Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Former JSD student inspiration, example
Thank you Juneau Empire for publishing Friday's article "Former JSD Student Advises District Teachers." It was really refreshing to read something positive about a former JSD student.

Juneau needs herbs and veggies instead of more flowers
Don't get me wrong, I love flowers. I love the scents, the colors and the distinctive smell of fresh turned earth. But let's face it: Juneau has more flowers than it has vegetables and herbs.

Russian doctor presents bust of Bering
When one pictures early Danish explorer Vitus Bering standing on the deck of his Russian sailing ship Saint Peter in the waters of the sea that now bears his name, they picture a large man peering over the ice, sturdy in the face of adversity.

North Douglas Crossing will be on Oct. 5 ballot
Juneau's citizens will be weighing in on the 1 percent sales tax extension for the North Douglas crossing project in October.

Breakfast, early releases new school initiatives this year
Two new initiatives in the school district this year are aimed at helping students be healthier and improving their education.

Primary voting shows few changes
Polling places will be open for 13 hours Tuesday, starting at 7 a.m. and closing at 8 p.m. for Tuesday's primary election.

Photo: Coasting over the bridge
Skateboarders David Miller, Ben Peyton and Nathaniel Ewing enjoy a relaxing coast across the Kaxdigoowu Heen Dei trail bridge Saturday behind Thunder Mountain High School. Kaxdigoowu Heen is the Tlingit name refering to the place where Montana Creek meets the Mendenhall River and Dei means trail.

Assembly candidate withdraws name
The race for the District 2 assembly seat is down to three candidates.

Vessel strike likely killed whale near Tenakee Springs
A deceased humpback whale found near Tenakee Springs last week likely died from a vessel strike, say scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire reported:

Sitka's Steve Bradshaw earns Superintendent of the Year Honors
Steve Bradshaw, superintendent of the Sitka School District, is the 2010-11 Superintendent of the Year, the Alaska Association of School administrators announced Monday.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire reported:

Photo: Connecting to the world
Merivi Rauch and Pubert Concepcion, of the Philippines, keep in touch with family and the world Monday through the WiFi access outside the Sealaska Building.

Photo: Anchored up
The 163-foot motor yacht Triton, complete with helicopter and a landing pad designed to the standards of the American Petroleum Institute, rests at anchor Sunday in Douglas Channel. The yacht features two 24-foot tenders, a hot tub on the fly bridge, and two elevators - one of which takes guests up to the crows nest for viewing. It also features a walk-in refrigerator and freezer, gymnasium, library, office, his and her baths, underwater cameras, flip down televisions from the ceilings, hardwood floors, dive compressor and dive platform and state-of-the-art Sonar and bottom-mapping systems by Simrad for taking 3D photographs of the ocean floor. The Yacht's cruising speed is 13 knots with a range of 6,000 miles. It was built for a Seattle owner.

Paul Stuart Whitehead
Paul Stuart Whitehead passed on August 11, 2010 at the age of 15. Born in Juneau on March 24, 1995, Paul was a young man of great character, intelligence, generosity and kindness. Paul was that rare child who excelled at nearly everything he attempted.

Empire editorial: Vote no to both
Alaska's voters will hit the polls Tuesday and, along with making selections for their candidates of choice in statewide and local races, will mark their ballots in two key ballot measures. Voters should reject these measures.

Empire editorial: Avoid the majority of indifference
Tonight, politicians on both sides of the aisle will emerge victorious in their respective primaries. Many of these candidates will win their races by wide margins, which will allow them to claim a mandate from their parties to carry the battle into the general elections. In the case of the two ballot measures, supporters of the winning side will have either changed, or prevented the change of, Alaska law, and will certainly explain the outcomes as "the will of the people."

My turn: Large gap between Miller's promises, rhetoric
As a registered Republican, I receive piles of campaign literature from candidates. This year, U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller has asked me to vote for him in the interest of securing new leadership and solving a litany of problems. Joe Miller is the kind of candidate that has a plan for every problem. He's also quick to rip Alaska incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski, for a variety of perceived slights and failures.

My turn: Why Ballot Measure No. 1 is bad news for everyone
When I first considered sending an opinion piece to the Juneau Empire several weeks ago, I had just participated in preparation of the "con" statement for the Division of Elections Voter Pamphlet and this issue was on the top of my mind.

Our 'noodle' becomes cute little girl with promising vocabulary
Everywhere I look lately, there are babies. Several folks at work have just had or are getting ready to have babies. The nursery at church is a veritable cabbage patch. Every infant I see is gorgeous, but the most beautiful baby in my recent memory answers to the name of Reagan.

My turn: North Douglas Causeway Proposal significantly improves emergency response capability
Today, the Assembly will choose whether to give the people of Juneau the right to decide to build the North Douglas Crossing.

Johnston files letter of intent to run for office in Wasilla
ANCHORAGE - Levi Johnston, the father of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's grandson, has filed papers to run for office in his hometown of Wasilla, Alaska, next year.

Person dies in Big Lake fire
BIG LAKE - Alaska State Troopers say one person has been found dead after a house fire in Big Lake.

North Pole woman wins new trial in DUI case
FAIRBANKS - The Alaska Supreme Court has awarded a new trial for a 52-year-old North Pole woman who claims she only drove drunk to escape a violent ex-boyfriend.

UAF says botanical garden doesn't face closure
FAIRBANKS - Administrators at the University of Alaska Fairbanks say there is no truth to a Facebook post that claims the Georgeson Botanical Garden is closing because of budget cuts.

DEC: No Alaska eggs involved in recall
The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation announced Friday that it has found no eggs sold in Alaska that are linked to the Wright County Egg national recall for possible Salmonella contamination.

Murder trial under way in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - A trial is under way in Anchorage for a man charged with first- and second-degree murder in the deaths of two people on New Years Day 2007.

Murkowski questions Bill Allen decision
ANCHORAGE - U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski is questioning the Justice Department's decision not to pursue charges against former VECO Corp. Chairman Bill Allen in a child sexual abuse investigation.

Alaska elections office agrees to fast hearing
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Public Offices Commission has agreed to hold a fast hearing on a request for expedited consideration of a complaint about Jay Ramras' ads for his business.

Searchers look for missing plane near King Salmon
ANCHORAGE - An intensive search resumed Monday for a small plane carrying a pilot and three National Park Service workers that disappeared during bad weather in southwest Alaska.

Army secretary to visit Fort Wainwright
ANCHORAGE - The secretary of the Army will make a stop at Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks this week.

Prowling the Southeast
It's never easy to lose a three-time state champion like 2010 graduate Leah Francis, but the type of depth the Juneau-Douglas cross country team possesses will make it easier to move forward in the Southeast Conference.

Laws tops field at Nifty Fifty
There are many obstacles in running an ultramarathon - anything beyond 26.1 miles - the least of which is clothing, as this reporter found out when trying to photograph the challengers in Saturday's Nifty Fifty 50K ultramarathon.

Falcons back with strength in numbers
The Thunder Mountain Falcons' cross-country program has yet to run its first meet of the year, but forward progress from last year's inaugural season is already evident.

Alaska's economy powers through recession
With the nation still struggling to pull itself out of recession, Alaska is in the welcome - but decidedly unusual - position of having one of the nation's strongest economies.

Sen. Murkowski makes the case for Senate seniority
KETCHIKAN - Defying the anti-establishment anger, Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski forcefully makes her case for another term. "Seniority actually means something in the Senate," she insists at a fundraiser in Ketchikan.

Small plane with 4 on board missing southwest of Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - Searchers were looking Sunday for a small plane carrying four people, including three park rangers, that disappeared in southwest Alaska during bad weather.

42 city agencies in danger of losing tax-exempt status
Forty-two nonprofit organizations in the City and Borough of Juneau are in danger of losing their tax-exempt status for failing to file annual paperwork, according to information on the Internal Revenue Service's website.

Oil, gas big issues in race for governor
JUNEAU - The race to be Alaska's governor boils down to the economy and, in this state, that means revenue from oil and natural gas.

Candidates focus on last-minute push Monday
ANCHORAGE - Candidates are pulling no punches in their last-minute push for voters in today's primary.

King Salmon man gets 8 years in prison for hit list
ANCHORAGE - A man from a remote Alaska community who compiled a hit list of targets he believed were enemies of Islam was sentenced Monday to eight years in prison.

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