Tuesday, June 8, 2010

'We the corporations' control too much
"We the people" seems to have been replaced by "We the corporations," and many of our policy makers appear to be onboard to do their bidding.

Parnell's KidCare veto is revealing
The little red riding hood cloak is off, and the real wolf hiding inside has been revealed.

Montana Creek ATV riding request meets resistance
A proposal to use Montana Creek for ATV riding has bumped up against resistance from state agencies before the request got anywhere near a public forum.

Photos: Celebration 2010 closing ceremony
Hundreds of tribal dancers thundered into Centennial Hall on Saturday evening during the Celebration 2010 closing ceremony and grand exit. The packed event capped Southeast Alaska's biennial Native dance and cultural festival. Celebration was developed by Sealaska, the region's Native corporation, in 1982. It will return to Juneau in 2012. This year's event featured about 2,000 Native dancers and events held June 2-5 were expected to draw in about 5,000 viewers, according to event organizers.

RCA mum on Juneau utility rate hearing
The formal public comment period on Alaska Electric Light & Power's proposed 22 percent rate increase ended Friday, but there is no decision yet on whether the Regulatory Commission of Alaska will come to Juneau to hear from residents in person.

Photo: A little perspective
A sailboat flying canvas with the colors of the United States to catch her wind passes the bow of the Saphire Princess in the morning mist.

Photo: Too little ... too late
Kirk Bowen takes a celebratory drink after returning to the Don Statter Memorial Boat Harbor in Auke Bay with three king salmon on Monday. The largest, 42-inches in length, tipped one scale at more than 40 pounds. "I wish I would of caught this fish eight days ago," said Bowen in reference to May's Spring King Derby.

Photos: National Cancer Survivors' Day Celebration of Life Walk
In honor of National Cancer Survivors' Day local residents participated in a Celebration of Life Walk from Centennial Hall through town and ended with a stop at the state Capitol steps. There are more than 100 types of cancers. Worldwide, the five most common types of cancer that kill women are breast, lung, stomach, colorectal and cervical; for men it is lung, stomach, liver, colorectal and esophageal. The first owner of the Marlboro Company died of lung cancer. The United States ranks ninth in the world with 321 cancer deaths per 100,000 people. Cancer amounts to over 13 percent of deaths worldwide.

Marshall becomes new Juneau District ranger
JUNEAU - The Juneau Ranger District has a new ranger as of Monday.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Injury-accidents involve bicyclists, pedestrians
A string of traffic accidents - several involving bicyclists and pedestrians - caused police to caution residents this week to be careful.

Pool management debate continues
The Assembly on Monday night considered a resolution that would establish an aquatic facilities advisory board for the Augustus Brown pool and the Dimond Park Aquatic Center, ultimately deciding to discuss that resolution, and how to change it, at a work session June 21.

Photo: Planting at the museum
Landscape Alaska's Margaret Tharp helps Sophie Harvey, 6, with planting a columbine in a small garden at the Alaska State Museum on Saturday. With a grant from the National Park Foundation, Girl Scout Troop 4035 of Juneau was helping design and plant a garden made up of native plants that could be seen in Glacier Bay National Park. Most visitors see Glacier Bay only from the water and the garden, found on the north side of the museum, will show a variety of native plants. The girls will finish their project with a trip to Glacier Bay.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Carlson receives appointment to West Point Military Academy
JUNEAU - Juneau-Douglas High School senior Eli Carlson has been awarded an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Juneau teacher selected to attend academy
Gastineau Community School special education teacher Teri King has been selected to attend the 2010 Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, N.J.

Floyd Dryden hires new assistant principal
The Juneau School District appointed Molly Box as the new assistant principal for Floyd Dryden Middle School.

Lesson for teachers Learning to teach well is a long journey
New teachers, celebrate your calling to join one of our society's grand professions. What is more important than fostering the development of young people's lives? Cherish this calling, for it will be tested.

Israel's only friend
As most of the world has rushed to condemn Israel for its bungled seizure of a Turkish ferry that was attempting to break the Gaza blockade, President Barack Obama has taken a different approach. Not only has he refused to condemn Israel's hard-nosed prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, he has cast the United States as Israel's only friend. It's a strategic gamble, and let's hope it works.

Big win for big oil from judges not judging
ATLANTA - Good news for BP and other oil, coal and chemical companies seeped out last week from New Orleans, barely noticed in the blanket coverage of the as-yet uncontrolled oil gusher in the Gulf of Mexico.

Appetite of US energy use is the point, not Obama's emotion
The following editorial first appeared in The Charlotte Observer:

My turn: Sealaska bill will divide us
As I was growing up in the Tongass, the timber industry was booming. It seemed like there was an endless supply of trees and money where we lived on Prince of Wales Island - as well as elsewhere, and people were happy.

The stalker next door
THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD.

My turn: Remembering McPhetres Hall
I have many memories of the original McPhetres Hall at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. It had earsplitting echoes and blotchy lighting. It always smelled faintly of bacon and less faintly of strong coffee. The chairs all seemed designed for maximum discomfort. I also remember the old McPhetres rented for a good price, welcomed the widest possible cross section of this wonderfully talented and ambitious town and was, therefore, a place of almost limitless possibilities.

Begich promotes summer employment opportunities for youth
JUNEAU - U.S. Sen. Mark Begich last week encouraged Alaska's youth to seek the hundreds of job opportunities in the state's federal parks, refuges and with several federal programs.

Luiken chosen as DOT&PF deputy commissioner of aviation
JUNEAU - Marc Luiken has been appointed to serve as deputy commissioner of aviation for the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, state officials announced last week.

Campbell attends cruise conference
JUNEAU - In an effort to continue Gov. Sean Parnell's focus on promoting Alaska tourism, Lt. Gov. Craig E. Campbell traveled to Vancouver to attend the Cruise3sixty conference, an annual gathering of more than 1,400 travel agents and cruise ship officials from around the world.

Alaska Dome sports complex in bankruptcy
ANCHORAGE - The nonprofit organization that operates the Alaska Dome indoor sports complex in Anchorage is seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Pipeline moving over 600,000 barrels after shutdown
JUNEAU - Oil flow through the trans-Alaska pipeline system is again over 600,000 barrels a day after a contained spill last month that temporarily shutdown the 800-mile line.

Feds clear Alaska Denali pipeline for open season
JUNEAU - Federal regulators approved plans Monday allowing a second gas pipeline project in Alaska to begin seeking shipping commitments in what's known as "open season."

Court upholds abortion notification petitions
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a trial court's finding that petitions for a parental notification initiative do not contain confusing and misleading language and are therefore valid.

Soldier left Hollywood for Army
FAIRBANKS - People join the Army from all walks of life, but few follow Scott Eberlein's path.

Yukon kings appear behind schedule
FAIRBANKS - Yukon River king salmon are running behind schedule this spring, according to state biologists who track the big fish.

Feds: Alaska meets IDEA implementation requirements
JUNEAU - Alaska is one of 31 jurisdictions to meet the implementation requirements of Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act for fiscal year 2008, the latest year to be reviewed, the U.S. Department of Education said.

State Board meets this week in Anchorage
JUNEAU - The State Board of Education & Early Development will hold a regularly scheduled meeting Thursday and Friday starting at 8 a.m. each day.

Two injured in Valley collision
JUNEAU - Two drivers were trapped inside their vehicles Saturday night following a collision at the intersection of Mendenhall Loop Road and Nancy Street.

Health and Wellness Institute planned for October
JUNEAU - The 5th annual Alaska School Health and Wellness Institute is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 4-6 at the downtown Marriott Hotel in Anchorage.

New surimi process has promise to increase fish yields
ANCHORAGE - If successful, a pilot project to make surimi from squid could eventually change the industry. A process called pH shifting has the promise of dramatically increasing yield from conventional methods that lose 30 percent to 40 percent of the soluble protein through the washing of whitefish.

Motocross riders greeted by renovations to track
KENAI - Thanks to a donation of 7,500 cubic yards of dirt from Alaska Roadbuilders Inc., Twin City Raceway's motocross track is better - and safer - than ever.

Damp weather helps slow down wildfires
ANCHORAGE - State fire officials say cooler, damp weather is helping slow wildfires in interior Alaska.

Nelson's arm, Bears' big bats earn JDHS's seventh state title
After letting East Anchorage pull out a seventh-inning rally to defeat Juneau-Douglas 11-7 in Saturday's first of a possible two-game championship series, the Crimson Bears left no doubt in the second game of the double-elimination large schools state tournament.

State champs piling on

State reveals offshore investments
Alaska's public investment managers have revealed their hedge fund investments for the first time, following through on a pledge they made a year ago.

Federal judge blocks Alaska's wolf-kill plan
ANCHORAGE - A federal judge on Monday denied the state of Alaska's request for a preliminary injunction to kill wolves, a step it said was needed to protect a caribou herd on an island in the Aleutian chain that is a subsistence food source for rural Alaskans there.

Murkowski hopes to prevent EPA from regulating greenhouse gases
FAIRBANKS - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski is the leading sponsor of a resolution that would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act.

Officials, Iowa college hopes to save Sheldon Jackson College
SITKA - One of Alaska's oldest schools, credited with helping give rise to an influential Native political movement, is being sold off piece by historic piece in an effort to avoid bankruptcy and salvage what's left of its legacy.

Bears paying price for human encounters
ANCHORAGE - The 2010 bear season is here, and so far the bears are paying the price for encounters with humans in the Anchorage area.

Waterman trial delayed, will stay in Ketchikan
KETCHIKAN - The case of a young woman accused of conspiring with two former boyfriends to kill her mother has been delayed.

Seldovia Village Tribe hopes to beef up Homer ferry port
HOMER - The newest ferry in Kachemak Bay - the Kachemak Voyager - arrived at the Homer Port and Harbor on May 21 sparkling in new blue and white paint, fresh from its factory in Bellingham, Wash.

State budget saves Marine Advisory Program offices
FAIRBANKS - Five Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program offices that faced an uncertain future earlier this year will stay open, following Gov. Sean Parnell's signing Thursday of the state's 2011 budget.

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