set by a new state permit.

Mackey's injured dog back in Alaska
ANCHORAGE - Lance Mackey's main stud-dog Zorro is back in Alaska.

Parking fines at city harbors reduced
JUNEAU - The Assembly approved an ordinance Monday amending the Harbor Administrative code and cutting in half fines levied for parking violations in harbor lots throughout the city.

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.

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.

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

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

Governor travel shot up with Murkowski's jet, plummets with Palin
Travel costs for Alaska's governor plunged under new Gov. Sarah Palin, but not just because she flies on Alaska Airlines instead of former Gov. Frank Murkowski's spendy executive jet.

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.

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.

Mat-Su lawmakers anticipate fish fight
Legislators in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough are gearing up for a fight over fish because they say people in the fastest growing area of the state are getting shortchanged when it comes to salmon.

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."

House cuts bridge from bond package
A $220 million transportation bond package passed the Alaska House Monday without Ketchikan's so-called "bridge to nowhere."

Tourists spend extra week on Denali glacier
ANCHORAGE - Ten tourists who got caught in strong winds and a blizzard and were almost out of food were flown off a glacier on Mount McKinley over the weekend.

$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.

Anchorage probes port director's e-mails to Stevens
ANCHORAGE - The city of Anchorage is investigating whether former Gov. Bill Sheffield violated municipal ethics codes by using his government e-mail account to communicate about campaign fundraising with U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens.

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.

Artist enhances visitors center displays
KODIAK - When Alaska painter Bruce Nelson's painting depicting Kodiak bears preparing to feast on a dead gray whale was hung in the Kodiak National Wildlife Visitor's Center last week, another chapter in the Gray Whale Project was completed.

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.

Man sentenced after spraying bar patrons with bear spray
KODIAK - A Kodiak man will spend five months in jail for twice attacking bar customers with bear spray.

This Day in History
In Alaska

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.

This Day in History
In Alaska and in the Nation

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