Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Increase in AEL&P rates will benefit Juneau in the future
I favor the concept of the rate increase being proposed by Alaska electric Light & Power and I trust the regulators reviewing the increase to validate the reasoning behind the request.

Ballot Measure 1 bad for Alaskans' access to legislators
The League of Women Voters of Juneau encourages all registered voters in Alaska to go to the polls on Aug. 24 and vote NO on Ballot Measure 1. Contrary to the basic rights of an American citizen, Ballot Measure 1 would interfere with Alaskans' ability to communicate with their legislators or to get involved with a political campaign.

Exit Exams need to make their own exit
I was recently "educated" about the now mandatory exit exam for high school students and have decided that if our politicians decided the old system was broken and they "fixed" it with No Child Left Behind legislation, they didn't. Children ARE getting left behind even more.

Juneau leaders remember Stevens, his legacy
Juneau leaders are lamenting the passing of an era with the death of Sen. Ted Stevens, who served more than 40 years in the U.S. Senate, and before that in the Alaska Legislature and the U.S. Department of Interior. "An era went away today," said State Sen. Dennis Egan, D-Juneau. The Juneau legislative delegation all come from long-time political families, and have known Stevens for years.

Commandant visits Juneau: 'This is a real treat'
Thirty-five years ago, Coast Guard seaman Robert J. Papp Jr. flew to Adak, Alaska to begin his career on the USCG cutter Ironwood. Now the commandant of the Coast Guard, Adm. Papp stopped in Juneau Monday on a mission to the Arctic.

New ferry schedules may boost service to Bellingham
The Alaska Marine Highway System is planning to increase ferry service to its southern terminus in Bellingham, Wash., next summer, after vehicle capacity has been nearly maxed out this summer.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

A longtime champion of fisheries conservation
From the Eastern seaboard to Pacific Northwest, former Sen. Ted Stevens' impact on fisheries has been and will continue to be immense.

Photo: Sprucing up the Capitol
George Hermann, of In and Out Painting, touches up the gold and blue paint at the entrance of the state Capitol on Monday.

Photo: Busy at the Point
Cruise ship visitors flock to Photo Point at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitors Center on Monday.

Assembly agrees to accept state grant for new dock construction
At its regular meeting Monday, the Juneau Assembly moved forward in its long-standing effort to revitalize the downtown cruise ship docks.

Empire editor to start work for municipal league
Juneau Empire Managing Editor Charles L. Westmoreland will transition this week from leading the newspaper's newsroom to overseeing communications for one of the state's most far-reaching nonprofit organizations.

Photo: Setting up for the season opener
Mike Brna paints the center circle on the new ice Tuesday at the Treadwell Arena in Douglas. Putting the ice in for the season is a week long project according to Treadwell Arena manager Greg Smith. The arena opens next week with the Rocky Mountain Hockey School.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire reported:

Delia 'Del' Pruhs
Delia "Del" Pruhs, 82, died Sunday, July 18, 2010 in Prescott Valley, Ariz.

William "Bill" Razpotnik
William "Bill" Razpotnik passed away at his home in Juneau the afternoon of August 5, 2010, after a battle with cancer. A full obituary will follow with information regarding a celebration of life and scattering of ashes.

Outside editorial: State challenges to healthcare reform law
The following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

Outside editorial: US sends China a firm message
The following editorial first appeared in the Kansas City Star:

My turn: Second bridge to Douglas? A bad idea
The proponents, namely, the Safe, Affordable, Future, Efficient group, with support from CBJ's West Douglas Development Working Group and the Juneau Chamber of Commerce, are in favor of extending by 10 years the 1 percent temporary sales tax in hopes of funding construction of a bridge from a point on Egan Drive near Vanderbilt Hill Road to a point on north Douglas Island.

Kalamazoo River 'mess' is a lot more than that
If the BP blowout in the Gulf of Mexico is causing us to reconsider deep-sea drilling, then the July 26 oil disaster in Michigan should give us pause about constructing new oil pipelines. And taken together, the spills spotlight what's wrong with our nation's energy direction.

The problem with the International Criminal Court
The recent visit to Chad by Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir illustrates a fundamental problem confronting the International Criminal Court.

Gay marriages will prevail for economic reasons
From Alaska to Patagonia, supporters of same-sex weddings won important legal victories in recent days. And I would bet that - despite strong Roman Catholic Church opposition - gay marriages will be legal in most countries of the hemisphere sooner than you think.

Yerkes moves into DHMS principal's chair
JUNEAU - Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School will have a new, interim principal when classes begin this fall.

Sealaska official gets Obama Administration appointment
Juneau - Sealaska Corp.'s chief operating officer, Sam Landol, has been appointed to the Obama administration's new Manufacturing Council.

Brother: Slain aid worker trying to help people
ANCHORAGE - The twin brother of an aid worker killed in Afghanistan says he wasn't trying to spread religious views.

Airport construction to temporarily close Airport Dike Trail
The Emergency Vehicle Access Road, commonly referred to as the Airport Dike Trail, will be closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday.

Valdez man lands 363-pound halibut
FAIRBANKS - Valdez man George Levasseur caught a 363.9-pound halibut Friday in the Valdez Halibut Derby.

Leaky Fairbanks library needs fixing
FAIRBANKS - The roof leaks so much at the Noel Wien Public Library in Fairbanks that plastic sheets are used to cover some of the bookcases.

Anchorage man, 25, sentenced for robbing bank
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage man has received 2 1/2 years in prison for robbing a credit union.

Alaska Guard troops deploying to Iraq
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON - Hundreds of family members and friends were at a ceremony to see off 76 Alaska Army National Guardsmen being deployed to Iraq.

Parnell appoints Washington to Anchorage court
JUNEAU - Gov. Sean Parnell has appointed a domestic violence prosecutor to be a district court judge in Anchorage.

Alaska GCI customers may face service outages
FAIRBANKS - Communications services may be interrupted to GCI customers in Alaska this week due to what the company called a "wayward satellite."

Rain slows Willow Creek wildfire in Alaska
FAIRBANKS - Cool, damp weather sprinkled with some rain has slowed the progress of the Willow Creek Fire southwest of Fairbanks.

Anchorage commission approves alcoholics' housing
ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage Planning and Zoning Commission has approved a plan to convert a former motel into housing for chronic inebriates.

Another hole in one at Mendenhall
Charles Knowles made a hole in one on the 7th hole at the Mendenhall Golf Course on Saturday with his 5 iron. He was golfing with John Rear, John Etheridge and Jim Williams.

Former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens dies in plane crash
A float plane carrying former Sen. Ted Stevens and ex-NASA chief Sean O'Keefe crashed into a remote mountainside in Alaska, killing the longtime senator and four others, authorities said Tuesday.

Fish & Game commissioner pleads not guilty to DUI
Alaska Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Denby Lloyd pleaded not guilty to driving under the influence and reckless endangerment charges Monday in District Court.

Ex-NASA chief among survivors
JUNEAU - A single-engine plane carrying former Sen. Ted Stevens crashed into a remote Alaska mountainside, killing the state's most beloved political figure and four others and stranding the survivors on brush-and-rock-covered slopes overnight until rescuers could reach them.

Pilot: Eagle was on suicide mission
SITKA - An eagle looked like it was on a "suicide mission" as it flew straight toward an Alaska Airlines jet just before it was sucked into the left engine as the aircraft was taking off in Sitka, the pilot said.

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