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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

State crossed line in wolf killings
Alaska Department of Fish and Game employees have crossed an ethical line.

Stonewalling by the Legislature
It seems the Legislature is better at stonewalling about the energy rebate proposed by Gov. Palin than they are about most everything else.

Act now to preserve halibut in Alaska
Halibut stocks must be preserved. The charter boat fleet must not be allowed to continue to overfish its guideline harvest level.

Predator control is a tough job
Here are just a few words in support of Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the field biologists who killed the mature wolves then later found the pups and decided shooting them was the right thing to do.

Killing wolf pups is inhumane
I am 9 years old and live in Washington. I was in Alaska recently to see friends and the natural beauty of your state.

Common sense behind definition of marriage
The following are comments in response to David Newman's My Turn in the Juneau Empire on July 17.

A surprise in Sunday's newspaper
At 6:30 a.m. Sunday, I stepped outside to look for my paper and was literally handed it by our deliveryman.

State takes out too much green
For those of us whose quality of life is enhanced by the beauty of our surroundings, we wish that Department of Transportation and Public Facilities shared this value.

Blowing smoke around the block
I just wanted to write a quick thank you to the powers that be for passing the smoking ban in Juneau bars. Now my child and I can get a heavy dose of "poisonous and harmful" second-hand smoke simply walking around downtown Juneau at any hour of any day. Nice Work.

It's not just about now
Are the presidential candidates right or wrong or just short-sighted?

Alaskans stand to lose much with mine
Thanks to Elton Engstrom for his column on Wednesday, July 30, on the Bristol Bay fishery and what Alaskans stand to lose there with the proposed Pebble Mine.

Vile Treasure Hunt
At first glance, the Lincoln Island beach appeared unmarred - pebbles, kelp, brush, washed-up logs and the forest behind it. The volunteers had come to clean up the trash, but what if there wasn't any?

Salmon derby set to begin Friday
Juneau's anglers are gearing up for the start of the 62nd annual Golden North Salmon Derby, which begins this Friday.

Local initiatives fail to get out of the gate
Two groups heading up ballot initiatives failed to return paperwork to the city clerk's office by deadline, so voters will not be asked to consider the issues during the municipal election on Oct. 7.

City pursues land agreement with state for parking project
The Juneau Assembly met in executive session Monday to discuss negotiations with the state of Alaska on land at Telephone Hill, where the city plans to develop a parking project.

Eaglecrest looks to gauge public opinion about the cost of skiing
Eaglecrest Ski Area wants to know how much skiers and snowboarders will pay to ride the lifts this winter.

Photo: Moving day
Juneau School District employees, from left, Amador Olea, Rick Helms and Juan Carlos Flores deliver furniture and office supplies Monday to the completed academic D Wing of Thunder Mountain High School. The building is scheduled to be completed by Sept. 2, the first day of school.

Around Town
Today

Pediatricians urge vaccines for whooping cough
A few recent cases of pertussis in Juneau prompted two local pediatricians to recommend more people get vaccinated for the disease more commonly known as whopping cough.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:

Empire names new managing editor
Michael Plett, a five-year veteran of the Juneau Empire and its interim managing editor since April, has been named managing editor by Publisher Robert Hale.

Photo: Playing in the park
Joshua Reeder, left, and Gilbert Burnet play chess Monday at the Seward Street park as dog Tokah stands guard.

Photo: Smooth sailing
Three sail boats glide Tuesday across Juneau Harbor.

Around Town
Today

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:

Photo: Hometown run
Special education teacher Kiersten Smith, of St. Paul, Minn., runs with her family's dogs, Rocco, left, and Rupert on Monday on Glacier Highway near her parents' home. A former outstanding basketball and soccer player and student athlete at Juneau-Douglas High School, she will marry Mark Johnson, also of St. Paul, this weekend.

Thanks for another successful Camp DAMP
For the last 16 years, the local contra dance community has sponsored a weekend-long camp, Camp Dance And Music Party (DAMP), at the Eagle River United Methodist Camp. It's a time full of family fun, dancing, music and workshops drawing nearly 100 local and out-of-town participants of all ages.

Thanks for support during our circumstance
Joe and I would like to say thank you to everyone for all the support, donations and prayers during our life-changing circumstance.

Thanks for assisting Front Street Clinic
Front Street Clinic would like to thank the following people and organizations for supporting us as we strive to improve the lives of those who are experiencing homelessness in Juneau.

Thanks for hosting a beautiful lunch for us
I would like to say thank you to the Cadiente family for the beautiful lunch they had given to the choir exercise gang. It was a wonderful surprise. I give thanks for people like them. We had a wonderful time.

Consortium hosts pediatric dental clinic
HAINES - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Haines Health Center will host a special Denali KidCare pediatric dental clinic Aug. 11-15.

Rain, rain go away
Two years ago, I wrote a column about our chance of breaking a record. Here is part of that article.

Use inverted bowl to remove salmon bones
Looking for a recipe? Got a tip to share? Look no further, this is where it all happens!

Dunker, McGuan wed
Paige Zo Dunker and Matthew McGuan, of Juneau, were married on June 28, 2008, at the Shrine of Saint Therese in Juneau. Father Thomas Weise of the Cathedral of the Nativity officiated. A reception followed at the Mount Robert's Tramway Timberline Bar and Grill. A Beach Brunch Potluck on June 29 at the Auke Village Recreation Area completed the celebrations.

Sanders celebrate 25 years
Vance and Rachel Sanders will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary with a planned trip to Europe. They were married on Aug. 6, 1983, in Franklin, N.C.

Pets of the week
Adorable, big-hearted pets seek homes

Recognitions
Kids in Juneau are reading this summer and receiving prizes from local businesses by reviewing their favorite books. A drawing from the review entries is held each week at the three public libraries. The winners for the week of July 31 are as follows:

Thanks for contributing to little league tourneys
Gastineau Channel Little League recently sponsored four baseball and softball tournaments here in Juneau for youth players coming from several parts of Alaska during July. All were a huge success, providing many hours of fun and excitement for youth and adults alike. We could not have done it without the support of many local businesses and community organizations.

Eleanor Anderson
Juneau resident Eleanor Anderson died from an illness on Aug. 5, 2008, in Juneau. She was 87.

Alice Blumenshine
Former Juneau resident Alice S. Blumenshine, died Aug. 3, 2008, at her home in Sedro-Woolley, Wash., surrounded by her family. She was 83.

Outside editorial: Drill for more oil
If you could boil down the ideal U.S. energy policy to a few words it would be this: We have to stop buying foreign oil. U.S. dependence on it creates too much political, economic, environmental and national security vulnerability.

My turn: The true value of Stevens' cabin
Didn't the federal government check Anchorage's real property records before indicting Sen. Ted Stevens? After all, real estate values are easily known. When I read the federal indictment, I was disappointed at the charges, but more so I was curious to find the $230,000 VECO allegedly added to the value of Ted's cabin in Girdwood.

Acquit and re-elect Stevens
Last week Alaskans heard one of the biggest news stories ever.

Alaska editorial: A time to fight
Sen. Ted Stevens is an innocent man. He has been indicted by an East Coast grand jury on seven charges of failing to disclose. He has not been convicted, nor does he intend to be. He has categorically denied any wrongdoing. He, like any other, deserves his day in court.

AEL&P plans to sell surplus electricity
JUNEAU - Alaska Electric Light & Power Co. announced Tuesday there is sufficient water at Long and Crater lakes at the Snettisham hydroelectric project for the utility to begin supplying surplus power to Princess Cruise Lines this week.

Palin declares Interior flooding a disaster
FAIRBANKS - Damage assessments of hundreds of homes are moving forward after Gov. Sarah Palin declared flooding across much of northern and Interior Alaska a disaster.

Wildflower Court to add eight rooms
JUNEAU - Wildflower Court will add eight skilled-nursing care rooms this fall, expanding the facility to 57 beds to help meet the community's growing need for nursing care.

Juneau libraries announce new hours
JUNEAU - Beginning the week of Aug. 18, the Juneau Public Libraries will be open with the following changes in hours:

Plane crash-lands in Kuskokwim River
ANCHORAGE - Eight people are safely on the ground after a commercial plane crash-landed into the Kuskokwim River shortly after takeoff.

Utility work may stir up Juneau tap water
JUNEAU - The city's water utility began work this week to flush the water distribution system, and residents may see effects at their taps, according to a statement released by the city of Juneau.

Fall off Ketchikan cliff injures Juneau man
KETCHIKAN - A 41-year-old man was critically injured when he fell from a Ketchikan street about 50 feet to the bottom of a cliff.

Inmates required to pay for calls
JUNEAU - Alaska inmates are joining their counterparts in the rest of the nation: They will have to start paying for local phone calls.

Rep. Young speaks to business owners
JUNEAU - Alaska's congressman, Don Young, defended his heavy use of earmarks Monday morning, over coffee at the Juneau Chamber of Commerce.

Donation fund set up for injured worker
JUNEAU - Friends of Mark Reese, who was critically injured when he fell off a Ketchikan cliff Saturday, have opened a donation fund through Wells Fargo to help the Juneau construction worker and his family.

Local elections filing period begins Friday
JUNEAU - The filing period for the Oct. 7 elections for Juneau Assembly and School Board seats opens 8 a.m. Friday.

Village mayor charged with bootlegging
ANCHORAGE - The mayor of the village of Shaktoolik is accused of trying to smuggle a dozen bottles of liquor into the dry village of Golovin.

Ketchikan residents to vote on beach
KETCHIKAN - Residents will vote on a $1.1 million South Point Higgins beach purchase proposition on October's municipal ballot.

Teen survives bear attack in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police say an 18-year-old was treated and released from a hospital after being attacked by a grizzly.

Elite girls hoops team finishes trip
SAN DIEGO - The Alaska Lady Hoops' Elite Basketball Team wrapped up a successful tour through the Lower 48 on Thursday with a split of two games in San Diego to finish 13-5 on the trip.

Juneau's Seth McBride set to join Paralympic team in China
Broken ribs. Separated shoulders. Concussions.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU
UPCOMING EVENTS

House skeptical of Senate plan for subsidies
The Alaska House of Representatives on Tuesday moved closer to a showdown with the Senate over how energy relief should be delivered to Alaskans.

Senate agrees to take energy relief statewide
All Alaskans should get heating help, along with $500, whether they use oil, electricity or natural gas, under a bill passed by the Senate on Monday evening.

Eagle River teen fights bear to a draw
ANCHORAGE - An Eagle River teenager who fought off a bear during an attack says he got his licks in on the animal, too.

State sues to reverse polar bear listing
ANCHORAGE - The state of Alaska sued Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne on Monday, seeking to reverse his decision to list polar bears as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.

Campaign staff warmly greet Stevens
ANCHORAGE - U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens faced a cheering crowd of Republicans on Monday and declared his innocence to federal criminal charges, while his main Democratic rival announced his own GOP fan club.

Bush honors Alaska volunteer
FAIRBANKS - The President's Volunteer Service awardee, Caroline Wolf, left the welcoming ceremony for the President and Laura Bush at Eielson Air Force Base before the speechmaking was over Monday afternoon.

Bush tells Alaska troops Iraq no longer 'hopeless'
EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE - President Bush said Monday that U.S. troops going to Iraq soon will find a country dramatically different from the one that was "hopeless" before his troop buildup.

Bush praises troops in address
EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE - President Bush praised the soldiers and airmen gathered to hear him speak Monday.

Investigators fault Indian Health Service on equipment losses
ANCHORAGE - The watchdog agency of Congress has concluded that about $6 million worth of equipment has vanished somewhere between the Indian Health Service and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium.

Fishermen fear flooding's effect on salmon
FAIRBANKS - Interior Alaska fisherman are worried that recent flooding will harm king salmon eggs deposited in rivers.

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