Wednesday, August 27, 2008

What kind of world do you want?
As an American, born and bred in the United States, I - along with most citizens of Western culture - have matured to recognize and address others of this world in either of two ways. I can initially be suspicious of another and require they earn my trust, or I can initially trust others until given cause to be suspicious.

Whale sculpture is wrong use of funds
I'm sure there will be many letters on this topic. I have expressed my opinion to the Juneau Assembly and urge all readers to do the same by e-mailing borough_assembly@ci.juneau.ak.us.

Muñoz set to take on Doll
Republican Cathy Muñoz is set to take on incumbent Democrat Andrea Doll in the fall general election after fending off a challenge from Stephanie Madsen in Tuesday's primary election for the Mendenhall Valley state House seat.

Eagle permits could help developers
Fifty thousand bald eagles - plenty of them at the Juneau landfill - prove that the national bird isn't endangered in Alaska and never has been.

Ribbon cut at new high school
The ribbon was cut Tuesday at Thunder Mountain High School, the new Mendenhall Valley school that has long divided Juneau over questions of a need for a second high school.

Life-sized bronze whale sculpture gets funding
Proponents of a life-sized bronze whale sculpture planned for Marine Park downtown won a victory Monday night as the Juneau Assembly approved $500,000 in sales tax revenue to start the project.

Assembly puts playground on ballot
Voters in October will be asked whether they want to fund part of a new covered play area at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School, the Juneau Assembly decided Monday.

Whale sculpture funding likely to be reconsidered
A decision by the Juneau Assembly on Monday night on the funding of a bronze whale sculpture is likely to be reconsidered since Assembly member Randy Wanamaker gave notice of reconsideration after the vote.

Offer to accused drug dealer withdrawn
The lawyer of alleged drug smuggling ringleader Aaron Washington said in court Monday that his client was ready to take a state's deal and plead guilty to drug dealing charges.

Photos: Presenting the colors at new school
Members of the Juneau Boy Scouts of America Troop 6 present the U.S. and Alaska flags Tuesday at the start of the Thunder Mountain High School Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.

Photos: Preparing for the primary
Reliable Transfer employees Matthew Austin, left, and Ray Rice set up the Mendenhall Valley No. 1 polling place Monday in the Mendenhall Mall. Below, Stella Barton casts her absentee ballot for the primary election at the Mendenhall Mall. The primary will be held today.

Around Town
Today

Around Town
Today

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

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

Correction
Ralph Swap's letter on Aug. 21 incorrectly spelled his last name.

Photos: Weber Dance
The Weber Dance Company, from Boston, visited Juneau Aug. 11-22 for a two-week dance intensive, lecture and performance. The dance intensive featured classes in ballet, modern technique and choreography. Dr. Jody Weber, founder and artistic director of the company, also gave two lectures during the company's visit. Their performance, "Of Bones and Marrow," included Juneau Dance Unlimited students, who participated in the two-week intensive.

Children invited to submit designs for an Alaska Airline plane
JUNEAU - Alaska Airlines is inviting school-age children throughout the state to enter its "Paint the Plane" contest to create artwork to adorn an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-400 jet in honor of the state's 50th anniversary in 2009.

Laquaglia, Olson wed
Craig Olson, of Juneau, and Karen Laquaglia, of Sacramento, Calif., were married on Aug. 2, 2008, alongside the Truckee River in Reno, Nev.

Locals participate in two-week architecture training academy
JUNEAU - Craig Mapes, Ricky Bass and Ben Collman, Juneau-Douglas High School's Construction Trades, math and science teachers recently participated in national two-week training institutes, Architecture, Construction and Engineering Academy, sponsored by Project Lead the Way, at Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of New Hampshire. The institutes prepared these teachers to deliver this unique curriculum being offered by the ACE Academy this year in pre-engineering and architecture.

Five respond to beef barley soup request
Do you like sharing recipes? Do you like trying new recipes? Well, look no further, because Ask Auntie Emo is where we match sought-out and shared recipes, as well as kitchen tips.

Erdmann, Mach wed
Eric Erdmann, of Clear Lake, Minn., and Dorothy Mach, of Kake, were married on July 19, 2008, in Sartell, Minn.

Asti, Stradley wed
Sophie Lynn Stradley and David Charles Asti were married on Aug. 23, 2008, at Centennial Hall.

Speaking of Roquefort and Rusty
May I offer a potpourri of reminiscences and interesting events and updates on recent stories?

Cashens celebrate 60 years
Frank and Irene Cashen celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Aug. 21, 2008. They were married in 1948 at the Cathedral of the Nativity in Juneau and are going to take a sentimental journey to Sitka, where they went for their honeymoon 60 years ago.

Dog owner's boyfriend gives ultimatum
Dear Rex,

Henry David 'Hank' McCullough
Former Juneau resident Henry David "Hank" McCullough died on June 12, 2008, at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 77.

My turn: Returning to Alaska and loving it
A couple months ago I wrote about a figurative itch to return to Alaska for the summer. That itch is now a literal lump on my right hand.

Nation is watching the Obama show
This editorial appeared in the Washington Post:

Is this the age of autocrats?
Are we entering the age of the autocrat? It's certainly tempting to think so after watching Russia's recent clobbering of Georgia. That invasion clearly marks a new phase in world politics, but it's a mistake to think that the future belongs to Russian strongman Vladimir Putin and his fellow despots.

Outside editorial: Next steps on Georgia: U.S. can respond
A streak of defeatist thinking about Russia's continuing occupation of Georgia has had it that there is little the West can do about the crisis, first because Moscow's cooperation is needed for more important matters, such as the containment of Iran, and second because the United States and Europe lack practical means of leverage over Vladimir Putin's regime.

Biden's toughest opponent: himself
In selecting Sen. Joseph Biden as his running mate, Barack Obama gains some needed foreign policy expertise, but loses some credibility. If Washington is as bad as these two say it is, was Biden a contributor or an enabler during his six Senate terms? If 36 years in the Senate doesn't make you an "insider" and part of the problem, what does?

Deconstructing consumer confidence
We have a market paradox on our hands. Consumer confidence is close to a 40-year low, suggesting that the economy is in worse shape now than in times that seemed far darker, such as the early 1980s, when inflation and unemployment both crept into double digits. Yet many of the current economic indicators, including inflation and unemployment, are rather positive - or at least not as negative as consumer sentiment implies.

Governor signs energy relief bill
JUNEAU - Most Alaskans will soon be $1,200 richer.

Police seek two men in parole violations
JUNEAU - Law enforcement agencies seek the public's help in locating two recently released convicts who are charged with violating conditions of their parole.

Body found in Tanana River
FAIRBANKS - The body of a man was found Sunday evening in the Tanana River, Alaska State Troopers said.

Fugitive caught after two-hour manhunt
ANCHORAGE - A 41-year-old fugitive faces additional charges of hitting a woman with his truck before he led police on a two-hour manhunt.

Man fatally shoots charging musk ox
ANCHORAGE - Residents of a Kotzebue senior center are feasting on musk ox after the wild animal was fatally shot by a man it was charging.

Troopers say body found in Tanana River
FAIRBANKS - Alaska State Troopers say the body of a man has been found in the Tanana River.

KFC-Taco Bell combo opens in Kodiak
KODIAK - Residents of Kodiak are standing in line for popcorn chicken and double-decker tacos, courtesy of two new fast food options in town.

Kenai Peninsula looks at sports dome
KENAI - A group on the Kenai Peninsula is investigating how to build a sports dome.

Eaglecrest Ski Area launches survey
JUNEAU - Eaglecrest Ski Area posted an online survey Monday to gather information from Juneau residents on their use of the ski area.

Schools receive masterpiece copies
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage public schools are each receiving 40 reproductions of American masterpieces from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Justice retiring after almost 32 years
ANCHORAGE - The longest-serving justice on the Alaska Supreme Court is retiring next year after nearly 32 years on the bench.

4.3 earthquake hits Alaska Peninsula
ANCHORAGE - Scientists say a light earthquake rumbled through the Alaska Peninsula.

Down and dirty
Event Results

Slippery bike race challenges competitors
Juneau mountain bikers got down and dirty while having fun in the mud last weekend during the annual Juneau Freewheelers and Glacier Cycles Dirty Tour Mountain Bike Series.

Howards, Astorga win Greens Creek tourney
JUNEAU - Thirty golfers participated in the annual Greens Creek Golf Tournament on Sunday at Mendenhall Golf Course.

Sunday Mixed Bowling League opens with rarity
JUNEAU - The Sunday Mixed Bowling League got off to a roaring start as Jeff Jones rolled three consecutive 247 games to earn a very rare triplicate patch on Aug. 24 at the Juneau Bowling Center.

Fish Report: Alaska Department of Fish & Game Division of Sport Fish - Douglas
Aug. 25, 2008

Tyler Hennon tries local Ironman triathlon
JUNEAU - Tyler Hennon was at Augustus Brown Swimming Pool Tuesday in his attempts at a full Ironman triathlon.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU
UPCOMING EVENTS

Parnell, Young race in dead heat
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Republicans on Tuesday were deciding whether the taint of corruption would end the political career of Don Young, Alaska's lone congressman for the last 35 years.

New limits fail to reduce time spent in session
In the first year in which voters mandated 90-day legislative sessions, the Alaska Legislature has already met for 150 days.

Alaskans send Sen. Stevens on to general election
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Republicans gave U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, currently facing a federal indictment, a primary victory on Tuesday.

U.S. Mint circulates new Alaska quarters
ANCHORAGE - Alaska commemorative quarters featuring a grizzly bear with a salmon in its jaws were put into circulation Monday by the U.S. Mint.

BP official says Alaska pipeline fixes on target
HOUSTON - BP is on target to finish replacing and fixing miles of pipeline on Alaska's North Slope, about two years after corrosion-induced leaks crimped the nation's oil supply and prompted harsh criticism of the company, the chief of the oil giant's American division said Monday.

Voters lean in favor of mining
ANCHORAGE - Alaskans were given an option Tuesday when voting on the Clean Water Initiative in the primary election: mining or fish. They decided on mining.

Sen. Stevens: Prosecutors out to smear my name
WASHINGTON - Sen. Ted Stevens accused the Justice Department of trying to smear his character Monday as he prepared to defend his seat in a crowded Republican primary election.

Voters say no to predator initiative
ANCHORAGE - Alaska residents went to the polls Tuesday to vote on a ballot initiative that, if passed, would have ended the state's predator control program as now conducted.

Exxon negotiates settlement in Valdez case
Lawyers in the epic Exxon Valdez court case have negotiated a settlement to pay out most of the $507.5 million the U.S. Supreme Court awarded in June, the lead attorney for the plaintiffs confirmed Tuesday.

Photo: Whale carcass discovered in Kodiak
A dead humpback whale lies Aug. 19 on the beach at Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park in Kodiak. The 30-foot, 2-year-old whale was discovered Aug. 14 and has probably been dead for about four weeks, district park ranger Kevin Murphy said.

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