Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Parents need to parent at parade
I have read and re-read the letter regarding children's safety in the traditional Fourth of July Parade. When I attended my first Juneau parade in 1969 it was the most fun Fourth of July (except for my wedding day) I had ever spent.

Make sure dogs in pickups are properly restrained
I was driving outbound on Egan at about 12:30 p.m. July 13. Near 2 Mile, I saw, in the distance, a red pickup with a large black dog in the back. The dog either was thrown or jumped out of the pickup. The driver was going probably 55 mph. The dog was on a very long leash and began to be dragged and violently bounced down Egan. It was the most horrible scene I have ever witnessed. The driver kept going. Cars ahead of me forced the pickup to stop. I called 911 and went home to cry uncontrollably.

Fire crews respond to residential blaze outside service district
Capital City Fire & Rescue responded Saturday to a residential structure fire at 24624 Glacier Highway, but was only authorized to handle the call because someone's life may have been at risk. Otherwise, firefighters are unable to assist.

Photos: Netting salmon in Gastineau Channel
Chum salmon are pumped, weighed and stored in Petersburg packer Tacoma's hold after being caught by the Juneau seiner Owyhee on Tuesday in front of DIPAC. The fish are sold as part of DIPAC's cost recovery efforts to pay for the hatchery program.

Assembly votes to begin cruise dock improvements
The Juneau Assembly voted for a $250,000 preliminary engineering contract received from local consultants PND Engineering, Inc., through the Docks and Harbors Board rebuilding plan for the city cruise ship docks. The vote came during Monday's regular meeting in the Municipal Building's Assembly Chambers.

Photo: Good pickin'
Xiang Hua Jin picks blueberries along Glacier Highway near Twin Lakes on Monday.

Photo: Jonesing for the water
Gus, a yellow retreiver belonging to Scott Jouppi, looks like he would rather be paddling in cool waters during a visit to Thunder Mountain High School on Monday.

Photo: Decorating downtown
Jessica Linford, an employee of Annie Kaill's decorates a display window facing Franklin Street on Tuesday.

Photos: Mini golf in the mall
Bob Germain is the owner of Glacier Mini Golf in the Mendenhall Mall. The business is having its Grand Opening on Saturday, July 24. Hours are Monday through Friday 10a.m.-8p.m., Saturday 10a.m.-6p.m. and Sunday 12p.m.-5p.m. Nine holes cost $6.

Photo: Preparing for voyage
Grey Seas captain Albert McDonald takes ice on Saturday for today's commercial gillnet opening.

Police & Fire
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Police & Fire
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Photo: A smooch on the street
Daniel Pope and fiancee Kelley Brownlow share a tender moment alongside his taxi on Front Street on Monday.

Photo: New to town
New coast guard fisheries enforcement officer Tony Kenne and his family fish off the dock near DIPAC on Sunday. Left to right are Connor, 13, Sarah, Tony and Brannon, 11. The family arrived in town Wednesday. Tony just completed a two-year graduate program at the University of Washington, getting a master's in Marine Affairs. Prior to that he was stationed at USCG D1 in Boston, MA, serving as a fisheries officer of New England. "Now I have to buy a round," Kenne joked.

Patrick Dean Johnson
Juneau resident Patrick Dean Johnson died July 17, 2010, at home after a long struggle with illness. He also endured numerous surgeries over the course of five years resulting from a job injury.

Michael E. Morgan
Former Juneau resident Michael E. Morgan died July 10, 2010 in Tacoma, Wash.

Heather Irene Hosford
Heather Irene Hosford passed away unexpectedly July 16, 2010 in Mesa, Ariz.

Roger Louis Tersteeg
Roger L. Tersteeg, a warm and wonderful husband, father and grandfather, died Saturday, July 17 in his Juneau home after spending many hours with his family around him. He was 68.

Charles George Dobbins
Longtime former Juneau resident Charles George Dobbins died suddenly June 13, 2010 in Ketchikan, where he was a resident of the Ketchikan Pioneer Home. He was 72.

Outside editorial: Petraeus' risky militia maneuver for Afghanistan
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Outside editorial: From the NAACP to the Chamber of Commerce, the battle cry is: Focus on jobs
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Outside editorial: Trade report is a healthy sign
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Adventures in Plumbing
A bit of grief last week as death visited the Kirsch family. Not that it came a surprise, exactly - poor little guy hung by a thread for months, at the end barely eating anything, regurgitating whatever scraps did go down. Still, it's a shock when a vital member of your household dies. So it was that fateful day, when our garbage disposal finally gave up the ghost.

Chill the lawyers
This week, Lynne Stewart, a former attorney who in the tradition of activist lawyers spent her career defending cases of the indigent and politically controversial, will learn if she will be sentenced to die in prison.

Build the mosque near Ground Zero; it's the American way
They want to build a mosque two blocks from Ground Zero.

Growth will always outrun power supplies
Of all our modern conveniences, electricity may be the easiest to take for granted. It's right there at the flip of a switch. Throw in a steep price hike though, and it's no longer just the high voltage power lines buzzing. But while we react with angst to rate increases by AEL&P, let's also remember that the new power plant at Lake Dorothy was built to meet growth in consumer demands.

Conference highlights Alaska peonies
FAIRBANKS - Peonies will be the focus of a conference that begins Wednesday at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Anchorage public health labs planning cuts
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Division of Public Health says it's been operating about 7 percent over budget and has to look for ways to cut hundreds of thousands of dollars in spending, but officials say a letter announcing the end of free testing last week was premature.

Work starting on next year's state budget
JUNEAU - In building the next state budget, Gov. Sean Parnell wants to limit agency operating spending while focusing on certain priorities.

Myers and Peacock 'Romeo' trial date set for Sept. 30
JUNEAU - Park Myers and Jeffrey Peacock have been given joint trial dates for their part in multiple big game hunting violations, including the suspected shooting of a black wolf named Romeo by Juneau residents.

Some Alaska Airlines agents picket in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Airlines and the union representing customer service agents continue to discuss a new contract.

Strong aftershocks shake remote area of Alaska
ANCHORAGE - Up to two dozen aftershocks have occurred after a strong earthquake was reported in a remote and sparsely populated area of the Aleutian Islands in southwest Alaska.

Body of teen who fell into river recovered
ANCHORAGE - Searchers have found the body of an Anchorage teenager who tumbled off an embankment into a river whirlpool.

Louisville Slugger picks Bears' Baker as top player in Alaska
The "fairy tale" continues.

Juneau's Kathleen Maynard wins women's division of Alpine Adventure race in Sitka
Sam Scotchmer, the brew master at the recently opened Baranof Island Brewing company, cruised to victory in the 17th annual Alpine Adventure on Saturday, crossing the finishing line near the Harbor Mountain picnic shelter in 1:09:40.

Photos: Future Falcons take the field

BP to sell assets for $7B to Apache
NEW YORK - BP PLC said Tuesday it will sell assets in the United States, Canada and Egypt to Apache Corp. for $7 billion to help pay the costs from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

BP-Apache talks on Prudhoe Bay stake said to stall
NEW YORK - BP's talks to sell half its stake in Alaska's Prudhoe Bay oil field to Apache Corp. stalled twice over the weekend, raising doubts about whether the deal will be completed, said a person with knowledge of the matter.

Pipeline official defends secrecy
Federal pipeline coordinator Larry Persily gingerly waded into the Alaska governor's race Tuesday, questioning calls by Gov. Sean Parnell's opponents in the Republican primary for confidential bids to be made public.

Legislature cancels ESA conference
The Alaska Legislature on Monday formally abandoned plans to spend taxpayer money on an effort to undermine the Endangered Species Act protection for Polar Bears and other species it feared my limit the state's oil industry.

Camp Abilities: Fun for Anchorage blind kids
ANCHORAGE - A grade-school kid with a bow and arrow might be a little scary. Now imagine 25 of them, children and teenagers with bows and arrows, almost all of them legally blind.

Tea party group on defensive over blog about NAACP
JUNEAU - An official with the Tea Party Express on Monday blasted its expulsion from a national coalition over its refusal to oust a former chairman who satirized the NAACP in a controversial blog posting.

US Chamber official warns of overreaction to BP's Gulf spill
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is trying to head off what they fear might be damaging new energy regulations and taxes, but says BP's Gulf oil spill means it is almost certain some new legislation will be passed this year.

Alaska youth learn about first responder careers
FAIRBANKS - A weeklong conference is giving the next generation of first responders in Alaska a preview of possible careers in law enforcement, firefighting and emergency medical care.

Coast Guard flares prompt 911 calls
ANCHORAGE - To some 911 callers, it looked like a fiery plane crash just offshore of downtown Anchorage. Others thought it was a boat in trouble.

Boarding school settles license suspension
FAIRBANKS - An Alaska boarding school is operating under a one-year conditional license after a suspension following a state investigation into complaints that included vulgar remarks by a staff member to students.

Judge rules University of Alaska firing improper
FAIRBANKS - A judge has ruled the University of Alaska failed to follow its own regulations and improperly fired an employee in 2008.

Permit hearing on Anchorage alcoholic housing
ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage Planning and Zoning Commission meets Monday night to consider a permit for a project to house homeless alcoholics.

Rotary Club scholarships for International Study
ANCHORAGE - Applications for the 2011-12 Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships are now available for Rotary Clubs and interested potential applicants in Alaska and the Yukon. During their studies abroad, scholarship recipients act as "ambassadors of goodwill." Through appearances before Rotary Clubs and Districts, schools, civic organizations, and other forums, the scholars represent the United States and Rotary International.

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