Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Governor's views on KidCare a disappointment
I was deeply disappointed and saddened at Gov. Parnell's decision to veto the Denali KidCare legislation.

Let EPA control greenhouse gases
As an Alaskan who knows the significance of fossil fuels to my economic well-being, I implore Sen. Lisa Murkowski to get real!

Many can't afford higher utility bills
I'm writing this letter to say my opinion on the proposed 22 percent Alaska Electric Light & Power increase. I can understand wanting to make it easier to provide services, but there are just too many people who can't afford their bill right now.

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.

A plea for help
This just in: Juneau residents don't like Alaska Electric Light & Power's proposed rate increase.

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.

Sealaska: 'This land is owed to us'
Taking a strong stance to defend a bill that would transfer about 80,000 acres of public lands in Southeast Alaska to a Native corporation, Sealaska executives said Tuesday they are frustrated by the public's failure to recognize the land is an entitlement guaranteed by the 1971 Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.

Permanent Fund Corp. adopts new pay plan
The Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. will give raises to nearly one-third of its staff beyond cost of living, saying wages have fallen behind similar positions.

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.

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.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

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.

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.

Photo: Petaling by
Daisies line Glacier Highway near Twin Lakes Tuesday.

Photo: Coming soon: Tasty Treat
Alisa Higgins and Larry Smith will soon open Tasty Treat, a new self-service frozen yogurt and toppings shop in the Foodland Shopping Center at 611 West Willoughby Avenue. The shop will offer 27 fruit and dry toppings and eight different flavors.

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.

Jeanette Eileen Zecevic
Former Juneau resident Jeanette Eileen Zecevic died May 23, 2010, in Springfield, Ore. She was 49.

Marvel Ann Boddy
Long time Juneau and Sitka resident Marvel Ann Boddy died June 13, 2010 in Stanwood, Wash. after a prolonged illness. Jack, her loving husband of 50 years, was by her side. A full obituary and service announcement will be forthcoming.

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.

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.

The right DNA for Berkely?
The following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

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.

The view from inside the cotton-wool tunnel
And now, a rebuttal from inside the cotton-wool tunnel.

Felons have lost their right to vote
Every state in the country except two - Maine and Vermont - prohibits at least some felons from voting. In January, a panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals held that the state of Washington is violating the federal Voting Rights Act by disenfranchising felons. Now the full 9th Circuit has decided to hear the case, Farrakhan v. Gregoire. The case has implications for all nine states within the 9th Circuit's jurisdiction, including California. Every other federal court of appeals so far has ruled against using the Voting Rights Act to give felons the right to vote.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Alaska ranks 5th in volunteer rate nationally
ANCHORAGE - A new federal report on the increasing number of community volunteers across the country shows the volunteer rate in Alaska ranked fifth in the nation.

Alaska governor to sign energy bills
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sean Parnell is set to sign legislation Wednesday spelling out an energy policy for Alaska.

Change of command ceremony at Elmendorf AFB
ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE - Col. John McMullen will take command of the 3rd Wing from Brig. Gen. Thomas Bergeson in a ceremony Wednesday at Elmendorf Air Force Base.

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

Colo. man gets 337-pounder in Alaska halibut derby
ANCHORAGE - A Colorado man hauled in a 337-pound halibut that is easily the biggest catch in southcentral Alaska this season.

Anchorage school campus may add community center
ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage School Board has approved the idea of adding a community center at the West High and Romig Middle school campus.

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.

Juneau utility completes hydro repairs
JUNEAU - Juneau's power company over the weekend finished repairs to its Lake Dorothy hydroelectric project.

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

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.

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.

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.

Juneau athletes go for gold in Anchorage
Special Olympics participants from Juneau just returned from a weekend trip to Anchorage where 27 local athletes competed in the State Summer Games.

Senate Dems plan bill to set up BP cleanup escrow
JUNEAU - Some Senate Democrats said Tuesday they are preparing legislation that would require BP PLC to establish an escrow fund - with perhaps $20 billion - to compensate victims and cover the cleanup costs of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

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.

Man attacked by bear while biking to work
ANCHORAGE - A man riding his bicycle to work Tuesday on a city trail was attacked by a grizzly bear, which swatted his ear and bit him on the leg, police said.

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.

Arctic terns draw crowds in Anchorage marsh
ANCHORAGE - Thousands of people drive south from Anchorage to see mountains, eagles and glaciers on the Kenai Peninsula. Most blow by a vista where they could be seeing aerial acrobats.

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.

Wildlife officials object to polar bear habitat plan
ANCHORAGE - Alaska wildlife officials say they will object to key aspects of federal plans to provide additional protection for polar bears.

Railroad line would help Port MacKenzie develop
ANCHORAGE - Former Anchorage Mayor Rick Mystrom is one of the biggest proponents of a railroad line to Port MacKenzie, which could increase competition with the Anchorage port.

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.

Union pushes for University of Alaska workers
FAIRBANKS - The Alaska State Employees Association plans to push for a fall election to determine whether thousands of University of Alaska employees can join the union.

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