Sunday, May 25, 2008

Dump road to nowhere
Add my voice to that of Mike Miller and Bill Glude concerning opposition to this ill-conceived and ludicrous dead end road, and the vicious old men who are pressing it forward.

Don't build garage
I want to congratulate Juneau Assembly member Bob Doll on his stand on the proposed parking garage.

Hydro power could return by early June
Now that the transmission towers are all replaced or repaired, Juneau's electric utility has shortened by a month its estimate of when the Snettisham power line will be back online.

New thrift store to raise giving potential for Salvation Army
When a man from Hoonah lost everything he had to theft while visiting Juneau, Capt. Jack Smith, a corps officer with the Juneau Salvation Army, helped him find a new set of clothes, including a hat and coat, in the downtown thrift store.

Palin riles lawmakers with vetoes of projects
Gov. Sarah Palin on Friday responded to what she claimed to be overspending by the Alaska Legislature with vetoes of a slew of projects in Juneau and elsewhere.

Ferry cuts raise Juneau concerns
Among the biggest of the vetoes Gov. Sarah Palin announced Friday was a total of $30 million in funding cuts for the Alaska Marine Highway System.

Photo: Soaking in summer
Corise Bean, 15, right, and Autumn Moore, 12, relax in the sun Saturday in front of the ANB Hall.

Photo: Stopping to sketch the tulips
Barbara Bradford takes time out to sketch tulips Saturday while attending the annual Community Day on Campus, sponsored by University of Alaska Southeast and Juneau Jazz and Classics.

Around Town
Today

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

David Shanon Gallant
Former Juneau resident David Shanon Gallant died March 29, 2008, in Anchorage after a decade-long battle with cancer.

Mary Swigart
Longtime Juneau resident Mary Margaret Swigart died peacefully on May 17, 2008, at Wildflower Court in Juneau. She was 87.

Joyce Pattison
Juneau resident Joyce Seifert Pattison died Feb. 26, 2008, in Juneau. She was 79.

My turn: State puts fish and fishing at risk
There are serious issues with Southeast Alaska's marine ecosystem that have been steadily getting worse.

My turn: Trail of Tears was a trail of betrayal
The Trail of Tears began 170 years ago. We should recall it not as an aberration but as a logical outgrowth of an inhumane policy. And we should insist, in its memory, that Indian treaties and Indian sovereignty be honored.

Alaska editorial: Governor's energy relief plan expensive, counterproductive
Gov. Palin's $1.2 billion energy relief plan is probably good politics, but it's a hideously expensive, dangerously short-sighted use of the state's surplus oil money.

Learning to fly
What is it about fly-fishing that holds such a mystique?

Scoters abound on Juneau waters
Enormous rafts of black seaducks have congregated in Gastineau Channel in recent weeks, diving in sequence like falling dominoes. These are scoters, and there have been thousands of birds in some of the large rafts.

A kayak trip to Berners Bay teems with life
The weather forecast was ominous: four-foot seas, winds gusting from the south, and rain. We launched our kayaks anyway and, once through the chop at the entrance of Echo Cove, we found flat water and easy paddling.

High school senior uses Crooked Creek venture to earn Eagle Scout badge
KENAI - During the flood of 2002, a lot more was lost than just the southern access point to Johnson Lake Road in Kasilof when two culverts along Crooked Creek failed. The flood also caused viewing platforms and stream stabilization structures to be lost.

Refuge seeks six river guides
KENAI - Every summer, the Kenai River's monster king salmon draws people to its waters by the thousands. Anglers stand elbow-to-elbow along the riverbank vying for passing reds and hundreds of guides take to the river making sure their clients go home happy.

Bicyclists looking for variety should head for Mat-Su
WASILLA - The network of rural trails throughout the Matanuska-Susitna Borough makes for great off-road, wheeled riding.

Out & About
Today: Highpower rifle and sporting rifle, 8:30 a.m. registration, Hank Harmon Rifle Range.

Woman arrested in child sex abuse charge
JUNEAU - A Juneau woman was arrested and charged with sexual abuse of a minor in an incident that police said involved a 15-year-old child.

Trail Mix receives grant for railing
JUNEAU - Trail Mix, Juneau's nonprofit trail advocacy organization, received a $23,900 grant from the Alaska-based Rasmuson Foundation to construct a wire safety railing along a portion of the historic Perseverance Trail near downtown.

Four downtown Juneau homes burglarized
JUNEAU - Four homes in the downtown area were burglarized Friday morning, and in three of the cases, people were asleep inside while thieves entered the homes and stole items, according to police.

Juneau convicted sex offender arrested
ANCHORAGE - A convicted sex offender is under arrest, accused of trying to flee the state by kayaking out through Southeast Alaska's Inside Passage.

Triple play for Juneau
FAIRBANKS - Juneau-Douglas High School sophomore Leah Francis was simply unstoppable at the 2008 Alaska School Activities Association State Track and Field Championships on Friday and Saturday.

Bickmore leads JDHS boys at state
FAIRBANKS - An individual second-place finish and a third-place finish in a relay highlighted the Juneau-Douglas High School boys track and field team on Friday and Saturday at the 2008 Alaska School Activities Association State Track and Field Championships at Lathrop High School.

Juneau softball wins Railbelt Conference
Juneau-Douglas High School softball captured its second-straight Railbelt Conference title Saturday with a sweep of Lathrop in Fairbanks.

JDHS baseball seals top seed in region tourney
The Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team secured a top seed in the Southeast Conference Tournament later this week with two wins on Friday and Saturday in Sitka.

Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
As of 11:42 a.m., Friday, May 23

Photo: Seacoast Relay
Matt Hayashida, left, receives a tag by teammate Matthew Failor during a leg of the Seacoast Relay on Saturday at the University of Alaska Southeast campus. Hayashida and Failor are from Willow and work dog-mushing on the glaciers for the summer. Hayashida is an Iditarod racer.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU
UPCOMING EVENTS

Christian school in Ketchikan closes its doors
KETCHIKAN - Faced with declining enrollment, the Ketchikan Christian Academy is closing its doors after 32 years.

Prosecutor protests ruling for conscientious objector
ANCHORAGE - The U.S. Attorney's Office in Anchorage is protesting a magistrate's ruling on the conscientious objector status of a soldier.

Tourism leaders expect a flat season in Alaska
ANCHORAGE - With runaway fuel prices, it's somehow fitting that Jim and Wilma Fowler's Airstream Safari sports a green sign, "Alaska or Bust," on the back window of the 25-foot travel trailer.

State charter businesses frustrated by halibut rule
KETCHIKAN - The charter industry is reacting with fear and disappointment to a new rule limiting clients to one halibut a day in Southeast Alaska.

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