Saturday, July 26, 2008

Hunt less, let nature balance herds
I am a seventh-grade student at Floyd Dryden Middle School. I read the article in Sunday's newspaper about the adult wolves and pups that were killed in the Alaska Peninsula just to boost the caribou herd. I was very disappointed of what I read and learned. The thought of what the people did took a big chunk out of my heart.

Register to Vote
The deadline to register to vote for the Aug. 26 primary election is July 27.

Oil sheen spotted in Twin Lakes
Tipped off by locals, state spill responders Thursday traced a sheen on Twin Lakes upstream to a leak from a home heating oil underground tank in the Mountainside Estates subdivision.

Local airline shut down
L.A.B Flying Service, a local airline that flies to several smaller communities in Southeast Alaska, was shut down Thursday morning by the Federal Aviation Administration over safety concerns.

New head of state health will not be based in capital
Gov. Sarah Palin on Thursday appointed Bill Hogan as commissioner of the Department of Health and Social Services, replacing Karleen Jackson, the former commissioner.

Court: Boats not exempt from Clean Water Act regulations for wastewater
A federal appeals court Wednesday upheld a lower court's ruling that boats aren't exempt from Clean Water Act regulation of their wastewater. But that is unlikely to change what's discharged into Alaska waters.

Palin energy bill proposes replacing lost aviation revenue
Gov. Sarah Palin proposed waving state fuel taxes for a year, but she wants to make up lost aviation fuel tax revenue for the state's municipal airports - including tens of thousands of dollars for Juneau International Airport.

Around Town
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Police & Fire
Reports from police, fire officials and state troopers:

Summer science in Glacier Bay
What gets kids interested in pursuing science? According to Jeff Drake, director of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Alaska Summer Research Academy, it is fun.

Thanks for supporting Juneau Youth Football League cheerleaders
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.

Thanks for outpouring of love during the loss of my wife
On May 31, my beloved wife of 21 years, Christine, passed away from complications of surgery. While this time has been traumatic for my family and me, we take comfort in the generous outpouring of support, kindness and love of the people of this community.

FYI
Births

How does your garden grow?
I am from Iowa, so I have an inherent need to grow vegetables. Each winter, I dream up ways of trying to garden in Juneau's environment which, so far, has really frustrated me.

Pets of the week
A shy cat and trio of parakeets seek homes

Fairbanks university to hold statewide teleconference
JUNEAU - University of Alaska Fairbanks research scientist Jessica Cherry will discuss uncertainties in the arctic water cycle during a statewide teleconference at 10 a.m. July 29.

Thanks for expressions of sympathy during the loss of Jeff Jeans
The Jeans family would like to thank everyone for their kind expression of sympathy on our recent loss of Jeff Jeans.

Recognitions
Kids in Juneau are reading this summer and receiving prizes from local businesses by reviewing their favorite books. A drawing from the review entries is held each week at the three public libraries.

City Museum offers summer program
Youth ages 8 to 11 are invited to join the Juneau-Douglas City Museum for a week of fun and exploration Aug. 4-8 for the Juneau Explorers Week program, which combines indoor and outdoor activities to expose youth to Juneau's local history, art and culture.

Season brings another sad story
I was looking at a 20-year-old Japanese maple, a deep red cutleaf that was the focus of the landscape in my friend's yard. For years, he had delighted in its soft spring emergence into a feathery flowing mound of dark layered colors. The annual progression from bright burgundy to deep crimson and then as fall approached into flaming fire engine red was a real pleasure.

Leamer, Gissberg wed
Christena Gissberg and Kelly Leamer, both of Juneau, were married on June 28, 2008, at Northern Light United Church. A reception immediately followed at Marlintini's Lounge.

Harvey, Baldwin to wed
Stephanie Jane Baldwin and Logan Garrett Harvey, of Juneau, are engaged to be married in a private ceremony on July 26, 2008, at Pearson's Pond. A reception will follow at 3 p.m. at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center. All friends are invited to celebrate.

Bahney, Badger to wed
Ashley Badger, formerly of Juneau, and Benjamin Bahney, of Denver, Colo., are engaged to be married. All friends are invited to celebrate with the wedding party at 6 p.m. on Aug. 30 at Sandy Beach. Side dishes welcome.

Inside the junior-high mind
If there is one place that most of us wouldn't dare to venture, it's inside the mind of a junior-high student. Junior high is the years between elementary school and high school. It was an awkward time for many of us.

Lee W. Smith
Former longtime Juneau resident Lee W. Smith died July 22, 2008, at Providence Hospital in Everett, Wash., after a brief illness. He was 91.

Arnold J. Israelson
Former Yakutat and Haines resident Arnold J. Israelson died July 20, 2008, in Sitka. He was 94.

Donald L. Day Jr.
Summer Juneau resident Donald L. Day Jr. died July 19, 2008, in Juneau. He was 76.

My turn: Land swap is not in public's interest
It was recently revealed that Shee Atika Inc. has proposed to swap its logged-out land on Admiralty Island for two nearly pristine tracts of federal land on Chichagof and Yakobi islands, near Pelican.

Alaska editorial: Praise lawmakers for funding health efforts
Inserted in the U.S. Senate-approved $50 billion (with a "b") global AIDS bill is a chunk of money that could improve health care throughout the state and help make the honey bucket, finally, part of Alaska's past.

Alaska editorial: State should do more than hand out energy rebates
Potential $1,200 payments, initially discussed as a means of helping Alaskans with soaring fuel costs, now are characterized as a "resource rebate," based on comments last week from the Department of Law.

Native leader calls for energy relief
JUNEAU - Alaska Federation of Natives President Julie Kitka testified Wednesday on the Native community's energy priorities and called for immediate relief for rural Alaska residents.

National Night Out coming to Juneau
JUNEAU - "America's Night Out Against Crime" will be from 7 to 10 p.m. Aug. 5, and Juneau will participate for the first time.

Partnership formed to save Tongass cabins
KETCHIKAN - A partnership has been formalized between the Tongass National Forest and Friends of the Tongass Cabins to maintain 150 public-use cabins.

Bear shot after entering a residence
JUNEAU - A Juneau man shot a bear in the face after it wandered into his home Wednesday night, according to police.

Trailer carrying fish crashes highway
SEWARD - A truck trailer carrying 46,000 pounds of fish overturned on the Seward Highway outside Seward, blocking all three lanes for nearly two hours.

2 charged with trying to rob coffee stands
ANCHORAGE - Two women were arrested on charges that they attempted to hold up Anchorage coffee stands.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU
UPCOMING EVENTS

Alaska Air books 2nd-quarter profit on hedging, still predicts job losses
SEATTLE - Alaska Air Group Inc. on Thursday said its second-quarter profit rose 37 percent despite rising fuel prices, as it accounted for fuel hedges that will close in future quarters. The operator of Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air also said it will cut capacity, and suggested job losses are coming in the fall.

Grizzly bear attacks woman near lodge
ANCHORAGE - A 21-year-old woman working at a lodge for the summer was attacked by a grizzly bear about 25 yards outside a building.

Anchorage on track for coolest summer
ANCHORAGE - It appears Anchorage residents might have a valid reason to complain about the weather.

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