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Monday, August 4, 2008

Where is softball league coverage?
For the last three months or so, scores of local adult amateur athletes have been participating in the Juneau Softball leagues.

Alaska needs Begich in Washington, D.C.
Last week, Sen. Ted Stevens was indicted by a federal grand jury, about a year after his Girdwood home was raided by the FBI. It was truly a sad day for Alaska and for American politics.

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.

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

What Alaska needs is a real Republican
Even in the event that Alaska Republican Sen. Ted Stevens is ultimately found to have committed no crimes, he is the perfect argument for term limits.

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.

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.

Palin family honors former first ladies
Alaska's First Gentleman Todd Palin opened the doors of the Governor's House on Saturday to host five former first ladies and honor their contributions to the state.

Photo: Net gains
Will Bousley, 23, works Thursday on his gill net at the Harris Harbor float plane dock. Bousley, of Ketchikan, said he has been single-handling his fishing boat, the Jeannie-Rose, since he was 16. He called working on the nets his "least favorite thing."

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.

Photo: Just can't wait
A television sits Sunday near Rotary Park along Parkside Drive with a "Free!" sign. The city will hold a household hazardous waste cleanup event later this month. Residents are allowed to turn in one TV and one computer monitor per household. Visit www.juneau.org/pubworks/hazardwaste.php for the pending date.

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.

Around Town
Today

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.

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

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: Let's stop tobacco from ravaging the developing world
Diseases caused by tobacco killed an estimated 100 million people during the 20th century and could kill 1 billion in the 21st if nothing is done to restrain tobacco companies from pushing their products in the developing world.

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

Stevens is left out in the cold
A federal grand jury in Washington indicted Republican Sen. Ted Stevens on corruption charges Tuesday. The reaction in Alaska, four time zones away, was not so much "why?" as "why now?"

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:

Two teens injured in Juneau car wreck
JUNEAU - Two teenagers were flown to Seattle on Saturday for treatment of injuries suffered in a car wreck and fire.

Crews make progress on blaze in Montana
RED LODGE, Mont. - Fire crews had a productive day Sunday mopping up hotspots and securing firelines around the 10,165-acre Cascade fire six miles west of this resort town.

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.

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

Officials tour flood damage in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - The flooding in Alaska's Interior was subsiding in some areas over the weekend, while water continued to rise downstream of Nenana, putting the village of Old Minto at risk.

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.

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.

Newmont faulted for deadly mine accident
ELKO, Nev. - Newmont Mining Corp. has been faulted for a deadly June 2007 mine accident in northern Nevada.

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.

Man dies in Kenai Peninsula rollover
JUNEAU - A 38-year-old Anchorage man died in a Kenai Peninsula van crash.

Pilot, wife who died were on dream trip
YAKIMA, Wash. - A retired man who died with his wife in a plane crash on the eastern slopes of the Cascade Range was an experienced pilot who had just finished a dream trip in a plane he spent 10 years assembling.

Magistrate fines musher $5,600
PALMER - A Palmer musher was convicted last week of failing to provide humane care for his recreational sled dogs.

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

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

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.

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.

Workers say VECO hatched remodel plan
ANCHORAGE - The idea to double the size of U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens' home in Girdwood by jacking it up and adding a new first floor was hatched by VECO employees over drinks at the Alyeska Prince Hotel, according to two of the participants.

Legislature looks at energy checks
A bill sharing the state's energy wealth with residents moved slowly in legislative negotiations Sunday, and was expected to be taken up by the Senate today.

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.

Obama campaign zeroes in on red states
WASHINGTON - Alaska is young. Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia have growing populations and many black voters. Montana has seen recent Democratic inroads, and North Dakota has sent only Democrats to Congress since 1986. Indiana borders Barack Obama's home state.

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.

Mine asks judge to enforce lawsuit settlement
ANCHORAGE - The operator of the Red Dog Mine on Friday asked a federal judge to enforce a settlement of a multimillion-dollar lawsuit accusing the mine of discharging excess pollutants into a creek.

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

Ice melt may open Northwest Passage for a second year
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's warm weather this summer has all "gone north." Way north.

Grizzly bear deaths on Kenai Peninsula reach 18 this year
KENAI - The number of grizzly bears killed this year on the Kenai Peninsula is up to 18.

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