Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Where does tea-bag support come from?
Kevin Reeves' opinion piece in Sunday's paper was a bit confusing. He was strong on his description of working people being fed-up with government, but rather short on details.

Ever-growing landfill serves as a reminder
Earth Day is Wednesday, spring is in the air and I have a few thoughts to share on the following subject.

Palin's 15 minutes of fame were a godsend
Gov. Sarah Palin came to office two years ago with a promise to work across the aisle for the betterment of Alaska. However, her brief stint in the national limelight last fall seems to have severely curtailed her interest in pleasing anyone beyond the ultra-right wing she views as her base.

Gov. Sarah Palin should be praised for right-to-life stance
Editor's note: The following letter is in reference to the article, "In speech, Palin says she weighed abortion," that appeared in Sunday's Juneau Empire.

All dancers deserve recognition from the local newspaper
As a mom and a member of the community, I am disheartened that our local paper covered the dance performances of Juneau-Douglas High School girls and not any other student performances.

Palin's words continue to belie her actions
There was a time, not very long ago, I was a big champion of Gov. Sarah Palin. I'm a Democrat and a life-long Alaskan. She appeared to be a breath of fresh air in Alaska, one that seemed much needed in the wake of the trampling done by Frank Murkowski. But, sooner or later, the dawn comes.

Senate actions reveal Palin's character
The time has come for the people of our state to do something about Gov. Sarah Palin. She has shown her vindictive nature too many times for us to sit idly by and allow her to continue it for another year of office. This has been shown in her unlawful interpretation of both the state and national constitutions, her inability to see anything that is for the welfare of all of Alaska, and not just for the benefit of the Interior.

Swope gives insight on going 'unplugged'
Juneau City Manager Rod Swope is finishing his final days of work before taking a six-month leave of absence beginning May 1. He sat down Thursday to talk about why he wanted time off, reflect on his six years as city manager and share insights on the future.

Capital budget passes with deep cuts
In an unusual reversal of past legislative practice, the recently completed session saw the Legislature and the governor compete to cut projects from the state's capital budget.

Juneau cruise season sails in early
South Franklin Street was awake but still sleepy Monday morning as the first cruise ship of the season sailed into town.

Coast Guard officials aid apparent heart-attack victim
Two off-duty Coast Guard officials possibly saved the life of an unidentified man who may have suffered from a heart attack Tuesday morning in the middle of a Mendenhall Valley intersection.

School Board reboots search
The Juneau School District is rebooting its superintendent search after only eight applicants came forward during the original recruitment period that ended April 10, school officials announced Tuesday.

Last minute deal seals seat for Egan
ANCHORAGE - With the deadline looming for adjournment and the prospects of more bad headlines ahead, four men in a Capitol office hammered out a deal that finally gave Juneau a state senator.

JPD gets the Twitterbug
The Juneau Police Department has begun using the popular social networking site Twitter, which allows police to keep in touch with the community in real time.

Photo: Under the rainbow
An afternoon rainbow appears Tuesday over downtown Juneau.

Photo: Planning ahead
Gastineau Elementary School kindergarten teacher Jenny Lund talks with Gretchen Harrington and her daughter, Annika Schwartz, 5, Tuesday during an open house and registration at the school.

Juneau arts community supports JACC repairs
Monday's noon Public Works and Facilities Committee meeting of the Juneau Assembly had an unusually high turnout of about 50 people, largely attributable to the arts community making its support for a replacement roof and windows at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center.

Photo: Friday farewell
Mail Call, on Seward Street, with be closing its doors Friday. The downtown shop, kown for its racy adult clothing and accessories is going out of business.

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

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

Around Town
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Around Town
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Correction
Due to a misreading of the Alaska Section of Epidemiology's 2007 annual Infectious Disease Report, the statewide chlamydia cases from 2006 to 2007 were incorrectly noted in an April 19 Neighbors story. The statewide cases rose from 4,528 to 4,911 during those years.

Floyd Curtis Hunt
Hoonah resident Floyd Curtis Hunt died April 11, 2009. He was 51.

William Dale Copeland
Douglas resident William Dale Copeland died peacefully April 17, 2009, after a short but courageous battle with throat cancer. He was 62.

Outside editorial: Perils of teen sext
Sure, you're savvy enough to know your kids aren't wearing out their thumbs text-messaging about homework assignments. But did you know one in five teenagers has e-mailed or texted a nude or semi-nude self-portrait to someone else? OMG.

Outside editorial: Even with insurance, treatment for mental illness is difficult
If you need an X-ray, chances are your doctor can find some place where you can get it. But not if you need mental health care.

What does it say about us that secession is even discussed?
Have you ever had one of those moments when you gazed across and did not recognize your fellow Americans?

Susan Boyle goes up like a rocket, but then what?
She walked onto the stage in a frumpy dress, with unwieldy hair and a stout figure, looking very much like a middle-aged Scottish woman who lives alone with her cat.

Earth Day marks Americans' continuing commitment to meeting new challenges
Have you ever thrown a party and worried that no one would show up? When the first Earth Day was announced, in the fall of 1969, those of us involved had that worry - but luckily not for long. That day - April 22, 1970 - millions of Americans participated in events virtually everywhere across this country - joining in to clean up a riverbank, attend a rally, build a nature trail or organize a recycling program.

Glacier visitor center closes for summer prep
The Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center is closing in preparation for the summer season.

Sealaska seeks totem pole proposals
JUNEAU - Sealaska Heritage Institute has extended a deadline for proposals to carve a totem pole. Proposals must be postmarked no later than Friday.

Salcha man sentenced to 17 years
FAIRBANKS - A Salcha man who repeatedly sexually assaulted his wife at knifepoint has been sentenced to 17 years in prison.

Fairbanks men launch new taxicab company
FAIRBANKS - Two Fairbanks men have started a new taxicab business in town that will cater not only to locals but European tourists.

Former AG among mayoral candidates
PALMER - Former Alaska Attorney General Talis Colberg is one of the seven candidates vying for the position of mayor of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

Men rob Anchorage gas station
ANCHORAGE - Police are looking for two men who robbed an Anchorage gasoline station.

Troopers looking for missing seal hunters
NEWTOK - Alaska State Troopers and the Civil Air Patrol are looking for two overdue hunters.

Nine Alaska runners break marathon 3-hour barrier
ANCHORAGE - Nine Alaska runners broke the three-hour barrier at this year's Boston Marathon.

Researcher says West Coast tides increasing
PORTLAND, Ore. - An Oregon researcher says the tides are getting bigger along the West Coast, possibly speeding up erosion.

April figures for sexual assault released
Alaska State Troopers said authorities around the state fielded a total of 59 reports of sexual abuse during the first two weeks of April.

Man arrested for having gun at school
FAIRBANKS - A 21-year-old Fairbanks man was arrested after he was found outside a local high school with a loaded gun.

2 men sentenced for selling crack cocaine
ANCHORAGE - Two undercover operations have resulted in the sentencing of two men in federal court in Anchorage for selling crack cocaine.

Anchorage parking lot opens to public
ANCHORAGE - Parking just became easier in Alaska's biggest city.

AMHS officials don't expect downturn in state ferry use
ANCHORAGE - Projections might paint a bleak picture for this summer's tourist trade, but officials with the Alaska Marine Highway System don't expect much of a downturn in those using state ferries.

Man's body found in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks police said no foul play is suspected in the death of a man whose body was found near a business.

Unstable slope halts Whittier road work
ANCHORAGE - The reopening of the road to Whittier is on hold again.

Disaster panel wants more info on Kotzebue snow
ANCHORAGE - The state's disaster cabinet wants more information from Northwest Arctic Borough officials to see if Kotzebue's record snow qualifies for help.

Alaska 'bear man' TV series begins
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's so-called bear man, Charlie Vandergaw, is featured in a six-episode series being aired on Animal Planet.

Anchorage crime rate falls to 28-year low
ANCHORAGE - Authorities in Anchorage are reporting the lowest crime rate in almost three decades.

Moderate quake hits western Aleutians
ATKA - A moderate earthquake rumbled through the Andreanof Islands region of the Western Aleutians.

Crews raze remains of restaurant damaged by fire
FAIRBANKS - Crews have knocked the remnants of a Fairbanks restaurant damaged by a fire so the owner can begin the rebuilding process.

SEARHC honors community health aides, practitioners
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium is recognizing this week, April 19-25, as Community Health Aide, Community Health Practitioner, Dental Health Aide and Behavioral Health Aide Week.

Green, Winter Kings wrap up titles
The Women's Tier Green Team and Men's Tier B Winter Kings wrapped up another Juneau Adult Hockey Association season last Thursday, capturing their respective championships on the last day of the season.

Ketchikan Invitational Track and Field Meet Results
Fawn Mountain Track

Cruise ship discharge bill approved
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Legislature has given cruise ships a chance to delay water discharge requirements put in place three years ago by a citizen's initiative. Clean water advocates hope the opportunity is short-lived.

Palin blames 'public lies' for Ross rejection
Gov. Sarah Palin is blaming bloggers and lies for the defeat of her attorney general nominee, who the Alaska Legislature refused to confirm last week.

Malformations seen in deer on Kodiak Island
KODIAK - A Kodiak hunting guide said he believes environmental contaminants are the likely cause of an anomaly increasingly found in Kodiak's deer population.

Charters and lodges cast a wide net for summer fishing clients
Charter guides and sport lodge owners are casting a wide net this season, hoping to reel in enough clients hungry for the state's fabled fishing adventures to make ends meet, the economy notwithstanding.

Honeybees arrive for spring work in Alaska
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage may look as springlike as the inside of a spittoon right now, but still, spring it is. We know this because a vital part of Southcentral Alaska's agricultural labor force has started reporting for duty.

Volcano attracts photographers
KENAI - Everyone continues to keep an eye on Mount Redoubt, including shutterbugs.

Alaska best in disciplining physicians, study says
WASHINGTON - A study by a consumer watchdog group found that Alaska leads the nation in disciplining physicians.

Comment period opens on halibut charter proposal
ANCHORAGE - People wanting to weigh in on a proposal to limit the growing halibut charter boat business in southeast Alaska and the central Gulf of Alaska now have an opportunity.

Photo: Rock slide
This photo released by the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facility shows cleanup crews removing rock and debris Tuesday on Portage Glacier Highway near Girdwood. Crews were working to mitigate additional slides. An April 11 rock slide left a 300-foot pile of rubble as high as 30 feet on the road, blocking the travel to and from Whittier.

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