Thursday, August 23, 2007

Hatch was justified in his actions
My hat's off to a job well done regarding the shooting of Randall Clevenger by Sgt. Hatch. In light of the situation, Hatch remained professional and did his job.

Hatch deserves our support and prayers
My heart ached when I read of the unfortunate event that required the use of deadly force by a member of the Juneau Police Department.

Lemon Creek bike route needs cleaning
I commute by bicycle between the Mendenhall Valley and downtown. The only route available to me goes through Lemon Creek.

A victim of an attack responds to shooting
I am a victim of attempted murder by my former husband. I was stabbed several times in the neck. Some say he "snapped" when I wanted out of our marriage. His abuse of alcohol and prescription drugs did not help his emotions.

Juneau, be kinder to those who hurt
Would you want your epitaph splashed on the front page of the local Sunday paper, sensationally writing off your life as one of "violent threats" (or overeating, laziness, sarcasm, fill in the blank)?

Wharf's apostrophe is in the wrong place
The apostrophe in Peoples' Wharf seems as misplaced as Mark Regan's reliance on Winston Churchill. Unless I'm completely misunderstanding the nature of the Wharf, the proper punctuation should be "People's."

Reality of a smoke-free city still hazy
The clock is ticking for smokers in Juneau, with roughly a quarter of a year left before a smoking ban in public places goes into full effect.

Photo: Images from another time: Nimbus, 1982
The controversial Robert Murray sculpture "Nimbus" was defaced by graffiti in 1982. "Nimbus" was commissioned for the Dimond Courthouse. The bright green sculpture was called "Juneau Green" by Murray.

Officials dedicate $51 million lab
Local dignitaries, scientists, educators and policymakers gathered Tuesday morning to dedicate the $51 million Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute.

Police & Fire
Reports from police, fire officials and state troopers

Protesters gather at dedication
Protesters shouted and carried signs at the gates of the Ted Stevens Marine Research Center during a dedication ceremony held hours before the public was allowed inside the center for tours.

Around Town

The First-day Ritual
At 7:15 a.m. Wednesday students began to fill the commons of Juneau-Douglas High School. Between high-fives and reunion hugs with last year's friends, students worked the first-day logistics of locker assignments, class assignments and getting to know their schedules before the day officially started.

Juneau's role in '08 missile test small
Juneau's role in next year's missile intercept test by the Missile Defense Agency will be small, Alaska Region Director Col. Thom Besch said to a crowd of about 40 residents of the Lena Point area Tuesday evening.

Smathers remains free after second felony conviction
Eight months after signing a confession that she stole nearly $4,500 in cash and merchandise from her employer, Stephanie Smathers pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-degree theft in Juneau Superior Court.

Business Digest
Sullivan becomes shareholder in firm, Fabiano, White join R&M Engineering

Around Town

Photos: Rescue training
Members of the Russian Border Guard, above, observe a U.S. Coast Guard search and rescue demonstration in the Gastineau Channel. Gen. Allen Pronichev and his delegation were given a tour of the channel aboard the Coast Guard cutter Anacapa.

Photo: Quiet abandonment
Bikes overgrown with vines lean Wednesday against a wall near Taku Terrace apartments.

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

Pets of the week
Angel Kitty has heavenly eyes and a demeanor to match and Bendi the bouncy baby guinea pig.

From Juneau to the Jamboree
Scouts from all over the world gathered at the 2007 World Scout Jamboree, held July 27 to Aug. 8, at Hylands Park in Chelmsford, United Kingdom, for the Jamboree held once every four years, but also to celebrate the 100th anniversary of scouting on Aug. 1.

Which nation owns the North Pole?
That is the question being posed seriously for the first time in the history of the world. The first man to claim that he reached the Pole was Robert Peary. Traveling by dog sled, Mathew Henson and he, both Americans, arrived on April 6, 1909.

Villanueva, Riutta marry
Jean Grace Villanueva and Aaron Lee Riutta, both of Juneau, were married on Aug. 14, 2007, in an intimate ceremony with family and friends at Paradise Park in Tiburon, Calif.

Knudsons celebrate 53 years
Ralph and Harriet Knudson celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary on Aug. 21, 2007, with a special barbeque on Aug. 19, held with their children, grandchildren and great children present.

Neighbors Digest
Mobile mammogram van visits Hoonah, Anna Scharen fundraiser, Benefit dinner for Helping Hands

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Christine Marie Felipe
Juneau resident Christine Marie Felipe died peacefully Aug. 21, 2007, at home. She was 41.

Margaret Fern Stone
Former Juneau resident Margaret Fern Stone died Aug. 18, 2007, in Anchorage. She was 66.

Erik Alan Lochman
Lifelong Alaskan and Kodiak Island resident Erik Alan Lochman was killed in a plane crash on Aug. 13, 2007, near Cane Creek in the Brooks Range. He was 36.

Liv Cheryl Gray
Lifelong Hoonah resident Liv Cheryl Gray died Aug. 21, 2007. She was 58.

Heather Eversmeyer
Juneau resident Heather Lee Eversmeyer died July 14, 2007, in Wenatchee, Wash., after a nine-month battle with cancer. She was 47.

Outside editorial: The good news about AIDS vaccine research
This week, the international brain trust behind the search for the elusive HIV/AIDS vaccine is meeting in Seattle, a fitting venue as this city grows more renowned for infectious-disease research.

My Turn: Patients should be able to file electronic claims
I haven't seen Michael Moore's "Sicko" yet, but I do have a health care horror story to share. It should send a little shiver through all those insured through the state of Alaska retirement system.

Alaska editorial: Oil tax may be low, but it is bringing in money
Alaska's new oil tax is a miserable failure, some people say. A report completed this month by the Palin administration would seem to back up that claim.

No strange bedfellow left behind
If you like your politics full of surprising twists, you'll absolutely adore the debate over renewing the No Child Left Behind Act when it kicks into gear next month.

Outside editorial: Double standard with India's nuclear program hurts U.S. credibility
More than a year after the Bush administration reached an agreement to undo U.S. restrictions on India's nuclear program, negotiators have worked out the details.

Losing the war is winning
George Orwell, call your office. You can add to your list of opposites ("war is peace," "ignorance is strength" and "freedom is slavery") a new one.

Outside editorial: Human rights panel isn't being allowed to do its job
A favorite tactic in despotic regimes is to create toothless, ineffectual human rights commissions that are really fig leafs designed to cover for the regimes' abuses. I

Crimson Bears to open at home
The season opener and senior night will be rolled into one Saturday at Sandy Beach. The Juneau-Douglas High School cross country team will host its only home meet at noon Saturday at Savikko Park in Douglas.

Northwest Digest
Crash kills 1 dog, sends 4 people to hospital, Taiwan leader stops in AK en route to meeting, Tribal commercial season opens

Anchorage partners with China to further open trade
Leaders of the world's third-largest air cargo airport signed several agreements with Beijing officials Tuesday, vowing to increase the nearly half billion dollars in exports Anchorage delivers to China each year.

Supreme Court asked to review Exxon Valedez case
Exxon Mobil Corp. is making a final appeal for a review of a court decision ordering the oil giant to pay $2.5 billion in punitive damages for the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989.

Kensington Mine: Fed inaction on suit boosts SEACC's hopes
Coeur Alaska, Goldbelt and the state have asked the federal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to do a full review of its earlier decision to reject the Kensington gold mine waste disposal plan.

Republican legislator calls for politicians' resignations
One of the most conservative members of the Alaska Legislature called for some of the state's most prominent Republican politicians to step aside.

Freighter owner pleads guilty in grounding, spill
The owner of the freighter that spilled tons of soybeans and 340,000 gallons of fuel off an Aleutian Island nearly three years ago pleaded guilty Wednesday to three misdemeanor federal counts.

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

Crashed plane to be moved for investigation
The National Transportation Safety Board will move the airplane that crashed last week in Ketchikan, killing five, to somewhere more accessible for further investigation.

Valdez businessman offers $2.1 million to buy state jet
The infamous, state-owned jet that Alaska can't seem to sell could be off the market as soon as this week if an offer put forth by a Valdez businessman pans out.

State drunken driving deaths are decreasing
Drunken driving fatalities increased in 22 states in 2006 and fell in 28 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, federal transportation officials said Monday.

Animal-rights group criticizes candidate for elephant's home
Alaska's only elephant is now being eyed by officials from a prospective new home, but the same animal rights group that has pushed for Maggie's departure is saying if this facility is the leading option, she should stay here.

Man sentenced to 25 years for molesting 3-year-old girl
A man convicted of sexually assaulting a 3-year-old girl who he abducted at the Anchorage airport has been sentenced to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of kidnapping and sexual abuse of a minor.

Oil profits tax bringing in $800 million less than expected
The state will be getting $800 million less than expected from the new net-profits tax on the oil industry, according to a Palin administration report.

Alaska Digest
Juneau teacher ofthe year announced, Palin's husband returns to North Slope job, Soldiers charged in borrowing of excavator, Delta voters nixproposed new borough

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