Wednesday, April 16, 2008

No confidence on genetics and fish stocks
Since every effort by man to "manage" wildlife has had unforeseen and always negative consequences, I would propose that if the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and the politicians they work for, truly have confidence in their plan to use genetics (testosterone) to alter fish stocks, then they should go on record as willing to accept responsibility, both criminal and civil, for any and all negative consequences. Since the potential consequences will certainly be long-term, that liability should be assigned to their heirs in perpetuity.

Is big oil serious about developing pipeline?
Perhaps I am cynical.

Juneauites probably deficient in vitamin D
Many thanks to Dave Haas, Mary Ellen Arvold and Ron King for sharing their gut-wrenching experiences with teen suicide and to the Juneau Empire for running the story (March 31-April 2). Hopefully, this will make it easier for others to talk about this problem.

Autoshop agreement not good enough
I just read the article (Empire, April 10) about the automotive program at Juneau-Douglas High School. I find it disturbing that politics have to come into play with education of the students at JDHS.

Juneau police misclassify rape in public reports
Of the 18 rapes committed in Juneau during 2007, the Juneau police reported none as a sex crime in their public announcements called the "Daily Briefing."

City faces building bottleneck
City construction projects worth $60 million are heading into a bottleneck that some expect will clog by or before July 2009, when 17 city building and renovation projects are expected to be going on simultaneously.

Ferry veteran gets top marine highway job
An experienced ferry administrator from Juneau has been appointed to head the Alaska Marine Highway System, it was announced Monday.

Commission sees garage as anchor of Capitol complex
Planning commissioners see the planned downtown transit center and parking garage as the first phase of a Capitol complex.

Goldbelt to ferry miners from Yankee Cove
Goldbelt Inc. has made a deal with Kensington gold mine operator Coeur Alaska Inc. to shuttle workers to and from the mine.

Juneau School Board names No. 2
The Juneau School Board approved picking the principal of the alternative high school to be the School District's new number-two Tuesday.

Photo: Gearing up for tourist season
Alaskan Perfume Company employee Brandi Vrabec, left, and store manager Ann Hostetter-Walsh replace old price stickers on several thousand boxes of perfume Monday at the store. The Alaska Perfume Company and other downtown shops are starting to get ready for the cruise ship season, which begins April 30 with the arrival of the Norwegian Star.

Photo: Images from another time: Lassie visits Juneau, 1968
Canine superstar Lassie and her entourage arrive in Juneau in June 1968. The famous movie and TV star visited Juneau to film a television episode. Several hundred Juneau residents greeted Lassie at the Juneau airport.

Photos: Wildlife abounds at False Outer Point
First, a marten peaks out from the rocks Monday on the beach near False Outer Point.

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:

Energy expert to speak on national policy
The Juneau World Affairs Council will host a presentation, "What U.S. Energy Policy Should Be," by Robert Ebel, head of the Energy and National Security Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., at 5:30 p.m. today at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

University regents host community reception
KETCHIKAN - The University of Alaska Board of Regents will host a community reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the University of Alaska Southeast Robertson/Hamilton Technology Building, 600 Stedman St., in Ketchikan.

Career-seeking youth can visit JobX for help
JUNEAU - JobX, a program of The Learning Connection funded by a Youth First Initiative and the Department of Labor and Workforce Development Division of Business Partnerships, is seeking individuals 16-24 years old who are looking for a career.

Governor's Prayer Lunch to be held Sunday
JUNEAU - The Juneau Governor's Prayer Breakfast will host the Governor's Prayer Lunch at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 20, at Centennial Hall. The theme will be "Alaska: A Land of Great Destiny."

Thanks for making our fundraiser possible
On behalf of St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church parishioners and the Rev. Michael Spainhoward, we wish to express our gratitude to all of the following for their generous donations and to all who helped make this fundraising event on March 20 at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall possible.

Thanks for donating to Perseverance's raffle
Perseverance Theatre recently completed its 24th annual fundraising raffle. The drawing was held March 16, after the final performance of its production of "Much Ado About Nothing."

Recognitions
Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School is proud to announce its third-quarter honor roll.

Setting our children's agendas
A guy, a guitar and an agenda. It's not too surprising that an event like the folk festival attracts people of certain common beliefs. After the song about gun control, most people were cheering, but a few, particularly older people, were clapping sedately, lips pursed, looking overall pinched and uncomfortable.

Please remember to leave the lights on
I don't chastise my children for leaving lights on in our house. They're much too young to understand energy use and conservation, and probably won't come to appreciate these points for several years. But there's another reason why I allow the lights to stay on. They heat the house.

Dowell, Wells wed
Rynee Lynn Dowell, of Lexington, Ohio, and Capt. Travis Neal Wells, of Juneau, were married on Jan. 19, 2008, at Northern Lights United Church. A reception followed at the Baranof Hotel.

Auntie Emo posts several new recipe challenges
Calling all cooks. This is where you ask for and share recipes.

Consortium hosts run, walk Saturday
JUNEAU - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Health Promotion Department in Juneau, Lifestyle Balance Program and the Tlingít and Haida Regional Housing Authority will host a three-mile fun run/walk during the 63rd Annual General Assembly of the Central Council of the Tlingít and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska.

Coast Guard to offer free boat safety checks
JUNEAU - The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary District 17 will offer free boat safety checks with a drive-through from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Western Auto Marine.

Locals help explore international Klondike Gold Rush trail
JUNEAU - In 1897 and 1898, the Klondike Gold Rush brought thousands of intrepid souls to Alaska and the Yukon. For decades, modern travelers have been following in their footsteps, visiting parks, monuments and historic sites relating to the most famous of northward rushes. Until now, there hasn't been a formally designated route that travelers can follow, but that may change.

Women's organization elects board members
JUNEAU - At its April meeting, the Juneau chapter of the National Organization for Women elected Nadine Lefebvre to succeed Barbara Belknap as board president. Lori Grassgreen and Kari Anderson were re-elected as vice president and treasurer, and Joan Cahill was elected secretary.

Florence J. Sachs
Juneau resident Florence J. Sachs died at home on April 7, 2008. She was 91.

My turn: It's time for a national health care plan
One sign of spring is the arrival of the annual increase in health insurance premiums in the mailbox. Self -employed people and others not fortunate enough to get coverage through other means must now refigure what they can afford.

Outside editorial: A lapsed principle
Barack Obama held out the hope of salvaging part of the public financing system for presidential elections. Now he seems poised to drive a nail into it by rejecting the $85 million available to nominees who agree to take full federal funding for the general election. That may be understandable as a matter of campaign tactics; Mr. Obama sits atop a whirring money machine that appears capable of vacuuming up amounts far in excess of the federal check. But going back on his pledge to take public financing if the GOP nominee were to agree to do the same would be an unfortunate step - and one that reflects badly on Mr. Obama.

My turn: Rethink plastics - envisioning a healthier Alaska
I am a member of Alaska Youth for Environmental Action (AYEA), which has seven chapters and 1,200 members throughout the state. AYEA is a high school environmental education and leadership program of the National Wildlife Federation. Our mission is to inspire, educate, and take action on environmental issues facing our communities.

My turn: Government should move to save Sitka's herring
I would like to give attention to the herring fisheries in Southeast Alaska. First of all, I am not Native, but my family is.

My turn: Cartoonist lampoons politicians, advances free speech
On a slow news day at the Anchorage Daily News back in 1987, Peter Dunlap-Shohl scoured his brain for ideas, his deadline looming.

Outside editorial: Borrowing time
It has come to this: President Bush and his would-be Republican successor, Arizona Sen. John McCain, both called last week for the government to guarantee loans for troubled subprime borrowers. Neither one went as far as the Democratic presidential hopefuls or key Democratic lawmakers, yet there is now a bipartisan chorus in favor of helping lenders write-down loans and cut borrowers' interest rates.

Outside editorial: Benedict the diplomat
The conventional wisdom about Pope Benedict XVI's first journey to the United States is that the pontiff is on two distinct missions: a pastoral visit to American Catholics and a diplomatic mission to the Bush administration, the international community and non-Christian religions. Actually, both aspects of the pope's visit will test his diplomatic skills.

Watchdog agency hires new director
JUNEAU - The watchdog agency overseeing campaign disclosure in Alaska has a new executive director.

Legislature confirms Palin appointments
JUNEAU - The Alaska Legislature met in joint session Saturday evening to confirm Gov. Sarah Palin's appointments to boards and commissions in the past year.

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

Anchorage drug dealer gets nine years
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage drug dealer has received nine years in federal prison for distributing crack cocaine.

Man charged with having sex with dog
KETCHIKAN - A 26-year-old Klawock man has been charged with two counts of criminal mischief for allegedly having sex with a tied-up dog.

Rap artist sentenced in drug distribution
ANCHORAGE - A 33-year-old Anchorage rap artist was sentenced to 10 years in prison in a federal narcotics distribution case.

State releases plans for timber sales
KETCHIKAN - The state Division of Forestry has released a preliminary use plan decision for Indian Creek timber sales.

Strong earthquake detected near Adak
FAIRBANKS - A strong earthquake was felt in Adak on Tuesday, but there were no immediate reports of damage.

Miller Construction in line for sewer bid
JUNEAU - Miller Construction of Juneau is the apparent low bidder for the contract to build phase three of the North Douglas sewer extension.

Online registration available for climbs
DENALI NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE - Online registration is now available for mountaineers attempting climbs of Mount McKinley or Mount Foraker.

Graffiti popping up frequently in Juneau
JUNEAU - Juneau police are looking for help in combating graffiti, which seems to be popping up all over Alaska's capital city.

Teachers, staff clean up school vandalism
WILLOW - The cleanup has begun at the Willow Elementary School after two youths vandalized the school over the weekend.

Advisory group looks at flights over Denali
ANCHORAGE - A new advisory group is looking into the air traffic over Denali National Park.

Teen charged with attempted murder
JUNEAU - A Noorvik teenager has been charged with attempting to murder a police officer.

Two teens vandalize school in Willow
WILLOW - Two teenage boys vandalized a school in Willow.

Scotty Gomez hockey rink to be rebuilt
ANCHORAGE - Two foundations have formed a partnership to rebuild the Scotty Gomez Hockey Rink in east Anchorage.

Body found on popular trail in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - A man was shot and killed on a popular trail in Anchorage Saturday.

Crimson Bears' JV picks up a pair of wins over Ketchikan
The Juneau-Douglas High School junior varsity boys soccer team picked up two wins over host Ketchikan on Saturday in rainy, windy conditions.

Brunette leads Glacier Swim Club's impressive showing at Junior Olympics
The Glacier Swim Club's Cody Brunette was named Alaska Male Swimmer of the Year following a dominating performance at the Alaska Junior Olympics in Anchorage on April 10-13.

Ice Pirates complete turnaround to capture Tier A championship
The Ice Pirates capped a remarkable turnaround by capturing the Juneau Adult Hockey Association Tier A championship Sunday with a 5-3 win over the Kensington Goldminers at Treadwell Arena.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU
UPCOMING EVENTS

CORRECTIONS
Due to use of an older, incorrect roster, there were two errors in the Sunday story about the Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer team on Page B1. Freshman Melissa Skan, not Pauline Zheng, scored a hat trick in the Crimson Bears' 11-0 win over Ketchikan. Also, the picture shows Mary Gianotti shooting, not Sarah Donohoe.

Energy rebates fail in Legislature
Multiple attempts to share Alaska's sudden oil wealth with citizens suffering from high gas, fuel oil and electricity prices were made by lawmakers during the legislative session that ended Sunday, but nearly all direct efforts faltered on concerns about fairness and sustainability.

Anchorage radio hosts suspended over racial slur
ANCHORAGE - A radio station suspended two disc jockeys Tuesday over a derogatory remark about Alaska Native women made on their show, a comment that has Alaskans comparing the shock-jock duo to Don Imus.

Candidates report fundraising tallies
Candidates vying to represent Alaska in two Congressional races are busy raising cash in what could be the most competitive contests in years for both the House and the Senate.

Former Canadian official: State gas line faces numerous hurdles
CALGARY, Alberta - Anyone who thinks an Alaska natural gas pipeline will see fewer hurdles than the long-stagnant Mackenzie Gas Project is sadly mistaken, says the man who used to run the Northwest Territories' natural resources department.

Kohring arguments for new trial rejected
ANCHORAGE - Former state Rep. Vic Kohring's arguments for a new trial were soundly rejected Monday, and his sentencing date was set for May 8.

Details emerging in drinking and gunplay death in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - Charging documents in the case of a man who was shot and killed on a popular biking trail contains details about what may have occurred last Saturday.

Fairbanks firefighter honored for going beyond call of duty
FAIRBANKS - A firefighter in Fairbanks is being honored for going beyond the call of duty.

Agency reopens comments on Yukon Flats plan
FAIRBANKS - A federal agency is reopening the comment period on the proposed Yukon Flats land swap.

Calgary man jailed under wrong name in Ketchikan
KETCHIKAN - A man jailed at the Ketchikan Correctional Center is not who police thought he was.

Photo: Spring activities take flight
With a winter glove for an improvised tail, Katrina Johnson launches a fighter jet kite for her husband, Steve (not pictured), on Saturday on the Cook Inlet beach in Kenai. The couple and their two children took advantage of a steady breeze to keep several kites in the air.

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