Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Investigate Alaska wolf pup killing
Many Alaskans have expressed ethical concerns regarding the recent killing of wolf pups at their den site by state biologists. I share these concerns, and question the legality of the killings. The lack of media coverage or any other investigation is perplexing.

It's time for a new face in Washington
I think that we can all agree that U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens has done a tremendous job the past 40 years of bringing home the bacon to Alaska, and I wish to thank him for his service to the state.

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.

Abbott case proceeds with mental competency questions
SITKA - A judge said he will decide by the end of this week whether to order a mental health expert to examine Jason Abbott's mental competency to stand trial.

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

Correction
The name of a junior Olympic judo competition was incorrect in Friday's Juneau Empire. The competition is called the USA Judo International Junior Olympic Championships.

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.

Hope remembered as a champion for his culture
As a college student, Andrew "Andy" John Hope III would come to Nora Dauenhauer's office just to listen and watch her read and write Tlingit, the language of his people.

Search for missing plane, Andrews men continues
The Coast Guard continued to search Monday for two missing pilots from Juneau who didn't return from Young Lake on Saturday afternoon as scheduled.

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.

State cooperates on land for Juneau parking garage
The state of Alaska is offering to cooperate with the city of Juneau so the city can build a parking project downtown.

School playground funds may be up for Oct. 7 ballot consideration
Voters in Juneau might be asked to consider funding part of a $1.6 million middle school playground during the Oct. 7 municipal election.

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

Taxi owners win approval for idling fee
Cab company owners won approval for a fare increase Monday.

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

Photo: Blown away
Floyd Dryden Middle School custodian Victor Romo uses a leaf blower to clean the sidewalk Monday in front of the school.

Photo: Ready for rain
Cyclists Bev and Bob Beehler, bedecked in rain ponchos, ride their touring bikes Monday near Auke Lake. The avid cyclists have been touring the Inside Passage by ferry and riding their bikes in the various communities. The couple from Colorado once rode their bikes from Florida to Washington state and have ridden in about 30 different states.

Around Town
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Dorothy 'Dode' Wicks
Former Juneau resident Dorothy G. "Dode" Wicks died of pneumonia and congestive heart failure on Aug. 7, 2008, in Vancouver, Wash., where she had lived since 2002. Her daughter, Sandra Wicks, of Anchorage was at her bedside, while in her final days Dorothy frequently talked on the phone with her son, Rick Wicks, of Göteborg, Sweden. She was 88.

Oscar Holmberg
Former Juneau resident Oscar Martin Holmberg, of Rainier, Ore., died Aug. 5, 2008, at St. John Medical Center in Longview, Wash. He was 77.

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

My turn: Regional corporations need to lead on energy
We appreciate former Alaska Federation of Natives President Byron Mallott's statement that regional corporations need to take a leadership role in solving the energy crisis in rural Alaska.

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.

My turn: Native learning: Where's the success?
A perspective of learning as observed from an Alaska Native practitioner poses some constructive options to enhance the current status of learning by Alaska Natives.

Outside editorial: Russia's dare: Maybe now the West will see Putin for what he is
Much that had been in the category of speculation about modern Russia hardened over the weekend into ugly fact. Many had suspected that Vladimir Putin never intended to allow a mere constitution to force him to cede power after eight years in the Kremlin, and the president-turned-prime-minister certainly seemed to be in charge of Russia's invasion of neighboring Georgia.

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

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.

Outside editorial: Edwards scandal shows gap between rhetoric, behavior
John Edwards' acknowledgement of an affair with a campaign aide demonstrates again that a high moral tone in public life doesn't always ring true in private life.

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

Two dead in plane crash near Sitka
JUNEAU - Two people have died in a plane crash near Sitka.

Watt named director of engineering
JUNEAU - City employee Rorie Watt has been promoted to director of engineering.

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.

Troopers rescue 10 from Mat-Su sandbar
PALMER - Alaska State Troopers sent in a helicopter to rescue 10 people stranded on a sandbar near the Knik Glacier.

Alaska journalist shot in Georgia
ANCHORAGE - An Alaskan working as a journalist in war-torn Georgia has been injured in a shooting, his family members said Monday.

Troopers seize drugs from home in Wasilla
WASILLA - Alaska State Trooper investigators say they seized three pounds of hallucinogenic mushrooms and other drugs from a home in Wasilla.

Car crashes rushing to aid stricken infant
KODIAK - The mother of a Kodiak infant who had stopped breathing crashed her car as she rushed the child to a hospital.

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.

Chinook, coho catches down from five-year average at derby
The Juneau Golden North Salmon derby wrapped up Sunday night with an estimated total of 255 chinook salmon harvested (46 percent below the recent five-year average of 469 fish) and 820 coho salmon harvested (83 percent below the recent five-year average of 4,941 fish).

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.

Cowdery pleads not guilty to charges
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage state senator with ties to disgraced oil field services company VECO Corp. was arraigned Monday on federal charges of conspiracy and bribery.

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.

Former Alaska businessman charged in corruption investigation
ANCHORAGE - A Montana man who once owned Alaska's only network of privately run halfway houses has been charged with conspiracy in U.S. District Court.

Ash from volcano eruption forces Alaska Airlines to cancel flights
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Airlines has resumed operations in Alaska and major West Coast cities after scrapping 44 flights because of a rising cloud of ash resulting from a volcano eruption last week.

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.

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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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