Sunday, August 3, 2008

No double standard for Gov. Sarah Palin
Gov. Sarah Palin is under investigation into whether she abused her power, so then she needs to step down from her position same as she has required of everyone else.

Stay 100 yards away from humpbacks
Recently, while treating two guests to the enjoyment of whale watching, I made a serious mistake.

Feeling sorry for Ted Stevens
I felt sorry for U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens when I heard he had seven charges against him. If Stevens is guilty, I fault him less than I do the system he had to live with in order to get re-elected, gain seniority, and bring home the bacon to Alaska.

Senate gives Palin pipeline victory
The Alaska Senate on Friday joined the House of Representatives' action the previous week in giving Republican Gov. Sarah Palin a victory in her quest to bring the North Slope's vast natural gas reserves to market.

Alaska's oil pipeline history drives gas line fight
When Gov. Sarah Palin was elected to office less than two years ago, she took a dramatic shift in strategy for getting Alaska's natural gas to markets. It was one the state's oil companies bitterly opposed.

Energy relief checks still in works in Legislature, but amounts vary
Sharing Alaska's oil wealth remains popular with legislators, though rapidly evolving plans for payments to residents still remain below the $1,200 Gov. Sarah Palin originally proposed.

Photo: First spouses share memories
From left, former Alaska first ladies Ermalee Hickel, Bella Hammond, Nancy Murkowski and Susan Knowles listen to an introduction by First Gentleman Todd Palin during a reception Saturday hosted by Palin to honor the state's first ladies in Juneau. For a story about the event, see Monday's Empire.

Photo: Trail improvements
Trail Mix employee Julia Nave and Executive Director George Schaaf revegetate a section of trail Saturday along the Perseverance Trail. Five volunteers helped with the revegetation project on 200 feet of trail near the Mount Juneau cutoff and improved bicycle access across several bridges in the upper Silverbow Basin.

Around Town
Today

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

Loranna Petrovich
Former Juneau resident Loranna Mae Petrovich died May 14, 2008, in Wasilla. She was 83.

Outside editorial: Stevens' indictment: Giving to receive
This editorial appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer:

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

My Turn: Even the mighty are at risk
It was Abraham Lincoln who said something to the effect that if you want to test a man's integrity then give him power. Well, we have run that test and found plenty of failures.

Photo: Tree hugging
Hanging out: A cub clings to a tree recently in Juneau. Eventually the cub climbed down and walked off with its mother.

Bow and basic hunter education offered
A basic hunter education course will be offered Aug. 8 and 9 at the Juneau Hunter Education Facility, 5670 Montana Creek Road.

Horse trainer builds Two Rivers ranch
FAIRBANKS - Run-A-Muck Ranch isn't just horse play for Trisha Kiefer-Reed, it's life.

Out & About
Today: Steel plate handgun shoot, 9 a.m. registration, Hank Harmon Rifle Range.

Web links
Web sites of interest to local outdoors enthusiasts include:

GOP senators rally for ANWR exploration
ANCHORAGE - U.S. Sens. Ted Stevens and Lisa Murkowski are among 10 Republican senators who are urging President Bush to issue an executive order for a seismic survey of energy resources in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge's coastal plain.

Bush will visit Fairbanks on Monday
FAIRBANKS - President Bush is planning to visit the Fairbanks area Monday, speaking to the troops at Eielson Air Force Base.

Ex-ADA to investigate firing of Monegan
JUNEAU - A retired Alaska assistant district attorney will investigate Gov. Sarah Palin's firing of the former public safety commissioner.

Two hurt in highway trailer explosion
ANCHORAGE - Two Kenai residents are being treated for injuries sustained when their travel trailer exploded Friday on the Seward Highway.

Palin appoints public safety committee
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sarah Palin appointed a new review committee to help in the search for the next public safety commissioner.

Flooding continues in Alaska Interior
FAIRBANKS - Water levels remained high in Interior Alaska's rivers last week.

Men survive plane crash near Ketchikan
JUNEAU - Alaska State Troopers said two Colorado men have survived a plane crash Friday evening near Ketchikan.

Talkeetna man convicted in standoff
ANCHORAGE - A Talkeetna man was convicted last week in connection with a two-day standoff.

Record 170 runners fill annual race
Taxi driver Maria Miller expected to share Douglas Island's roads with "maybe 40" runners as she approached Savikko Park in her canary yellow van during Saturday's 17th annual Frank Maier Marathon. She didn't expect the stream of 170 contestants, a race record, that lit up the roadside with colorful shoes, shorts and identification bibs.

Juneau's Ben Gage wins the half marathon
Ben Gage of Juneau won the 17th annual Douglas Island Half Marathon on Saturday with a time of 1 hour, 24 minutes, 15 seconds to beat out 120 runners of all shapes, sizes and motivations.

Locals team up to form wrestling program
Bob Saviers and Leah Miller have a passion for amateur wrestling, and they hope to see the sport grow in Juneau.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU
UPCOMING EVENTS

Teen arrested in school heist
FAIRBANKS - Alaska authorities turned to eBay to track down a teenager suspected of stealing more than $100,000 worth of electronics from Delta High School.

Ex-officer charged with bootlegging
ANCHORAGE - A former Noorvik village police officer was arrested last week on bootlegging and assault charges.

Longtime Fairbanks broadcaster dies
FAIRBANKS - Lowell Purcell, a longtime Fairbanks radio broadcaster, died two days after he was inducted into the Alaska Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

Historic Hooper Bay church to be torn down
A rotting Catholic church built around the time FDR was president is coming down in Hooper Bay, but its storied history won't soon be forgotten.

Rural village tussles with Native Corporation over wind power
ST. PAUL ISLAND - St. Paul Island is perfect for wind power.

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