Thursday, April 23, 2009

Dog-napped by humane society
We came to Juneau from Haines last week for the Folk Festival. Over the past couple of years, we have made Juneau a vacation spot, coming down 3 to 4 times a year to hike, snowshoe, shop and eat out. This year was our first Folk Festival, and we brought our 9-year-old Shepherd/Husky mix with us.

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.

Left lane love affair with Egan Drive
Slower traffic keep right. My recommendation: take down the signs and throw them away. Numerous motorists clearly ignore the message.

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.

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.

State explores options for Juneau Road
A federal judge handed advocates of the Juneau Road a big defeat in February when he overturned the project's approval, and then a smaller defeat last month when he refused to reconsider that decision.

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.

Halibut charters could see 'limited entry'
Next summer could be the first tourist season with a limited fleet of charter vessels.

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.

City's funding of school activities now in limbo
The Juneau Assembly's Finance Committee teed up an additional $152,700 for school classroom costs Wednesday, while simultaneously putting its $500,000 commitment to defray the cost of student participation in school sports and activities in limbo.

First-of-its-kind health summit begins tonight
Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium will host a first-of-its-kind health summit in Juneau beginning tonight, modeled after a successful program held annually in Sitka.

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.

Ahlgren named Small Business Person of the Year
JUNEAU - A young man comes to Alaska and meets a girl. They settle down, start a family and a business. They work hard. Prosperity follows.

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

Photo: Sunny setting
Female common mergansers sun themselves Wednesday on a rock in the Mendenhall River.

Around Town
Today

Photo: Bear aware
Riverbend Elementary School fifth-grader Tulensa Timothy, 11, does his best to walk like a bear in front of his classmates, teacher Nick Parmentier, right, and Discovery Southeast naturalist Tom Schwartz on Wednesday. The class is part of the Bear Aware Programbeing taught to first, third and fifth graders this semester and funded by the city of Juneau.

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.

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

Around Town
Thursday, April 23

Kaye Smith Hogan
Former longtime Juneau resident Kaye Smith Hogan died in the pre-dawn hours of April 15, 2009, in Oro Valley, Ariz. She was 82.

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

Alaska editorial: 2009 Legislative session: The good, bad and so-so
The Alaska Legislature that just adjourned was the first in years that faced low oil prices and had to grapple with shrinking state revenue. And legislators had to suddenly become experts on the stimulus bill after Gov. Sarah Palin in mid-session said she was only asking for two-thirds of the $930.7 million of the federal stimulus money slated for Alaska. The Legislature rose to the challenge on both fronts. Responsibly handling money questions was the most significant accomplishment of this session, in which only a small number of other bills passed.

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.

Lost in political space
Sen. John McCain's daughter and his presidential campaign manager think they've figured out why McCain lost the 2008 election and what Republicans must do to win in the future. They need to be more like Democrats.

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?

Tea party movement captures real concerns
What I found most amusing about last week's tea party protests was the palpable defensiveness of many Democrats and lefties in general.

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.

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.

Juneau School Board OKs teacher contract
JUNEAU - Juneau teachers have a new labor contract.

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

Anchorage man shot by police in altercation
ANCHORAGE - A 49-year-old man is in custody after an altercation with Anchorage police led to shots fired by an officer.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Fairbanks man gets 5 years on mail theft
FAIRBANKS - A 25-year-old Fairbanks man has been sentenced to five years in jail after cashing a check stolen from a mailbox.

Rogers found guilty of attempted murder
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage jury has found Christopher Erin Rogers Jr. guilty again of first-degree murder and attempted murder in a shooting rampage that occurred in 2007.

Craig man indicted for killing sea otters
ANCHORAGE - A federal grand jury has indicted a Craig man on charges that he illegally killed sea otters and tried to sell a Steller sea lion hide.

'Oxy Action Meeting' scheduled April 29
JUNEAU - A meeting is scheduled next week to discuss community solutions to Juneau's battle with the prescription painkiller OxyContin, a highly-addictive synthetic drug similar to morphine in its effects.

Promised lottery gift going undelivered
ANCHORAGE - The winner of the state's first big lottery has not donated $100,000 - as he said he would - to an Anchorage charity the lottery was intended to benefit.

Second man charged in warehouse shooting
ANCHORAGE - A second man has been charged in the death of a teenager who was shot at a party at an Anchorage warehouse.

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.

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.

Sealaska seeks totem pole proposals
JUNEAU - Sealaska Heritage Institute is seeking proposals for the creation of a traditional-style totem pole. The Alaska Native Corporation has extended the deadline to Friday for proposals for the 36-foot pole.

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

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

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

Portraits look at humanity of the down-and-out
ANCHORAGE - For those of us who find it hard to look at the down-and-out, Don Blackwell's portraits make it a little easier with his "Faces of Homelessness" series.

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.

Alaska's rural population sees 8-year slide
ANCHORAGE - In the last eight years, many rural Alaskans moved away and had fewer children, leading to a population drop that's likely to continue, according to a new state report.

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.

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.

CONTACT US

  • Switchboard: 907-586-3740
  • Circulation and Delivery: 907-586-3740
  • Newsroom Fax: 907-586-3028
  • Business Fax: 907-586-9097
  • Accounts Receivable: 907-523-2230
  • View the Staff Directory
  • or Send feedback

ADVERTISING

SUBSCRIBER SERVICES

SOCIAL NETWORKING