Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Coeur Alaska wins Supreme Court case
The U.S. Supreme Court sided with Coeur Alaska and the state of Alaska on Monday, meaning tailings mine waste from the Kensington gold mine can be dumped into Lower Slate Lake.

Hands-in experience
Middle schoolers Lynzey Culver and Chelsea Brown emerged from the waters of Bridget Cove with more than a dozen different marine species in their seine. There was a buzz of excitement amidst the buzzing of nearby horseflies, as fellow students waiting at the shore excitedly transferred the sea life into buckets for closer examination.

Sifting through a slice of Southeast's history
A dozen Hoonah teens got a feel for their own Alaska Native history recently when they helped local U.S. Forest Service archaeologists catalog a motherlode of artifacts that have been sitting in boxes for 45 years.

300 jobs, and none too soon
About 50 Coeur Alaska Inc. supporters gathered at the Capitol steps with signs and banners celebrating the Supreme Court decision in favor of the mine Monday, crying, "Jobs-Jobs-Jobs!"

Photo: Hate sign
A red swastika is painted in the roadway at Montana Creek Road and Ninnis Drive.Numerous swastikas have been painted in the area on signs, poles and four vehicles sometime during the weekend, according to the Juneau Police Department. Police estimate damage to be in the thousands. Anyone with information should call the Juneau Police Department at 586-0600 or the Juneau Crime Line at 586-4243.

Hydro power camp wraps up with Snettisham tour
About 45 kids, their parents and various hangers-on got to see the remote mountainside hydropower plant that supplies 80 percent of Juneau's electricity as part of a hydropower-themed science camp on Saturday.

Photo: Blazing a path
Peter Cross, trailblazer and builder for the U.S. Forest Service, constructs a walking path to Nugget Falls around the base of a rock slide on Friday. With the lake rising from meltwater, tourists have been climbing over the slide area to get to the falls.

Photo: Franklin fiddler
Noah Machakos, 11, performs with his violin Monday on South Franklin Street. His mom, Julie, says he is making a little summer spending money as well as learning to play inpublic. "He is already playing much louder now," she says.

Around Town
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Photo: Well-earned rest
Ricky Yates sits on a wall outside the Marine View Center Monday. Yates says he has been working three jobs and washappy to just sit back and enjoy a day off.

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

Around Town
Today, June 23

Rosalind Elizabeth Howard
Longtime Juneau resident Rosalind Elizabeth Howard died June 18, 2009, in Juneau. She was 75.

Change that we increasingly cannot believe in
It's finally starting to happen. For months, I've irritated many conservatives by telling them that, like it or not, Barack Obama had high approval ratings and that most Americans were so enamored with the president that there was no use in attacking him yet.

Alaska editorial: Palin should decide to run Alaska or run for national office
If it wasn't noticeable before, it is now painfully obvious: Alaska is no longer big enough for Sarah Palin.

An apology, at last, but with an escape clause
What if Congress apologized for slavery and nobody cared?

It's time for Social Security choice
I've hated Social Security since 1964, when I made $547 that summer as a rookie stock boy in the warehouse of a Pittsburgh restaurant chain.

Presumption and assumption: More money doesn't always lead to a better education
Some people have certain presumptions - for example, that government is better suited to handling problems than individuals or private entities. And then there are the accompanying assumptions that government, for those who have faith in its supposedly superior capabilities, will always produce the desired outcome.

People with disabilities celebrate a decade of freedom
Today marks the 10th anniversary of a landmark ruling for people with disabilities.

Outside editorial: Too big to mail?
T he post office may be the next too-big thing. If it continues on its present course, the U.S. Postal Service stands to post $6 billion to $12 billion in losses by the end of the fiscal year. By the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2009, it had racked up an operating loss of more than $2 billion, almost equal to its total losses last year. So far, the Postal Service has depended on loans from the Federal Financing Bank, a federal borrowing agency, to help make up the difference, but it is fast approaching its $15 billion credit limit. Something has to give.

Who will suit up for the GOP in 2012?
In the wake of the revelation of Sen. John Ensign's extramarital affair, The Post asked politicians, former officials and others to take stock of the GOP field for 2012.

Cruise line to show independence declaration copy
JUNEAU - A rare, original copy of the U.S. Declaration of Independence of 1776 will be displayed on Princess Cruises ships docking in Juneau early next month.

Juneau police search for car thief
JUNEAU - A 20-year-old man recently wanted in connection to a string of burglaries may be responsible for a car theft Saturday, according to police.

Whale leaves marina near Los Angeles after 3 weeks
LOS ANGELES - A stray gray whale has left a shallow marina near Los Angeles after spending more than three weeks there.

Personal income in Alaska drops 3.2 percent
ANCHORAGE - Alaska had the steepest recent fall of personal income of any state, according to a federal agency.

Railroad awarded $25.8 million grant
ANCHORAGE - The state's congressional delegation says the Alaska Railroad is getting a $25.8 million grant of federal stimulus money.

Police release name of officer involved in youth's shooting
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police have released the name of the officer who fired at a teenager aiming a BB gun with a scope.

Man may withdraw plea in vehicular manslaughter case
FAIRBANKS - A 65-year-old Fairbanks man convicted of vehicular manslaughter and serving a 20-year-sentence might withdraw his guilty plea.

Elderly traffic victim dies in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police say an 81-year-old woman whose car was hit by another vehicle has died of her injuries.

Car flips, passes under trailer truck on Egan
JUNEAU - A 46-year-old man was hospitalized after his car passed beneath an Alaska Marine Lines' trailer truck on Egan Drive.

State: Boil water from North Pole utility prior to use
FAIRBANKS - The state is recommending that customers of a North Pole utility boil their water before drinking it or cooking with it.

Judge delays sentencing for former Rep. Masek
ANCHORAGE - The sentencing of former state Rep. Beverly Masek has been delayed until September.

Bicyclist dies after being hit by semi
ANCHORAGE - A 22-year-old bicyclist has died after being struck by a semi in Seward.

3 charged with burglarizing stores
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police have arrested three men accused of stealing pickups, smashing into stereo stores and stealing sound equipment.

Search launched for 2 aboard disabled skiff in Aleutians
ANCHORAGE - The Coast Guard has launched a search for two men on board a disabled 15-foot skiff in Alaska's remote western Aleutian Islands.

Suspected crack house closed in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - Authorities in Fairbanks have closed a suspected crack house.

Coast Guard rescues 2 off Aleutian Islands
ANCHORAGE - A boat captain and his crewman spent 52 hours adrift in an open 15-foot skiff off the Aleutian Islands before a Coast Guard helicopter lifted them to safety Sunday night.

Palin spars with critics over validity of ethics complaints
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says her political enemies are abusing state law with a flurry of frivolous ethics complaints against her, putting her more than $500,000 in legal debt.

Permanent fund's new investment strategy raises concerns
The Alaska Permanent Fund will step into the recession-battered market to buy bonds issued by troubled companies, hoping to turn a profit when business improves.

Alaska retirement board plans market strategy
The Alaska Retirement Management Board's portfolio will shift slightly in the upcoming fiscal year, unlike the allocation makeover that Alaska Permanent Fund managers recently adopted.

Strong earthquake jolts Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - A strong earthquake jolted Anchorage on Monday, sending people diving under desks and huddling in doorways but apparently causing no damage.

BLM files land transfer notice
ANCHORAGE - The federal Bureau of Land Management has filed public notice to convey more than 554,000 acres to a handful of Alaska village and regional Native corporations.

Hero dog who survived machete attack succumbs to cancer at 10
WASILLA - He survived a machete attack and even saved one woman's life, but Bear, the 160-pound mastiff-mix, cited as a hero by a national organization, couldn't beat cancer.

Of moose and men
KENAI - By now, many have spotted newly born moose calves, whether they're wandering through the backyard, ambling along jogging routes or crossing the road. Those who haven't likely will by the end of the calving season.

Swine flu continues spread in Alaska
State public health officials reported 13 new cases of swine flu Monday, including one new case in Juneau among Southeast Alaska's five new ones.

Prospects narrowing for gay rights ordinance
ANCHORAGE - The prospect of a gay rights ordinance passing in Anchorage under a supportive city administration is dimming.

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