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Sunday, April 27, 2008

$1 billion access road my foot
After reading Roman Motyka's My Turn I was stunned by his assertion that the Department of Transportation's new cost estimate for construction of the Lynn Canal Highway is now suggested at $1 billion. I called DOT to see if Motyka was correct and was informed that they had no clue where he was coming from.

Fishermen need plan for quotas
I would like to respond to Rick Bierman's recent letter, though I really wish I didn't have to.

Street lights on during the day
During a recent jog on Glacier Highway, I looked up to the sky expecting to see only sunlight.

Lean Times
These are not prosperous days for Southeast's timber industry. The mills are starving and the loggers have left town.

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

Correction
Matthew Mahnke's name was misspelled in Friday's Student Artist in the Spotlight feature in the Neighbors section.

Former AEL&P executive present at loan discussions
David Stone recused himself from Thursday's Juneau Assembly Finance Committee debate and vote that recommended the city loan his former employer $3 million, but the committee chairman did not recuse himself from two meetings creating the idea.

Two boys save children from icy duck pond
Two boys were hailed as heroes after rescuing two children that had fallen through an icy pond Thursday evening off Mendenhall Boulevard near Snipe Court.

AEL&P fined $125,125 for destroying eagles' nest in Lake Dorothy
Diesel fuel and repair costs aren't the only things Alaska Electric Light & Power Co. likely will be writing checks for in coming days.

Photo: A day at the races
Clayton Gilbert, 6, left, Helaina Willis, 8, Athena Zellhuber, 8, and Emma Rice, 5, watch the pinewood Derby race Saturday during the Scout-O-Rama event at the Nugget Mall.

Photo: No parking problems here
An Alaska National Guard Blackhawk helicopter lifts off Saturday from the Nugget Mall parking lot after being on display for the Scout-O-Rama event.

Ferry Columbia's return delayed
The state ferry Columbia will be delayed returning to service from its months-long major overhaul, but Alaska Marine Highway System officials say few people will be affected.

The town timber left
Wrangell Mayor Bob Prunella remembers a time when his town prospered, all because of timber.

AroundTown
Today

Thelma M. Cole
Former Juneau resident Thelma M. "Sarge" Cole died peacefully on April 19, 2008, in Bellingham, Wash. She was 86.

Alaska editorial: Now that session is over, time for gas line focus
The following editorial first appeared in the Alaska Journal of Commerce:

New power rates set to overcollect
Economic shocks make for a big story, and exaggerated descriptions of potential economic impacts are often found in such stories. Loss of Juneau's connection to low-cost power from the Snettisham hydro project was no exception.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

Derby Days are near
Defending Spring King Salmon Derby champion Joseph Castillo said he isn't particularly worried about this season's dismal king salmon forecast.

Researchers stalk Kittlitz's murrelet in Icy Bay
A strange little procession winds its way across a broad expanse of cobbles and small boulders.

Out&About
Today: Highpower rifle and sporting rifle, 8:30 a.m. registration, Hank Harmon Rifle Range.

Photo: Not endangered, yet
A polar bear mother stands over her two cubs in Wapusk National Park on the shore of Hudson Bay near Churchill, Manitoba. A scientific group that advises the government on endangered species has decided that polar bears don't yet need more protection.

Agents trap salmon-eating sea lions on the Columbia
NORTH BONNEVILLE, Wash. - One by one, curious California sea lions checked out the open cage left invitingly on a platform in the Columbia River below Bonneville Dam and flopped inside to chill out on the nice flat surface.

Fences hamper Wyoming wildlife migration
GREEN RIVER, Wyo. - Wyoming's Natural Resources Conservation Service is offering money to help agricultural producers statewide retrofit fences so wildlife can move around easier.

Crew finds man dead on fishing vessel
ANCHORAGE - The Coast Guard is investigating the death of a man on board a Seattle-based fishing boat.

Anchorage digs out from snow again
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage continues to dig out from a snowfall that set a record for the day and the month.

Palin names new education official
ANCHORAGE - Larry LeDoux has been named to serve as state education commissioner.

State extends studded tire removal deadline
ANCHORAGE - Bad weather has prompted the Department of Public Safety to extend the studded-tire removal deadline by two weeks.

Teens get nine years for robbery, assault
FAIRBANKS - Two teenagers who robbed a Fairbanks sporting goods store, roughed up the manager and stole a car have been sentenced to nine years in prison.

One killed in vehicle crash in Seldovia
SELDOVIA - Alaska State Troopers reported a fatal car crash in Seldovia.

Conservationists praise gold mine plan
JUNEAU - Public comment closed Friday on a draft environmental review of the Kensington gold mine issued by the U.S. Forest Service.

JDHS boys sweep Service
The offense may not have been clicking Saturday, but the Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team's defense played brilliantly to blank Service.

Service girls halt Juneau's win streak
With strong defense and physical play, the Service High School girls soccer team halted Juneau-Douglas High School's four-game winning streak over the weekend.

JDHS softball successfully opens season
The Juneau-Douglas High School softball team opened defense of its state championship in impressive fashion over the weekend in Sitka.

Crimson Bears boys, girls win meets in Sitka
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls track and field teams won the Sitka Invitational meet on Saturday in Sitka.

Photo: Running for a cause
The pack takes off to start the third annual Heart of Hospice 5K race on Saturday at Twin Lakes. The race is sponsored by Southeast Road Runners and benefits Hospice and Home Care of Juneau.

NORTH DOUGLAS TIME TRIAL RESULTS
NORTH DOUGLAS TIME TRIAL

Alaska leads in worker deaths
ANCHORAGE - Federal data shows that Alaska leads the nation in the rate of worker deaths and was fourth-highest for work-related injury and illness.

Audit: Anchorage Archdiocese falls short
ANCHORAGE - An audit of Catholic dioceses around the country is not good news for Anchorage - though Juneau passed all parts of it.

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