Saturday, September 5, 2009

Juneau needs detox facility for inebriates
Anchorage is working with the Salvation Army to establish a detox facility for public inebriates. Juneau has just as much need for this type of institution as does Anchorage.

JDHS Booster Club actually in Anchorage
I received a phone call yesterday asking for donations to the JDHS Booster Club. I agreed to donate, but said I would not give my credit card and that I would pay by invoice only. I received the invoice via e-mail and noticed the payment went to Anchorage. I called the high school and the activities office knows nothing of this organization.

Hotel sick wards beyond belief
Editor's note: Only one Juneau hotel is offering hotel-room beds for sick homeless patients.

Halfway home
Ri Dong "Gino" Kuang is only a few weeks into his one-year prison sentence, but he's already made it halfway home.

Reduced library hours response to city budget needs
Reduced hours going into effect at the downtown and Mendenhall Valley branches of the Juneau Public Library are the result of an effort to cut into a future city budget deficit, library director Barbara Berg said Thursday.

Photo: Learning Tlingit
University of Alaska Southeast Professor of Native Languages and Culture RichardDauenhauer gives a class on Tlingit reading, spelling and transcription Thursday at UAS while Marie Olson, a student, writes Tlingit words on the blackboard. Yesterday was the first day of the fall semester for the university.

Photo: Sweet freedom
Juneau Raptor Center volunteer Kathy Benner coaxes 'Bully', a two-month-old juvenile bald eagle, out of its cage to freedom at the Brotherhood Bridge Trail on Wednesday evening. The raptor center releases rehabilitated bald eagles about three times a year. "I've been doing this for ten years," Benner said. "You have to really love it, it's all volunteer and they take a lot of care... but this is what it is all about, to see the birds go free."

Around Town
Today, Sept. 4

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

Reforming health care will take time, comity
Over the summer, our nation has debated health care reform by participating in "town hall" meetings, writing to elected representatives and by talking about it with friends in a casual setting. Anyone who's followed the issue knows that people have strong views about health care reform, which begs the question: Are there right and wrong sides in this debate?

My turn: Rule violation put Juneau youth team in harm's way
The letter to the editor on Sept. 3 written by Dr. Elliot J. Bruhl provided a perspective of the first of several games scheduled in the 2009 season between the Junior and Senior division teams from the Juneau Youth Football and the Sitka Youth Football leagues. JYFL appreciates having a volunteer physician on the sidelines to assist with field emergencies and to respond to the health and safety of our youth.

Outside editorial: Finding the truth to Gulf War illnesses
Just a few weeks ago, congressional influence and a large dose of common sense seemed to have saved UT Southwestern Medical Center's research efforts into why so many veterans of the 1990-91 Gulf War returned home with unexplained illnesses.

AMHS skipper retires after 34 years
JUNEAU - Juneau resident and longtime Alaska Marine Highway System Capt. Ronald Bressette recently retired, wrapping up a 34-year career.

NTSB to release documents from Alaska Ranger probe
ANCHORAGE - The National Transportation Safety Board plans to release information Friday about the sinking of a fishing trawler in the Bering Sea.

Passenger stricken on Arctic Ocean cruise ship
JUNEAU - The Coast Guard is coordinating the rescue of a German woman stricken with possible appendicitis on board a cruise ship in the Arctic Ocean.

Medical jet blows tires, aborts takeoff
ANCHORAGE - A medical airlift jet blew its tires as it tried to take off from Anchorage's main airport.

Elmendorf airman sentenced for malingering
ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE - The Air Force says an Alaska-based airman has been sentenced to 90 days confinement and 90 days hard labor for malingering - intentionally hurting oneself to avoid deployment.

Airman gets 1 year, discharge for porn
ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE - An airman has been sentenced to one year of confinement and issued a bad conduct discharge following his military conviction for possessing child pornography.

UAA police searching for smelly attacker
ANCHORAGE - Police at the University of Alaska Anchorage are trying to sniff out a man who attacked a student.

Judge invalidates marriage of man accused of murder
ANCHORAGE - The marriage of a man charged with murder to a woman who was on the witness list for his trial has been invalidated by a federal judge.

Ethics complaint against Palin aide dismissed
ANCHORAGE - An ethics complaint against a top aide of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has been dismissed as lacking merit.

Falcons finally flying at home, Bears hosting East Valley
After three straight weeks on the road coupled with an off-week, Thunder Mountain football is finally coming home to Juneau tonight for the very first time.

JDHS ready for East, West
While preparing for three matches this weekend in Anchorage, the Juneau-Douglas tennis team worked in some warm-up competition against each other Thursday with the opening round of the JDHS 2009 Team Tennis Championships.

GSC members help lead team Alaska
Six Glacier Swim Club athletes competed with Team Alaska in the Western Zone Championship meet in Waipahu, Hawaii, finishing seventh overall, with one state record set.

H.S. Swim & dive results
Aug. 28 @Sitka

Parnell urges feds to allow offshore drilling
ANCHORAGE - The federal government should allow offshore oil and gas drilling along Alaska's northernmost coastline, Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell said Thursday in a letter to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.

Arctic reverses trend, is warmest in 2 millennia
WASHINGTON - The Arctic is warmer than it's been in 2,000 years, even though it should be cooling because of changes in the Earth's orbit that caused the region to get less direct sunlight.

Greenpeace sues to protect ribbon seals
ANCHORAGE - Ribbon seals should be listed as threatened or endangered because global warming is quickly melting sea ice, which the seals depend on for several months each year, two environmental groups said in a lawsuit filed against the federal government in San Francisco on Thursday.

Man from Whittier accused in toddler's death faces new charge
ANCHORAGE - A man awaiting trial in the death of a 2-year-old girl is now accused of persuading his girlfriend to lie to investigators.

Overdue sheep hunter from Fairbanks says he wasn't lost, just determined
FAIRBANKS - An overdue sheep hunter picked up by a rescue helicopter in the Brooks Range claims he wasn't lost.

Virgin seeks end to Alaska Airline's citizenship challenge
ATLANTA - Privately held air carrier Virgin America asked the Department of Transportation on Thursday to deny Alaska Airlines' repeated challenges to its U.S. citizenship status and close the case.

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