Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Mine supporters thank Native corporations
Alaskans owe a debt of gratitude to many companies and individuals and especially the Alaska Native Corporations for their recent efforts to defeat Ballot Measure 4.

State on verge of crisis
I believe that our state agencies are on the verge of a crisis in their ability to provide adequate services to the citizens of Alaska. I also believe that most of the state commissioners and others in the departmental leadership are trying to do the best they can with the human resources they have, but the well is going dry.

Trickle-down strategy in need of change
John McCain's choice of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate shows he is going to the Karl Rovian well, like George W. Bush did successfully, on the social issues of abortion and same-sex marriage.

Sales taxes won't help pay for sculpture
Sales taxes won't help pay for a life-sized bronze whale sculpture that a group of citizens hope to place downtown, the Juneau Assembly decided Monday.

Photo: When it rains, it pours
People walk through the wet, rainy streets wielding umbrellas Sunday near the Juneau Public Library. Heavy rain fell on Juneau for most of the day. Today's weather forecast calls for a 90 percent chance of rain and highs around 55.

Juneau's summer: cold, wet, normal
If we put up with this much rain this summer, shouldn't we at least be able to brag about it?

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

City to move on land deal for parking garage
City Manager Rod Swope received official approval Monday to reach a deal with the state of Alaska on land the state owns at Telephone Hill, where the city plans to build a parking project.

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Photo: Images from another time Bear Man of Pack Creek, 1981
The late Stan Price carries his movie camera near Pack Creek on Admiralty Island to film brown bears in 1981. Price moved to Pack Creek in 1945 and lived there for more than four decades. He became famous as The "Bear Man of Pack Creek," living among the brown bears that fed on salmon in the creek. The area where Price lived is now called the Stan Price State Wildlife Sanctuary. Price died in the early 1990s.

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

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My turn: Thank you for supporting 'No on 4'
Finally the primary election is over and we've all had a chance to catch our breath, so I'd like to express my heartfelt gratitude to everyone who helped defeat the anti-mining ballot Measure 4. It went down by about a 15 percent margin statewide.

My turn: U.S.-Russian relations: Looking back and forward
The post-war history of Soviet-American relations, seen from an American perspective, can be summarized as series of Cold War cycles.

My turn: Palin qualified in Dan Quayle style
There has been much talk about Gov. Sarah Palin's qualifications to be vice president since John McCain selected her as his running mate.

My turn: Apply political standards to both sides equally
I recently read the My Turn column by Diane McCarty, "Palin not qualified to be VP" (Thursday's Juneau Empire).

Outside editorial: Now the hard part
Sarah Palin's hunting skills are marvelous. Joe Biden's mom is a hoot. John McCain's wisecracks are hilarious and Barack Obama's three-point shot is deadly. So stipulated.

Outside editorial: Unconventional candidates have conventional views
The process worked: That was one conclusion from watching the back-to-back party conclaves that ended Thursday in St. Paul, Minn. Yes, the nominating battle was too long and too expensive, and it wasn't always democratic (see: caucuses, rules of).

Eaglecrest Ski Area posts pass prices
JUNEAU - An adult season pass to Eaglecrest Ski Area costs $379 this season, up $30 over last year.

Fewer smokers mean cities lose tax money
FAIRBANKS - Fewer people in Alaska are smoking, and the decline in tobacco sales is cutting into the amount of tobacco tax money available for some government budgets.

Anchorage has a chilly summer
ANCHORAGE - Summer in Anchorage was generally cool and dreary in 2008, with only two days in July above 70 degrees.

Palin's pastor urges flock to pray for media
WASILLA - A little sermon about - and for - the messenger seemed to Pastor Larry Kroon an appropriate message on Sunday morning.

Beavers moved from Tanana River levees
FAIRBANKS - Work crews have relocated scores of beavers from the Tanana River levee system.

Electric assistance program to end
JUNEAU - The city of Juneau's electric bill assistance program, also known as Unplugged, will end next week.

Decorated Alaska general retires
ANCHORAGE - Brig. Gen. Craig Christensen has retired as assistant adjutant general of the 49th Space and Missile Defense Battalion.

Fairbanks bear hunter wounded
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks man is recovering from a leg wound suffered while bear hunting.

Cogswell, Lam roll 'Century Series' in Mixed Bowling League
JUNEAU - The Sunday Mixed Bowling League saw Mary Cogswell roll a season high 226 game/573 series (100 pins over average), while Marie Lam rolled a 164/457 (135 pins over average) to lead the league in the third week of the season. Other high women bowlers were Vanda Ranndolph, with 199/172/532; Maureen Danberg, 190/173/516; and Kim Vaughan, 201.

Anglers spending fewer hours fishing for king salmon
Last week, on average it took Juneau area marine boat anglers 194 rod hours to harvest a king. Last year at this time, it took 473 rod hours and the five-year average was 352 rod hours per fish. There were no hot spots for last week. Remember, to fish for kings, anglers must have in possession a 2008 fishing license and a king salmon stamp.

JUNIOR YOUTH FOOTBALL LEAGUE BOX SCORES

French to retain oversight of Palin probe
ANCHORAGE - A Republican effort failed Monday to unseat the Alaska senator overseeing the ethics investigation into whether Gov. Sarah Palin abused her power when she dismissed the state's public safety commissioner.

Analysis: Nation's image of Palin differs from Alaskans'
With Gov. Sarah Palin a newcomer to the national political scene, the race is on among both Republicans and Democrats to frame the image of the Republican candidate for vice president.

McCain uses Palin to help boost campaign fundraising
CHICAGO - Republican John McCain seized on running mate Sarah Palin's popularity to raise money for the party, telling donors at a fundraiser Monday that he's overwhelmed by the buzz she's generating for his White House bid.

Petersburg looks for motive in slaying
By her friends' accounts, Helen Shear was a gentle and kind woman - soft-spoken and quick to laugh.

Most supporters of Clinton say Palin is too far a stretch
Sandy Goodman was deeply disappointed when Hillary Rodham Clinton didn't get the Democratic nomination, then again when she was bypassed for the VP spot. So Goodman, a longtime Florida Democrat, flirted with thoughts of shunning Barack Obama, and perhaps even voting Republican.

Prosecutors: Stevens didn't report all gifts
WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens didn't report getting gifts of a $3,200 stained glass window and a $2,695 massage chair from his friends on Senate records, and described a $1,000 sled dog as a $250 gift, federal prosecutors said Monday.

Don't bet on Hillary vs. Sarah smackdown
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Anyone wanting a Hillary vs. Sarah smackdown might be in for a letdown.

ABC News lands first Palin interview
NEW YORK - Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has agreed to sit down with ABC's Charles Gibson later this week for her first television interview since John McCain chose her as his running mate more than a week ago.

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Photo: Hectic week for church
A sign for the Wasilla Bible Church is seen by the road Saturday in front of the church in Wasilla. The church where Republican vice presidential candidate Gov. Sarah Palin attends has been visited by numerous reporters in the past week.

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