Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Before killing wolves, remember options
I am a freshman at the new Thunder Mountain High School. This weekend I was reading the Juneau Empire on the Internet and I saw an article about some wolves and their pups being killed to boost the caribou population in that area.

State's children are a sound investment
While it often seems easier to see "problems" rather than "opportunities," the local democracy we call Alaska is full of unmeasured and undiscovered resources. Granted, there are many national rankings, such as family violence, child abuse and birth defects in which we score at higher numbers than we would like.

Tracked tow vehicles dangerous on Taku
Barging of ore concentrates from the Tulsequah Chief Mine down the Taku River to Juneau seems reasonable if the barge or tow vehicles do not seriously disturb salmonid habitat.

Government spending won't reduce inflation
The article, "Economic woes spur talk of new stimulus plan" (Empire, July 17), seemed to suggest that increased governmental spending (economic stimulus) was a standard response to inflation. On the contrary, in classic economic theory the reverse is true.

Sen. Elton will chair Legislative Council
Juneau Sen. Kim Elton was appointed to chair the influential Legislative Council, following Monday's resignation of indicted Sen. John Cowdery, R-Anchorage, as chairman.

Lake Dorothy to go online in fall 2009
The first phase of the Lake Dorothy hydroelectric project should be up and running by October of next year, according to Alaska Electric Light & Power Co.

Around Town
Today

Planners OK runway expansion permits
Juneau planning commissioners Tuesday night approved without comment permits for expansion of the Juneau International Airport runway.

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

U.S. health secretary looks at telebehavioral health program
Secretary Michael Leavitt, who heads the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, was in town Tuesday talking to health officials about using teleconferencing technology to address rural health needs.

Data theft prompts Sealaska to offer credit protection
After private company data was stolen from one of its employees, Sealaska Corp. arranged this week for its shareholders to sign up with a credit protection service.

Photo: Building torn down
The NEA-Alaska building is demolished Tuesday at the corner of Second and Main streets in Juneau. The National Education Association will replace the structure with a three-story office building with a street-level parking garage.

Photo: So that's where the blood goes
Megan Brown donates blood Tuesday as her son, Cael Brown, 4, looks on at Centennial Hall during a blood drive sponsored by the Armed Services Blood Program. The blood drive continues from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. today at Centennial Hall, and concludes at 5 p.m. Thursday.

Around Town
Today

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

Correction
An Anchorage Daily News article reprinted in Tuesday's Empire incorrectly stated the rate of retreat of the McCall Glacier. The glacier is losing about 49 feet of length per year.

Speaking on Turkey
After moving to Turkey in 2001, carver Jno Didrickson, originally from Juneau, found that Native American carving is popular there.

Take a sailor home this weekend
JUNEAU - Celebration Juneau and the Navy League are looking for volunteers to take a sailor home this weekend when the USS Juneau comes to port.

Student symphony to perform Aug. 29
JUNEAU - The Juneau Student Symphony will perform music by American composer John Williams during two performances on Aug. 29, at noon at the State Office Building atrium and at 7 p.m. at Marine Park.

Construction academy offers free classes
JUNEAU - For those interested in a good-paying job, the Juneau Construction Academy offers free classes in the construction trades. Take a class, earn college credit and get job placement assistance - all for free.

Declaration of Independence:A simple piece of paper
What is the greatest hidden or lost treasure in the United States, with a value of at least $100 million? It is not gold or silver. It is a simple piece of paper.

Hope is a buoy for the spirit
I recently overheard a man telling his friend that it didn't matter which presidential candidate he voted for in the upcoming election. He asserted that all politicians are crooked, ruthless schemers who may seem different on the surface but, despite such appearances, are really the same beneath their slick exterior - calculating power-mongers who want to advance their own agenda.

Emo seeks tips, tricks for kitchen
Calling all cooks. Auntie Emo is looking for recipes, we need reader input.

McKinnon Behrends
Former Juneau resident McKinnon Behrends died July 8, 2008, in Portland, Ore. He was 22.

Outside editorial: Obama proposal for faith-based initiatives is carefully tailored
Barack Obama gave a speech promoting faith-based initiatives recently that managed to upset both sides of the debate over whether and how to blend government funding and religious institutions. The strict separation of church and state types expressed dismay that Mr. Obama promised a continuation of what they see as undue entanglement. Some religious groups were unhappy about Mr. Obama's caveat: "(I)f you get a federal grant you can't use that grant money to proselytize to the people you help and you can't discriminate against them - or against the people you hire - on the basis of their religion."

Outside editorial: Air Force brass in lap of luxury
Generations of military men and women have complained about uncomfortable accommodations when flying on military transport aircraft. But they weren't in a position to do anything about it.

Throwing honesty away
Until just recently, policy-makers were doing well in the financial crisis. Congress passed a timely and well-crafted stimulus. Bear Stearns was rescued, averting market chaos. The Fed cut interest rates aggressively, reasonably fearing a collapse of the economy more than a collapse of the dollar.

Book details slavery by another name
This is how John Davis became a slave: He was walking one evening from the train depot in Goodwater, Ala., when a white man appeared in the road. "Nigger," he demanded, "have you got any money?"

Ravenous deer are spared by peace talks
You spend time, energy and money on landscaping and flowers, on making your home a respite, a retreat. Then the deer come along and eat it all up. This happens again and again, and finally you go to the state and get yourself a wildlife damage-control permit, which means you can call up the man with the bow and arrow and have him come sit in a tree and take out the offending pests.

The 411 on modern information addiction
Crackberry. Only a metaphor for our addiction-like urge to check e-mail? Or does the term shed light on a deep biological truth about our hunger for information?

USS Juneau to visit Alaska namesake
JUNEAU - The USS Juneau will visit its Alaska namesake city to honor the state's 50th anniversary of statehood.

Woman wins triathlon and bike race in day
ANCHORAGE - All-around sportswoman Shannon Donley took home prizes in two local races in Anchorage this weekend.

Bristol Bay fisheries patrol issues citations
KODIAK - The Bristol Bay fishery trooper patrol boat has been kept busy this summer.

Cleveland Volcano erupts in Aleutians
ANCHORAGE - There are now two active volcanos in Alaska's Aleutians Islands.

First wolf pack is confirmed in Oregon
GRANTS PASS, Ore. - Oregon has its first wolf pack since the predator was wiped out by bounty hunting a century ago.

Begich names rural affairs coordinator
ANCHORAGE - Mayor Mark Begich has appointed a new rural affairs coordinator for the municipality of Anchorage.

Bachmann calls for more U.S. oil drilling
MINNEAPOLIS - U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann said the U.S. needs to tap its energy reserves and that only Congress is standing in the way of making a dent in rising fuel costs.

State could take over wastewater permits
ANCHORAGE - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is looking at a request that would give Alaska's own environmental regulators the power to write wastewater discharge permits for local business and industry.

Firefighters put out fire at mobile home
JUNEAU - Firefighters doused a small fire in a mobile home Friday as they left the scene of a medical call.

Denali Park drivers authorize strike
ANCHORAGE - Bus drivers in Denali National Park voted to authorize a strike in a long-running dispute with employer Doyon/Aramark over pay rates and unpaid wages.

Barrow man convicted for meth, firearms
FAIRBANKS - A federal jury has convicted a Barrow man on drug possession and firearms charges.

Sitka blanks Ketchikan 10-0
In Tuesday's early semifinal of the Division II Major League All Stars tournament, the second-place Sitka All-Stars hurdled themselves into the championships, blanking the third-seed Ketchikan All-Stars 10-0.

Good start doesn't end in win for girls
The Little League Juneau All-Stars Girls came out on a mission to beat the Anchorage All-Stars on Monday night at Melvin Park, but lost the game 14-7.

Jambaars place second in Nike Crossfire
The 2008 Nike Crossfire Challenge soccer tournament came to an end with the Juneau Soccer Club's U-16 boys team, the Jambaars, taking second place in the tournament.

Juneau's Junior Baseball named Southeast champs
A young and inexperienced Juneau Junior Little League team battled to the last inning, the last out and the last game of the District 1 Southeast championship tournament on Sunday in Ketchikan. They overcome a powerful and experienced Sitka team 9-8 and will move on to the state championship in Anchorage this week.

JYFL Cheerleaders attend cheer camp
WASILLA - Eleven Juneau Youth Football League Cheerleaders recently attended three days of cheer camp, July 14-16, in Wasilla. Girls worked one full day at the Denali gym, working on stunts and tumbling. Then they attended two full days of UCA cheer camp learning and perfecting motions, cheers, chants, dance and stunting.

Sitka beats POW 10-0 in Major Baseball tourney
Sitka starting pitcher Joey Inman went 3⅔ innings in their 10-0 victory over Prince of Wales on Monday in the Major Baseball tournament in Juneau.

Fish report
Fish and Game Division of Sport Fish - Douglas

LITTLE LEAGUE TOURNAMENT STANDINGS, SCHEDULES
Major Baseball in Juneau

House rebuffs TransCanada opponents
The state House of Representatives will take a vote today on a natural gas pipeline bill, after more than 40 days of hearings and debate.

House OKs TransCanada plan
The Alaska House of Representatives on Tuesday night handed Gov. Sarah Palin a big victory in her quest for a natural gas pipeline for Alaska.

Commissioner denies sexual harassment claim
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's new Public Safety Department commissioner said Tuesday he has been unfairly accused of sexual harassment and that his accuser three years ago was a longtime acquaintance with whom he had a friendship outside the office.

Lawmakers expect probe into firing
State Sen. Hollis French said Monday he expects lawmakers will seek help from an independent investigator into the firing of former Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan.

Glacier history study may provide glimpse into future
ANCHORAGE - For the first time in decades, federal officials allowed drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge this summer.

Lawmakers divided on alternative energy plan
KENAI - Lawmakers representing the Kenai Peninsula are giving mixed reviews about creating a huge alternative energy grant program, an idea floated recently by House Speaker John Harris.

Rural Alaska villages resist oil development at Yukon Flats
ANCHORAGE - The new generators in this remote Yukon Flats village shut down every night at 10:30, after the televised evening news, as a way to save fuel. The electric blackout ends in the morning, before caribou meat and other frozen goods begin to thaw.

Fire destroys Trident fish processing plant
ANCHORAGE - A large fire destroyed the Trident Seafoods processing plant in the Alaska Peninsula village of Chignik Bay.

Fish and Game deputy joins pro-mining group
ANCHORAGE - A partnership pushing development of a huge copper and gold mine near some of the world's best wild salmon and trout streams has hired away a top state official.

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

Kodiak brewers honor Russian landmark
KODIAK - The Kodiak Island Brewing Co. is celebrating the 200th anniversary of the oldest Russian-built structure still standing in Alaska.

Photo: Keeping aquarium doors open
Sitka diver and aquarium volunteer Henry Larsen, right, talks to tourists Wednesday about a sun starfish he recently collected for the 800-gallon tank at the Sheldon Jackson College Aquarium in Sitka. Since the closure of the college in 2007, volunteers have not only been adding to the collection of sea creatures at the aquarium, but have also been leading tours and keeping the doors open for hundreds of tourists. SJC graduate Lynn Wilbur has been coordinating school-age volunteers at the aquarium, who are doing everything from cleaning restrooms to scuba diving for specimens.

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