Tuesday, August 3, 2010

HERSA could be a destination for people without insurance
I totally agree with what Bettye Davis is saying about Denali Kid Care, children and pregnant women.

Remember to vote; report suspicious activity
I was in the Anchorage airport recently, after 40 days in western Alaska and the Bering Sea, when I heard something over the loudspeaker I'd almost forgotten about.

Can we please get a bus stop at Costo?
The City and Borough of Juneau bus system should include a bus stop at Costco for its patrons. The bus already goes to the Lemon Creek area, so why not make an additional stop at Costco too? This would help bus patrons to shop and/or work at Costco in the future. This Costco bus stop would benefit both the needy and/or disabled riders who would shop at Costco as well.

Assembly evaluates a pair of proposals
Two presentations at a work session on Monday gave the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly Committee of the Whole some insight into some future decisions to be made.

Repeat offender asks to remain in custody
Jennifer Blankenship's life was relived in one day. It happened at 9:15 a.m. Thursday in courtroom C, before Juneau Superior Court Judge Patricia A. Collins. Blankenship's request was different than most who appear in court, however. She wanted to remain in custody.

Armed Forces Blood Drive begins today
Army medical officials will be in Juneau this week during an annual blood drive, giving Coast Guard crewmembers a chance to compete for bragging rights.

Totem pole, after boosting 2010 census count, heads to new home
Traditional dancers gathered at the base of Mount Roberts Monday for a ceremony sending off the "Census Totem Pole," carved to tell the story of the 2010 Census.

Photo: Blood drivers
Juneau United States Coast Guard D17 Department of Waste Water ensign Logan Hufffman and USCG cutter Maple ensign Clare Delanoy have their blood taken by Hawaii's Tripler Army Medical Center specialist Felix Torresnieves, technician Apati Lave and specialist Will Bain while Maple ensign Mary Bitzer is interviewed in the background by Major Donald Johnston during the Armed Services Blood Program at Centennial Hall on Monday. The blood drive will continue from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. each day through Friday.

Photos: Running a marathon on Douglas Island
Alex Komsthoeft, 380, Laura Rudy, 379, and Deborah Busch, 381, run along North Douglas Highway during the Frank Maier Marathon and Douglas Island Half-Marathon Saturday morning.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire reported the following:

Photos: Smooth docking
The 225-foot United States Coast Guard Cutter Maple docks at the 17th Coast Guard District Sector Juneau on Sunday morning. The Maple was commissioned Oct. 19, 2001 and is a Juniper-Class Buoy Tender home ported in Sitka. Lt. Cmdr. Daniel Gray and the crew of 49 conduct aids to navigation, search and rescue, maritime law enforcement, marine environmental protection and homeland security.

Photos: Picking clover for jelly
Symaria and Riccya George-Love pick wild clover Saturday along North Douglas Highway.

Outside editorial: When kids can't wait
The following editorial first appeared in the Chicago Tribune:

Don't scorn Germany and Japan; learn from them
In the midst of the Great Recession, the United States is suffering through nearly 10 percent unemployment, rising inequality and poverty, 47 million people without health insurance, declining retirement prospects for the middle class and a general increase in economic insecurity. The global marketplace has become tumultuous, so when we find a bright spot, one would think it deserves a mention.

US needs a strong Europe
In 2006, foreign-policy oddsmakers were touting the European Union. Global trends, they argued, were redistributing the balance of power, and the Europeans were on track to win. Mark Leonard summed up this thinking in his book "Why Europe Will Run the 21st Century."

Teaching vs. teachers unions
A year or two ago, I received this e-mail. The writer was upset with me for arguing that school principals should have the power to fire teachers who do not perform. As numerous educators have told me, union protections being what they are, dumping a teacher - even a bad one - is an almost impossible task.

Extending high-income tax cuts is the wrong answer for the recovery
President Obama has made it clear that he favors extending the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts for middle-income families, but letting those for high-income earners expire as called for in current law. Recently, some have argued that extending the high-income cuts is necessary for the economy. This is simply wrong.

Saving face
On a recent Saturday, I had the alarming misfortune of aging 20 years when I attempted to use a Droid. A Droid, as those of you who have watched more than three minutes of television know, is a popular cell phone with the following features:

Sen. Begich visits Gulf Coast
JUNEAU - U.S. Sen. Mark Begich spent part of the weekend on the Gulf Coast, seeing first hand the impacts of the April oil spill.

Campbell to attend NLGA Annual Meeting
ANCHORAGE - The National Lieutenant Governor's Association (NLGA) is holding their annual meeting this week in Biloxi, Miss. Alaska Lt. Gov. Craig E. Campbell will be joining his fellow officials for two days of meetings.

Fed coordinator's office to chip in on study
JUNEAU - The state's getting some help paying for a study aimed at identifying potential hazards along a proposed natural gas line in Alaska.

Open seats abound on CBJ boards
JUNEAU - Many City and Borough of Juneau boards, commissions committees and councils have, or will soon have, openings.

Pipeline restarts after maintenance shutdown
ANCHORAGE - The trans-Alaska pipeline has restarted after a scheduled 36-hour shutdown for maintenance.

Man killed over $500 gun
KENAI - Brendan McGee was shot in the head with a shotgun at close range following an argument over a $500 payment for a gun, according to court documents filed this weekend.

Alaska wood stove trade-in applications open
FAIRBANKS - An Alaska wood stove repair and replacement program is taking applications in Fairbanks.

Filing period for Juneau seats opens Friday
JUNEAU - The filing period for candidates for City and Borough of Juneau Assembly and School Board elections opens Friday.

Photos: The best in Alaska
Juneau Majors All Stars Hunter Hickok, Shane Mielke and Jake Tanner surprise coach Andy Markovich after wining the state championship in Anchorage.

Back to ball in 'God's country'
Carlos Boozer watched from the sidelines and cheered on his campers as teams matched up against one another Monday afternoon at the Carlos Boozer Alaska Basketball Camp.

Boozer Basketball Camp back in Juneau
For the second straight year, the Carlos Boozer Basketball Camp is back in Juneau to give the youth around the community a chance to learn the sport of basketball from one of the NBA's best.

Higher temperatures are causing growing season to become longer
FAIRBANKS - One hundred years ago, the growing season in Fairbanks was less than three months long. Last year, some local gardeners were still harvesting broccoli and cabbage in mid-September.

Elmendorf memorial for C-17 crash victims
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON - Four airmen killed in a C-17 crash last week at an Anchorage military base were remembered in a memorial service Monday as heroes, leaders and devoted family men.

Anchorage mayor comfortable using his veto
ANCHORAGE - Call him a man standing by his principles, or view him as uncompromising, but Mayor Dan Sullivan, in office a shade more than a year, is already earning a reputation as a mayor comfortable with the veto.

Comic book buff selling rare copy of Batman No. 1
FAIRBANKS - A longtime comic book buff is selling one of the gems in his vast collection, a rare copy of Batman issue No. 1 published 70 years ago.

Soldotna shooting suspect arrested
KENAI - A 44-year-old Sterling man was charged late Friday as the primary suspect of a recent Soldotna homicide, Alaska State Troopers say.

Fishery closures needed for sea lions, scientists say
ANCHORAGE - Atka mackerel and Pacific cod fisheries in western Alaska should close so that endangered sea lions can get enough to eat, government scientists said Monday.

UAF class learns new log construction technique
FAIRBANKS - Most sheds aren't much to look at. But the new cordwood garden shed at the Georgeson Botanical Gardens could almost pass for a Victorian stone building from afar, sitting on a hill among a riot of red and pink poppies and giant sunflowers.

Denali plane crash victims identified
DENALI NATIONAL PARK - The National Park Service on Monday identified the three men who died when a large cargo plane crashed near the entrance of Denali National Park in Alaska.

Murkowski adds Alaska provisions to Tribal law act
A series of provisions U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, added to the Tribal Law and Order Act look to specifically address concerns related to the unique needs of communities in rural Alaska, according to a press release issued by Murkowski's office.

Prices up for commercial catch in Upper Cook Inlet
The originally grim looking commercial fishing season in the Upper Cook Inlet has become brighter for the industry with the increased price per pound of sockeye salmon and the above-forecast run.

European competition humbles Alaska cliff diver
FAIRBANKS - An Alaska diver with hopes of joining the Red Bull professional cliff diving circuit has returned home from a European competition with a bruised ego and body.

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