Saturday, August 30, 2008

Speed limit needs better enforcement near glacier
The bears at Steep Creek near the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center are popular with both tourists and Juneau residents.

Update: McCain introduces Palin as veep pick
John McCain picked Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, a maverick conservative with less than two years in office, as his vice presidential running mate Friday in a startling choice announced on the eve of the Republican National Convention.

Party positions on ANWR shift as election nears
Drilling for oil in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge is taking a surprising turn, becoming less political in the midst of an election season.

Residents gather for Obama
Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich joined about 200 supporters Thursday to watch Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's speech on television at Centennial Hall.

Obama accepts nomination, McCain steals spotlight
Republican John McCain shook up the presidential race with his surprise choice of little-known Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate on Friday.

Palin profile: AK governor moves to national stage
In two short years, Sarah Palin moved from small-town mayor with a taste for mooseburgers to the governor's office and now — making history — to John McCain's side as the first female running mate on a Republican presidential ticket.

Federal agency issues warning on popular brand of baby bassinet
The federal Consumer Product Safety Commission is warning parents and caregivers to immediately stop using a popular brand of bassinet after the death of a second baby attributed to the product.

Cops find wanted criminal
Police said they found a wanted high-risk sex offender hiding in a boat in a downtown harbor.

Photo: Clearing customs
The Panama-flagged cargo ship Gitta Oldendorff is anchored Thursday in Auke Bay. The 564-foot-long bulk cargo ship was in Juneau to clear U.S. Customs before proceeding to Skagway.

Photo: Fall semester begins
Jeff Davidson, a freshman from Wrangell, checks with a campus map Thursday as he learns his way around during the first day of class at the University of Alaska Southeast.

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

Around Town
Today

Worl 13th recipient ever to win award
JUNEAU - Rosita Worl, president of Sealaska Heritage Institute, has won the prestigious Solon T. Kimball Award for Public and Applied Anthropology.

Recognition
Avalon Rose Packer, a former Auke Bay Elementary student, was recently honored at a statewide awards ceremony for gifted children held by the Johns Hopkins University's Center for Talent Youth.

FYI
Births

Ohlson, Boesser-Koschmann wed
Erin Amelia Boesser-Koschmann and Travis Earl Ohlson, both of Gustavus, were wed on Aug. 11, 2008, in Gustavus, with their friend, Ben Stroecker, officiating.

Dreisbach, Kostenko to wed
Dawn Marie Kostenko and Earl Thomas Dreisbach, both former residents of Juneau, will marry on Sept. 9, 2008, in a garden ceremony at the groom's parents' house. The marriage will take place in Stevensville, Mont. and a reception will follow at the Dreisbach home.

Turner, Fields to wed
Crystal Marie Fields and Adam Paul Turner will marry on Oct. 18, 2008, in Anchorage, at 6 p.m. at the Tanglewood Lake Club House. A dear friend of the couple, Will Robinson, will officiate. Reception will follow in the same location.

Rader, Vu wed
Michael Rader and Vanessa Vu, of Juneau, were married on Aug. 9, 2008, at Glacier Gardens with a reception following at Centenial Hall.

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

Why she loves her workworld
Kim Poole's workworld teeters between life and death.

Libraries feature new picture books
New picture books for young readers and listeners.

Photo: Symphony strikes back
The Juneau Student Symphony rehearses John Williams' "Empire Strikes Back" for its annual pops concert "The Music of John Williams," which it will perform today at noon at the State Office Building and at 7 p.m. at Marine Park.

Hearing centers celebrate Hearing Aid Awareness Week
JUNEAU - The International Hearing Society has declared Sept. 28 -Oct. 4 as Hearing Aid Awareness Week. This event has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service's National Health Information Center and is included in the 2008 National Health Observances Calendar. Started in 1995, Hearing Aid Awareness Week is celebrated throughout the country. Insufficient consumer awareness of state-of-the-art hearing instrument technology and a general tendency to deny the presence of a hearing problem motivated IHS to dedicate this week to public education about the hearing help available to those in need.

KTOO to air 'Letters from the North' with Hayes, Boraas, Hoelting, Lamb
JUNEAU - KTOO, on 104.3 FM, will be airing "Letters from the North," a showcase of Alaska writers, storytellers and poets, at 3-4 p.m. Sept. 3 and 7-8 p.m. Sept. 4. This time, writers explore the topic of home.

University to offer second section in distance course
JUNEAU - Due to popular demand, the University of Alaska Southeast School of Career Education will offer a second section in Cold Climate Coastal Construction via distance delivery. This class provides insight into design, construction and basic building science for understanding, planning and constructing a durable home in a difficult maritime climate. Distance class is available noon-2:45 p.m. Mondays from Sept. 8 to Dec. 8.

Congratulations on opening Thunder Mountain High School
I am writing to congratulate the Juneau School Board, the administrative staff and all the teachers of the Juneau School District on the opening of Thunder Mountain High School. Getting here has not been easy.

Thanks to Muldoon, Emert for their fundraising efforts
Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies is warmer and brighter, thanks to newfound energy from the creative fundraising and event coordination of goodwill ambassador Will Muldoon and The Rendezvous' Eric Emert.

Vivian Kibby
Douglas resident Vivian Kibby died at home on June 17, 2008. She was 73.

My Turn: An Alaskan who won't get relief
I have an Alaska driver's license and a Progressive Direct car insurance policy based on my downtown Juneau apartment address.

Alaska editorial: In praise of Juneau parents' tough love
T wo young men learned an extremely important lesson this month. Thanks to their parents, each learned the meaning of the word accountability.

Alaska Editorial: Oil producers need to maintain pipeline, image
T wo years ago this month, BP Exploration Alaska Inc. shut down one of the main transit lines at Prudhoe Bay, cutting off about half the field's production, after discovering corrosion-related leaks. The company launched a massive rebuilding project that is on schedule to be completed by the end of this year, according to former Alaskan and BP America President Bob Malone.

Reel in oversized Obama expectations
Rejoice, Democrats. After all those months worrying about a train wreck at the Democratic National Convention, you can relax. Everyone in Denver is acting like a normal human being.

Man accused of threatening to sever woman's finger
JUNEAU - Juneau police said Thursday they arrested a man after he allegedly threatened to cut off a woman's finger to get a ring and then shot a round from a handgun into the floor of a house.

Bear mauls woman in national park
ANCHORAGE - The National Park Service has closed part of Gates of the Arctic National Park in response to a bear mauling.

State ferry Matanuska in Juneau for repairs
JUNEAU - The state ferry Matanuska underwent repairs for a broken head bolt on one of its engines Thursday in Juneau.

Japan Airlines adds more winter flights
ANCHORAGE - The number of aurora-borealis loving Japanese tourists visiting Alaska's Interior just continues to grow.

Bethel court to go online with records
ANCHORAGE - One of Alaska's busiest rural courts is about to make its documents available online.

Ninilchik woman dies in horse attack
ANCHORAGE - A 48-year-old Ninilchik woman died Saturday after she was attacked by her stud horse.

Las Vegas man dies in Alaska crash
FAIRBANKS - A Las Vegas man died in a motorcycle crash Wednesday evening on the Elliott Highway in Alaska's Interior.

Settlement reached in wildfire case
FAIRBANKS - A $400,000 settlement has been reached in a court case stemming from a 2006 Parks Highway fire.

Crimson Bears face Palmer in rematch of 2007 title game
The quest for another perfect season is over, but the quest for another conference championship and ultimately another state title is well within reach as Juneau sets itself to play the Palmer Moose tonight in Palmer at 7 p.m.

Palin leaps onto national stage
In a few short years, Sarah Palin moved from small-town mayor with a taste for mooseburgers to the governor's office and now - making history - to John McCain's side as the first female running mate on a Republican presidential ticket.

Study: 12 percent of Native deaths due to alcohol
WASHINGTON - Almost 12 percent of the deaths among American Indians and Alaska Natives are alcohol-related - more than three times the percentage in the general population, a new federal report says.

Industry groups file lawsuit over polar bear protection
WASHINGTON - Five industry groups have sued the Interior Department over a rule to protect the polar bear that they say unfairly singles out business operations in Alaska for their contribution to global warming.

Selection may shake up state and nation
With Alaska's most popular politician now running for vice president, the political playing field in the state has changed in an instant. That may be good news for some embattled Republicans.

Palin's views on oil, polar bears may be liabilities
WASHINGTON - Democrats are probably cobbling together the campaign ad right now: "John McCain's running mate is for big oil and against the environment," a somber voice intones as cute baby polar bears scamper across the screen.

Note to nation: Palin rhymes with Van Halen
Alaskans awoke Friday morning to the surprise news that Gov. Sarah Palin had been picked to be John McCain's Republican running mate.

Some in Ketchikan react to nomination with concern, ire
In a state that's busy gushing about its governor, critics say Ketchikan stands out as the city Sarah Palin abandoned.

Palin parents surprised by vice president nomination
ANCHORAGE - If not for flooding at a remote creek, Chuck and Sally Heath might have found out by radio that their daughter, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, had been picked by John McCain to be his GOP running mate.

Leaders react to Palin nomination
President Bush:

Photos: Alaska's Governor
Gov. Sarah Palin's life at a glance

Senate might have final say if Stevens is convicted in trial
ANCHORAGE - If Ted Stevens is convicted in his federal trial next month, his name will still appear as the Republican candidate for Senate on Alaska's November election ballot.

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