Monday, August 18, 2008

Ballot Measure 4: Inform yourself
There has been a multitude of propaganda over the past several months aimed at demonizing Ballot Measure 4, the Clean Water Initiative.

Vote for true public servants
I see that a presidential candidate is suggesting that taxes be lowered for the "middle class," that is, people who earn less than $250,000 a year. Let's see, that means people who earn up to $685 every day of the year are "middle class."

State should build up University of Alaska
If Alaska's governor and legislators want to do something of permanent worldwide significance, they can put a couple of billion dollars into the University Foundation to reduce tuition, raise faculty compensation and enhance infrastructure, this year. And do it again next year.

Report: City needs plan for crises
Juneau needs better plans to handle future crises more effectively, according to an early version of a report from the city's "Lessons Learned" commission.

House seat seekers agree on cash payout
Rep. Beth Kerttula, D-Juneau, reluctantly voted for a $1,200 addition to this year's estimated $2,000 Alaska Permanent Fund dividend. She had hoped instead for a plan to target help to those with greater needs, as well as spending more money on developing renewable sources for a longer term solution.

Growing OYSTERS in Alaska
Tom Henderson runs Pearl of Alaska, one of the largest oyster farms in Alaska. And he's just a one-man operation.

Valley challengers offer little criticism of incumbent on energy
Several of the candidates running for House District 4, usually called the "Valley" seat in Juneau politics, are glad the Legislature took action to address energy issues in the recent special session. But they would have liked to see them do more, and at less cost.

Photo: Morning fire call
Firefighters connect water hoses to a truck as they prepare to put out a small fire Saturday morning that started on the roof of the University of Alaska Southeast National Science Research Lab at 10107 Bentwood Place. According to Capital City Fire and Rescue, the roof caught fire as construction workers were making repairs.

Photo: Softball wrap-up
Michelle Stuart-Morgan, one of the founders of the Annual Coed Softball Benefit Tournament, congratulates the winners and participants of the two-day event during Sunday's conclusion at the Dimond Park baseball field. The benefit, in its 12th year, raises money for charities and people in need. This year's funds will go to the kids of the late Minda Chamberlain to help pay for college and school supplies.

Photo: Season's swan song
Collette Costa belts out a song as Mike Bucy, left, Doug Bridges and Mike Stanley play brass Friday during the last concert of the season at Marine Park. Performers for the concert were Stroller White Pipes and Drums, Costa and Company, and Full Circle.

Photos: Bears in abundance
A black bear cub, top, climbs up a cottonwood tree Friday on the advice of its mother after she senses another bear walking into the area near the Mendenhall Glacier. A brown-colored black bear, right, walks along a path near the Mendenhall Glacier. The U.S. Forest Service closed parts of the Moraine Ecology Trail to visitors on Aug. 4 due to increased bear activity in and around Steep Creek.

Police & Fire
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Police & Fire
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Jerrold 'Jerre' Olson
Juneau resident Jerrold "Jerre" Olson died Aug. 14, 2008, in Juneau, from complications following a stroke. He was 91.

Alaska editorial: State's cash payout shouldn't be repeated
The Legislature's decision to offer a cash payout to every Alaskan is understandable in the context of incredible prices for the energy we all use to work, travel, stay warm and live through the long winter.

Alaska editorial: Energy relief a bad idea that could've been a lot worse
The Legislature finished the final, chaotic week of the special session by spending $946 million on cash handouts and other energy relief measures. It was a lot of money spent on energy Band-Aids and not much on long-term cures - but it could have been a lot worse.

Outside editorial: Russian aggression requires a strong Western response
The Bush administration's initial reaction to the crisis in Georgia was sluggish, but since then the White House has made up for lost time.

My Turn: Gambling initiative is a Trojan Horse
I'm no war history buff, but tactical strategies used in the past intrigue me.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

My Turn: Wolf control and caribou savings
Alaskans are passionate about their wildlife. We constitute an energized constituency when it comes to fish and game. Predator management in particular, especially the aerial control of wolves, engenders an abundance and diversity of strong opinion, and it will engage our electorate again soon.

Sending another son off to war
For three years, I knew this day would come. I thought I would be prepared. Coming from a family whose proud military heritage dates to this country's founding, and having served in the Marines for a quarter-century and lost a brother to war-related causes, I felt ready for any challenge military life might bring.

Searching for an America that never really existed
A few words about the search for America. Meaning not the piece of land bounded by Atlantic and Pacific but, rather, the one that exists as a fixed point in the communal psyche, the one that registers true north on our shared moral compass. It is the America where Beaver Cleaver lived, the America of manicured lawns and neat three-bedroom homes bordered by fences made of white pickets. It is the monochromatic America where dad worked and mom kept house and the family went to church together every Sunday, the America of once upon a time and never was. Some of us have been trying to get there (get back there?) for a very long time.

Photo: Nice catch
Steve Peterson, left, a tourist from New York, stands with commercial sport fishing guide Jason McMurrian and the 73.5-pound king salmon Peterson caught on July 10 on the Kenai River. The fish measured just over 53 inches in length and 33.5 inches in girth.

Out&About
Today: Juneau Gold Miners' Posse Cowboy Action Shoot, 9 a.m. registration, Hank Harmon Rifle Range.

Soggy summer won't dampen enjoyment of Alaska river experience
MATANUSKA RIVER - Gray water rushed beneath us as we bobbed on a fast current. Even grayer storm clouds lay low over the mountains, feeding the air with light rain.

Photos: Alaska scenes
A swan is shown swimming Sept. 29, 2007, on a lake near the intersection of the Seward and Sterling highways on Kenai Peninsula, south of Anchorage. Fading green and gold leaves are seen on trees lining Skilak Lake on the Kenai Peninsula, south of Anchorage, on Sept. 29, 2007. Autumn foliage is seen on Sept. 2, 2007, in Denali National Park.

Photo: Out with the weeds
Freya Holm removes hawkweed from Near Island on July 12. Holm is an employee of the Kodiak Soil and WaterConservation District and a member of the orangehawkweed removal project. The project set its sights on Near Island in Kodiak for an annual public weed pull.

Photo: Nice season for a ride
This Sept. 2, 2007, photo shows a car driving through autumn foliage in Denali National Park in Alaska. As summer fades, many Alaskans and visitors are hitting the road for vistas.

Eagle River trail closed until bear hibernation
ANCHORAGE - An Eagle River trail has been closed because of anticipated bear activity.

Outdoor educators pushing for 'No Child Left Inside' funding
BETHEL, Del. - Canoeing trips on the Chesapeake Bay. Endangered butterfly camps for teachers in Rhode Island. A new corral and barn for a nature center in Texas that wants to show kids live bison.

Anchorage cross-country runner races a grizzly bear, gets lucky
ANCHORAGE - Some time after surviving the fright of his life, University of Alaska Anchorage cross-country runner Auston Ellis can't remember whether he heard the grizzly bear woof or a roar.

Fairgoers learn gentle art of coaxing gold from sand and gravel
MYRTLE POINT, Ore. - Gentle tipping and tilting swirls the water around and around, over the sand and small gravel at the bottom of a gold pan.

State unemployment rate rose in July
JUNEAU - Alaska's unemployment rose last month, increasing from 6.7 percent in June to 6.9 percent in July.

Woman dies in ATV rollover near highway
ANCHORAGE - A 42-year-old woman died in an all-terrain vehicle rollover near the Sterling Highway.

Man gets 7 years in toddler beating
ANCHORAGE - A 24-year-old Anchorage man was sentenced to seven years in prison last week for severely beating a toddler.

Army privatizes three installations
FAIRBANKS - The Army has turned over services at three installations to Doyon Utilities.

Feuding gang members involved in shoot-out
FAIRBANKS - Feuding gang members in at least three vehicles shot at each other Friday afternoon on a busy city road, Fairbanks police said.

Mexico to open full consulate office in Anchorage this fall
ANCHORAGE - Mexico will open a full consulate office in Anchorage to provide services and promote trade.

Two girls killed while crossing busy highway
ANCHORAGE - Two girls were killed Friday morning when they were struck by a truck driving along a busy highway in Anchorage.

Forensic experts ID mummified remains
ANCHORAGE - The mummified remains of a passenger on a plane that crashed in Alaska in 1948 have been identified.

Police investigate how girls died while crossing busy highway
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police are investigating how an underage girl was furnished with alcohol before she was killed crossing a busy highway.

Iditarod champion's hunting trial begins
FAIRBANKS - Former Iditarod champion Jeff King is preparing to face charges that he illegally killed a moose in Denali National Park.

Man from Dillingham convicted on 2 felony drug charges
ANCHORAGE - A Dillingham man found with more than 2 pounds of marijuana in his home has been convicted of two felony drug charges.

Bears maul Warriors 35-7
Juneau head coach Bill Chalmers' triskaidekaphobia was kicking in after his squad trounced Wasilla 35-7 Friday night at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park. After all, it was 13 straight wins for the Crimson Bears dating back to the beginning of last season.

Photos: Windfall Challenge Run
Twenty-four runners start off near Skaters Cabin for the Southeast Road Runners' Windfall Lake Trail Challenge Run on Saturday morning. The 14-mile race through dirt and mud trails ends at the Windfall Lake trail head out the road.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU
UPCOMING EVENTS

Party mixed on Young's notoriety
ANCHORAGE - When Congress voted to investigate how a national highway spending bill on the watch of U.S. Rep. Don Young came to include a Florida project that lawmakers had not voted on, critics predicted trouble at the ballot box for the 35-year Alaska congressman.

Report partly faults FAA for crash in Misty Fiords
ANCHORAGE - The National Transportation Safety Board says the Federal Aviation Administration's lack of supervision over the flight tour industry in Southeast Alaska contributed to a crash in Misty Fiords National Monument that killed five people last summer.

Court filings reveal evidence against Stevens
Opening up: Kenny Kaplor, the meat manager at Super Bear Supermarket, shucks an oyster from Kake. He said customers tend to prefer the Kake oysters to the Port Washington ones.

Canadian firm looks to mine for uranium
KETCHIKAN - A company is spending $4 million this year on an exploration program at Bokan Mountain, the Prince of Wales Island site where Alaska's only producing uranium mine was in operation from 1957 to 1971.

Parnell leads fundraising in latest reporting period
ANCHORAGE - Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell raised more money than U.S. Rep. Don Young in the latest federal campaign finance reporting period but the incumbent in the congressional race still has far more cash in the bank.

Man sentenced for drugs and sex trafficking
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage man was sentenced Friday to 30 years in prison for operating a prostitution ring that targeted runaway girls, women in low-paying jobs and the homeless, and paid them in crack cocaine.

Relatives of lost WWII sub's crew to meet in Ohio
MIDLAND, Mich. - Don Reid was a boy when his older cousin joined the Navy, then disappeared when his submarine sank off the Alaska coast in 1942 with a crew of 70. Searchers found the wreckage of the USS Grunion last year.

Golf tournament to raise funds for nonprofit group
The inaugural Healing Hand Foundation golf tournament takes place on Saturday, Aug. 23, at Mt. Fairweather Golf Course in Gustavus - and with it comes a chance at $10,000 for a hole-in-one.

Anchorage residents on edge over bear attacks
ANCHORAGE - Even in a city whose logo is "Big Wild Life," the summer of 2008 is testing residents' tolerance for large carnivores.

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