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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Sign petition for say in waterfront development
Over the years, I have heard people voice concerns over projects which they believed deviated from previously articulated and accepted community development plans, or which seemed contrary to continuation of a vibrant, sustainable community. I have at times had such concerns myself.

Change Sealaska business practices
One of Alaska Native Brotherhood's original founders, Frank Price, is remembered for his charge to delegates: "When you are going to hold up the strongest weapon in your hand, it is a ballot. Cast it!"

Nation can pull together to reduce energy use
It's a shame to hear President Bush keep pushing the opening of coastal drilling and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, despite his own brother, when governor of Florida, being very opposed to it.

Cruise ship grounds near Glacier Bay
About 40 people were evacuated after a Cruise West cruise ship ran aground Monday morning in Glacier Bay.

Construction jobs are still in demand in city
While construction jobs have hit the skids nationwide, Juneau may be bucking the trend.

Wastewater plant fuel leak will cost thousands
A diesel fuel leak earlier this year at a city-owned wastewater treatment plant will cost $100,000 to $150,000 to clean up and fix the faulty fuel system that caused the problem, according to city staff.

City delays decision on towers
The city on Thursday announced it would delay a Juneau Planning Commission action to issue permits for two 180-foot AT&T communications towers proposed for the Mendenhall Valley.

Photo: A hint of Great Britain in North Douglas
Simon Ridgeway poses Saturday with his customized mailbox and British-style phonebooth. Ridgeway, a British citizen and mechanic for ERA Helicopters, wanted something eye-catching to keep him from driving by his property on North Douglas Highway. He built the telephone booth from pictures. He keeps a chair inside the booth to use his cell phone, where he says he gets better reception than in his home. Ridgeway says his friends are expecting him to build a pint-sized Big Ben to add to his collection.

Around Town
Today

Photo: Late bloomer
Lee Walling prepares his and his wife's garden plot Sunday at the Juneau Community Gardens. The Wallings acknowledged they were getting a bit of a late start in the growing season, but Lee Walling said he was looking forward to learning from the area's gardeners.

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

Around Town
Today

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

McCain, Obama duel on economic fix-it plans
DENVER - Barack Obama and John McCain agree on this much: The economy is staggering under the Bush administration, and Americans are hurting. But who's to blame and how best to fix it?

William 'Bill' Henry Devon
Former Douglas resident William "Bill" Henry Devon died July 1, 2008, in Trapper Creek. He was 80.

Alaska editorial: Full methadone program should be reinstated
Heroin use is on the rise in Alaska. But the state this past year cut back the most successful treatment program for most addicts - use of methadone. The state reduced grants for the sole methadone treatment program in Anchorage by $20,000.

My turn: Thin ice is here now
On thin ice, you move very carefully. Gail Phillips and Arliss Sturgelewski offer "Big Ideas for Alaska's Future" (Empire, July 6) and imply that problems are figured out. To the contrary, forces beyond current management threaten us: a warming ocean, melting permafrost under interior villages, high and increasing fuel costs, fish and game under pressure from habitat loss and over-harvesting, and forests vulnerable to warming and invasive species - to name a few.

Separation can be a positive thing
Success breeds separation. That's the thing no one tells you, the thing sometimes you don't realize, the thing that might make a child turn from his own potential. Success is like a pyramid, broad at the bottom, but narrow at the summit; the higher you go, the fewer people go with you.

Alaska editorial: Don't let politics delay decision on gas pipeline plans
When it comes to natural gas pipeline proposals, there are three major players - TransCanada, BP and ConocoPhillips together, and the state of Alaska.

Obama's trade pledge may hurt the U.S.
When I asked Mexican President Felipe Calderon about Democratic presumptive presidential candidate Barack Obama's pledge to renegotiate the U.S. free trade agreement with Mexico, I expected him to say that such a move would be catastrophic for Mexico.

Inside the numbers: politics of oil
Oil and gasoline were on everybody's minds as Americans took to the roads for the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

One sent to hospital in accident on Egan
JUNEAU - A 45-year-old Juneau woman was taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital by ambulance after she was extricated with the Jaws of Life from her vehicle on Egan Drive.

Pellet fuel could become reality
FAIRBANKS - A state forestry official said he's fielded several inquiries from companies interested in producing wood pellets to be used for heat.

Trial for Washington set for next week
JUNEAU - The trial of a Juneau man accused of running a drug ring is scheduled to start next week.

Investigation of false flares costs $50,000
ANCHORAGE - The Coast Guard wants to know if you decide to teach your children how to set off emergency flares.

Two Strykers summit Mount McKinley
FORT WAINWRIGHT - Two Fort Wainwright soldiers have scaled Mount McKinley.

Hometowns of crash victims released
ANCHORAGE - Authorities have identified the hometowns of three California men who died and two Michigan men who were critically hurt after a vehicle rollover on Alaska's Parks Highway.

Man dives into water, drowns in Selawik
ANCHORAGE - Authorities are investigating a drowning in Selawik.

Alaska Airlines joins with regional carrier
SEATTLE - Alaska Airlines is entering into a partnership with the regional carrier Frontier Alaska.

Salmon ban hurts Kodiak retailers
KODIAK - Kodiak retailers are feeling the financial fallout from a recent ban on some recreational salmon fishing in the Karluk, Ayakulik and Buskin rivers.

Palmer youth killed in vehicle collision
WASILLA - Alaska State Troopers say a 16-year-old Palmer girl died from injuries suffered in a two-vehicle accident.

Watchers look for entangled humpback
SEKIU, Wash. - Whale-watchers are keeping a vigil over the Strait of Juan de Fuca in northwest Washington state for a young humpback whale entangled in crab lines.

Tibbles will manage Stevens' campaign
ANCHORAGE - U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens has hired a former official in Gov. Sarah Palin's administration to manage his Senate campaign.

Moderate earthquake hits area near Adak
FAIRBANKS - A magnitude 5.4 earthquake was reported Monday in the Andreanof Islands region of Alaska.

Palin pushes in-state gas line
Gov. Sarah Palin announced the state would be backing ENSTAR Natural Gas Co.'s plans to build a pipeline to bring natural gas to its hundreds of thousands of customers in Southcentral Alaska.

Report explores oil's role in Alaska
ANCHORAGE - The state of Alaska most likely earned more than $10 billion this fiscal year from oil and gas operations, according to a new look at the role of the industry in the state economy.

Visitors find continent's tallest mountain elusive
TALKEETNA - Bob and Sally Corey of Dawsonville, Ga., made sure they were going to see North America's tallest mountain.

Rural villages chase cheaper sources of fuel
A group of Dillingham fishermen hoping to reduce gas costs for the Bristol Bay fleet are sketching plans to turn salmon waste into fuel.

Pike take over Alexander Lake
WASILLA - Patches of snow still dotted the grassy edges of Alexander Lake this May when state fisheries biologists Dave Rutz, Sam Ivey and Chris Brockman set about pulling up a hoop net they'd set for pike. As they reeled in the long black net, they gasped. Inside was a mass of 45 pike, and, in that mass were seven "pigs," pike 40-inches or longer with thigh-thick bellies. One measured just shy of four feet and weighed maybe 30 pounds.

Fairbanks thrift stores see increase in business
FAIRBANKS - Joelle DeMunno has a new way of predicting customer spending at Value Village.

Research calculates survival rates of sea lions
Researchers aboard the Norseman departed Dutch Harbor on June 24 on a voyage to monitor Steller's sea lion populations.

Climber who died on Mount McKinley buried at summit
ANCHORAGE - A climber who collapsed and died on the summit of Mount McKinley has been buried there, officials at Denali National Park said Monday.

Photo: Refreshing blast
Spectators react to a spray of water Friday during the annual water fight in downtown Sitka. The Sitka fire department took on a fire crew from the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station in Sitka. Teams used hoses to push an empty keg past their opponents.

Researchers shoot aggressive bear
ANCHORAGE - A remote section of Denali National Park was closed to the public after researchers shot an aggressive bear that then disappeared in dense brush.

Alaska-based airlines face a pilot shortage
ANCHORAGE - Alaska-based airlines say they are facing a pilot shortage, with high turnover and open positions. But some in the industry think the nation's airline struggles may steer job-seeking flyers to the northern-most state.

This Day in History
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Photo: Signs of a healthy crab season
Ladd Norheim, right, captain of the crab tender Frigidland, and his son, Taylor, sort dungeness crab on June 29 over fishing grounds in Southeast Alaska. The Alaska Department of Fish & Game's projection from landings and efforts during the first weeks of the dungeness fishery indicate the harvest will exceed the required 2.25 million pounds for a normal season length. For the 2007-08 season, the initial prediction was 3.5 million pounds and the eventual total season harvest was 5.4 million pounds.

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