Tuesday, April 22, 2008

An in-state natural gas solution
Drilling five holes in Cook Inlet for trucking liquefied natural gas 500 miles to Fairbanks on the roughest road in North America is not a solution to Alaska's energy crisis.

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.

All white Alaskans need sensitivity training
As a lifelong white Alaska woman, I have been thinking hard about all of the confusions that enabled my two white brothers to so speak so hurtfully about Alaska Native women during a KBFX-FM radio show.

Share energy-saving ideas with the Empire
I understand that Alaska Electric Light & Power recently installed underwater power lines to Hoonah and Greens Creek. Could someone please explain why Juneau has to receive electricity with above-ground power lines (that keep failing) and there seems to be no problem sending electricity beyond Juneau with underwater cables.

Might go camping down south
I would like to add a little reality to the suggestions that were provided to the public by the spokesperson for Alaska Electric Light & Power.

SEACC deserves respect
In his My Turn opinion appearing in Thursday's Juneau Empire, Joe Kahklen, chairman of Goldbelt Corp., set forth a seemingly unwarranted and frankly less than friendly dismissal of the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council.

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?

Palin officials mull disaster declaration
Gov. Sarah Palin's Disaster Policy Cabinet will meet Wednesday and review Juneau's looming power crisis, her office announced Monday.

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.

Harbors look to increase power fees at city docks
The D and E floats of Douglas Harbor may soon be humming with the drone of generators as tenants unplug from the dock rather than face stiff price increases for their electricity.

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.

Tulsequah Chief mine operations plan delayed
The owner of the proposed Tulsequah Chief mine in British Columbia is still working on responding to the state of Alaska's February request for more information on a proposed unconventional barge system in the winter and spring melt and fall freeze-up seasons.

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.

Natural gas company offers to fuel AEL&P generators for less money
An Alaska natural gas company offered Monday to provide fuel to Alaska Electric Light and Power generators for between 30 and 50 percent less than the cost of diesel.

Around Town
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Redcorp Ventures obtains loan to help cover frozen assets
Redcorp Ventures Ltd., the company that owns the Tulsequah Chief mine in British Columbia, announced it was taking a $64 million loan out from HSBC Bank to cover assets frozen in Canada financial markets.

Photo: Drawing from experience
Juneau Parks and Recreation employee Keith Brown lays out chalk lines Monday for the soccer field at Savikko Park.

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

Photo: Rolling into spring
Jesse Schooler rides his unicycle Monday on the cruise ship dock near Marine Park. Just four days after a late spring blizzard, Juneau residents basked in the warm sunshine.

Around Town
Today

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

Thomas David Ward
Former Juneau resident Thomas David Ward died April 14, 2008, after five years of pain and suffering caused by a work-related injury. Family said he died unexpectedly in his sleep. He was 46.

My turn: Juneau access road: deciphering the reports
As part of the environmental impact survey process, the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities commissioned two studies to examine potential natural hazards that could affect the proposed Juneau access road, a 50-mile route along the east side of Lynn Canal from Echo Cove to the Katzehin Delta.

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.

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

Alaska editorial: Lawmakers should keep special session limited
Keep it simple. That's what Alaska's leaders should do with the agenda of the pending special session of the Legislature.

Outside editorial: Sharing the cost in Iraq
After five years of war in Iraq, a movement is building in Congress to make the Iraqis pick up more of the cost, particularly for rebuilding. Good. It can be argued that if the United States broke it, the United States should fix it. But any damage caused by the U.S. invasion has been repaid by the $47.5 billion Congress has appropriated for reconstruction since 2003. A big reason for ongoing destruction is the civil war for control of Iraq that various internal factions are waging. Don't ask U.S. taxpayers to pay for that.

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.

Four people injured in helicopter fire
FORT WAINWRIGHT - Officials at Fort Wainwright said four crew members received minor injuries when their medevac helicopter caught fire.

Man sentenced for child porn distribution
ANCHORAGE - A 70-year-old Palmer man will spend 30 years in a federal prison following his convictions for possessing and distributing child pornography.

Man arrested after Anchorage shooting
ANCHORAGE - A man was arrested after shots were fired at a mobile home park in Anchorage.

Crew made effort to launch life rafts
SEATTLE - A survivor of the doomed fishing vessel Alaska Ranger has told a federal inquiry board that the last minutes aboard the ship were spent in a desperate effort to launch the boat's life rafts into the Bering Sea.

Neighborhood fuming about bright lights
ANCHORAGE - High-voltage street lights installed in one Anchorage neighborhood have residents seeing red, and issuing a warning to other neighborhoods about the lights.

Village officer program receives extra funding
ANCHORAGE - State lawmakers have approved more than $1.2 million in additional funding for raises and new positions in Alaska's Village Public Safety Officer program.

Photo: Sign of spring
Juneau-Douglas High School's Carrie Laliberte pitches during softball practice Tuesday at the turf field in front of the Marie Drake building. The defending state champion Crimson Bears open the season Thursday at Sitka.

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.

Photos: Welcoming Trig
Gov. Sarah Palin and her husband, Todd, present their fifth child, a boy named Trig Paxson Van Palin, who was born Friday. The Palins confirmed that Trig, their second son, has Down syndrome. Palin worked briefly Monday, just three days after giving birth. The governor didn't spend the entire day at work, but she did meet in Anchorage with her gas line team, which is preparing for a special legislative session. A Palin spokeswoman said the governor will be working on a limited basis for a while, and hopes to make some public appearances already on her calendar.

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.

Decision about beluga whale listing delayed
ANCHORAGE - A federal agency is giving itself six more months to decide whether to list as endangered the beluga whales that swim in waters off Alaska's largest city.

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

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.

Pebble Partnership to spend $140 million on mine in 2008
ANCHORAGE - Two mining companies collaborating on the Pebble Mine have set a budget of more than $140 million this year.

Anchorage mayor officially launches campaign for Stevens' Senate seat
ANCHORAGE - The mayor of Alaska's largest city told a cheering crowd Monday that he is going after the U.S. Senate seat held by Ted Stevens, the longest serving Republican in the Senate.

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.

Exhibit features vending-machine art
KETCHIKAN - A great deal offered by an e-Bay seller led to 15 large, heavy, steel, wall-mounted vending machines sitting in local artist Chris Hanson's garage.

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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