Friday, August 1, 2008

FIRST FRIDAY is the last for the summer
The final First Friday of the summer has works that range from intaglio prints to ceramics and from papier-mâché to drawings. Several of the usual First Friday hot spots will not hold August receptions but have indicated that they again will feature artists once fall arrives.

Local crew releases new ski, snowboard film
T hose in Juneau thinking about snow sports during the colder-than-usual summer months can get their fix with the premiere of the new ski and snowboard movie by Bad Larry Productions.

What's Happening
Thursday, July 31

Principals should maintain order
I would like to apologize to Linda Buckley ("Substitute teachers deserve better treatment" My Turn on July 27) for the rude and irresponsible behavior she had to endure at the hands of out-of-control students.

Fix traffic near Fred Meyer access
I would like to comment on the high rate of accidents on the Fred Meyer access road that will continue to occur unless action is taken to correct the problem. A traffic study should have been completed with the record amount of accidents happening on this road.

Voters will respond to state's wolf kills
I was outraged regarding Sunday's Associated Press story of the shooting of 14 wolf pups in the head at their dens in Unit 9, on the Southern Alaska Peninsula.

Humanity, common sense missing in kills
I am so disgusted by the state Department of Fish and Game for their deceit and actions regarding the killing of wolves. Alaska law prohibits the killing of pups in their dens as part of a predator reduction effort. So, the department broke the law, lied to the press and the public, collected a salary for criminal activity and lying, and then billed the people of Alaska for all the expenses. Laws don't apply to the Department of Fish and Game?

Rep. LeDoux needs new ad campaign
I do not know who Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux's publicist, public relations firm or campaign manager is, but whoever is in charge of her campaign advertising is doing her a severe disservice.

Begich can help solve energy crisis
As a longtime Alaskan and nonpartisan voter, I feel it is time for a change from politics as usual.

Sealaska shareholder privacy compromised
This is in reference to the article (Empire, July 23) about Sealaska Corp.'s data theft of shareholder records.

Photo: Ice on the side
Mendenhall Glacier visitors look at a large iceberg floating Tuesday in Mendenhall Lake.

Local airline settles with FAA
L.A.B. Flying Service Inc. won't be flying any time soon.

Gun shop owner named in wrongful death suit
The family of murdered Simone Young Kim is seeking damages for his wrongful death against not only the killer, but also the owner of the gun shop where the killer got his weapon.

Photo: Into the mist
The USS Juneau sets sail Wednesday out of Gastineau Channel. The crew pulled up anchor in the morning, ending a four-day visit in honor of the coming 50th anniversary of statehood. The "Mighty J," as the U.S. Navy vessel is affectionately known by its crew, is on its final voyage to San Diego, where it will be decommissioned.

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

Photo: Dog day afternoon
Linda Miller, left, and her mother, Marcia Miller, walk next to Glacier Highway on Thursday with dogs from Gastineau Humane Society Doggie Day Care and the GHS kennel.

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

The villains we love to hate
Oh, Hannibal, you big, lovable teddy bear, you. Come give us a hug!

X-Files is pleasantly familiar
S ix years ago. That's the last time agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully were part of our television lives. Until seeing "The X-Files: I Want to Believe" this past weekend, I had no idea how much I had missed them.

Scorsese's rock documentary on DVD
'Shine a Light'

Juneau's Cinema guide
OPENING

Two local CDs offer twists on folk, bluegrass
T here's finally some new local CDs I found in one of my periodic trips to Capitol Records and - shock! - both claim to offer twists on traditional folk/bluegrass.

HAINES hosts wet and rainy state fair
Stepping off the ferry in Haines in the rain with gear at 5:30 in the morning can be a dreary ordeal, but the musicians traveling to the state fair last week were greeted with a smile, then ushered to a school bus where they loaded their instruments, packs and other equipment and headed for a bunkhouse in Mud Bay.

Sound Bites
BLACK KIDS, "Partie Traumatic" ★★

Making it back
At first glance, Juneau writer and artist Connie Tonsgard seems like any normal, charming, bubbly 58-year-old. Unfortunately, this congenial eBay seller once suffered a life-threatening brain hemmorhage from falling down her stairs.

Toumieux to speak on West Africa relief efforts
JUNEAU - Eric Toumieux, national director of World Vision Senegal, will address progress in development and relief efforts for West Africa at a community-wide gathering at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Chapel by the Lake.

Sgt. James Spreter earns Bronze Star
On July 3, Sgt. James Spreter, of Juneau, was awarded the Bronze Star, the fourth-highest combat award of the U.S. Armed Forces.

What kind of cat is that?
The Princess was not happy. One of her hind legs was sticking out at an inelegant angle - and it hurt! Even though she is a feral-born cat with zero tolerance for humans other than her own, she knew she needed help.

Turkeys fly, elk graze and fog scares us
After visiting New Hampshire, Maine and Stockbridge, Mass., we traveled west on Highway 80 to DuBois, Pa., and then south through Punksutawney where Punksutawney Phil hibernates and comes out of his den every Feb. 2.

Girls Rock Science event attracts more than 150
On July 26, more than 150 girls from Southeast Alaska "rocked" at an event that featured 20 hands-on science activities.

Abbott, Estes wed
Jennifer Estes, of Douglas, and Nathaniel Abbott, of Juneau, were married on April 26, 2008, in Juneau. A reception was held at DIPAC.

Shaw, Moffet to wed
Mindy Jo Moffet and Brandon Lee Shaw, both of Juneau, will marry at 4:15 p.m. Aug. 2, 2008, at Orca Point Lodge in Juneau. A reception will immediately follow.

Kreinheder, Carroll wed
Amy Carroll and Jack Kreinheder, both of Juneau, were married on July 12, 2008, at the Buoy Deck in Juneau. A reception followed at the Buoy Deck.

FYI
Births

Norman L. Miller
Former Juneau resident Norman L. Miller died suddenly and unexpectedly on July 26, 2008, in Seminole County, Fla. He was 56.

Frank Joseph Sr.
Former Tenakee Springs resident Frank Joseph Sr. died at 8:25 p.m. on July 26, 2008, of cardiac illness, at Mount Edgecumbe Hospital. He was 70.

Lee W. Smith
Former Juneau resident Leephonse "Lee" W. Smith, of the pioneer dairy family, died July 22, 2008, in Everett, Wash., from a sudden illness. He was 91.

My Turn: Setting the record straight
The My Turn regarding Sealaska Corporation published on July 29 contained numerous false, misleading and irresponsible statements.

Outside editorial: Sen. Ted Stevens' extreme makeover
A new first floor. A new garage. A two-story wraparound deck. Plumbing and electrical wiring. A professional Viking gas grill. These are among the more than $250,000 worth of gifts that prosecutors allege Alaska Republican Sen. Ted Stevens accepted from an Alaska oil services company, VECO Corp., and its former chief executive, Bill J. Allen, but failed to report on his annual financial disclosure forms. Not only failed to report, according to the seven-count indictment handed up this week by a federal grand jury in Washington, but actively concealed - not surprisingly since, according to the indictment, Stevens simultaneously "received and accepted solicitations for multiple official actions from Allen and other VECO employees," including help with projects in Pakistan and Russia, requests for federal grants and contracts, and help with efforts to build a natural gas pipeline from the state's North Slope.

My Turn: Alaska gas authority should build pipeline
If Alaska is to reach its full potential and increase the wealth for all of its citizens, it needs to move away from the exploitation of its resources by special interests and corrupt politicians and take control of its own destiny.

Alaska editorial: Testing Alaska's patience
The public service record of U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens is unequaled in this state, and perhaps the nation. That makes his indictment on federal charges this week all the more tragic.

Outside editorial: Stimulus is a lousy way to increase consumer spending
If you put a dubious baldness remedy on your scalp and find that you get no new hair, you may conclude that you wasted your money. Or, if you're an incurable optimist, you may conclude that you didn't spend enough and buy another batch of the stuff.

Human life: The price is (not) right
Most inhumanities start small, like the beginning of a tsunami, but then build, as they head toward inevitable and unstoppable destruction.

Perseverance Trail work party slated
JUNEAU - Trail Mix will sponsor a volunteer work party on Juneau's Perseverance Trail from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Fatal crash spurs recommendations
JUNEAU - National safety officials are recommending that the Federal Aviation Administration implement some changes as a result of a fatal airplane crash near Ketchikan last summer.

Freddie issues new prevention measures
NEW YORK - Freddie Mac is doubling the amount of money it pays loan servicers for each successful mortgage workout among other measures to keep struggling borrowers out of foreclosure, it said Thursday.

2 Cuban baseball players may have defected in Canada
EDMONTON - A tournament chairman said Wednesday that two prominent players from Cuba's junior baseball team may have defected in Edmonton.

Todd Palin to host former first spouses
JUNEAU - First gentleman Todd Palin will host a reception for other first spouses to occupy the Governor's Mansion in Juneau.

Richardson Highway to close temporarily
FAIRBANKS - A stretch of the Richardson Highway will close temporarily for culvert installation work.

Reward offered in caribou slaughter
ANCHORAGE - A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction for those responsible for the killing of caribou in northwest Alaska.

Witnesses: Bus rider beheads seat mate
PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, Manitoba - Passengers aboard a Canadian bus fled in horror as a fellow traveler viciously attacked his seat mate, repeatedly stabbing him and then severing his head, witnesses said Thursday.

Koester will attempt to close out a marathon in all 50 states
Holly Koester believes in attaining goals. Saturday she will achieve her goal of competing in marathons in all 50 states by racing in the Southeast Road Runners Frank Maier Marathon.

Runners on the road
Runners from New York, Alabama, Oregon, Iowa, California, Michigan and points in between signed up for the 17th annual Frank Maier Marathon and Douglas Island Half Marathon on Saturday.

WRANGLING YOUNG ALASKA VOTERS
With less than 100 days left until the Nov. 4 general election, the Republican and Democratic parties are working to connect with young Alaskan voters in a presidential contest that by some accounts could see higher participation than in recent years.

GOP colleagues distance themselves
WASHINGTON - Presumptive GOP nominee John McCain distanced himself from Sen. Ted Stevens Wednesday, a day after his longtime rival was indicted on charges of lying about more than $250,000 in gifts he got from an oil services company.

Stevens fights charges
WASHINGTON - Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens pleaded not guilty to corruption charges Thursday and received an unusually speedy trial date, which he hopes will clear his name before voters consider re-electing him in November.

TransCanada passes key vote in Senate
With time running out for the Alaska Legislature to get a TransCanada Corp. natural gas pipeline, a Senate committee finally took action on the proposal late Wednesday, approving the contract 7-5.

Senate might abandon $1,200 checks
Powerful Alaska senators are looking at eliminating Gov. Sarah Palin's proposed $1,200 "resource rebate" checks, but replacing them with a beefed up heating oil subsidy.

Exxon profit breaks record
HOUSTON - Exxon Mobil reported the fattest operating profit in U.S. corporate history Thursday but took a beating anyway - from politicians railing against Big Oil, drivers bleeding cash at the pump and investors who expected more.

State agency tells cruise lines to fix wastewater plans
The state Department of Environmental Conservation told cruise lines last week that their plans for reducing wastewater pollutants were inadequate and that current discharge allowances will be revoked unless new plans are filed by mid-August.

Some Republicans say they'll give money from Stevens to charity
WASHINGTON - Republican senators facing reelection challenges sought to insulate themselves from indicted Sen. Ted Stevens Wednesday by promising to donate to charity tens of thousands of dollars they received from the veteran Alaska lawmaker's political action committee.

Many support Stevens, despite indictment
ANCHORAGE - Whatever they might think about Sen. Ted Stevens' honesty or lack thereof, many folks in Alaska aren't ready to see their Uncle Ted go.

Senate enters final days on gas line vote
The Alaska Senate is prepared to vote today on whether the state should award TransCanada Corp. a license to pursue a natural gas pipeline project.

Flooding continues in Alaska's Interior
FAIRBANKS - Rivers in Alaska's interior are spilling over their banks after two days of heavy rain, forcing several families to evacuate their homes.

Alaska leads nation in credit card debt
NEW YORK - Alaska leads all states with the highest median credit card debt of $3,384, according to a study released Wednesday.

Judge orders Alaska to help Yup'ik voters
ANCHORAGE - A federal judge is requiring elections officials to provide Yup'ik-speaking voters in the Bethel area with language assistance so that they can participate in a meaningful way in state elections.

New Fish and Wildlife center in works for Tok
ANCHORAGE - A new federal/state visitor center in the planning stages for an area near Tok, just 91 miles from the Canadian border, has moved another step forward toward welcoming upward of 100,000 visitors annually.

Conservative group to fight polar bear's 'threatened' status
ANCHORAGE - A conservative legal advocacy group said Wednesday it plans to sue the federal government over its recent decision to list the polar bear as a threatened species.

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