Wednesday, August 4, 2010

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.

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.

Juneau parties on the block
The Juneau Police Department, Capital City Fire and Rescue, the United States Coast Guard, and even McGruff the Crime Dog responded to an emergency at 17060 Point Lena Tuesday night.

Cruise ship did not kill humpback
Preliminary results of a necropsy have revealed a whale lodged on the bulbous bow of the Sapphire Princess cruise ship last week was likely dead before the impact.

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.

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: 'He's a kayak dog'
Denise Caposey laughs as her miniature pincher, Elly May, walks out on her kayak's deck after returning to the Don Statter Memorial Boat Harbor in Auke Bay on Tuesday. "He's a kayak dog," says Caposey.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire reported:

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.

Body Bronze offers new tanning alternative
Body Bronze owner Niccole Olsen loves the sun and all it represents for outdoor fun, but when it comes to skin health and care she draws the line on rays and tanning booths.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire reported the following:

Photo: On second thought ...
Meghan Morris, 12, runs out of the Eagle River with her dog, Sheba, after discovering the water was colder than she thought on Tuesday.

Outside editorial: It's time to end 'secret hold' in the US Senate
The following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

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

Juneau? Ju-YES!
With so many things going on this summer, it's hard to settle on any one topic for this Wednesday's column.

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."

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.

A small measure of justice in Cambodia
Last week in a Cambodian courtroom, I watched as the former commandant of the Khmer Rouge's notorious Tuol Sleng prison and torture center was sentenced to 35 years in prison for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

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

Witness described Soldotna shotgun slaying
KENAI - A witness says he saw a man shot in the head with a shotgun at a cabin in Soldotna.

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.

State seeks reconsideration on lease decision
JUNEAU - The state of Alaska is seeking reconsideration of a federal court ruling that stopped companies from developing wells in the Arctic waters of the Chukchi Sea.

Lawmakers to hear concerns of aging
ANCHORAGE - Lawmakers are meeting this week to discuss the needs of the aging in Alaska.

Alaska man charged with robbing woman
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks man has been charged with robbery after a woman claimed a man held a gun to her head to collect a $1,000 drug debt.

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

Alaska's Taylor Highway access to Eagle limited
FAIRBANKS - Access to the town of Eagle at the end of the Taylor Highway will be limited this week as crews work on road repairs.

Public health initiative visits Alaska villages
ANCHORAGE - More than 70 Coast Guard, Army National Guard, Air National Guard and U.S. Public Health Services personnel are being deployed to Kotzebue.

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.

Judge dismisses Fairbanks priest abuse case
ANCHORAGE - A sexual abuse case against a 75-year-old priest has been dismissed by a federal judge, Catholic diocese officials in Fairbanks said Tuesday.

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.

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 talks Crimson Bears, Bulls
Carlos Boozer's annual basketball camp at his alma mater, Juneau-Douglas High School, hits the midway point today, but the biggest news to come out so far is about the 2011 edition - it's going to be free.

GCLL Juniors top Idaho, 7-5
The Gastineau Channel Little League Juniors All-Star team continued to pick up steam after a 7-5 win over Post Falls, Idaho, Tuesday in Laguna Niguel, Calif.

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.

Parnell, French garner most Juneau contributions
Republican campaign contributions in Alaska's capital city went largely to incumbent Gov. Sean Parnell, while Juneau's many Democrats opened their checkbooks to Democrat Hollis French like nowhere else in the state, according to an analysis of records from the Alaska Public Offices Commission.

Bill passed to extend permit moratorium for smaller vessels
A two-year moratorium on permit requirements for certain smaller vessels has been extended for an additional three years.

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.

ACLU sues over same-sex property taxes
ANCHORAGE - The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging the way property taxes are assessed for households headed by same-sex couples.

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.

North Pole sticks with mayor government
NORTH POLE - The city of North Pole is going to keep its mayor.

Bristol, Levi call it quits, again
ANCHORAGE - Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston have called off their second engagement after he told her he may have fathered a baby with another girl.

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.

Parnell makes cameo in Treadwell ad
JUNEAU - Mead Treadwell is defending Gov. Sean Parnell's cameo in one of his ads for lieutenant governor, saying the appearance is intended in part to counter Parnell's image in an ad by Republican rival Jay Ramras.

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.

Anchorage police: Please don't tase the bears
ANCHORAGE - Just because an off-duty Anchorage police officer used a Taser on a black bear doesn't mean it's a good idea.

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