Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Energy crisis counts as a 'Rainy Day'
I respectfully ask for the attention of our Juneau Assembly members. I am extremely concerned about the current energy crisis and economic impacts that we are facing in Juneau.

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!

City manager says relief is topped out
City Manager Rod Swope said recent enhancements to the residential portion of a $3 million city-funded energy assistance program are as far as he is willing to go for the moment.

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

Photos: Remembering those who served
National unity: Veterans salute the flag as taps is played during the Southeast Alaska Native Veterans Memorial Day ceremony at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall. Veterans from the U.S. armed forces who served during World War II, the Korean and Vietnam wars, the invasion of Grenada and Operation Desert Storm attended the memorial service.

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.

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: Rolling for veterans
Members of the Harley Owners Group ride down Calhoun Avenue during their annual Memorial Day ride in honor of the fallen men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces.

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.

Photo: Observing Corpus Christi
Juneau Catholics walk Sunday in the Corpus Christi Procession next to Egan Drive. The procession started in the Department of Labor parking lot and ended at the Cathedral of the Nativity. The procession was part of the worldwide celebration of Corpus Christi, which means "Body and Blood of Jesus." Pope John Paul II wrote that the church "does not only celebrate the Eucharist but solemnly bears it in procession, publicly proclaiming that the sacrifice of Christ is for the salvation of the whole world."

Around Town
Today

Around Town
Today

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

Police & Fire
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My turn: AEL&P shouldn't be vilified
The Juneau I was raised in had more power outages and proportionately much higher power rates. This "disaster" has brought it all back and made me realize that due to Alaska Electric Light & Power Co., we now have power that is more reliable and cheaper by far than "the good old days."

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.

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.

Outside editorial: Unlikely heroes emerge from torture scandal
Almost every scandal produces unlikely heroes, workaday or even flawed men and women who don't make headlines but perform courageous acts of conscience, often behind the scenes and in the face of enormous pressure.

Opinion: Witness to a humbling sacrifice
Throughout this war, the Army has maintained the practice of assigning a general officer to attend the funeral of every soldier who falls in service to our country. I've had this duty many times. The intensity of each funeral leaves me struggling to understand the enormousness of the sacrifice to which I have been a witness.

Wooshkeetaan Clan to raise totem pole
HOONAH - The Wooshkeetaan Clan of Hoonah will raise a totem pole Sunday in downtown Hoonah at 1 p.m.

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.

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.

Fertilizer spill appears to have minimal effect
ANCHORAGE - State environmental regulators say a fertilizer spill near the Kenai River appears to have had minimal effect on the environment.

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.

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

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

Democratic party convention wraps up
PALMER - Presidential candidate Barack Obama emerged the big winner at the Democratic state party convention in Alaska that wrapped up Sunday.

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.

Kenai residents may receive a tax break
KENAI - Residents in the Kenai Peninsula Borough would get a break on their property taxes next year if a proposed cut in the mill rate wins approval.

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.

JDHS boys, girls discover state tournament foes
If the Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls soccer teams hold state championship aspirations, the likely road again will go through South Anchorage.

Juneau-Douglas ends season by splitting Sitka doubleheader
The Juneau-Douglas High School junior varsity softball team ended its season Friday by splitting a doubleheader with Sitka's junior varsity at Melvin Park.

Mariners slip past Angels in Gastineau Channel Little League Major Baseball game
The Mariners' Dustin Rumfelt went 2-for-3 with a triple and Jake Macauly doubled in a 5-2 win over the Angels in Gastineau Channel Little League Major Baseball action on Friday.

Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
As of 8:25 p.m., Sunday, May 25

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

Veterans Affairs secretary visits rural soldiers
ANCHORAGE - Veterans Affairs Secretary James Peake said Monday he was heartened by a meeting with National Guard members when he toured a remote Alaska village with U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens.

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.

Climbers venture into Alaska's unknown for cancer research
GLACIER BAY NATIONAL PARK - As the pilot guided the single-engine Piper Cherokee closer to an unclimbed mountain known as 8290, passenger Kevin Mahoney's smile grew.

'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.

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

Some villages pushed to edge by high cost of fuel
ANCHORAGE - Last winter, old people in the rural Alaska village of Emmonak sometimes brought six-gallon plastic jugs to the tank farm at 20 below. They would pull the jug home on a sled, carrying enough stove oil to heat their house for the rest of the week.

As gas prices go up, so do fuel-friendly motorcycle sales
ANCHORAGE - Iraqi war veteran Nick Serio was beaming as he signed the paperwork for his new blue Harley-Davidson Sportster, the last one in the shop.

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

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.

Marine research program at Seward hatchery births a crabby baby boom
ANCHORAGE - A research program at a Seward hatchery keyed to rebuilding collapsed king crab populations in several areas of Alaska has produced several million red king crab larvae.

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