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Monday, June 2, 2008

Thank you for article on prescription drugs
I want to thank you for your article titled: "Center addresses prescription drug use."

Thoughts about the new parking garage
The price of oil has hit $135 a barrel. Financial analysts have testified to Congress that oil may cost $140 within weeks. Some are predicting $200 by the end of the summer - about $7 a gallon at the pump. Many oil company executives admit that peak oil has arrived.

Come together for prayer
I would like to see the people who practice prayer and meditation put aside their differences and gather together for a prayer meeting or vigil as they did when the Trinity church burned down recently. I believe this is a good time to call on a higher authority - whatever you conceive God to be.

Radar array placed in Juneau
The U.S. Missile Defense Agency on Saturday placed a powerful, mobile radar station in Juneau. The radar array is designed to take part in testing how well this country can knock threatening warheads from the sky.

Groups, city file Tongass plan appeals
After a decade of lawsuits and amendments, the new Tongass Land Management Plan was released earlier this year. But it won't be final until 14 appeals have been answered.

Skipper seeks to rescue orphaned goat
An orphaned mountain goat kid is tugging at the heartstrings of a Tracy Arm boat crew.

AEL&P vows more protection for Snettisham
On the tails of a recently completed avalanche report, Alaska Electric Light & Power Co. says it will protect the Snettisham transmission lines from avalanche danger in the future.

After four weeks, man's 32.9-pound king salmon declared derby winner
Norman Zura waited for four weeks to see if his 32.9-pound fish would win the Spring King Salmon Derby.

Rare Tlingit warrior's helmet captures $2 million at auction
A Tlingit warrior's helmet previously unknown to exist was recently sold to a private collector for what is believed to be a record amount for a Native American artifact at an auction.

More Alaska tourists seeking out the softer side of adventure travel
As a million cruise ship passengers disembark in Juneau this summer, each with reservations for shore excursions to watch whales, trek on the glacier or kayak Juneau's slice of the Inside Passage, it may seem that adventure travel in Alaska is as popular as ever.

Photos: Wooshkeetaan Clan raises totem pole
First, Doug Chilton, a Tlingit artist and member of the Deasheetaan (Beaver House) Clan, center, is acknowledged by Sam Hanlon Sr., right, of the Wooshkeetaan (Shark House) Clan during a totempole-raising ceremony Sunday in Hoonah.

AEL&P: Hydroelectric power will be back by middle of week
Repairs on the Snettisham power line sailed a few more days ahead of schedule last week.

Photo: Ready to celebrate
Graduating senior Chelsey Brummitt tosses a beach ball in the air Sunday during the Juneau-Douglas High School commencement ceremony in the school gym. Principal Bernie Sorenson said the Class of 2008 was the largest graduating class in the school's history.

West African rental scam targets Juneau residents
For a month and a half, Amyanna Bryan said her daily routine involved checking the Internet for a reasonable place to rent in town.

Photo: Message in music
Darren Friday, left, plays drums in a band with Teresa and Sadao Uehara on Sunday in Marine Park downtown. The three are with the Juneau Christian Deciple Church band. They said they were playing to entertain while sending a message to passers-by.

Photo: Planting trees for Arbor Day
Merrill Jensen and Dana White spread peat moss around the base of a newly planted tree Saturday at the entrance to Cope Park as part of the Juneau Urban Forestry Partnership's annual Arbor Day celebration. Nine trees and dozens of shrubs and perennials were planted.

Photo: A hard summer day's work
John Hermle Jr. pushes his lawn mower Sunday around at his home on Eleventh Street to pick up the grass he cut the previous day. Hermle said the grass was too wet and long, so he let it dry out for one day before using the grass catcher to scoop it up.

Around Town
Today, June 2

Around Town
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Police & Fire
Reports from police, fire officials and state troopers:

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

Rhoda Reynolds
Former Juneau resident Rhoda Reynolds died May 26, 2008, in Lake Forest Park, Wash., after a year-long battle with lung cancer. She was 63.

Alaska editorial: Lawmakers should examine governor's gas line decision
G ov. Sarah Palin is going with TransCanada as the builder of a pipeline to get Alaska's gas out of the North Slope and into markets in the Lower 48. The governor made the announcement last week at a news conference in Anchorage.

My turn: As war continues, two Americas emerge
There are two Americas in our ongoing wars; the professional soldiers and their families and the rest of us doing our routine business.

Empire editorial: Crisis lesson: Communities should unite
It's too soon to say Juneau's energy crisis is over, but Alaska Electric Light & Power Co.'s announcement late last week that transmission line repair work will be completed in a matter of days came as welcome news.

Opinion: Talking 'bout my girl
D ear daughter:I have loved you from the moment I met you. You were still wet from the birth canal, hair matted to your scalp, eyes squeezed shut. They dried you off, cut the cord, placed you in a bassinet under a warming light. I went over to you. My hand covered your torso.

It's hardly surprising for McClellan to seek distance from Bush
By writing a memoir that slams the way President Bush handled Iraq and other matters, Scott McClellan has joined the parade of ex-White House aides cashing in at the expense of their former bosses.

Opinion: Road boosters close eyes to moral issue
Let's talk about the Juneau access road. Yes, I know, it's hard to say anything new about the proposal to build a highway up Lynn Canal. But I have a new idea.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

After 20 years, Juneau islands become parks
A popular plan to expand the Alaska Marine Park System on several islands around Juneau should have been an easy sell.

Wondrous tapeworms
My hiking friends love to laugh at me when I stop on the trail to inspect every bear scat I see.

Late spring brings salmon runs down on Copper River
ANCHORAGE - Biologists said a late spring has apparently delayed the return of salmon to the Copper River, a source of some of the most coveted Alaska salmon.

Fresh water streams, hatchery area open to king fishing
JUNEAU - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced on May 27 that king salmon sport fishing regulations for freshwater drainages crossed by the Juneau road system, which are open to sport fishing, and for the hatchery Terminal Harvest Area (THA) near Juneau will be liberalized to provide additional opportunity to harvest hatchery king salmon.

Beavers bite back in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - Staff members at the Diamond Animal Hospital on Tudor Road have posted a sign by its reception counter:

Out & About
Today: Steel plate handgun shoot, 9 a.m. registration, Hank Harmon Rifle Range.

Wasilla man suspected in killing shoots self
ANCHORAGE - A Wasilla man suspected of shooting a neighbor to death emerged from his home Sunday and shot himself.

Trout Street bridge to close indefinitely
JUNEAU - The Jordan Creek Bridge on Trout Street will be closed until further notice.

Tractor-trailer tips on Elliot Highway
ANCHORAGE - Alaska State Troopers said a tractor-trailer carrying 4,500 pounds of cleaning solvent tipped on its side near Mile 44 Elliot Highway.

Gas prices have mixed effect on RV traffic
FAIRBANKS - Gasoline prices are up and Fairbanks businesses that cater to recreational vehicles and other rubber tire traffic are seeing some effects.

Sitka troopers cite sport fishing guide
SITKA - A sport fishing guide operating in Southeast Alaska has been cited on a charge of aiding clients in violation of a fishing law, Alaska State Troopers said.

Unexploded ordnance found near Knik River
ANCHORAGE - An unexploded mortar round, 30 to 40 years old, was found near the Knik River, Alaska State Troopers said.

Death-penalty decision delays trial
ANCHORAGE - A federal judge said the question of whether to seek a federal death penalty against an Anchorage man charged with murder will delay his trial for at least a year.

Stryker vehicles headed to Iraq
FAIRBANKS - The Stryker Brigade here has begun shipping its equipment to the Mideast in preparation for its fall deployment to Iraq.

U.S. oil and gas rig count down 12
HOUSTON - The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the United States fell by 12 this week to 1,877.

Filing deadline nears for August primary
ANCHORAGE - The final lineup for August's state primary election is almost ready.

New dairy opens for business in Wasilla
ANCHORAGE - The Matanuska Creamery is open for business.

Architect to receive MacDowell Medal
PETERBOROUGH, N.H. - Architect Thom Mayne will be the 49th recipient of the Edward MacDowell Medal to be presented in Peterborough, New Hampshire, in August.

Woman pleads guilty to Halloween robbery
ANCHORAGE - One of two Mat-su women accused of robbing Halloween trick-or-treaters in Talkeetna has pleaded guilty to armed robbery.

Third time's a charm
ANCHORAGE - When an entire season boiled down to one 80-minute game, the Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team showed itself and the state how to seize an opportunity.

Emotional end to the JDHS girls' season
ANCHORAGE - With the season over and graduation one day away, Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer co-coach Colin Barton tossed a hard hat, symbolizing hard work, where his team sat following a 1-1 tie against Chugiak in the third-place game Saturday at Anchorage Football Stadium.

After win, Bears to head to Fairbanks
Juneau-Douglas High School baseball will head to Fairbanks and the Alaska School Activities Association State Baseball Tournament ranked number one after beating Sitka on Saturday.

Auke Rec Road Race results
Robert Sowers initiated a break away during the third lap of the Auke Rec Road Race. Sowers held off a charging Troy Heithecker in the fourth and final lap to win by 12 seconds.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

Fish and Game hits road to teach children about aquatic critters
Gone are the days that giant saber-toothed salmon roamed Pacific seas and headed up streams to spawn and die.

Palin encourages lawmakers to support TransCanada plan
With a special legislative session on the natural gas pipeline set to begin Tuesday, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and her advisers have begun the hard sell for their plan to achieve the elusive dream project.

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

Japanese government searches for soldiers' remains in Alaska
ANCHORAGE - The searchers dug for days, ignoring blisters and sore muscles to look for remains of Japanese soldiers buried in mass graves on the Aleutian island of Attu following one of the bloodiest battles of World War II.

United Airlines to drop service to Alaska
ANCHORAGE - United Airlines plans to discontinue all Alaska flights in September.

Prison system assigns Kohring to California
ANCHORAGE - A former Alaska lawmaker convicted of corruption charges has been assigned to a prison in California.

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

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