Wednesday, September 9, 2009

People must learn to work together
We're about to be disabused of a long-held notion: That due process, law and the machinery of representative government gets things done.

Give everyone same chance at health
Kudos to the organizers and participants in the Aug. 30 Beat the Odds race. All efforts to raise awareness of breast cancer are worthy endeavors. As we all know by now, early detection of cancer is vital to successful treatment. For that reason, an annual mammogram is a crucial procedure for nearly all women. So dutifully, I recently had my annual exam done at Bartlett.

Demand plain talk in health care reform
There is a lot of passion from all sides regarding the health care reform bills being promulgated in Washington. It is justified. I can't think of an issue that touches individuals closer than their own health care.

Kicking off new traditions
Friday night the clouds parted and the rain ceased long enough for 600 people to witness Thunder Mountain High School's first home football game.

New details emerge in Kookesh case
The sockeye fishery Sen. Albert Kookesh and three fellow subsistence fishermen are accused of overfishing in July was on the verge of collapse less than a decade ago due to overfishing, according to court documents filed Tuesday.

Obama speech hits a nerve
Controversy surrounding a speech planned today by President Obama to schoolchildren reached at least one Juneau household, when parent Terry Ullmayer e-mailed the school district asking for more information about what the district had planned for the event.

Volunteers assist Coast Guard
With complimentary cookies and Red Vines for the crew, 13-year Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteers Mike and Noreen Folkerts spent their 36th wedding anniversary on the water Tuesday participating in emergency drills on Gastineau Channel.

State pursues businesses with bogus 'sale' ads
The state Attorney General's office is cracking down on misleading advertising aimed at cruise ship passengers shopping in Southeast's tourist districts.

Virus infects arboretum's Tlingit potato crop
They're OK to eat, but a large crop of heirloom Tlingit potatoes grown this year in Juneau will not be distributed for seed because the tubers have a virus.

Photo: Free labor
Fate Putman, assistant business manager for the Alaska State Employees Association, serves up cheeseburgers to David and Sharon Phipps on Monday during a Labor Day picnic sponsored by local labor unions at Sandy Beach.

Around Town
Today, Sept. 9

Photo: Fishing frenzy
Salmon and fishermen line the sidewalk Monday along Wayside Park on Channel Drive as dozens took advantage of the Labor Day holiday to fish for salmon.

Around Town
Today, Sept. 8

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

Police & Fire
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Susan Palmer
Susan Elizabeth Palmer died at her home in Estes Park on Sept. 4, 2009, following years of ill health. She was 40 years old.

Valeria Washalefsky
Valeria Josephine Magdalena "Val" Gurauskas Washalefsky "Wash your left ski" passed away on Aug. 27, 2009 at Bartlett Regional Hospital.

Robert J. Palmer
The Rev. Robert J. Palmer died Sept. 2, 2009, at his home in the Good Samaritan Village in Estes Park, Colo., following a nine-year battle with prostate cancer. He was 83.

Swine flu vaccine: Should you get it when time comes?
When it comes to protecting yourself against this fall's swine flu (or H1N1 virus) outbreak, you know the drill. Wash your hands frequently. Cover your cough or sneeze. Stay home if you or your child is sick. But, if government officials approve a vaccination effort, should you participate?

Empire searching for citizen editorial board member
The Juneau Empire is looking for an informed, impartial member of the Juneau community to join its editorial board as the newspaper decides candidate endorsements for the October municipal elections.

An unhappy labor day
Labor Day 2009 was a terrible time to be an American worker.

A fitting memorial is back on course
It's welcome news that the National Park Service has reached agreement with landowners in southwestern Pennsylvania to build a memorial to Flight 93.

Appetite for construction
They say Juneau has two seasons: Winter and Construction. While this joke seems innocuous enough - on the level of, say, "Juneau: Quaint Little Drinking Town with a Fishing Problem" - it ignores a very real, very distinct third season that begins in August and continues all the way through October.

Human health care isn't a business
For all the controversy about President Obama's proposed health care reform, there's been very little discussion about health care itself. The debate is limited to medical expense insurance programs. Unfortunately, we'll never solve the problem of spiraling costs until we recognize that health care is not primarily an economic issue.

Saving our kids from education
Well, that was close. Surely, we are all relieved that at least some children were protected this week from the diabolical Barack Obama. It was touch and go there for a while after the White House announced its plan for the president to give a back-to-school address to America's kids. They might have gotten away with it, too, but for conservative pundits and politicians who spent last week raising a ruckus about this scheme to indoctrinate our youth into the president's socialist cult. They were able to persuade an untold number of schools to prohibit Tuesday's speech from being shown on campus and an untold number of parents to keep their children home.

Judge won't block vote on gay benefits
OLYMPIA, Wash. - A judge on Tuesday refused to block a proposed ballot initiative on expanded domestic partnership benefits for gay couples in Washington state.

Two hurt in shooting outside Anchorage bar
ANCHORAGE - Two people suffered minor wounds in a shooting outside an Anchorage bar.

Alaska-based soldier dies in Afghanistan
ANCHORAGE - An Alaska-based soldier from Texas has died in Afghanistan.

German exchange students visit Alaska
FAIRBANKS - Sixteen German high school students have started their school year in Fairbanks.

Motorcyclist killed in accident identified
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police have released the name of the man killed when his motorcycle crashed on the Glenn Highway heading into Anchorage.

Alaska reports third swine flu death
ANCHORAGE - Alaska health officials are reporting the state's third death from swine flu.

Washington ramps up labor enforcement
SEATTLE - Bob Blank's frustration is evident when he talks about an inspection of his Okanogan County farm by U.S. Department of Labor wage inspectors.

Mendenhall Lake campground closes
JUNEAU - The Mendenhall Lake Campground will close early for the season today to allow for construction, which includes resealing water and sewer manholes in the road bed.

Over 1,000 Strykers expected to return
FORT WAINWRIGHT - More than 1,000 soldiers are expected to return to Fairbanks over the next few days.

Alaska-based soldier killed in Afghanistan
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon said a 34-year-old Army officer killed in an attack in Afghanistan was a Dallas man.

Bears unstoppable early
For the second time in as many weeks, the Juneau-Douglas High School cross country teams pulled off a boys-girls sweep, this time in Wrangell.

Dimond Park Field House open
The Juneau Community Foundation and the Dimond Park Field House Board of Directors are pleased to announce the seasonal opening of the Dimond Park Field House.

Bears JV football falls
East Valley edged Juneau-Douglas 33-28 on Saturday in JV football. Freshman Trevor Pfaff threw two touchdowns, one to freshman Trey Williams, and the other to sophomore Shawn Collumns.

Sports in Juneau
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Tiny 'Tuk' helps man climate's front line
TUKTOYAKTUK, Northwest Territories - Caught between rising seas and land melting beneath their mukluk-shod feet, the villagers of Tuktoyaktuk are doing what anyone would do on this windy Arctic coastline. They're building windmills.

Masek asks court to delay sentencing in bribery case
ANCHORAGE - Former Rep. Bev Masek has asked to have her sentencing on a bribery charge delayed because a witness won't be available for the hearing in Anchorage.

Federal agency advances walrus listing petition
ANCHORAGE - A second Arctic marine mammal moved closer to an Endangered Species listing due to global warming Tuesday with a petition to grant the Pacific walrus protection passing its first review.

Delta wind farm online and ready to add generator
ANCHORAGE - Two years and a lot of hard work later, a wind farm that now generates electricity into the Golden Valley Electric Association grid is taking shape on a knoll near Delta Junction. Alaska Environmental Power, LLC has one wind generator up and running, and has set the foundation for another. The generator site is northwest of Delta.

Berkowitz files to run for governor in 2010
ANCHORAGE - A third Democrat has jumped into the race for Alaska governor.

US, Canada near agreement to control pollutants from ships
WASHINGTON - The five-story-tall engines on oceangoing vessels burn some of the dirtiest oil - bottom-of-the-barrel bunker - and churn out a substantial amount of the air pollution in American port cities, coastal communities along shipping lanes and places hundreds of miles inland.

Moose with three calves stumps biologists
FAIRBANKS - When Tina Buxbaum saw a cow moose walk through her yard with three moose calves in tow earlier this summer, just a few miles north of Fairbanks, she didn't give it much thought.

Lure of the Pixees: An Alaska favorite endures
KETCHIKAN - Don't look now, but just about every fishing tackle box in Alaska is inhabited by Pixees.

Photo: An S.O.S. to the world
Commercial fishermen and other mariners join together Sunday in Homer to send a message to save the oceans from ocean acidification caused by fossil fuel emissions. More than a hundred boats and hundreds of members of the fishing community participated in the event.

Kotzebue may loosen its liquor restrictions
KOTZEBUE - Kotzebue voters will decide Oct. 6 whether to loosen liquor rules.

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