Monday, April 14, 2008

Legislators hunting down Alaska rights
The latest attempt of some of our legislators to promote the aerial killing of wolves and bears would have us view these animals as assets rather than as living beings. (It is far easier to disregard fair chase laws and ethics when killing "assets.")

Grateful on the Purple Heart Trail
I am a member of The Military Order of the Purple Heart.

Be consistent for sake of trust
After the arrogant and egotistical previous administration, I find Gov. Sarah Palin a welcome breath of fresh air.

JCVB supports parking facility
The board of directors of the Juneau Convention & Visitors Bureau, representing nearly 300 Juneau businesses, fully supports the downtown parking facility.

Thank you, Juneau
The 2007-08 Juneau-Douglas High School hockey team and the Blue Line Club would like to thank Juneau for all the support this past season.

Agency rejects herring petition
The National Marine Fisheries Service says there's no evidence Lynn Canal herring stocks are a distinct population from the rest of Southeast's Pacific herring. On that basis the agency has rejected a Sierra Club petition to list the local herring under the Endangered Species Act as threatened or endangered.

Conventional Bean Counter
John B. "Jack" Coghill proudly describes himself as the "bean counter" of the historic Alaska Constitutional Convention.

Photos: Wrapping up Folk Fest
First, Irene Muller of Tukwila, Wash., a veteran of more than 10 Folk Festival appearances, performs Sunday at Centennial Hall. Second, Corey Ledet of Les Amis Creole and Bob Banghart of The C Notes, right, perform dance music Friday at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center.

School district searches for special ed teachers
School districts around the state are in full-fledged hiring drives at this time of year, and Juneau is no exception.

Shells litter Douglas Island beach as Tanner crabs molt en masse
The bodies of dozens of pale brown Tanner crabs were strewn over the blue-mussel-lined beach at the North Douglas Boat Launch last week.

Photo: Another spin on spring
Pete Proos spins off a newly made half-pipe Sunday at Eaglecrest Ski Area. Even though a foot of new snow fell overnight, Sunday was the ski area's last day of the season.

Employees shred Eaglecrest before season ends
Although Eaglecrest Ski Area ends operations today with little fanfare because the annual season-closing Slush Cup was canceled over a frozen water pipe, Eaglecrest employees and guests enjoyed a private day ripping a new covering of snow from the mountain Thursday.

Around Town
Today

Photo: Keeping the beat
Aidan Hopson, 6, front, marches with other children to the songs of Robin Hopper of Eagle River during the Alaska Folk Festival children's concert Saturday morning at Centennial Hall.

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:

Corrections
Part of a paragraph in Richard Gard's April 10 My Turn was left out. The paragraph should have read:

Alaska editorial: Ocean fishery management is vital to Alaska economy
A rctic fisheries must be protected and preserved by and for Alaskans.

Outside editorial: A better deal for airline passengers
L ast week, the annual Airline Quality Rating survey confirmed what most passengers already know: Airline performance is bad and getting worse.

Alaska editorial: Development should proceed as the endangered species battle heads for the courts
T he embattled U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was catching flak from Congress recently and is busy fending off lawsuits from Greenpeace, the Center for Biological Diversity and others about delays in listing polar bears under the Endangered Species Act.

Outside editorial: Orderly refinancing is solution's core
Any doctor will tell you that throwing medicine at a problem invites serious mistakes. Congress must have missed that lecture, given that it's tackling the housing crisis with a flurry of mostly ill-advised fixes.

Torching Beijing's Olympic Message
F rom the start of its planning effort for this summer's Olympic Games in Beijing, China has used architectural imagery to powerful effect.

My turn: Not yet built, garage is already obsolete
A s the debate heats up over whether Juneau should construct a block-long, four-story cement parking garage running up Main Street to Second Street, it's important for all parties to keep in mind that we all share a common objective: to free up parking in the downtown core so that people who live downtown or who want to shop or take care of other short-term business downtown can find a parking place.

My turn: Outside contractors are competitive
As the general contractor recently awarded the Glacier Valley Elementary School Renovation Phase II job, we would like to respond to several quotes in the Juneau Empire article on March 20 regarding project budget and award of the Glacier Valley remodel.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

Ascending the North Face
For Juneau resident Ryan Johnson and his buddy Sam Margo, climbing to the top of the West Tower of the Mendenhall Towers took a lot of digging.

Agencies, residents to raise bear awareness in April
KENAI - As the days grow longer, the snow melts and the temperature continues to rise, it won't be long until bears - brown and black - are back in action around the state. As such, several agencies and individuals have formed a partnership in an effort to teach people throughout the month how to coexist with bruins.

Brooks Range trip offers a taste of remote Alaska
THE BROOKS RANGE - I thought for sure one of them would poop in the plane.

From orb-webs to pallets, spiders try their best in Southeast Alaska
The most common responses to seeing a spider are fear and loathing, accompanied by a shrill EEEEK and a smack.

Anchorage stabbing suspect arrested
ANCHORAGE - A 24-year-old man is under arrest, accused of stabbing a father and son who confronted him over vandalizing a vehicle in Anchorage.

Prosecutors want Avery to get 10 years
ANCHORAGE - Federal prosecutors have recommended a 10-year prison sentence for the former head of Security Aviation.

Begich raises more than $250,000
ANCHORAGE - He's not an official candidate for U.S. Senate, but Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich says he has raised more $250,000 in campaign funds.

Alaska Legislature passes ID theft bill
JUNEAU - A consumer protection bill that would protect Alaskans from identity theft passed the Legislature unanimously.

Fairbanks residents complain of booms
FAIRBANKS - A record number of complaints have been lodged with U.S. Air Force over sonic booms produced during training exercises.

Student sends school worker to hospital
JUNEAU - An elementary student sent a school staff member to the hospital Friday, according to a district official.

Man carrying infant charged with eluding
WASILLA - Alaska State Troopers say a 25-year-old Palmer man driving with his 19-year-old girlfriend and their six-day-old daughter has been charged with felony eluding and reckless driving.

Moderate quake hits northwest Alaska
ANCHORAGE - A moderate earthquake struck the Bering Strait region at 5:41 a.m. Sunday. It had a preliminary magnitude of 5.0, according to the Alaska Earthquake Information Center.

Gov. Sarah Palin signs Silver Hand bill
JUNEAU - Gov. Sarah Palin has signed a bill ensuring that only works made by Alaska Natives who reside in Alaska can carry the Silver Hand seal.

Anchorage man dies in apartment fire
ANCHORAGE - A man died in an apartment fire in the Spenard neighborhood in Anchorage, according to firefighters. His name was not released.

Broken mechanical gate blamed for crash
ANCHORAGE - A broken mechanical gate at the airport in Unalaska is being blamed for the crash of a small plane last week.

State reaches organ donation milestone
JUNEAU - The governor's office said Alaska is the first state to enroll more than half its population as organ and tissue donors.

Police want help locating missing man
JUNEAU - Police are looking for Gabriel Demmert, 30, and want public help. Juneau police say Demmert left home on March 18 and has not been seen by family since.

Alaska travel industry up for financial boost
JUNEAU - Alaska's travel industry could get more financial support from the state in coming years.

Drunken driver arrested after crash
JUNEAU - A 46-year-old Juneau man with previous DUI convictions was arrested Friday after witnesses said the vehicle he was driving was involved in an accident that sent two children to Bartlett Regional Hospital.

Ketchikan Borough offices could move
KETCHIKAN - The Ketchikan Gateway Borough offices could relocate to a former elementary school.

JDHS girls rout Lady Kings
Snowy weather did little to slow the Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer team as it routed Ketchikan 11-0 on Saturday at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Field.

Lehauli knocks out Morgan in main event
Josh "The Tongan Warrior" Lehauli defeated 23-year-old Nick "The Nightmare" Morgan by knock out just 1 minute, 1 second into round one of Friday night's Roughhouse Boxing main event at Marlintini's Lounge.

JDHS boys blank Ketchikan 4-0
Rain and whipping winds couldn't stop the Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team from staying undefeated Saturday in Ketchikan.

Bears meet victory in Ketchikan
Juneau-Douglas High School track and field traveled to Alaska's first city for the Ketchikan Invitational on Friday and Saturday at Fawn Mountain Track.

Bulk of JDHS swimming dynasty to compete in college
Six of the nine senior girls who fueled three straight state swimming and diving championships for Juneau-Douglas High School will compete in college next year.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

Legislators reluctantly pass budget
Leading members of both houses of the Alaska Legislature denounced the growth of the state's operating budget Saturday as "unsustainable," growing 23 percent to $11.2 billion next year.

Lawmakers OK capital budget, adjourn on time
The Legislature adjourned Sunday with hours to spare from its newly required 90-day session, after giving final approval to a $2.7 billion capital budget.

Legislature goes ahead with bond proposal for transportation projects
A divided Legislature has decided to ask voters to borrow an additional $315 million to spend on transportation projects.

$315 million slated for transportation
Voters may be asked to approve more than $315 million in bonds to pay for new roads and other transportation projects.

State lawmakers approve crime bills
Bootleggers, sex offenders and child pornographers were targeted by state lawmakers for stiffer penalties in a pair of sweeping crime bills.

Alaska's oil revenues reach record level in '08
It's official: the money from high oil prices and a new oil production tax is feeding a record level of revenue for the state of Alaska this year.

Universal health care bill falters
An attempt to make sure every Alaskan has health care has faltered, its sponsor acknowledged to the Senate Finance Committee on Friday.

Salmon fishermen predict higher demand, but not higher profits
ANCHORAGE - With the closure of commercial king salmon fisheries in California and Oregon, salmon fishermen in Alaska are predicting higher demand and higher prices for their wild-caught product.

Extreme skier John Nicoletta dies in jump off rock wall
ANCHORAGE - Colorado extreme skier John Nicoletta tried to ski off a band of rock called the Headwall at the 2008 Subaru Freeskiing World Championships and lost control, tumbling to his death at the Alyeska Ski Resort in Girdwood.

Searchers find body of missing snowmobiler northeast of Sitka
ANCHORAGE - Searchers found the body of a snowmobiler Sunday, a day after he was reported missing northeast of Sitka.

House strips homeless trust proposal from bill
The state House has voted not to pursue Gov. Sarah Palin's proposal to set up a 10-year trust that would deal with the homeless problem in Alaska - a problem that state officials say affects some 3,500 Alaskans every day.

King: Charges in moose killing are bogus
FAIRBANKS - Iditarod champion Jeff King has been charged with illegally killing a moose inside Denali National Park and driving an all-terrain vehicle in the park.

Legislature mulls allocating money to address clean water initiatives
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Legislature may enter the fractious debate over the Pebble Mine.

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