Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Recycling shouldn't cost citizens money
The city is planning a new recycling plan, and although it is a good idea, there are a few unanswered questions that need some explaining. One thing is for sure, I don't think the city should be mandating anything like this.

Fearful of new high school? Get over it
Large-scale change can be frightening, but Juneau citizens are to be congratulated on a recent wise decision.

Cruise industry uses model procedures
In the interest of full disclosure, I have been involved in the visitor industry for 31 years. I am a former employee of a major cruise line and an airline operating in Alaska and am an unashamed enthusiastic supporter of travel to Alaska.

Deadly Sitka crash blamed on pilot
A small plane that plunged out of the clouds and crashed into a downtown Sitka house, killing four people last year, did so after the pilot apparently became lost and disoriented, the National Transportation Safety Board said Monday.

Conservation efforts stop at tap
During the recent energy crisis, Juneau turned off the lights but kept the water running.

Some cruise ships restrict ranger access
State environmental monitors on cruise ships have not always had full access to areas they're supposed to inspect, according a mid-season report on the first full year of the Ocean Rangers program.

Foes find common ground in stream restoration plan
The restoration of Hoonah's forests has environmentalists and timber groups working together despite their adversarial history.

Juneau readies for Fourth of July events
The city of Juneau will spend about $30,000 this Fourth of July on fireworks and portable toilets - the same amount it spends on Mayor Bruce Botelho's annual salary.

Ferry union rejects tentative agreement
The largest union on the Alaska Marine Highway System has rejected the Palin administration's latest contract offer, with 92 percent of its members rejecting the contract.

State reduces charges against Falcone
A $100 discrepancy affected the outcome of John Falcone's trial Monday more than the strongly argued legal defense his attorney mustered against charges he was drunk and disorderly in February.

Jury acquits Falcone on three out of five charges
The jury deliberating in John Falcone's trial for being drunk in a bar and four other charges stemming from alleged damages, acquitted the homeless fisherman Tuesday on three out of five charges.

Photos: Preparing for a parade
Capital City Fire and Rescue firefighter Scott Reid makes sure the Juneau Fire Deptartment's historic engine No. 2 is running Monday in front of the Douglas station in preparation for the Fourth of July parades. The Seagrave fire engine entered service with the Juneau Fire Department in 1940. Though its fire-fighting days are over, it continues to make the rounds in ceremonies and parades.

Sealaska re-elects board members at meeting
Shareholders of Southeast's regional Alaska Native corporation re-elected four directors at their annual meeting in San Francisco.

Photo: Catching air
Martin Woodby flies his radio-controlled Slow Stick airplane Tuesday at Savikko Park. Woodby made several successful flights until the wind picked up and made flying almost impossible.

Photos: Something new is in the air
First, a Qantas Airlines Boeing 737 jet takes off Monday as it performs touch-and-go exercises at Juneau International Airport. The new jet was in Juneau for testing.

Photo: Surveying the ocean
Kennard Potts, a biologist-diving and ship operations manager for the ocean survey vessel Bold, demonstrates how a dredge works to gather sea floor sediment Tuesday aboard the ship. The ship is the Environmental Protection Agency's only ocean and coastal monitoring vessel.

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

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

Correction
A story in Thursday's Juneau Empire gave the wrong first name for John Falcone, who is on trial for "criminal mischief" charges.

Photo: Shining over
Cruise ships the Millenium, left, and the Rhapsody of the Sea are seemingly framed in by a shallow rainbow while berthed in Juneau at about 5 p.m. on June 22.

Thanks for the after-prom party
The After Prom Party Parent Organizing Committee and the 300-plus students attending the after-prom party would like to thank the following services and businesses for their contributions in making this a most memorable and safe event. The after-prom party was held May 10 at JRC The Alaska Club Mendenhall Valley location and provided a variety of activities, food and prizes for students after attending the Juneau-Douglas High School prom.

Thanks for the fine performance
Last week, I attended a performance of "The Last Five Years" at Juneau-Douglas High School. Both audience and performers resided in an intimate setting behind the proscenium curtain. The play, which lasted only an hour-and-a-quarter, was fast-paced and astonishingly well performed by young singing actors Clairen Stone and Zac Kirkpatrick. I wish that everyone who appreciates good singing and good drama had attended. This was the first alumni production by directors Michaela Moore and Lucas Holland, and annual staging of this sort of offering would be worth much more than the exceptionally reasonable price of admission. It would be regrettable if this year's production were to be the only one of its kind.

Thanks for contributing to fundraiser in our battle against cancer
Thanks from the bottom of our hearts to everyone who volunteered, donated and participated in the fundraiser to help us fight this battle with cancer.

Recognitions
Savana M. Barzee, of Juneau, graduated with honors from Northwest College in May. Barzee was among 365 students to graduate.

Stolen robe
Angela Frank wears a special robe during her graduation on May 17 in Hydaburg. Unfortunately, Frank's robe was stolen during Celebration this year. Anyone who recognizes the robe can turn it in to Sealaska or contact Gloria Frank through e-mail at gloria_ak65@yahoo.com.

Program seeks mature Alaskans for employment
JUNEAU - Mature Alaskans Seeking Skills Training program - an adult education and employment program at The Learning Connection - is seeking people 55 or older who are looking for work.

Women's health program hosts Roosevelt march
HAINES - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Women's Health Programs will be hosting the Teddy Roosevelt's March as part of Fort Seward Days.

Douglas church to hold annual barbecue fundraiser
JUNEAU - The Douglas Community United Methodist Church will hold its annual Deep Pit Beef Barbecue Fundraiser from noon to 4 p.m. Friday on the corner of 3rd and E streets in downtown Douglas, across from the Fire Hall. Come and enjoy a full sit down meal of deep pit beef barbecue, beans, salad, roll and a drink or just grab a sack lunch with a barbecue beef sandwich and chips to go.

Southeast Alaska State Fair asks for local entries
HAINES - The Southeast Alaska State Fair, to be held July 24-27 in Haines, is seeking submissions from Juneau knitters, brewers, artists, crafters, jam makers, woodworkers, fish canners, quilters, writers, photographers, film makers, songwriters or anyone with any type of talent for this year's fair.

Photo: Surfin' for a good cause
Mike Evans dresses as the Silver Surfer at this year's Only Fools Run at Midnight event, held June 28 at Centennial Hall. Evans won first prize for the best individual costume. "It's for a good cause," Evans said.

Revisiting a time when the living was easy
There once was a time when "the living was easy" in Juneau, as a George Gershwin tune proclaims.

It's rhubarb time again
It's rhubarb time. Do you know of any delicious rhubarb recipes? If so, contact auntie Emo.

Wilson, Joseph wed
Marie Wilson, of Juneau, and Ernest Joseph, of Angoon, were married on June 21, 2008, at Eagle Beach.

Lilith Joycelyn Ward
Former Juneau resident Lilith Joycelyn Ward died June 15, 2008, in Sacramento, Calif. She was 66.

Henry McCullough
Former Juneau resident Henry David "Hank" McCullough died on June 12, 2008, at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 77.

Gisela Sperber
Longtime Douglas resident Gisela Sperber died June 27, 2008, at home with family at her side. She was 64.

John R. Edwards
Longtime Juneau resident John R. Edwards died June 17, 2008, at home. He was 68.

My turn: Requiem for Auke Bay and Auke Lake?
What is the cost of unchecked development? Answer - loss of natural resources, a loss no one wants but one that seems inevitable.

My turn: Turn city's landfill waste into energy
Every time we drive Egan expressway through the Lemon Creek valley, we have to endure the sight and smell of the landfill. It is bad enough to experience it twice a day on the way to and from town. I cannot imagine how it is to live with it like the residents of Lemon Creek have to. Juneau must be the only capital city in the United States with a landfill in the middle of town.

Celebrate the American system
On Independence Day, Americans celebrate our nation's birth, and the things we love about our country that make us proud.

Outside editorial: HIV-AIDS continues to ensnare young gays
A survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of HIV-AIDS data from 33 states between 2001 and 2006 revealed a distressing trend: HIV infection in young gay men rose 12 percent a year. For African Americans in that group of 13 to 24 year olds, the annual increase was 15 percent. The safe-sex lessons that took hold after the loss of a generation of gay men during this epidemic's two-decade advance appear to be lost on the young. The stunning success of retroviral drugs for those with AIDS and HIV, the virus that causes the disease, has diminished people's fear of the disease, though it still has no cure.

Outside editorial: Guns: The next step
In appealing to the Supreme Court to save the D.C. handgun ban, local officials rightly thought of what was best for the people of Washington, D.C. A lower court had already invalidated the ban, and there was a chance - albeit limited - of prevailing. Instead, the high court agreed that the ban is unconstitutional. Officials again must think of those citizens in fashioning the strongest legal protections against gun violence.

Outside editorial: Key energy issues charge up debate
Americans are angry about soaring gasoline prices. They are torn about whether to drill for more oil offshore. Cue John McCain and Barack Obama.

Junk boat is floating on a sea of trash
On the first of June, two men and a rabbit set sail from the port of Long Beach, Calif., bound for Hawaii, on a raft made of junk. Their cabin is the cockpit of a Cessna 310, white with a blue racing stripe, salvaged from the desert. It floats on a system of handmade pontoons - 15,000 plastic bottles held together with recycled nets - propelled by currents and wind. If it sounds dangerous and makeshift, that's the point. The pilots of Junk, as the vessel is called, want to get your attention.

Inter-island ferry service to continue
JUNEAU - The Inter-Island Ferry Authority Board Tuesday agreed to maintain daily all-year round-trip passenger vehicle ferry service between Prince of Wales Island and Ketchikan, and service every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Sept. 13 between Coffman Cove, Wrangell and Petersburg, according to IFA general manager Bruce Jones.

Man charged in early morning burglary
JUNEAU - A 28-year-old Juneau man was arrested early Monday morning after police found him in a ditch near a convenience store in Auke Bay that had been burglarized.

Youth scholarship applications accepted
JUNEAU - Juneau Parks and Recreation is accepting youth scholarship applications for children that may need assistance covering registration for summer programs. This includes registration fees for all community youth programs and city programs such as the Treadwell Summer Day Camp and Youth Outdoor Soccer program.

Libraries close book drops for weekend
JUNEAU - The downtown and Douglas libraries will close at 5 p.m. on Thursday. The Mendenhall Valley library will stay open until 9 p.m. as usual.

Researchers attend permafrost meetings
FAIRBANKS - Hundreds of researchers are in Fairbanks this week to talk permafrost.

11-year-old boy dies in four-wheeler accident
BARROW - An 11-year-old boy died Saturday from injuries suffered in a four-wheeler accident, the North Slope Borough Police Department said.

Sitka hospital chief executive resigns
SITKA - The chief executive officer of the Sitka Community Hospital submitted a resignation letter to the hospital board.

Ketchikan prosecutor set to retire soon
KETCHIKAN - City of Ketchikan Attorney Steve Schweppe is retiring after 18 years as a prosecutor.

Sculpture honors civil rights activists
ANCHORAGE - A new sculpture in downtown Anchorage honors civil rights activists Elizabeth and Roy Peratrovich.

Man dies after wind blows plane into trees
PALMER - A Palmer man died Sunday after his plane was blown into some trees.

U.S. Coast Guard aids boat taking on water
ANCHORAGE - The U.S. Coast Guard came to the assistance Tuesday of a 30-foot recreational boat taking on water 40 miles west of Homer.

Authorities identify accident victim
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks police released the identity of a man killed Sunday in a motorcycle crash .

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

Adventure on the Yukon
SKAGWAY - Men in their 40s and 50s don't normally pull all-nighters - let alone three in a row. But racing 460 miles in a red Voyageur canoe doesn't leave much time for sleeping.

Photo: Champions
Stefan Jones and Kaleb Tompkins take a victory lap after their team, the Cardinals, won the Gastineau Channel Little League Major Baseball tournament title on Saturday at Miller Field. Also on Saturday, the Diamondbacks won the Junior Baseballtitle while the Reds took the Minors AAA championship. TheDistrict tournaments will start on July 12 with the Minor Baseball division in Wrangell.

Cyclist's calm, quick action saved victim after bear mauling
ANCHORAGE - The man credited with saving the life of a fellow mountain bike racer after she was mauled by a bear thought at first someone had merely stopped for a bathroom break in the middle of the 24-hour event.

Anchorage girl recovering from bear mauling
ANCHORAGE - A 14-year-old girl mauled by a bear as she rode in a 24-hour mountain bike race was on a city trail known to be regularly patrolled by grizzlies.

Fuel prices hurt Anchorage police and fire departments
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police and firefighters have asked for hundreds of thousands of dollars more from the city this year because of high fuel costs.

Man loses out on $10,000 in Homer halibut derby
ANCHORAGE - Steve Merson saved and saved for the trip of a lifetime to Alaska. But the way it turned out, he caught a once-in-a-lifetime fish that could have sent him home a much richer man.

Statewide dragnet nabs 69 fugitives
ANCHORAGE - Nearly 70 Alaskans have been arrested in a statewide effort to capture fugitives.

This Day in History
In Alaska

Conservation groups sue to force decision on belugas
ANCHORAGE - Five conservation groups have sued the federal government for delaying a listing of Cook Inlet beluga whales under the federal Endangered Species Act.

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