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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Tuesday is ratepayers' chance to be heard
As everyone has heard or read in the paper, the RCA has agreed to come to Juneau based on the comments it received on their website. This is an opportunity for the people of Juneau to express how we feel about the proposed rate increase being requested by AEL&P.

Humanized wolf is still just an animal
I am a 45-year Alaska resident and have been involved in Fish & Game issues the entire time.

Mother: Abused girl is 'going to recover'
Reina Stone was sassy as far as two years olds go. She would tell you how it was, even if you didn't understand her, and then flash a smile that took the air out of a room.

AEL&P: Proposed rate hike an interim step
Alaska Electric Light & Power is asking for approval for a rate increase that will boost average power bills 22 percent, but says it deserves more - perhaps much more.

Photos: Fresh produce at farmers market
Local shoppers examine tomato plants before making a purchase at the Juneau Farmers Market Saturday morning inside the Juneau Arts and Culture Center. The JFM will be open every Saturday through August 14 at the JACC from 10 am to noon. Weather permitting, it will be on the JACC lawn in conjunctin with the weekly Juneau Artists Market. Gardeners, farmers, fishers, bakers and artisan food makers are welcome. Weekly pre-registration must be completed by noon on Thursdays.

Sealaska lands bill revised
Months of outcry over the Sealaska Lands Bill could result in significant changes to proposed timber harvest areas in the controversial lands legislation sponsored by U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, according to sources who met with her staff recently.

Audit grades schools' literacy programs
Several in the Juneau School District administration and the school board say they are unhappy with the "cursory" data analysis in a recent audit of the district's elementary school literacy efforts. Even so, they say it's a good starting place for reaching their goal of 100 percent reading proficiency among students.

Photo: View from the top
Devils Paw is shown from atop Mt. Juneau. Hikers moving across the Mt. Juneau ridge heading towards Granite Creek know they are going far enough along the mountain tops when they can look to the left and see Devils Paw. The ridge will start to funnel to the head of Granite Creek where hikers can follow down to bisect Perseverance Trail. The Granite Creek streams are covered over with snow right now so hikers should be wary of walking down the middle of the snow fields.

Candidate Fisher visits Juneau
Sheldon Fisher knows he's got a difficult challenge on his hands in trying to unseat long-time Republican Congressman Don Young in his own primary, but he thinks the future of the country is at stake - and worth it.

Photo: Lookout above Granite Creek
An Alaska marmot emerges from a rocky burrow hideaway atop a boulder above Granite Creek on Friday.

Photos: Learning to fish the ponds
A common merganser mother comes up with a king salmon smolt while one of its seven chicks is nearby in the Fish Creek Pond on Monday.

Photo: Sea Week retreat
Students and parents of Eldri Sierra's Harborview Elementary kindergarten class pose for a photo taken at Pt. Louisa during Sea Week in late May.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Photo: Falling onboard
Jessica Jones, 17, watches Duncan Smith, 12, climb back into the boat after learning to right the small sailing boat in Aurora Harbor during the first day of a two-week sailing course by Juneau Youth Sailing on Monday. Half-day sailing lessons will began Monday and run through Aug. 6 for ages 10-18. Adult classes are available on weekends.

Correction
In the June 13 Juneau Empire, an obituary for Carroll Edgar Ferrell inaccurately named Campbell, Montana as his birthplace. Ferrell was actually born in Campbell, Missouri.

Charles George Dobbins
Former Juneau resident Charles George Dobbins died on June 13, 2010 at the Ketchikan Pioneer Home. He was 72. A full obituary and announcement for his service will be released at a later date.

Charles Gamble
Longtime Juneau resident Charles Gamble died the evening of June 11, 2010, at Bartlett Regional Hospital after a long battle with cancer. He was 84.

Don't wait until it's too late for a graceful exit
Fortunate are those who comprehend the art of bowing out.

US must investigate flotilla incident before picking sides
Once again, the United States stands against the entire world in its unwavering defense of Israel. We are the only nation accusing the activists on the Free Gaza Flotilla of perpetrating offenses that justified the Israeli Navy assault in international waters in which nine civilians were killed. But the loud condemnations by members of Congress of a mission that included hundreds of American activists aren't based in fact, and we should be asking why they are so eager to suspend our cherished value of presumed innocence.

My turn: The wisdom of our predecessors
We all grow up and come to respect the ideas and beliefs of our parents, ancestors and the people around us. Since the invention of writing systems, we have come to rely on documents as a further source in our quest for knowledge and truth. Sometimes we call it the wisdom of our ancestors, but perhaps we forget that the writers of these documents or stories all lived at a certain time and place in the past, spoke and at times wrote in a specific language possessing all the limitations of any language.

Land bill will ensure Native culture prospers
Friday was Kamehameha Day in Hawai'i, a holiday celebrating the unification of the Hawaiian Islands in the face of an ever-increasing intrusion of the outside world centuries ago.

My turn: What's Alaska's plan for 'Beyond BP'?
There's a storm front on Alaska's horizon. It's blowing in from the Gulf of Mexico, and the sooner we get ready for it, the better we'll be able to successfully weather it.

World Cup gives host South Africa a chance to shine
The following editorial first appeared in the Kansas City Star:

A defense dilemma
The following editorial first appeared in the Chicago Tribune:

Utah man charged in Alaska assault
TRAPPER CREEK - Alaska State Troopers say a 23-year-old Utah man who refused to allow a family member to leave a lodge has been charged with kidnapping.

Alaska delegation announces community grants
JUNEAU - The Alaska Congressional delegation announced Monday several grants awarded to Alaska communities.

Body found in cardboard pile at recycling center
ANCHORAGE - A man's body was discovered Monday in a pile of cardboard at the Anchorage Recycling Center.

Anchorage schools could add community facilities
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage high school and middle school complex could add a clinic, community lecture hall and other facilities under a proposal to be considered by the school board.

Homeless shelter reaches recycling milestone
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks homeless shelter has reached a milestone in recycling.

Kodiak Borough considers sales tax
KODIAK - The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly may ask shoppers and boat owners to help pay for increases in the cost of municipal government.

Sullivan promises review of military adviser post
JUNEAU - Alaska's attorney general plans to review Gov. Sean Parnell's hiring of a senior military affairs adviser.

Magnitude 5.0 earthquake rattles Alaska peninsula
FAIRBANKS - The Alaska Earthquake Information Center reports a magnitude 5.0 earthquake in the Alaska Peninsula region. The moderate quake was felt in Dillingham but there were no reports of damage.

Italian man injured in Dalton Highway motorcycle accident
FAIRBANKS - An Italian author of books about motorcycle trips was injured when his motorcycle crashed on the Dalton Highway in Alaska.

Coast Guard medevacs US man near British Columbia
JUNEAU - Coast Guard aircrew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter safely medevaced a 50-year-old U.S. citizen off the motor vessel Horizon Kodiak 230 miles southeast of Sitka on Sunday.

Gov. to appear at abortion initiative fundraiser
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sean Parnell plans to appear at a fundraiser this week for an abortion initiative that will appear on this summer's ballot.

Rain smothers interior Alaska wildfires
FAIRBANKS - Steady rains have been smothering wildfires in Alaska.

Anchorage trail eroding into Ship Creek
ANCHORAGE - Concrete barriers, orange cones and blue plastic fencing block bike riders and walkers from a quarter-mile section of the Ship Creek Trail in Anchorage.

Begich meets with Supreme Court nominee Kagan
JUNEAU - U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, met last week with Elena Kagan, the U.S. Solicitor General nominated by President Obama to fill the pending vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Alaskan NORAD region to participate in exercise
ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE - The Alaskan U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region, along with its Continental United States and Canadian counterparts, will participate in Exercise Amalgam Dart from Tuesday through Thursday off the coasts of Alaska, western Canada and the northwestern United States.

Community invited to workshop about joint museum, library, archive building
JUNEAU - The design team of ECI/Hyer and the Alaska Division of Libraries, Archives & Museums will host an open-forum workshop June 24 for the upcoming state Libraries Archives and Museums Project.

Education board approves voluntary physical education standards
ANCHORAGE - The State Board of Education & Early Development, meeting June 10-11 in Anchorage, approved two regulations and sent out for public comment five proposed regulations.

Sealaska accepting applications for leadership camp
JUNEAU - Sealaska Heritage Institute is accepting applications to attend its annual Latseen Leadership Camp in Juneau.

GCLL welcomes Petersburg little league softball to Juneau
Petersburg's first year little league fastpitch softball program is coming to Juneau with Majors (ages 10-12) and Juniors (ages 13-14) softball teams the week of June 14-17.

Dog days of summer, week 5
Rounding the bases at the halfway point of the season, the divisions are all still really close, and it's a week of challenges for first place.

In Gulf disaster, echoes, lessons of Exxon Valdez spill
ANCHORAGE - With their futures dark and confused, desperate residents of the Gulf of Mexico are turning to veterans of Alaska's Exxon Valdez oil spill for clues about what they're facing. The word from Alaska, whether it's about cleaning up, economic recovery, despondency or lawsuits: Expect years of deep trouble, but there are ways to cope.

Alleged drug ring leader's ex testifies in trial
ANCHORAGE - The former girlfriend of a man accused of operating a drug smuggling ring testified Monday that she saw large amounts of cocaine and methamphetamine packed in gallon-sized food storage bags delivered to a rental home in east Anchorage.

Neighborhood gardens in Anchorage bugged by bunnies
ANCHORAGE - You'd never think a peaceful-seeming, old East Anchorage neighborhood with well-kept houses and mature trees would become a war zone.

Poe drops out of governor's race
JUNEAU - One of three Democrats running for governor in Alaska dropped out of the race Monday, citing a lack of funds.

Photo: Serenading the bears
Sitka Summer Music Festival cellist Armen Ksajikian plays for the resident bears Thursday at the Fortress of the Bears bear sanctuary in Sitka. Ksajikian was inspired by the acoustics at the converted pulp mill clarifier tank and played a selection of music, including a composition by Hector Berlioz for the bears. With Ksajikian is Les Kinnear, director of the sanctuary.

Parnell misses candidate forum, gets criticized
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell has drawn criticism for not appearing a candidate forum in Wasilla after also missing a debate last month in Fairbanks.

Underwater investigation
Educators and students across Alaska and as far away as Massachusetts are converging at NOAA's Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute this week to participate in an intense - and intensely fun - workshop entitled Super SeaPerch: The Next Step.

Palin more pragmatic than friends and foes expect
JUNEAU - Sarah Palin the political pragmatist? Go figure.

Barrymore movie about whales being shot in Alaska
ANCHORAGE - How's this for a plot twist? The next major movie about Alaska is actually being filmed here.

Ketchikan school to get health award
JUNEAU - Tongass School of Arts and Sciences in Ketchikan will be recognized today for its efforts to create a culture in which healthy eating and daily physical activity is a norm, according to Megan McIntyre, Marketing and Communications Manager for Alliance for a Healthier Generation.

UAS Ketchikan announces leadership transition
JUNEAU - The University of Southeast campus in Ketchikan will be in a transitional leadership period during the academic year 2010-2011, the school announced last week.

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