Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Governor, city manager deserve our praise
I am writing in response to the article, "City expands aid for electric customers," dated May 23.

Be thankful for our 'free' money
I am writing in response to Dan Fagan's letter in the Anchorage Daily News on May 25, in which he says, "That 'free' money for all will come out of your own pocket."

Post-avalanche summer fashions
The word on the street in Juneau these days is conservation. We're all trying our best to use as little electricity as possible, mostly because we don't want to pay for it. All aspects of our lives are affected, especially fashion.

Reproductive health clinic to open in Juneau
Planned Parenthood is set to open a reproductive health clinic in Juneau by the end of the summer.

Boat crew successfully rescues goat
Captain Steve Weber was reluctant to intervene in nature. When the crew of the Adventure Bound went by a rocky ledge Monday to rescue the 3-week-old goat, it was eating leaves voraciously and seemed just fine.

Around Town
Today

Correction
A headline to a story on the new Tongass Land Management Plan in Sunday's Juneau Empire incorrectly stated the number of appeal points Tongass forest officials must address. Fourteen appeals were filed, each with multiple points. They must be answered by July 14.

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

Pipeline review to be conducted in Juneau, elsewhere
The Alaska Legislature on Tuesday returned to Juneau for a special session to consider natural gas pipeline plans, and already there are indications it will take two sessions to review TransCanada Corp.'s proposal.

Hydroelectric power back in business
Juneau's hydroelectric power has been restored. The city is no longer running on costly diesel.

Juneau residents express relief, happiness at return of hydro power
People greeted word Monday that hydro power was restored on the Snettisham line nearly two months ahead of initial projections with happiness and relief.

Juneau's Natives welcome guests
Native groups from Southeast Alaska began to arrive Tuesday for Celebration 2008, a three-day cultural festival expected to fill Juneau's downtown with crowds in colorful regalia sharing dances, songs, art and indigenous foods.

Rep. Kerttula draws opposition in primary
Democrat David Newman filed Monday to run against Juneau Rep. Beth Kerttula, the incumbent member of the House of Representatives and leader of the House Democrats for the last two years.

School Board adds $1.3 million to budget
JUNEAU - The Juneau School Board approved adding about $1.3 million to next fiscal year's budget Tuesday, bringing the total to nearly $70 million.

Lawmakers must decide if promised $500 million is subsidy or investment
Should the state Legislature award TransCanada Corp. a license to pursue a natural gas pipeline this summer, it will come with a hearty price tag: as much as $500 million.

Assembly passes budget, property tax rates and money for parking garage
The Juneau Assembly approved a $300 million budget for next fiscal year and voted to keep property tax rates at the same level they are at now.

Photo: Gearing up for Celebration
Dance leader Carolyn Noe, left, directs the Yees Ku Oo, New Beginning New People dancers of Juneau as they practice Monday at Marine Park. The group is preparing for Celebration 2008, as well as the Four Story Totem rededication at the City Museum. Celebration starts Thursday morning with the Grand Entrance from ANB Hall to Centennial Hall.

Malley pleads guilty in child porn case, receives minimum sentence
Former Juneau Boys and Girls Club instructor Jeffrey Malley pleaded guilty Tuesday to possessing child pornography, completing a deal with the state to get the minimum prison time allowable.

Photo: How does your garden grow?
Professional gardener Terry Laskey works in a client's garden Monday on Main Street.

South Korea network films Juneau conservation effort
A South Korea national television network sent a documentary filmmaker here this week to learn how Juneau has managed to conserve so much energy this spring.

Around Town
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Molestation suspect drops plea
When Yakutat resident Leonard Edwards, 32, walked into court Tuesday, the judge expected him to plead guilty to a charge of attempting to sexually abuse a minor in a deal with the state. Instead, he withdrew from the agreement.

Permanent Fund trustee supports Juneau
Alaska Permanent Fund Trustee Emil Notti says he, too, supports Juneau as home for the headquarters of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp.

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

Eagle Scout honor
From left, Dylan Davis gives the Eagle Scout challenge to new Eagle Scout Ian Kelley, Scout Master Ron Josephsen and Maritime council representative Loren Rasmussen during a Court of Honor held May 31 at Skater's Cabin. Three other Eagle Scouts to accept the challenge are not shown. In order to earn the rank of Eagle Scout, a scout must earn a minimum of 21 merit badges as well as design, direct and complete an extensive service project. For his Eagle Scout project, which he completed in November 2007, Kelley rebuilt stairs at Chapel by the Lake. The stairs were originally constructed of wood and had begun to rot. The new stairs have metal treads on them and lead to the church playground and the upper parking lot.

Thanks for publishing 'From the Hallways'
We are writing to thank the Empire - and especially Kim Andree, editor of the Neighbors section - for the opportunity our middle and high school students were given to publish the "From the Hallways" column

Thanks for helping our March for Babies
The community support for the 2008 annual March of Dimes "March for Babies" was fantastic. It was a beautiful day with walkers of all ages participating. To all the amazing walkers, fundraisers, kids and dogs that joined us on May 10, and to everyone who supported these walkers. Thank you Juneau for once again marching for babies.

Thanks to Allen Marine for donating a whale watching cruise
The staff, volunteers and clients of Hospice and Home Care of Juneau would like to express their appreciation to the owners and staff of Allen Marine for the donation of a whale watching cruise on May 17.

Thanks for giving to the Glacier Valley Breakfast Club
On behalf of the well-fed kids of Glacier Valley Elementary Breakfast Club, I would like to extend our sincerest thanks to the following donors who have so generously contributed to our program this year. Breakfast Club operates solely on donations from businesses and individuals. We have been able to provide breakfast every morning for our 145 members, serving anywhere from 50 to 75 kids each day.

Photo: First Bank honors SAIL
First Bank honored Southeast Alaska Independent Living Inc. with a $1,500 Community Development Grant on May 12. Two SAIL board members, Paul Douglas and Gale Vandor, along with SAIL Executive Director Joan O'Keefe and development assistant Danielle Lindoff are shown in picture with representatives from First Bank's Board of Directors at a dinner party hosted by First Bank. The money received will be used to enhance SAIL's Independent Living programs in Sitka, Ketchikan and Juneau.

Photo: Walk for Babies
Participants at the March of Dimes' "March for Babies" pose on May 10 in the Alaskan & Proud parking lot. The March of Dimes, which strives to help every mom have a healthy baby, will continue its March for Babies. They are available online at www.marchforbabies.org. Keep your eyes out for information about the March of Dimes "Jail & Bait" event coming to Juneau this October.

Acting marvels in 'Yellowman'
"Yellowman" is a love story, but the lovers are marred by forces of prejudice beyond their capacity to heal.

Mount Roberts Tramway hosts Meet & Mingle for seasonal workers
JUNEAU - Seasonal workers and Juneau residents are invited to gather at the top of Mount Roberts Tramway for the second annual Meet & Mingle event from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, June 6.

We are called to be doers of good deeds
Some lives encompass a great slice of history connecting an earlier age with the modern world of 2008.

Master carver to give totem pole restoration presentation tonight
JUNEAU - Lee Wallace, a master carver and grandson of the original carver of the Four Story Totem Pole, will present an evening program at 7 p.m. tonight The Canvas community art studio, at 223 Seward St.

Sitka resident shares brandy Alexander pie
Calling all readers. Calling all cooks. We need input. Do you have recipe to share? If you have a favorite already adapted, send it to Ask Auntie Emo.

Thanks for supporting the raptor center on Appreciation Day
The Juneau Raptor Center thanks everyone that supported us by purchasing a ticket and attending Juneau Appreciation Day on May 17 at the Mount Roberts Tramway. We are very grateful for your support.

William P.D. Daniels
Juneau resident William Penuel David Daniels died May 29, 2008, in Juneau. He was 88.

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: Motorcycle awareness - share the road
One out of every nine U.S. road fatalities accounted for last year involved motorcycle riders. This steady increase in fatalities over the past decade represents one of our nation's greatest challenges.

My turn: Diane Benson brings experience
The eloquent My Turn by Joe Mehrkens on June 1 describes the chasm between Americans directly impacted by the war and those of us who are not being asked to sacrifice anything. Perhaps we are so conditioned to expecting nothing from our leaders that we don't even notice anymore.

Outside editorial: You've been pre-approved!
Credit cards may be the most competitive business in America. Anyone with decent credit - and a lot of people without it - finds his mailbox stuffed with come-ons touting "low introductory rates!" and "big rewards!"

My turn: Petrarca not only advocated breaking the law, he was rude
I enjoyed reading Richard Gard's My Turn in Friday's Juneau Empire, praising Alaska Electric Light & Power for their efforts. This is the kind of polite and positive public discourse that we should all encourage.

Opinion: Energy wishes should be voiced
Energy seems to be on everyone's mind this summer. Juneau residents recently showed themselves capable of major behavioral change in the face of a serious economic challenge when the price of electricity skyrocketed. While the price may soon be coming back down, it's a good time to reflect on what we can do and what motivates us to do it.

Outside editorial: A return to arms control: No matter who wins in November, treaties are back
Shortly after taking office in 2001, President George W. Bush began leading the United States in a radical new direction on nuclear arms strategy. The president proposed to abandon formal arms control treaties while unilaterally reducing the U.S. arsenal, building a missile defense system and beginning the development of new nuclear weapons. Over time international and congressional pressure caused Bush to alter his project somewhat: In 2002 he agreed to a bare-bones treaty with Russia covering the reduction of the two countries' deployed warheads, and last year the administration began talks with Moscow about a successor to the Cold War-era START treaty. But the administration has mostly stuck to an ideology that regards arms control as an unnecessary hindrance to U.S. power.

City off diesel just as pollution levels peak
JUNEAU - Juneau's electric utility flipped the switch on smog-free hydropower just in time to avoid exceeding state air quality permit limits.

Woman indicted for sexually abusing teen
JUNEAU - A grand jury on Friday indicted Lindi M. Vinje, 38, on one count of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor for allegedly abusing a child between 13 and 15 years old last month.

Smithsonian hosts panel discussion
JUNEAU - The Northwest Coast Artist Gathering continues today for artists from all backgrounds who work in Northwest Coast-inspired art forms to meet and share information about themselves and their work.

Small earthquake felt in Southcentral
ANCHORAGE - Residents of Willow and Palmer reported a small earthquake.

Ketchikan borough to relocate offices
KETCHIKAN - The Ketchikan Gateway Borough is moving its offices.

Search continues in suspected drowning
ANCHORAGE - Alaska State Troopers suspect a 2-year-old boy has drowned in the Kanektok River.

Halibut charters sue over one-fish limit
JUNEAU - A group of Alaska charter fishing operators is challenging the new Southeast halibut bag limit in a Washington, D.C., district court.

Man suspected in Wasilla shooting dies
WASILLA - Authorities say a Wasilla man who they believe fatally shot his neighbor and then shot himself has been declared dead at a local hospital.

Toddler killed when pinned by pickup
KENAI - A 3-year-old girl was killed when she was pinned underneath a pickup, Alaska State Troopers said.

Airline plans 'Paint the Plane' promotion
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Airlines is planning a colorful commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Alaska statehood.

Fairbanks considers alcohol sale limits
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks city Mayor Terry Strle is forming a special committee to discuss cracking down on alcohol.

Copper River will open to dipnetters
ANCHORAGE - Copper River dipnetters are allowed to start fishing for the first time this season, starting Thursday night.

Man killed after motorcycle crash
ANCHORAGE - A man died Monday after he crashed his motorcycle while driving near mile 206 of the Parks Highway, Alaska State Troopers said.

JDHS seeks to defend title
An experienced Juneau-Douglas High School softball team will try for an unprecedented sixth state title this weekend in Anchorage.

Juneau baseball, softball each earn top seeds
The Juneau-Douglas High School baseball and softball teams got a sneak peak of their places in the Alaska School Activities Association state championships on Monday.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

Sports Digest
Winters records first ace of Juneau golf season

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

Lawmakers to begin debate on Palin's gas line proposal
The clock starts ticking for Gov. Sarah Palin today.

Iditarod raises sled dog race entry fee
ANCHORAGE - Mushers wanting to run the world's best known sled dog race will have to pay a lot more for a shot at a severely slashed guaranteed purse.

Photo: Preparing for special session
Rep. Mark Neuman, R-Wasilla, left, talks with fellow legislators Rep. Bob Roses, R-Anchorage, center, and Rep. Scott Kawasaki, D-Fairbanks, on Tuesday in the Capitol hallway, hours before the Legislature gaveled in for the third special session. Lawmakers met to discuss the approval of a bid contract for the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act. For the story, see Page A1.

Investigators pin in-flight fire on cracked engine part
ANCHORAGE - Fire and dense smoke that forced an emergency landing of a Southeast Alaska commuter airplane last year was caused by a crack in an engine part that allowed hot exhaust gases to escape, federal investigators have concluded.

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