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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Attorney general story had error
In a story that appeared in the Juneau Empire on July 12, "AG: Palin can appoint an 'acting' lieutenant governor," there was a fundamental error regarding the attorney general's opinion on the line of succession to the governorship.

EPA targets contaminated Alaska mines
An old mine on Prince of Wales Island will become Alaska's newest Superfund site, if the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has its way.

Mercury levels impede Douglas dredging
Trace amounts of mercury in the mud below Douglas Harbor are complicating a project to dredge the harbor and replace three of its aging floats.

Juneau artist donates prints to Pioneers' Home
Juneau artist Rie Muñoz recently donated 25 Alaska-themed prints of various sizes to the Sitka Pioneers' Home.

Infrared gadgets track Juneau hikers
The Airport Dike Trail may be a great place for spotting rare migratory birds or dog breeds, but it isn't the trail for getting away from people.

Photo: Coast Guard blood drive
Kaleb Waite, left, watches technician Tony Crisostomo of the Tripler Army Medical Center of Hawaii prepare to take his blood as Ensign Brian Henderson of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hickory finishes up Monday during the Buoy Tender Roundup blood drive at Centennial Hall. The blood drive will continue through the week, from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., at Centennial Hall.

Photo: Sweet summer treat
A rufous hummingbird takes a drink of nectar from fireweed in full bloom Sunday at the Brotherhood Bridge Park.

Photo: Crab bait
Paul Waldrip tosses another coho carcass in the pile to be used for crab bait after a fishing trip with his brother, Tom, from the Don Statter Boat Harbor in Auke Bay on Sunday.

Police & Fire
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Tom Ronsse
Former Juneau resident Tommy Dee "Tom" Ronsse died June 20, 2009, in Fairbanks following a brief illness. He was 73.

Outside editorial: Health care: The reality of rationing
Opponents of the main Democratic proposals for health-care reform warn that consumers would be stopped from getting the care they need when they need it. President Obama's plan is "rationing," one political strategist blogged.

Outside editorial: Sonia Sotomayor proves qualified for confirmation
After four days of often intense confirmation hearings, Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor proved herself well-qualified and worthy of confirmation.

Adapting ethics rules to a new world
Style section copy editors recently received an e-mail from a supervisor asking for ideas on when The Post should provide clickable links within online stories to retail Web sites.

Taxing health benefits would be a costly solution
Congressional discussions over how to pay for health-care reform are being hindered by several myths that obscure the value of the employer-sponsored health plans covering more than 160 million Americans. Persistent misconceptions about the "tax-favored treatment" of employer-sponsored coverage are that it (1) leads to overconsumption of health services and (2) favors the wealthy.

The furor over CIA's assassination program
The Post asked intelligence and defense experts about the politics and policies of the assassination program.

Knee deep (and getting deeper)
"How high's the water, mama? Two feet high and risin'..."

Much ado over non-coup
We have heard a lot about Honduras lately, but there is much more at issue than the nighttime removal of President Manuel Zelaya on June 28 and its aftermath. The far bigger story is the disgrace of the world's major international political and economic organizations.

Blood drive takes place this week
JUNEAU - The Armed Services Blood Program is conducting a blood drive open to the public at Centennial Hall from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday.

Large Alaska wildfire continues to grow
ANCHORAGE - Firefighters on Monday were helping people living in cabins near Nenana clear trees and brush from around their homes in the event that a growing wildfire reaches dozens of cabins along the Teklanika River.

Trial to begin in bar shooting case
FAIRBANKS - A 22-year-old Fairbanks man accused of gunning down his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend is set to begin trial.

Sitka-to-villages ferry proposed
SITKA - A proposed one-year pilot project would re-establish direct passenger and freight ferry service between Sitka and the villages of Angoon, Kake, Tenakee Springs and Hoonah.

Talkeetna man cited in bear shootings
TALKEETNA - Alaska wildlife troopers have cited a Talkeetna-area man who told authorities he shot a female brown bear and three cubs at his home near Clear Creek.

USCG Buoy Tender Roundup begins today
JUNEAU - The U.S. Coast Guard 17th District hosts its week-long annual District Buoy Tender Roundup in Juneau starting today.

Runner dies in race
ANCHORAGE - A 22-year-old runner taking part in a mountain race has died near Anchorage.

Boy dies after car slides into river
ANCHORAGE - A boy was killed over the weekend when the car he was riding in slid into the Resurrection River on the Kenai Peninsula.

Trans-Alaska pipeline gets 'smart pig' launcher
SALCHA - The trans-Alaska pipeline has a new device to improve maintenance and corrosion detection.

Critic files another Palin ethics complaint
ANCHORAGE - Another ethics complaint has been filed against Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, less than a week before her resignation.

Alaska teen collapses, dies in Arizona hike
PHOENIX - An Alaska teen has died after passing out during a hike at Phoenix's South Mountain Preserve.

USDA approves Tongass sale
KETCHIKAN - A timber sale in the Tongass National Forest will proceed, the first approved by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack since the Obama administration ordered a one-year moratorium on most road-building and other development on about 50 million acres of remote national forests.

Palin's rural advisor wins praise
Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell announced Monday he'll be retaining John Moller as the governor's rural advisor when he assumes the governorship following Gov. Sarah Palin's resignation July 26.

Jobless rate still climbing in state
Alaska's unemployment rate edged up to 8.4 percent in June, the highest it's been in more than 20 years, according to the Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Member of 'Eagle Nation' flies free
"Oh!" she exclaimed, tracking a young eagle to his perch in a tall spruce overlooking the Chena River.

Alaska-based soldier captured in Afghanistan
HAILEY, Idaho - Friends and family of an Idaho soldier who was captured in Afghanistan prayed for his safe return Sunday, shaken by the image of the frightened young private in a Taliban video posted online.

Convicted sex offender returned to Alaska jail
KETCHIKAN - A convicted sex offender who failed to appear at his sentencing last year has been captured in Mexico and returned to an Alaska jail, the U.S. Marshals Service said.

Palin: Tour is thanks, not 'bye'
UNALAKLEET - She was greeted like a rock star in Unalakleet, a fishing village on the Bering Sea. She danced with Eskimos in Kotzebue. And she watched grizzlies at a wildlife sanctuary on the Kenai Peninsula.

Doyon may still develop oil in Yukon Flats refuge
FAIRBANKS - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's rejection of a proposed land exchange at the Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge did not upset the Native corporation that sought the swap.

Governor promises to keep on tweeting
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sarah Palin plans to stay in touch using Twitter even after leaving office on July 26.

Washington ports cope with drop in Alaska business
TACOMA, Wash. - Trade with Alaska has always been steady and predictable business for Puget Sound ports and companies specializing in sending cargo to the 49th state. While international imports and exports have been more prone to dramatic ups and downs, the Alaska trade has chugged along, typically growing by a few percentage points each year.

Photos: Sock it to me
The crew on the Icy Bay work Wednesday to remove sockeye salmon from their net. The sockeye salmon fishery is winding down in all the bay districts, but final numbers won't be tallied for weeks. The sockeye harvest run is over 48 million so far, a number that came faster and earlier than fishermen and biologists expected.

Judgment sought against Palin in 'Juneteenth' suit
ANCHORAGE - Plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit against Gov. Sarah Palin asked a judge Friday to declare that she broke state law two years ago when she failed to issue a proclamation for a celebration commemorating the freeing of U.S. slaves.

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