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Saturday, July 5, 2008

Pollock politics
Thank you for the June 23 article on the Bering Sea pollock fleet and the impact on Alaska's precious salmon resources. Alaskans are facing huge salmon catch reductions due to limited resources. Yet, in one year, the factory trawler industry catches 122,000 incidental king salmon and more than 700,000 other incidental salmon species. When the bycatch is pulled in, they are dead or dying and are thrown overboard.

Tulsequah Chief mine tug tips on Taku River
On a narrow, tricky section of the Taku River, a tug escorting a barge to the Tulsequah Chief Mine got caught in a whirlpool Tuesday and tipped far to one side before righting itself, causing concern to onlookers and state regulators.

Celebrating statehood: Hurley's grand golden return
Katie Hurley, 87, believes her greatest contribution to Alaska statehood was her enthusiasm.

Becker honored by parade distinction
Mary Becker was surprised and thrilled when asked to be the grand marshal for the Douglas Fourth of July Parade.

Redfern's new Taku plan requires new permit
State regulators Thursday restarted the permit process for the would-be operators of the Tulsequah Chief mine to ship supplies along the Taku River in icy seasons.

Photo: Timely bloom
Jennifer Davis of the city's landscape division waters the plants Thursday in the Egan Drive median downtown.

Around Town
Today

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

All or nothing: The Portuguese taught me well
If there is anything I have learned in the past six months, it is that Portuguese people don't do anything halfway.

Faith Lutheran Church to host Vacation Bible Camp July 14-18
JUNEAU - Faith Lutheran Church will hold its annual Vacation Bible Camp from 9 a.m. to noon July 14-18 at 2500 Sunset Drive.

Eaglecrest Ski Area joins Juneau Community Foundation
JUNEAU - This spring, Eaglecrest Ski Area joined a growing list of funds at the Juneau Community Foundation. The Friends of Eaglecrest Fund, a newly established agency fund, will initially be used to build a public use cabin in honor of Matt Brakel, who was killed in an avalanche while snowboarding on Mount McGinnis in 1999. The cabin is funded by donations from the Alaska Community Foundation and the Machamer Charitable Fund.

Hydaburg Cooperative Association to hold annual culture camp
HYDABURG - Hydaburg Cooperative Association's annual Culture Camp will be held July 21-25, with the Haida Festival Day being on July 26.

Thanks for helping make Dads on Duty fundraiser a success
Auke Bay Co-op Preschool thanks everyone who helped make our recent raffle fundraiser, Dads on Duty, a great success. Donations from business sponsors Domino's Pizza, NorthStar Trekking, Four Seasons Tours, Juneau Steam Boat Company, ERA Helicopters, Temsco, Orca Enterprises, Allen Marine Tours, Alaska Travel Adventures, Alaska Pacific Bank, Alaska Glacier Seafoods, Avon, Blockbusters, Bjorn Dihle Photography, The Creating Place, Creative Memories, Eagle Crest, El Sombrero, Fireweed Chiropractic, Foggy Mountain Shop, Full Circle Produce, Glacier Gardens/Yard Doctor, Gourmet Alaska, Grandma's Feather Bead, Gross Alaska Theater, Hangar on the Wharf, Hearthside Books, Juneau Electronics, Juneau Limousine Services, Juneau Racquetball Club, Our Backyard, Pavitt Health and Fitness, Pietan Photography, Rejuvenation, Rie Munoz Gallery, Southeast Interiors, Specs in the City, Sydney's Closet, The Plum Tree, Gold Belt, Valley Paint, Xandi's Treas ure Chest, WOW Jewelry, Juneau Ski Club, Juneau Empire, Papa Murphy's, and Imagination Station are greatly appreciated.

Thanks for contributing to Juneau Soccer Club
The Juneau Soccer Club wishes to publicly thank those organizations and individuals who contributed to the success of our two recent tournaments - the "Sister City Showdown," June 6-8, with teams from Whitehorse, and the "6v6" tournament, May 29-31, for all Juneau youth of elementary and middle school age.

Thanks for supporting Perseverance Trail
Trail Mix Inc. thanks all those who contributed to the wonderfully successful rededication of the Perseverance Trail on June 21.

Miller, Fink to wed
Yvonne Marie Miller and Daniel Alton Fink are engaged would like to announce their engagement. They plan to marry in June 2009 in Juneau.

Photo: Dedicated dads
Dads work for six hours as part of Auke Bay Co-op Preschool's annual Dads on Duty fundraiser.

Recognitions
Casey Stuart Loofbourrow, of Juneau, was among 504 students at Eastern New Mexico University to make the 2008 spring semester dean's honor roll list. To be eligible, Loofbourrow had to complete a minimum of 15 hours for the semester while maintaining a 3.25 grade-point average.

Camp DAMP to host local, Lower 48 artists
Juneau dancers are getting ready to celebrate the 16th great year of dancing, music, family and friends at Southeast Alaska's premier contra dance retreat, Camp DAMP, to be held July 11-13 at the Eagle River United Methodist Camp, 28-mile Glacier Highway.

Pets of the week
Spunky, sweet, classy animals need homes

Photo: Wal-Mart donates to The Learning Connection
Wal-Mart General Manager Kai Kauai, holding check, presents The Learning Connection staff with a $5,000 check during a family night on June 26 at The Learning Connection at Gruening Park. The Learning Connection provides adult education,family literacy programs, computer classes and job assistance services for free at four locations in Juneau. The funds will be used to help fill the gap left by a 20 percent cut in federal funding.

Guthrie Center proves worth a quick visit
After spending three days in Portsmouth, N.H., we left and headed west on Highway 101. We stopped at Wilmington, Vt., and enjoyed a good potroast lunch in an old tavern that is still decorated in 1950s-60s style. From Wilmington, we drove to Bennington, Vt., and started south on Highway 7 through Vermont to Stockbridge, Mass.

FYI
Births

My Turn: Juneau to benefit from budget decisions
Juneau is truly one of the most beautiful state capitals in the nation. It is a vital community blessed with unparalleled natural beauty, history and culture. I understand the economic importance of the capital to Southeast Alaska and I am committed to keeping the capital in Juneau.

Alaska editorial: Exxon should quit stalling and pay up
It's been a bitter business for the 32,000 or so plaintiffs in the Exxon Valdez case. For almost two decades.

Outside column: 'The Constitution is not a suicide pact'
"The Constitution is not a suicide pact." After 9/11, that saw - originally coined by Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson - was dusted off. Lately, it's been getting a heavy workout.

Thousands haven't filed for tax rebate
ANCHORAGE - About 10,000 retirees and disabled veterans in Alaska haven't filed for their this year's tax rebate from the federal government.

Fairbanks cops suing city, police chief
FAIRBANKS - Two Fairbanks police officers who think they were demoted unfairly are suing the city of Fairbanks and the police chief.

McMurren seeks continuance in child molestation trial
JUNEAU - McMurren, 60, Thursday asked Juneau Superior Court Judge Patricia Collins for a continuance on a trial scheduled to begin Monday. He stands accused of molesting three children under the age of 8 over a period of years.

Clean-water initiative to appear on ballot
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Supreme Court ruled Thursday that an initiative to regulate or restrict pollution from mining can be placed on the ballot in August for voters to consider.

Trial set for accused gas station robber
JUNEAU - A judge Thursday scheduled two days in October for the trial of accused armed robber Erick Waters.

Falcone sentenced to 70 days for conduct
JUNEAU - Superior Court Judge Philip Pallenberg on Thursday sentenced John Falcone, 40, to serve 70 days in prison following Tuesday's jury conviction that Falcone was drunk and disorderly last winter.

Power outages affect hundreds in Sitka
SITKA - An animal likely caused hundreds of homes in the Sitka area to lose power for nearly an hour.

Photo: Midnight racers
Janice Sheufelt rides during the 24 Hours of Light bicycle race on June 28 in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory.

Sports Digest

Young taps campaign to pay aide's lawyers
With an election-year corruption investigation looming, Rep. Don Young has tapped his campaign war chest to pay not only his own million-dollar legal tab but also to hire lawyers for his campaign manager, who is also under FBI scrutiny.

Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. to boost pay for investment manager
The Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. has determined that a salary of between $200,000 and $300,000 may not be enough to attract a new chief investment officer to help manage the $37 billion fund.

Anchorage actor Sanders wins award
ANCHORAGE - When Cedric Sanders attends future reunions at East High, he'll have a lot to talk about. Since graduating in 1999, he has honed his acting chops in college, New York and Hollywood.

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