Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Alaska needs all-Alaska pipeline, Walker
As the oil in the Alaska Pipeline dwindles (and state revenues with it), Alaskans must scramble to find revenue sources to keep our state operating.

Timing is everything when it comes to building a bridge
I read the recent article and poll on the second crossing to Douglas Island and have to wonder if this is the right time to build another bridge.

Two Lies Don't Make a Right for Voters
The recent tear-jerking ads from Alaskans Against Government Mandates and Planned Parenthood continue to mislead the public about the truths of Ballot Measure 2.

Keep subsistence use in mind in the voting booth
I have been following the issue of subsistence use of resources, and I now appeal to those who have compassion for the existence of another, and encourage you to be thoughtful when you step into the voting booth.

Photos: Saturday at the 64th Annual Golden North Salmon Derby
Loni Vankirk and sons Riley, 9, and Brendan, 13, display their catch of the day during the 64th Annual Golden North Salmon Derby on Saturday.

Four look for seats on Board of Education
Four contenders will try to secure two seats on the Board of Education for the Juneau School District in October.

Hopefuls head to city clerk to file before deadline
Four candidates filed Monday for the District 2 Juneau Assembly seat Randy Wanamaker is vacating, setting up the only contested Assembly election for the upcoming Oct. 5 municipal election.

Photo: Enjoying the sounds of the waterfall
Tourists from Switzerland enjoy a break at the waterfall on the east side of the Mendenhall Glacier on Sunday evening.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire reported:

Photo: Nearing completion
Ted Valle, Jr., rakes over new fill on the Under Thunder Trail under construction nearing the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center on Monday. Valle expects to have the portion from Valley Boulevard to the Powerline Trail at the visitor center completed by next week.

SAFE Chairman to address logistics of potential North Douglas Causeway
The chairman of Juneau's SAFE Committee will discuss the potential placement of and funding for the proposed North Douglas Causeway at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Silverbow Inn.

Sealaska officially owns 'the pit'
Sealaska Corp. has officially bought the downtown lot at 213 Front St. knows as "the pit." While a deal was reached in June, the transfer of ownership became official Monday.

Salmon Derby: Unofficial results reveal Quinn takes first place
The unofficial results of this year's Golden North Salmon Derby are in and it seems Friday was the day to reel in the big ones.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire reported:

Sid Othneil Morgan
Sid Othneil Morgan died peacefully at home during an afternoon nap August 10, 2010. He was 90. He was born May 21, 1920 in Glendive, Mont., the youngest of three children. He was raised in Montana, Florida, and Southern California (most of the travel in a Model T Ford on the typically rutted and muddy roads of the period). When he was 14, his family moved permanently to Castle Rock, Wash. While there he developed a lifelong interest in hunting, fishing and camping. He graduated from Castle Rock High School in 1940. He married his high school sweetheart, Erna, on January 1, 1941. While working in the shipyards as a welder during the early part of World War II, he was drafted into the army in 1943; he served honorably with the 101st Airborne Division in Europe and was discharged in the fall of 1945.

Outside editorial: A bogus battle: 'Birthright citizenship'
The following editorial first appeared in the Dallas Morning News:

Empire editorial: A golden milestone ...
It's been decades in the making and the time has finally come. The Kensington Gold Mine is celebrating its opening and the ceremonial dedication of the start of production. Congratulations.

Ground Zero sum game
After months of dithering by the White House about the "Ground Zero Mosque" in lower Manhattan, President Obama endorsed the project at an Iftar dinner Friday night. The president said, "...as a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country. That includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances."

Whatever happened to that quaint relic called civility?
Can we be candid here? Can we just say this plainly?

Dinosaurs are dying out all around us
I was on vacation last month when the news broke that the triceratops had gone extinct. I didn't find out about it for weeks, and I'm still not over the shock.

Hitchhiker's texting leads to DUI charge
ANCHORAGE - A driver who picked up a hitchhiker faces DUI charges after the hitchhiker sent text messages about her worries that the man was drinking.

Feds beef up state oversight of health insurance
WASHINGTON - Health insurance premium hikes will get a harder look in most parts of the country, thanks to an infusion of federal cash for state regulators.

Berry pickers stranded near Newtok
ANCHORAGE - Authorities in Alaska say about 16 people on a berry picking excursion are stranded on a sandbar near Newtok.

Alaska inmate dies in Colorado prison
ANCHORAGE - Alaska corrections officials say an Alaska inmate has died while being held in a private prison in Colorado.

Crash survivor released from hospital
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage hospital has released one of the four people who survived a plane crash that killed former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens and four others.

Names of crash victims released
McGRATH - Alaska State Troopers have released the names of the two people from Chugiak who died in a plane crash in central Alaska.

Miller gets new campaign manager before primary
JUNEAU - Just over a week until the primary, Joe Miller has someone new managing his U.S. Senate campaign.

Photos: Nice day for a bike ride
Riders pack together on Saturday during the Stage 3 Eaglecrest 4.5 mile Hill Climb during the 2010 Tour Of Juneau..

'Largest turnout...in years'
It was the perfect weekend for Juneau cyclists to get out on their bikes, and participation in the 2010 Tour of Juneau clearly showed that they did.

Plane crashes claim 17 people this summer
ANCHORAGE - Since June, 17 people have died in airplane accidents in Alaska.

Mourners remember 'Uncle Ted'
ANCHORAGE - Mourners filled an Anchorage Catholic church to remember former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens Monday, launching a three-day tribute to the Alaska Republican a week after he died in a plane crash.

Settlement proceeds bolster retirement savings
The Alaska Retirement Management Board decided Monday to put most of Alaska's portion of a $500 million settlement with Mercer Inc., into the Public Employees Retirement System's Health Trust Fund.

UAF Study to look at market interest in reindeer
FAIRBANKS - For most hungry Alaskans, reindeer meat doesn't represent much more than a spicy sausage link.

Woman in fatal accident gets 2nd DUI
FAIRBANKS, - A Fairbanks woman involved in a fatal car crash while she was intoxicated has been convicted again for driving under the influence.

Fairbanks has record high 91 in heat wave
FAIRBANKS - The late summer heat wave spreading across Alaska has pushed the temperature into the 90s in Fairbanks for only the fifth time since 1904.

Feds: Alaska couple had 20 names on hit list
ANCHORAGE - A rural Alaska couple accused of domestic terrorism compiled a hit list of 20 targets, including members of the military and media, and had moved to the operational phase of their plan, according to documents filed in federal court Monday.

Alaska wildfire has heavy smoke from 5 acres
FAIRBANKS - An Alaska wildfire that burned into the town of Healy produced a lot of smoke but was quickly contained around five acres with only minor damage reported.

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