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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

TransCanada drawbacks are mind-boggling
During "King Murkowski's Reign," I publicly criticized him severely in the media for his proposed pseudo-contract with the oil/gas producers for a natural gas pipeline from the North Slope to the lower 48 states.

Alaska should seize federal lands
I saw Gov. Sarah Palin on the Glenn Beck show on June 2, and she was extremely impressive. She is correct; we, Americans, need Alaska's oil and gas now.

Washington's first drug trial begins today
Jury selection in Aaron Washington's trial for alleged cocaine distribution is expected to begin this morning in Juneau Superior Court.

Land swap plan worries Pelican residents
Pelican residents were dismayed to learn of a recently proposed land exchange between the U.S. Forest Service and Shee Atika Inc. that could deny them access to a subsistence area right across the fjord from town.

New book highlights Tlingit women
The Alaska Native Sisterhood has accomplished a great deal over the years in education, civil rights and public service that many people are unaware of, ANS Executive Committee member Doloresa Cadiente said.

Reporter called to testify at drug trial
A news story about Aaron Washington, who law enforcement officials have accused of being a "ringleader" in Juneau's drug trade, became the focus during part of the first day of his trial Monday.

Trapped black bear trashes Toyota
Ann Boochever had an unwelcome remodel of the interior of her hybrid car Saturday when a black bear got stuck inside.

Photo: Little fisherman, big fisherman
D.J. Scott, 6, aims to catch small fish in a tide pool as his father, Ryan, has his sights on bigger fish Sunday at Point Louisa.

Photo: Images from another time Fire destroys historic building, 1987
Workers start to clean up and demolish the remains of the Juneau Cold Storage in May 1987. A fire destroyed the historic building, which was built in 1927, on May 24, 1987. It survived a major mudslide in the 1930s and a fire in 1956, but was a total loss after the fire in 1987. It was no longer in operation at the time of its destruction. There were no injuries in the fire. The cruise ship Fairsea is moored in the background.

Photo: Catching air
Henry Melville jumps out of the water while wakeboarding Sunday on Auke Lake.

Around Town
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Around Town
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Police & Fire
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Police & Fire
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My turn: Better living through $8 gas
I love $4 gas. It makes me appreciate freedom. I watch as the dollars spin and think, "You, Triceratops, did not get squished by an asteroid in vain. You got squished for a $60 drive to Vegas."

Alaska editorial: ANWR-drilling hopes stay alive in latest poll results
Supporters of drilling for oil in a sliver of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge have known all along this day would come. They've kept the faith that some day, a majority of Americans would come around to the idea of getting oil out of an area that Congress had already set aside for that purpose.

An energy policy we can stick to
Energy independence is the wrong goal. Oil, like all other goods, flows toward the highest bidder. Consequently, talking about "independence" in a global economy ruled by market forces is a contradiction.

My turn: When money is speech, speech isn't free
The Exxon verdict understandably overshadowed the U.S. Supreme Court's other end-of-term rulings among Alaskans, but one - Federal Election Commission v. Davis - deserves our attention, for it may influence our elections for decades to come.

Alaska editorial: Anchorage doesn't understand energy problems across state
It's an unorthodox approach and one that will not immediately win plaudits from Southcentral Alaska, but Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Jim Whitaker has a good point about the political response to Alaska's energy crisis.

U.S. citizens' gas money fueling Mideast's boom
If you want to understand the macroeconomic implications of paying more than $4 a gallon (and rising) for gasoline, just look at the skyline of Dubai.

Hydro offered again as energy alternative
ANCHORAGE - An ambitious hydropower project at Chakachamna Lake was among about three dozen proposals in a competition for $5 million in seed money to kick-start alternative energy projects across Alaska.

ConocoPhillips brings Qannik field online
JUNEAU - Alaska's North Slope oil production received a slight boost Monday.

New firm will manage college properties
SITKA - A new real estate firm will manage the Sheldon Jackson College campus and other land holdings in Sitka.

Melting ice prompts station evacuation
MOSCOW - A spokesman for a Russian scientific institution said global warming is causing Arctic sea ice to melt earlier than it normally does, forcing the evacuation of a research station in the Western Arctic.

Plane crash kills three near Cook Inlet
NIKISKI - A floatplane crashed, killing three people Saturday near Kustatan, a small community south of Tyonek, on the west side of Cook Inlet.

Moose lands in cruiser's front seat
ANCHORAGE - An Alaska State Trooper found himself with an unwanted front passenger after part of a moose crashed into the front seat of his cruiser.

Coast Guard supports artifact recovery
HOMER - The Coast Guard cutter Hickory will support the recovery efforts today of 140-year-old historical artifacts from the USS Torrent.

Man, 28, drowns in Koyukuk River
FAIRBANKS - A 28-year-old man drowned recently after jumping or falling from a skiff on the Koyukuk River.

Alaska Legislature to host colleagues
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Legislature will host fellow lawmakers from 13 Western states for a conference touching on such issues as transportation, international trade, education and American Indian issues.

Lance Mackey up for ESPY award again
FAIRBANKS - The number two has been good to champion musher Lance Mackey.

Juneau Junior All-Stars play Sitka today in Ketchikan
The Juneau Junior All-Stars, age 13-14, traveled to Ketchikan for the Southeast championship on Monday. Juneau's first game is against Sitka today, followed by Ketchikan on Wednesday.

Valley Lumber Tee Harbor Long Road Race 2008 Results
Sport Class - 20 mile race from Tee Harbor to Eagle Beach and back.

Fish Report: Fish & Game Division of Sport Fish - Douglas
Last week, on average, it took Juneau area marine boat anglers 32 rod hours to harvest a king. Last year at that time, it took 161 rod hours and the five-year average was 42 rod hours per fish. The hot spot for last week was Auke Bay. Remember, anglers must have in possession a 2008 fishing license and a king salmon stamp.

Majors Division tournament schedule
(age 11-12)

Legislature hears last public input on gas line before votes start next week
The Alaska Legislature completed the last of a series of public hearings Tuesday on a natural gas pipeline contract that's taken them from Ketchikan to Barrow in the last month.

Governor fires state's top cop
ANCHORAGE - Walt Monegan, the commissioner of the Department of Public Safety, has been fired.

Two-legged dog becomes symbol of trapping flap
PALMER - Andre the two-legged dog was rescued last winter when a woman noticed the animal trailing blood across a country road.

State responds to concerns about Pebble mine proposal
ANCHORAGE - State mining coordinator Tom Crafford says he remains confident that ongoing exploration drilling at the proposed Pebble mine in Southwest Alaska will have no significant impact on fisheries resources.

Fishing boat rescues 10 after volcano eruption
ANCHORAGE - A fishing vessel rescued 10 people after a volcano erupted, sending rocks and ash down on a cattle ranch on a remote island in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska.

BP begins developing world's longest wells in Beaufort Sea
ANCHORAGE - With Alaska's oil output on the wane and global prices rising, energy giant BP has started drilling the world's longest wells to a hard-to-reach offshore reservoir in the Beaufort Sea, the company said Monday.

Exxon moves forward disputed gas field
Exxon Mobil Corp. has hired contractors with plans to begin work on an oil and gas field the state of Alaska wants to take back.

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

Palin names Kenai police chief new top cop
A city police chief has once again been tapped to lead the state's Department of Public Safety.

Volcano continues to spew ash
ANCHORAGE - Lonnie Kennedy was taking everything in stride Monday after a volcano next to the cattle ranch where he lives with his family on Umnak Island exploded over the weekend.

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

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