Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Startled by citys Savikko Park plan
The Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee master plan for Savikko Park, Sandy Beach and Treadwell Mine Historic Trail is a startling document.

Greed is the true threat to subsistence hunting
Vote yes on Ballot Measure 2. Controlling a thing by flying over it and killing it is inhumane and outright wrong. The proponents of this inhumane practice are all saying that people who live in the cities should go out into the Bush and practice subsistence living. In all the measures that the people of Alaska have voted on has there ever been anything that says subsistence living needs to be stopped?

Measure 2 will not stop predator control
Pat Valkenburg's recent opinion piece against Ballot Measure 2 (My Turn, Aug. 15) presents several inaccuracies.

Vote yes on Ballot Measure 4
Why do the opponents of Ballot Measure 4 find it so necessary to resort to fear-mongering and deceit?

Ex-Fred Meyer worker awarded $208,000 by jury
A former Fred Meyer Stores Inc. employee who said she was fired because her boss wanted to replace her with a younger, prettier woman he had eyes for, was awarded $208,000 by a jury last week.

Friends, co-workers join in the search for missing Juneau men
A search for two Juneau men whose floatplane disappeared Aug. 9 expanded over the weekend as friends of the Andrews family volunteered with Juneau Mountain Rescue doing ground searches on Douglas Island.

Photo: Images from another time Southeast Track meet, 1983
Heather Burford, center, is mobbed by her Juneau-Douglas High School teammates afterwinning the 400-meter relay. Burford ran the anchor leg in a driving rain storm in the 1983 Southeast Track meet at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park. She now lives in Gainesville, Texas.

Taku River hits flood stage today
The Taku River is expected to reach flood stage early today, according to the National Weather Service.

Photos: Construction Milestones
Chris Hope, an employee of Coogan Construction, works on the windows Tuesday to the new main entrance of Bartlett Regional Hospital. The entrance and a new lobby are expected to be substantially complete next week, Chief Operating Officer Debbi Lehner said Tuesday. Other projects nearing completion in the $62 million ongoing renovation include a gift shop, 10 private patient rooms, sleep and cardiac rehabilitation labs and a patient resource center. A ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house are planned for the fall.

Around Town
Today

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

Photo: On the way to the hospital
Capital City Fire and Rescue personnel lift an injured 27-year-old man into an ambulance Tuesday at the intersection of Hospital Drive and Salmon Creek Lane. The man sustained serious injuries after colliding with a Honda SUV that turned left from Hospital Drive onto Salmon Creek Lane in front of the motorcycle, police said. The motorcycle driver was transported to Bartlett Regional Hospital.

AroundTown
Today

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

Both sides of the Force turn out for new 'Star Wars' premiere
From left, Charlie Fairbanks, Toby Collins and Finn Collins pose as Star Wars characters during opening night of "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" on Aug. 15 at Glacier Cinemas.

University announces Piano Master Class with Tutunov
JUNEAU - The University of Alaska Southeast recently announced that Russian classical pianist Alexander Tutunov will teach Piano Master Class (MUS 493P) during the 2008-09 academic year, with only four Saturday sessions from 9 a.m. to noon on Sept. 27 (baroque), Nov. 1 (classical), Jan. 17 (romantic) and April 25 (impressionistic and contemporary).

Pratt Museum in Homer now accepting art for annual auction
The Pratt Museum in Homer is now accepting art and business donations for their annual art and adventure auction, the Ritz 2008. If you would like to make a donation, please do so by bringing your donation by the Pratt Museum at 3779 Bartlett Street, Homer, before 5 p.m. on Sept. 19 at 5 p.m. For more questions, contact Lisa Law at 907-235-8635.

Mobile mammograms in Haines on Aug. 28 to Sept. 10
HAINES - The mobile mammogram van will visit Haines starting on Aug. 28, with appointments running through the afternoon of Sept. 10 (no weekend appointments). Women wanting to schedule a mammogram should call Pam Sloper of the SEARHC Haines Health Center at 907-766-6367.

Mobile mammogram van on Prince of Wales Sept. 26 to Oct. 13
KLAWOCK - The mobile mammogram van will visit the Prince of Wales Island communities of Klawock and Craig from Sept. 26 to Oct. 13.

Become a savvy caregiver
This month, family members or friends caring for someone with memory loss or dementia will have a rare opportunity to attend the Savvy Caregiver training series. A nationally acclaimed program, Savvy Caregiver gives an in-depth understanding of memory loss and the disease process, teaches practical skills that can be used every day, and gives caregivers a sense of competence needed when caring for someone with dementia. It also helps reduce the stress and adverse effects associated with caregiving and improves the quality of life for both the caregiver and their loved one.

Juneau visitor shares authentic French recipe for carrot soup
Ask Auntie Emo is where our readers ask for and share recipes. Do you have these recipes to share?

Thanks to Job Center
"You're OK. You're all right. You put up a darn good fight!"

Thanks to authors
The Pioneer Book Committee, of the Pioneers of Alaska Igloo 6, having previously published two volumes of local pioneer histories, recently completed "Gastineau Channel Memories Volume III." There are 601 stories in the three volumes, and they span the years from 1880 to 1967.

Coworkers are the best
On Feb. 6, I went south to be with my daughter at the birth of her second child. While I was down there, at the suggestion of Dr. Welling, I went and consulted a cardiologist. One thing led to another and next thing I knew, I was scheduled for double bypass surgery the next day.

Haffners celebrate 50 years
Robert (Swede) and Judy Haffner will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary at 7 p.m. Aug. 30, 2008, in the Glacier Room of the Travelodge Hotel, 9200 Glacier Highway. Friends and family are invited to attend. No gifts please. The couple was married Aug. 30, 1958, in Juneau, where they have resided ever since.

Mary Angie Long
Juneau resident Mary Angie Long died Aug. 5, 2008, in Seattle, after a brief illness with vascular disease. She was 88.

Outside editorial: Endangered process: Changes to species Act could do lasting harm
In May, the Bush administration reluctantly listed the polar bear as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act.

My turn: Predator population control is a valuable wildlife management tool
N early all Alaskans are proud that we have abundant wolf populations and want to ensure that wolf populations remain healthy and secure. Wolves are an important part of Alaska's culture. Yet, wolf management is extremely controversial because people have strongly held values about wolf management. Some want no wolves to ever be killed, while others prefer wolves to be managed like other wildlife species and for populations to be reduced if they become too large. Fortunately in Alaska we have enough land to accommodate everyone's values.

Outside editorial: Melting pot America is still bubbling
T he announcement on Thursday that minorities collectively will make up a majority of people in America by 2042 comes at a contentious moment in U.S. history. A bitter and largely negative debate about immigration roils the country. Stoked by angry politicians, the shouting rarely goes beyond variations on the theme of how to send 12 million illegal immigrants back home. Hardly anybody acknowledges that 38 million legal immigrants and their 31 million children already call America home. These people, along with other minorities, will be a powerful force in shaping America's future.

Outside column: Clarity is good, wisdom is better
First I spent long moments trying to decide upon my greatest moral failing. Then I spent longer moments asking myself whether I'd really want to share that failing with an audience of millions.

Clarification: Muñoz explains some of her positions on energy
The Empire's article in Monday's newspaper on energy and the position of the valley House candidates reported I had received unanswered calls from reporter Pat Forgey. In fact, Mr. Forgey left two messages and both calls were promptly returned. Mr. Forgey never got back to me.

Search suspended for missing Juneau men
JUNEAU - The search for the two missing Juneau men whose floatplane did not return as scheduled on Aug. 9 was suspended Tuesday pending any new developments, the U.S. Coast Guard announced.

Three to vie for two School Board positions
Eight people turned in paperwork to the city clerk's office by a 4:30 p.m. deadline Monday to run for Juneau School Board and Assembly seats to be filled this fall.

Anderson to face Taug in Assembly race
JUNEAU - The race for the Juneau Assembly District 2 seat will see competition between incumbent Jonathan Anderson and challenger Karen Taug.

Fire burns three Akiachak buildings
AKIACHAK - Alaska State Troopers said a fire has destroyed an old elementary school and two other buildings in the village of Akiachak.

Ketchikan OKs beach buy; now up to voters
KETCHIKAN - The Ketchikan Borough Assembly gave its approval Monday to purchase a beach for increased access for residents.

Landing craft capsizes on Prince of Wales
JUNEAU - The Coast Guard is investigating after a 52-foot landing craft with a fuel truck aboard capsized.

Biologists kill bear suspected in mauling
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game said this week it killed a grizzly bear believed responsible for at least one attack in an Anchorage park.

Troopers warn about phone scam
JUNEAU - Alaska State Troopers are warning residents about a phone scam.

Fort Wainwright soldiers to deploy
FORT WAINWRIGHT - About 160 soldiers from the 539th Transportation Co. at Fort Wainwright are getting ready to deploy to Iraq.

SUV smashes row of shopping carts
ANCHORAGE - A woman accused of driving a sport utility vehicle into a row of shopping carts faces felony charges of criminal mischief and assault plus misdemeanor reckless driving.

Methane tanker rolls on highway
ANCHORAGE - A semi pulling a tanker trailer containing liquefied methane rolled on the Parks Highway, closing the main road link between Anchorage and Fairbanks.

Crimson Bears tennis ready to make a run for state title
JUNEAU - The Juneau-Douglas High School Crimson Bears tennis team roared back to life this month.

PFD checks to be distributed early
Not only will Alaska Permanent Fund dividend checks be more valuable than ever, they'll also go out earlier than they ever have, the governor's office said Monday.

Man who made controversial call on leave
Gov. Sarah Palin placed the state's director of boards and commissions on paid administrative leave Tuesday while an investigation continues into whether she abused her power when firing former public safety commissioner Walt Monegan.

Primary rules may influence election results
Political parties structure their primary elections to get what they think is the best possible candidate, but the Republican Party's closed primary may wind up putting a crucial seat in the U.S. House of Representatives at risk.

Campaigns over Measure 2 get heated
ANCHORAGE - The battle over Ballot Measure 2 and Alaska's aerial predator control program intensified Thursday with each side complaining to the state's political watchdog agency.

State: Access to cruise ships improves
The state says its environmental monitors' access to cruise ships has improved in the last month.

Chichagof timber sale issue resolved
JUNEAU - The U.S. Forest Service and several environmental groups recently resolved their differences in a proposed timber sale on Chichagof Island.

Salvage effort underway for sunken landing craft
KETCHIKAN - A 52-foot landing craft remained capsized near a dock at Sportsman's Cove Lodge for most, if not all, of Tuesday.

Fierce Palin critic's blog creates waves
ANCHORAGE - It's Wednesday afternoon and Andrew Halcro is on the phone at his family car rental business near the airport. He's talking shop:

Iditarod champion King's trial begins
FAIRBANKS - Iditarod champion Jeff King is being tried in Fairbanks on charges that he illegally killed a moose near his home in Denali National Park and Preserve.

Anchorage girl dies two days after pit bull mauling
ANCHORAGE - A 6-year-old Anchorage girl has died from injuries suffered after being attacked by a pit bull, police said Monday. It was the second dog attack on a child within a week.

New state park recalls World War II past
SITKA - A new state park, which was built on Sitka's World War II past, has been dedicated.

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