Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The people have spoken
On April 9, the Alaska Legislature took the first step in returning ownership of Alaska's wildlife to all Alaskans by denying yet another extremist, Al Barrette, from the Board of Game membership.

Metered parking moves forward
Juneau is moving toward metered parking downtown.

Assembly considers 'empowered' pool board
The majority of Assembly members said they weren't in favor of an empowered pool management board. Then they voted to draft a charter amendment necessary for its creation.

Reported meth lab turns out to be paint stripper instead
Alaska State Troopers were called to the site of a possible clandestine methamphetamine lab Tuesday afternoon at the 6800 block of Leslie Avenue and, after entry, determined that the initial complaint had been wrong. There was no meth lab, just newly painted furniture.

Polar explorer returns with climate change message
Polar explorer Will Steger began his career in Juneau with a double Klepper kayak he paddled to Skagway with a friend in 1963.

Muñoz: Head tax reduction likely to pass
Rep. Cathy Muñoz says the governor's head tax reduction bill that stalled in the Legislature will likely be approved now that an agreement has been reached between the state and cruise industry, potentially ending a federal lawsuit.

Tongass timber wars simmer under forest planning process
Community leaders given a chance to comment on forest planning Tuesday during a regional roundtable in Juneau said they want more control over decisions made on public lands surrounding their towns.

Photo: Stumpy situation
Southeast Alaska area superintendent Mike Eberhartt looks over the stumps of the cottonwood trees Monday taken down last week on the House of Wickersham property on Seventh Street. Eberhartt plans to have the stumps removed next fall when the yard is relandscaped with new trees and hedges.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Photo: Feeding time in the trees
A porcupine feeds in a pussy willow tree along the Perseverance Trail late Monday afternoon. The second largest member of the rodent family, after beaver, the porcupine likes to feed on vegetation, especially budding bushes and trees. Porcupine quills, which become hard approximately 30 minutes after birth, are hollow and buoyant allowing them to swim across wide streams and lakes if necessary.

Photo: Helping pets
Laura Else, center, owner of the Pet Nanny's Place, shows Capital Fire and Rescue Interim Fire Chief Rich Etheridge oneof the 10 sets of pet rescue masks being donated to the fire department Monday. The masks were obtained throughfundraising efforts from the Pet Nanny's K9 Easter Egg Hunt last weekend.

Dorothy Osborne
Longtime Juneau resident Dorothy Alice Osborne was died April 12, 2010, surrounded by her family in Juneau. She was 87.

Steven M. Dunlap
Former Juneau resident Steven M. Dunlap died March 26, 2010, in Gilbert, Ariz. He was 60.

Henry I. Akiyama
Longtime Juneau resident and well-known physician Dr. Henry I. Akiyama died April 9, 2010, after a brief struggle with B-cell lymphoma cancer. He spent his final days at home with his children by his side, receiving prayers, cards, e-mails and visits from his many friends, patients and staff.

Florence Bennett
Hoonah resident Florence Bennett died April 9, 2010, at Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau. She was 89.

Harryet Rappier
Lifelong Juneau resident Harryet Rappier died April 9, 2010, at the Mountain View Retirement Home in Juneau. She was 84.

Cathy Camille Pelletier
Juneau resident Cathy Camille Pelletier died April 7, 2010, in Juneau. She was 51.

Abandoning mine safety
The following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

Video from Iraq war has lessons US should heed
The following editorial first appeared in the Kansas City Star:

The dangers of growing DNA databases
President Obama may have given credence to a relatively new but questionable law enforcement practice that the rest of the developed world is starting to shun: taking and retaining DNA samples from individuals arrested for a crime but not convicted. That is, putting innocent people's DNA in criminal databases.

A new 'START' for mankind without nuclear arms
The day before presidential ink was put to paper on the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) with Russia, former-Gov. Sarah Palin took to the Fox News airwaves to ridicule the leadership of President Obama. She compared him to a kid on a playground full of children getting ready to fight who says, "Go ahead, punch me in the face, I'm not going to retaliate." Not only has she misrepresented the facts, she's clearly on the wrong side of history.

Here's the facts about predator control policies
A recent online issue of Alaska Magazine ran a poll asking whether predator control was a good idea or a bad idea. About 80 percent of the participants opposed predator control.

The seal slaughter is my country's shame
Sometimes, I hesitate to tell people that I am Canadian. Sure, there are many Canadian exports that my American friends enjoy - "Dancing With the Stars"' Pamela Anderson, Molson beer and curling, to name a few. But mention "Canada" to Americans or Europeans this time of year and you're likely to be met with a disapproving look.

A terrorist by any other name
When is a terrorist not considered a terrorist? When the U.S. media identifies him as a "Christian."

Fact: Civil War was all about slavery
"We went to war on account of the thing we quarreled with the North about. I never heard of any other cause of quarrel than slavery. Men fight from sentiment. After the fight is over they invent some fanciful theory on which they imagine that they fought." - Confederate Col. John S. Mosby.

Senate passes $2.8 billion capital budget
JUNEAU - The state Senate has passed a nearly $2.8 billion capital spending plan.

Meet the SLAM project designers
JUNEAU - The public is invited to meet with the design team for the State Libraries, Archives and Museums building project that will result in a joint facility in Juneau for the state libraries, archives and museums.

Census says Alaska lagging nation in returns
ANCHORAGE - The Census Bureau says Alaskans are lagging behind the nation in returning their questionnaires.

Police ID body found in Anchorage park
ANCHORAGE - Police have identified the body found in an East Anchorage park as 17-year-old Charlene Shugak.

Man enters plea in case of officer's stolen guns
KENAI - A Homer man has acknowledged being involved when weapons were stolen from a police officer's car.

Inert explosive device slows Fairbanks traffic
FAIRBANKS - Traffic in north Fairbanks slowed down after the discovery of an inert explosive training aid used by the Air Force.

Young woman's body found in Anchorage park
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police say a woman's body was found Monday in Russian Jack park.

Fairbanks man arrested for drunken driving 8 times
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks man is in jail after his eighth drunken driving arrest since in 1975.

Anchorage student found with gun, arrested at school
ANCHORAGE - A 17-year-old boy has been arrested after police found a gun on him at school.

Department solicits interest from content support specialists
JUNEAU - The Department of Education & Early Development plans to seek content support specialists later this spring.

House panel passes out energy tax bill
JUNEAU - A House committee has moved out its version of a bill changing Alaska's system of taxing oil and gas production together.

Haines teen illegally shoots moose that charged his dog
HAINES - Alaska state troopers say a 14-year-old boy that killed a moose in Haines shot illegally. He was sentenced Monday to 30 hours of community service.

Redoubt volcano stops shaking
ANCHORAGE - The swarm of small shallow earthquakes that began April 5 at the Redoubt volcano has ended, and the shaking returned to background levels.

Students in grades 10-12 offered summer fun at UAS
JUNEAU - The University of Alaska Southeast, in partnership with the Juneau Economic Development Council's SpringBoard program, invites Alaska's high schoolers to apply for twelve days of instruction, fun and outdoor adventure in this coming summer's Discover Design Research @ UAS.

Bill preps state for legal fight over health care
JUNEAU - A federal mandate to carry health insurance isn't sitting well with some Alaska lawmakers.

Handcuffed man attempts to steal patrol cruiser
FAIRBANKS - Police say a 29-year-old man wormed his way into the front seat of a state cruiser and tried to escape arrest, but a state trooper managed to stop him.

Idaho man killed in Alaska accident
ANCHORAGE - A 70-year-old Idaho man has been killed in one-car accident on the Seward Highway south of Anchorage.

Hyder seeks $10,000 for dock repair
KETCHIKAN - Hyder residents are seeking state help to repair a 74-year-old dock.

Kotzebue musher wins the Kobuk 440 sled dog race
FAIRBANKS - Musher John Baker of Kotzebue has won the Kobuk 440 sled dog race.

$11.7M scholarship bill advances to Senate floor
JUNEAU - Major scholarship legislation tacked on to a bill to retain dentists, pharmacists and optometrists in Alaska is going to the Senate floor.

HoopRat Basketball brings new perspective to players of all ages
For Guy Tompkins, passion for the sport of basketball starts from the ground up, and that's exactly what he plans on teaching.

The king of all rings
Tim Kissner can read your future. He can look into his "crystal ball," as he analogized, and tell you how far your talents - or lack thereof - can lead you.

Big "C" Relays
The Dome, Anchorage

Legislators agree on construction projects
While Alaska's capital budget is already being called "bloated" by critics, the debate now is about borrowing more money, up to $400 million more, to build even more.

Cruise lines agree to drop lawsuit if head tax cut
JUNEAU - An agreement has been signed to settle a federal lawsuit over Alaska's cruise ship passenger head tax. But it hinges on whether the Legislature lowers the charge.

House Judiciary OKs corporate campaigning bill
JUNEAU - A bill on disclosures and disclaimers of corporate political campaigning cleared the House Judiciary Committee without incident Monday.

Scholarship bill moves from Senate to House
JUNEAU - The Alaska state Senate is sending the House a scholarship bill that contrasts with the governor's proposed merit scholarships.

Speaker says capital budget could still grow
JUNEAU - House Speaker Mike Chenault says one of Alaska's largest capital spending plans in at least a decade could still get bigger.

Calif. students find Palin contract in trash
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sarah Palin will get first-class airfare for two and three rooms at a luxury hotel when she gives a speech in June for a university foundation.

Zale among jewelers opposed to Alaska mine
ANCHORAGE - The nation's second-largest jewelry retailer on Tuesday joined the opposition to a gold and copper mine being developed in southwest Alaska near the world's largest remaining wild sockeye salmon streams.

Photo: Sliding through the park
A pair of geese slide on the ice at Cuddy Family Midtown Park on Sunday in Anchorage.

Study: Lack of Alaska plumbing linked to diseases
ANCHORAGE - A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study links the lack of indoor plumbing in Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta villages to higher rates of pneumonia and other diseases in children.

Interior Secretary unveils arctic drilling plan
ANCHORAGE - Federal scientists have until Oct. 1 to decide what additional research is needed to determine the effects of offshore oil and gas development in the Arctic Ocean, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Tuesday.

Marijuana lawyer Irwin Ravin dies in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - Homer lawyer Irwin Ravin who challenged Alaska's marijuana possession law has died at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 70.

Farm owners sell rights to save land
PALMER - The owners of an 80-acre Palmer farm have sold the development rights to preserve the land.

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