Monday, August 11, 2008

Don't let energy slip through the drain
As a resident of Southeast Alaska and the chairman of the Ketchikan district for the Alaska State Democratic Party, I am writing this letter to express my interest in the evolving usage of energy in our country and in Alaska.

Coast Guard searches for missing plane
Two men missing since Saturday apparently made it back to their cabin on Admiralty Island before attempting to return to Juneau in their floatplane.

Bitter Discovery
Kevin MacNeel was not expecting to kill all his research subjects this summer.

Politicians slow to file for city election
Juneau's would-be pols didn't exactly overwhelm the city clerk's office last week filing papers announcing their intent to run for elected office.

Schools struggle to meet test standards
Schools in the Juneau School District continued to struggle to meet all of the federally imposed standards for student achievement last school year, according to data released by the state.

Winters lands whopper, derby lead
Sheldon Winters was the leader of the Golden North Salmon Derby as of Saturday afternoon.

Photo: 'Queen' and king wrap up salmon derby
Kami Bartness, a derby official who said her unofficial title was "Queen of the Dock," pulls a 22.9-pound king salmon off the scale hook Sunday at the weigh-in station in Auke Bay during the final hour of the Golden North Salmon Derby. Sheldon Winters, who caught a 35.6-pound king salmon Friday, held on to win the derby. For the full story, see page A12.

Photo: Libraries to change hours
Clay Proctor searches for a book Sunday at the Douglas Library. The city library system will end energy-saving hours on Aug. 18 while opening the Douglas branch on Fridays.

Grizzly attacks woman on Admiralty Island
A Juneau woman was attacked by a grizzly bear on Admiralty Island on Thursday morning, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Around Town
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Photo: Sweet rewards
Nina Kinney picks blueberry with two hands Sunday along the Fish Creek Road to Eaglecrest.

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

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

Andy John Hope III
Juneau resident Andrew "Andy" John Hope III died after a brief battle with cancer on Aug. 7, 2008, at the Mount Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka, surrounded by family. He was 58.

Elizabeth S. Murphy
Juneau resident Elizabeth S. Murphy died Aug. 7, 2008, at Bartlett Regional Hospital. She was 79.

Mary Angie Long
Juneau resident Mary Angie Long died Aug. 5, 2008, in Seattle after a brief illness with vascular disease. She was 88.

My turn: Different approach needed for fisheries management
The problems we are facing in our commercial fishery practices are not new.

Alaska editorial: Will indictment jeopardize future?
The following editorial first appeared in the Peninsula Clarion:

Outside editorial: New campaign ads distort rather than enlighten
Barack Obama and John McCain have important differences on tax policy. These are fair game for campaign ads, and no one expects 30-second spots to be suffused with nuance. But Mr. McCain's latest attack on the Obama tax plan crosses the line from reasonable argument to unacceptably misleading.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

Museum must not fade away
First James Cameron died and now they've closed his museum.

My Turn: Energy costs present demographic challenge
Legislators spent most of their 60 days in the special sessions just concluded pondering whether to grant an exclusive gas pipeline license to Calgary-based TransCanada. On day 54 they approved the license, handing Gov. Sarah Palin her third major legislative victory in the 20 months since she took office. But there was a far more profound demographic issue at play.

My turn: Ferry system makes positive changes
This administration inherited an Alaska Marine Highway System spiraling out of financial control and lacking operational stability.

How the surge in Iraq worked
Given the divisive debate over the Iraq war, perhaps it was inevitable that the accomplishments of the recently concluded "surge" would become shrouded in the fog of 30-second sound bites. Too often we hear that the dramatic security improvement in Iraq is due not to the surge but to other, unrelated factors and that the positive developments of the past 18 months have been merely a coincidence.

Photo: Sandhill squadron
Sandhill cranes soar over Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge in Fairbanks last week as they look for a place to land.

Anchorage completes section of $12 million downtown trail
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage officials recently opened the new 2.6-mile Ship Creek Trail, connecting downtown to the Mountain View neighborhood.

Photo: Harvesting humpbacks
Pink salmon are unloaded from the hold of a salmon seiner in Petersburg on Thursday. Pink salmon are finally starting to show up in Southeast Alaska waters, but salmon seiners and processors say the season is far below predicted catch numbers. While 44,885,000 pinks were harvested in 2007, the number is just approaching the 1 million mark for 2008. Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologists say the pinks are deep due to cold water, and hopefully both the south and the north runs will hit in mid-August.

Last chance for hunter course
JUNEAU - Hunters will have a last chance before duck season opens to attend a Basic Hunter Education Course, to be offered 6-9 p.m. Aug. 22 and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 23 at the Juneau Hunter Education Facility, 5670 Montana Creek Road.

Saturday Wild on Gold Ridge
When I got up that Saturday morning, the rain was pelting down and the wind-whipped trees were losing leaves and twigs.

Montana Outdoors wins conservation magazine award
HELENA, Mont. - Montana Outdoors was named the nation's best state conservation magazine at the annual Association for Conservation Information awards ceremony on July 17 in Nashville, Tenn.

Out & About
Today: Different rifle match, 9:30 a.m., Juneau Gun Club. Sign up is 8:30-9:15 a.m. Safety meeting follows with live fire at 9:30 a.m. Details: Mal, 789-9025.

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

Okmok Volcano continues to rumble
ANCHORAGE - A moderate earthquake occurred Saturday near the Kasatochi Volcano in the Aleutian Islands.

Man sentenced for DUI murder
ANCHORAGE - A man was sentenced to more than 16 years in prison for being intoxicated and behind the wheel when his car collided with another, killing a woman and seriously injuring three others.

Kodiak voters get only Tagalog pamphlets
KODIAK - The state Division of Elections sent Kodiak residents election pamphlets ahead of the Aug. 26 primary. The problem? They only sent pamphlets printed in Tagalog, a language widely spoken in the Philippines.

University receives GCI broadband gift
FAIRBANKS - Communications company GCI recently contributed a $30 million broadband gift to the University of Alaska system.

Man confesses in hit-and-run accident
ANCHORAGE - Wasilla police said a man has confessed to a hit-and-run accident that severely injured a construction zone worker last week.

Mackey, Buser sign up to run Yukon Quest
FAIRBANKS - The Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race will feature two Iditarod champions in its lineup next year.

Supporters rally behind Kopp in Kenai
KENAI - About 50 friends and family members of Chuck Kopp jammed the Kenai City Council chamber Wednesday night, urging officials to reinstate him as Kenai police chief.

Winters wins salmon derby with 35-pounder
The 62nd Golden North Salmon Derby came to a close at 6 p.m. on Sunday, and Sheldon Winters' 35-pound king was the unofficial winner.

Bears overwhelm West Valley
FAIRBANKS - Juneau-Douglas High School started the football season Saturday with a new quarterback in senior Dakota Smith, but the Crimson Bears still resembled the squad that went 11-0 last year and captured the large schools state football title.

Treadwell Twosome Traverse results
Aug. 9, 2008

SPORTS IN JUNEAU
UPCOMING EVENTS

State faces backlash for killing pups
Critics say state Department of Fish and Game biologists set themselves up to break a law against killing wolf pups by going out at the wrong time of year. State biologists say they knew what would happen in June and were prepared to shoot pups if necessary.

Biologists escape Aleutian island just before volcano erupts
ANCHORAGE - Two federal biologists were rescued from a volcanic island Thursday just before it erupted, sending a 35-thousand foot ash plume into the air.

Photo: Totem raised in city
Hundreds of people work to raise the Naakee Kooteeyaa totem pole Friday at Halibut Point Recreation Area in Sitka. The totem, carved by Sitkan Tommy Joseph, honors the late Michio Hoshino, a Japanese wildlife photographer who often took photos in the Sitka area. At least 20 visitors from Japan, including Hoshino's widow, attended the ceremony.

Alaska republican donors hold back
ANCHORAGE - A lot of potential Alaska Republican donors are staying out of the U.S. House race before the primary.

Woman mauled in Anchorage park
ANCHORAGE - Another Anchorage resident has been mauled by a grizzly bear in a city park popular with joggers and bicyclists.

Mauling victim recounts attack on Anchorage trail
ANCHORAGE - The brown bear stood and hesitated for a moment. Panting.

Anchorage man hacked to death in Guatemala
GUATEMALA CITY - A U.S. tourist from Alaska was hacked to death and his wife seriously injured during an attack by machete-wielding robbers aboard the couple's sailboat on a lake in northern Guatemala, the surviving victim told The Associated Press on Sunday.

Infectious disease cases drop in state
ANCHORAGE - Cases of infectious diseases are dropping in Alaska, with some exceptions, according to a state health report.

Mine contractor fined in deaths
FAIRBANKS - A federal agency fined a contractor Thursday in a deadly accident last year at Rock Creek Mine in Nome.

Trespass by Denali National Park crew angers hunters in Cantwell
FAIRBANKS - Cantwell residents upset over limited access into Denali National Park and Preserve say there should be repercussions for a park trail crew that trespassed on private property.

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