Monday, May 5, 2008

Disaster caused by neglect, not nature
Has Alaska Electric Light & Power Co. ever thought about doing "controlled avalanches" to keep disasters from happening? Knowing the area is prone to mud slides and avalanches, it would only be responsible business management to monitor the area for these problems and act accordingly.

AEL&P cables should go underground
Thumbs up to our local merchant, Superbear, who is noticeably reducing its light consumption.

AEL&P's owners should chip in
According to the state of Alaska Corporation, Business and Professional Licensing, Alaska Electric Light & Power does business under the name of Alaska Energy and Resource Company. The stockholders are William A. Corbus, who has 47 percent; Stanford University, which has 11 percent; Leland Stanford University, which has 11 percent; National Financial Service, which has six percent; G. Barkley Corbus, of Colorado, who has nine percent; and Clay Corbus, of San Francisco, who has five percent. Anyone who has less than five percent of the stock was not listed.

We should demand answers from state
Now that the Palin administration has washed its hands of the Snettisham disaster, we the ratepayers should insist that our Juneau Assembly as well as our local delegation determine why it is that the state agency that owns Snettisham is not doing more to correct the problem and to come up with state funds to do it with.

What mission was accomplished?
The White House's recent explanation for the "Mission Accomplished" banner displayed behind President Bush when he gave his speech aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln back in 2003 is that the banner only meant that the sailors aboard the aircraft carrier had accomplished their mission in the assault on Iraq.

Road on west side of canal would be better
In response to Rick Urions' letter of May 1, and the many letters from Rich Poor, I have this to say.

Expert: $100,000 in concrete could have protected Snettisham line
Shortly before 4 a.m., several feet of new snow on steep terrain gave way and raced for the water below. Scraping down nearly vertical rocky chutes and snapping trees, the avalanche built up tons of force before crashing into an aluminum tower placed in its path 35 years ago.

UAS confers 348 degrees
Linda Scott waited 40 years to return to school, so receiving her master's degree in elementary education Sunday during the University of Alaska Southeast's commencement ceremony marked the culmination of a long-time dream.

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

Contractors sue city over project labor agreement
A lawyer for a building contractors' association filed a lawsuit against the city of Juneau last week, saying the way it doles out construction contracts is unfair.

Political frustration prompted veteran to join statehood fight
Victor Fischer recalls being politically frustrated when he moved to Alaska in 1950 after serving in the U.S. Army in both the European and Pacific theaters during World War II.

Understanding how AEL&P charges for electricity
Street lights provided Juneau's electric utility the most money for each unit of energy in 2007, and cruise ships paid the least, according to public documents filed by Alaska Electric Light & Power Co.

DNA link answers life's big question for Juneau man
Fernando Rado's family got a whole lot bigger Thursday, when he found out through the results of DNA testing that he is a descendant of an ancient man whose remains were found in a glacier nearly 10 years ago.

Rescue boat dedicated in Tenakee Springs
Five years later, the murder of Maggie Wigen still haunts Tenakee Springs. Now her memory may be invoked in the rescue of others.

AroundTown
Today

Energy Q&A
Here are some of the many questions residents and businesses still have regarding Juneau's energy crisis:

Around Town
Today

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

Six people injured in head-on collision on Glacier Highway
Six people were treated at Bartlett Regional Hospital Saturday after two cars were involved in a head-on collision on Glacier Highway.

UAS celebrates record number of Alaska Native graduates
About a dozen graduating Alaska Native students from the University of Alaska Southeast celebrated Saturday, the day before the school's commencement ceremony.

Photo: Blessing of the Fleet
Pastor Suellen Bahleda of the Resurrection Lutheran Church blesses the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Liberty during the annual Blessing of the Fleet ceremony Saturday at the Alaska Commercial Fishermen's Memorial in downtown Juneau.

Outside editorial: War-crimes tribunals: Corruption for all to see
W hat else needs to go wrong before the Bush administration realizes that the war-crimes tribunals for terror suspects being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, need to be held in traditional U.S. courts?

Empire editorial: In time of hardship, find ways to help
More than two weeks after avalanches cut Juneau off from its primary source of cheap electricity, here's how we're handling the resulting energy crisis as a community:

My turn: All Alaskans need immediate equalization of energy costs
L ike a man dying of thirst in the middle of the ocean, Alaskans are adrift in a sea of state cash while our citizens drown in a tidal wave of unjustified costs for heating oil and electricity for homes and businesses.

My Turn: Don't disfigure Lynn Canal for an unnecessary road
A s an adventurer and explorer who has spent a lot of time accessing mountains along the east coastline of the upper Lynn Canal, it has become obvious to me that the state of Alaska's leadership has either chosen to ignore both professional and amateur assessments of the technical nightmare presented by this product, or they are not being properly informed of the material compiled, which obviously displays a plethora of drawbacks.

My Turn: Rev. Wright, drowning in a sea of hypocrisy
My cousin thinks Jeremiah Wright walks on water.

My turn: Cut back on electricity use to save money, community
T his is serious.The current energy situation is a lot more serious than a matter of turning off lights and putting up a clothesline, and a lot more serious than the city's shortening library hours and shutting down an escalator.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

Bridge to new views on Auke Lake
Crews head out Monday to start building a long-awaited trail along Auke Lake.

Running water is sound of spring for beavers
The songs of the robin and the varied thrush are sure signs of spring for many folks in Juneau. But for beavers, the sound of running water is the song of spring.

New rules for boaters on Kenai
KENAI - Boating season is just around the bend, but power boaters should be aware of some new regulations on the Kenai River for this season.

Out&About
Today: Public trap shoot, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Juneau Gun Club.

Injured eagle to receive artificial beak
ST. MARIES, Idaho - The eagle is named Beauty, although she is anything but.

Man arraigned in vandalism spree
ANCHORAGE - A 21-year-old Army soldier has been charged with a vandalism spree in which 60 tires were slashed.

Noatak man charged with pointing rifle
KOTZEBUE - A Noatak man was arrested after allegedly pointing a rifle at a group of people, including a 3-year-old child, Alaska State Troopers said.

Store pulls novelty lighters off shelves
FAIRBANKS - A store in Fairbanks has removed novelty cigarette lighters from its shelves after fire officials warned they could harm children.

Lawmakers bristle at capital project limits
JUNEAU - Lawmakers are bristling at Gov. Sarah Palin's request that they prioritize their lists of district capital projects.

Fairbanks hatchery bids come in high
FAIRBANKS - Two bids the state received to build a new fish hatchery in Fairbanks came in millions over the expected costs, posing another challenge to the project.

Ex-mayor, wife are sentenced to prison
FAIRBANKS - The former mayor of Alaska's second largest city and his wife have been sentenced to prison for misusing government grants.

Docks and Harbors Board OKs rate hike
JUNEAU - Visitors to the city's harbors who need shore power will face higher costs since the Docks and Harbors Board passed emergency daily fees in response to a huge increase in electricity rates across the city.

Pebble releases environmental data
ANCHORAGE - The industry partnership promoting the development of the Pebble Mine has released the first installment of environmental and socio-economic data collected over the past few years.

Employee accused of stealing gift card
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks police are investigating an employee of Home Depot who allegedly stole a very generous gift card.

Anchorage cashes check for police calls
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage has cashed its first check for too-frequent police visits to the same address.

Officials identify man who died during run
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage man taking part in a cross-continent run that began in Eklutna collapsed and died.

Annual joint military exercise set to start
ANCHORAGE - The biggest annual military training exercise in Alaska is set to kick off.

Park Service names regional director
ANCHORAGE - Sue Masica has been named as the Alaska regional director of the National Park Service.

Man charged with attacking trooper
ANCHORAGE - A 27-year-old Nenana man has been accused of assaulting a state trooper, among other charges.

Climbing the mountain
LaVonda Wagner, coach of the Oregon State University women's basketball program, thoroughly enjoyed having an Alaskan on her roster.

Juneau impressive in Invitational
This weekend the Crimson Bears rewrote two school records while setting 62 personal records and dominating the Juneau Invitational at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Field.

Photo: Everybody's All-American
Alex Fagerstrom, center, along with his parents, Erika and Brent, far left, Sergeant First Class Lane Goldfarb of the U.S. Army Recruiting Station in Juneau and the Juneau-Douglas High School football coaching staff and players pose Sunday at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Field.

JDHS baseball survives to secure sweep
Just in case the Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team's first three wins at home weren't entertaining enough, the Crimson Bears made things exciting on Saturday against Sitka at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Field.

Deep roster propels Juneau softball
The toughest problem the Juneau-Douglas High School softball team may face all season is deciding its lineup before each game.

Nine-run inning lifts Bears past Wolves
It took a while for the Juneau-Douglas High School softball team's bats to warm up Sunday against Sitka at Melvin Park.

Crimson Bears conclude Anchorage road trip
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls soccer teams concluded their road trip in Anchorage on Saturday with games against tough South Anchorage squads at Anchorage Football Stadium.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU
UPCOMING EVENTS

Palin balances newborn's needs, official state duties
The results of Gov. Sarah Palin's prenatal testing were in, and the doctor's tone was ominous: "You need to come to the office so we can talk about it."

Friends of ex-Rep. Kohring urge leniency in sentence
ANCHORAGE - Friends of former state Rep. Vic Kohring are urging leniency when he's sentenced Thursday on federal corruption charges.

Photo: Urban students take in rural lifestyle
Wainwright high school students Nellie Aguvluk, left, Alyssa Rae Agnasagga and Cynthia Ekak watch carver Fred Trout work on a pole for Saxman Totem Park on Thursday at the Saxman Carving Center in Saxman, near Ketchikan. The four students from the Wainwright school spent time in Ketchikan as part of the Rose Urban Rural Exchange.

Rumors of shortage prompt rush on rice in Anchorage area
ANCHORAGE - Rumors of a possible rice shortage are causing a rush on the staple in Anchorage stores.

Justice Ginsburg speaks at attorneys' convention
ANCHORAGE - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg discussed gender equality, media transparency and her unlikely friendship with fellow justice Antonin Scalia in a talk on Friday before hundreds of lawyers in a packed hotel ballroom in Alaska.

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

Photo: Salmon pipeline
Lukas Patten and Allison Ralston of Sterling Elementary School laugh Tuesday as young trout shoot through a tube and into Johnson Lake near Kasilof during the annual Kenai Peninsula Salmon Celebration for elementary school students. More than 5,000 hatchery-raised fish were released during the event, which wraps up a year of studies for the students.

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

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