Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Don't let traps kill dogs
Sadly, another domestic dog has been killed in a legally placed trap set for wildlife.

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.

Juneau receives $63 million slice of capital budget
Juneau's sliver of the $2.4 billion in capital projects being proposed by the state House is about $63 million, which is mostly for big-ticket items such as $10.5 million for widening the highway out the road and $17 million in school renovations.

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.

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.

Informants for cocaine case have criminal histories
At least five of the nine people listed as informants or witnesses in a 36-count indictment charging two Juneau men with dealing and running a small organized crime ring in the city have criminal records, some going back into their teens.

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.

Charters could lease halibut quota shares
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council is trying a new way to fix allocation disputes between the charter and commercial halibut fleets - not by allocating charter operators more fish, but by allowing them to lease halibut quota shares from commercial fishermen.

Photos: Another night of festivities
Photos from the second day of the 34th annual Alaska Folk Festival at Centennial Hall.

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.

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

Around Town
Today

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

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

Troublemaker 1: Bohemian knotweed
Invasive species are increasingly in the headlines these days. Many of us have them in our yards or know someone who does.

But that person is an atheist
When people find out I belong to a church that doesn't care about your personal theology, I am sometimes asked whether that means we have atheists among our membership. When I tell them that we do, the next question usually is: How can an atheist be in church?

What works best in the garden today
If you have little or poor experience gardening in Juneau, here is a tip. When a dandelion blooms in your yard, it's planting time in the vegetable garden. Do it immediately. This works for both transplants and seeds.

Photo: CoastAlaska News Summit
Robert Woolsey, right, of KCAW in Sitka, speaks about youth news production efforts while Rosemarie Alexander, left, of KTOO in Juneau, and Melissa Marconi Wentzel, of KCAW, listen during the CoastAlaska News Summit on Feb. 27-29 in Juneau. Public Radio news staff from around Southeast met for the meeting, training and information-gathering session. For more information on CoastAlaska, visit www.coastalaska.org.

Ski club to host annual awards ceremony
JUNEAU - The Juneau Ski Club will hold its annual end of the year awards ceremony and barbecue at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 13, at Eaglecrest Ski Area.

Cub Scouts collect for annual food drive
JUNEAU - Between April 5 and April 12, Cub Scouts and Boys Scouts will distribute collection bags and fliers inviting the public to participate in the annual food drive, Scouting for Food, for the Southeast Alaska Food Bank, to take place between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Class of 1988 holds reunion registration
JUNEAU - The Juneau-Douglas High School Class of 1988 will have its 20th reunion on July 3 and 5.

Employee wellness coalition to meet
SITKA - The Sitka Employee Wellness Coalition will host its monthly meeting from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday at Harrigan Centennial Hall in Sitka. The meeting topic is a community-wide physical activity program for this spring and summer.

Recognitions
Alton Anderson, a 2006 graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School, was accepted to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla. He will become a member of the Embry-Riddle 2008 freshman class and pursue an air traffic management degree. Anderson is the son of Donna Anderson.

Richard Lee Davis Sr.
Former Juneau resident Richard "Dick" Lee Davis Sr. died April 2, 2008, in Wilmington, N.C. He was 79.

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.

Local column: Easy money - an ally for a lazy conscience
Is there a shadow of doubt that all Alaska citizens would condemn the genocide of any people anywhere in the world?

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.

My turn: Retirement debt gamble is no pay day
The Alaska Legislature has authorized the "big bet" to supposedly cope with retirement costs. The idea: Borrow money based on the projected unfunded liability, not yet due, and invest it in the stock and other markets; hopefully make some money.

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

Outside editorial: Pensions fade, but the needs don't disappear
The following editorial first appeared in the Minneapolis Star Tribune:

Outside editorial: FAA needs to straighten up and fly right on inspections
The following editorial first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News:

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

Kenai man arraigned on child porn charges
KENAI - A 64-year-old Kenai man has pleaded not guilty to 100 counts of possessing child pornography after being indicted by a grand jury.

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

Orthodox church to discuss bishop
KODIAK - The Orthodox Church of America is planning a meeting to discuss problems with the leadership of the Alaska diocese.

State housing market opens ad campaign
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska housing market is trying to distance itself from the falling home prices and mortgage defaults occurring in the Lower 48.

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

Minor earthquake occurs in Cook Inlet
ANCHORAGE - A minor earthquake occurred in the Cook Inlet area of Alaska.

Man gets five years for drug conviction
ANCHORAGE - A 32-year-old Anchorage man was sentenced Tuesday to serve five years in a federal prison following his convictions on drug charges.

Robbers get $50 in Wasilla home invasion
WASILLA - A home invasion in Wasilla netted two men only $50.

Juneau transit center conditions questioned
JUNEAU - At Tuesday night's Juneau Planning Commission meeting, city Deputy Engineering Director Rorie Watt objected to conditions on a permit for a transit center proposed to be built along with a new parking garage at the corner of Main Street and Egan Street.

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

Interim chancellor finalists named
FAIRBANKS - University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton on Tuesday announced the two finalists under consideration to replace outgoing University of Alaska Fairbanks Chancellor Steve Jones as interim chancellor.

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

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.

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.

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

Juneau bantams reach semifinal round of Tier III state tournament
The Juneau Douglas Ice Association bantam hockey team reached the semifinal round of the Alaska State Tier III Tournament on March 14-16 in Anchorage.

Ice Pirates slip past Island Pub in OT
The Ice Pirates upset the Island Pub 2-1 in overtime Sunday to advance in the Juneau Adult Hockey Association Tier A playoffs at Treadwell Arena.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

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.

Palin praises gas pipeline plan
Alaska's governor and top legislative leaders are both praising a BP and ConocoPhillips proposal to build an Alaska natural gas pipeline.

Step taken toward oil and gas leasing in rare whale's habitat
The Bush administration took a first step Tuesday toward allowing oil and gas leasing in an area of the Bering Sea considered important for the recovery of the world's most endangered whale.

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.

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."

House budget plan includes low-income energy assistance
The state House has added more money in a $2.3 billion capital budget to help cushion the state's neediest residents from the financial crunch they're feeling from high oil prices.

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.

Extreme skier dies in Valdez avalanche
ANCHORAGE - An extreme skier was killed in an avalanche near Valdez.

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.

Shell intends to join Alaska's oil industry
ANCHORAGE - As two longtime players in Alaska's oil industry announced landmark plans for a gas pipeline out of the North Slope fields, the president of Shell Oil Co. seemed a bit sheepish about calling a teleconference to discuss his first-ever visit to the region.

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.

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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.

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