Wednesday, April 15, 2009

US should follow Law of the Sea
Since Dec. 10, 1982, the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea has established a legal framework for governing the world's oceans, seas and straits. Since that time, the United States and some other nations objected to some of the provisions of the law, but they were rectified in 1994 in the "Agreement Relating to the Implementation of Part XI of the United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea." While the United States continues to debate whether to become a party to the treaty, 156 other countries, including all of the its traditional allies, have signed on, leaving the United States on its own.

Competition breeds success, opportunity
I would like respond to recent comments from Mike Notar, president of the Juneau and Vicinity Building and Construction Trades Council, and his exceptions to the ads in the Juneau Empire dated March 30.

Palin names three to Senate seat
Gov. Sarah Palin has appointed three people to the vacant Juneau Senate seat, and asked Senate Democrats to confirm one of them. Two of those already have been rejected: Tim Grussendorf and Joe Nelson.

Juneau mayor suggests Egan to bridge gap
Juneau Mayor Bruce Botelho is pushing for former Mayor Dennis Egan to be appointed to represent the capital city in the Alaska Senate, a move that has won quick - and bipartisan - support from some influential legislators.

Folk Fest Originals
There is no way to gauge how many truly new songs are debuted every year at the Alaska Folk Festival. Old compositions are often dusted off and reworked, and covers are reinterpreted in fresh ways.

Proposal to shift school start times stirs debate
Changing school start times in the fall may shake up family schedules and extracurricular activities, but it's what's best for students from an instructional standpoint, Juneau School District officials told some 60 people who attended a public forum on the topic Tuesday.

Superintendent finalists to be announced
Juneau School District officials intend to announce superintendent finalists after the School Board chooses them in a closed session Wednesday afternoon.

Juneau pediatrician wins national award
During his more than 40-year career, Juneau pediatrician George Brown of Glacier Pediatrics has contributed to the identification and prevention of child abuse on at least three continents. Earlier this month, he received national recognition for his work.

Photo: Honoring the Alaska Territorial Guard
Former Alaska Territorial Guardsman Jim Osborne, 88, of Hoonah tells Harvey Marvin, 75, that their unit lost two men in the Aleutians in the 1940s. A Capitol ceremony dedicated a memorial display for the Alaska Territorial Guard Tuesday in Juneau.

Downtown building reopens
Employees at the Goldbelt building, including those with the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. and the Alaska Department of Education, are back in their offices after a small but troublesome fuel spill April 5.

Photo: Avalanche danger increases
A smallavalanche pours down Mount Juneau's Chop Gulch on Monday afternoon. The Department of Transportation and Public Facilities bombed the Mount Roberts slope above Thane Road but got very little snow to move on the mountainside. Warm temperaturesincreased avalanche probability Monday, according to the city's avalanche forecast, which rated the danger at high through 7 a.m. this morning.

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

Photo: A little lift
Norman Vandergriff practices with his parasail Monday off Yandukin Drive near the JuneauInternational Airport. Vandergriff is a member of the Juneau Eagles Paragliders Club and has been kiting since 1988.

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

Correction
A story about The Preserves on A1 of Monday's Empire listed the wrong Web address. The correct address for the band is thepreserves.net.

Around Town
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Nancy Warren Ferrell
Longtime Juneau resident and Alaska pioneer Nancy Warren Ferrell died April 10, 2009, at her home in Juneau after a long battle with chronic lymphocytic leukemia. She was 76.

Robert Vessey Berryhill
Longtime Juneau resident Robert Vessey Berryhill died March 31, 2009, at Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau. He was 78.

Aaron David Lee
Former Juneau resident Aaron David Lee died April 9, 2009, in Valparaiso, Ind. He was 31.

Outside editorial: Law left hanging
After hearing arguments in a long-running Oregon case involving the death of a cigarette smoker, the U.S. Supreme Court has essentially said "never mind," dismissing the case and leaving unresolved an important question: When can state courts ignore instructions from the nation's highest court to re-examine their rulings?

Outside editorial: Piracy should not be a business model
For many Americans, the 21st-century resurgence of piracy off the Horn of Africa was a distant, exotic curiosity until an attack on a U.S. cargo ship and the dramatic rescue of the ship's captain by Navy SEALs.

Outside editorial: Easy gun access kills
With the 10th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre approaching, communities across the nation have relived the horror of what happens when evil, paranoia and madness mix with the ready availability of guns.

Outside editoiral: Securing the seas
But what about next time? That's the lingering question after Sunday's daring rescue of merchant ship Capt. Richard Phillips.

My turn: Alaska has potential to become a global leader in clean energy
Alaskans know that there are a number of efforts throughout the state to alleviate the ongoing energy crisis that is devastating much of rural Alaska. Expensive and unreliable energy sources have raised a number of issues ranging from conversations about subsidized fuel, rural-urban migration, sustainability and social impact.

My turn: Initiative process not broken
It's difficult to get an initiative on the Alaska ballot. And, as the last election clearly shows, it's difficult to pass those initiatives. All four of the ballot initiatives failed.

My turn: State working to improve public safety
Making Alaska safer is a top priority for this administration, and to that end, much progress has been made.

Carbon cap will create more jobs
Amid all the news reports about failed financial gadgets like credit-default swaps and mortgage-backed securities, you'll find an occasional story that reveals the human face of this recession.

Congress picks up on plight of newspapers
U.S. Sen. Benjamin Cardin unintentionally injected some gallows humor into newspapers when he introduced the Newspaper Revitalization Act to Congress.

Palin sister-in-law pleads not guilty
PALMER - Gov. Sarah Palin's sister-in-law has pleaded not guilty to charges accusing her of twice breaking into the same home in the governor's hometown.

First Alaskans Institute slates statehood forum
JUNEAU - First Alaskans Institute and the Alaska Native Policy Center will hold a discussion about the effects of statehood on Alaska Natives in the series "Looking Back, Moving Forward: Alaska Native Perspectives on 50 Years of Statehood." The Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska will host the forum during the council's 74th annual General Assembly from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall.

Aniak man dies in snowmachine crash
KALSKAG - A 32-year-old Aniak man died in a snowmachine crash that injured his passenger.

Missing Chevak man found dead
CHEVAK - Searchers have found the body of a 24-year-old Chevak man who had been reported missing.

Photo: Spring in Bloom
Sarah Carter stops outside of Centennial Hall Tuesday to show her son, Chance, 2, the crocuses in bloom.

Student named to Board of Regents
FAIRBANKS - A political science major is the newest student representative on the University of Alaska's Board of Regents.

Young straps on gun for speech
FAIRBANKS - Rep. Don Young was packing heat at a public meeting, and the crowd fully supported it.

Co-founder of North Pole radio station dies
FAIRBANKS - Genevieve Nelson, who spent decades promoting Christian broadcasting in Alaska's Interior, has died at age 85.

Court hears appeal from Alaskan on death row
PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Supreme Court will hear a second appeal later this month in Alaskan Briley Piper's attempt to avoid the death penalty for the 2000 torture slaying of a Spearfish man.

Woman arrested in bank holdup
FAIRBANKS - A 49-year-old Salcha woman was arrested in connection with a North Pole bank holdup.

Mobile mammogram van to visit Angoon
ANGOON - A mobile mammogram van will visit Angoon starting at 8:30 a.m. Monday, with appointments available through 4 p.m. April 22. This year, the van has been updated with digital imaging on board.

Miners smelt Tier B Maroon
DK Miner BJ Wilson racked up a hat trick to single-handedly outscore the competition and net the only multi-goal performance in Sunday's 7-2 victory over Maroon in the Juneau Adult Hockey Association Men's Tier B playoffs at Treadwell Arena.

Whitehorse breaks 20-year Capital Cup curse
The Capital Cup trophy boarded the Alaska Ferry Monday morning bound for Skagway and on to Whitehorse.

ADF&G prohibits filleting and de- heading of sport fish
Marine boat anglers returning to ports where and when on-site Alaska Department of Fish and Game creel surveys are conducted will be prohibited from filleting, mutilating and de-heading sport caught lingcod, non-pelagic rockfish and king and coho salmon. Marine boat anglers returning to any port on the road system of Juneau between Midnight today and Midnight Sunday September 13 may not fillet, mutilate or de-head these fish until the fish have been brought to shore and offloaded, unless the fish have been consumed or preserved on board.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

Photo: Queens of the quiver
Floyd Dryden Middle School students, from left, Jade Saavedra and Amber Carella pose on Tuesday in the Floyd Dryden gym. The student archers placed fifth in their age division for individuals at the statewide Archery Tournament, held March 12 at Floyd Dryden. As part of their physical education and health classes, Floyd Dryden teachers Molly Box and Bill Byouer include archery skills and safety. This year, the teachers participated in the tournament where about 20 students from sixth to eighth grade competed. Carella and Saavedra qualified for the National Archery Tournament by placing in the top five in the state of Alaska. The National Archery Tournament will be held May 8 and 9 in Louisville, Ky. In order to raise funds for their trip to Kentucky, the girls will accept donations from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 18, at the Archery Range in the Nugget Mall. Then, from noon to 3 p.m., individuals can test their own archery skills and shoot alongside the Floyd Dryden champions. All ages are welcome to shoot. Admission is $5. Those interested in donating funds or mileage tickets to help Carella and Saavedra participate in the National Archery Tournament can call Molly Box at Floyd Dryden Middle School at 463-1850.

2009 Juneau Parks & Recreation Co-Ed Adult Volleyball
FINAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

Sponsor ready to compromise on abortion bill
Backers of a bill to require parental consent before a girl younger than 17 could get an abortion say they will compromise and settle for parental notification.

Alaskans sound off on offshore drilling
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar heard a wide range of opinions Tuesday during a hearing on whether the government should allow oil and gas drilling in federal waters off Alaska.

Senators reject Palin's plan for stimulus
Members of the Senate bipartisan majority said Tuesday that Gov. Sarah Palin's latest idea of using federal stimulus dollars to replace state spending on education and other programs has little to no traction in the state Legislature.

Democrats blast Palin for speech
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Democrats on Monday accused Gov. Sarah Palin of abdicating her duties with her decision to travel outside the state this week as the state Legislature's session winds down.

Appeals of 2 convicted Alaska ex-lawmakers heard
SEATTLE - Corruption convictions of two former Alaska legislators should be overturned because the trial judge wrongly closed key hearings and issued faulty jury instructions, their attorneys told a federal appeals panel Tuesday.

House bill would clean files of false criminal allegations
ANCHORAGE - Criminal records would be expunged in cases where defendants are found "beyond a reasonable doubt" to have been wrongly accused, under a recently introduced bill.

Fish Board nominee draws critics
Gov. Sarah Palin's nominee for the state Board of Fisheries has run into opposition from sport fishing groups and critics who say his approval would leave the body without a voice from north of Big Lake.

What the oil spill of 1989 has taught us
What resulted from the 1989 Exxon Valdez accident?

Trains transport motorists after slide
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Railroad is operating its passenger trains to pick up stranded motorists after a rock slide has closed off vehicle traffic to Whittier.

Transcripts show Stevens turned down plea offer
WASHINGTON - Former Sen. Ted Stevens turned down a plea offer that would have spared him a corruption trial and the possibility of imprisonment, according to newly released transcripts of conversations between attorneys and the judge.

Legislators push to get oil flowing
KENAI - The impact of Mount Redoubt's activity has made it to Juneau.

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