Saturday, August 2, 2008

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.

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.

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: 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
Today

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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