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Saturday, August 21, 2010

AEL&P not opposed to customer intervention in rate case
Important information was left out of the article published Sunday, August 8th on the AEL&P rate case ("AEL&P seeks to limit participation in rate review"). The article erroneously implied that AEL&P was opposed to letting any customers intervene in the case. The article didn't tell readers AEL&P told the Regulatory Commission of Alaska it does not object to four of the leaders of the Juneau Peoples Power Project intervening in the case, including Bill Burk, who was quoted extensively in the article. AEL&P did not object to intervention by those four individuals from JPPP who could be identified from our records as customers.

Farewell, Ted
Farewell Ted Stevens. Whether intimately serving of self, or that of others, you'll always be honored as a gift and treasure for Alaska.

Former JSD student advises district
Ax tóo yéi yatee. I have it in me. That's the message former Juneau School District student Crystal Rogers had for staff of the district at their Welcome Breakfast on Thursday.

JPD investigating infant's death as a 'murder'
The Juneau Police Department is investigating Sunday's death of a 4-month-old Juneau girl as a murder, a sergeant with JPD said.

Democrats face off for lieutenant governor
With strongly differing views on natural gas pipeline plans from the Republican and Democratic candidates for governor, and from the Republican candidates for lieutenant governor, the Democratic candidates for the state's second highest office are struggling to take any views at all.

$71 million in local docks and harbors improvements in works
More than $71 million in improvements and reconstruction's are in the works for Juneau's docks and harbors in a race to rebuild the city's aging infrastructure before it sinks.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire reported:

Photo: Hands up, Simon said
Instructor Kathy McCasland leads students participating in the Boomerang Leadership Program in a game of "Simon Says" at Thunder Mountain High School on Thursday. Twenty-four juniors and seniors plus returning students involved with last year's program will be paired up with incoming freshmen students to help them make the adjustment to the new school.

Correction
The Juneau Empire was given incorrect information pertaining to the attorney for Senator Albert Kookesh during his subsistence trial. Kookesh's attorney is not Kirsten Swanson. Kookesh is being represented by Douglas attorney Tony Strong. Strong is representing all four defendants in the case.

Janice April Bean
Janice April Bean was born April 14, 1966 in Mt. Edgecombe hospital and was promoted to glory August 15, 2010 in Anchorage.

APOC sends message to Measure 1 proponents
The following editorial first appeared in the Anchorage Daily News:

Con: The US should declare the Afghan war unwinnable and withdraw troops
WASHINGTON - The Wikileaks "Afghan War Diary" documents the problems encountered by Afghans and the allied forces in 2004-2009. The war effort was under-resourced. Troops were spread too thin. Intelligence officers within our supposed ally Pakistan were actively assisting the Taliban.

Pro: The US should declare the Afghan war unwinnable and withdraw troops
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The July vote in the House of Representatives on funding the war in Afghanistan should have come as a wakeup call to the Obama administration. One hundred fourteen members of the House, mainly Democrats, voted to stop the physical and financial bleeding that the Afghanistan war is inflicting on the American taxpayer.

Collective cultivation
Brad Robbins wholeheartedly believes "if you build it, they will come."

Community invited to 2010 Harvest Fair
For the last 17 years, rain or shine, growers at Juneau's Community Garden have honored the germination, cultivation and harvesting of fruits, vegetables and flowers grown in the mostly organic beds that cover roughly three acres of land located at 5669 Montana Creek Road.

Insights into damsels and dragons
A few days ago, I stood beside a small pond, watching showy insects zoom around. There was a small blue damselfly, checking out the weeds in the shallows. And there were two of its larger dragonfly cousins: a couple of big darners and several smaller emeralds, so-named for the intensely green eyes and greenish body of mature adults.

Davis takes top nod at shooting match
Aug. 14 was not only a beautiful day for the Golden North Salmon Derby, but it was also a beautiful day for the monthly Juneau Gun Club's monthly registered shotgun meet. This month's meet was shot under the rules of the Amateur Trap Association (ATA of America) with cross-over allowed to the Pacific International Trap Association (PITA). Three events were fired in three classes of ability: A, B and C. The events were singles (the shot gunner is shooting at a moving clay bird released 16 yards from the shooter), handicap (the shot gunner is shooting at a moving clay bird released 20 to 27 yards from the shooter, depending on his/her class) and doubles (the shot gunner is shooting at two moving clay bird released in different directions 16 yards from the shooter).

Forest Explorer Programs at the Mendenhall Glacier
JUNEAU - Mendenhall Glacier Summer Forest Explorer Programs continue at 11 a.m. this Saturday and weekly through Sept. 25. Community members are invited to take advantage of this free opportunity to explore nature with Forest Service staff.

Recreational trails grant application period now open
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska State Trails Program has announced the 2011 Recreational Trails Grant Application period is now open. To view the updated application and learn more about the program, online to www.alaskastatetrails.org. The application period closes Nov. 15.

On the hook
Big fish pics

Annual SnowTRAC meeting Aug 26-27
ANCHORAGE - SnowTRAC will have an advisory meeting from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 26 and 27 in Suite 602 at the Atwood Building in Anchorage to discuss various SnowTRAC issues, as well as to review grant applications and trail grooming requests.

Teleconference option available for Sept. grant workshop
ANCHORAGE - The State Trails Office will be hosting a two-hour workshop focusing on the grant application process from 3-5 p.m. on Sept. 15 in Anchorage.

Sport Fish report
Juneau area: The Juneau Golden North Salmon derby wrapped up on Sunday night, with an estimated total of 233 Chinook salmon harvested (36 percent below the recent five-year average of 364 fish) and 5,480 coho salmon harvested (60 percent above the recent five-year average of 3,418 fish). In terms of derby entered numbers only (i.e., excluding derby take-home fish), preliminary numbers show 125 Chinook salmon were entered (54 percent below the recent five-year average of 270 fish) and 3,392 coho salmon were entered (33 percent above the recent five-year average of 2,554 fish).

Tides
Today, Aug. 20

Turnagain Arm Trail reopens after bear scare
ANCHORAGE - The Turnagain Arm Trail at Anchorage has been reopened, but signs warn users to remain alert for bears.

Parnell signing refuge, fishermen bills
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sean Parnell is signing a land exchange bill to designate certain state land and waters part of the Izembek State Game Refuge.

Anchorage Assembly drops liquor ID requirement
ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage Assembly voted Tuesday night to remove a requirement that a Brown Jug liquor store check the identifications of all customers.

Anchorage man sentenced for 2008 assault
ANCHORAGE - A 24-year-old Anchorage man has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison for assaulting an unconscious soldier two years ago.

State confirms 2 salmonella cases
JUNEAU - The state of Alaska has confirmed at least two cases of salmonella matching the strain tied to recalled eggs, a health department spokesman said Thursday.

Juneau prep football teams aiming for 3-0
There has been only one football force in Juneau over the last 20 years, but now fans have the chance to watch two local prep teams attempt to build on undefeated seasons.

Bears-Moose rivalry continues
Players never have a problem coming ready to play when the Crimson Bears clash with the Moose, but the stakes are even higher this time around.

Falcons look to go 3-0
Thunder Mountain is on the rise in just its second year after opening with two straight wins, and the Falcons have no plans of taking a step back in Week 3.

Photo: JDHS volleyball alumni game
Juneau-Douglas' Daffodil Alinson goes up for a kill against two alumni defenders Thursday during the Crimson Bears alumni game at JDHS. Check next Friday's Empire sports section for TMHS and JDHS season previews.

E-mails reveal state, federal division over predator control measures
ANCHORAGE - E-mails obtained by The Associated Press reveal a fissure that turned into a divide between federal and state wildlife managers over a plan to kill wolves in a national refuge in Alaska.

Strong GOP personalities seek low-profile office
ANCHORAGE - Two Republican front-runners vying to become Alaska's next lieutenant governor are such forceful personalities, voters might wonder why they're seeking a low-profile job instead of the top elected office.

Primary losses blunt Palin's 'mama grizzly' claws
WASHINGTON - It's been a summer of setbacks for Sarah Palin. Candidate "cubs" endorsed by the Mama Grizzly in Chief have been suffering a recent string of primary election losses.

Soldiers report to Anchorage schools
ANCHORAGE - A new partnership between the Anchorage School District and U.S. Army Alaska will add a military presence to local schools.

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