Saturday, August 29, 2009

Pirates in the U.S.
Editor's note: The author is referring to a column by Matthew Towery published in Monday's Juneau Empire.

Getting a handle on Thorne Bay energy
It was with interest I browsed the reader comments regarding the Prince of Wales Island northern intertie. The problem with most of the comments is that the article was not complete and did not tell the whole story.

School district retracts plan to wait for records
The Juneau School District retracted its plan to wait a few days before enforcing new state immunization requirements at the start of school.

Cruise ship plans Alaska return in 2011
Crystal Cruises will return to Alaska with one ship in 2011, bucking a trend among cruise lines to move business away from the state.

Blowing off steam in Gastineau Channel
JUNEAU - Rising fuel costs have been a thorn in the side of many vessel-based tour operators, but not for Captain John George of the Juneau Steamboat Co. He runs his operation on scrap wood and rainwater, making his tour one of Juneau's most eco-friendly.

Photo: Seaside serenade
Sam Nauer serenades his girlfriend, Kaelyn Day, playing his ukulele and singing to her in Marine Park. Nauer spent the past summer in Los Angeles, where he learned to play the ukulele from a family member. "It's very romantic. I can't stop smiling," said Day of her concert in the park.

Chickenpox immunization requirements
• The medical term for chickenpox is varicella.

Photo: On zither and zheng
Jocelyn Clark, left, plays a 12-string zither and Yi-Chieh Lai plays the zheng Thursday at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. The women, members of the ensemble group IIIZ+, were rehearsing for their upcoming concert, which takes place at 4 p.m Sunday at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. The annual CrossSound Music festival starts today, with performances scheduled throughout this weekend and next weekend.

Around Town
Today, Aug. 28

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

Cornelia F. "Bill" Wells
Former Juneau resident Cornelia F. "Bill" Wells died peacefully after a long illness on July 23, 2009, in Albany, Ore. She was 95.

My turn: Remembering Ted Kennedy
Just enough snow was falling to track a deer during a gray, Southeast November day. The air was wet, cold and still. It wasn't Southeast Alaska; it was the Yale Bowl in New Haven during the Yale versus Harvard football game of 1955. The Game was a significant social event in the Northeast. Special trains bringing partiers from Boston and New York pulled into New Haven. Back then, the Yale Bowl was one of the largest sports venues in the country with room for 60,000 spectators.

Substance abuse is killing our citizens
Do we need any more evidence that out of control substance abuse addictions are literally killing our state when 12 of Anchorage's citizens have died in the parks and on the streets of our largest community? This is a quiet crisis no longer.

Outside editorial: Getting intel not worth discarding principles
Attorney General Eric Holder took a courageous step Monday when he appointed prosecutor John Durham to investigate CIA interrogations during the Bush administration.

Time for a DWT citation
The urge to text while driving apparently strikes widely, affecting everyone from excessively social teens to BlackBerry-obsessed business people to the District of Columbia's multitasking mayor. Wherever it hits, it can be dangerous.

Event promoters were promised Palin, but she's gone
ANCHORAGE - Promoters of an Anchorage event set for Thursday night have been billing Sarah Palin as a star speaker, but a Palin spokeswoman says the former governor is out of state and won't be there.

Body found in Matanuska River
WASILLA - A body was found in the Matanuska River and Palmer police say it may be that of a teenager missing since July 27.

Fairbanks doctor to operate surgery center
FAIRBANKS - A doctor who has practiced medicine in Fairbanks for 11 years is opening the city's first private surgery center.

Driver charged in Seward Highway double fatality
ANCHORAGE - Court records show that a 24-year-old Anchorage woman has been charged with manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide for her role in a head-on collision that killed two people in July 2008.

Alaska senators extend sympathy to Kennedy family
WASHINGTON - Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Sen. Mark Begich have extended sympathies to the family of Sen. Ted Kennedy.

New restrooms provided for Mat-Su Valley parks
PALMER - State parks around the Mat-Su Valley are getting new restrooms designed to last for years.

Wasilla increases mayor's pay
WASILLA - Verne Rupright isn't the most famous person to hold the job of Wasilla mayor, but he'll be the highest paid.

Palmer visits JDHS, TMHS at Ketchikan
Bears aim to bounce back

Bears bite with speed
JUNEAU - What Juneau-Douglas lacks in height this volleyball season, it plans to make up for with quickness and smart hitting up front, and a strong, full-court defensive effort.

Crimson Bears tennis begins
Though scores aren't available to publish for scrimmage matches, assistant coach and Juneau Racquet Club pro Garold LaRue said the Juneau-Douglas High School tennis team did even better than expected in Fairbanks last weekend.

Legislators document their unhappiness with 90-day sessions
Alaska legislators are unhappy with the short 90-day legislative session approved by voters in 2006, according to a new survey of members of the House of Representatives.

Observers, stations track Alaska weather history
EAGLE - For the past 40 years or so, John Borg has stepped out of his home in Eagle at about seven in the morning to take the temperature. He's taken it in the summer heat, when it was minus 72 degrees in winter, he even took it when floods lapped his front lawn last spring. Whatever the conditions, Borg took note of the temperature. For Borg, it's a public service.

Togiak Seafoods begins fish operation in Bristol Bay
BRISTOL BAY - A major high-end salmon processor has partnered with a small Bristol Bay community to create the newest company to join the wide array of fish processors that do business in Bristol Bay.

Evacuation center designed to help Newtok residents move
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks nonprofit says it has designed an extremely efficient "evacuation center" to serve as a bridge for residents of a southwest Alaska village who must move because of erosion.

Anchorage mayor asks city unions to cut work week to 37.5 hours
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan is asking most city unions to cut the work week from 40 hours to 37.5 in a move that could save the city more than $10 million next year.

Photo: Parnell's John Hancock
Gov. Sean Parnell, center, puts his signature on the Alaska statehood legacy print Thursday in Anchorage while Alaska Statehood Committee members, left to right, Colleen Sullivan-Leonard, Leo Rasmussen, Christopher Constant, Melissa Stepovich and Tennys Owens look on. The giclée print of Mount McKinley by Sydney Laurence commemorates Alaska's 50 years of statehood, and when introduced was signed by the eight living Alaska governors including former Gov. Sarah Palin. Sales of the print benefit Alaska's 50th anniversarycelebration.

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