Tuesday, June 2, 2009

We should worry about logging in our own backyards
Bob Martin's Sunday My Turn in the Juneau Empire brings up a great point about the past logging in Hobart Bay. It is growing back and nice, second growth is forthcoming. Sealaska's plan for that land is good and should be pursued.

Murkowski should support Employee Free Choice Act
The Employee Free Choice Act, which allows employees to have a secret ballot on forming unions in the work place, will soon be voted on in the U.S. Senate.

Four injured in knife fight
Two men have been arrested for their involvement in a knife fight that injured four people, according to police.

Fire consumes family's Basin Road home
Ryan Stanley said he felt numb after watching his house on Basin Road burn down early Monday morning.

Engineers: School renovation estimates too low
Working estimates for renovations at three local schools were off about 20 percent, members of the Juneau Assembly's facilities committee learned Monday during a joint work session with the school district.

An impasse at UAS
Following months of tension between the faculty and administration at University of Alaska Southeast, Chancellor John Pugh nearly faced a "no confidence" vote by the Faculty Senate this spring.

Tina Bergam wins Salmon Derby
Tina Bergam became only the second woman ever to win the 13th Annual Spring King Salmon Derby on Sunday. The winning fish was 34.75 pounds and was caught May 9.

Photos: Striking gold
Steve Harrison, right, shows his uncle, Bob Swinski of Pennsylvania, how to wash gravel through a small sluice box near the rock dump south of downtown on Sunday.

Photo: Sand angels
Xander Dawkings, 9, front, makes a sand angel while his sister works on her version of a mermaid angel Sunday while playing at Mendenhall Lake with family and friends.

Empire news editor, reporter switch roles
Jeremy Hsieh, the Empire's city government and education beat reporter since November, is switching roles with Kim Marquis, who's held various newsroom positions since coming to Juneau in 2007. Marquis' most recent title was deputy managing editor.

Photo: Practice makes poi-fect
Denise Chase, right, and Wendy Parker practice with their poi streamers Monday at the Wayside Park on Channel Drive. They plan to participate in the Renaissance Fair being heldtoday at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School.

Photo: Passing time
Saara Krook, 15, left, and Brittany McCusker, 13, joke with other tour brokers Sunday as they wait for customers along South Franklin Street.

Police & Fire
Monday's crime blotter was not available as of press time Sunday evening. It will appear in Tuesday's Empire.

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

Around Town
Monday, June 1

Around Town
Today, June 2

Correction
The wrong photo ran with Sunday's story about the hiring of Glen Gelbrich as the Juneau School District's next superintendent. The photo that appeared was of finalist Pete Lewis.

Why can't we be civil?
Whenever I read that another human being has been killed by someone who disagreed with them, or represented something that the killer could not accept, I wonder why it is that so many of us humans revert to violence to prove our point or make our case, while others are content to remain in civil discourse. It matters little whether the killing makes the headlines and involves a public issue (the killing of an "abortion doctor") or is almost buried in the news and represents a more personal conflict (local couple dead - apparent murder-suicide). The questions are the same. Why this extreme? Why was it necessary? How can we stop it?

Why can't we be civil?
Whenever I read that another human being has been killed by someone who disagreed with them, or represented something that the killer could not accept, I wonder why it is that so many of us humans revert to violence to prove our point or make our case, while others are content to remain in civil discourse. It matters little whether the killing makes the headlines and involves a public issue (the killing of an "abortion doctor") or is almost buried in the news and represents a more personal conflict (local couple dead - apparent murder-suicide). The questions are the same. Why this extreme? Why was it necessary? How can we stop it?

Earline Faye Peters
Juneau resident Earline Faye Peters died May 29, 2009, from complications of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. She was 68.

Outside editorial: Auto industry woes a problem of our own making
Once-mighty General Motors, which symbolized American preeminence at the height of American preeminence, now symbolizes the steady and frightening erosion of the country's manufacturing capabilities.

Outside editorial: Keeping an eye on teen 'sexting'
Let's talk about "sexting." It's the practice of teenagers, usually girls, sending nude or semi-nude photos of themselves, often to boys, usually by cellphone. And it's common: 20 percent of teens participating in a survey by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy had either sent or posted nude pictures of themselves.

Cap-and-trade: All cost, no benefit
The Obama administration and congressional Democrats have proposed a major cap-and-trade system aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions. Scientists agree that CO2 emissions around the world could lead to rising temperatures with serious long-term environmental consequences. But that is not a reason to enact a U.S. cap-and-trade system until there is a global agreement on CO2 reduction.

Health-care reform needs to be a gradual process
"Health-care reform is entitlement reform" has become a mantra of the Obama administration. The idea is that Congress can add a massive health-care program this year - covering the uninsured - and use the same measures that pay for the health reform to fix the broader budget problems. If that sounds too good to be true, there's a reason.

The 'reality' of television
There's a loophole in our child labor laws that the recent brouhaha over the popular cable show, Jon and Kate Plus Eight, which airs on The Learning Channel, has exposed. Okay, more like finally made the state of Pennsylvania pay attention, which points out a nasty habit in this country. We tend to wonder how the kids are doing after things have gone a little too far.

My Turn: Social Security Trust Fund raids must stop
Does anyone know the Oath of Office our congressmen and women take when sworn into office? I can give you an answer. He or she swears to "support and defend the constitution of the United States against all our enemies, foreign or domestic. Bear true faith and allegiance to the same and will faithfully discharge the duties of the office".

Group says St. George building is most endangered; Juneau church makes top 5
ANCHORAGE - The Community Hall on St. George Island is Alaska's most endangered property.

Alaska gov. to be honored at NY gala
ST. JAMES, N.Y. - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will receive an award from a New York group that advocates for people with developmental disabilities.

Regulators investigate Sprint phone cards
ANCHORAGE - State phone regulators are investigating Sprint-brand prepaid calling cards over a reported decision to prevent consumers from recharging the cards if they're used in Alaska.

Mo. man wanted in Alaska surrenders
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. - A southeast Missouri man is awaiting extradition to Alaska on attempted murder charges after turning himself in to police.

Traffic stop results in drug arrest
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks International Airport police have arrested a 31-year-old man they say was carrying nearly a half ounce of methamphetamine.

Man rescued after night on trails
ANCHORAGE - A 68-year-old amputee got his all-terrain vehicle stuck and spent a night trying to crawl to safety.

Man drowns in lake near Soldotna
ANCHORAGE - A 45-year-old Soldotna man drowned on Longmere Lake on the Kenai Peninsula.

McGrath-area fire stalled due to weather
McGRATH - Wet weather has kept a fire burning near McGrath at a standstill.

Secretary Gates tours Elmendorf AFB
ANCHORAGE - U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates conducted a town hall meeting at Elmendorf Air Force Base.

Fairbanks boy reports attempted abduction
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks police say a 6-year-old boy was the target of an abduction from a grocery store.

2 critically injured in Wasilla crash
WASILLA - Two people were reported in critical condition after a head-on crash in Wasilla.

Investigation continues in shooting death
ANCHORAGE - No charges have been filed in the shooting death of an east Anchorage man and a woman found with a gun at the scene remains free.

Barrow police investigate apparent murder, suicide
ANCHORAGE - North Slope Borough police say a man killed his teenage girlfriend before turning the gun on himself.

Vietnam vet finally receives Purple Heart
ANCHORAGE - A Vietnam veteran has received a Purple Heart 42 years after being wounded.

Anchorage Museum reopening draws crowd
ANCHORAGE - Nearly 10,000 people passed through the Anchorage Museum during the free grand reopening.

Mount Redoubt is quieter but still busy
ANCHORAGE - Mount Redoubt has been quietly busy since the last explosion in April.

Team of injured vets take aim at McKinley
ANCHORAGE - A group of warriors is taking aim at Mount McKinley, most of whom have been wounded in battle.

Fairbanks voters will decide school bonds
FAIRBANKS - Voters in the Fairbanks area will decide the fate of a $12 million bond package to fund school improvements.

Judge sets Nov. 30 deadline for claims
SPOKANE, Wash. - People who contend they were sexually abused by Jesuit priests in the Northwest have until Nov. 30 to file claims.

State will monitor education initiatives
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sarah Palin said the state will monitor but not actively participate in an education initiative to create nationwide common core state standards in reading and math.

Attempted murder trial begins for Wasilla man
WASILLA - A 54-year-old Wasilla man is claiming self-defense as he stands trial in Palmer on charges of attempted murder and assault.

Anchorage women's shelter overwhelmed
ANCHORAGE - A downtown Anchorage shelter for battered women and their children can't keep up with the demand.

Infant's mother cited in shoplifting case
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks police cited a 26-year-old woman suspected of shoplifting at a department store but decided against hauling her to jail.

Ethics panel dismisses complaint against mayor
FAIRBANKS - A North Pole ethics panel has thrown out a complaint against the city's mayor.

Recession hurts Anchorage air cargo business
The global recession has hurt one of the mainstays of the Anchorage economy - the air cargo business at the Anchorage airport.

Legislators discuss overriding Palin vetoes
Alaska legislators are discussing an attempt to override Gov. Sarah Palin's budget vetoes, which included a controversial rejection of $28.6 million in energy money.

Fairbanks holds a tribute to Alaska's battle with bootleggers
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks again this year held a tribute to the state's ongoing battle with bootleggers and people who try to smuggle alcohol into Alaska's dry communities.

Villagers protest slash in king salmon harvest
ANCHORAGE - Yukon River fishermen who rely on catching king salmon are again protesting that Bering Sea pollock fishermen are intercepting too many.

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