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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Support financial reform, limit banking industry's control
Tea party people really need to take a good long look in the mirror and ask themselves, are they fighting against government takeover, or are they supporting continued control by industry?

Head tax revision goes against Alaska voters' wishes
On April 19, a Juneau Empire My Turn by Jack Cadigan laid out all the many reasons why a governor-legislative cruise ship head tax revision was a great win-win for both big and little tourism entrepreneurs - in spite of the fact it actually went totally against the honest wishes of the people of Alaska who had voted to enforce a cruise ship head tax back in 2006.

Crowd divided on lands bill
About 100 people turned out to hear a Sealaska presentation and to participate in open discussion Monday on the regional Native corporation's controversial lands bill in Congress.

A hospital and two realities
At a standing-room-only special meeting of the Bartlett hospital board Tuesday evening, about 30 Bartlett Regional Hospital employees and medical staff testified about the culture and working environment at the hospital. Those people, from departments ranging from maintenance and nursing to Human Resources, expressed widely varying points of view on the working culture at the hospital. Some called it a "culture of family," others called it "a culture of fear." Some said it was both.

Alaskan Brewing wins at 'Olympics' of beer competitions
Alaskan Brewing Co. products continue to win accolades for their quality, right along with the workplace where they're crafted.

Alcohol-related deaths alarm tribal groups
A young teenager's body found frozen in an Anchorage baseball dugout after inebriation. An adult woman found overdosed on a kitchen floor in Juneau, her friend's body found on the porch. A missing snowmachiner found under the ice near a remote arctic village. A young Angoon man found on a trail in the woods. A Hoonah resident washed up on the shoreline. A Kake woman fallen from her boat.

Photo: Flume floods
Tracy Woodrow walks Tuesday along the flume trail as rain and snowmelt pour over the flume. More rain is forecast for this week.

Photo: Harborview orientation
Darlene Jacobsen, left, along with Principal Dave Stoltenburg, right, lead an orientation for parents of incoming kindergartenstudents at Harborview Elementary School Monday. Registration continues until June 3. The first day of kindergarten is August 30.

Photo: Fresh coat on the awning
Kim Van Pool, left, John Erben and Tim Wright scrape loose paint off the awning along Seward Street between 2nd and 3rd Streets Monday. Their company is called Van Pool Painting.

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

Carol C. (Kito) Shold
Former Juneau resident Carol Catherine (Kito) Shold died April 11, 2010, in Houston, Texas, with family by her side. She was 64.

'Jackie' Lorensen
A memorial service for Juneau resident Jacklynne "Jackie" Lorensen, who lost her battle with breast cancer on Feb. 6, 2010, in Rochester, N.Y., will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at Chapel by the Lake. Friends, family and former colleagues are invited to attend and encouraged to share remembrances. Refreshments will be served following the service.

Outside editorial: China's currency adjustment will help US companies
China recently announced it will strengthen its currency and allow it to move more freely against the American dollar, something the United States has been pressuring it to do for years to decrease trade imbalances. While it might be hard on consumers at first, a currency change could offer American companies the opportunity to gain a competitive edge.

So Much More than Folk Music
It has been a few years since I immersed myself in the Alaska Folk Festival, and this time I discovered that Juneau's festival is so much more than folk music.

My Turn: Quality higher education
With the Internet and modern technology, there is a real "push" in post-secondary education for "distance delivery" and the use of part-time teachers and professors. Why? Because these methods are less expensive and more cost-productive. Part-time faculty are paid less and receive fewer benefits than do full-time teachers.

When Armageddon lives next door
I take it personally: Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, wants to murder me, my family and my people. Day in, day out, he announces the imminent demise of the "Zionist regime," by which he means Israel. And day in, day out, his scientists and technicians are advancing toward the atomic weaponry that will enable him to bring this about.

My turn: Speak out against wildlife management policies
You have probably noticed that Alaska's wildlife management policies are in the forefront of the media these days. You have likely noticed the surge of letters to the editor, the increased coverage on the radio, the recent event and rally in Juneau to oppose current wildlife management policies, and the recent predator control online poll at the Alaska Magazine website. Some of you may be wondering what all the fuss is about. Read on.

Outside editorial: Find centrist judge, avoid partisan fight
The following editorial appeared in the Miami Herald on April 18:

Fairbanks school bus drivers agree to new labor contract
FAIRBANKS - School bus drivers in Fairbanks have agreed to a new labor contract, averting a potential strike.

Fairbanks rapist gets almost 40 years
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks man convicted of sexually assaulting three women has been sentenced to 38 years in prison.

Bring an original Alaska Constitution into your classroom
JUNEAU - Planning course work on statehood, Alaska history, or American politics? The University of Alaska Fairbanks Rasmuson Library will bring Katherine Nordale's original, signed Alaska Constitution to your classroom. Students will have a hands-on experience with one of Alaska's most important historical artifacts.

Fred Meyer donates funds to SERRC
JUNEAU - SERRC, Alaska's Educational Resource Center, provides dozens of statewide programs to improve student achievement. The agency's Career Connection program brings high school students from around the state to Juneau for weekly sessions to explore careers and job shadow at a variety of work sites. Career Connections' April session is comprised of high school students from Aleutians East, Chatham, and Lower Yukon School Districts.

JESS contributes to school breakfast program
JUNEAU - For the last six years, the Juneau Education Support Staff (JESS) has contributed between $1,800 and $2,000 to the school district's breakfast programs in area schools.

Alaska Food Worker Cards from 2007 expiring
JUNEAU - The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation reminds food workers to check the expiration date on their Food Worker Card.

Seafood processor agrees to $570K EPA settlement
ANCHORAGE - A Seattle-based seafood company has agreed to pay a civil penalty of more than a half-million dollars to settle allegations of clean air and community right-to-know violations at an Alaska processing plant.

Southeast business leaders Live United
JUNEAU - Mining and the allied industries that help make the base economy tick in Southeast Alaska have pledge slightly over $25,000 to United Way of Southeast Alaska this year.

About 20 youths march, chanting 'Yes we cannabis!'
JUNEAU - About 20 young people, two dogs and a mother pushing a stroller marched though Juneau in a driving rain, whooping and chanting, "Yes we cannabis!"

lia sophia recognizes Juneau 'achiever' Susanna Graves
JUNEAU - In an effort to distinguish the company's top sales producers, jeweler lia sophia has recognized Susanna Graves as a "monthly achiever."

High School choice deadline extended
The Juneau School District has extended the deadline for current eighth-grade students to choose which high school they will attend next year. The deadline has been extended for one week until Friday, April 23. Students should contact their current high school of choice if they want to make a change. Please call JDHS at 523-1500 or TMHS at 780-1900 for information.

Sealaska seeks 2010 Celebration volunteers
JUNEAU - Sealaska Heritage Institute will hold its first meeting Friday to recruit volunteers for Celebration 2010.

Temperatures top 60 in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks was the warmest place in Alaska this weekend.

Fairbanks man charged with sex abuse
FAIRBANKS - Police arrested a Fairbanks man accused of sexually abusing two minors.

Ketchikan borough manager resigns
KETCHIKAN - The manager of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough is resigning, reluctantly.

Take your child to work day
Juneau School District students will have a day off from school Thursday for an all-staff inservice day/take your child to work day.

Alyeska extends ski season through May
ANCHORAGE - The Alyeska Resort has extended its ski season on weekends through May, if the weather continues to cooperate.

Dolly Parton Library celebration
JUNEAU - The Juneau Early Literacy Council and Best Beginnings are sponsoring a celebration of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday at DIPAC. All local sponsors of the Imagination Library and enrolled children that are 5 or will be 5 before this September are invited to attend with their family.

Four saved from sinking vessel in Gulf of Alaska
ANCHORAGE- Four fishermen whose Seattle-based vessel sank in the Gulf of Alaska Tuesday evening were being lifted from the water Tuesday night after the U.S. Coast Guard responded to their call for help, according to the Coast Guard.

Anchorage woman, 54, found dead in vehicle
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police are investigating the death of a woman who was found dead in a parked vehicle.

Panama-to-Alaska package yields three drug arrests
FAIRBANKS - A tip from customs agents in Florida led to the arrest of three Alaskans on drug charges.

Charter School open house today
The Juneau Community Charter School will host a kindergarten open house today from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Church concerned about homelessness in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - The pastor of an Anchorage church says to end outdoor deaths in the city, people need to understand what leads to homelessness.

State Chamber hosts business week for high schoolers
JUNEAU - The Alaska State Chamber of Commerce will host Alaska Business Week, an intensive summer camp for high school students from August 8-14 at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

JDHS, TMHS meet today on pitch, JDHS softball rallies
For the first time ever today, Juneau-Douglas will meet Thunder Mountain on the pitch for a varsity girls' soccer matchup at 5 p.m. at TMHS.

Photo: King Salmon Cup
Northern Lights defeated defending champion Whitehorse 3-2 to drink from the trophy cup for the first time since the inception of the tournament in 2007.

Wilson ready to make state run in soccer
With the Juneau-Douglas boys' basketball season ending sooner than he'd hoped, senior forward Victor Wilson couldn't have been more ready for soccer season to start.

Legislature exceeds 90-day session limit
The Alaska Legislature slipped past the voter-mandated 90-day cap on the legislative session Sunday, continuing to pass bills and take action until the early morning hours of Monday.

Alaska to join health care fight
Gov. Sean Parnell announced Tuesday that Alaska will be joining a Republican-led effort challenging federal health care reform laws by joining Florida's lawsuit to block it on constitutional grounds.

Unclaimed remains of six vets go to Fort Richardson
ANCHORAGE - The unclaimed remains of six veterans will be buried Wednesday at Fort Richardson National Cemetery with final military honors.

Parnell readies for vetoes in budget
JUNEAU - Gov. Sean Parnell says legislators expect him to cut the roughly $3.1 billion capital budget they have sent him - and that he's willing to comply.

Analysis: No shortage of session winners, losers
JUNEAU - Gov. Sean Parnell was all smiles as he faced reporters hours after the Legislature's early-morning adjournment Monday. He had reason to be happy.

Holland America to make 9 stops in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage is preparing to welcome regular visits this summer by Holland America cruise ship passengers.

Palin set to take stand in hacking trial
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Jurors in the trial of a former college student charged with hacking Sarah Palin's e-mail account in 2008 heard testimony Tuesday that the accused man didn't believe in what Palin wanted to do when she was the Republican vice presidential candidate.

To fly through ash or not? That's no easy question
Six days after volcanic ash shut down the skies over much of Europe, planes are back in the air, but science still can't answer the question: Is it safe to fly again?

Gambell whalers take first bowhead of spring
ANCHORAGE - A Gambell crew apparently took the first bowhead whale of the spring season.

Mayor's reward program met with skepticism
SOLDOTNA - Mayor Peter Micciche's effort to reward exemplary city workers has been greeted with skepticism by some Soldotna residents.

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