Wednesday, June 3, 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.

Good news: Calif. says I'm still married
I was biking to work on May 26 when I received the news that our marriage holds. We are still legal. The news California's Proposition 8 was upheld was bittersweet.

Juneau-Douglas graduates 300
Juneau-Douglas High School graduated 300 seniors during a commencement ceremony for the class of 2009 Tuesday evening.

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.

Correction
A page 3 photo in Monday's Juneau Empire listed the wrong age of tour broker Brittany McCusker, who is 15.

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.

Neighbors query improvements to historic house
State parks officials are planning a series of improvements at the historic House of Wickersham, but neighbors are questioning whether removing trees and expanding parking are really improvements.

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.

Charter school staying put next year
"We're moving. We're staying. No, wait. We're moving. No wait...."

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.

New chairlift towers in place at Eaglecrest
Workers put in place the last four towers that are part of a the new Black Bear chairlift under construction at Eaglecrest Ski Area on Monday.

DOT official named new Juneau airport manager
A senior airport leasing officer for the state transportation department will be the new manager at Juneau International Airport.

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.

Photos: Medieval revival
Aquino Brinson, right, holds on to his balance during a jousting contest to come back and defeat Kristian Elliott-Petaja, both eight-graders, during the day-long Renaissance Fair at Dzantak'i Heeni Middle School on Tuesday. The school-wide event was the culminate event for classes studing medieval and renaissance history.

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

Around Town
Today, June 2

Photo: Lemon-aide
Annnie Geselle gets help from her son, three-year-old Matisse, at their lemonade stand at the corner of 8th Street and Basin Road on Tuesday. They are raising money for Ryan Stanley and his wife, Laura Hosey, after their house burned down Monday. Geselle said the lemonade stand will be up all week.

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

Around Town
Today, June 3

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.

Sandra Lynn Sutherland
Juneau resident Sandra Lynn Sutherland died May 6, 2009, at home. She was 41.

Outside editorial: GM a newer, more expensive American Motors
Maybe the best name for the new General Motors is American Motors.

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.

'Bring the love'
Juneau is a small town, a microcosm of the small community that is Alaska. When something happens to a member of our local community, we often hear about it through an intermediary source before we have a chance to hear any details from the person experiencing the condition or event. That's just what happened to me in learning about my friend Tag, who is fighting a serious battle with cancer.

Accepting energy money would mean 'big brother' government
I have taken many opportunities to explain the economic stimulus bill and problems created from increasing programs tied to accepting federal funds. My concerns with issuing record levels of government debt to pay for increases, and the inevitable demand for state dollars to backfill the funding gap, are a matter of public record.

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".

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.

Begich calls for progress on pipeline
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Sen. Mark Begich said the Obama administration is frustrated with the lack of progress on a pipeline that could deliver North Slope natural gas to Lower 48 markets.

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.

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

Purple Heart Trail to be dedicated
FAIRBANKS - A section of the Alaska Highway will be designated as the Purple Heart Trail this weekend in Delta Junction.

Anchorage man gets 10 years on drug charge
ANCHORAGE - A 25-year-old Anchorage man will serve 10 years in a federal prison following his conviction on a drug conspiracy charge.

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

Man charged with shoving woman out of moving car
ANCHORAGE - Alaska State Troopers say a Wasilla man pushed his girlfriend out of a moving car and was charged with felony assault.

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

Man pleads guilty in antiques dealer murder
FAIRBANKS - A suspect has pleaded guilty to a murder charge in the strangling death of a Fairbanks businessman.

Judge hearing Palin case recuses himself
ANCHORAGE - A judge handling a lawsuit against Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin for using private e-mail accounts for government business has recused himself.

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

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.

Enstar wants to raise rates 4.7 percent
ANCHORAGE - Bills for Enstar natural gas customers in southcentral Alaska could be going up.

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

Alaska Planned Parenthood won't beef up security
ANCHORAGE - Planned Parenthood locations in Alaska, Idaho and western Washington haven't beefed up security following the slaying of a doctor who performed late-term abortions in Kansas, and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said violence should not be used in advancing the anti-abortion message.

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

Anchorage police search for missing 19-year-old woman
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police are looking for a 19-year-old woman who vanished after dropping her infant daughter off with a relative two months ago.

Flags lowered to mark WWII bombing anniversary
ANCHORAGE - State flags will be lowered to mark the 67th anniversary of the bombing of Dutch Harbor during World War II.

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

Photos: Bats, balls and bruises
Diamondbacks runner Gary Speck collides with Orioles first baseman Dylan Johnson during a Gastineau Channel Little League Juniors Baseball game Thursday at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park. The Diamondbacks topped the Orioles for the second time this season to stay tied for second place in the five-team division. The Orioles are currently in fourth.

Only a handful of undefeated teams remain
The bats got hot, the bodies were flying, and even the rain couldn't keep the action from smokin' in Week 3.

Juneau Sport Fishing Report
It was a beautiful weekend to be on the water and harvest rates improved for king salmon in the Juneau area, taking 31 rod hours to harvest a king last week. Last year at this time, it took 42 rod hours and the five-year average was 32 rod hours per fish. The hot spots for last week were Gastineau Channel, Outer Point, Taku Inlet and Auke Bay. King salmon fishing should continue to improve in the coming weeks, and should peak around the end of June with the king salmon returning to the Terminal Harvest Area. Remember, anglers must have in possession a 2009 fishing license and a king salmon stamp.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

Why low oil prices now may mean higher prices later
What until recently was a steep drop in global crude oil prices has sparked delays and cancellations of major energy projects across the globe. Experts fear that this pullback could provoke costly supply shortages just over the horizon.

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.

10 designers on a mission to save the planet
NEW YORK - Imagine a forest of bamboo poles in your living room, hollowed out and drilled to allow for stereo speakers, lighting, even bottles of wine.

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