Wednesday, June 10, 2009

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.

Not blowing smoke
I've never said anything in public but I've been a smoker most my life. I've put up with all the new laws and taxes for years. I don't smoke around kids or nonsmokers (unless they say it doesn't bother them). I don't throw my butts out on the street. I roll my own tobacco and do my own thing. I follow all the rules of the "good" smoker. My lungs are clear, but if I get cancer or emphysema that's my business, and I'll pay for it. I don't plan on living past any major disease in my life nor charging the "public" for whatever kills me. It's MY choice.

Evergreen Cemetery was very well-kept
The people of Juneau are fortunate to have such a beautifully kept Evergreen Cemetery. The large crowd who attended the Memorial Day services were able to enjoy this entire area. The work that was done by the Department of Parks and Recreation and made possible by our City Assembly was excellent. Even the headstone areas were trimmed to make the engraving much more readable. Anyone standing at the top of this area on a clear sunlit evening cannot help but be greatly impressed.

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.

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.

Woman charged with taking $40K from Little League
A 51-year-old Juneau woman was indicted Friday for allegedly stealing more than $40,000 from Gastineau Channel Little League, an organization with which she held a board seat.

Photo: Trying their luck
From right, Norman Zura, Don Frank and Emerson Marte try their luck fishing for kings Monday in the Gastineau Channel near DIPAC. At the time, the three had no luck, but others just down the shore brought a few in. Some of the fishing rules have changed in that area.

Correction
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.

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

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.

Details of Basin Road arson under wraps
Ryan Stanley found out Tuesday morning that his Basin Road home burned down last week because someone intentionally set a fire next door.

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.

School Board told to take action on drug testing
The community wants the school district to take action against drugs, and they don't want to waste time talking about it, audience members told the School Board Tuesday night.

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.

Photos: Circling the Americas
The cutter-rigged sailboat Ocean Watch arrived Tuesday on the first leg of its 13-month, 24,000 nautical mile voyage, called Around the Americas. The ship's goal is to increase ocean awareness while circumnavigating North and South Americas. The ship also will visit Dutch Harbor, Nome and Barrow.

Palin objects as oil price increase bails out the state
U.S. oil prices topped $70 a barrel Tuesday, just months after it had plunged below $30 a barrel and sent the state into deficit.

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.

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.

A cow comeback in Juneau?
At one time, Juneau had a thriving dairy business.

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.

Farms downsize with mini cows
TEKAMAH, Neb. - Walking through their lowing herd of several hundred cattle, Ali and Kenny Petersen were like two Gullivers on a Lilliputian roundup.

Around Town
Today, June 9

Skagway confirms second Southeast swine flu case
A Skagway man has been confirmed to have swine flu, one of six official cases in Alaska and the second in Southeast, Alaska public health officials said Tuesday. The man has recovered.

Around Town
Today, June 10

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

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

Dean Alan Norman
Juneau resident Dean Alan Norman died quietly on June 6, 2009, in Juneau. He was 43.

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

Shirley Ann Nygard
Juneau resident Shirley Ann Nygard died June 7, 2009, at Wildflower Court. She was 79.

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.

Where Democracy becomes a prison
I stood on the ground floor of a collapsed concrete building and watched the homeowner stoke the fire in a makeshift stove. His wife handed him a piece of cardboard to burn and said something I didn't understand. It wasn't just the fact she spoke in Arabic. It was impossible to understand anything I was seeing in the northern Gaza city of Beit Lahia.

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 editorial: Kim Jong Il doesn't deserve a ransom
Laura Ling and Euna Lee are American journalists who traveled to northern China in March to tackle a tough and important story: the trafficking of North Korean women to China. Their work would have been risky at any time. But the two reporters for San Francisco-based Current TV happened to undertake their mission at a time when North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il is seeking to provoke the Obama administration. The result: Ms. Ling, 32, and Ms. Lee, 36, were taken prisoner by North Korea on March 17 in as-yet-unexplained circumstances and this week were sentenced to 12 years in a labor camp by one of Mr. Kim's courts. They are, in a very real sense, hostages - condemned to be separated from their families and confined in what may be harsh conditions until a regime that seeks political and economic concessions from Washington chooses to release them.

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.

Alaska: Alaska should stay the course to ensure student achievement
Some Alaskans are concerned about the Palin administration's decision to monitor, but not actively participate in, an upcoming effort to create common national standards in reading and math.

Chenega in service, Fairweather in trials
JUNEAU - One state ferry is back in service, and another is close.

Public comment period extended for sea otters
ANCHORAGE - The public comment period on sea otters has been extended for 30 days.

Light earthquake felt in Cook Inlet
FAIRBANKS - A light earthquake was felt in the Cook Inlet area.

Cruise ship passenger medevaced to Juneau
JUNEAU - A 72-year-old passenger on the cruise ship Sea Princess on Tuesday was medevaced to Juneau.

2 exposed to chemicals at cargo hangar
ANCHORAGE - Two employees at an Alaska Airlines cargo hangar were exposed to formaldehyde after a forklift punctured a container.

North Pole go-cart driver charged with DUI
FAIRBANKS - A North Pole man faces charges after driving an adult-sized go-cart into a man, breaking his leg.

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.

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.

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

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.

NPS seeks comment on Denali road work
DENALI NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE - Denali National Park and Preserve is looking for public comment on road improvements planned for inside the park.

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.

Statue ordered down from Ketchikan business
KETCHIKAN - The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly has agreed with a Planning Commission decision that a wooden sculpture atop a business must come down.

Stevens scheduled at Fairbanks fundraiser
FAIRBANKS - Former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens is scheduled to attend a Republican fundraiser in Fairbanks.

Games showcased tough defense, late-inning heroics
Only the bats were hotter than the weather! It was the week for coed softball in Juneau, and it couldn't get any better!

Coed E Division
The Coed tournament saw a new hybrid Nut rise from the plantation to the podium, as the Mixed Nuts overcame a first round shelling by the Hooliguns to claw back through the losers bracket with a thrilling extra-inning win over Valley Liquor Crown Royals (punctuated by a game saving laser throw from deep left field to punch out the potential winning run at the plate).

Womens C Division
This division is so tight you need a butter knife to find the seam between the teams! In a battle of the Bars, Pat's Douglas Inn started out the week with a 12-10 squeaker over Imperial, but then got rocked by Sticks n Stones 7-5. Both Alaska Litho, 13-1, and Sticks, 12-7, transported Lynden off the field. To finish things out, Alaska Litho imprinted the ladies from the Imperial 6-4. Each week, a new team is on a tear in this division.

Coed F North Division
The Coed tournament threw the F North and F South teams into a round robin mix, and when the blender was turned off, Killer Bees took Brain Pain to task in the F North tournament championship game. Earlier in the regular season week, Haz Gas barbecued Foodland 10-8 at Sandy Beach, and Killer Bees stung Bartlett Too 11-6. But the Too came back and dissected the Brain team in the second half of the doubleheader. Those same Brain Painers were busy last week, as their early game was a 16-15 squeaker past the Pavitt Piranhas.

Mens F Division
The First National Caps made it four wins in a row as they parked Perseverance/Pak's, 18-15 and then shortchanged all the 10 Rightfielders, 21-20. The UAS Flukes slapped the Mudstingers 19-11 the first night, but then got hit by the Double Ugly stick, 23-21. The Mudstingers got whaled on by the Flukes 19-11, but then continued their climb to respectability with a hard fought win over Perseverance/Pak's 19-14. And in the only other game last week, the 10 Rightfielders spread out and covered all their bases with a 19-10 drubbing of the Doubly Ugly ones.

Coed F South Division
The Coed tournament featured a hybrid Terminator battalion brandishing a golden victory over Reliable Oil in the F South championship game, which ended with a triple play. During the regular weekly matchups, Trusted Choice hung the Pirates 12-11, but then got bruised by the other team from Bartlett 16-11. Those same Bartlett Bruisers then got greased by Reliable Oil 13-12. In the late night clash, Off the Cuff sent the Pirates for their second deep six of the night, 17-11.

Womens D Division
There was BIG excitement in this division this week. Hecla's Angels stunned Mendenhall Mall 7-6, and then the Parts Plus Ladies shopped the Mall team, 14-4. The night before, the Parts Plus Ladies slipped by the Chicks with Sticks, 9-8. In the only other games of the week, the Merchant's Wharf team thwacked the AEG Staffers 12-1, and then drilled the Angels, 13-7. This is another division where any team can win on any given night.

Coed G Division
Those Battalions of Terminators may have walked away with the Coed Trophy, but in a divisional match up of the top two G division teams Seabreeze became Sea hurricane, blowing out the Terminators, 28-18. Pity the Red Headed Kids, though, as the Terminators took out their frustration and gave them a 21-2 spanking. It wasn't an all bad night for the Red Headed Kids, though, as they put AWARE to sleep 18-9. And to finish off the evening, the Attractive Nuisance silenced the MRT Slammers 21-12.

Coed D Division
Regular season rivals Nizich Dental and Team Miller Lite paired off in this D Division coed championship game, and when the dust had cleared Nizich Dental hoisted the trophy high into the air. During the regular season weekly play, Drunkateers remained one of only three undefeated Juneau softball teams, capping a 5-4 win on Nizich Dental, while Team Miller Lite dined on Wee Fishie Shoppe 18-7, and then had SE Waffle House for dessert, 15-4.

Mens C Division
Taku Oil stayed hot, and undefeated at 8-0, as they greased Team Imperial 12-7, and then hunted down Timberwolf, 18-12. Team Imperial stayed within sight of the leaders, though, as the barmen tooled Parts Plus 8-2. The Parts Plus men came right back and wrenched the Wolves 22-9. Taku Oil may be pulling away in this division, but the other three teams are taking it to each other every week.

Mens E Division
Kapplers Computers stayed undefeated at 8-0, as it was the week of squeakers in this division. Kapplers started off the night with a 16-4 whuppin' of Home Depot, but then barely tapped the Island Pubbers 7-6. Gas n' Go revved past Play It Again 13-12, and then Play it Again played it again, losing this time to their industrial neighbors, Home Depot, 12-10. At the last call, the Pub crew came back and choked off Gas n' Go, 11-9.

Mens D Division
No moisture from the sky, but the Rounders rained on the Dirty 12 in a 24-8 shellacking, and the SE Miners washed away the Northern Lights Development, 19-10. At least they got to play when it was warm and dry this week. On the night before, the SE Miners rolled the Rounders 12-7, and Pavitts muscled out a pair of wins over the Northern Lights 21-16, and those Dirty Dozen, 39-8.

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.

Former lawmakers Kott, Kohring await release order
ANCHORAGE - The attorney for former House Speaker Pete Kott said Tuesday she has received no word on when her client may be released from a federal prison.

Senate panel blocks directional drilling in ANWR
WASHINGTON - A Senate committee on Tuesday rejected a proposal by Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, the panel's top Republican, to allow access to oil in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge by drilling for it from outside the refuge.

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.

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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