Monday, May 26, 2008

Curb global warming for Alaska
Having left Juneau for two years for life in our nation's capital, coming back to the fresh air, the wide open spaces, the ocean, and even the rain was such a relief!

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.

City effectively turns lights off, keeps them off
Laird Jones used to take long showers, his wife said.

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.

Day of Remembrance
Staff from the city's Department of Parks and Recreation spent Friday trimming grass and clearing headstones in the downtown Evergreen Cemetery in preparation for today's Memorial Day observance.

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.

Photo: Lifetime of experience
Elmer Lindstrom, 93, left, and Ron Leithead spend a little time fishing Sunday at Twin Lakes. Lindstrom said he has lived in Juneau all his life.

Photo: Race supervisor
A bald eagle uses a Douglas piling to perch Saturday as sailboats line up for the start of the Taku Harbor Rendezvous, part of the Juneau Cup Challenge. Sailors raced from Juneau to Taku Harbor on Saturday, Taku Harbor to Twin Points and back on Sunday, and will travel from Taku Harbor to Juneau today. Seven rounds comprising 14 individual races make up the Juneau Cup Challenge series.

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.

Around Town
Today

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.

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

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.

Alaska editorial: Ex-Rep. Vic Kohring's sentence is justice
Sometimes nice guys finish last. Such is the case with former longtime Mat-Su Valley state House member Vic Kohring, who learned this month he'll spend three and a half years in federal prison for accepting bribes from former VECO oil services company executives.

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.

Opinion: Why didn't we listen to their war stories?
The last known surviving U.S. veteran of what was once called the Great War, Cpl. Frank Buckles of Charles Town, W.Va., recently toured the World War I memorial in Washington. Accompanied by his daughter and an aide, the wheelchair-bound 107-year-old rolled around the small, temple-like structure, stopping occasionally to acknowledge the applause of the small crowd that had gathered to watch. He did not comment upon the memorial's unkempt appearance - it has been neglected for three decades.

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.

U.S. Coast Guard offers safety exams
JUNEAU - A team of U.S. Coast Guard examiners from Coast Guard Sector Juneau will visit the communities of Elfin Cove, Hoonah and Pelican to conduct voluntary safety exams on commercial fishing vessels and uninspected passenger vessels.

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.

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.

Seward hosts military fishing tournament
ANCHORAGE - More than 200 soldiers got the chance to catch a big fish and win a truck during the Second Annual Armed Services Combat Fishing Tournament.

Minnesota man dies in Soldotna crash
SOLDOTNA - Alaska State Troopers said a 53-year-old Minnesota man died in a two-car crash in Soldotna.

Group recognizes hospital, doctor
ANCHORAGE - Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage and physician Michael Todd were honored for excellence in surgery for the obese.

Truck overturns on Sterling Highway
ANCHORAGE - A tractor trailer overturned on the Sterling Highway on Friday, forcing the temporary closure of the highway just south of the Russian River Ferry on the Kenai Peninsula.

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.

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.

Former race manager charged with theft
BETHEL - The former race manager for the Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race is accused of embezzling from the race organizer.

Sonar salmon count begins on Kenai River
KENAI - The count for kings has begun on the Kenai River.

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

FAA expands aviation technology
As a volunteer with the Civil Air Patrol, Jeff DeFreest has learned to appreciate the state-of-the-art satellite-based navigational equipment recently installed in the squadron's DeHavilland Beaver.

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.

'Papa Pilgrim' dies in Anchorage prison
ANCHORAGE - Robert Hale, the 67-year-old wilderness patriarch who found fame and notoriety in Alaska as Papa Pilgrim, died Saturday night at the Anchorage Correctional Complex, the state Department of Corrections said.

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.

Obama gains another Alaska superdelegate
PALMER - Presidential candidate Barack Obama picked up another superdelegate Saturday at the Democratic state party convention in Alaska.

Fairbanks Wal-Mart offers limited recycling service
FAIRBANKS - Recycling in Fairbanks is getting a boost from Wal-Mart.

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.

Attorney: Rogers will plead insanity
PALMER - The attorney for a Palmer man accused of using a machete to kill his father and a gun to shoot another man will raise an insanity defense.

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