Wednesday, May 28, 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.

Prescription drug story needed more facts
Katie Doyle's statements in the Empire's May 14 article, "Center addresses prescription drug use," make good copy, but when they're the only numbers in the whole article, that's bad journalism.

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.

Energy adviser seeks solutions in Southeast
Gov. Sarah Palin's top energy advisor came to Juneau on Tuesday, looking for answers to the state's difficult energy questions.

Photo: Preparing for restoration
Addison Field, curator for the city museum, conducts an assessment of The Four Story Totem Pole Tuesday outside the museum. The totem is going to be restored by Haida carver Lee Wallace. It was cleaned over the weekend.

Around Town
Today

Police & Fire
The police bulletin was not made available Tuesday by the Juneau Police Department.

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.

Permanent fund may look into a new location
The Alaska Permanent Fund Corp.'s trustees this week will hear a proposal for studying a move of the fund's headquarters from Juneau to Anchorage. The trustees are meeting in Anchorage today and Thursday, and will hear the proposal Thursday.

Harborview students earn 'promotion'
School's out for summer today for about 5,000 Juneau School District students.

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: 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."

Ferry Columbia out of service after 'minor' generator fire
A generator fire on Sunday aboard the ferry Columbia forced it to divert from a trip to Juneau and return to Ketchikan for repairs, ferry system officials said Tuesday.

Juneau anglers allowed four kings per day under new limit
From California to Alaska, fishermen are suffering from a dearth of king salmon and the hard management decisions that have resulted. In Juneau, though, the usual healthy rush of hatchery kings keep daily sport bag limits much higher.

Around Town
Today

Juneau Assembly approves some school renovation funding
The Juneau Assembly approved an ordinance Tuesday to transfer $2.65 million from a general maintenance fund for renovations at Harborview Elementary School, then approved a bid to do the work.

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

AEL&P predicts large drop in rates next month
Juneau's private utility is forecasting a sharp drop in electric rates next month.

First rejected, man wins city approval for boat garage
A Mendenhall Valley resident whose neighbors came to support him swayed planning commissioners to approve his variance request for a boat garage.

Photo: Twin vigil
A pair of bald eagles known as the "Taku Twins" perch Monday on one of the transmission poles in Gastineau Channel next to the Douglas Bridge. The pair have been a common sight on the poles since the late 1990s.

Photo: Second Run for the Son
Faith Community School students hold a banner before their second annual Run for the Son fundraiser on April 25 at Rotary Park. Students from the nondenominational Christian school ran laps to raise money for the school. The students would like to thank all the volunteers who made this fundraiser possible.

Is Hospice and Home Care in your plan?
Most of us shop around for the important things in our lives. Finding a place to live? We check a variety of possibilities and calculate potential costs. We think about what we like and what feels comfortable, and often discuss our needs and feelings with friends and family members. Planning our kids' education? Buying a car? It's the same. We may even spend months scheming to plan the perfect family reunion or vacation.

SAGA to host camp for youth with asthma
JUNEAU - The Southeast Alaska Guidance Association's Eagle Valley Center, along with the American Lung Association of Alaska, will provide a Limitless Adventures Camp for youth ages 13-17 with asthma to partake in hiking, kayaking, orienteering, basic survival skills and asthma education.

Mobile mammogram van to visit Yakutat
YAKUTAT - The mobile mammogram van will visit Yakutat starting at 3 p.m. on Thursday, with appointments running through the afternoon of June 3.

Photos: Haines Health Center 10th anniversary
Listening: From left, SEARHC Board Chair Jan Hill,President/CEO Roald Helgesen and SEARHC Haines Health Center Clinic Administrator Marcia Scott listen to speakers during the 10th anniversary celebration for the SEARHC Haines Health Center on May 17 at the Haines Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall. About 70 people attended the celebration barbecue.

Are bees in Alaska endangered?
While cleaning a window, I saw a very large bee. Since some people suggest it might be an endangered species, I carefully lifted the sash and scooted the bee out into the free air.

Up from the roots, into the sky
From the southern coastal zones, along the tidal reaches and up the tributary valleys, the vast underground mass is awakening.

Edward Bergeron
Former Juneau resident Edward Bergeron died May 19, 2008, surrounded by his wife and daughters at home. He was 80.

George 'Doc' Marks
Longtime Juneau resident George "Doc" Marks died May 24, 2008, after a three-year battle with lung cancer. He was 80.

Lavon Arnel Liberty
Former Juneau resident Lavon Arnel Liberty died suddenly on May 18, 2008, at the SEARHC Mount Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka. She was 41.

My turn: Of doctors and their mishaps
Nothing in this world is perfect. Bridges fall down, trains collide and airplanes fall out of the sky. Many of these events are due to human error - others are unavoidable. Death is inevitable.

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."

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.

My turn: Fight the rate increase
Fight back or surrender to tyranny? As Juneau faces this unwanted but now unavoidable choice, the path taken will undoubtedly define our character and direction for years to come.

Outside editorial: Republicans hold their line against paying cost of war
The notion that a country at war should ask its citizens to bear the burden of higher taxes is now viewed in many quarters as quaint, if not ludicrous.

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.

Opinion: The health of Indians suffers due to inequality
How long you live should not depend on how rich you are. But recent studies show that the richer you are, the longer you live.

Car strikes middle school student on bike
JUNEAU - A middle school student riding a bike was involved in a traffic accident early Tuesday morning, according to Juneau School District officials.

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.

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.

Hospital accredited for mammography
JUNEAU - Bartlett Regional Hospital was awarded a three-year term of accreditation in mammography and mobile mammography services as the result of a recent survey by the American College of Radiology.

Lt. Cary assumes command of ship
JUNEAU - Lt. Chad M. Cary, of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Corps, recently assumed command of the NOAA ship John N. Cobb, relieving outgoing commanding officer Lt. Cmdr. Peter Fischel.

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.

Troopers release name of victim in crash
SOLDOTNA - Alaska State Troopers on Tuesday released the name of the Minnesota man died who died in a weekend crash in Soldotna. He was Donn Johnson, 53, of Cass Lake.

Houston rejects emergency declaration
HOUSTON - The Houston city council rejected an ordinance that would have declared an emergency in Houston due to high fuel costs.

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.

Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
As of 10:58 a.m., Tuesday, May 27

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.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

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.

Study shows large dropout rate at Alaska's public university
ANCHORAGE - A study by economists at the University of Alaska Anchorage shows 28 percent of full-time freshmen at schools throughout the state's university system do not return for their second year.

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.

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.

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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