Monday, April 28, 2008

Snettisham powerline should be submarine
One aspect of the Snettisham powerline debacle which has not been publicly addressed is the obvious permanent solution: replacement of overland transmission lines with a submarine cable.

$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.

Use ferries, not a new road
I've lived in all three Lynn Canal communities, Juneau, Skagway and Haines for the last 38 years.

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

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.

Kudos to Hooligan for latest issue
Kudos to Eric Morrison, David Sheakley and the creative minds of Hooligan for coming up with a way to add sparkle to our capital city. I laughed out loud with possible plans for the big hole downtown. Thanks.

Support troops, bring them home
Since the recent letter of Jack Sherwood on April 23 so misrepresented the concept of "Support our troops, bring them home," it is necessary to correct some of his blunders.

City Assembly mulls $3 million loan to AEL&P
A series of questions are expected to lead the Juneau Assembly's vote authorizing a $3 million city loan to Alaska Electric Light & Power Co. at noon today.

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.

Chatham School District hires new superintendent
The Chatham School Board replaced its superintendent earlier this month.

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.

Photos: Snettisham repairs move forward
First, two Alaska Electric Light & Power Co. employees dig out snow on a helicopter landing pad on Saturday near one of the toppled transmission towers. The workers are digging out the natural accumulation of snow, not snow left by April 16 avalanches that occurred about three miles from the Snettisham Power House. AEL&P has hired Juneau avalanche expert Bill Glude to assess conditions at the site. The area receives about three times more precipitation than Juneau, officials said.

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: Last skate
Treadwell Arena employee Amy Sherwin takes a picture of the last group of skaters Sunday on the ice. Since opening, the staff has made it a tradition to take a group picture of the last skaters before the refrigeration is turned off. The ice rink is shutting down early this year due to the increased cost of electricity.

Photo: Waiting to be filled
George Briggs, executive director of The Glory Hole, sets out handmade bowls for the fundraising dinner "Empty Bowls," which was held Sunday night at Centennial Hall. Briggs is holding several wooden bowls make by Neil Slotnick. About 400 bowls made by 16 local potters and University of Alaska Southeast ceramics students were available for the event. Twenty restaurants donated soup in a volunteer effort to raise funds for the Juneau shelter and soup kitchen. This is the fifth year of the dinner.

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.

Around Town
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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.

Police & Fire
Reports from police, fire officials and state troopers:

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

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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:

My turn: Think of the children, support Denali KidCare
A s the dust settles from the 25th Alaska state legislative session, most people would agree that a significant level of funding was provided within the state's operating and capital budgets.

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.

Alaska editorial: Alaskans will have a real choice for U.S. Senate come November
The race is on: Democrat Mark Begich will take on Republican Ted Stevens for the U.S. Senate.

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.

Meetings on energy costs scheduled
ANCHORAGE - In the next six weeks the Alaska Energy Authority will hold public meetings in 25 communities to explore ways to reduce the high cost of energy.

UA picks Rogers as interim chancellor
FAIRBANKS - Another former Alaska legislator will head a major University of Alaska campus.

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.

Rape conviction leads to 50-year sentence
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage man convicted of six counts of sexual assault has been sentenced to 50 years in prison.

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.

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

Boat participating in spill drill sinks
ANCHORAGE - A fishing boat participating in an Alyeska Pipeline Service Company training drill sank in Port Valdez.

Old Fort Wainwright hospital demolished
FAIRBANKS - The old hospital at Fort Wainwright is being demolished.

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.

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.

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.

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

Government says no to forest snacks
ANCHORAGE - The federal government won't be giving out snacks in the Chugach National Forest.

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

Officials monitor 3 bears
KENAI - State wildlife officials are monitoring three bears that might have been the trio involved in the near-fatal mauling of a jogger in Kenai last week.

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.

Candidates battle mistaken identity
ANCHORAGE - Candidate Jake Metcalfe hears it almost every day as he campaigns for Congress.

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High school prank leads to suspensions of 16 students
ANCHORAGE - Sixteen high school students accused of trying to block access to Service High as part of a senior prank have been suspended and may face felony criminal mischief charges.

Plane nose breaks through lake ice near Wasilla
WASILLA - Two men in a small plane have survived chilly plunges in a Wasilla area lake after the nose of the aircraft broke through the ice while taxiing for an attempted takeoff.

Charges added to participants in Glenn Highway chase
ANCHORAGE - Two men who led police on a car chase along the Glenn Highway have been charged with kidnapping, robbery and other charges.

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