Monday, July 5, 2010

Throwback logging style a formula for destruction
This tragic throwback to old-style, old-growth logging for whole-log export will cherry-pick many of the remaining special areas in Southeast Alaska that have been designated for protection by the Forest Service management plans. These include pristine places of beauty and inspiration, local small-scale logging and finishing industries, and subsistence zones important to many communities for hunting, fishing, and other wild harvest activities.

Lesson In Humility
After 69 days of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico, the United States and BP have finally allowed Norway and several other countries to assist us with our situation. During Hurricane Katrina, many countries offered to help, but were refused. Why?

New ferry maintains AMHS' status as the way to travel
I recently took a round trip from Juneau to Tenakee Springs on the Alaska Marine Highway's La Conte. During the voyage I watched the glory of Southeast Alaska glide by while I sampled the galley's corned beef hash, read the first chapter of William Oliver's "A History of Sea Power" and chatted with new friends on the aft deck before a quick nap under the solarium's heat lamps. What a great way to travel; no need to sit behind the wheel of a car, no cramped airline seats. I'm a huge fan of the Alaska Marine Highway System.

AEL&P's rate increase could bring the company millions
The New Lake Dorothy Hydroelectric Project came in millions of dollars over budget, perhaps even tens of millions of dollars, but should assure Juneau ample hydroelectric power for years to come.

Photos: Fourth of July in Juneau
Participants in the potato sack race at Savikko Park give a Fourth of July effort on Sunday.

Photo: Multi-generational trumpeteers
The trumpet section of the Juneau Volunteer Marching Band, a multi-generational group of accomplished musicians, performs during a pre-Fouth-of-July concert Friday at the Juneau Arts & Cultural Center.

Empire, city attorney dispute public's right to know
The city attorney has denied an open records request by the Juneau Empire for documents regarding rape allegations against a former UAS student that were dismissed last month.

Head-on collision could be alcohol related
Authorities say the driver of a 1999 silver Pontiac Grand Am that struck another vehicle Thursday resulting in six people being injured could be charged with drunken driving.

Man airlifted to Harborview Medical Center with critical head injuries
A 40-year-old man was flown to Seattle for medical treatment Thursday after police responded to a fight in the 4400 block of Kanat'a Street.

Assembly approves pool advisory board
The Assembly decided by a narrow margin earlier this week to create an aquatics facilities advisory board for the Augustus Brown Swimming Pool and the Dimond Park Aquatic Center, which is under construction.

Photo: Get your fix on the 4th
Capital Brew Pump & Grind coffee shop owner Lacey L. Godkin puts up a festive banner pronouncing the drive thru will be open long enough on July 4 for customers to get their java fix before independence activities. Most local coffee drive thru's will have brief openings today.

Photo: A crustaceous smile
A king crab smiles from a pot pulled near Portland Island Friday. The king crab personal use fishery opened Thursday for the first time in three years.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Stone, Bethers wed
Jessica Stone and Shawn Bethers, both of Juneau, were married on the lawn of the bride's parents' home in Ann Arbor, Mich. on May 30, 2010. A reception followed the wedding.

Flight night
Dozens of Juneau kids, parents and grandparents jumped at the chance this week to learn from a world-record holder how best to fold paper into an airplane.

Please return missing regalia
Sometime between June 4 and 5, 2010 someone stole my personal Tlingit carved head regalia. Few understand how such an object can represent cause for sleepless nights, a sense of loss, grief, sorrow, betrayal and finally of guilt. My brother carved this headpiece for me many years ago and he has since passed on.

Thanks for space
On behalf of the Juneau Flotilla of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary I would like to sincerely thank Western Auto-Marine and staff for their support, space, and time this year helping us promote boating safety in the Juneau and Douglas area. By allowing us the use of a portion of their parking lot twice this year (in April and May), they have enabled us to provide vessel safety checks for the boating community.

Thanks for donations
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church thanks all those who donated to its plant sale - especially Landscape Alaska, Ed's Edible Landscaping, and the Cathedral of the Nativity BVM - and all those who bought plants or food or donated to the McPhetres Match. It was fun to smell the flowers, talk plants together and share the abundance. And, we're about $2,000 closer to our goal of finishing McPhetres Hall. Thanks, Juneau!

Five unique and inexpensive ways to impress your date
We live in a town that is literally one perfect date option after another. How often can one have the option of choosing between romantic walks in fields of wildflowers, watching sunsets drift over mountain tops from a beach (with the optional accompanying bonfire), or snuggling close with a bottle of wine in the shadow of a glacier, all in the very same city? I know there is a significantly disproportionate average between men and women in Juneau, but with all the romantic options available it's motivation enough for any Juneauite to get out on a Saturday night.

Thanks for drive help
The volunteers of Helping Hands would like to thank the postal workers for doing the "Stamp Out Hunger" drive. Helping Hands would also like to thank all the postal workers who not only delivered the mail on May 8, but who also picked up nonperishable foods for the drive. We would also like to thank Mark Piortrowski, who organized this big event this year. We at Helping Hands appreciate the support.

Allenback, Allen wed
Anne-Marie Charbonneau Allenback of Montgomery, Al. and John Cary Allen, of Juneau were married on Sunday, May 9th, 2010 in a ceremony officiated by the bride's father, Col. Al Allenback, U.S.A.F. Ret. at the Ida B. Cason Memorial Chapel at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga. A Reception followed at the Virginia Hand Callaway Discovery Center. Guests were entertained during the lakeside cocktail hour by the jazz band Hi Def, featuring the bride's brother on saxophone. Dinner and dancing followed. The bride & groom were transported to and from the reception in a vintage 1963 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III.

Recognitions
University of Oregon School of Law announced that Juneau resident Katherine Rose Staton became a candidate for the degrees of doctor of jurisprudence and master of science in conflict resolution at the commencement exercises on Saturday, May 22, in Eugene, Oregon. Katherine is presently studying for and will take the Oregon Bar Exam in early August. During the last two years of school, she received a fellowship with the Many Nations Long House Graduate Teaching Fellow.

Kentucky family rides five-person bicycle to Juneau
Juneauites attending the Fourth of July parade this Sunday will have an opportunity to see something unique: a five-person, or "quint" bicycle, pedaled by the Pedouins, a family of five from Kentucky. Bill, his wife Amarins and their three daughters, Cheyenne, Jasmine and Robin (ages 7, 5 and 3 respectively), have been on a journey across the United States since leaving their home on August 1, 2009, with $300, a dream and the "yellow albatross," as Bill Pedouin refers to the bike.

Relay for Life committee announces event schedule
Relay for Life is a fun way to join others in the Juneau community in the fight against cancer and to raise funds for cancer research, education, advocacy and patient services provided by the American Cancer Society. It is also a way to celebrate the lives being saved from cancer and to remember those lost.

Have you had a spiritual experience?
On a recent trip to Seattle I experienced two different events, both of which I feel were spiritual experiences. The first happened on the street a block away from the Virginia Mason Emergency Room. A distraught woman approached me asking for help. She appeared to be a street person, disheveled and dirty, and on her throat was a Band-Aid with blood on it. In her hand were some gauze bandages and with a gurgling voice she explained to me she had just had a "trach" (a tracheotomy) and asked if I could spare some money. As I was in the loading zone and rushing, I quickly handed her some money and before I knew it she was hugging me, kissing me on the cheek and saying "I love you." I was completely overwhelmed and felt such a strong connection of love with this beautiful soul.

FYI
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Sitka to host summer farmers' market series
SITKA - The Sitka Local Foods Network will host its third summer of Sitka Farmers' Markets with five markets that start on July 17 and take place on alternate Saturdays through Sept. 11.

Volunteer Opportunity of the week
Organization: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska

Chicago Children's Choir visits Alaska
Over 50 youth from all walks of life in the Chicago area danced with their peers from Alaska Saturday afternoon in the commons at Thunder Mountain High School.

Dorothy Thelma Brady
Dorothy Thelma Brady died June 19, 2010 at the Juneau Pioneers' Home. She was 93.

Mary Jill Rentschler
Mary Jill Rentschler of Grove City, Ohio, died June 29, 2010 after a short fight against brain cancer. She was 71.

Randall G. Reinsmith
Juneau resident Randall G. Reinsmith died June 28, 2010 in Juneau of complications stemming from a lifelong battle with juvenile diabetes.

Outside editorial: Russian spy episode shouldn't derail relations
The following editorial appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

Kagan glides past 'gotcha' republicans
ATLANTA - The top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee said he was "disappointed" at the end of Elena Kagan's testimony this week, fearing she would move the U.S. Supreme Court leftward.

In God we Trust
This great country of ours was built and established by men and women of faith, determination, wisdom, and perseverance. As we celebrate the Fourth of July, we recognize that the men who signed the Declaration of Independence risked everything for freedom.

It's not just the Russians who are spying on the US
The arrest of 11 people on charges of espionage for the Russian government was a case of old-fashioned spy craft straight from the annals of the Cold War: dead drops, moles and communicating in code, known as stenography. Yet Russia is not alone in trying to crack U.S. secrets. China is engaged in a massive espionage effort against the United States that exceeds Russian efforts on a crucial front: cyber espionage.

The friendly skies where freedom dies
On the face of it, they'd seem to have little in common.

Giving thanks this Fourth of July
"You Americans may think Independence Day is just an American phenomenon and that we British don't celebrate it. We do celebrate Independence Day, only we celebrate it on Thanksgiving Day."

Suspected drug dealer arrested in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks police arrested a suspected drug dealer after finding him asleep behind the wheel of a gray Buick.

Anchorage man accused in antler stabbing
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage man has been charged with stabbing his roommate with a set of deer antlers.

2 indictments in 2008 slaying
KODIAK - A Kodiak grand jury has indicted two men on charges of second-degree murder in the 2008 slaying of a 41-year-old man.

Juneau fireworks show postponed
JUNEAU - The city's annual Fourth of July fireworks show is being postponed due to rain and low clouds, according to event organizers. The event has been rescheduled for sometime between 12 a.m. and 1 a.m. Monday morning.

Body of man found in Anchorage homeless camp
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police are investigating after the body of an Alaska Native man was found Friday morning in a downtown homeless camp.

Anchorage man sentenced in weapons case
ANCHORAGE - A 33-year-old Anchorage man has been sentenced to 33 months in federal prison after his conviction for being a felon in possession of firearms.

Dean Dawson named State archivist
JUNEAU - The Alaska Division of Libraries, Archives & Museums has named Dean Dawson of Juneau as Alaska State archivist.

Soggy weather helping some Interior wildfires
FAIRBANKS - The Alaska Fire Service says wet weather has tamed wildfires in the southern and eastern parts of the state's Interior, but that the northern and western parts of the region continue to experience warmer and drier conditions.

Bear activity closes Kenai river area
KENAI - Kenai National Wildlife Refuge officials say bear activity has prompted the closure of a forested area between the Russian River Ferry entrance, the Kenai River and the Sterling Highway.

Jury convicts stepson of murder
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage jury has convicted a 40-year-old man of first-degree murder in a case from 2003.

Wasilla man drowns as loaded boat capsizes
WASILLA - Authorities say a Wasilla man drowned when his boat capsized in Finger Lake after it was loaded for an overnight camping trip.

Anchorage man sentenced to 15 years in drug case
ANCHORAGE - A 34-year-old Anchorage man convicted of distributing cocaine and possessing firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Feds launch health care website
JUNEAU - The government's launched a new website aimed at helping provide information on health insurance options.

Hundreds of rabbits released onto Prince of Wales Island
WHALE PASS - Alaska State Troopers say a 67-year-old man from Whale Pass released hundreds of domesticated rabbits onto Prince of Wales Island.

Governor defends trip to Colorado ministry
JUNEAU - Gov. Sean Parnell is defending a recent out-of-state trip to the Christian ministry Focus on the Family as fitting with his efforts to strengthen families and end domestic violence.

Rain eases Interior fire situation
FAIRBANKS - Lightning strikes continue to ignite wildfires in the northern and western Interior, but rain has tamed blazes to the south and east.

Aide: Doogan prognosis 'very good' after surgery
JUNEAU - An aide to Alaska state Rep. Mike Doogan says the Anchorage Democrat is recovering from the successful removal of a brain tumor.

Fairbanks gets Alaska's second IMAX screen
FAIRBANKS - IMAX has its second screen in Alaska, and Fairbanks film fans are flocking to it.

Man on grueling motorcycle race crashes in Alaska
FAIRBANKS - A Seattle man participating in a controversial cross-country Harley-Davidson race collided with two Fairbanks bicyclists, who say they were lucky they weren't seriously injured.

Fire destroys gay pride float in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage authorities say they're investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed a gay pride float intended for a 4th of July parade.

Guilty pleas in attack of Alaska Native man
ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage man and woman who have admitted in federal court to attacking an Alaska Native man and posting a video of the incident on YouTube have pleaded guilty in state court.

100 miles and running
Another race, another record for Juneau ultrarunner Geoff Roes.

Why not replay already?
With all of the hubbub (what's a hubbub, anyway?) surrounding World Cup officiating blunders -and there was a new controversy practically every other day -it made me think of a couple of simple things I would change if I were the king of soccer for a day.

State begins own review of oil industry practices
The state of Alaska is reviewing its rules on offshore and "ultra-extended reach" drilling and may impose new requirements for relief wells on certain wells.

Arguments heard on new bail provisions
ANCHORAGE - A new law making it tougher for some defendants to get bail is illegal because the state constitution guarantees the right to bail for everyone, a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union said Friday.

Bears killed in Kenai
KENAI - Kenai police have killed a brown bear and her two cubs after the sow tried to enter one home and actually got into another.

AG: Dept. of Law erred in hiring advice
JUNEAU - A former lawmaker resigned from a newly created military affairs adviser role Friday as Alaska's attorney general acknowledged shortcomings in the legal analysis and advice given to Gov. Sean Parnell in his hiring of Nancy Dahlstrom.

Trash is a pile of treasure for artists
KETCHIKAN - To most people, a rusted hunk of metal is junk that needs to go to the dump. To "Salvage Divas" Anne Fitzgerald and Rhonda Green, it's art.

Murkowski surprised by Palin primary endorsement
JUNEAU - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Saturday that she was somewhat surprised former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin endorsed her longshot opponent in the state's Aug. 24 Republican primary.

Coast Guard to test jet boat for Arctic Ocean
ANCHORAGE - Looking to find a small boat that can operate in shallow, silty Arctic Ocean waters off Alaska's northern beaches, the Coast Guard this month will test a 28-foot jet boat that drafts just two feet.

One year later, Palin not fading away
JUNEAU - Sarah Palin isn't going to fade away.

Tea party's next wave rising in Alaska to Colorado
Rifle through a stack of tea party candidate resumes, and Joe Miller's will stand out.

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