Tuesday, June 10, 2008

AEL&P not the hero
Murray Walsh's cartoonesque depiction, in his June 3 My Turn, of the mighty Alaska Electric Light & Power Co. coming to the aid of the "gentle people" of Juneau vs. the evil Albert Petrarca smacks of obsequiousness and of expert lobbying.

Angry over polar bear reaction
I am a registered Republican and former Alaska visitor who is very unhappy with the actions of Republican Gov. Sarah Palin, who proposed suing our federal government because it has listed the polar bear as a threatened species.

Genetics is only part of one's inheritance
Now that Barack Obama appears to be the Democratic candidate for President of our nation, he is being described as "Aman" of color. I'm not quite sure what that means. I, too, happen to be a man of color, and until I get a suntan, my skin is white. Well, not really white, but close to it.

Calling for unity on Darfur
This is the hour for every participating citizen to get involved in the atrocities that are happening in Darfur. We can all play a vital role in stopping the conflict by putting pressure on our local and presiding governmental officials to take action on this most desperate situation. In all our hearts we may want to do good, but this is now the opportunity to actually extend our hand of brotherhood to those who are without a voice, and without hope.

Climate security act: an opportunity
Alaska is "ground zero" for climate change impacts in the United States.

Fish 'til You Die: Fishermen plan for future in unpredictable industry
A commercial fisherman's boat is his retirement package.

Lake levels up at hydro power project
While the city ran on diesel, the lakes of Snettisham filled.

Photo: Stomping out weeds
Brothers Noah, left, and Seth Machakos pull weeds Monday at the Juneau Community Garden. The siblings and their mother, Julie Machakos, were putting in their five hours of service, a requirement to use a plot at the garden.

Congress considers helping fishermen with health insurance
A bill introduced to Congress earlier this year aims to help fishermen tackle the increasingly pricey problem of getting health insurance.

Photo: Candidate tours Juneau
Diane Benson, a Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress, left, speaks Monday with Lemon Creek Correctional Center Superintendent G. Scott Wellard at the prison. Benson was in Juneau to campaign and attend Celebration 2008. She visited the state prison to see firsthand its staffing and programming issues.

Photos: Bear viewing
People look at a black bear as it eats grass and horsetail plants Sunday near the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. U.S. Forest Service naturalists said this bear is probably about 3 or 4 years old and is used to being around people. Visitors are warned to use caution and avoid contact withbears in the area.

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Photo: Probably tastes like freezer burn
U.S. Forest Service Naturalist Doug Jones explains to a group of tourists on Sunday at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center how the Mendenhall Glacier was formed and how chunks from the glacier, such as the one in front of him, are more dense than ice from their freezers. Jones said this chunk of ice is about 200-250 years old.

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

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Police & Fire
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Outside editorial: Feed to lead
The United States cannot lead if it is hated. If Americans still aspire to remake the world as a more democratic, more prosperous place with fewer terrorists and nuclear weapons states, if we seek global cooperation on issues ranging from counter-proliferation to climate change, we must set about earning back the goodwill of nations. The tragic global hunger crisis, which has swelled the ranks of the world's most miserable, provides the U.S. with a golden opportunity to do good while rebuilding its shattered global leadership credentials. We should seize the chance to win friends and confound our enemies by showing the world that the United States is the sole superpower when it comes to generosity.

Outside editorial: Yearning for protection
Texas law enforcement officials raided the Yearning for Zion Ranch in April after getting a tip that a 16-year-old girl was being sexually and physically abused there. The West Texas ranch is home to members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS), who practice polygamy through "spiritual" marriages. Girls are eligible for such marriages as soon as they experience their first menstruation; "Uncle Merrill," the ranch's leader, would decide when and to whom a girl would be given away. Officers found records indicating that at least a half dozen girls, ages 13 to 16, living on the ranch were either pregnant or had recently given birth. Officials ultimately removed some 468 boys and girls from the ranch and placed them temporarily in the custody of the state.

Outside editorial: NASA hurt the program when it withheld material on warming
W hen critics accused NASA of manipulating its science on global warming a couple of years ago, they were onto something. The space agency's in-house watchdog concluded in a report released recently that political appointees had played down global-warming findings or barred access to scientists between 2004 and 2006.

Lessons from the poor
Listening to Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton repeat stories they claim to have been told by the poor and the unemployed, who are unable to pay for food and medicine and feel miserable about it, is enough to make one think we are living in a Third World dictatorship and not the United States of America. But victimhood and a "can't do" spirit is what the Democratic Party has mostly been about since the Great Depression.

What do Rachael Ray, al-Qaeda and Bugs Bunny have in common?
Y ou've seen this gag in a hundred old cartoons:Cat turns to flee angry dog, steps on a rake instead, knocks himself silly. It's not sophisticated humor, but it is a visceral illustration of an abiding truth: Panic can make you hurt yourself.

Save the Earth, sacrifice American workers?
It may be time to put American workers on the endangered-species list.

Ketchikan officer crashes SUV in basin
KETCHIKAN - A Ketchikan police officer had to shoot out the window of his police SUV to escape after he crashed it through a concrete barrier into Thomas Basin.

Russia gas monopoly eyes Alaska project
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia - Russian natural gas monopoly OAO Gazprom is angling for a role in a proposed Alaska gas pipeline, the company's chief said Saturday.

State ferry rescues three near Whittier
JUNEAU - The state ferry Chenega was involved in the rescue of three people over the weekend, officials with the state ferry system said.

Parts of Juneau wake up to frost
JUNEAU - In another sign of Alaska's late spring, frost showed up in parts of Juneau, the National Weather Service reported.

Gustavus launches tourist Web site
ANCHORAGE - Tourists wanting to check out Gustavus can go to a new Web site catering to them.

Firefighters pull man from mud flats
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage man learned of the dangers of mud flats in the state's largest city.

Alaska State Trooper injured in crash
ANCHORAGE - An Alaska State Trooper was admitted to Mat-Su Regional Medical Center for injuries suffered in a crash.

Neighborhood bears draw concern in Kenai
KENAI - The city of Kenai may designate two of its subdivisions as problem bear areas.

Troopers seize pot plants near Wasilla
WASILLA - Alaska State Troopers in Wasilla say an early morning domestic dispute turned into a marijuana seizure.

Man missing on Kuskokwim River
NUNAPITCHUK - An Atmautlauk man has been missing since early Saturday, Alaska State Troopers reported Monday.

Federal building in Ketchikan stays pink
KETCHIKAN - The federal building in Ketchikan will keep its distinct color.

Grand jury indicts Kasilof man in assault
KENAI - A 45-year-old Kasilof man has been indicted on one count of attempted murder and four counts of assault.

GCI purchases United Companies
ANCHORAGE - Telecommunications company GCI said it completed the purchase of communication subsidiaries of United Companies Incorporated.

Anchorage man joins Ducks Unlimited board
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage man has been elected to serve on the national board of directors of Ducks Unlimited.

Southcentral Alaska beekeeper loses bees
ANCHORAGE - A beekeeper in Eagle River said his hives may be experiencing colony collapse disorder, a trend seen in 26 states.

Lee's no-hitter lifts Phils past Angels
Ryan Lee pitched a no-hitter on Saturday to lift the Phillies past the Angels 11-0 in a Gastineau Channel Little League Major Baseball contest on Saturday.

Spring Tide Scramble Results
Spring Tide Scramble

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

In-state gas line stays on front burner
As state lawmakers continue their review of a plan to build a multibillion dollar natural gas pipeline from the North Slope to a hub in Alberta, Canada, one issue appears never far from their minds.

Palin reverses course on LNG pipeline plan
Gov. Sarah Palin began campaigning for office two years ago as a supporter of bringing Alaska's vast natural gas reserves to market as liquefied natural gas exported through Valdez, popularly known as the "All-Alaska" gas pipeline proposal.

Educators launch balloon research program
ANCHORAGE - Hey kids! Need a nifty science fair project?

Begich has edge on Stevens, poll shows
WASHINGTON - A recent poll shows Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich leading incumbent Ted Stevens in the U.S. Senate race.

Timing of session on energy aid unknown
Gov. Sarah Palin has promised state lawmakers they will be called upon this summer to address the immediate energy needs of Alaskans.

Lawmakers leave Tuesday for hearings on natural gas pipeline
It's almost time for lawmakers to pack their bags. On Tuesday, they will close up shop in Juneau and head out of town.

Proposed bridge faces questions
ANCHORAGE - After five years and $41.5 million spent on planning, one of southcentral Alaska's most ambitious development dreams, the Knik Arm Bridge, is at a crossroads.

Pilot in crash was viewing whale skeleton when engine stalled
ANCHORAGE - A California man died when the small plane he was flying crashed near a western Alaska village after the engine stalled as he was looking at a whale skeleton, the pilot of a companion airplane said.

Groups to sue over polar bears
ANCHORAGE - Two conservation groups have given the federal government formal notice they intend to sue to protect polar bears from petroleum exploration and drilling off Alaska's coast.

'Deadliest Catch' boat captain cited for too-small tanner crabs
ANCHORAGE - The owner and captain of a fishing vessel featured on the Discovery Channel's popular reality show "Deadliest Catch" has pleaded no contest to a single count of illegally possessing undersized crab, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Japanese climbers perish at higher rate on Mount McKinley
ANCHORAGE - One hundred people have lost their lives climbing North America's tallest peak, and an astounding number of them have been Japanese.

Van visits neighborhoods to sterilize cats
ANCHORAGE - With help from the municipality of Anchorage, a program to spay and neuter cats has gone on the road.

This Day in History In the nation
• In 1954, during the Senate-Army Hearings, Army special counsel Joseph Welch berated Sen. Joseph McCarthy, asking: "Have you no sense of decency, sir?"

Photo: Over the edge
A board from a railing at the Federal Building parking lot floats near a police car Sunday in Thomas Basin in Ketchikan. The car, driven by Sgt. Howard Townsend, went through a small concrete wall and into the basin early in the morning.

This Day in History In the nation
• In 1935, Alcoholics Anonymous was founded in Akron, Ohio.

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