Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Environmentalists, stick to what you know
What is it that the environmentalists know about road construction that those of us who actually build roads don't know?

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.

Learn how to drive to conserve fuel
Since many Juneau residents have developed a deeper appreciation for energy conservation recently, the findings from a recent study (www.edmunds.com/advice/fueleconomy/articles/106842/article.html) that looked at how automotive driving habits affect fuel consumption may be of interest.

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.

Charter fishermen face tight season
Charter boat captains, now putting their boats in the water, have a lot to worry about this season.

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.

Winter ferry schedules proposed
The Alaska Marine Highway has released draft schedules for next fall, winter and spring, ahead of past practice and in contrast to the tardy release earlier this year of the summer schedule.

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.

Photo: Preparing for the dog days of summer
Mark Chin, a handler for Iditarod racer Sigrid Ekran, pets Ekran's dogs Monday at the Temsco Helicopters base near the Juneau International Airport. About 300 dogs, many of them Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race veterans, will be transported to a camp on the Mendenhall Glacier. The camp is run by Alaska Icefield Expeditions and offers dog sled rides during the summer.

Photo: A little street music
Leif Saya plays Irish jigs and other Celtic tunes on his fiddle Monday on South Franklin Street. Saya has been playing fiddle for 20 years.

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

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

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

Police & Fire
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Corrections
In Monday's edition, Victor Fischer's name was misspelled in a story about his roll in shaping the Alaska Constitution.

Ann MacFarlane
Longtime Juneau resident Ann Moore MacFarlane died May 3, 2008, in Colorado Springs, Colo. She was 57.

Outside editorial: Food politics
The whole world is feeling the impact of soaring food and commodity prices. A recent series in The Post reported that poor families in West Africa are selling precious livestock to buy staples, while some consumers in the United States have taken to hoarding cut-rate groceries.

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?

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: Sealaska corrects the record
The Juneau Empire published a letter by Dominic Salvato on May 1 - regarding Sealaska Corp.'s descendant vote, dividends and compensation - that was factually inaccurate.

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

Opinion: We are not at risk from phthalates
Today we face a clash between well-intentioned lawmakers and scientists.

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.

Man charged with failure to register
JUNEAU - A new resident of Juneau was charged with a crime last week after Alaska State Troopers determined he failed to register as a sex offender after moving to town.

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.

Police say strip club stabbing didn't happen
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks police investigating an incident at a strip club say what first was reported as a stabbing turned out to be far less serious.

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.

Elton John adds Anchorage date
ANCHORAGE - It took less than an hour for the Sullivan Arena to be sold out for the Elton John concert, prompting the addition of a second show for the legendary pop performer.

State gets $260,000 in HUD housing grants
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Housing Finance Agency is getting some federal help to give 35 homeless veterans permanent homes.

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

Dogs, handlers attend investigation seminar
FAIRBANKS - Rescue dogs and their handlers gathered in Fairbanks for a weekend of learning more about crime scene investigation.

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

Bethel area residents ask for elections help
JUNEAU - Residents of Bethel and five Kuskokwim River villages are asking a federal court to order elections assistance for Yup'ik-speaking voters.

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

Police: Sea lion killers were knowledgeable
PORTLAND, Ore. - Investigators think the killers navigated tricky waters in a restricted area, knew how to drop the doors of two metal cages, and then began firing a high-powered rifle into six trapped sea lions, which would have tried to bolt at the first gunshot.

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

Juneau-Douglas junior varsity softball wins four games during long weekend
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls junior varsity softball team went 4-4 over the weekend as it played Sitka and Ketchikan on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU
UPCOMING EVENTS

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.

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."

Lawsuit seeks to stop Arctic oil exploration
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Native and environmental groups sued Monday to stop exploration by oil companies this summer in Arctic waters frequented by whales, seals and other marine species.

Retired Ketchikan Daily News publisher Lew Williams dies at 83
He wrote columns for one of the smallest newspapers in the state - the Ketchikan Daily News - but Lew Williams Jr.'s reputation for a strong editorial voice commanded the respect of lawmakers in Juneau and Washington, D.C., and university leaders in Fairbanks.

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.

Girdwood Forest Fair cancelled
ANCHORAGE - Organizers have canceled the Girdwood Forest Fair because they say rowdy crowds have turned it into a three-day party.

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.

Murkowski property stirs tax questions
FAIRBANKS - After leaving office more than one year ago, former Gov. Frank Murkowski has traveled the world, built a cabin in Wrangell and traveled some more. In March, he led a delegation to watch democracy in action while Taiwan elected a president.

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

Denali National Park wolf freed from neck snare
ANCHORAGE - Officials have removed a snare embedded deep into the neck of a large, gray wolf, months after it escaped from a trap just outside the boundary of Denali National Park and Preserve.

Kohring suffers another setback before sentencing
ANCHORAGE - Former Rep. Vic Kohring has suffered another legal setback ahead of his Thursday sentencing.

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