Wednesday, July 29, 2009

We need to speak out on health care
If you want to understand the role of insurance companies in our nation's health care melodrama, think of them as pimps. And like true pimps, they use lies, pay-offs and hired political muscle to guarantee their 30 percent cut of our health care dollars.

Where's Sarah?
Just one final snub for Juneau from our former governor. She held farewell picnics in Wasilla, Fairbanks and Anchorage. Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't Juneau still the capital city? I would think this would have been one of the choices for a picnic. I was wondering, who paid for all of these farewell affairs?

Charters should be subject to same rules
Since the 1920s, the International Pacific Halibut Commission has been managing halibut stocks for one purpose: sustainability. The commercial halibut fishery has become the model for the entire world.

Juneau passed over by federal funds for police
Despite having several vacant positions, the Juneau Police Department did not qualify for any of the $5 million in federal stimulus money announced Tuesday to go to Alaska for police staffing.

Intoxicated 27-year-old accused of pulling shotgun on neighbors
A grand jury indicted a 27-year-old Juneau man Friday on felony assault charges for allegedly pulling a shotgun on two people earlier this month in the Mendenhall Valley.

New JDHS principal brings team-teaching experience
Dr. Jim Kuhlmann understands what it takes for a high school to make adjustments.

Mariners help whales out of tangles
Capt. Greg Brown of the Weather Permitting went to NOAA's whale disentanglement training last year, but this 30-foot humpback calf swathed in line was the first real tangled whale he'd tried to help.

Fishermen gear up for 63rd salmon derby
Juneau's three-day fishing contest is back for its 63rd year with hundreds of thousands of dollars in prizes.

Empire, Capital City Weekly host Labor Day essay contest
JUNEAU - Southeast Alaska workers can win up to $500 this summer through a contest sponsored by the Juneau Empire and Capital City Weekly.

Photo: Foggy morning float
A float plane cruises down Gastineau Channel and under the Douglas Bridge early Tuesday morning due to a thick layer of fog. Despite cooler temperatures early in the week, the forecast for the next five days calls for sunny skies and temperatures in the low 80s.

Photo: JAMming
Local artist Amanda Neyenhouse knits Sunday morning behind her display of handmade items for sale at the Juneau Artists Market (JAM) outside the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. JAM at the JACC will operate 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays through Mondays until the end of August. Any artist or musician is welcome to show their goods. Contact the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council at 586-2787. "It's such a great thing," Neyenhouse said. "It's a great opportunity for local artists who aren't in stores or shops."

Photo: Shore duty
U.S. Coast Guard seaman Sarah Perez spends Sunday morning mowing the grass at Motor Lifeboat Station Juneau. Originally from Florida, Perez is one and a half years into herenlistment. "Aside from the weather, mowing grass is the same here as in Florida," Perez said.

Photo: Bicycle for two
Kent Cochell gives Hailey Noel a lift on his bicycle Tuesday along the North Douglas Highway.

Police & Fire
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Jack Paul Brown Jr.
Jack Paul Brown Jr., 53, died July 24, 2009, in Ketchikan after a long battle with colon cancer. His Tlingit name was Tsoo 'neil.

Outside editorial: Obama must be more direct on health care
If you have followed many of President Barack Obama's health care comments and speeches, you know that he pretty much reiterated his views during his prime-time news conference Wednesday. And that wasn't necessarily bad.

Outside editorial: Exxon goes green
Exxon's often sharp-tongued skepticism about alternative fuel technologies would seem to make it an unlikely candidate to bankroll research designed to turn algae into fuel.

Outside editorial: Palin's siren song
Sarah Palin's valedictory address as governor of Alaska will (we hope) be little noted nor long remembered. But its denunciation of Hollywood and Washington insiders reflects a perennial obsession by some conservatives that mainstream politicians are too eager to indulge. As Republicans regroup after the disaster of 2008, they would be wise to resist this shrill siren song.

Outside editorial: Get moving on Gitmo
On the third day of his presidency, Barack Obama dramatically departed from the disastrous policies of the Bush administration by signing an order promising that the Guantanamo Bay detention center would be closed no later than Jan. 22, 2010. But procrastination from the White House is making it easier for congressional critics to frustrate a step vital to restoring American legitimacy.

If only all transitions of power could be as peaceful as Alaska
Just before last weekend's governor's picnic, and before the transition of power from former Gov. Sarah Palin to Gov. Sean Parnell, I returned from attending the National Conference of State Legislatures annual convention in Philadelphia.

My Turn: There is nothing 'new' about Kensington ordeal
Juneau residents breathed a sigh of relief June 22 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Kensington Mine.

Understanding fear as it is seen through black eyes
I'll tell you why President Barack Obama said what he did.

My Turn: Southeast residents need to take action to protect our ferry system
Ferry service on the Alaska Marine Highway System is more than just the best way to connect scattered Southeast communities.

Amazon incidents remind that big brother still looms
Last week, in a stunning display of public irony, Amazon.com remotely deleted digital copies of the George Orwell novels "1984" and "Animal Farm" from customers' Kindle devices after learning that the electronic publisher of these works, MobileReference, did not have the rights to them. For a couple days, observers in print and on the Web outdid themselves, noting that in "1984," government censors rewrite history by consigning offending news items to an incinerator chute known as the memory hole.

US, Canada Arctic mapping expedition to start Aug. 9
EDMONTON, Alberta - A joint U.S.-Canada expedition sailing next month to the icy waters off the northern coastline both countries share will help map the farthest reaches of the North American continent, but it won't deal with a long-running dispute over a resource-rich part of the Beaufort Sea.

Juneau man arrested on alcohol, theft charges
JUNEAU - A 23-year-old man was arrested for drunken boating and vehicle theft Sunday night after running a boat aground at the launch in Savikko Park.

Weather no help against Interior state wildfires
FAIRBANKS - The National Weather Service said hot, dry weather in the Interior is likely to keep forest fires burning in the Interior for the foreseeable future.

Anchorage arrest made in Jan. 2 homicide
ANCHORAGE - It took seven months, but an arrest has been made in Anchorage's first homicide of the year.

Radio news director resigns amid personal blog controversy
DILLINGHAM - The news director at a southwest Alaska radio station has resigned amid an uproar over items posted on her personal blog.

Fire near Fairbanks doubles in size
FAIRBANKS - A fire burning 25 miles southwest of Fairbanks doubled in size in recent days.

Fairbanks voters may choose wintertime pollution regulator
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks voters may decide whether they want the borough or the state to run a program to fight wintertime air pollution.

Girdwood fire chief sick of Seward highway fatalities
GIRDWOOD - Girdwood Fire Chief William Chadwick has called an Aug. 7 forum at the city's community center to discuss fatal accidents and driver behavior on the Seward Highway.

Advocates promote Fairbanks sales tax, within 100 signatures
FAIRBANKS - Organizers of an effort to substitute a property tax with a sales tax in Fairbanks say they are within 100 signatures of getting the issue on the October ballot.

Alaska has first swine flu-related fatality
ANCHORAGE - A Fairbanks woman with underlying medical conditions has died of complications of swine flu in Washington state - the first swine-flu related fatality of an Alaskan, state health officials said Monday.

Upper Cook Inlet closes to commercial fishermen
ANCHORAGE - The state Department of Fish and Game has issued an emergency closure order for upper Cook Inlet drift gillnetters.

Moser to Hershey's
JUNEAU - Riley loves to run, and now he's being rewarded for it.

Sitka eliminates Juneau West
KETCHIKAN - Sitka pulled off an improbable come-from-behind win in the finals of Major League District 2 Baseball Tournament, rallying from a five-run deficit in the final two innings to top Juneau West 7-6 to earn a berth in the state tournament.

Juneau baseball Minors, softball Majors ousted
Juneau 10, Sitka 4

Photo: Juneau's District 2 Junior champs host state tourney
The Juneau Junior All-Stars, the Alaska District 2 champions, are hosting the Dimond West Juniors, representing Alaska District 1, at 6 p.m. this Thursday at Adair-Kennedy Field in a best-of-three series with a berth in the Western Regional Tournament in Alisa Viejo, Calif., on the line. Juneau finished the tournament with a 4-0 record, defeating Ketchikan 10-0 in the championship game.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

New governor meets with ministers, others
FAIRBANKS - Gov. Sean Parnell spent his first full day in office Monday meeting with locals in Fairbanks, including ministers, community leaders and the editorial board of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

Two Palin allies stepping down
Two close allies of former Gov. Sarah Palin are leaving state employment. The aides, Frank Bailey, director of the Office of Boards and Commissions, and Kris Perry, director of the governor's Anchorage office, are on their way out, said Sharon Leighow, spokeswoman for Gov. Sean Parnell.

Alaska gets first ever 'temporary substitute' lt. governor
Alaska got a new lieutenant governor Sunday as Craig Campbell was sworn in as a the state's first ever "temporary substitute lieutenant governor."

Parnell to focus on economy, families
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sean Parnell said Tuesday he's not worried about defining his legacy as he fills in for his high-profile predecessor, Sarah Palin.

Alaska unemployment fund sitting pretty - unlike other states
While Alaska's unemployment rate is climbing, both state workers and employers are in a much better situation than many - and possibly most - other states, say employment security officials with the state and federal governments.

Official: Construction activity slows down statewide
ANCHORAGE - Overall construction in Alaska is down an estimated 10 percent statewide this summer from the same time last year, an industry official said Tuesday.

Some village organizations owe the IRS payroll taxes
ANCHORAGE - Some tribal governments, cities and nonprofits owe $4.4 million in unpaid payroll taxes and penalties to the Internal Revenue Service, according to a new state report.

Miss WEIO 2009 prepares to represent Alaska
FAIRBANKS - In just a few short weeks, life has taken an unexpected but not unwelcome turn for Alanna Gibson.

Pilots, divers recover old plane from lake
ANCHORAGE - There was nothing particularly historic or valuable about the two-seat float plane that had been sitting in muck at the bottom of an isolated Alaska lake since September 1993.

Aleutian areas to get siren system
KING COVE - Five rural communities on the Aleutians are set to receive new all-hazard warning siren systems within the next year.

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