Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Don't let a parade turn into a tragedy
Like thousands of others in Juneau, I enjoy watching the Fourth of July parades. However, I cringe when I see children scrambling for candy, sometimes inches away from the wheels of large vehicles. Let's not allow these festive occasions to turn into tragedies.

With fireworks, safety should come first
I understand that is fun to play with fireworks on the Fourth of July, but I find it in poor taste to shoot off fireworks in a condensed parking lot.

Many Hoonah shops closed for 'Juneau Day'
A friend and I went over to Hoonah for "Juneau Day" at Icy Straight Point on June 26. It was a full boat over and a very nice day for a boat ride. After we arrived, we took a bus to the bear viewing area and looked for wildlife. Not much to be seen this time of year, but it was a nice little tour. We got back to Icy Straight Point around 12:30 p.m. and we were hungry.

Are we headed toward sparklers only?
Sometimes, it's the simple pleasures in life that are important. So, can someone please tell me why Homeland Security banned 12-inch shells at the fireworks?

Sometimes, surrender is cowardly
Rich Moniak's July 2 column "Surrender Is not always cowardly" is an attempt to rewrite history in an op-ed piece. Allow me to fill in some glaring holes.

Cruise ship comeback
Juneau's top cruise ship companies say their Alaska business is improving, and a rebounding economy is enabling them to increase prices and book staterooms more quickly.

AEL&P pleads its case to RCA
Alaska Electric Light & Power officials told the Regulatory Commission of Alaska that its current profit margin was so low as to be "confiscatory," and urged commissioners to grant their request to increase bills 18.5 percent on an interim basis, and later to 22.1 percent on a permanent basis.

Victims of trailer fire lodged at St. Vincent de Paul
Residents of a trailer that went up in flames early Thursday morning are doing their best to cope with the sudden loss of almost everything they owned. But there are a few bright spots: They found a few unexpected treasures while sifting through the debris of their home in the days after the fire, and they have had a place to stay, moving into St. Vincent de Paul shelter on Tuesday.

Hold on to your butts, litter
City officials are hoping a change to Juneau's litter code makes for a cleaner downtown.

Glacier bears scarce this season
The Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center bears have not shown up this year in the same numbers as the past, making staff wonder where they are.

Chilly, drunken swim ends at Lemon Creek without charges
A man went for an ill-advised, chilly swim in the Gastineau Channel mid-morning on Sunday and ended up being rescued by a combination of yachters and local emergency responders.

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

Photo: Overturned truck near mile 10
A truck carrying lumber overturned at mile 10 near Don Abel Building Supplies around 10:50 a.m. Tuesday morning. No one was injured.

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

Photo: Lining the streets
Cruise passengers and crewmembers line the sidewalks along South Franklin St. Monday.

Photo: DIPAC Die-Hard
Determined fisherman Townsend Fletcher, 14, stands on a step ladder in the waters near the Douglas Island Pink & Chum hatchery Monday afternoon. "I can see the fish better from up here," said Fletcher, who caught a large king salmon on Saturday from his perch. "It becomes a good battle of balance and strength from up here." Fletcher also wears polarized sun glasses to cut through surface reflections, and packs a good lunch because he spends most the day casting into the waters.

Empire launches Readers' Choice awards
The community will be given a chance to decide the best of Juneau in the Empire's new Readers' Choice awards, which started with online voting Monday.

Photos: Juneau's nature
A mallard hen snatches a piece of bread from a pile left by a patron of Riverside Rotary Park Monday.

Alaska editorial: Energy future
The following editorial first appeared in the Anchorage Daily News:

Outside editorial: Petraeus is right man for job, but must still prove himself
The following editorial first appeared in the Kansas City Star:

'Twihard' with a Vengeance
The Bible says "Judge not, lest ye be judged." But these days, as everyone seems to be judging everyone else - or at least commenting on their Facebook status - I believe we're granted dispensation. By all means, judge away.

A case for pay walls
Hal Varian, the chief economist at Google Inc., spends a lot of time talking about the economic state of the news business, partly at the behest of the Federal Trade Commission, which wants to know how free online access has contributed to the financial difficulties of dozens of newspapers such as the Rocky Mountain News, Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune.

Care and feeding of your iPhone 4
Thank you for purchasing your brand new iPhone 4! We here at Apple are very aware that you have your choice in cell phones, but we're also aware that you people will literally buy anything we introduce, as long as we make you wait in line or pretend to leak a prototype. Little known fact: the iPad started out as a joke among our marketing department guys.

Man dies after motorcycle crash
FAIRBANKS - A 37-year-old Fairbanks man has died of injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash.

Man with burns found in Anchorage shed
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police say a 51-year-old man suffering what appeared to be severe burns was found in the shed of an unoccupied mobile home.

Hoka Hey race participant dies in Alaska crash
ANCHORAGE - A second participant in a cross-country Harley-Davidson race has died - this time in a crash on an Alaska highway.

4 rescued from Hinchinbrook Island
ANCHORAGE - The Coast Guard says four Fairbanks men were rescued from Hinchinbrook Island after their boat took on water.

Gay pride float rises from the ashes
ANCHORAGE - Builders of a gay pride float that burned in a suspicious fire built another float just in time to participate in Anchorage's Independence Day parade.

Ship runs aground, 13 evacuated
JUNEAU - The Catalyst, a 74-foot wooden hulled vessel carrying four crew members and nine passengers, ran aground on Robert Island Tuesday morning, said Coast Guard Lieutenant Byron Hayes.

SeaLife Center: Cancer killed sea lion
ANCHORAGE - Officials with the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward say a necropsy shows that cancer is what killed a pregnant sea lion last month.

Military flare found on beach in North Douglas
JUNEAU - Juneau Police say an incendiary device found on a North Douglas beach turned out to be a military flare that washed ashore.

Former GOP Senate candidate seeks debt help
OLYMPIA, Wash. - Sen. Don Benton is hoping that those who once supported his U.S. Senate bid will now help him pay off his debt.

Fireworks blamed for North Pole blaze
FAIRBANKS - A Fourth of July fire in North Pole caused an estimated $350,000 in damage.

Juneau Coast Guard member returns from Gulf Coast
MOBILE, Ala. - Coast Guard Public Affairs Specialist Third Class Walter Shinn recently returned from the Gulf Coast where he was supporting the oil recovery operations in the Gulf of Mexico.

Competing pipeline project to begin seeking bids
JUNEAU - Denali is set to start seeking shipping commitments for a major natural gas pipeline project in Alaska.

Photos: Soggy soccer scramble
Children play soccer during Mega Sports Camp at the Juneau-Douglas High School turf field Tuesday. Coaches from New Life Church in Portland, Ore. partnered with the local Crossroads Church to offer the camp free of charge to Juneau's kids.

Recovering from Rainball
Last week was pretty quiet, and that was probably good as many players were still recovering from the Rainball tournament.

Hunter works to clean up gravel pits
KENAI - Steve Meyer is trying to maintain the reputation of area hunters by cleaning local gravel pits used for target practice.

More Alaskans staying in state for college
JUNEAU - Nearly two-thirds of Alaska's college-bound high school students enroll in Alaska universities, reversing a trend from a decade ago, a University of Alaska official said.

Research looks at Bering Strait land bridge
FAIRBANKS - Research illuminating an ancient language connection between Asia and North America supports archaeological and genetic evidence that a Bering Strait land bridge once connected North America with Asia, and the discovery is being endorsed by a growing list of scholars in the field of linguistics and other sciences.

Gulf spill spurs Begich to introduce bills
FAIRBANKS - The massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has prompted U.S. Sen. Mark Begich to introduce several bills aimed at making energy development safer.

New tax-free financing available for business expansions
State officials are working to get the word out about new low-cost financing for business expansion and local economic development projects.

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