Monday, June 16, 2008

Forced GCI 'upgrade' not an improvement
The new mandatory digital "upgrade" forced on us by GCI is certainly anything but an upgrade. With this new service we now pay more for less service and every television set uses one more electrical device that is always on and consuming energy.

Flight attendants fight for fairness
Millions of working families across the nation are safeguarded and provided job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993. Unfortunately, flight attendants have been excluded from these legal protections due to a technical oversight in the law.

Protest beef industry subsidies
Earlier this week, more than a hundred thousand South Koreans demonstrated against newly elected President Lee Myung-bak, as his entire cabinet offered to resign.

Thanks for all the Web coverage
I want to express my appreciation to the Juneau Empire for your outstanding Web site.

Despite rising gas prices, bus ridership steady
Across the country, more people are climbing on buses to avoid filling their own gas tanks at record high prices. But not in Juneau.

Data: Juneau road won't save money
State transportation officials and their private sector allies advocating for a road north from Juneau toward Skagway have been presenting misleading financial arguments to the public and to the Legislature to justify the $374 million project.

Going Green: Juneau drivers think up inventive ways to save gas
More than a decade ago, Paul Simpson promised that he'd drive an electric car before paying $5 for a gallon of gas.

Draft transit plan open for comment
A new draft of the city transit plan recommends that Juneau start buying only alternative-fuel vehicles for the fleet from now on, including advanced diesel, compressed natural gas, and hybrid gas-electric vehicles.

Photo: A day for Dad
John Garrard tees off with his son, Jack, on the sixth hole of the Mendenhall Golf Course on Father's Day Sunday.

Photo: Close-up look at ocean life
Gabriel Cheng looks at a Sea Star in the touch tanks of the Auke BayLaboratories on Saturday during the Southeast Alaska World Ocean Day Celebration. Differentorganizations provided oceanawarenessand sea life conservation information during theevent.

Photo: Going for a hole in one
Connor Barelli putts Saturday on the fifth hole of the miniature golf course set up at the Nugget Mall for the annual Father's Day Golf Tournament. His dad, Patrick, and brother, Carter, watch as they wait for their turn.

Photo: Demanding rate change
Members of the Juneau Peoples Power Project demonstrate against paying Alaska Electric Light & Power Co. the full energy rate for May's electricity bills Saturday afternoon at the Capitol.

Photos: Family Day at the lakes
First, Larry West, left, watches as his son Jayden, center, fishes from the bank of Twin Lakes onSaturday during Family Day, sponsored by the Juneau-Gastineau Rotary Club. Ronan Davies fishes in the background. Second, a group takes a courtesy rowboat out on the lake. Families participated in fishing, boating, making fish prints, playing games and eating food.

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

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

Herbert Lawson
Former Hoonah resident Herbert Lawson, of Sitka, died peacefully in his sleep on June 7, 2008, at SEARHC Mount Edgecumbe Hospital. He was 94.

My turn: Vote no on "clean water" Measure 4
On June 16, the Alaska Supreme Court will consider whether a mining and "clean water" initiative known as Ballot Measure 4 should be on the Aug. 29 ballot.

Outside editorial: Iraqi government signals desire for alliance with U.S.
Though it was hardly noticed in Washington, Iraq's Shiite-led government sent a powerful message to Iran and to the Middle East last week. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, whose coalition is often portrayed as an Iranian client, traveled to Tehran for a meeting with supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Web hysteria a danger to Korean deal
Barack Obama and Sander Levin thought our trade troubles with South Korea were largely about automobiles.

Alaska editorial: People probably won't heed PETA call to stop eating meat
A recent mailing from the national animal-rights group People for the Ethical Treatment for Animals is titled, "Please Save the Planet."

Alaska editorial: Alaska should know what Russian company's interest really means
The timing of the news about a Russian natural gas monopoly's interest in the Alaska natural gas pipeline is curious, coming as it does during the Legislature's special session about whether to give Canadian firm TransCanada a license to build the line.

Consumer spending, inflation data provide grounds for anxiety
a professional economist, I'm an outlier. In January I wrote here that the infusions of tax rebate money and the stimulus of interest rate cuts would provide only a temporary prop to the economy. I predicted that the inflows of foreign money that have provided essential support for our economy would dry up; within a year Americans would be in for some serious belt tightening.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

Smoke on the water
This weekend's Juneau Cup race will be as much a shakedown run as a race for the crew of Smoke while they prepare for July's 200-mile Spirit of Adventure sailboat race around Admiralty Island.

Where goats roam
It took me a long time to shake the romantic image of mountain goats as noble sentinels atop majestic mountain cliffs.

Fish and birds host show on Mendenhall flats
A brisk and chilly wind was sweeping over the tideflats near the airport dike trail.

Out & About
Today: Juneau Alpine Club hike, 8 a.m., Mount Jumbo. Call to confirm hike is a go. Details: Steve,790-1900.

Authorities suspect arson in two fires
JUNEAU - Two small fires that occurred Friday near downtown are under investigation by the local police and fire department for arson.

Rape inside patrol van nets 18-year sentence
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage man convicted of rape inside a van that provides safe transport for public inebriates has been sentenced to 18 years in prison.

Alaska mom to face charges in son's death
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - An Alaska woman accused in the death of her infant son has been returned to Colorado to face charges.

State looks into road to western Alaska
FAIRBANKS - The state is looking into western Alaska road access.

Fugitive arrested in Los Angeles
ANCHORAGE - Police in Los Angeles have arrested a man who has been on the lam from Alaska authorities for more than year.

Anchorage airport director resigns
ANCHORAGE - The longtime director of the Anchorage Ted Stevens International Airport has resigned.

Sitka Coast Guard physician honored
JUNEAU - A Coast Guard physician stationed in Sitka has been named clinician of the year by the U.S. Public Health Service Physician's Professional Advisory Committee.

Boy dies in crash at motocross race
ANCHORAGE - Alaska State Troopers say a 13-year-old boy died in a motorcycle crash at the motocross track in Anchor Point.

Armed standoff ends peacefully in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - A seven-hour armed standoff ended peacefully when Fairbanks police took a 20-year-old suspect into custody outside an apartment.

Man arrested in fight aboard fishing boat
ANCHORAGE - A 33-year-old Washington state man is charged with attempted murder and assault in a double stabbing aboard a fishing boat in Izhut Bay southeast of Afognak Island.

NOAA mothballs research vessel
JUNEAU - A research vessel that has been in service for 58 years has made its last federal research expedition.

Seven stories from one banner year
In the May 26 edition of Sports Illustrated, the magazine listed Juneau as the top high school sports program in Alaska. Of course, the good people at SI called the school "Douglas" but it's the thought that counts here.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU
UPCOMING EVENTS

Companies allowed to annoy polar bears
WASHINGTON - Less than a month after declaring polar bears a threatened species because of global warming, the Bush administration is giving oil companies permission to annoy and potentially harm them in the pursuit of oil and natural gas.

Cruise ships dispute discharge rules
The tour begins in places cruise-ship passengers never see: the sewage treatment room at the bottom of the hull, the garbage room where crewmen sort paper and plastic amid the unmistakable smell of landfill.

Green cites poll results for ending campaign
ANCHORAGE - State Senate President Lyda Green says she decided to end her political career after polls showed problems with her re-election campaign amid differences with Gov. Sarah Palin.

Denali park rangers launch search for missing hikers
The National Park Service has launched a search for two women missing on what was supposed to be a short backpacking trip in Denali National Park.

Fairbanks explores 'traffic calming'
FAIRBANKS - After two years of complaints of heavy traffic in two Fairbanks neighborhoods, the state is set to send the city a grant for "traffic calming."

Legal bills add up for Stevens
Legal bills are nibbling at U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens' finances.

Southcentral power company to charge customers for paying with credit cards
ANCHORAGE - A Southcentral Alaska power company will charge fees to customers who use a credit or debit card to pay bills.

Hundreds protest high energy prices at Fairbanks rally
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks area residents are sick of out-of-control energy prices and they're expressing their views with signs and loud voices.

Charging bear shot, killed
FAIRBANKS - A black bear that charged a man and a girl in the Yukon River village of Galena has been shot and killed.

Elmendorf Air Force base hosts international aircraft exercises
WASILLA - Military units from South Korea and Japan joined U.S. flyers at Elmendorf Air Force base for war games.

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