Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Empire, JPD wrong to release information
As Paul Whitehead's father, the release of information by the Juneau Police Department and the Juneau Empire was wholly unacceptable at this time. Just to be clear, his mother feels the very same way.

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.

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.

Statter Harbor project will receive $500K federal grant
The Don Statter Harbor boat launch project will receive $500,000 more from a federal grant.

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.

Alaska Judicial Council recommends 3 for district court
The Alaska Judicial Council last week selected Juneau attorneys Thomas G. Nave, Vance A. Sanders and Kirsten Swanson as the finalists for a a Juneau District Court judicial vacancy.

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.

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.

Judaism meets Jet Li at Douglas synagogue
Juneau's Jewish community got an unusual treat this week: kung fu straight from Seattle.

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.

Photos: Laying brick downtown
Arete Construction's Jason Simms, Craig Fowler, Jeremiah Engen, and Brentt Knott stack bricks near the new downtown parking garage Monday while laying in a new side walk.

Photo: Nice day for practice
Joey Ramseth, 5, gets a little support from his older sister, Olivia, 16, as he practices his headstands in front of their Auke Bay apartment 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:

Girl dies from injuries
A 4-month-old girl died Sunday night after receiving injuries last week that required her to be medevaced to Seattle, according to a release from the Juneau Police Department.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire reported:

Ted Quinn crowned as champ of 64th Annual Golden North Salmon Derby
A 26-pound fish won the 64th Annual Golden North Salmon Derby and the man who reeled it in is surprised.

Photo: First vote
Grace Parnell, 18, votes for her first time Tuesday as her father Gov. Sean Parnell looks on during in-person absentee voting, or Early Voting, at the Court Plaza on Main Street in Juneau.

Inez Victoria Nelson
Inez Victoria Nelson died on Aug. 10, 2010 in Gresham, Ore. She was born on May 18, 1917 in Braham, Minn.

Phillip Raymond Speer
Phillip Raymond Speer died Aug. 14, 2010, at his home in Juneau. He was born in Longview, Wash. on Dec. 12, 1936 to Paul W. Speer and Margaret P. (Bell) Speer. He graduated from R.A. Long High School, in Longview, class of 1955. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1959 to 1963, and was stationed in Adak, and Subic Bay, Phillipines. While stationed in the Philippines, he met and married Remy Ascilo. They made their first home in Juneau where they were active in the Filipino community and made many special friends there. Remy passed away in 1993.

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.

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.

My turn: Carlos Boozer sets example today's youth should follow
Last week, I coached at the Carlos Boozer Jr. Foundation Basketball Camp here in Juneau.

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."

Outside editorial: The Obama administration's attacks on the media
The following editorial appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

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.

Sharpton named acting chair of Arctic commission
ANCHORAGE - The University of Alaska Fairbanks vice chancellor for research has been appointed acting chairman of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission, according to U.S. Sen. Mark Begich.

Kenai Peninsula targeted for bear fences
KENAI - A federal program will help Kenai Peninsula farmers build electric fences to keep bears away from farming structures.

Alaska State Troopers search for shooter
FAIRBANKS - A shot through a wall during an attempt by an Alaska State Trooper to serve an arrest warrant at a home in North Pole has led to a search that included road blocks and a helicopter.

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.

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.

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.

Section of Turnagain Arm Trail closed
ANCHORAGE - A bear charged three people at the Turnagain Arm Trail, prompting state officials to close the stretch between Potter and McHugh Creek trailheads.

Murkowski retains big fundraising edge over Miller
JUNEAU - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski holds a big fundraising edge over GOP rival Joe Miller.

Swiss woman drowns in Alaska river near movie site
FAIRBANKS - A 29-year-old Swiss woman has drowned in Alaska near the site for the movie "Into the Wild."

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.

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..

Parnell appoints new commissioner to rural subcabinet
Gov. Sean Parnell has named a new chair for his Alaska Rural Action Subcabinet as his administration steps up efforts to deal with challenges facing Alaska's predominately Native rural communities.

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.

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.

Mourners pay respects to Stevens in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - Scores of Alaskans personally said goodbye to former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens on Tuesday, eight days after he was killed in a plane crash.

State sets $340K fine for campaign violation
ANCHORAGE - A $340,000 fine has been proposed for the group Alaskans for Open Government, the top contributor in a campaign to stop the political use of public money.

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