Monday, April 21, 2008

NMFS goofed
As a boy, I jigged herring for home use and for bait use on a city float in Ketchikan. As a teen, I worked on a seine boat at night for herring to sell for bait in the Ketchikan area, including Kashaks Cove, Carrol and George Inlet, Ward Cove, Tongass Narrows and Pond Reef.

No wonder burglaries are on the rise
In my opinion, misclassifying rape is not the only area in which the Juneau Police Department is falling down on the job.

Church expenditures should be vetoed
The U.S. Supreme Court has, on more than one occasion, ruled against public money being spent on church-related projects.

Cheap power backfires on city
With one avalanche, Juneau's residents went from the state's most secure to most vulnerable power customers.

Electric utility braces for own financial crisis
The avalanche that knocked down Alaska Electric Light & Power Co.'s transmission lines between town and the Snettisham hydroelectric plant is expected to cause a five-fold increase or more in electric rates and big loses for businesses around town. But what about the bottom line of the privately owned electric company responsible for maintaining those lines?

Photo: Cupcake capers
Five Juneau-Douglas High School students were making 1,800 frosted cupcakes to be given out today to JDHS students, teachers and faculity as a nice thing to do.

Utility considers payment plans for electric bills
Those in town bracing for an enormous electric bill and hoping that the electric company, Alaska Electric Power & Light Co., may allow its customers to amortize, or gradually pay off the initial cost, may be in luck.

Photos: For dance team, it's showtime
Right, The Juneau-Douglas High School dance team concludes its military march Thursday with a move called "The Fan" during the team's annual end-of-season show, "Showtime" at the JDHS gym.

University nuclear conference features Hiroshima survivor
Shigeko Sasamori knows exactly where she was at 8:15 a.m. on August 6, 1945.

Juneau officials looking to save on energy bill
Throughout city offices, lights and computers are being turned off and thermostats lowered in response to skyrocketing electricity prices that city officials expect will add at least $2.5 million to its annual $880,000 energy bill.

Photo: Winter's swan song
Two trumpeter swans and other water fowl feed in the open float plane pond Friday as an Alaska Airlines airliner lands at the Juneau International Airport. Swans are beginning to arrive in Southeast Alaska as they migrate north.

Around Town
Today

Celebrating Earth Day
Sadie Jenkins, 2, right, sneaks closer to watch Cy Peck Jr., left, perform a blessing ceremony Saturday at the beginning of Earth Day activities at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. Earth Day is Tuesday.

AroundTown
Today

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

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

Correction
A photo caption about the Auke Bay Cooperative Preschool's Dads on Duty raffle, which appeared on Page C7 in Friday's Neighbors section, had the wrong phone number for tickets. The right number is 789-2302.

Kelly Jean Windom
Juneau resident Kelly Jean Windom died April 14, 2008, in Juneau, after approximately seven years of battling colon cancer. She was 47.

Jean A. Telford
Juneau resident Jean A. Telford died April 16, 2008, in Juneau, after a sudden illness. She was 86.

Empire editorial: Juneau can work together to tackle the energy crisis
Juneau faces a daunting challenge in the months ahead as the cost of elec-tricity skyrockets nearly 500 percent in the wake of Wednesday's avalanche that cut Alaska's capital off from its main power source.

My turn: Support marine research facility in Sitka
I am writing in support of the mission of the Sitka Sound Science Center, which is to maintain the Sheldon Jackson hatchery, develop a public outreach program and conduct marine research.

My turn: You don't have to have peed in the Yukon to be a real Alaskan
O ld Sourdoughs once had a list of things Cheechakos needed to have accomplished in order to call themselves real Alaskans. Today, modern newcomers to the state have other things they can do to pass the test. One of the most important things they can do is pay for the high cost of energy rural Alaskans have been paying for years. To this I say you're a real Alaskan if you've paid over 25 cents per kilowatt-hour.

Outside editorial: FDA should control tobacco
This editorial appeared in the Dallas Morning News:

Outside editorial: Dollars to doughnuts diagnosis
I magine one morning you're craving something sweet, so you stop by the corner doughnut shop. Turns out the wait is half an hour, the clerk is rude and, when you finally get it, the doughnut is stale. Would you buy doughnuts there again? Of course not.

My turn: Leasing fish is no way to run a business
T he subject of charter operators leasing quota from the commercial halibut fleet has been reported in the Empire lately. I would like to raise some points on this issue from the charter perspective.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

A large order of fry
In a small, cold room next to Auke Creek, two women are two-thirds of the way through clipping the fins of 50,000 inch-long pink salmon fry. These humpies in the current batch aren't wriggling; they've been bathed in an anesthetic. After their surgeries, they'll be released into the wild next week to swim free.

The delicate dance of 2 species, and climate change
ISLE ROYALE NATIONAL PARK, Mich. - Ignoring our observation plane circling above the frozen Lake Superior wilderness, the eight gray wolves seemed as harmless as pooches cavorting in the yard. They nipped and pawed each other, pausing occasionally to roll in the snow.

Out&About
Today: Juneau Gold Miners' Posse Cowboy Action Shoot, 9 a.m. registration, Hank Harmon Rifle Range.

Lice infesting Alaska wolf packs
Wolves in Alaska are getting help from state wildlife biologists.

Hunters, anglers worry about cost of global warming
WASHINGTON - Global warming could force elk and mule deer from much of the American West. Wild trout could disappear in lower Appalachian streams. Two-thirds of the country's ducks may disappear.

Subsistence Board approves fish wheel fishery for Ninilchik
KENAI - After passing a Federal Subsistence Board vote by a margin of six to zero, a fish wheel fishery - typically more common on the Yukon and Copper Rivers - will soon be making an appearance on the Kasilof River to serve the subsistence needs of rural residents of Ninilchik.

Fran Ulmer named as UAA chancellor
ANCHORAGE - The University of Alaska Anchorage has named former legislator and lieutenant governor Fran Ulmer to be its chancellor.

Man sentenced in poker room case
PALMER - The last of eight people was sentenced Friday for operating an illegal poker room in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

Police charge Kenai man with sex abuse
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police say a Kenai church youth leader has been charged with sexually molesting a young boy.

Teen arrested for sex assault on child
JUNEAU - Juneau police arrested a 15-year-old boy Thursday on a charge of second-degree sexual assault.

Police charge suspect with armed robbery
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks police say they have arrested a suspect accused of armed robbery outside an apartment building.

UAS to offer new programs next fall
JUNEAU - The University of Alaska Southeast will be offering four more degrees and certificate programs next fall.

Man pleads guilty in federal cocaine case
FAIRBANKS - A North Pole man faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison for his guilty plea to two counts of conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

Juneau power crisis spawns hoax article
JUNEAU - A purported Juneau Empire article being faxed and e-mailed among businesses claiming some of Juneau's most prominent businesses will reduce hours as a cost-savings measure did not come from the newspaper, company executives said Friday.

Thousands lose power for less than an hour
JUNEAU - Power went out to a large portion of the city Saturday afternoon, including the Mendenhall Valley and North Douglas.

Flying flanks lift JDHS
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team enjoyed a nearly flawless 6-0 win over Mead High School from Spokane, Wash., on Sunday at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Field.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU
UPCOMING EVENTS

JDHS boys stay undefeated
Two first-half goals from Dominic Smith and a massive save from goalkeeper Sam Post helped keep the Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team undefeated Saturday at chilly Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

Crimson bears sweep Central
Led by goal-scoring machine Margaret Sekona, the Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer team cruised to a weekend sweep of the Central High School Indians from Cheyenne, Wyo.

Skating club presents fifth annual finale
The Juneau Skating Club culminates its season at 3 p.m. today at Treadwell Arena with its fifth annual season finale - The Wild, Wild West: Going for Gold in the Last Frontier.

Begich to challenge Sen. Stevens
The mayor of Anchorage plans to run for the Senate seat held by Ted Stevens since 1968, he said Sunday, ending months of speculation.

Governor's baby arrives early
Gov. Sarah Palin gave birth Friday to her fifth child, a boy, about a month before her due date.

Lawmaker asks to add abortion to debate
Senate President Lyda Green has asked the governor to expand the upcoming special session to include two abortion bills that stalled in the regular session.

Group hires Liddy of Watergate fame to promote Alaska petroleum drilling
ANCHORAGE - The lobbying group that uses state of Alaska money to push for petroleum drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge has hired Watergate conspirator and talk radio host G. Gordon Liddy to broadcast live from Alaska.

Agencies conduct massive study of Arctic haze
Mike Cubison has been flying around in a haze for three weeks, by choice.

Weather considered in deadly helicopter crash
WASILLA - A federal investigator says bad weather will be considered in the crash of a helicopter northeast of Anchorage earlier this week.

Alaska Legislature approves psychiatric patient rights bill
Four years after an Anchorage couple started pushing for a psychiatric patient rights bill, the Legislature finally approved the measure - in the last hours of the session.

Records link Don Young to convicted lobbyist
ANCHORAGE - Old billing records show ties between convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff and U.S. Rep. Don Young, a newspaper reported Sunday.

Appeals court reverses drug conviction in search case
FAIRBANKS - The Alaska Court of Appeals has overturned the drug conviction of a woman who said an Alaska State Trooper did not have the right to search her following a stop for a minor traffic infraction - even though she gave permission to do so.

Study shows bear spray is effective
ANCHORAGE - A study concludes that bear spray works a great majority of the time in warding off bear attacks.

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