Sunday, July 20, 2008

State, timber industry need Sealaska Corp.
Southeast Alaska's timber industry is struggling to survive.

Foreclosure counselors dig for hope
The nonprofit Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Alaska closed its Juneau office because its clients kept missing their appointments. Counselors assumed people were embarrassed to be seen walking in, and now they stick to phone appointments with the Anchorage office.

City seeks input on energy crisis
A city commission formed to analyze local government response to the energy crisis caused by avalanches in April at the Snettisham project seeks public input.

Photo: Caught in the storm
Isabel Matte hangs on to her umbrella to keep her daughter, Colomba, 3, from sailing away Friday along Seward Street. They were visiting from Santiago, Chile. According to the National Weather Service, 2.12 inches of rain fell on Juneau between Friday and Saturday morning. Today's forecast is calling for more showers and highs around 56.

Around Town
Today

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

Marjorie J. Todd
Former Juneau resident Marjorie J. Todd (nee Snell) died on June 28, 2008, at the home of her daughter, Sandra L. Menzies, in Elyria, Ohio. She was 85.

Gerald Shelley
Juneau resident Gerald Shelley died July 12, 2008, in his home. He was 68.

Alaska editorial: Alaska shouldn't be bullied into opening ANWR
A recent report issued by the Alaska Oil and Gas Industry indicates that the state of Alaska likely earned more than $10 billion this fiscal year from oil and gas operations. The state made $5.1 billion from oil revenue in FY 2007.

Cracking wise about Obama
I believe comedic change is possible. Since The New Yorker dropped a bum joke on its most recent cover, comedians have appeared on every news outlet to whine about how hard it is to make fun of Barack Obama. Really? They have an arsenal of jokes to use against a 71-year-old ex-POW cancer survivor and Obama is too touchy a subject?

Uphill battle on offshore drilling
With only six months left in office, President Bush has finally repealed presidential restrictions on oil drilling in American waters.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

Trail Trash
A lone Dr Pepper can in a patch of colorful forget-me-nots and buttercups at the start of Blueberry Trail, off Engineers Cutoff Road, cannot begin to prepare one for what lies ahead.

Alaskan's new book touts bear safety, awareness
KENAI - Hiking one of the numerous trails in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, fishing the Russian River, or even walking out back to feed livestock - any and all of these activities could bring a person nose to nose with a Kenai Peninsula brown or black bear. It's part and parcel with life in Alaska.

Winter wrens sing by Windfall Lake
Windfall Lake was a popular destination on the Fourth of July weekend.

Biologists set bear-hair snares in Berner Bay
Visitors to Berners Bay this summer may encounter bear hair snares, and possibly bears as well, at some popular camping and picnicking spots.

Chillin' on the Chulitna
FAIRBANKS - We - me, my wife, Kristan, and our 9-year-old son, Logan - just returned from a three-day, two-night raft trip down the Chulitna River in the Alaska Range and I've got to tell you, I'm not thrilled about writing a story about it.

Juneau Fire Station to begin repair project
JUNEAU - The Juneau Fire Station's front apron concrete repair project will begin at 8 a.m. Monday.

Southeast towns given help with planning
JUNEAU - The Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska's Business and Economic Development Department has been awarded a $50,000 grant to continue its Strategic Planning for Communities workshops for 2008-09.

Cannon pulled from Cook Inlet shipwreck
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's State Historic Preservation Office reported that divers recovered a bronze cannon from a ship that sank in Cook Inlet 140 years ago.

Alaska continues to add new jobs
JUNEAU - Alaska's unemployment rate experienced a slight drop in June, down a tenth of a percent from the previous month.

South Franklin Street to undergo repairs
JUNEAU - The Parking Garage stairway facing South Franklin Street downtown will be closed beginning Wednesday for essential repairs and painting work. It will remain closed until completion of work in September.

Editor of Fairbanks newspaper resigns
FAIRBANKS - The managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner is leaving Alaska for Oklahoma.

Perseverance Trail work party postponed
JUNEAU - Trail Mix Inc. announced Friday that the volunteer work party on the Perseverance Trail scheduled for this weekend has been postponed until Aug. 2.

Juneau East triumphs in comeback
For the first six innings, it looked like Petersburg would cruise to a dominating win over Juneau East in Little League action on Saturday at Miller Field. But in an exiting turnaround, Juneau prevailed to win 9-8.

Petrie near perfect in 8-0 win over Sitka
As the flag in centerfield blew taut in the driving wind and rain, Juneau West pitcher Tanner Petrie struck out 15 Sitka batters and took a no-hitter into the fifth inning.

Photos: Governor's Cup
Runners start off in the McDowell Group Governor's Cup Fun Run/Walk on Saturday morning along Calhoun Avenue.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU
UPCOMING EVENTS

Monegan says he felt pressure to fire cop
ANCHORAGE - Former Department of Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan acknowledged that he felt pressure from administration officials and family members of Gov. Sarah Palin to fire a Palmer Alaska State Trooper involved in a bitter child custody battle with Palin's sister.

Rescued FROM Time
KETCHIKAN - The lofty poles at Totem Bight State Park retain an aura of grandeur, although rain, insects and time have taken a toll.

Wildlife expert criticizes location of proposed trail
ANCHORAGE - A proposed trail linking Eagle River High School with Chugach State Park would run through a corridor used by grizzly bears and a state game biologist fears a repeat of last month's mauling if it's built.

Despite costly gas, ANWR remains politically off-limits
WASHINGTON - For weeks, nearly every time President Bush has spoken about energy he has re-emphasized his support for drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Risks grow with ship traffic in Aleutians
ANCHORAGE - Ship traffic through the Aleutian Islands is growing, along with the risk of accidents, according to a scientific report published Thursday.

Biologists kill wolf pups to boost caribou herd
FAIRBANKS - State wildlife biologists killed 14 wolf pups on the Alaska Peninsula as part of a predator control program to help a struggling caribou herd.

Denali bus drivers take strike vote
ANCHORAGE - Bus drivers who take thousands of tourists over the road threading Denali National Park are voting on a possible strike, according to officials from the Teamsters Union.

Photo: Showing future fightfighters the ropes
Capital City Fire and Rescue firefighter Shawna Libby, right, shows Logan Ginter, 7, the controls and radios in a fire truck Saturday during the Douglas Volunteer Fire Department's Community Fire Safety Day. Along with activities and safety lessons for children, the station is actively recruiting volunteer firefighters.

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