Wednesday, July 30, 2008

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.

Franklin Street stores ruin Juneau
I used to live in Juneau many years ago, when Juneau was Juneau. The Alaska-Juneau Gold Mine was still standing out proudly on lower Mount Roberts. The Red Dog Saloon, much farther north on Franklin Street, was a place that locals could go to, and tourists were in the minority.

In Bong Hits history, players are partners
Joseph Frederick, Deborah Morse and the city of Juneau have actually found themselves as co-defendants in a monumental case. Yes, I did say co-defendants.

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.

Juneau reacts
"It's pretty hard to be in that position for as long as he has without compromising something. I guess that's how politics works ... But I'm sorry to hear that, because he's done a lot for the state."

Photo: Images from another time Bridge under construction, 1980
A crane on a barge holds a pile driver as workers build the foundation for the new Juneau-Douglas Bridge in 1980. The bridge was dedicated in 1981, replacing a bridge that was built in the 1930s.

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.

Around Town
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Around Town
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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.

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

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

Correction
A story Tuesday incorrectly reported that former Gov. Wally Hickel was the state's only two-time governor. Actually, Bill Egan served nonconsecutive terms as well, being elected in 1958 and 1962, and then again in 1970.

Helping with loving hands
"This job makes me feel like I'm doing something worthwhile," said Molly Kay about her work as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) at Hospice and Home Care of Juneau. "I love meeting the patients and families, and I enjoy helping to make their days or weeks as comfortable as possible."

Big moneyand no sense
Sometimes big bucks count for more than common sense.

Consortium to host Yakutat pediatric dental clinic
YAKUTAT - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium and the Yakutat Community Health Center will host a special Denali KidCare pediatric dental clinic on Aug. 4-8, 2008.

Thank you from the Juneau Volunteer Marching Band
The Juneau Volunteer Marching Band (JVMB) would like to shout out a big thank you to those who joined with us to present patriotic march music to all the community during the Marine Park concerts and July 4th Parades in Juneau and Douglas.

Juneau Youth Sailing to hold hot dog fundraiser
JUNEAU - Juneau Youth Sailing will hold a hot dog and soda sale fundraiser at from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Super Bear Supermarket. This fundraiser will help JYS support its mission to bring sail training to Juneau youth and the rest of the community in a manner that promotes safety, fun and learning.

Widowed Person Program to hold annual picnic
JUNEAU - The Widowed Persons Program extends an invitation to all widows and widowers to attend its annual picnic at 1 p.m. Saturday at Lena Beach picnic area. The event also includes a tour of the Jensen Olson Arboretum prior to the picnic at 11:30 a.m.

Perk up parsley with cool water
Calling all cooks. Auntie Emo is looking for recipes, we need reader input.

Pittman, Roaf wed
Amber Kristine Roaf, of Port Angeles, Wash., and Andrew Fergus Pittman, formerly of Juneau, were married on May 31, 2008, at the Lighthouse Christian Center in Port Angeles. The Rev. John C. Pierce officiated.

Mayeda, Williams to wed
Elizabeth Mayeda and Joseph Leon Williams are engaged to be married at 2 p.m. Aug. 31, 2008, at the St. Nicholas Orthodox Church. A reception will follow. All who know the bride and groom are welcome to attend.

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

My turn: Gas should benefit Alaskans
The Alaska Gasline Inducement Act was a wonderful mechanism to stimulate discussion, encourage productive debate, and motivate competition for construction of a natural gas pipeline in our state.

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.

Empire editorial: What a shame for Alaska
U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens' indictment on federal corruption charges Tuesday should have surprised no one, least of all anyone who has known of the investigation into the man known for reeling in more federal dollars for his state than any other member of Congress ever has or likely ever will.

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.

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.

A victim in Knoxville: Accountability
Had it not been liberals, it would have been something else. Let's grant that from the beginning.

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

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.

States seek trust fund for oceans
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Pacific state governors want Congress to create a trust fund to help pay for ocean-protection efforts along the West Coast.

Animal rights law seeks room to roam
VACAVILLE, Calif. - This fall, California voters will consider the most comprehensive farm animal rights law in the country, a measure that would ban cramped metal cages for egg-laying hens, metal gestation crates for pregnant sows and veal crates for lambs - standard industry practices in which the animals are kept so confined that they can barely move.

ATV driver dies in crash with motorcycle
TAKOTNA - A Takotna man driving a four-wheeler died from injuries suffered in a crash with a motorcycle.

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

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

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

Heavy rain douses Alaska Interior
FAIRBANKS - Heavy rain throughout Alaska's Interior prompted flood warnings and flood watches in the Tanana Valley.

More homeless people are expected to vote
BREMERTON, Wash. - Among the record number of voters expected to cast ballots this fall may be an increase from an often-invisible population - the homeless.

Disc Golf Association to host charity tourney
JUNEAU - The Juneau Disc Golf Association will host a charity disc golf tournament for the Gastineau Humane Society on Aug. 24.

High school swim, dive to first meet Aug. 11
JUNEAU - High school students interested in joining the Juneau-Douglas High School Swimming and Diving team can attend the first meeting at 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 11, at the JDHS commons.

High school tennis, cross country to meet
JUNEAU - High school tennis for both schools begins practice at 11 a.m. Friday at JRC The Alaska Club. Practice will be Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at JRC The Alaska Club until school starts.

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.

Stevens indictment rocks Alaska
U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens has advocated for Alaska since before there was a state of Alaska and, as the longest-serving Republican senator in history, had the opportunity to do much for the state.

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

Senator accused of lying on financial disclosure reports
WASHINGTON - Sen. Ted Stevens, the nation's longest-serving Republican senator and a major figure in Alaska politics since before statehood, was indicted Tuesday on seven felony counts of concealing more than a quarter of a million dollars in house renovations and gifts from a powerful oil contractor that lobbied him for government aid.

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.

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.

Links to VECO at heart of indictment
WASHINGTON - In the first week of October 1999, Ted Stevens had the government of Pakistan in a delicate position.

Stevens used an old-school approach to support state
WASHINGTON - Ted Stevens is a throwback to the Senate he joined almost 40 years ago and then worked so effectively for his home state of Alaska.

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.

Indictment adds to GOP troubles
WASHINGTON - Just when it looked like things couldn't get much worse for Republicans in this election year, they did.

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.

Dozens of Arctic caribou slaughtered, left to rot
ANCHORAGE - Hunters from two Arctic villages that depend heavily on caribou for food are suspected of slaughtering dozens of the animals and leaving the carcasses to rot on the tundra, state wildlife officials said Tuesday.

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

Beach closings due to bacteria fall in '07
WASHINGTON - Beach closings and warnings due to harmful bacteria dropped last year, an environmental watchdog group reported Tuesday, but 2007 was the second-worst year in 18 years and heavy rains this year may reverse the decline.

Seven-square-mile chunk of ice breaks off in Canada
EDMONTON - Officials said Tuesday a chunk of ice about seven square miles in size broke off Canada's largest remaining ice shelf last week.

Volunteers show veterans best of Kodiak
KODIAK - Michael Owens often thinks to Oct. 17, 2005, and wonders what could have been.

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