Monday, July 28, 2008

Don't shoot wolves in pupping season
The Alaska Board of Game and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game are the responsible parties for the authorization of and shooting of 14 wolf pups in June. Their plan was to kill wolves from three different packs on the southern Alaska Peninsula because of decreasing caribou populations in the area.

Put an end to parking garage boondoggle
Toe's July 20 cartoon, which showed Juneau engineer Rorie Watt calling Juneau Parking Garage Boondoggle No. 2 (our downtown library sits atop No. 1) "half full" as opposed to "half empty," depicted very well our government's continuing denial of the disappearing demand for this $15-plus million project.

Namesake ship makes goodbye trip
The business end of the USS Juneau, its amphibious lower holds, were quiet and empty Saturday evening after the sailors poured out into downtown Juneau.

Photos: Touring the USS Juneau
First, Devin Drones, 15, takes aim with a 25 mm chain gun Sunday while taking a tour of the USS Juneau with his mother, Anges Lundy,background.

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

Resident has connection to original USS Juneau
Juneau resident Steve Sztuk has a story to tell about the first USS Juneau.

Photo: Love, Inc., moving to new home
David Eley, treasurer for the board of Love, Inc., directs people to a dedication ceremony for their new office and warehouse Sunday on the grounds of the Valley Chapel on Mendenhall Loop Road. Executive Director Don Phelps stands to the right. With the support of about 20 area churches, Love, Inc., helps people in need with food, clothing, furniture, cleaning supplies and senior visitation. The organization has four part-time employees and 15 to 20 volunteers, who have helped an average of 50 families a month since opening three years ago. The office and warehouse took a year to build using volunteer services from local contractors and volunteers. The organization expects to move in in the next two weeks.

Around Town
Today

FAA: L.A.B. negligent in maintenance
Justifying its emergency order to shut down L.A.B. Flying Service Inc., the Federal Aviation Administration said the airline "cannot be trusted" to meet its regulations.

Wings of Alaska fills L.A.B. gap
Local air carrier Wings of Alaska has ramped up service to Kake since the federal government shut down its next-door neighbor at the Juneau Airport, L.A.B. Flying Service Inc.

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

Man, daughter injured in fork lift rollover on Vanderbilt Hill Road
A Juneau man and his 15-year-old daughter suffered what Juneau police described as "significant" injuries Saturday after a Mustang fork lift rolled off Vanderbilt Hill Road and into the wetlands.

Suspect accused of assaulting bus driver, trying to gouge out eyes of Juneau officer
A 32-year-old Juneau man was Tasered and arrested Saturday after being accused of assaulting a city bus driver then trying to gouge out the eyes of a Juneau police officer.

History of the third USS Juneau:
1969: Commissioned.

Photo: Dog watching here
As Chris Scholes, left, and Hank Derka sell tours in front of the Mount Roberts Tramway, Scholes' golden retriever, Echo, takes it easy. Scholes said Echo has been a hit with tourists this summer because the travelers are away from their own pets.

Around Town
Today

Miriam Lois Lowe
Former longtime Juneau resident Miriam Lois Lowe died Dec. 17, 2007, in Vancouver, Wash. She was 90.

Randi Williams
Former Juneau and Petersburg resident Randi "Deanna" Williams died June 26, 2008, at the Parkrose Care Center in Tacoma, Wash., with her close friend, George Gordon, by her side. She was 67.

My turn: Steamed up over 'Bong Hits' saga
When does the press put a stop to the "fueling of the fire?" I am of course referring to the "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" court case that is now going once again to our court system.

Outside editorial: USDA's madness
When is a worthwhile test for mad cow disease not worthwhile? According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, it's when a private company uses the test.

Outside editorial: No Drilling, No Vote
Why not have a vote on offshore drilling? There's a serious debate to be had over whether Congress should lift the ban on drilling in the Outer Continental Shelf that has been in place since 1981. Unfortunately, you won't be hearing it in the House of Representatives - certainly, you won't find lawmakers voting on it - anytime soon.

My turn: Raise the ceiling for power-cost help
For years Alaska's rural communities have struggled with higher energy costs than Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau.

Outside editorial: Rein in speculators
Congress has a chance to deliver some needed relief at the gas pump before taking its August vacation.

The 'stupidification' of the nation
I love comic books. For 41 years, I've studied them, collected them, written and read exhaustively about them. So I hope you'll agree I'm qualified to judge the merits of a comic book created by one Brent Rinehart as a tool in his campaign for re-election as a commissioner of Oklahoma County, Okla.

My turn: Substitute teachers deserve better
I am writing on behalf of all substitute teachers who have found themselves doing the best they can to "fill in" for an educator who is on some type of leave.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

Scientists expose northern lights mystery
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Scientists have exposed some of the mystery behind the northern lights.

Danger on Mendenhall: a fortunate encounter
The same allure of adventure and tranquility that attracts independent tourists to the Mendenhall Glacier also places many into a false sense of security.

Beavers prove worth watching
For bird-watchers and bear-watchers, the Mendenhall Recreation Area is a great place.

Out & About
For bird-watchers and bear-watchers, the Mendenhall Recreation Area is a great place.

Web links
Web sites of interest to local outdoors enthusiasts include:

Torrent artifacts reach surface
HOMER - Pratt Museum visitors were able to view what is left of a hairbrush left behind by one of the four hopeful women aboard the Torrent 140 years ago when it sank off Port Graham.

2008 PFD checks could top $2,000
ANCHORAGE - This year's Permanent Fund Dividend check could be a big one.

Butts sentenced for Halloween robbery
ANCHORAGE - A woman who was involved in a robbery of trick-or-treaters in Talkeetna has been sentenced in federal court.

Coast Guard warns about propellers
SEATTLE - A federal investigation of why the Alaska Ranger sank in the Bering Sea after the fishing vessel lost power on Easter Sunday and then went into reverse has led the Coast Guard to issue a safety warning to ship owners about controllable-pitch propellers.

Fuel thief drains post office tank
FAIRBANKS - The high cost of fuel oil is motivating some people to steal.

DEC grants cruise lines delay on appeal
JUNEAU - The state commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation granted the Alaska Cruise Association's request for a delayed hearing on its appeal of the general cruise ship wastewater discharge permit.

Justices limit sex offender registry
FAIRBANKS - The Alaska Supreme Court said the Alaska Sex Offender Registration Act can't be used to punish people convicted of sex crimes before the act was passed by the Legislature.

Alaska ferry system releases fall schedule
JUNEAU - The state ferry system said its schedule for fall, winter and spring is out.

Off-road vehicles damaging project
KENAI - Off-road vehicles are damaging newly contoured and hydro-seeded slopes along stretches of the Kalifornsky Beach Road project.

Game Board plans Juneau meeting
JUNEAU - The Alaska Board of Game is taking proposals for hunting and trapping regulation changes in Southeast Alaska.

Caribou found shot near Point Hope
ANCHORAGE - Alaska State Troopers are investigating the killing of dozens of caribou near Point Hope.

Juneau girls earn state title with 11-1 win
"Tucson here we come," said Kalea Chapman's mother following an All-Star game on Sunday at Melvin Park.

Juneau and Knik trade wins
The Knik Little League All-Stars faced a must-win game against Juneau's All Star Girls Junior Division (ages 13-14) softball team on Saturday at Melvin Park. Juneau won the first game on Friday 6-2, but Knik won Saturday's game with a final score of 7-6.

Juneau Junior Baseball tourney comes to close
ANCHORAGE - Juneau's Junior Baseball Little League team, ages 13-14, lost a tough series in the state championship to defending champion Dimond West last Wednesday and Thursday in Anchorage.

31 participate in Mount Roberts run
The annual Mount Roberts Tramway Run on Saturday, which attracted 41 participants, was longer than previous years.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU
MEETINGS / CLINICS / ANNOUNCEMENTS

New public safety commissioner resigns
Public Safety Commissioner Chuck Kopp resigned Friday, just two weeks after being named to the job.

Agency leader changed ruling in trooper case
A former top official of the Alaska State Troopers reversed a finding in a 2005 investigation of the conduct of trooper Mike Wooten, the former brother-in-law of Gov. Sarah Palin, a step that's unprecedented, according to the head of the trooper's union.

Legislators question need for $1,200 checks
Gov. Sarah Palin's package of energy relief measures may be facing a rougher road than her controversial gas pipeline.

State officials discuss reaction to shooting of possible 'Spirit Bear'
Biologists with the Department of Fish and Game and the trooper involved in the investigation of the light-colored black bear shot in Skagway last month met with local residents in a public forum on July 17.

Parnell keeps low profile before primary
ANCHORAGE - A month before the primary election that will decide candidates for congressional races, Alaska Democrats are asking a question: Where is Sean Parnell?

Cycling doctor spreads word about early cancer detection
ANCHORAGE - An emergency room doctor from Anchorage is spreading the word about the importance of early cancer detection.

Three Sitka residents plead guilty to selling halibut caught under subsistence program
ANCHORAGE - Three Sitka residents, Jesse Rivera, 43; Mario Rivera, 41; and Artimeo Rivera, 36, pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to illegally selling and shipping halibut caught under the Sitka Sound Subsistence Halibut program.

Borough looks to double landholdings
FAIRBANKS - Under a plan being considered by the state, the Denali Borough could double its landholdings.

Standoff ends with assault arrest of Fairbanks man
FAIRBANKS - A 25-year-old Fairbanks man is in custody after a standoff with police.

Photo: Chipping away at totem pole project
Master carver Tommy Joseph, left, works on the Hoshino Michio totem pole with his son Joe, 15, on Friday at the Sitka National Historical Park in Sitka. Rain, insects and time have taken a toll on the lofty poles from the Totem Bight State Park. Inches under their painted surfaces, rot is eating many of the approximately 60-year-old poles from the inside out. On the top and bottom, moss and other vegetation has taken root.

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