Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Where is the love?
While walking through the public parking lot, across from the Salvation Army, I noticed a man sprawled on the ground in the corner of the lot. In light of the number of deaths that happened in the Anchorage area in the last few months, I thought the least I could do was see if he was alive or not. Rather than trying to do this alone, I tried to ask a woman walking through the lot if she would watch my back by starting with, “Excuse me, do you have a second…”

DEC rules protect Alaska's waters
The new DEC rules for wastewater from cruise ships have been appealed by an environmental group. My division issued the rules. The rules are designed to protect water quality and they do just that.

AEL&P's rate increase draws comments, criticism
Juneau residents are weighing in on Alaska Electric Light & Power's proposed 22 percent rate increase and almost entirely against it.

Was it Romeo?
Two men arrested Friday for unlawfully killing two black bears and a wolf in Juneau have pled not guilty to the charges. One of the men also denied that the wolf was Romeo, an unusually sociable black wolf who for years frequented the area around the Mendenhall Glacier until his disappearance last September.

Men arrested for killing black wolf
Alaska Wildlife Troopers have arrested two men for unlawfully killing a black wolf and two black bears in the Juneau area.

Challengers say Parnell blurred roles of his office, campaign
Two Republican candidates for governor who attended a recent Republican party gubernatorial debate are criticizing Gov. Sean Parnell for having a member of his executive staff represent him at a campaign function.

O'Meara: 'That is just what we do!'
Despite it being his moment in the spotlight, Chief Boatswains Mate Ryan W. O'Meara held up his Meritorious Service Award toward his crew and gave thanks for a job well done.

Photo: Planting trees at Rotary Park
From left: George Campbell, Joel Nudelman and Jeff Barnard finish up planting 17 Norway maple trees at Rotary Park along Riverside Drive on Monday. The Valley Rotary Club sponsored the project with help from Little Diggers, NC Machinery, Ed's Edible Landscaping, the Juneau Urban Forestry Partnership and the city parks department. Alaska's Arbor Day is the third Monday in May. Barnard said, "Only a week late. That's pretty good for Juneau."

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Stirring the pot
This year’s Newport Yachting Center’s 29th annual Knorr Great Chowder Cook-Off will include an entry from the Last Frontier: Juneau’s own Tracy LaBarge, of Tracy’s King Crab Shack.

Photo: Enjoying the sunshine
Sommer Ross and Sarah McAvaney, visiting from Australia, enjoy the sun Tuesday under the watchful gaze of the Windfall Fisherman statue downtown.

Police and fire
Juneau police reported:

Terry Ann Hicks
Hoonah resident Terry Ann Hicks died May 19, 2010 at home, surrounded by her family. Terry lost her courageous battle to colorectal cancer at the age of 49.

My turn: Plastic bags? It's up to us
We have a problem that is growing exponentially in Alaska and everywhere else. We have many problems, but this is one that each of us can do something about.

Voters want political reform on Capitol Hill
Last week’s elections drove home the message that incumbents are in trouble, particularly in Congress. Its approval ratings are abysmally low — 22 percent, according to an average of six national polls on RealClearPolitics.com. Lawmakers have only themselves to blame.

Cutting capital budget would be a mistake
Governor Parnell has indicated that he intends to veto a significant number of projects in this year’s capital budget. That would be a mistake.

Rush, Barack on the golf course?
Last August, in the midst of interviewing Rush Limbaugh, I had what I thought was a constructive idea.

Animals suffering in laboratories: A failure to care
Animal experimenters from Canada's McGill University recently determined that mice - like humans and other mammals - make grimacing facial expressions when they are in pain. For the study, the ill-fated mice were videotaped after experimenters injected noxious chemicals into their abdomens, ankles, hands and feet; placed them on hot plates; placed their tails in hot water; clamped metal binder clips on the tips of their tails; and performed various surgeries on them without administering pain relief.

Evidence overwhelming of N. Korea torpedo attack
The following editorial first appeared in The Yomiuri Shimbun:

Driver rolls vehicle, faces drunk driving charge
The Juneau Police Department and Capital City Fire & Rescue responded to a single vehicle rollover accident on Egan Drive next to Fred Meyer Monday evening.

OxyContin drug busts
JUNEAU — Juneau Police and Alaska State Troopers arrested several local residents as part of ongoing drug investigations into the sale and distribution of OxyContin.

Alert level raised for Alaska volcano
Scientists are raising the alert level for Cleveland Volcano in Alaska’s Aleutian chain after satellite data has indicated thermal anomalies.

Man found lying in road pronounced dead
JUNEAU — A man found unconscious lying in the middle of a downtown street Monday night has died.

Alaska senators sponsor duck stamp bill for hunters
ANCHORAGE — U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich have introduced a bill that would remove the requirement that Alaskans purchase duck stamps for subsistence purposes.

Pedestrian injured stepping into moving construction truck
JUNEAU — A pedestrian crossing the street near Merchants Wharf Tuesday afternoon stepped off the curb and into the side of a large “dump truck-like vehicle” passing by, according to police.

Baby sea otter finds new home
ANCHORAGE - A baby sea otter that was found on a beach by a couple taking a stroll on Kodiak Island has a new home at the Alaska SeaLife Center.

Nome election could oust school board
ANCHORAGE - A recall election Tuesday in Nome could oust all five members of the school board.

EPA will have say on Healy coal plant
FAIRBANKS - A plan to restart an inactive coal plant in Healy will likely rest on a decision by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Babysitter charged in homicide case
ANCHORAGE - A 23-year-old Anchorage woman has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of a 6-month-old boy in her care.

Ferry Malaspina faces engine electrical issues
JUNEAU - Both of an Alaska Marine Highway ferry's main engines shut down on several occasions Sunday evening while en route to Juneau from Petersburg,

Alaska soldier ordered to remove Facebook video
ANCHORAGE - An Alaska-based soldier is under investigation for allegedly posting a video on his Facebook site showing Iraqi children being taunted.

Juneau-Douglas gets help from abroad
As most soccer fans would agree, adding a little European flair to an already outstanding soccer squad could never be a bad thing, and the Crimson Bears girls' team can attest to that.

Bears' Murray anchors defensive back line
During a season riddled with player injuries, defense remained a constant for the Crimson Bears boys' soccer team.

BP had a key role in botched Exxon Valdez cleanup effort
Since a busted oil well began spewing crude into the Gulf of Mexico a month ago, the catastrophe has constantly been measured against the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster. The Alaska spill leaked nearly 11 million gallons of crude, killed countless animals and tarnished the owner of the damaged tanker, Exxon.

Feds threaten legal action over predator control
ANCHORAGE - A federal agency threatened Monday to take legal action if Alaska moves ahead with plans to kill wolves inside a national wildlife refuge.

Sitka National Historic Park gets interim superintendent
SITKA — Mary Miller, who recently was removed as superintendent of Sitka National Historical Park, said in a statement this week that she will not accept a Native liaison position in the National Park Service’s Anchorage office.

Anchorage School Board OK's teachers' contract
ANCHORAGE — The Anchorage School Board approved a three-year contract with teachers Monday and clarified the gift policy for parents who want to give them a little more.

Photo: Hearings on oil
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Sen. Jeff Bingham, D-N.M., left, and the committee’s ranking Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, listen on Capitol Hill Tuesday in Washington, during the committee’s hearing on potential increases to the strict liability limit under the Oil Pollution Act.

Alaska pipeline shut down following oil spill
ANCHORAGE — Up to several thousand barrels of crude oil from the trans-Alaska pipeline spilled Tuesday into a massive tank and overflowed into a containment area, shutting down the 800-mile line until the hazard is removed.

Author penning Palin book moves in next door
ANCHORAGE — Sarah Palin has taken to her Facebook page to complain about her new neighbor — a writer penning a book about her.

GOP hopefuls spar on education, natural gas
FAIRBANKS - The Republican candidates for governor drew sharp distinctions on education and developing natural gas at a debate in Fairbanks.

Community-supported farms big in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - Seedlings sprouting from garden beds and buds shooting off vines around town foreshadow a summer full of fresh salads, herb infusions and vegetable lasagnas.

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