Monday, September 15, 2008

This 'ski mom' opposes Palin
I lived in Alaska for 17 years from 1969 to 1986. My daughters graduated from East High School in 1983 and '85 and are now solid community contributors, in Crofton, Md. (near Annapolis) and in Los Angeles.

Greetings from Nowhere, Alaska
I am a three-term Ketchikan City Council member. I am, and always have been, an opponent of the Gravina Bridge - but Gov. Sarah Palin is taking a cheap shot.

Congress must help Alaska Native health
The U.S. House of Representatives has the lives of millions of Native Americans in its hands.

Hickel: Columnist missed my legacy
In the Sept. 7 Juneau Empire, columnist Gregg Erickson missed most of my accomplishments in two terms as governor. Here is a partial list.

Miner's association forgot somebody
In a recent letter to the editor, Steve Borell, of the Alaska Miner's Association, stated that Alaskans owe a debt to "many companies" and Native corporations for their efforts to defeat Ballot Measure 4. It seems Borell has forgotten who actually voted to defeat this ballot measure.

Drop city tax on oil products
The state of Alaska has taken the initiative to suspend the state tax on motor vehicle fuel.

AEL&P: Snettisham lakes full
The Snettisham lakes that provide Juneau's electricity are filling and spilling with the summer's rain, making it less likely that diesel will be burned to light the city this winter.

Fishing organizations endorse senator
Sen. Ted Stevens was in Juneau on Friday to pick up the endorsements of eight Alaska fishing organizations, something he called "extremely important" to his reelection bid.

'Peaceful Warrior' author to visit Juneau
Author Dan Millman has taught thousands of people to live the way of a "Peaceful Warrior" over the past several decades.

Two cruise ships blamed for emissions violations
The state's cruise ship program manager says two Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. ships violated visible air emissions standards last year.

Photo: Bear cub found dead next to Dumpster
Alaska Wildlife Trooper Nicholas Massey loads a dead black bear cub into his pickup truck Saturday morning on Tongass Boulevard in the Mendenhall Valley. Residents found the cub's body next to an overturned Dumpster. A mother bear and an additional cub were seen in the area during the night and morning. Authorities suspect the mother bear tipped over the Dumpster, crushing one of her cubs. Resident Diane Heckler said she had seen the mother and two cubs in the area often, but noticed this morning there was only one cub.

Photo: Big payout leads to big purchases
Jon Deguzman waits in line with a Rock Band game on Sunday at Fred Meyer. Deguzman said he splurged with some of his Permanent Fund dividend check and energy rebate. Juneau stores were packed this weekend after an estimated 500,000 Alaskans received up to $3,269 in their bank accounts Friday morning.

Photo: A whale of a tail
A humpback whale shows its fluke as it dives Sunday in the Favorite Channel near Aaron Island. Tour operators are winding down operations as the tourism season draws to a close.

Photo: Surfacing new field
Mike McGrath, left, Jerry Dowler, center, and Dave Kemp, of Sportexe, work on straightening the white yard lines on the Omnigrass field Sautrday behind the Thunder Mountain High School. According to the company, the field should finished by the end of the month.

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

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Connie S. Croasmun
Former Angoon resident Connie Suzanna Croasmun died at 7 p.m. Aug. 25, 2008, at Mount Edgecumbe Hospital after a long battle with cancer. She was 55.

My turn: Fishing councils must be held accountable
With the fishing gear, be it larger-than-football-field nets that drag the ocean's floor for fish, crab pots, longline fishing hooks or other gear used to catch and kill fish, much more than fish are being destroyed. Let's look at one approach: the deep-sea trawlers that hunt and search for pollock and other flat fishes.

Alaska editorial: Palin helps draw focus to Alaska opportunities
When it comes to the marketing of our state's potential economically, the announcement of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as Sen. John McCain's vice presidential running mate could be the greatest opportunity since statehood or the discovery of Prudhoe Bay.

My turn: Troopergate raises eyebrows
The most important questions in examining Gov. Sarah Palin's firing of Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan are those like "Did Sarah raise an eyebrow?" or "Did anyone on her staff clear his throat?"

Rating Gov. Sarah Palin against her predecessors
How does Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin stack up against her predecessors? I've lived long enough and been lucky enough to have personally known each of the nine people who've served as governor of this state, but it's still a tough question.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

Outside editorial: Palin's interview: Not disqualifying, but not reassuring
Gov. Sarah Palin does not bring to the vice presidential campaign, to use her words, "a big fat resume." Her scanty public record makes interviews such as the one she gave to ABC's Charles Gibson especially important.

Photo: Dangerous stretch
A bear scoots across the street Aug. 29 near the Mendenhall Glacier as tourists watch and vehicles approach from both directions. Earlier in the summer, a bear was hit by a bus near this location. Observers say drivers often ignore the speed limit of 20 mph.

Photo: Bear with me
A wet black bear tromps Wednesday in Steep Creek.

Training offered for seabird survey
JUNEAU - The Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team will deliver a free training session from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 27 at the University of Alaska Southeast Egan Building, Glacier View Room, Room 221. Participants can bring their own brown-bag lunch.

Palin asks governor to veto port fees
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican candidate for vice president, urged Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to veto a fee on cargo containers going through the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach aimed at raising money to cut pollution.

Football brawl case under investigation
FAIRBANKS - Officials in Fairbanks say they still don't know the cause of fights at a weekend high school football game that caused the event to be suspended.

Juneau police catch wanted sex offender
JUNEAU - Juneau police said they found a wanted sex offender Thursday who had violated his parole.

Sprinkler saves restaurant from fire
KENAI - Fire officials in Soldotna are crediting a sprinkler system with saving a busy restaurant that caters to thousands of tourists and residents.

Man charged with attempted murder
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks grand jury has indicted a man on nine felonies tied to a shooting on the city's north side.

Bethel police shoot man who had rifle
BETHEL - Bethel police say officers shot and killed a man who pointed a rifle at them.

Assembly opposes Fairbanks expansion
FAIRBANKS - The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly voted recently to oppose the city of Fairbanks' planned expansion.

Flood advisory issued Sunday
JUNEAU - The National Weather Service issued an urban and small stream flood advisory for minor flooding of poor drainage areas Sunday for the Juneau borough and northern Admiralty Island.

Ketchikan company awarded contract
KETCHIKAN - Alaska Ship & Drydock of Ketchikan will construct a new marine fueling dock in Canada.

Woman dies in crash with flatbed truck
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police say a woman was killed and another was injured in a downtown crash.

Pilot dies in plane crash near Talkeetna
TALKEETNA - Rescue crews on Friday found a missing hunter injured in a plane crash that killed a 48-year-old Big Lake pilot near Talkeetna.

Circle woman accused of shooting at rafters
FAIRBANKS - A 60-year-old Circle woman faces two felony assault charges after being accused of shooting at 14 rafters who had set up camp on public land adjacent to her home.

Alarm caused by heart attack victim
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks authorities believe the smoke that filled one floor of the Northward Building on Aug. 5 was caused by a resident who was found dead.

Officials end football game early after brawl
FAIRBANKS - Several people were injured in a brawl Friday night at a high school football game in Fairbanks.

Crimson Bears blanked by North Pole
Juneau-Douglas High School head football coach Bill Chalmers proclaimed Friday night's matchup against North Pole as the most important non-playoff game to have ever been played in Juneau. The game turned out to be more important to North Pole as they shut out Juneau 25-0.

Juneau-Douglas running teams both take fourth
Both the boys' and girls' cross country teams from Juneau-Douglas High School placed fourth at the Lynx Invitational in Anchorage on Saturday.

High School swimming top 16
2008 Alaska High School

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

Palin touches familiar territory in first stops
DENVER - Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has left the wilds of Alaska, but she hasn't quite left the mountains.

Lawmakers OK subpoena of Todd Palin
ANCHORAGE - The abuse of power investigation against Sarah Palin, Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate, took a potentially ominous turn for her party on Friday when state lawmakers voted to subpoena her husband.

Gov. Sarah Palin names new public safety commissioner
Gov. Sarah Palin has named Doyon security chief and 24-year law enforcement veteran Joseph Masters as her new public safety commissioner.

Palin asked to release her husband's e-mails
Can Gov. Sarah Palin legally keep e-mails between her husband and her administration from being released to the public?

Alaska Airlines to cut capacity, slash jobs
NEW YORK - Alaska Airlines said Friday it will cut capacity by 8 percent this winter and slash up to 1,000 jobs, as high fuel costs and a weak economy provide a "one-two punch" to the carrier's bottom line.

Younger evangelicals in U.S. split over Palin nomination
When Jessica Stollings learned on Facebook that John McCain had named Sarah Palin as his running mate, the 26-year-old from Bristol, Tenn., took the day off and picked up some campaign yard signs. Just like that, she went from "just a voter" to a McCain evangelist.

Pollution in lower Kenai River diminishes
KENAI - Water quality in the Kenai River improved over the summer with new anti-pollution measures in place, according to preliminary findings.

Stevens says Palin's vice presidential bid will help campaign
The meteoric rise of Gov. Sarah Palin on the national political stage will pay dividends for Sen. Ted Stevens' reelection campaign, the Republican said Friday.

Lawyers battle over Stevens documents, photos of house
WASHINGTON - Testy lawyers on Friday battled over what to call Sen. Ted Stevens' house, what pictures jurors will see of that house and how documents are being shared between sides as the Alaska legend's corruption trial nears.

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