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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Local helps others cope with MS
PeggyAnn McConnochie has multiple sclerosis - the fifth type. Which according to her "is really, really cool."

What not to flush
Your correspondent urges anyone who has ever flushed a little dental floss to please consider the uncivic consequences.

Memorial Day in Juneau
Local veterans' organizations have organized three events recognizing Memorial Day today.

Remembering sacrifices and lamenting war
Veterans and friends of the fallen offered their memories Monday in Memorial Day observances around Juneau, recounting war time heroics on foreign soil to playing high school basketball against a young man bound for Vietnam.

Photo: Rowed ahead
Jerald Bruce paddles down the Eagle River on Sunday looking to set up camp on the Boy Scout Camp Beach.

Photo: Divergent views
One 12th Street resident shows his opinion on the latest debate about tour buses running through residential streets Monday.

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

Photo: Skiing Mount Roberts
Gerry Landry hikes up Mount Roberts in the snow Friday with a pair of Telemark skis and some skins. He skied down Gastineau and then hiked down Perseverance.

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

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Service
A memorial service for longtime Juneau resident John Ricks Stevens, who died May 18, 2009, at his home in Palmer, will be held Wednesday at Alaska Memorial Park and Mortuary, 3839 Riverside Drive in Juneau. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Service will begin at 10 a.m., with burial immediately following. A potluck reception will be held that evening from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Juneau Moose Lodge. Questions can be directed to Tammy Fisher at 907-232-9269.

Outside editorial: Swine flu outbreak exposes weaknesses in pandemic preparedness
A month has passed since Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano declared a national emergency in response to the growing number of swine flu cases in the United States. The human-to-human spread of swine flu from Mexico to the United States and 40 other countries was the first big test of pandemic flu preparedness plans instituted by President Bush in 2005. There are valuable lessons to be learned from the weaknesses exposed in this real-life disaster drill.

The money in our mattresses
There is a reason people say to beware what you wish for because you may get it.

Outside editorial: Breaking up the card game
We're all for cracking down on credit card practices that surprise customers with outrageous fees and such.

Outside editorial: California sinking: The case against a federal bailout
California finds itself in more than a bit of a bind: Facing at least a $21 billion budget deficit, the state could run out of money in a matter of weeks. Borrowing to help fill the hole will be challenging and expensive, given that California has the lowest credit rating of all 50 states. Last week's warning by Standard and Poor's to Britain about a possible debt downgrade will make risky government borrowing even more difficult. The state would like to see Uncle Sam pick up part of the tab; but as steeped in the bailout business as the feds have become, there are strong reasons for them to refuse to add California to the list of recipients.

Federal budget requires Alaskan involvement to protect vital programs
Just as Alaskans and other Americans are tightening their belts and eliminating unnecessary spending in these tough economic times, President Barack Obama has proposed to do the same with the federal budget.

Obscene debt, capital gains and Obama's poll numbers
The federal budget deficit will be $1.84 trillion this year. That's about four times the record set just last year, The Associated Press says.

Addressing the needs of our wounded soldiers
Just as Alaskans and other Americans are tightening their belts and eliminating unnecessary spending in these tough economic times, President Barack Obama has proposed to do the same with the federal budget.

The politics of conscience
The California Supreme Court today will hand down its ruling on the constitutionality of Proposition 8, the ballot initiative that banned same-sex marriage, and on the legality of the 18,000 or more such unions sanctioned under state law before the measure's passage.

Begich reports back from South Asia
ANCHORAGE - Sen. Mark Begich has reported back from South Asia.

Ketchikan considers telecommunications division sale
KETCHIKAN - The Ketchikan City Council has again voted to put its phone and Internet division up for sale.

Fairbanks man summits Everest
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks man has summited Mount Everest.

Last Wenatchee sex ring lawsuit settled
WENATCHEE, Wash. - The last lawsuit in a botched Wenatchee child sex ring investigation during the 1990s has been settled for $120,000.

Wash. man killed in logging accident
JUNEAU - Alaska state Troopers say a Washington State man was killed in a logging accident on Prince of Wales Island in southeast Alaska.

Five board members resign from Wasilla chamber of commerce
WASILLA - The chamber of commerce in Gov. Sarah Palin's hometown will be looking for new board members after five of the seven board members resigned abruptly Wednesday.

Yukon River flooding less than feared
ANCHORAGE - Flooding in the lower Yukon River villages of Emmonak and Alakanuk is less than feared.

Flooding reaches the lower Yukon region
FAIRBANKS - A huge community fundraiser is being planned to help people living in flood-stricken communities along the Yukon River.

Man dies in ATV crash near Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - Alaska State Troopers say a 32-year-old man died in an all-terrain-vehicle accident at Olnes Pond near Fairbanks.

Anchorage city employees agree to unpaid furlough
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage city employees are accepting an unpaid furlough.

Lightning strikes cause spray of wildfires
FAIRBANKS - The first major thunderstorm to hit Interior Alaska brought scattered showers and more than a few lightning strikes.

Anchorage bar fight ends with shooting
ANCHORAGE - An argument outside an Anchorage bar ended with shots fired.

Idaho man fails to sell 'Hand of God' rock
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - A northern Idaho man who tried to auction off a hand-shaped rock formation in his backyard he calls the "Hand of God" has come up empty handed.

Cold-case playing cards bring new leads
EVERETT, Wash. - Some laughed, recounting funny stories and happy memories. Others cried when they talked about what was taken from them. Many unleashed angry words for killers who walk free. Some said they hold out hope for answers and a few believe they'll never know what happened.

Troops honor fallen soldiers
American troops on Memorial Day honored their fallen on two battlefields, one war winding down and another ramping up. In Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. military remembered the toll so far on the troops - more than 4,900 dead - with the outcome still unclear.

Report slams BIA Alaska roads program
ANCHORAGE - The federal Interior Department is squeezing the flow of economic stimulus funds for the Alaska roads program of the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Alaska cracks down on man who feeds wild bears
ANCHORAGE - Charlie Vandergaw is crazy about bears.

200 attend state's first renewable energy conference
Renewable energy is an infant industry in Alaska, one that is growing fast. You can tell because the subject now has its own annual conference.

Bold wolf taunts park cyclists
FAIRBANKS - A bold wolf has been surprising bicyclists along the road into Denali National Park and Preserve.

Manslaughter trial begins in child's death
FAIRBANKS - The father of a 5-year-old Fairbanks boy struck last summer by a suspected drunk driver took the stand at her trial and immediately broke down in tears.

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