Wednesday, May 7, 2008

In protest of recent electric rate hikes
It is interesting that the corporate heads of Alaska Electric Light & Power Co. continue to get their high salaries and we the consumer have to pay them for their mismanagement of our power.

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?

Don't rush to judge power company
The ease with which several recent letter writers vilify Juneau's utility company in their need to assign blame for the current electric crisis troubles me. In such times, those who desire positive change should work together for the common good rather than attack the easiest target.

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.

Build road, put Alaskans to work
This is in response to Bill Holton's letter, "Don't repeat history's road mistakes," on April 23.

Leaders should connect with children
As a member of the Juneau Buddhist Community, it gave me joy to see the picture of Gene Tagaban's Raven Dancing in Seattle for the Dalai Lama.

Fire staff shortage may hit homeowners
The cost of home insurance could more than double for residents in areas north of Auke Bay if the fire department can't attract enough volunteers to staff the Lynn Canal station within the next year.

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

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.

Delegation asks Palin to revisit disaster issue
Juneau's legislative delegation is asking Gov. Sarah Palin to reconsider her decision to deny a disaster declaration for Juneau, after avalanches took away its hydroelectric supply and left it reliant on expensive diesel backup generators.

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.

City junk car program nearly full
Bill Nelson drove his 1992 Ford Econoline van into the Channel Construction parking lot Tuesday morning, left the key in the ignition and walked away.

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.

School district's conservation efforts paying off after rate hike
The Juneau School District is estimating that efforts it took to conserve energy before last month's avalanches caused electric rates to rise sharply could save between $60,000 to $100,000 during the city's energy crisis.

Around Town
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Photos: Cockle digging at Eagle Beach
First, cockle diggers carry buckets with their harvest Tuesday at Eagle Beach. The low tides and partly cloudy weather made for optimum clam- and cockle- digging weather.

Photo: Laying a trail
Trail Mix workers Ted Vale, left, and John Grass unload gravel from a tracked carrier Monday onto the new Auke Lake Trail. Work on the 1.1-mile-long wheelchair-accessible trail is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

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

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

Around Town
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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.

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

Irrationals take second in international competition
Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School's For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Lego League team, the Irrationals, took second place in Innovative Robot Design in the International FIRST Lego League Competition in Minneapolis, Minn., last weekend.

Donators to the Irrationals
• Alaska Industrial Hardware

Recognitions
Former Juneau resident Matt Taintor graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Medicine on May 2 and has matched with the University of Utah residency program. Taintor and his wife, Shireen, will relocate to Utah for the next few years before hopefully returning to Alaska.

Getting grounded, coming home to earth
As we stand on this seam where the beauty of winter unfolds into the blossom of spring, we regain hope. Resilience sparks our vitality. It is that time of year and we feel it, just like the salmon feel it as they start heading home for their next cycle. What is it like when you come home to your piece of earth, your body, at this time of year? Is there familiarity there or do you find a stranger?

It's legal to carry a firearm in Arizona
I knew I was in the West, the land of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday, when I met a man dressed in black carrying a big gun on his hip.

Juneau resident shares snow pudding recipe
Ask Auntie Emo is where our readers ask for and share recipes.

Local mail carriers collect for food drive
JUNEAU - Local mail carriers will conduct their annual mail food drive for the Southeast Alaska Food Bank and Helping Hands on Saturday, May 10, in Juneau. Non-perishable food donations should be in or hung on mailboxes prior to mail delivery that day. Please do not leave glass items.

World affairs council to hold annual forum
JUNEAU - The Juneau World Affairs Council Forum, on the subject of South Asia, will take place at 9 a.m. on Friday and Saturday at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

Louise Richardson
Longtime Juneau resident Louise "Evelyn" Richardson died peacefully on March 5, 2008, at the Juneau Pioneers' Home. She was 70.

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: Feed the children, starve a terrorist
A couple of weeks ago, Dick Durbin got a breakfast invitation from Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

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: Feeling batty and conserving power
With everyone cutting back on wattage, aren't you feeling a little batty? Seems everywhere I go, businesses and people are doing what they can to help out - and wouldn't you know, just when my eyesight seems to be failing, little by little.

My turn: Juneau needs state's help during crisis
The recent decision by the Gov. Sarah Palin's Disaster Policy Cabinet should not be the final word regarding the state of Alaska providing assistance to the community of Juneau and all Juneau residents to help offset the increase in electrical costs brought about by the need to switch from hydroelectric to diesel power generation of electricity.

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

Juneau School Board OKs literacy program
JUNEAU - The Juneau School Board approved Tuesday continuing a literacy program at one of the school district's elementary schools, despite concerns from some parents about how the program affects the school's hours.

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.

Helicopter landings to be discussed
JUNEAU - The U.S. Forest Service will present a draft report Thursday on helicopter landings on the Juneau Icefield.

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.

Suspect found guilty in OxyContin killing
ANCHORAGE - A second person was found guilty in the killing of a man during a robbery for prescription painkillers.

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.

Student uses Legos to recreate building
FAIRBANKS - A graduate student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks spent more than a year completing a massive Lego replica of a campus building.

Wasilla man pleads to gun, drug charges
ANCHORAGE - A 27-year-old Wasilla man pleaded guilty in federal court to illegal gun possession and drug charges.

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

Anchorage defendants say no to plea deal
ANCHORAGE - Three men charged in a shooting that occurred during a football game two years ago said no to a plea deal.

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.

Ice jam causes flood on Tanana River
FAIRBANKS - An ice jam on the Tanana River caused water to back up, pushing the river over its banks again in Salcha.

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.

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.

Tee Harbor Short Course Road Race Results
Tee Harbor Short Course Road Race

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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.

State lawmakers seek new polar bear study
ANCHORAGE - The state Legislature is looking to hire a few good polar bear scientists. The conclusions have already been agreed upon - researchers just have to fill in the science part.

Dust devil causes damage in Kenai
KENAI - It may have looked like a tornado, but weather officials say it was likely a dust devil that created a few nervous seconds and slight damage in Kenai.

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.

Small plane crashes soon after takeoff
KENAI - An Anchorage pilot was injured after being involved in a plane crash in Soldotna.

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.

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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