Sunday, May 11, 2008

Juneau sends message in crisis
Alaskans are no strangers to crises.

Use the best science for state policy
Gov. Sarah Palin could save the state a lot of embarrassment and money at the same time by vetoing the $2 million for a conference on "contrarian" polar bear and global climate change research.

We must unite as a community
I've seen and heard a lot of anti-Alaska Electric Light & Power Co. comments over the last couple of weeks, and I'm a little disappointed with the string-'em-high attitude coming out of some of the people in this town.

Governor urges economic injury disaster status
Gov. Sarah Palin on Friday signed a letter requesting the federal Small Business Administration declare an "Economic Injury Disaster" for Juneau due to increased electricity costs caused by April 16 avalanches.

Protesters call for boycott of rate hike
The mood on the Capitol steps Friday was rowdy as a handful of protesters screamed for financial help from the governor's office and encouraged the 200 citizens gathered to boycott a 41-cent hike in electric rates.

AEL&P employee says he was punched in the back
An Alaska Electric Light & Power Co. employee was punched in the back Wednesday in downtown Juneau, according to a company spokesman.

Snettisham site readied for work on new towers
Alaska Electric Light & Power Co. contractors were on schedule this week as they cleared the Snettisham avalanche path for new power line and transmission towers to go in, according to the electric utility.

Photo: Working for a litter-free city
Peggy Orren, left, Caroline Hassler, center, and Hannah Orren, 11, carry a waterlogged chair cushion that they pulled out of Duck Creek along Mendenhall Loop Road on Saturday as part of the community-wide Litter Free Cleanup event. The group belongs to the Junior Girl Scouts No. 32 and included Rebecca Hassler, 9, Lauren Rabago, 11, both in the background, and Brianna Bennett, 10, right.

Photo: Planting season
Debby Perkins, right, and Sharon Barton line up to pay for their plants at the North Star Nursery booth Saturday during the annual Super Plant Sale in the Safeway parking lot.

Judge allows Harborview project to go ahead with labor agreement
A Juneau Superior Court judge sided Friday with the city over contractors upset about the use of project labor agreements on public projects.

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

AroundTown
Today

Empire editorial: City faces partially declared disaster
As we ponder the future of Juneau's economy, it's useful to think of the avalanches as a metaphor.

My turn: Clothespins from an angel
G iven the recent situation of the "power crisis" in Juneau I thought I would share a positive story.

My turn: Don't pave our blue paradise
O n a clear day, I think of Berners Bay.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

Little fish Big impact
It's time for the spring pig-out in Berners Bay: The hooligan are here.

Kayaker fulfills long-distance dream in Alaska
ANCHORAGE - Dennis Eagan spends most of his time in the foothills of California's Sierra Mountains these days, but there was a time when he called Alaska home. Back then, sitting in a kayak paddling along a wild coastline was the epitome of his ultimate day.

Photo: Immature totem
A young bald eagle perches atop a piling near Auk Nu Slough in Auke Bay.

Parks and Rec to hold annual hike meeting
JUNEAU - The Parks and Recreation hike program will hold an annual hike meeting during lunch on the regularly scheduled hike on Wednesday, May 21.

Older radio beacons need to be changed
JUNEAU - Starting Feb. 1, 2009, boaters with older model Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBs) that transmit a distress alert on 121.5 MHz or 243 MHz, will no longer be monitored by satellite and are likely to go completely undetected in an emergency. Only distress alerts from 406 MHz beacons will continue to be detected and processed by search and rescue satellites worldwide.

Minn. boy's death while hunting highlights need for safety
MANKATO, Minn. - Being a sportsman himself, Tom Conroy understands the excitement and pounding pulse hunters feel when they finally find the prey they're pursuing within the sights of their guns.

Wis. game warden gets top honors
BURLINGTON, Wis. - Dale Hochhausen is living proof that there is much more to being a conservation warden than checking hunting and fishing licenses.

Key Kensington permit issue decided
JUNEAU - The U.S. Forest Service will prepare an environmental assessment before granting a major permit for the Kensington gold mine.

Corrections head says he welcomes audit
JUNEAU - Alaska Commissioner of Corrections Joe Schmidt said he looks forward to an audit proposed for his department by two Anchorage state senators.

Man arrested on felony assault charge
JUNEAU - Police arrested a Juneau man Saturday and charged him with felony assault after he allegedly tried to strangle a 30-year-old woman during an argument.

VA outreach clinic to open this fall
JUNEAU - The Alaska Veterans Affairs Healthcare System will open a clinic in Juneau this fall.

Trial set on child pornography charges
JUNEAU - Michael Murray, 49, a Juneau resident, pleaded not guilty Friday during his arraignment on five counts of possession of child pornography.

Police seek to nab liquor sales to minors
ANCHORAGE - Sting operations are under way to nab liquor store patrons who buy alcohol for minors.

Man gets seven years in dragging death
FAIRBANKS - A 26-year-old North Pole man was sentenced to just over seven years in prison for the dragging death of a deaf woman.

JDHS fights back to stay perfect
The Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team showed it can fight from behind over the weekend as it continued its undefeated season.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU
UPCOMING EVENTS

Fairbanks declares energy emergency
FAIRBANKS - The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly declared skyrocketing energy costs a public emergency.

National Park Service spent nearly $4,000 to rescue Denali Park wolf
FAIRBANKS - The National Park Service spent almost $4,000 chasing down a wolf in Denali National Park to remove a cable snare from its neck.

Musher pleads not guilty to killing moose in park
FAIRBANKS - Former Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race champion Jeff King formally pleaded not guilty to killing a moose within Denali National Park. He has asked for a jury trial.

Army rescues six people stranded by flooding along Interior rivers
FAIRBANKS - Ice jams caused flooding along two Interior Alaska rivers and an Army helicopter participated in two rescues.

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