Wednesday, July 8, 2009

New beginnings please
SEACC and SEACC supporters, I have been critical of you in the past, and deservedly so, but I am asking kindly that we bury the hatchet. I would like you to rest on your laurels that this mine at Kensington will be the most regulated in the world.

Get permission to pan
Active mining claims such as Sandy Beach in Douglas, the rock dump, Lemon Creek or Thane Beach are not open to the public for panning. The removal of minerals or gold from active claims or patented land exposes the trespasser to criminal action including attempted and/or grand larceny.

Good luck, Gov. Palin
I was slightly embarrassed to say the least when I read the Sunday editorial in the Juneau Empire about Gov. Sarah Palin's resignation. I am not sure what Juneau the editor is living in, but it is for sure not the Juneau I grew up in. "Good luck to the Governor and her family" would have shown taste and a little bit of class.

'Google Jet' parked in Juneau
The "Google Jet" has added Juneau to the list of airports it has visited while jet-setting across the globe.

Dog days mean the flu for some Juneau pets
Juneau's dogs are passing around the flu. The sickness that started showing up in the city's four-legged population a few weeks ago first looked like the more common kennel cough but turned out to be canine influenza, the Gastineau Human Society learned form the Office of the State Veterinarian this weekend.

Photo: Icy dip
Jodi Mesdag, front, and Jaydelyn Roy jump out of an inflatable raft and hurry to get out of the glacial water at the Mendenhall Glacier Monday. A kettle pond that is not connected to the icy Mendenhall Lake heats up on warm days and is afavorite spot for locals to swim and sunbathe.

Would-be miners are anxious to begin work
Coeur Alaska Inc. posted ads for four jobs Monday. But many more in Southeast Alaska, including former employees who were laid off, are hoping for a chance to work there.

Photo: Music while you walk
Jacob Sanders plays his violin on South Franklin Street Monday for tourists walking by. Sanders said he is trying to make money to buy a truck and is a couple thousand away from his goal. He also works as a kayak guide.

Mine opening won't fix city budget crisis
The pending opening of Kensington mine will positively impact the city's projected budget deficit but "certainly won't fix the woes," city Finance Director Craig Duncan said Tuesday.

Photo: Up the ladder
Spawning chum salmon swim up the 450-foot fish ladder Tuesday at the Macaulay Salmon Hatchery. According to the hatchery, the spawning male chum's strongly developed teeth, resembling canine fangs, give it its nickname, "dog salmon."

Around Town
Today, July 7

Photo: A little off the top
Paul Duran, assistant chief of engineers at DIPAC, trims the hedges alongside the road Tuesday. He said that he enjoys working outside on these sunny days and that he's glad to make the area look better for others who live here and visit.

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

Around Town
Today, July 8

Chase Brandon Fogelson
Juneau resident Chase Brandon Fogelson, formerly of Flagstaff, Ariz., died June 27, 2009, as the result of an accidental fall in Juneau. He was 20.

Cameron Hal Clark
Lifelong Juneau resident Cameron Hal Clark died July 1, 2009, on Mount McGinnis in Juneau. He was 16.

Keith A. Lapiene
Former Juneau resident Keith A. Lapiene died July 6, 2009, in Palatka, Fla. He was 44.

The way to a civilized world
A few weeks ago, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Corps of Engineers permit allowing Coeur Alaska's plan to dump mining waste into Lower Slate Lake. For the mining company, it's a happy ending to the four-year challenge by environmental groups. Whether or not one agrees with the ruling, it should be a cause to celebrate our system of justice.

Fish story is a cautionary tale
I f ever there were a story that foreshadowed the political and legal Waterloos that loom in seeking solutions to climate change, surely that cautionary tale is the one about the Columbia and Snake rivers' salmon and their imminent extinction.

Outside editorial: Another Tylenol scare
Twenty-seven years after the still-unsolved Tylenol murders comes a fresh warning that over-the-counter painkillers can kill. Tamperproof packaging won't save us this time. We're poisoning ourselves.

We all have a huge role in tackling climate change
B ehavioral economists will tell you that the simple act of placing an electricity consumption meter in plain view can substantially cut a home's energy use. The same goes for real-time miles-per-gallon meters in cars, which change the way we drive.

Outside column: Fewer copy editors, more errors
The front of Tuesday's Post Metro section directed readers to turn to Page B3 for a story about the suspected kidnapping of a Wheaton, Md., woman. But no story could be found.

Outside editorial: Learning from McNamara
A mid the rending of garments and gnashing of teeth over the recent death of the King of Pop, it's worth noting the loss Monday of the King of Bang. Robert Strange McNamara, who died at his home in Washington at 93, helped engineer the nuclear escalation of the Cold War and the military escalation of the Vietnam War, a brilliant man who rose quickly to the pinnacle of the corporate and government worlds only to become the poster child for wrongheaded hubris.

Juneau's Nizich to remain chief of staff
JUNEAU - Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell announced Monday that Mike Nizich, currently Gov. Sarah Palin's chief of staff, will remain chief of staff when Parnell takes the oath of office as governor on July 26.

Infant on cruise ship medevaced to Bartlett
JUNEAU - A Coast Guard crew from Air Station Sitka helicoptered a 1-year-old child off a cruise ship to Bartlett Regional Hospital early Tuesday.

Coast Guard: man overboard near Aleutians
KODIAK - The Coast Guard says it's searching for a 58-year-old Japanese man reported overboard from the commercial fishing vessel Alaska Warrior in waters about 200 miles west of Dutch Harbor, Alaska.

2 Fort Richardson soldiers die in Afghanistan
FORT RICHARDSON - The Army announced that two Fort Richardson-based soldiers were killed in Afghanistan on July 4.

New public cabin going up in Wrangell
JUNEAU - Wrangell Island is getting its first U.S. Forest Service public-use cabin this summer.

Railroad identifies Anchorage man struck by train
ANCHORAGE - A man struck and killed by a train north of Wasilla on Independence Day has been identified as 42-year-old Brett Miller of Anchorage.

Cruise ship makes unscheduled stop in Auke Bay
JUNEAU - The Serenade of the Seas, a Royal Caribbean International cruise ship with a 3,360 passenger and crew capacity, made an unscheduled stop in Auke Bay harbor around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to offload a medical patient.

Google mum on jet in Juneau
JUNEAU - A media representative for the Internet corporation would not confirm nor deny Tuesday that the Boeing 767 parked at the Juneau airport is the "Google Jet."

City imposes open burn ban
JUNEAU - Capital City Fire and Rescue issued a ban Tuesday on all open burning throughout the borough.

Alaska man sought in $100,000 theft from nonprofit
ANCHORAGE - Police are searching for an Anchorage man suspected of stealing more than $100,000 from the nonprofit Alaska Marine Conservation Council.

Man turns himself in to police in Anchorage drive-by shooting
ANCHORAGE - A 23-year-old man sought in the drive-by shooting of an Anchorage woman has turned himself in to police.

Pay raises for Kenai council, mayor
KENAI - Positions on the Kenai City Council will pay $100 more per month.

Wildfire smoke drifts over Denali Nat'l Park
DENALI NATIONAL PARK - Wildfire smoke has created hazy conditions in Denali National Park.

Incoming Alaska governor to tweet less than Palin
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's incoming governor isn't the tweeter that Sarah Palin is.

Alaska Air Guard rescues 2 plane crash survivors
PALMER - The Alaska Air National Guard has rescued two survivors of a small plane crash northeast of Palmer.

Coast Guard helps sinking boat near Kodiak Island
KODIAK - The U.S. Coast Guard assisted a 50-foot fishing vessel that started sinking on the northwest side of Kodiak Island in Spiridon Bay.

Juneau boy arrested for car rifling
JUNEAU - A 17-year-old boy was arrested early Tuesday for car rifling in North Douglas.

Land O'Lakes hot cocoa mix recalled
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has recalled Land O'Lakes International Drinking Cocoa in the "Madagascar Vanilla" flavor, due to possible Salmonella contamination of the dry milk in it.

Kenai dunes chained off for preservation
KENAI - The city of Kenai is working to chain off environmentally sensitive dunes before the Kenai River dip-net fishery opens Friday.

Hiking the Dan Moller Trail
A trip up the Dan Moller Trail in late June led through many muskegs, where the flower show was well under way. Two or three kinds of violets — purple, lavender and yellow — pink bog rosemary, a little pink bog laurel, white starflowers and numerous three-leaf goldthreads.

Palin's naming of new No. 2 raises questions
Alaska Legislators are questioning whether Gov. Sarah Palin can appoint the state's No. 2 elected official without their input.

Gov. Palin defends decision to resign
KOTZEBUE - Gov. Sarah Palin returned to the spotlight Tuesday with an appearance in a remote Arctic village where she defended her perplexing decision to resign.

Alaskan files ethics complaint against Palin
ANCHORAGE - A resident of Sarah Palin's hometown has filed an ethics complaint against her, just days after her surprise announcement that she will resign as Alaska governor.

Palin's leaving opens political doors for others
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's early departure from office is creating political opportunity for others who want to be the state's next chief executive.

Alaska man gets 30 years for sex abuse
FAIRBANKS - Describing the offenses as "among the worst I've ever seen," a Superior Court judge sentenced an Alaska man to 30 years in prison for sexually abusing four children under the age of 13.

Health director says she was forced out
One of the state's top public health officials says she was forced out of office because Gov. Sarah Palin felt she wasn't in step on social issues.

Fairbanks scientists develop cold-climate barley
FAIRBANKS - Scientists have developed a cold climate barley called Sunshine that could be available to growers as early as next year.

Luxury camping in Alaska's wilds
EAGLE RIVER, Alaska - A pair of campsites at the Eagle River Campground may not come with five-star concierge service like a luxury hotel - but in the world of camping, they offer more than just a place to pitch a tent. Dan McDonough, owner of Life Adventures in Palmer, is testing a new market for camping in Alaska with specialized campsites that provide a large wall tent, firewood, citronella candles and water.

Palin, under fire, takes to Twitter and Facebook
ANCHORAGE - It's the question everyone is asking: What will Sarah Palin do after stepping down later this month as Alaska governor?

Clock that counted time left in Palin's term gone
The "Time to Make a Difference" clock that counted the time left in Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's term in office is missing from the wall outside her Juneau office.

Police count more gangs arriving on Anchorage streets
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police are counting more gangs on city streets, but there's debate over whether the increase is as sharp as it appears.

Scientist tests new seafloor mapping tech
ANCHORAGE - Scientists are breaking new ground in the Pribilof Islands, mapping habitat essential to crab using multi-beam sonar to survey the depths and texture of the seafloor.

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