Tuesday, July 29, 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.

Stop predator control once and for all
The state Department of Fish and Game assures us that predator control is conducted in a responsible manner by responsible people.

Sen. Elton takes charge of Council
Juneau Sen. Kim Elton took over his new position as chairman of the Legislative Council Monday, and pushed forward with an investigation of Gov. Sarah Palin.

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.

Photo: Totem touch-up
Brian Chilton repaints a 40-foot totem at the entrance to the Goldbelt building, which is owned and occupied by the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. Chilton and his apprentice, Ty Grant, left, hope to complete the touch-ups on the pole by the end of the week. The pole was carved by Tlingit master carver Ray Peck Jr. in the early 1980s.

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.

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Photo: Summer stroll
Tlingit elder Nancy Jackson - known decades for her "Raven Dance" during various events in town - doesn't let a little rain stop her from going on an outing Monday as her caregiver, Paul Dick, pushes her wheelchair on Glacier Avenue. Today's forecast calls for continuing cloudy skies with a 40 percent chance of rain.

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Police & Fire
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Police & Fire
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Lawrence Armstrong
Former Juneau resident Lawrence T. Armstrong died July 15, 2008, at his home in Auburn, Wash. He was 85.

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.

My turn: Sealaska management not forthright
I find it curious that Sealaska CEO Chris E. McNeil Jr. wants to make it clear about misleading statements in his My Turn on July 16.

Outside editorial: Federal housing policy is due for an overhaul
Whatever their disagreements, America's political leaders believe in home ownership - and they have believed in it for decades. "Owning a home can increase responsibility and stake out a man's place in his community," President Lyndon B. Johnson, a Democrat, declared in 1968. Thirty-six years later, Republican George W. Bush promised "an ownership society ... where more Americans than ever will be able to open up their door where they live and say, welcome to my home, welcome to my piece of property." This long-term bipartisan consensus has sustained hundreds of billions of dollars' worth of federal support for single-family housing: government-guaranteed mortgages through the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), the tax deduction for mortgage interest payments, and implicit federal backing and tax breaks for the mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

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

In Russia, it's 'legal nihilism' as usual
Though he had been handpicked by Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Medvedev's inauguration as Russia's president in early May inspired some in the West to hope for real change in the Kremlin. The expectations rested largely on Medvedev's background as a law professor who, unlike Putin, had no history with the Soviet KGB. There was also his surprisingly strong rhetoric about the "legal nihilism" that he said was holding back Russia's "modern development." "We must achieve true respect for the law," the 42-year-old president declared shortly after being sworn in.

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.

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

State: Juneau sees rise in seat belt use
JUNEAU - A new state study finds that 85 percent of Alaskans are wearing their seat belts.

5.0 quake located near Andreanofs
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Earthquake Information Center reported a moderate earthquake Monday in the Andreanof Islands.

PFD investment return down 3.6%
JUNEAU - Stocks dragged the return on Alaska Permanent Fund investments down 3.6 percent last year.

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.

Kodiak auxiliary to help Coast Guard
KODIAK - The Coast Guard auxiliary has begun training to eventually help conduct safety patrols in waters around Kodiak.

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

Court dismisses bid for cheap power
GRANTS PASS, Ore. - A federal appeals court has dismissed a bid by farmers in the upper Klamath Basin to continue bargain rates for electricity they use to pump irrigation water.

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.

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.

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.

Lawmakers call for Palin probe
State lawmakers on Monday approved an investigation into whether Gov. Sarah Palin abused her power in firing former Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan.

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.

Former governors pan AGIA
Two former governors provided sharply contrasting views Monday on Gov. Sarah Palin's Alaska Gasline Inducement Act, though neither Republican Wally Hickel nor Democrat Tony Knowles supported it.

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.

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.

Elmendorf commander dies of gunshot wound
ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE - An Air Force brigadier general died of a gunshot wound that likely was self-inflicted, a spokesman said Monday.

Postcards from Italy delivered to Alaska after 26-year delay
ANCHORAGE - After a 26-year delay, the postcards Olga Jigliotti mailed from Italy to her son in East Anchorage are getting a sweet - almost bittersweet - postscript.

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

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.

Anti-Exxon shirts gain following in Kasilof
KENAI - A local store in Kasilof has started hawking T-shirts in response to a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling favoring Exxon Mobil Corp. over the Valdez oil spill.

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