Thursday, April 16, 2009

Oil spill cleanup a big concern
Oil spill cleanup in ice conditions is the big worry for us that live in Bristol Bay.

Shifting school start times not the answer
In my opinion, the basic premise upon which the Juneau School District administration is basing their proposal to shift school start times is fundamentally flawed. The high school kids that are zombies in the morning are zombies because they stay up until the wee hours of the morning, texting, Facebooking, mySpacing, playing video games and various other activities un-related to their hormonal sleep patterns.

Bill is trying to steal useable daylight
Have you seen this House Bill 19 being crammed down Southeast's throat? Although I live in Ketchikan, I would suggest anyone who likes children and puppies to storm the Capitol steps on this bill.

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.

Palin nominates Grussendorf, again
Gov. Sarah Palin re-appointed legislative aide Tim Grussendorf to Juneau's vacant Senate seat on Wednesday, just hours after a legislative attorney said such a move would not be valid. The appointment came even as Tuesday's new appointee, contractor Alan Wilson, worked the Capitol halls to garner support.

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.

Taxpayers scramble to meet deadline
Every April 15, last-minute taxpayers who haven't warmed up to Internet alternatives line up at post offices to mail out their federal income tax returns.

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.

Ketchikan artist explores new twist on Native art
Ketchikan-based artist Stron Softi tries to create work that can speak beyond itself.

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.

Photo: Entering embrace
The Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska is hosting its 74th annual Tribal Assembly this week, through Friday, at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall. This year's theme is "Our Culture and Our Children Surviving Today and Succeeding Tomorrow."

Photo: Riding the bear
Ben Matlock, center, along with other students from the Academy Charter School in Palmer, play Wednesday on R.T. Wallen's bronze bear statue near the Capitol. Twenty-seven sixth graders are spending three days in Juneau learning about how government works.

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

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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.

Notice
Wednesday's Police & Fire report will appear in Friday's paper.

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.

Alaska editorial: Domestic drilling is preferable to buying America's oil abroad
No one can deny that drilling for oil and gas in the ocean is risky, and Alaska's foul-weather waters are riskier, in some ways, than other places off our nation's shores. The evidence indicates, though, that this risk can be addressed to prevent catastrophic spills.

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 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.

Alaska editorial: Spirit of Statehood
Every once in a while, there's a news event that just makes us smile, and one of those happened last Thursday. Alaska Airlines unveiled its new "Spirit of Alaska Statehood" Boeing 737.

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: Most people have never been asked to volunteer
On Sept. 12, 2008, in a bipartisan collaboration, Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., and Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, introduced the "Serve America Act" to expand opportunities for service for all Americans.

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.

Socialism, courtesy of Wall Street
According to a Rasmussen poll released last week, 37 percent of Americans under age 30 prefer capitalism, 33 percent prefer socialism and 30 percent are undecided. Among all Americans, 53 percent prefer capitalism, 20 percent prefer socialism and 27 percent are undecided.

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.

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.

Senate approves bill banning window tinting
JUNEAU - The state Senate has passed a bill outlawing the installation of illegal window tinting on cars and trucks.

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

Rural villages face messy spring
FAIRBANKS - A National Weather Service specialist said several villages in rural Alaska are facing a difficult breakup, including possible flooding.

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

Alaska Airlines, pilots reach contract deal
SEATTLE - Alaska Airlines and the union for its 1,500 pilots said they have a tentative agreement on a new four-year contract.

Students might tap underused lab
KODIAK - Kodiak students might benefit in the future from an underused laboratory at the Fisheries Technology Research Center.

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.

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

Alaska Railroad posts profits from 2008
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Railroad Corp. reported a $12.6 million profit in 2008.

State's largest caribou herds see big growth
FAIRBANKS - The populations of two of Alaska's largest caribou herds have increased significantly in the past seven years, but numbers in surrounding herds have declined.

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.

Anchorage approves hiring bear officer
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage is getting a seasonal bear cop.

Studded tire deadline extended to May 1
ANCHORAGE - The state has extended the deadline for removing studded tires for some drivers.

Whittier road closed through weekend
ANCHORAGE - State transportation officials said the road to Whittier will remain closed through the weekend or even longer as the cleanup continues following a massive rock slide.

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

Budget in spotlight as session nears end
The last days of a legislative session usually mean little sleep and a flurry of bills passed before the final ticks of the clock. State Senate leaders say that's not likely this year.

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.

Alaskans denounce bailout in tax protests
ANCHORAGE - Bonnie Hunsaker, of Anchorage, awoke on tax day with a sick feeling in the pit of her stomach. Her nausea was caused by having to pay $23,308 in taxes.

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.

Palmer pilot says crash came 'really fast'
JACKSON, Wyo. - The pilot who survived a crash with his daughter on a Wyoming mountain pass said a downdraft forced him to crash land their small plane.

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.

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

Nervous Alaska outfitters tell clients, 'let's make a deal'
ANCHORAGE - Skittish about the possibility the summer could bring a tourist bust, outdoor-related businesses of all sorts were offering deals, deals, deals at The Great Alaska Sportsman Show.

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.

Lawmakers approve stopgap guard benefits
ANCHORAGE - Congress failed to act quickly, so state lawmakers stepped in to help World War II veterans whose pensions were reduced after the military no longer recognized their service guarding the territory of Alaska from the threat of Japanese attack.

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

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