Thursday, June 17, 2010

Q&A with Heather Lende
Most of us avoid discussing or even thinking about death until we’re forced by circumstance to accept its presence. For Haines author Heather Lende, the subject is familiar territory.

Ramones-inspired punk party to feature 5 local bands
KXLL-FM will host its first punk show this weekend in an event that honors punk-rock pioneers the Ramones. The all ages show begins at 9 p.m. Friday at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

'Karate Kid': A solid retelling of a great story
My initial reaction to the concept of remaking “The Karate Kid” with Jackie Chan and Will Smith’s kid (Jaden Smith) was, “How dare they?!” How dare they take Daniel-san (Ralph Macchio) and turn him into Dre (Smith), a 12-year old kid from Detroit! How dare they turn Mr. Miyagi (the late Pat Morita) into Mr. Han (Chan)? How dare they take the “karate” out of the movie in every way but its presence in the title and make what is actually “The Kung Fu Kid”?

Photos: Pops performance

Catholic Unity Award-winner to perform Friday
Jesse Manibusan, singer, songwriter and co-founder of Two by Two Ministries, will perform a concert at 7 p.m., Friday, June 18, at St Paul’s Catholic Church, 9055 Atlin Dr and Mendenhall Loop Road.

Tada offers dad's day concert to benefit scholarships
Steve Tada and Lodowick Crofoot will offer a selection of delightful pieces by Beethoven, Brahms, and Gershwin on Sunday as a special Father’s Day gift to the community and a benefit for the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council’s Fine Arts Scholarship Fund.

Local poet Vernon honored with Tillie Olsen Award
Jenifer Rae Vernon, author of the poetry debut, Rock Candy, has won the Tillie Olsen Award for Creative Writing.

Pacific Northwest Bestsellers

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.

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

Responses on off-road recreation welcome
I am 22 years old and have been a Juneau resident my whole life. I am an avid hunter, fisherman and outdoorsman, as are my family and friends. Within the past five years I have developed a liking for dirt biking and off-road recreation. It saddens me that there is no area designated to ride here in Juneau.

'We fight for what's right'
Over the years, this is the motto that I’ve associated with the American Civil Liberties Union, or ACLU. Their activities are occasionally misrepresented or misunderstood, as when recently Ms. Christina Morris of Douglas wrote about her dissatisfaction with the ACLU becoming involved in the issue of property rights for some of the homeless population in Anchorage. Her advice was for them to keep their ineffectual hands out of the way and let the goodhearted people press forward to help those in need.

Stand up, speak out for airport Dike Trail
It seemed like a perfectly logical thing to do — visitors wanted to hike and look for birds. The weather cooperated with a spectacularly sunny day and so we drove to one of Juneau’s premiere hiking and bird watching areas, the airport Dike Trail.

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

Junior police academy offers hands-on experience
Twelve-year-old Rosie Dorrian stopped her attacker with an impact thrust. Then stepping slightly forward for additional power, she drove her elbow into the chest of her attacker, who let our a winded groan.

'Gold in them thar creeks'
Business is booming at Southeast Mine Supply, and it's not just because the world's newest gold mine is about to open less than 45 miles away.

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.

Big retirement settlement comes with big price tag
Alaska is paying a New York law firm a $91.3 million contingency fee for a case it could have handled itself, after the Alaska Legislature in 2007 balked at funding the case.

UFA elects new leadership
United Fishermen of Alaska announced Wednesday that Arni Thomson has been elected to lead the statewide fishing trade association as president.

Photos: Underwater ROVs
Cooper Stec, 11, of Talkeetna, controls an underwater remote operated vessel from the NOAA dock at Auke Bay on Wednesday at the completion of a three day workshop entitled Super SeaPerch: The Next Step.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

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

Photo: The next generation
Nina Fenumiai, 9, connects with a high pitch from her father, Leo, while playing at Melvin Park on Wednesday. Younger sister Tasi, 7, is playing catcher.

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.

Photo:Taxiing ashore
Lifeboats from the Coral Princess and the Norwegian Pearl transport passengers to the downtown waterfront area Tuesday afternoon.

Police & Fire

Ulmer named to BP oil spill commission
JUNEAU - Former Juneau mayor and legislator Fran Ulmer, now chancellor of the University of Alaska Anchorage, will serve as one of seven members of the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling Commission, President Obama announced Monday.

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 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.

David Clinton Pope
Long time Juneau resident David Clinton Pope died June 7, 2010, of natural causes. He was 53.

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

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

Alaska editorial: Red face test failed
Gov. Sean Parnell says he acted on the advice of his Department of Law when he offered then-Rep. Nancy Dahlstrom the job of special adviser for military affairs. That same Department of Law is taking a longer, second look at its advice, and for good reason.

Restore social safety net
After years of punishing the poor, it’s time for Washington to repair the shredded social safety net.

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

Unpaid internships? File under 'hypocrisy'
When I was a college student, a summer internship at a big-city newspaper seemed just the thing to boost my nascent journalism career. But instead, I spent the summers as a big-city doorman, filling in for the regulars while they were on vacation. The reason was simple: Being a doorman paid a lot more, and I needed the money for tuition.

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.

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.

Four cases of PSP reported in Alaska
JUNEAU — Four suspected cases of paralytic shellfish poisoning, including one in Juneau, have been reported in Alaska, the Department of Environmental Conservation announced Wednesday.

Committee rescinds decision on travel, campaigning

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 pipeline to close for maintenance
ANCHORAGE — Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. says it will close the trans-Alaska pipeline for maintenance for 36 hours starting Saturday morning.

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

Permit extended for proposed Alaska coal mine in Mat-Su
ANCHORAGE — An access permit has been extended for the proposed Usibelli coal mine in the Mat-Su valley.

Parnell signs Alaska energy bills
ANCHORAGE — Alaska now has an energy policy.

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

Alaska Regional Forester names new top staff
JUNEAU — Alaska Forest Service Regional Forester Beth Pendleton recently announced selection of new regional directors for the Information Management program and the Wildlife, Fisheries, Ecology, Watershed and Subsistence program.

Mountain rescue conference held in Juneau starts today
Volunteers from throughout the United States will be in Juneau this week for the annual Mountain Rescue Association Conference, June 17-20.

Alaska Airlines ups baggage fee for first checked bag
JUNEAU — Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air customers will pay an additional $5 for their first checked bag.

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.

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.

Tea Party Express in Alaska endorses Joe Miller for Congress
ANCHORAGE — The Tea Party Express has endorsed conservative Republican Joe Miller in the Aug. 24 Alaska primary against Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

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.

SEARHC hosting injury prevention conference in Sitka
SITKA - The SEARHC Injury Prevention Team is hosting a conference called Preventing Injuries in Your Community: A Planned Approach, on July 19-20 in Sitka.

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.

Alaska regulators planned disclosure on initiative
FAIRBANKS - Supporters of an initiative to ban the use of public money for lobbying or campaigning say Alaska regulators were seeking more financial disclosure before supporters withdrew.

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.

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.

Wounded Anchorage officer released from hospital
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage police officer who was shot during a June 9 traffic stop has gone home to recover from wounds to her elbow and abdomen.

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.

Raptor attacks Australian tourist near Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - An Australian tourist thinks it was an eagle that dive-bombed him as he was walking alone in Cooper Landing, about 100 miles south of Anchorage.

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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