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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

JPPP issues a call to action
We are Juneau People Power Project. We formed initially to oppose the 500-percent rate increase resulting from the 2008 avalanche. We became concerned when Alaska Electric Light & Power's recent interim and permanent rate increases were proposed. We encourage those who were not already doing so to contact the RCA with their objections, and we would like to commend all of the citizens who called or wrote RCA with their objections.

Semper Paratus
As the August 4, Coast Guard Day, approaches, I wanted to take a moment and recognize the service of the members of the Coast Guard who live here in our community.

Sky-high movie theater prices
Movie ticket prices in Juneau are too high: $10.50 for adults 13 and up and $7 for children from ages 2-12. This means we are paying $10.50 for about two hours of a new movie on a big screen.

Hoonah mill fire, explosion investigation closes
State Deputy Fire Marshal Bob Plumb said he believes the fire and explosion at Icy Straits Lumber & Milling Inc. in Hoonah "were dust explosions from saw dust material that had accumulated in the mill structural elements."

Royal Caribbean announces Q2 profit
Royal Caribbean Cruises has announced it turned a profit in the quarter ended June 30, after having lost money in the same quarter last year.

State cold case prosecutor Gullufsen retires
From throwing jumpers and lay-ups through the hoops on the hardwood courts of Juneau-Douglas High School, to throwing the book at criminals in the Alaska court system, Patrick Gullufsen hit the courts to bring state championships to JDHS and justice to the people of Alaska.

Photos: Windfall Lake Trail construction
Ray Skan, left, Rory Joey, center, and Tyler Edwards and other SAGA crew members haul a skinned log for turnpike trail construction on the Windfall Lake Trail on Monday.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire reported:

Bartlett Foundation awards Edelman Health Sciences Scholarship
Bartlett Regional Hospital Foundation's Board of Trustees has announced recipients of the Grace and Phil Edelman Health Sciences Scholarship for the 2010-11 academic year.

Photo: Towering ship
The fishing vessel Narada is towered over by the cruise ship Infinity as it docks downtown on Monday.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Photos: Chasing balls on the beach
Sunday's overcast weather was perfect tennis ball chasing climate for a group of canines and a designated ball thrower on Sandy Beach.

Former owner of Doc Water's files motion of intent to change plea
The case docket for former Doc Water's restaurant owner Jason Maroney reveals Maroney's attorneys filed a motion of intent to change a plea.

Josh Morgan Cromett
Josh Morgan Cromett died July 20, 2010.

My Turn: The Alaska Wildlife Alliance Board supports true subsistence hunting
The Alaska Wildlife Alliance is a diverse group composed of both hunters and non-hunters. The AWA supports true subsistence hunting, i.e., hunting at the local level, for the sole purpose of attaining meat.

Outside editorial: On ethanol: Enough already
The following editorial first appeared in the Chicago Tribune:

Outside editorial: Online retailers need to collect sales taxes
The following editorial first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News:

Overseas tax havens hurt Main Street
These days, the local businesses in your neighborhood probably pay a higher percentage of their income in taxes than U.S. Fortune 500 companies.

My Turn: Access to health care is what really matters
While stories of the governor's veto of Senate Bill 13 and the funding for the expansion of the state's Denali Kid Care program fade from the media's news cycle, just less than 1,300 children and more than 200 pregnant women will be faced with the daily reality of not having basic insurance coverage. That is why I sponsored this legislation and that is where my interest in this remains. Some may argue that they still have the ability to seek treatment at an emergency room. While that is true, let's look at some scenarios that Denali Kid Care would cover with a less costly visit to a doctor's office.

Democratic Legislation fallout
Lately, even the most elite in media have started to report some of the intended and unintended consequences of the rushed and ill-conceived federal health care bill passed earlier this year.

Blue Angels to perform at Arctic Thunder air show
ANCHORAGE - The Navy's Blue Angels and the Canadian Forces Snowbirds are the featured performers in next weekend's air show at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

Juneau woman sentenced in drug case
ANCHORAGE - A 25-year-old Juneau woman has been sentenced to more than four years in prison in a federal drug case.

Business turning up at Port of Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - The Port of Anchorage reports traffic is increasing, after the slump in 2009.

Tacoma police make arrest in bystander death
TACOMA, Wash. - Tacoma police have made an arrest in the death of a woman killed by a stray bullet.

Group: Initiative opponent breaks disclosure rules
JUNEAU - The Alaska Public Offices Commission has called on a ballot group to pull its ads, alleging they violate new campaign finance disclosure rules.

Rescuers search for missing boater
ANCHORAGE - Alaska State Troopers say a search has been launched for a man who went missing after his boat sank in the Kuskokwim River.

More questions about hiring of Parnell aide
JUNEAU - The Parnell administration continues to face pressure over last year's hiring of former lawmaker Gene Therriault to an energy adviser role.

Man dies after hit-and-run in Everett
EVERETT, Wash. - The Shonomish County sheriff's office says a man died after being struck by a pickup truck that fled the scene early Sunday morning in Everett.

State drops Kenai from polluted- rivers list
ANCHORAGE - The state has withdrawn the Kenai River from its list of polluted waterways.

Newberg police: Man attempts to shoot stepmom
PORTLAND, Ore. - Newberg police say officers arrested a 53-year-old man after he tried shooting his stepmother.

Eugene man wanted for rape, kidnapping arrested
EUGENE, Ore. - A 31-year-old man wanted for kidnapping and sexual assault was captured by police after a six-hour manhunt outside Eugene Saturday.

Parnell declares state disaster for road washout
JUNEAU - Gov. Sean Parnell has declared the washout of portions of the Taylor Highway in eastern Alaska a state disaster.

IRS releases proposed regulations related to fees for preparer tax identification numbers
WASHINGTON - The Internal Revenue Service last week released proposed regulations that would establish a fee for individuals who apply for a preparer tax identification number. Proposed regulations that were issued in March would require certain tax return preparers to obtain a number. The IRS is working to finalize those proposed regulations, which are the first of a series of steps planned to increase oversight of federal tax return preparation.

Central council receives over $2M in state grant funds
The Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska has received a $2,461,905 Native Family Assistance Program grant from the State of Alaska Department of Health & Social Services, Division of Public Assistance. The grant is in year four of a five year grant cycle, and will fund services offered July 1 through June 30, 2011.

VPSO Program receives funding
The Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska announced the Village Public Safety Officer Program has been funded for fiscal year 2011 in the amount of $679,909 from the State of Alaska Department of Public Safety.

Lt. Gov. Campbell attends NASS summer conference
ANCHORAGE - Lt. Governor Craig Campbell, in his role as administrator of state election law, attended the National Association of Secretaries of State 2010 summer conference last week in Providence, R.I. In many states across the nation, elections are administered by the Secretary of State.

Nunaka Valley pushes Juneau to the brink
The Nunaka Valley All-Stars moved within one win of a second straight Alaska Little League softball state championship Sunday with a 14-1, four-inning win over host Gastineau Channel Little League at Melvin Park.

Nunaka Valley will test GCLL Juniors
The Little League Softball Junior Division state championship best-of-5 series begins today on the heels of the Majors Division tournament in Juneau, with the Gastineau Channel Little League All-Stars facing a familiar foe in Nunaka Valley.

Nunaka Valley tops GCLL Juniors for state crown
The Gastineau Channel Little League 11-12-year-old softball All-Stars put up a fight but still fell as Nunaka Valley rallied and pulled away late Monday, topping Juneau 18-4 at Melvin Park to win the series in four games.

Photo: Celebration slide

Karate students earn new rankings
Seven Students from the Juneau Shotokan Karate club recently earned black belt rankings following examinations with Sensei Cathy Cline, a 7th degree black belt and the Northwest Regional Director for the International Shotokan Karate Federation (ISKF).

Redistricting threatens Southeast representation
Alaska's redistricting process, based on the ongoing U.S. Census, is likely to be bad news for Southeast Alaska, state Republican Party Chairman Randy Ruedrich told Juneau Republicans Monday.

Parnell marks first year in office, primary looms
JUNEAU - Perhaps Sean Parnell's greatest accomplishment so far as governor is that he's not Sarah Palin.

Murkowski wants review of 800-mile pipeline system
JUNEAU - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has asked the operator of the 800-mile trans-Alaska pipeline system to conduct a safety review of the line, saying it's critical the public have the highest level of confidence in its maintenance following a power outage in May.

Providence Health state's top private employer
ANCHORAGE - Providence Health and Services remains No. 1 on the list of Alaska's top 100 largest private employers compiled by the state Labor Department.

UAF conference focuses on peonies
FAIRBANKS - Pat Holloway still remembers the day in 2004 when a British flower broker called with an unusual request: He needed peonies, and he needed them fast.

Alaska opens Delta Junction bison hunt early
FAIRBANKS - The state is opening the Delta Junction bison hunt two months early to help cut down on damage to local crops.

Kayak adventure: Wildlife and glaciers
VALDEZ - We're standing in a field of rocks in a dense fog, surrounded by icebergs stranded at low tide. This is the terminal moraine of Alaska's Columbia Glacier - the rocky debris that was left when the glacier retreated - and it looks like the moon, all gray and black and icy and bleak. Wearing oversize rubber boots, I steady myself on the small, slick rocks as my traveling companions in brightly colored rain gear start to offload our kayaks from the small water taxi that dropped us here.

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