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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Annex Mexico
It has been reported that as soon as a means to inspect Mexican truckers has been established, they will be allowed to carry cargo anywhere in the United States.

Juneauites please stop running red lights
I don't know if this is a reflection of the summer's influx of young and temporary workers or a dangerous trend in the Juneau ethic, but I have noticed more than a few drivers running red lights in Juneau over the last weeks.

Failing miserably
Recent articles by KTUU News, the Anchorage Daily News, and the Juneau Empire on "No Child Left Behind" contain words such as "success," "progressing" and "improved."

Bowling without second-hand smoke
I agree with Darell Braman's assertion in Monday's Juneau Empire that, "If someone wants to harm themselves by smoking, that's their God-given right."

Fewer grammar lessons, more news
I've sure enjoyed following the ongoing debate over the wharf apostrophe issue!

Use permanent fund to make us millionaires
The Alaska Permanent Fund reached a milestone of $70 billion this year. If the state wants or needs this fund for Alaska infrastructure and general fund, why not offer a buyout of the fund to the people of Alaska again?

Back to remedial math
After reading Thomas Baxter's letter about the buy-out of the Alaska Permanent Fund dividend, which in the process makes every Alaskan a millionaire, with $63 billion supposedly left over, I did some checking.

Road funding is an expensive shell game
I find it quite interesting that the state Department of Transportation commissioner has recommended dumping the Gravina bridge, in part claiming that the costs of construction have risen 20 percent per year in the last several years. Nevertheless, the road north from Juneau, estimated at about $260 million 25 years ago, still comes in at under $300 million (former governor Frank Murkowski's numbers). Why is that? Why have the costs of one large project risen so drastically while the costs of the other have barely risen at all?

Thank you, Sgt. Hatch
I wanted to take the time to add my thanks to Brenda Carabajal's regarding the Randall Clevenger case.

Palin now a part-time resident
Gov. Sarah Palin will be in the state's capital only intermittently until January.

Photos: Gearing up for new semester
Sarah Shewell, above, shops for school supplies Monday at the University of Alaska Southeast. "Oh Boy!" Shewell said, when asked how she felt about about the upcoming school year.

Commissioner says she supports director's move to Anchorage
A plan to move the Senior and Disabilities Services Division director's office from Juneau to Anchorage originated in the division and not at the level of governor or commissioner, according to the commissioner overseeing the division.

Around Town

Small fire breaks out at Airport Shopping Center
Smoke filled much of the Airport Shopping Center early Monday morning after a small fire started in a pile of clothes.

Photo: Capital move battleground, 1982 Images from another time
A hiker walks along railroad tracks in Willow during the spring of 1982. After a 1974 vote to move the state capital from Juneau to a yet-to-be-selected location, Willow was chosen as the site to build the new state capital. The vote to fund the capital move was defeated in 1982.

Once in a lunar eclipse
It was not just another lunar eclipse in Juneau. For one thing, you could actually see it.

Photo: Mine Training Center to open soon
University of Alaska Southeast Chancellor John Pugh, left, and Department of Labor Commissioner Clark "Click" Bishop cut the ribbon to the new Mining and Petroleum Training Service Mine Training Center, located in the UAS Technical Education Center.

Man flees into Mendenhall River to escape police
A fleeing suspect jumped into the Mendenhall River on Sunday evening while trying to escape a Juneau police officer who was chasing him.

Photo: Nice day to work in the yard
Bradley Fluetsch waters flowers Tuesday in his yard next to his North Douglas home. Fluetsch took advantage of the sunny weather to work on his garden and greenhouse.

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

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Judge links Ben Stevens to FBI probe
A federal judge has for the first time publicly linked former Alaska Senate President Ben Stevens, son of U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, to the corruption investigation that has been underway since 2004.

Photos: Preparing for groundbreaking surgery
Troy Kahklen talks with Ray Vidic on Monday as Kahklen receives kidney dialysis treatment at the Reifenstein Dialysis Center. The men are filmed by videographer David Smith of part 2 pictures in New York City, on assignment for National Geographic.

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

Why Alaska needs a 'citizen legislature'
I don't usually write about politics, but as an old legislator who served in the Alaska House of Representatives and the state senate let me add my two cents' worth.

Finding the silver lining in a cloud of grief
Grief is an inevitable and fitting reaction to the loss of a loved one, yet it can be painful and difficult to overcome. Part of the mission of Hospice and Home Care of Juneau is to help members of the community deal with the shock, loneliness and other emotions that are a natural part of the grieving process.

Neighbors Briefs
Widowed persons' brunch to be held Sunday, Eagles vs. Ravens open house set for Thursday, JDHS Class of 1988 Reunion needs alumni for planning committee, Celebrate Responsible Dog Ownership Day, Sept. 8 at Nugget Mall

Thank you
'Bear Day' a success thanks to sponsors, Thanks to Juenau Youth Center's volunteers,

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Edward 'Jim' Funk
Former Juneau resident Edward James "Jim" Funk died Aug. 23, 2007, in Lacey, Wash. He was 88.

Alice Marie Tauscher
Former Juneau resident Alice Marie (Shaw) Tauscher died Aug. 8, 2007, at Elvie's Homecare in Wasilla, after a long struggle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. She was 72.

J. Wayne Erickson
Former Juneau resident J. Wayne Erickson died Aug. 9, 2007, in Montana. He was 79.

Matthew Garcia
Former Juneau resident Matthew Charles Garcia died Aug. 25, 2007, surrounded by his immediate family at home in Wasilla, from recurrent retroperitoneal liposarcoma, a rare form of cancer. He was 49.

Alaska editorial: Raising doubts about the hunting, fishing numbers
I t comes as little surprise that the percentage of Americans who hunt and fish is declining. That's what you'd expect in a society that has steadily become less rural and more urban and suburban for several generations.

Don't let Gonzales' record taint all Bush appointees
T his isn't a popular thing to admit these days, but I thought President Bush had made a good pick when he selected Alberto Gonzales as attorney general.

Outside editorial: Welcome to the U.S. of the unread
Remember when everyone was in a veritable and justifiable kerfuffle over G-men snooping around libraries and bookstores to see what patrons were reading, all in the name of the War on Terror?

My Turn: Coal will take us backwards
Alaska stands at the crossroads of an exciting energy future, with a North Slope gas line, a Southcentral Spur line and world class renewable energy sources ready to provide cleaner, more secure power supplies and good, long-term jobs.

My turn: We should weigh-in all the aspects of tourism
"Juneau happy with tourism as it is" was the lead story Dec. 27. The article published results of the Juneau Tourism Community Opinion Survey that was conducted over 10 days in October. I'd like to ask a few questions about the survey while we're all here in town.

Honestly, Alberto, we don't trust you
You probably think Attorney General Alberto Gonzales resigned Monday because he was the most controversial Justice Department chief since John Mitchell went to prison for Watergate crimes.

Outside editorial: Bush should usher ethics bill into law
We share some of President Bush's concerns about the ethics bill that Democratic congressional leaders will put on his desk after Labor Day. It will not end all the hanky-panky in Washington. Not by a long shot. Still, the measure goes far enough to warrant his signature.

Outside editorial: Putting politics above the law
President Bush on Monday stubbornly lamented the "unfair treatment" that forced the resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

Photo: Softball tournament
The champs: The Local 52 Terminators beat the Pirates to win their division at the 11th Annual Coed Benefit Softball Tournament on Aug. 19.

JDHS football leaps to second
And then there were five. With Chugiak upending Service 14-13 on Friday, just five undefeated large-school teams remain in the state.

State moves toward selling dairy
The state agency overseeing Matanuska Maid has decided to sell the state dairy.

Palin makes legislative appointments
Gov. Sarah Palin has appointed two people to replace former Legislative Director John Bitney, who now works for the Alaska Legislature.

Bob Barker says price is right to move Maggie
Here's the deal: If the Alaska Zoo sends Maggie the elephant to a sanctuary in Northern California, retired game show host Bob Barker says he'll kick in $750,000 to help take care of her.

Ketchikan crash survivor says son died trying to save family
The crash itself remains a blur, but Mindy Mayer says she remembers what happened after the sightseeing plane carrying members of her family hit the ground near Ketchikan, Alaska.

Alaska Digest
Forester affirms Traitors Cove project, soldier helps Iraqi girl with vision problems

Weyhrauch, Kott seek dismissal of evidence
Former state Reps. Bruce Weyhrauch, R-Juneau, and Pete Kott, R-Eagle River, are maneuvering to have big chunks of the prosecution case thrown out of their corruption trial, scheduled to begin next Wednesday in Anchorage.

Students face housing crunch in Fairbanks
Many students at the University of Alaska Fairbanks are thinking about more than the start of classes in another week. They are frantically trying to find an affordable place to live.

Northwest Digest
Ferry rudder issues force rescheduling, lawsuit seeks to cut back immigrant fees, Alaska Airlines jet bumps into another, gusts whip wildfire near Idaho ski area, company banks on nearly-organic fruit

Candidate Gravel returns to Alaska
Former U.S. Senator Mike Gravel, who hasn't been seen much in Alaska in the past quarter century, brought his presidential hopes to Anchorage on Monday along with a call for changes in how America is governed.

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