EFCA will level the playing field
Being of the post-World War II generation and raised under the tutelage of men and women with a self-preserving enthusiasm unparalleled in the history of profit-motivated societies, I can sympathize with the struggle to consolidate that pre-conscious mindset of entrenchment with the contemporary exigencies for planetary rapprochement.

Show police officers respect when driving
While driving from downtown to the Mendenhall Valley on Egan Drive June 1, I observed a Juneau police officer out of his vehicle talking to the driver of a vehicle he had just pulled over.

Pipeline agencies defend progress on Alaska line
Two competing ventures racing to spend tens of billions of dollars to build a pipeline for shipping Alaska natural gas to the Midwest are wondering why U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, said he is frustrated with its lack of progress.

Palin's energy veto override may need her approval
Some top legislative leaders say they're reluctant to attempt an override of Gov. Sarah Palin's veto of energy stimulus money from the budget unless she commits to abide by the budget they adopt.

A page one story in Friday's Juneau Empire about a petition advocating high school drug testing misspelled the last name of a member of the advocacy group. Mitch Falk is the founding member of Taking Action.

The life aquatic
Like a sushi chef, Rich Mattson sharpens his knife with a few deft strokes. His raw-food customers are the creatures of Douglas Island Pink and Chum's visitor center aquariums, and feeding time is the best part of the week.

Ocean Watch sailboat to visit Juneau in first Alaska stop
A steel cutter-rigged sailboat on a one-of-kind mission to raise ocean awareness and spread environmental activism across two continents is coming to Juneau for its first stop Tuesday.

Basin Road fire intentionally set, fire marshal says
The June 1 fire that damaged an apartment building and destroyed a nearby family's home on Basin Road was set intentionally, Capital City Fire and Rescue reported Monday.

Photo: Mendenhall beach
Rose Lawhorne, far left, Jenni Porkka, center, and Lilly Boron bask in the hot sun on the sandy glacial silt near the Mendenhall Glacier Sunday. There was a large number of locals swimming in the glacier-formed kettle ponds and sitting in the sand as if it was a tropical beach.

Toxicology reports in fatal crash expected within 4 to 6 weeks
Toxicology reports from Friday's fatal car crash involving three recent Juneau-Douglas High School graduates aren't expected for another four to six weeks, Juneau Police Department spokesman Sgt. Dave Campbell said Monday.

Photo: Coast Guard graduation
Donald Kaufmann, dean of continuing studies at Vincennes University in Indiana, gives his remarks and congratulations to 16 Coast Guard members who graduated Sunday from the university with science degrees during a ceremony at the Coast Guard station in Juneau. Vincennes University has a military program that allows members to take college classes while still remaining active in the military.

Photo: Bear it and grin
Rose Rivera, from Puerto Rico, stands next to a stuffed brown bear as her husband, Frankie Lopez, takes her picture Sunday on South Franklin Street in downtown Juneau. The couple is on a honeymoon cruise and said they wanted to come to Alaska to get away from the heat back home.

Dimond Park pool proposal expands
The task force planning the design of a new community pool will get to add much-wanted extras to the project after the basic construction bid came in lower than expected, the Juneau Assembly decided Monday.

Around Town

Photo: Tee for two
John Kenyon, 17, watches his little brother, Brian, 14, tee off on hole seven of theMendenhall Golf Course Monday. The course manager said that though its a little dry out there, the flowers are starting to bloom nicely.

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

Photos: Change of command
Salute: Captain Melissa Bert (right), Captain MichaelInman and Rear Admiral Arther Brooks salute the flagduring a change of command ceremony Monday at Centennial Hall. Bert is relieving command from Inman of United States Coast Guard Sector Juneau.

Around Town
Today, June 9

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

George Navarre
Former Juneau resident George A. Navarre died June 4, 2009, at his home in Kenai. He was 85.

Taylor Bristol White
Juneau resident Taylor Bristol White died the morning of June 5, 2009, in Juneau. He was 18.

My turn: Show me the money
Accepting energy stimulus money would not only mean jobs and a better economic future for Alaskans, it will help insure the continued security of all Americans.

Outside editorial: Short timeline for profitability could hurt GM long term
Given the state of the economy, President Barack Obama had no choice but to have the United States. take over as majority owner of its largest car company. The alternative, a loss of more than 2 million additional jobs, would have been devastating. But now the president has to further clarify what he wants from Government Motors. Er, General Motors.

Outside column: Pick your poison, er, publisher
In myth and often in reality, newspapers used to be owned by grandees: wealthy and civic-minded individuals or families. Some, like the New York Times and The Post, still are. But many grandee families (their hands forced by rogue cousins who missed the lessons on noblesse oblige) have sold out to chains like Gannett.

Burial code: The unexamined federal regulation in a House energy bill Show me the money
Accepting energy stimulus money would not only mean jobs and a better economic future for Alaskans, it will help insure the continued security of all Americans.

Outside column: A share in children's success
With the economic downturn squeezing budgets, college tuition and child care are becoming unaffordable for an increasing number of families. For many, the American dream is seeming more like, well, just a dream. But while you're dreaming, imagine a kid from rural Montana who, after scoring high on the SAT, has investors clamoring to finance his college education. Imagine General Motors investing in Detroit public schools as a long-term survival strategy. Imagine America's largest corporations and investors, after generations of putting fiduciary responsibility before social responsibility, suddenly finding the two to be inextricably intertwined. Imagine that we realize it is insufficient to be a stakeholder society; that we must also be a shareholder society. It seems far-fetched, but we could make this vision a reality by creating an equity market for human capital.

Thanks, George Tiller
For the last 20 years, Dr. George Tiller and I were close colleagues and friends, members of a too-small community of physicians who say aloud that we perform abortions. Now he is gone, and I am furious.

Coast Guard finds deceased captain on grounded vessel
JUNEAU - The Coast Guard responded Monday to a grounded fishing vessel with a deceased captain on board. The vessel was located about 67 miles southeast of Sitka.

Fisherman suspected of boating drunk
JUNEAU - The Coast Guard assisted the Ketchikan Police Department in arresting a fisherman who authorities suspect was drunk while driving a fishing vessel.

Moderate earthquake felt in Juneau
JUNEAU - An earthquake was felt Sunday afternoon in the city of Juneau.

Alaska's top doctor takes job with CDC
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's top doctor is taking a job with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Eaglecrest closed this week
JUNEAU - Eaglecrest will be closed to hiking, biking and skiing today through Sunday while crews work on the Black Bear chairlift.

Missing hiker found
FAIRBANKS - A 28-year-old Fairbanks woman who became lost after she started a hike Wednesday has been found.

Forest service gets new Sitka digs
SITKA - The U.S. Forest Service is getting new digs in Sitka.

Anchorage woman dies in hit-and-run
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage woman died in a hit-and-run accident.

Man gets 10 days in jail in death of dog
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage man will serve 10 days in jail for setting a trap that killed his neighbor's dog.

Palin accused of lifting from Gingrich article
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is being accused of paraphrasing at length from an article co-written by Newt Gingrich when she gave a speech.

High temps nearly claim dog jogger
KENAI - Record hot weather was nearly too much of a good thing for a participant in Soldotna's Sixth Annual Dog Trot.

Chenega goes to Cordova for repairs
JUNEAU - The state ferry Chenega has been docked in Cordova for inspection and repairs.

Goldbelt holds annual shareholder meeting
JUNEAU - The 35th annual meeting of Goldbelt shareholders was held Saturday at the Tlingit and Haida Community Center. About 200 shareholders attended in person and 186,693 shares were represented by proxy.

USCG to hold change of command ceremony
JUNEAU - The Coast Guard in Juneau will hold a change of command ceremony today.

Gov. Palin addresses special needs in New York
NEW YORK - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has called for measures to make life better for people with developmental disabilities during a speech in New York.

Fish council to review crab ratz program
A controversial management plan that allocates the bulk of the multi-million dollar crab fishery to vessel owners, skippers, processors and coastal communities - but none for the crew - is heading for further scrutiny that could prove as stormy as the Bering Sea.

3 crew members confirmed with swine flu
At least three crew members on a Holland America Line cruise ship that visited Juneau tested positive for swine flu.

City gay-rights proposal redone
ANCHORAGE - A proposed Anchorage law banning discrimination against gays, lesbians and bisexuals has been rewritten to specify it wouldn't apply to small, home-operated businesses or to owner-occupied four-plexes or duplexes.

Tanana Valley annual timber sale to be held
FAIRBANKS - The sour economy could hurt the state's annual timber sale in the Tanana Valley State Forest.

Palin attends Republican fundraiser amidst drama
WASHINGTON - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin appeared at a Republican congressional fundraiser Monday night, ending a will-she-or-won't-she mystery that overshadowed the event and frustrated the GOP.

Palin's lawyer says proper credit given in speech
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has been accused of paraphrasing at length from an article co-written by Newt Gingrich when she gave a speech, but her lawyer says proper credit was given to the former House speaker.

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