Wednesday, July 16, 2008

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.

Lisianski Inlet land hustle is wrong
At the Pelican City Council meeting on July 8, I listened with dismay to a teleconference with the U.S. Forest Service Ranger in Hoonah. The basic point conveyed to the residents of Pelican was that discussions were taking place between the forest service and Shee Atika representatives about exchanging Shee Atika land on Admiralty Island at Cube Cove for approximately one third of Yakobi Island and a portion of Chichagof Island across from Pelican.

Wearing a bike helmet matters
Monday morning I received a not-so-subtle reminder about the importance of wearing a bike helmet, even on short trips without much traffic.

Key witness testifies in drug case
The state's key witness took the stand Tuesday in the trial of Aaron Washington, who authorities say is a kingpin of Juneau's drug trade and dealt drugs to a confidential police informant.

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.

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.

With low rates back, conservation slackens
Juneau is still conserving electricity compared to last year. But in the month the city spent back on lower rates, usage crept up once again.

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: Introducing statehood medallions
Melissa Stepovich, co-chair of the Alaska Statehood Celebration Commission, holds a replica of the seal of the state of Alaska during a ceremony on the cruise ship Sapphire Princess. The seal will be made into 5,000 medallions in an effort sponsored by the Juneau Statehood Celebration Committee and funded by the Alaska Statehood Celebration Commission. The medallions will be sold to help fund a statehood celebration.

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.

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

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

Dimond Park Field House gets ownership
The Juneau Community Foundation received a Certificate of Occupancy for the new Dimond Park Field House on July 10. In a brief meeting conducted at the new field house that day, the foundation transferred ownership of the facility to the Dimond Park Field House Inc., which was created to own and oversee management of the facility. DPFHI will enter into a management agreement with Eaglecrest Ski Area to operate the facility beginning in September.

Thank you to Carmel Children's Hope Inc.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska thanks Pona Samuel and Carmel Children's Hope Inc. for the gift of $1,000, which represents proceeds from their successful fundraiser in May. This gift will be used to support the Amachi Program of Big Brothers Big Sisters, which focuses on one-to-one mentoring for children of incarcerated parents, a goal shared by Carmel Children's Hope.

Thanks for contributing to our June fundraiser
The Juneau Family Health and Birth Center would like to thank all contributors involved in the June fundraiser. We so appreciate their support of our new building and our organization. Thanks again for your generous donations to this project. Together with the community we will build strong and healthy families!

Thanks for the new portable restrooms
For years, the portable toilets that are located at the areawide harbors have been filthy and unusable, sometimes with waste piled above the rim of the seat due to lack of servicing.

Thanks, Post Office, for sending our letter
My wife and I recently had the pleasure of visiting Juneau as part of a week-long Alaska cruise. We were in Juneau on a Sunday and dropped a handful of letters in the drop box outside the post office on West Ninth Street. Just as the letters were dropping beyond our reach and the door of the mailbox was closing, I noticed that the letter to our autistic son was missing a stamp.

Thank you for your business, Juneau
Due to the price of fuel and the economy, we had to close the doors of Chilly Willy's Car Wash. We appreciate the business that the community has brought us. So, thanks again.

Have you ever been to Shishmaref?
No other state in the Union can offer such an adventure for travelers seeking great distances and faraway places. If you live in Massachusetts or Georgia or Nevada you could just jump in your car and visit any small town or large city. In Alaska, you have to take a boat or a small plane to reach many destinations.

Grown, gone in the flicker of a moment
Parents who stay at home tend to spend a lot of time with their kids. That factoid should hardly come as a surprise. The point of staying home, after all, is to tend to the children.

Send in your kitchen tips
We are looking for your favorite fruit dish. And, if you have a kitchen tip, trick or a special technique, send them in so we can share with our readers; we all like shortcuts!

Consortium's Pearson earns tobacco treatment credential
SITKA - Martha Pearson of Sitka, a health educator for the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium WISEWOMAN program, recently became the first person from Alaska to earn the Master Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist (CTTS-M) credential.

Baxters celebrate 65 years
Fred and Jirdes Baxter will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary with a reception from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 18, at 1702 Douglas Highway. Their family requests the company of family and friends. No gifts please. For more information, contact Sherill Baxter at 364-3192.

Recognitions
Madison Swofford, of Juneau, was named on the dean's list at Warner Pacific College in Portland, Ore. Madison is majoring in health and human kinetics with an emphasis in exercise science. She is minoring in human biology and health. She also finished her second season on scholarship with the women's basketball team at Warner.

Bereavement Support Group to start at hospice on July 23
JUNEAU - Hospice and Home Care of Juneau will start its next seven-week Bereavement Support Group on Wednesday, July 23, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the ★★CJ office, 419 Sixth St., on the ground floor of the former St. Ann's nursing home behind the Catholic Cathedral.

Author of 'Firecracker Boys' to present today
JUNEAU - In 1958, Father of the H-bomb, Edward Teller, unveiled his plan to create an instant harbor on the coast of Alaska by exploding a string of nuclear bombs. Instead he accidentally helped launch the environmental movement. With accompanying slides, Dan O'Neill, author of "The Firecracker Boys," will tell the story of Project Chariot - how a small Eskimo village, along with a handful of Alaska scientists and conservationists, thwarted Teller's scheme and sparked a new era of environmental awareness. His presentation will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the University of Alaska Southeast Egan Lecture Hall.

Loy S. Lonberg
Former Juneau resident Loy S. Lonberg died July 12, 2008. He was 65.

Ann Louise Griffeth
Longtime Juneau resident Ann Louise Griffeth died July 4, 2008, in Juneau. She was 87.

My turn: Sealaska should receive promised acres
The recent Associated Press article about Sealaska's efforts to achieve final land entitlement under the 1971 Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act is misleading.

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.

Outside editorial: Taking advice from an oil man
As legendary oil investor T. Boone Pickens tells the story, Republican Bob Dole wanted him to head up his 1996 presidential campaign in Texas. In return, Pickens wanted to be Dole's chief adviser on energy policy.

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.

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.

The American generation gap transcends race
It was the whisper heard round the world. And even now, no one seems quite certain what that whisper means.

Assembly establishes sustainability fund
JUNEAU - The Juneau Assembly on Monday established a revolving loan program aimed at "energy conservation" projects to be approved of by city officials.

Black bear sightings are up in Juneau
JUNEAU -The Department of Fish and Game in Juneau has been fielding more calls concerning black bears this week.

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

City to sell more bonds for new pool
JUNEAU - The Juneau Assembly on Monday approve the sale of up to $4 million in general obligation bonds to further fund the $19.8 million Dimond Park Swimming Pool approved by voters in 2007.

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.

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.

Alaska has highest gas prices in nation
HARTFORD, Conn. - AAA said the average price of regular gas in Alaska was the highest in the nation this month, topping the list at $4.64 a gallon.

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.

Driver dies after hitting power pole
NIKISKI - A 25-year-old man died after his vehicle went off the road and hit a live power pole Monday evening.

Seward man dies in head-on collision
ANCHORAGE - A Seward man was killed in a head-on collision Monday, and two others involved in the accident are in critical condition.

Willow man dies after four-wheeler accident
WILLOW - A Willow man died Monday from injuries he sustained in a four-wheeler accident, Alaska State Troopers said.

Shipwreck artifacts recovered near Homer
HOMER - Dive teams recovered 140-year-old artifacts from the USS Torrent that were put on display Tuesday, the Coast Guard said.

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.

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.

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.

Juneau West stings Prince of Wales
JUNEAU - The Juneau West All Stars rolled as Ryan Lee and Tanner Petrie helped their team overpower Prince of Wales Tuesday 11-4 in an opening round victory in the District II Majors All Star Tournament held at Miller Field.

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)

Former ally criticizes Palin on gas line plan
Just when Alaska has one, if not two, natural gas pipeline proposals appearing to be within its reach, a revered elder statesmen is urging rejection, and saying the state should try to instead develop an even better deal elsewhere.

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.

Begich, Stevens already in million-dollar battle
U.S. Senate candidates Mark Begich and Ted Stevens are officially embroiled in a million-dollar battle for the seat Stevens has held for 40 years.

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.

Wildfires gain ground on Alaska tundra
DIMPLE LAKE - The Arctic is burning.

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.

More U.S. drivers are cutting back on trips through Alaska
ANCHORAGE - In early May, Bob and Sandy Wilson and their two cats began a long-awaited road trip from North Carolina to Alaska.

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.

Photo: Becoming a common sight
A Sitka blacktail deer and her two fawns pause Sunday along the Mitkof Highway on Mitkof Island near Petersburg. Blacktail deer are so common in the community that they are often seen walking through town, bedding down in front lawns, and eating flowers from planters.

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.

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