Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Can the road project
I was one Alaskan glad to hear that Gov. Sarah Palin considered shelving the Juneau access road.

Despite arguments, support Juneau access road
Thanks to columnist Gregg Erickson for sharing a different perspective on the Juneau access road. I have several brief comments which I hope people will consider as the idea develops.

Windfall profits tax simply a bad idea
Responding to the Outside editorial of June 13, I agree with the author that in addition to supply and demand, world events and United States foreign policy have a big impact on the cost of oil and ultimately, the price at the pump.

Windfall profits tax a bad idea
Responding to the outside editorial of June 13, I agree with the author that in addition to supply and demand, world events and United States foreign policy have a big impact on the cost of oil and ultimately the price at the pump.

Mayor plans curbside recycling
Curbside recycling could be in Juneau by next summer, according to Mayor Bruce Botelho.

White gets 5 years for role in burglary and fraud ring
A judge Monday sent Roberta White to prison for five years for her role in the string of burglaries, thefts and fraud committed to fund the alleged drug operation of Vonnie Williams and Aaron Washington.

Palin appoints two with Juneau ties to state positions
Two construction industry representatives with Juneau ties have been appointed to state positions by Gov. Sarah Palin.

Photo: Golden touch-ups
Lee Saunders of KD Painting LLC of Sitka touches up the gold-painted molding on the Valentine Building on Sunday.

Photo: Hair-raising walk
Maddie McKeown, 10, left, Colter Polley, 5, and his sister, Madison, 9, take a walk Sunday along Montana Creek Road. Polley said she felt like dressing up a bit for the occasion.

Photos: This tree is just right
A black bear cub sticks its tongue out after yawning Monday as it sits in a tree on Goldbelt Street. The bear was napping peacefully despite being heckled by a flock of crows.

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

Photo: New Filipino restaurant opens downtown
Co-owner Leonore Beltran of the new Filipino restaurant Lutong Pinoy holds a plate of fried tilapia Monday. The restaurant is in the former location of Fernando's Mexican Restaurant.

Photo: Working on speed
Scott Phelps, founder of Speed Quest Instruction, Inc., right, gives encouragement as Juneau-Douglas High School student and runner Leah Francis works out during a speed drill Monday at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Field. The two-day Speed Quest Performance Enhancement clinic for grade school, middle school and high school athletes ends today.

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Photo: Changing command
Changing command: U.S. Coast Gaurd Capt. Mark Guillory gives his farewell speech Monday during a change of command ceremony for Sector Juneau. Sitting behind are Capt. Scott W. Robert, left, and Rear Adm. Arthur E. Brooks.

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

Helen A. Novak
Former Juneau resident Helen A. Novak died June 3, 2008, in Green Valley, Ariz. She was 93.

Outside editorial: Obama: 'No, thanks'
Barack Obama has decided to take a pass on $84 million in public campaign money because it would limit how much he can spend on his bid to become president. He's no fool. Obama has raised an unprecedented $265 million, mostly from small, online contributions; his presumed opponent, John McCain, has raised $115 million.

Outside editorial: Better tapping
Here's a ringing endorsement: After defending the key provisions of a bipartisan measure to monitor foreign terrorists, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Friday, "I'm not asking anyone to vote for this bill, I'm just telling you why I was." Her ambivalence reflected her colleagues' mixed feelings about the Bush administration's controversial efforts to tap telephone calls and e-mails into and out of the United States.

Wearing the victim hat is becoming trendier
S omeone is going to think this column is racist. That person - he or she will be white - will be unable to point to so much as a semicolon that suggests I believe in the native superiority of my, or any other, race. Rather, the accusation will be based in the fact that the column discusses race, period.

The end of the open road
In July 1893, 115 years ago, the historian Frederick Jackson Turner told an academic symposium that the American frontier was closed - a shocking notion for a people who'd defined themselves by their steady expansion across the continent. This spring, something just as profound and defining has happened: Pulled back by the inescapable gravity of higher prices and the growing scarcity of fossil fuels, we're starting a slow recoil into more dense and compact regions and localities. The frontier of endless mobility that we've known our entire lives is closing.

Media doesn't like Iraq's new story
There is a reason progress in Iraq is not receiving more attention. It isn't that Americans are "bored" or "tired" or have "moved on" or "don't care" or "have already made up their minds that the war was a colossal mistake." All of these are variations on themes articulated by certain liberals, Bush-haters, Barack Obama supporters (but I repeat myself) inside and outside the big media.

Meat habit is fueling world famine
Approximately 854 million people do not have enough to eat. Thirty-three countries are facing food crises, according to the World Bank, and food riots have recently erupted in Egypt, Haiti, Yemen, Malaysia and other poor nations. This is hard for most Americans to comprehend. The closest many of us will ever come to a food riot is when someone cuts in line for more nachos and hot dogs at the baseball-stadium concession stand.

Assembly approves new spending
JUNEAU - The Assembly approved about $4.6 million in extra funding Monday to cover higher electrical costs and other various operating costs for city departments for this fiscal year's budget.

Police arrest suspect in Juneau robbery
JUNEAU - Juneau police arrested a man suspected of robbing a gas station Sunday at knife point.

Motorcyclist dies in crash with pickup
ANCHORAGE - The driver of a motorcycle was killed and his passenger seriously injured in a crash in Anchorage.

Assembly OKs Coastal Management Plan
JUNEAU - The Assembly gave unanimous approval Monday to a new coastal management plan.

Airport Art project approved by Assembly
JUNEAU - The Assembly gave unanimous approval Monday to spending $100,000 for an art project to be housed in the city airport after it is renovated.

Bail set at $25,000 for abduction suspect
ANCHORAGE - Bail has been set at $25,000 for a 19-year-old man suspected of abducting a 6-year-old Anchorage boy.

City denies appeal to block housing plan
JUNEAU - The Assembly denied an appeal Monday by developers to block construction of high-density homes in the Mendenhall Valley.

Juneau families open Filipino restaurant
JUNEAU - Lutong Pinoy, a new Filipino restaurant, opened Monday at 116 N. Franklin St., a space occupied most recently by the Mexican restaurant Fernando's.

Change of command ceremony held
JUNEAU - The Coast Guard held a change of command ceremony Monday.

Man escapes burning cabin in North Pole
FAIRBANKS - A leaking propane tank exploded, injuring a North Pole man and burning a cabin to the ground.

Boozer makes U.S. Olympic team
Utah Jazz forward Carlos Boozer will make his second consecutive trip to the Summer Olympics after being named to the U.S. Olympic basketball team on Monday.

Photo: Hooray!
The RipTide's Ashley Boucher reacts after hitting a triple on Tuesday against the Reign during a Gastineau Channel Little League Major Softball game at Melvin Park. For more of Herbert Law's pictures, log on to spotted.juneauempire.com.

Diamondbacks slip past Dodgers
Kyle Gould tripled and Gary Speck hit a double to lift the Diamondbacks past the Dodgers 6-4 on Saturday in a Gastineau Channel Little League Junior Baseball game at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

Bering Sea pollock fleet faces closure over salmon
ANCHORAGE - Florence Johnson can rattle off myriad ways to prepare salmon. Drawing on a lifetime of fishing the Yukon River, she recommends canning, salting, or drying the fillets in her smokehouse near the heart of downtown Eagle.

Legislators wait for word on energy plan
Gov. Sarah Palin has said she wants the Alaska Legislature to address soaring energy costs, but she hasn't said when.

Dems blast incumbent Young in debate
FAIRBANKS - Democratic candidates for Congress stuck largely to energy issues - and, when the chance arose, blasted incumbent Republican Rep. Don Young - at a Sunday night debate in Fairbanks.

Seals' island is dumping ground for marine debris
ST. PAUL ISLAND - Huge, whiskered male fur seals called "beach masters" are back on St. Paul Island after swimming a gantlet of lost or discarded fishing gear floating in the Bering Sea.

Gas prices affect state pickup sales
ANCHORAGE - The price of gasoline has had an effect on Alaskans' love for pickup trucks.

Transportation group OKs $2 million rail plan
FAIRBANKS - Transportation officials in Fairbanks have voted to set aside $2 million to reroute train tracks near the Interior city and North Pole.

State plans independent cost estimate of bridge
ANCHORAGE - State transportation officials will hire an independent source to estimate the cost of building a bridge across Knik Arm.

Film brings traditions of Inupiaq to screen
It is the year for Barrow based-movies.

Soup kitchens filling up
ANCHORAGE - They're seeing new faces in line at the Downtown Soup Kitchen.

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